Sunshine!

Sunday, February 17th 2013

Sunshine, blue sky and slightly higher temperatures over the last two days have made it feel like Spring is on its way!  A Primrose was seen nearly open, Moorhens were feeding in the wetland ponds and a pair of Mallard on the Lake.  The Kingfisher was seen too.  The Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming.

The back garden is still full of birds taking advantage of the food, including Lesser Redpoll, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Brambling.  Pieces of apple have been put out for the Blackbirds and they were seen carrying them off.

Washing up is a pleasure when Reed Bunting, Long Tailed Tits, Greenfinch, Dunnock and Robin can all be viewed through the window.

Robin

When it is sunny and slightly warmer walk through the Scrapes and stop at the pond dipping platforms and rails. Look in the ponds and a hidden world can be revealed.  Sticklebacks are swimming, whilst pond snails and caddis larvae can be seen moving across the mud.  Whirligig Beetles are beginning to venture out and can be seen moving very quickly across the surface of the ponds.  They breath by collecting a bubble of air at the end of their abdomen.  Although this photo is not very clear you can see the air bubble.

Whirigig beetle with air bubble.

The saying goes that when snow is left in the hedge backs more is to come. Does this area around the voley ponds count as a hedge back?

Snow at Voley ponds

 


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