Monday, May 16th 2016
Monday is a day of catching up on paperwork and clearing the decks for the week, a planning day. We went through the various events for the coming months and will be putting them on the web site in the next few days, so keep viewing the events on the Web page.
When we finally got out it was a mix of sun and cloud. In the sun warm, but the temperature plummeted as soon as it was covered by clouds. We were working at the site of the new stone circle that is to be erected on Thursday, a fairly big job that leaves little room for error. We had marked out the site last week, now with the distances and the spacing correct, triple checked, we were to remove the turf to clearly mark out the holes where the stones are going to be placed.
Around this site are traces of a midden, and old farm tip/dump, from many years previous. Rabbits had dug up a fair bit of broken crockery, old glass bottles and in the photo below an old ink bottle. Quite often where the ground has been disturbed like this you get nettles and elder growing. All this made the job of removing turf a little more interesting, alas nothing but pieces of broken glass were found.
The stone circle is on the edge of our Bluebell bank, but we are trying to cause as little damage to these plants as possible, replanting any that may be threatened. The site is stunning in location and visually, with the scent of the flowers as a bonus. The reserve is awash with scent from the various tree flowers at present.
Down at the Lake the Little Grebe chicks are doing well, and another pair has appeared at the far end near Haig Bridge, hopefully also looking to nest build. These Little Grebes are fairly secretive, and disappear either by diving or heading into the reeds when humans appear, so excuse the quality of the pictures as the zoom of the camera was on maximum - 30x.
Siskins are being seen regularly on the nyger feeder at both the Lake and the Field Centre.
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