Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sparrowhawk Surprise

The last few weeks have been busy so bird spotting has not be to the fore. But like all good Bird Watchers i keep an eye out at all times, and i was rewarded last weekend with a very unusual visitor to my garden. Not a rare bird but one i have never seen in my garden. As you can see from the pictures we had a Sparrowhawk kill a Dove and eat it in our garden. Great sight.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

April and Spring Really Arrives

At last some warm weather has arrived and with it some wildlife. Butterflies have started to flit about in Rye i have seen Peacock and Small Tortoise Shell dancing in the sky together. Greenfinches have started to make a regular appearence at my bird feeder in Rye and even the odd Goldfinch has popped along for a snack. The Woodpeckers seems to be avoiding us now i suspect they are finding enough insects to keep them going. Part of the site where i work in Rye has been covered with waste hardcore and rubble, it has been there for a couple of years and is now home to a thriving Common Lizard population. I have also seen Grass Snake this month and a lovely Slow Worm in my garden in Woodchurch. Some gorgeous flowers have also been appearing and i particularly like the Forget me Nots. I have seen my first Martins for the year and heard my first cuckoo all before my birthday on the 24th. my drives to work have been quiet with regard to nature but i did see my first ever Merlin which was a lovely sight. The pictures show a Common Lizard, Forget Me Nots and a fantastic pair of Pheasants that visit my bird feeder and eat the food i put out for ground feeding birds like Robins and Chaffinches.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

March and Spring Arrives

Its been a quiet few weeks for me nature watching. But its nice to see spring arriving. My feeder at work is still going strong mainly visited by Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits and Blue Tits. The chaffinches are starting to get a bit agressive ready for breeding. I have also had visits from a Moorhen and a Pheasant. Our pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers are also still visiting. Recent highlight for me was a Kestrel perching on our perimeter fence long enough for me to get a picture, sadly it was a very over cast day and the light was not good. Included in this entry is the picture of the very handsome Male Kestrel and some Snow Drops growing by our car park at work. Cheers R