Monday, 9 April 2012

A welcome visitor

Yesterday, having helped Tony to re-assemble one of the log piles by the woodland hide, one thing was abundantly clear, there are a lot less logs now. In fact, only enough for one pile. I think this removes Mr Badger from the list of possible suspects and increases the likelihood that some unwelcome human scrotes had pinched the logs for a fire.

On a happier note, there was a much more welcome visitor around the track junction, just passed the end of the butterfly bank. A male Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, has been spending the Easter weekend in this area. However, photographing him proved tricky, and only a long range shot was possible whilst he roosted in the Hawthorn trees across the neighbouring paddock.

In other news, over the weekend, the reserve also had visits from a male Pintail, a pair of Red Crested Pochard, a Red Kite and plenty of hirundines, mainly Sand Martins and Swallows. The Weasel was seen again, near the Woodland Hide, this time over the other side of the rickety bridge.

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