Saw a Roe buck in Flora Field on the evening of 13 July 2021. He was foraging amongst a weedy line in the barley field and was visible from the bench area next to the one at Harries View. Nice set of antlers. Seemed to be on his own.
New black calf
New black calf born yesterday (12 May) evening. As I was passing the field opposite the Hay meadow there was a convention of cattle who had gathered around a new mum to greet the arrival. A very wobbly black calf was being licked and welcomed into the herd.
Peregrine and stock dove
Saturday 1 May
Very quiet with very few humans walking reserve but saw a Peregrine with small bird in talon fly into a hedge just by the path and then away toward the estuary.
There was a Stock Dove amongst the Woodpigeons by the two table feeders by Pony Wood.
Bird nesting box occupant
30/3/21 – Blue tit seen coming out of bird box F1 which is at the junction of orchard path/path to Cromwell Road on tree above the bench.
Tuesday 2 March
What I thought was a weasel but now know was a stoat (had a black tip to tail) was scurrying and leaping about in the grassy tussocks just up the hill from the bird feeding table. Dark brown top coat and white undergarments. Was being carefully watched by a pair of magpie as well as a number of humans.
Half a dozen Reed bunting and a couple of pairs of Chaffinch at the feeder.
Monday 28 December – saw a tree sparrow at the top of the slope from the new table feeder who was happily feeding on seed heads at the field margin.
Curlew in Meadow – Sunday 2 February
There was one curlew in the meadow feeding very intently and finding things to eat.
Broad-bodied chasers (dragonflies) and Meadow brown butterflies
Saturday 29 June
A bit difficult to see but a couple of broad-bodied chasers at the School Pond – a male – and thought I also saw the golden abdomen of a female dive over the hedge. Also a male at the Alder Pond which I had a better view of with binoculars.
Also Meadow brown butterflies were out and about in the hay meadow feeding on thistles and fighting with a Painted lady.
What’s this flower?
Can someone identify this flower for me. It’s on the new path through Pony Wood.