The fine weather over the weekend has resulted in hours sat out in the garden recording the wildlife seen, and I feel that I have even learned a little bit. For a start, here, the best times to watch are from dawn until 9am and again from 6pm until dark. Now we all kind of knew this but to have it confirmed when the mid part of the day is almost devoid of life is a good thing. Almost all new species are recorded within these periods.
In the week since my last posting a lot of spring migrants have come through here to be added on to the garden lockdown list. Personally I am only including birds seen or heard from the garden and not from my walks out with Peggy. This has encouraged some ingenuity in order to keep things ticking along.
|Balanced on some boards on top of the wall near the compost dump..|
|Or on the ground facing up the hill and towards the coast path.|
|Another angle on my precarious position. I just stand up there behind the scope, on the wall.|
|The view NE. A Kittiwake from the cliff colony is in shot. The problem is, that bit of sea is too far out to identify anything but Gannets.|
|I did hit on a nice male Wheatear for the garden list though.|
Amongst other wildlife in the garden or from it are Brown Hare, Rabbit, Wood Mouse, Bank Vole, Hedgehog, Roe Deer and Pipistrelle . The warm spell improved the moth and butterfly numbers too..
|Bank Vole coming to an apple left for it.|
|Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small White seen.|
|Tree Sparrows have started nesting.|