Monday, 25 May 2015

Woodoaks Wagtails and Maple Lodge

Well a trip to the farm with Paul Lewis was a nice change  , first up a pair of greenfinch and a
pied wagtail in  the farm yard with linnets and yellowhammers.
moving towards the dung heap we were soon viewing up to 4 Yellow wagtails amongst
linnets an rising skylarks.

A number of raptors obliged Kestrel,Sparrowhawk and Red Kite,returning back past the
dump we moved on to Maple Lodge now with Christine Bessant in tow.
Maple Lodge held a breeding Sparrowhawk,we could see the tail of the bird in the nest.
Wildfowl in good numbers produced breeding Pochard before we left for home.
Finally a Lesser Black Backed Gull took a juvenile Coot ,just a snack.

Monday, 11 May 2015

return to Barne Elms fisherie

On the 6th of May it was blowing a gale as we negotiated the M25 and M3 towards Reading,some of us never even got here down to  traffic and work,I was with my neighbour Richard Gilmore and an old work colleague Peter Halward.
I managed one fish Peter blanked and Richard had 4 that's how it goes sometimes ,we drank
tea and coffee as the  weather got worse provided by Rosemary.
House martins and swallows obliged as they took flys off the lakes ,the wind sent our flys to the
bushes and trees.
Heres Pete trying his best oh well theirs always next time.Tight Lines

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Spring at Moor Park

Spring arrives at Moor Park along the drive daffodils are in resplendent yellow as the chiff chaff sings high in the canopy.Leaves are slow to form,but the buds are bursting forth.
The Green Woodpecker yaffles in undulating flight across the fairways.Jackdaws are now nesting
amongst  a variety of trees in particular sweet chestnut which has many nooks and crannies to nest in.
As the sky turns blue, red kites and buzzards soar on the thermals with perfection and ease.
What a distraction from the competitive world of golf.