Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Amanda from The Quiet Walker contacted me about doing a scavenger hunt she'd found on pinterest - great idea and i'm quite happy to take part. Ragged Robin is also taking part and her post can be found here. Amanda's post is here.

So here goes -

Something Fuzzy - this fern in the local park

Two kinds of seed - Dandelion and Sycamore

Two pieces of man-made litter, in the local park

Something straight - the cut through this tree that was damaged in the winds

Something round - one of many daisies in my lawn

Something smooth - if you look past the edge of the Holly leaves

Something rough 

Two different types of leaves - Oak & Sycamore

Something that makes a noise - the constant stream of juvenile Starlings in my garden!

A chewed leaf - a Foxglove in the garden

A beautiful rock - I struggled with this one and picked this monument in the park dedicated to animals that lost their lives serving in wars

Something you think is beautiful

A pinecone

Something green - so much to chose from

A stick - there are lots around the park after the recent winds

Something you think is a treasure - the urban woodlands in Churwell

Monday, 19 June 2017

30 Days Wild Days 18 & 19

Sunday meant a little shopping in Leeds city centre but we decided to take a picnic down to the waterfront by Granary Wharf to enjoy the sun and make the most of the greener part of the city centre!

I didn't have my proper camera with me but I got a few photos. Walking through to the wharf we saw this Sparrow picking bugs out of the cobwebs....

....that were in this ceiling!

A barge was heading into the lock and we watched the water fill up for a while.

It was busy but not too bad and we had a shady spot to eat. I noticed there were fish near the top of the water and when we walked round they were everywhere. I saw a few blue damselflies too but couldn't get a good photo.

There is a nice long walk along the canal that would eventually take you on to Rodley Nature Reserve and beyond but we didn't even attempt any of it, it was far too hot.

Instead we walked back the other way behind Asda House. We saw Sand Martins, they're nesting in the walls along the water, Herring and Black Headed Gulls were flying up and down too.

At the end of the path the wasteland was covered in Poppies, lovely bit of colour.

Today I had a quick walk around the woods, a Chiffchaff was singing near the pond, the Great Tit family were around there too. I saw Blackbirds and a Dunnock with mouthfuls of food.

I saw a pair of Long-tailed Tits in the trees, first ones i've seen in some time so I was pleased to spot them.

The flowers are out on the brambles now and they were full of bees and Speckled Wood butterflies.

I love these little moments before I have to go into work.

The last couple of weeks my daughter has kept telling us she'd seen a Buzzard on the way home from school, she managed a unidentifiable picture on her phone and is adamant  it wasn't our local Red Kite. She does know her Kites from her Buzzards........but i've never seen one around town here ever. Today I got text from my husband.......what has he seen sitting on top of the mill over the road from our house........only a Buzzard, it wasn't there long and flew off in the direction of the school!! And i'm at work and I miss it! My daughter was right all along....I should have had a little more faith in her id skills.....shh don't tell her!  

Saturday, 17 June 2017

30 Days Wild Update

It's been a busy few days with work and then a sick child so things have been a little unwild here! I did manage to fit in a short walk around the woods one morning but mostly it's been garden watching, which is a joy at the moment, our Fox has been joined by a second, a Squirrel has been around and we've had our first Blue Tit fledglings.

Juvenile Robin 

I love how the cobwebs caught the light

The Starlings are constant visitors

The adult Blue Tit was looking a little rough!

This plant winds around the arch over the gate and is usually full of flies, bees and Speckled Wood butterflies, today I spotted the spider.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

30 Days Wild 12 & 13 & a Patch Tick

Yesterday I must admit apart from watching the birds on the feeders and the fox in the garden I didn't do much wild. Work is immensely busy right now and I pretty much crashed when I got home.

Today though I made an effort and got out into the woods before work. A Chiffchaff was calling as we walked in and a Blackbird was singing. As we walked down to the pond the Great Tit family were flying all around, the youngsters were into every tree and shrub. A little further along by the stream another family appeared - Blue Tits - around half a dozen possibly more flitting around the trees.

A pair of Bullfinch flew in front of us and I just caught a Thrush before it flew out of sight. Dunnocks were along the path in their usual spot. No sign of the Robins though today. A female Blackcap was caught up in the Great Tit flock as we walked back. We also noticed 3 or 4 Stickleback in the stream, I knew they were in the pond but hadn't seem them there before, there's not a lot of stream for them to swim in!

As we were heading out my husband saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker in one of the trees, of course it flew off the second I got the camera on it! Still it was a new patch tick, I've only seen one on the patch before and that was several years ago.

Great way to end the walk!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

30 Days Wild Days 10 & 11 & A Walk in the Park

Yesterday I spent time at my parents and managed a quick walk around their garden in between the showers. The trees are full of plums and cherries and they have lots of strawberries too. They leave the cherries for the Blackbirds but we all get a share of the rest! Bees have taken up residence in the compost bin so they've stayed away and let them be, I could see plenty of them about on the Cotoneaster but they were constantly on the move.

This morning I was up and off for a walk around a couple of the parks in Morley. I saw a few Swifts on the way. There were lots of branches and twigs on the ground, the trees here took quite a battering in the winds this week. Still there were plenty of birds and some were making use of the twigs lying about as I saw Woodpigeons and Song Thrush nest building!

In both parks I saw Blue Tit fledglings, but they were pretty well hidden in the trees. You can't mistake the noise though.

Back home and a pair of Collared Doves landed on the top of the feeder, they take a while to make the decision to actually go on the seed tray. This one ended up sliding down the piece of wood we have propped through the feeder and used it's tail feathers for balance whilst it ate.

The Lavender is blooming at the moment, it was covered in Cuckoo spit mid week and it looked gorgeous in the sun this evening. The yellow plant was already there when we moved in and we've just let it, it's spreading up and down the flower bed and looks great with the purple of the Lavender, I don't know what it is though!

Just had a lovely moment watching the fox from the open patio doors, a few feet away at the feeder, it kept an eye on me but seemed quite happy to eat there.