Monday, 24 March 2014

Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods

Last week had a nice walk round Cassiobury Park with my local RSPB group but before the start decided to walk around Whippendell Woods has a few sighting of a Hawfinch had been reported earlier in the week no joy but got best sighting of Great spotted Woodpecker and many singing Wrens and some reasonable images of the woods at dawn

The main walk in the woods started with a flyby jay before in the woods we had lots of Nuthatches calling and good number of Treecreeper feeding around and both species were seen collecting nesting material also around at the start where Goldcrest and a good number of Stock doves high up in the trees and Woodpeckers calling but not been seen along with a lone singing Blackcap

Further around we had to change the route due to the flooding of the path but we gained views of Redwing and Song Thrush before at the canal section we got Buzzard over the woods and a few waterbirds before a Grey Wagtail popped up giving some good views before along the stream heading back in the spring blossom we finished up with a feeding Male Bullfinch and Chiff-Chaff.

Whippendell Woods at dawn



Feeding Nuthatches


One of many Wrens

Reflecting mallard
Mallard in the spring sunshine

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Kingfisher Porn

Locally we had a kingfisher throughout winter though not posted much about this beauty recently but nice to know that she has paired up and hopefully ready to breed any time soon. A selection of my favourite images of this stunning bird below.

Down the hatch (explored 9th February 2013 #246)
Female Kingfisher fishing

Too fast

Always ready

Kingfisher in the Catkins
Waiting from the catkins

Sharp as a spear

Hanging on

On her perch (explored 17th February 2013 #3)

Eye of the kingfisher

Watching from the branches