Thursday, 13 November 2014

Wilds of essex

On sunday a superday out with my local RSPB group to Tollesbury Wick on the coast of essex around the car park a nice Jay was showing well then walked up to the coastal wall where big flocks of Geese were flying in mainly Brent Geese then as we walked up we had some nice views of a Kingfisher and a few Little Egret on the shoreline with Skylarks singing around us. Further on we caught a view of a big wader group trying to keep dry as the tide was coming in with Grey Plovers, Gloden Plovers, Redshanks, Dunlins, Turnstone, Oystercatchers and Sanderlings in this group before the Golden Plovers moved onto into a nearby field a super spectacle.

On the Blackwater we had some views of Wigeon and Teal in the sunlight and were enough to find three Slavonian Grebes out in the water along with some Great Crested Grebes and a few shelducks. While the tide was coming in we managed to spot a Barn Owl hunting in the nearby field so had a few nice views of one of favourite british birds.

Waders Massing
Golden Plovers
Brent Goose
Ship out in the harbour
Then ended the day with a brief stop at the Causeway at Abberton Reservoir with the sight of Hundreds of starlings coming into roost a beautiful sight.

Sunset over the water
Starling sunset
Starlings in the tree

Monday, 10 November 2014

Remember though who fought for us

With today the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War a good time to remember the sacrifices that have been made by our armed forces in that time.

Last week paid a visit to the poppies around the Tower of London in memory of this event where there are laying a poppy of each victim of the war in the piece "Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red" to remember the 888,246 who sadly lost their lives.

In Memory

Poppies by the tower of london


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Fungi in Symondshyde wood

At the weekend had a nice walk in Symondshyde wood mainly to see what fungi was around plenty around with quite a few Bonnets species around with quite a few Rosy and Clustered Bonnets along with Bracket Fungi, Candle-snuff Fungus, Sulphur Tuft and a Fly Agaric which had gone past its best. Also around in the wood was a super hunting Sparrowhawk and a few Goldcrest in with roaming Tit and finch flock.

Rosy Bonnet

Clustered Bonnets
Sulphur Tuft

Not sure what it is but an unsual looking fungi