I split the blog this week to stop being a little unwieldly, plus Google limit the number of name labels that can be used to search the blog for specific things, a productive few days so I was well in excess of their limit!
On bank holiday Monday we took our daughter (partner working) and two grand-daughters to Barden Bridge, acres of riverbank for the ladies to enjoy while grand-dad ventured into the woods again, habitual aren't I? Especially with glorious things to see!
With plenty of time I could move slowly and quietly, there is generally more to see that way.
On my way down the riverbank I was reminded of the excessive nature of some of our health and safety notices.
A small tortoiseshell butterfly..
And the pied flycatchers were easily visible and in much better light..
A peacock butterfly, the first of this type I have seen this year.
Seated back in the woods for a while a treecreeper scuttled up a nearby trunk..
I wasn't getting too much in the way of sightings, change of plan and a riverbank walk carried me to a favourite spot. On bank holidays and busy weekends the paths and banks are thronging with hordes of families, great to see but I like quiet out of the way places. My secret hideaway often brings me into close contact with a bird which doesn't usually like too many people nearby either....the dipper.
Time to sit in the back of the woods again now, I was looking for redstarts when a shower of small pieces of back from above alerted me to the presence of another bird. Shuffling around in somewhat undignified fashion I managed a shot of a nuthatch quite close to me..
Tuesday was a fine day too, after work and our evening meal I ventured out to a local spot which can be great for small birds.
As ever thanks to all who view, I hope you enjoy the words and pictures at least half as much as I do obtaining and compiling them:-))