Brendon Hills is a protected area of land which contains some of the best wildlife in Somerset. Situated below the far more famous Exmoor hills, few people visit the hills, which benefits the wildlife greatly. One of my relatives has a large patch of woodland there, which means I can wander up into an areaContinue reading “Brendon Hills”
“In spite of its name this is not a moorland species; the name comes from the Anglo-Saxon more, meaning mere or bog. It eats water plants, insects, spiders, worms and other invertebrates which it picks from the surface or by up-ending. Like its cousin the Coot it is aggressive in defence of its territory, attackingContinue reading “Young Moorhens”
“The Jay is heavily dependant on trees-especially oaks-and is more often heard than seen. It greets woodland intruders with a raucous, scolding “caaarg-caarg”. When seen, the pinkish-buff plumage, streaked crown, white rump and blue wing-patch are distinctive. Jays like acorns, which are often collected and buried amongst fallen leaves and twigs to be eaten inContinue reading “Corvids: The Jay”
Yesterday, I returned to Avalon Marshes and visited The RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve. There was plenty of Bitterns and Cukoos as well as Egrets, Grey Herons, Great Crested Grebes and Jays.
Just yesterday I saw this Little Owl perched on an old farm building. At first it looked like a piece of wood but when it turned to face me, it was clearly an owl. I took a couple of photos of the Owl before it flew away and they a below this text.
Today I visited Avalon Marshes in North Somerset, more specifically the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. Upon entry there was a great variety of birdsong, from the Booming of the Bittern to the unusual song of the Cuckoo. The reserve used to be an industrious wasteland for peat harvesting. After the peat was gone, theContinue reading “Avalon Marshes Birdwatching”
The Giant House Spider is one of, if not the largest arachnid in the UK. It is a fairly common site in all areas. The one I found below I think is is a female, because of the lack of bulbous extensions at the front end. The males are often seen out and about, searchingContinue reading “Giant House Spider”
Mute Swans are one of the heaviest flying birds in the world and the only resident species of swan in the UK. In flight they produce a throbbing “wing music”. Their name comes from the fact that they are quieter than the migrant swan species but can still hiss and trumpet weakly. The largest Cobbs(males)Continue reading “Mute Swan Family(video)”
Over the past days I have witnessed many young birds out of the nest. There are garden birds of all sorts, most of which are still not conscious of the danger that surrounds them. On one occasion I was close enough to touch one of the birds. Up in the sky there are birds ofContinue reading “Fledglings”
It has a while since I last mentioned the local Cygnets. They have become noticeably larger than when they hatched. Since they hatched only one Cygnet has gone missing, which isn’t so bad as this is the time of their lives when they are the most vulnerable.