Birds

Brief stroll at Fobney Lock

Another visit to the recycling plant, another quick walk round Fobney Lock! There was a bit more activity than last time, mainly ducks, geese and swans but also a nice Little Egret. There are always lots of Mute Swans there and there are quite a few large cygnets. There are still a few dragonflies around as well as the...
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Animals

Short walk at Southlake and in the garden

Not much walking recently due to various ailments but hopefully will get out again more soon.  Everywhere is surprisingly quiet though so I don’t think I’ve missed much.  Southlake has the usual ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls but the fishermen are also out a lot at the moment so they are quite scattered. This Grey Heron was lurking near...
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Butterflies

Still a few dragonflies about and lots of spiders and webs

I am still seeing a few dragonflies despite the generally cooler weather, mainly darters and hawkers.  They can be very difficult to spot on the footpath unless you see them land and even then they seem to blend in perfectly from a distance. Even this mating pair were almost impossible to see until you were almost on top of...
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Butterflies

Hurley Chalk Pit

We recently went to check out Hurley Chalk Pit for future visits as it is supposed to be good for butterflies.  A small setback occurred when I realised I had left my shoes at home and only had sandals and bare feet – not ideal for walking, especially in the drizzle!!  The guidebook also misled us about the distance...
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Birds

Knowl Hill Quarry

We happened to be driving past Knowl Hill and hadn’t been there for ages so stopped and had a walk round.  It is one of the few places where you can get a guaranteed view of Red Kites from above as they swoop down into the quarry.  There are also hundreds of crows and gulls which sometimes take off...
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