Saturday, 30 April 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
♂ pied flycatcher; ♀ pied flycatcher at nest box
Yarner Wood detail; A view across the Bovey Valley Woodlands which follow the Sticklepath geological faultline.
Yarner Wood is part of the East Dartmoor NNR consisting of three adjacent sites: Yarner Wood, Trendlebere Down and Bovey Valley Woodlands. Yarner Wood and Bovey Valley Woodlands are comprised of the internationally rare Western oak woodland, and along with their rich diversity of flora and bryophytes they also support a breeding bird assemblage including pied flycatcher, redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) and lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor). The latter of which we failed to connect with on the day, despite receiving valuable and detailed instructions to a known territory, that was unexpectedly given to us atop Hay Tor, from another enthusiastic walker and birder earlier in the day.
Photographs of female pied flycatcher courtesy Alison Hogan
Thursday, 28 April 2011
When a ♀ goosander (Mergus merganser) and her ducklings negotiate the rapids on the River Dart, below Dartmeet, one duckling goes astray. Having secured the brood on a mid-stream rock, mother gathers the stray. The reunited family then head upstream.
Photographs courtesy Alison Hogan
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Photographs taken from approx 350m away. So no apologies for the unashamedly poor quality of these record shots.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Saturday, 9 April 2011
Sunday, 3 April 2011
This little fella has been seen several times recently helping itself to the RSPB garden bird seed-mix from the feeder hanging in a bush at the end of the garden.
It (they?) appear to be living quite successfully under the decking, accessed from a small run in the corner of a raised bed which is utilised as compost heap, sunflower plot, and site of a recently planted hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) "hedge". This multi-functionality all within an area approx 100 x 80cm square!