May 072011

Just when you thought that you had a few days respite here I am, like the proverbial bad penny . . .

A weekend spent with friends in the West Country gives an excellent opportunity to check out the local wildlife sites.    Off we went at 7 am this morning with a 1 hour drive in cloudy weather.   As we neared Glastonbury the heavens opened and the sky darkened – my photographer friend was a little unsure of our decision.   However, after an initial drenching the rest of the day was great.

Azure Damselfly

After the rain the swift were screaming overhead [nice link into Paul’s recent Swift post I thought!], and hobby were feeding with them.   Bitterns boomed and cuckoo called, cetti’s warbler,  blackcap, whitethroat, garden warbler and water rail all made themselves known verbally.   Buzzard flew overhead,  and we eventually had great views of the cetti’s (despite Malcolm’s assertion that you’ll never see one – Kev has a photo or two to prove it).   Chaffinch, dunnock, blackbird, blue tit, great tit, grey heron, cormorant and little egret were also present, along with a rather quick cuckoo flypast.

The real stars of the show however were the dragonflies and damselflies, although not all were identifiable they were in huge numbers really enjoying the nettles and brambles alongside the river and some great photographs were there for the taking – not by myself you understand.     Check out the gallery for some (rather amateur) photos.

Ham Wall RSPB Reserve