A pair of nuthatches constantly busy in and out of their nest hole feeding chicks.
Tortoiseshell butterfly resting on the ground in Bantock Park earlier this month.
Harlequin ladybirds may look nice, but these invaders are a serious threat to our native species. I’ve seen more of them than of all other species so far this spring.
The turtle or terrapin which appeared in the West Park lake in early April. Still seems to be comfortable, spending hours on warm days sunbathing on a log in the water.
Muscovy duck on the side of the lake at Perton. Probably a drake, a long term resident, spending most of its time around the area where children come to feed the ducks.
More pictures of plants I’ve seen while on lockdown walks – dates from late ASpril to mid May.
West Park lake, earlier this week, with a swan coming down on the water right where I was already pointing the camera. A Canada geese and a couple of goslings managed to slip into one shot as well.
This year’s two West Park cygnets, by the edge of the lake, eating.
Rose aphid with twenty or so young ones, on a rose leaf.
Coots on their nests on West Park lake, probably brooding eggs.
View of the River Smestow and of one of its tributary brooks.
Smestow seen at Seisdon, Trysull and at Trescott Ford.
Tene Brook just about to pass under the Railway Walk by Lower Penn, and at Awbridge. Both pictures of the brook taken on the same day. Awbridge is further downstream, but the brook there is carrying less water. Is some perhaps extracted for watering fields between these two places?
West Park: two sets of goslings, Canada and greylag geese, eating on the same daisy covered patch of short grass