I was walking along the footpath along the Penk between the two pools at Perton. On the wooded section, there was a male blackbird every three or four yards. They were either in the undergrowth, establishing a territory, or, like this one, occupying a vantage point in a bush. There was no sign of even a single female.
Some bucks from the herd of fallow deer at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, taking their ease on the golf course where they probably get less human (and canine) disturbance than in the public section of the park from which these pictures were taken.
This was an all-male group – the females don’t have antlers. There were two forms of coat, dappled and “black”. From the distance where I was standing, it looked like two different species of deer.
View across the lake at Wollaton Park to a heronry in a weeping willow.
There were at least ten birds in the tree. Look out for a couple of male cormorants in breeding plumage by the shore as well (lower right of the image at times).
Lesser tortoiseshell butterfly on a lawn on Albert Road, flitting from daisy to daisy., spotted last weekend. That was about a month before the normal time of first appearance. But earlier sightings have been recorded, with individuals roused from hibernation on warm days in January or even December.
Two of the (too large) flock of Canada geese working their way along one of the lawns eating grass.
In the background, the calls of the other waterfowl and the gulls mixes with the noises of the children’s play area.