Heron, high in tree, West Park island

Heron, high in tree, West Park island

An adult heron, resting high in one of the trees on an island in West Park lake, pictured as I moved to inclreaingly higher zoom settings on the camera.

Bee selection

Bee selection

More bees buzzing around collecting pollen and nextar from blue alkanet flowers.

Dining with daisies: magpie

Dining with daisies: magpie

More birds searching for worms among the daisies in West Park. This time a magpie.

Spring fungi: spring fieldcaps

Spring fungi: yellow fieldcaps

The long, cold, wet weather has meant there have been very few spring fungi. These, spring fieldcaps, were growing on the wood mulch in a flower bed at Chapel Ash.

Dining with daisies: starling

Dining with daisies: starling

One of the small flock hanging round West Park, searching for worms among the daisies near the bandstand.

Covered in waterlilies: pool, Badger

Covered in waterlilies: pool, Badger

The pool at Badger, almost covered in waterlily leaves. While I was there, I couldn’t see any sign of the ducks (or ducklings) which are usually there.

Playful young goosanders, Atcham

Playful young goosanders, Atcham

Young goosanders playful learning to fish on the Severn at Atcham. Four or five young birds with their mother. The mother would swim, apparently effortlessly, to where the fish were before diving. The youngsters were powering like a set of living jet skis, They were making dashes of perhaps twenty or thirty yards, leaving long wakes behind them, ending by submerging suddenly./

Caption competition time and other sheepish shots

Caption competition time

Montgomery (Trefaldwyn) is sheep country. In late spring there are lots of lambs in the fields.

Pied wagtails, English Bridge

Pied wagtails, English Bridge

Pied wagtails by English Bridge, Shrewsbury. Shortly after I started taking pictures of one hunting insects on the bank of the Severn, a small group gathered on the parapet of the bridge. They seemed to be engaging in a coordinated “dance”. Could this have been a courtship ritual (very late in May)?

Border (Offa’s Dyke)

Border (Offa's Dyke)

A woodland glade, with rather late-flowering bluebells. The slight bank to the right is Offa’s Dyke, not very prominent in this section s mile or so east of Montgomery (Trefaldwyn).

Sign by footpath (Offa's Dyke)

It nevertheless marks the border, not just between Powys and Shropshire, but also between Wales and England.

Swan family, English Bridge

Swan family, English Bridge

Swan with young cygnets, on the river back right by the Severnside footpath, just yards from English Bridge in Shrewsbury. Everyone, as they walked past, whipped out their mobile phones for a picture. The birds seemed unconcerned.

The cob (male adult) was just out of shot, swimming on the river. It was keeping careful watch, but didn’t seem concerned either.

Jacob’s ladder growing wild, Uffington

Jacob's ladder growing wild, Uffington

Jacob’s ladder flowering, growing alongside the path made from the course of the old Shrewsbury Canal, at Uffington just outside the town. The plant does grow wild in this country, but only in a very few spots. These were more likely to be garden escapes.

Jacob's ladder growing wild, Uffington