Wild Weather Continues

May 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Pied Billed Grebe

Pied Billed Grebe

This May has been typified by high winds and lack of warmth and sunshine. On the one good day this week I went to photograph the Ladys Slipper Orchid and was only just in time due to its early flowering this Spring. The rare bit of sunshine also brought out a Duke of Burgundy Fritillary butterfly which I had never seen before. The one hundred and fifty mile motorway journey produced sightings of Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard.

During the week I was watching a Kestrel nest site in a hole in a barn wall high in the hills. The male Kestrel passed a vole to the incubating female and she then left the eggs and followed him to a patch of earth nearby. They then both dust bathed side by side which would have made an unique photograph and was certainly an event that I have never witnessed before. After a couple of minutes she quickly returned back to the eggs.

In the garden we have had our first fledged Blue and Great Tits together with young Robins. A pair of Carrion Crows feed every day and one of them is shown in the photograph .