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A Photographic Post

A Photographic Post - Pied Wagtail
A Photographic Post - Pied Wagtail
Hi, Today's post is just going to be a selection of photos (sorry), these were all taken Yesterday (Wednesday 11th May) on the patch, but I have a bit of OU Course work that I need to get written so have very little time to compose a post that would do things justice. Suffice to say it was grey and wet all day and apart from the photos and company of some 300 House Martins and around 100 Common Swift the only other passage bird was a Dunlin.

This post does contain some of my best photos ever (Hopefully you'll agree but the Hobby photos are pretty special!) and it goes without saying this is a VERY photo heavy post (48 including the title photo).

A Tale of Three Birds

A Tale of Three Birds - Mute swans with cygnets
A Tale of Three Birds - Mute swans with cygnets
I've been hitting the patch quite hard recently, every day I have had off I try to head out (family time obviously taking priority), the reasons are fairly obvious when you take into account the time of year (migration) and the fact I enrolled in the Patch Work Challenge this year, all this watching the same area could leave one jaded, but it is the familiar and the unexpected that keep things interesting.

Today three bird species (four if you include the swans I saw swimming the canal with their 6 cygnets) occupied much of my time, all three are summer migrants and all three saw me spending a good half an hour with each, watching, waiting and photographing.

A Quick Post

Today's post is going to be very light on the writing, but plenty of photos (well plenty of the same two birds really). Sorry but tired and my other love is about to kick off in the 2nd leg of the Europa League semi final (yes I am a Liverpool FC fan).

I had an enjoyable walk this morning around the patch, managed to get a patch tick (I know there should be more writing when you get a tick) in the form of a Turnstone seen distantly across the Stilt pits (Eastern pits, but that new name sounds so much better). The vast majority of my time was spent photographing two rather obliging Common Whitethroat. 

Pics below.

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day - Little Egret in Flight
Beautiful Day - Little Egret in Flight
Having finished working my final night shift of the week, at 07:00 this morning, I stepped out of the office doors and was greeted by a beautiful day!

The sky was a glorious blue, the sun was shining brightly and the light wind that was blowing gently was warm but cooling. The day felt fresh and full of promise.

After the long walk home (my Fit-bit tells me it was just under 10000 steps), I packed my daughter off to school and Zoe off to work, donned a pair of shorts (I much prefer shorts to trousers) and headed out into the enclosed paddock and onto the patch, I was looking forward to seeing what the wonderful weather had brought in.

Introducing the Patch - Cattle Fields

Introducing the Patch - Cattle Fields
Introducing the Patch - Cattle Fields
Situated all around the old farm buildings (now office buildings and the big Manor Farm house), and looking down over the Flood Plain Forest Nature Reserve itself (main Lakes, Manor Farm Pits etc.), the Cattle Fields form one of the largest single areas of my Manor Farm patch, and definitely the largest open space.

As a side note I call the area the Cattle Fields here, but in truth the cattle are only in the fields part of the year (my least favourite time, I don't really have a great relationship with cows, they have a tendency to not like me either!), at other times the fields lay empty and at yet others they hold flocks of sheep, so really they are just utility fields but Cattle Fields is a much nicer name!

Warbler Wonderland

Warbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail
Warbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail
A Lack of decent photos (Not sure what has happened this week) and a lack of motivation to write this week has meant no blog posts even though I have been out every day this week, so far, so it's another round up post, sorry.

One thing I'd like to shout from the rooftops before I start the post though is the stunning fact that I have reached the 100 mark on bird species for the year on the patch, and we are not out of April! Quite amazing in my opinion, maybe not if you have a wonderful coastal patch but on the edge of Milton Keynes and just about as far from the coast as you can get I think it's pretty good (but more on that later I guess).