Admiring the ducks and their ducklings I saw what I thought was unmentionable floating in the ornamental lake at St Annes. Yuk! But hang on, it was moving pretty swiftly for a number two.
Taking a swim
It’s the first brown rat I’ve seen taking a leisurely daytime swim. He dived underwater, popped up, clambered onto the rocks, kindly posed for a pic, then off he swam!
Taking a breather
Back for another swim
These little guys get a lot of bad press, reviled for their association with disease. In reality, they do their bit for mankind thriving on refuse and discarded food. Living off the wastefulness of modern society.
Happy to have seen a Rattus norvegicus, couldn’t help but sing “Hanging Around” on the way home. Now where is that Strangler’s album?
Cool wind blowing, but nice enough for a walk along the beach by Fairhaven Lake.
Reed buntings in full song; wheatears flitting in and out of the dunes; lots of unidentifiable little brown speckly birds, egrets, herons, swifts and swallows. Hopeless snapshots though, as all potential subjects move too fast!
Colourful plant life in the dunes becomes the snapshot project of the day. Plants don’t move about quite as quickly as bird life, unless there’s a vigorous sea breeze blowing.
I know this one – Thrift
It’s amazing how many tiny plants thrive in the nooks and crannies of the concrete sea defences. But, for me, like those brown speckly birds, wildflowers are impossible to identify, even with the help of my Collins Complete British Wildlife Photoguide. Navelwort, Biting Stonecrop, Common Bird’s-Foot-Trefoil, Mouse-Ear Hawkweed – a flower-fest of wonderful names.
Common Bird’s Foot Trefoil
It’s all guesswork – Rose Root?
Could this be Mouse-Ear Hawkweed?
Whatever they are, they look lovely!
I admire professional wildlife photographers
Every feather, every whisker pin sharp
My efforts are snapshots
Merely snapping a shot
Hoping it will be recognisable
I’m happy with today’s subjects!
Ringed plovers and dunlin
Dunlin & interloper
The one’s that didn’t materialise – a wheatear, a little brown mottled thing I couldn’t identify, linnets too far away and too fast to capture, and the scratchy tones of, possibly, a whitethroat skulking in the shrubbery that refused to show itself. Another time maybe?
The other great find was this – to add to my collection of beach treasures. It didn’t flinch an inch!
Not wildlife. Just wild!
Little silver hedgehog recently posted great excitement at seeing hedgehog poo! I too have seen evidence in my front garden; the first time in 3 years living in St Annes.
Hedgehogs need a thoroughfare for their night-time foraging. All the gardens are enclosed where I live, so unless neighbours agree to take out another brick in the wall, hedgies are well and truly stumped.
A few weeks back we cut out a hole in the garden gate, created two hedgehog nesting sites, and waited. Last night I was fidgety about next door’s security lights forever going on and off. As the neighbours were away, I went to investigate, and almost trod on a huge beast of a hedgehog outside the back door. S/He curled up and played dead until I went away. Then s/he went about the usual hedgehog business. Since creating the hole in the gate we suspected hedgehog activity, and now it’s confirmed. Can’t tell you how exciting this is! I’ll lie in wait every evening to attempt a pic for evidence.
Until then, hedgie pics from when we lived in Leicester, where hogs (and foxes) were regular visitors to the garden. We offered our garden as a release site for recuperating hogs. They just bunked off into the wild, never to return. There’s gratitude for you! Since being in St Annes we’ve missed visitations from prickly friends, but so happy that this could be the turning point.
Wholemeal bread – yum!
I don’t mind sharing!
Duckling and gosling activity
Wait for me!
Little balls of fluff on the move
whizzing all over the place
like clockwork wind-up toys
keeping their brood together
Do what I do!