Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A Restful Day.

On Sunday I was up with the Lark ... actually it was 3am and the Lark was still sleeping ... and headed over to Bookham Common for a Dawn Chorus walk at 4.30am with a few like-minded birders from the Surrey Bird Club. I arrived well before the start time so I spent a very enjoyable half hour with a crescent moon lighting a very dark sky and listened to at least three Nightingales singing their hearts out while a couple of Tawny Owls provided some background sounds.
During the first 30-45 minutes of the Dawn Chorus it was difficult (even for a reasonably trained ear) to distinguish the individual songsters but throughout the following two hours I heard 5 separate Nightingales, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cuckoo, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Common Whitethroat just to name a few. Unfortunately I failed to hear a Lesser Whitethroat and there was no indication of any Willow Warblers on the common. One thing I did notice is that once it was light and throughout the rest of the morning there was a distinct lack of bird activity (very few flying or feeding) and I put this down to the obvious lack of insects. I finally logged about 33 species, including the unexpected flyover of a Red Kite.

So on Monday I decided to have a restful day in the garden; well that was until I realised that part of the retaining wall behind the shed needed rebuilding! A fern had outgrown its allotted space and had lifted the coping stone so after removing the offending plant I reconstructed the wall and then it was time for an 'al-fresco' light snack and enjoy some of the spring colour in the garden.

 Euphorbia, Tulip, Cammasia, Narcissus and Muscari.

Symphytum (Comfrey), Dicentra, Bergenia, Euphorbia and Anemone.

Erythronium 'Pagoda'.

 A number of visits from butterflies including this Comma plus several Holly Blues ....

.... and a very fresh Speckled Wood who decided to stop for a rest.    FAB.

9 comments:

  1. really beautiful blooms! sounds like your early morning rise was worth it to hear the chorus. :)

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    1. Theresa ... Rising early was definitely worth the effort.

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  2. What color in your garden. Gorgeous flowers. Glad to hear from you. Carol.

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  3. Carol .. I just hope the rain doesn't spoil the garden blooms!

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  4. Wow, your garden is beautiful. So many colorful blooms, love these photos!

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  5. Lots of beautiful flowers Frank.
    3am, I must try that sometime, (I think)?

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  6. Your blossoms and butterflies are beautiful! We're just now getting spring here.

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  7. Hi Frank, your birding outing was nice memories to savour for the following day working in the garden; delightful and colourful photos of...

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  8. Hi Frank, it's good to see you back on the blogging scene again.

    That's a great selection of colourful images from your garden, it must look sunning?

    It's a magical experience to hear a full on dawn chorus, those sleepy heads snuggled up in their nice warm and cosy beds don't know what they're missing!...[;o)

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