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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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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