Taking time to look a little closer

In between the heavy thundery showers today I was busy taking time looking at our cattle across three of our sites; Southmoor, Hook Heath and Farlington. It was really useful taking the time to have a wander around the reserves, getting a good look at the cows and assessing whether they are doing a good job and eating the correct things. All seemed well apart from a few minor issues.

Storms a brewin'

Storms a brewin’

While I walked amongst the grass in the hayfield I couldn’t help but notice a little orange butterfly; not giving it much attention at first, I just thought it was a skipper, but on closer inspection it was in fact a Small Heath. Although they are now into their second generation this year I just hadn’t noticed them before.

Spot the Small Heath Butterfly

Spot the Small Heath Butterfly

While getting closer to the cows on the main marsh I noticed that they were being followed by 5 Yellow Wagtails, again another sign that autumn is fast approaching and summer species that headed north are now returning back south.  Last week in almost the same spot I got great views of a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, merrily feeding around the cattle trough.

Stormy cattle check. Looking out for Yellow Wags with the cows.

Stormy cattle check. Looking out for Yellow Wags with the cows.

It wasn’t all cow lookering today I also had a quick look at the levels in the lake as they had been unusually high recently. All was well though and the levels appeared to be back to normal. While I was there I noticed 27 Grey Plover; many sporting their stunning black and white breeding plumage, probably just arrived from Northern lands. Along with them were numerous Godwits, Redshank and Knot.

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2 thoughts on “Taking time to look a little closer

  1. Storms A Brewing – Fabulous capture. During the storms that we have experienced over the last couple of weeks there have been some interesting cloud formations. Your photo is the best that I have seen of the local area. Thanks for sharing.

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