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This was the amazing sunrise that greeted me as I walked by the nature reserve. A flight of Canada Geese completed the picture.
There was a roebuck snoozing in the North Pool field while out on the salt marsh several curlews, many shelducks, a number of teal, a pair of oystercatchers, a duo of gadwalls and a common sandpiper was the icing on the cake.
It was a lovely afternoon for a wildlife count with plenty to see from swallows and martins to orange-tip and peacock butterflies. Plenty of birdsong too including the joyful song of a skylark drifting down from over the salt marsh.
Though this kestrel hunting across the reserve stole the show. His hour long search for food ended successfully and he flew off to the salt marsh with his prey. … See MoreSee Less
The ponds on the edge of Portbury Wharf (Fennel Road side) are amphibian breeding ponds and hundreds of frogs and toads, plus some newts, have migrated there from the nearby housing estate during January-March to deposit spawn. Some of the toads were filmed by student, Yazz Ellis, for this film about migration. … See MoreSee Less
With landing gear down these redshanks were among 60 that came to North Pool Island during our wildlife count yesterday.
It was another high tide covering the salt marsh and reaching almost to the top of the sea wall. So waders like redshanks had few safe places to hold up until the water receded.
The hedgerows were also full of life from wrens to green and gold finches and cuties like this long-tailed tit. With larger birds cropping up in unexpected places. This heron was in the rhyne next to the sea wall. So engrossed in hunting it was ignoring the walkers, runners, cyclists and dogs three metres away on the sea wall. … See MoreSee Less
The sun brought in some unusual visitors to the North Pool yesterday – 3 Gadwall. These beautifully elegant birds are " amber" on the RSPB conservation list and whilst not rare they are fairly scarce. … See MoreSee Less
Some of our recent posts have shown roe deer bucks in velvet. The velvet is the soft hairy skin that covers and protects the new antlers while they grow. So here are a few more of our Portbury Wharf roe bucks in varying stages of velvet.
Only the male roe deer have antlers and each year, around November time, they lose their antlers. However, new ones soon start to grow and by December you can just see the little velvet nobs of new antlers showing.
The developing antlers are more visible in February and are almost fully grown by April. So in April and May the blood supply to the velvet dries up and falls off to reveal this year’s hardened antlers. Rubbing their antlers on trees and posts often helps to remove the velvet. … See MoreSee Less