We have a friend coming to stay this weekend – he’s a knowledgeable birder as well so maybe there will be a chance to progress our 36 species of bird we have spotted from the meadows.
(Incidentally and by way of a conversational cul de sac, we have also spotted things other than birds:
seal (through binoculars on the sea – didn’t find one in the pond!))
Bats (no more detailed identification than that)
Broad bodied, Southern Hawker, Ruddy Darter dragon flies
Red eyed damselflies
One squirrel once spotted fleetingly down by the pond but thats it
So very scarce on squirrels and absolutely not a sign of a hedgehog.)
With this friend visiting this weekend, we toured the meadows this morning with secateurs and collected some autumn-themed foliage to make a couple of arrangements for his room.
They look really good although I felt a bit guilty for removing some of the birds winter food source purely for aesthetic reasons.