This year we decided to have a series of weekends away with each of our children rather than a longer holiday. So this week we launched ourselves across the country to the Pembrokeshire town of Saundersfoot with one of our daughters and her fiancé.
Of course we couldn’t be in Saundersfoot without a spot of rock pooling:
We were only away three nights but this was long enough to get very behind with the harvesting at this time of year.
Overgrown courgettes anyone?
Whilst we were in Wales, the bird ringers set up their nets in the meadows one morning and caught a variety of warblers – Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and this Reed Warbler:
For the first time ever in the meadows, they caught a Magpie. We are now enjoying spotting this ringed Magpie on the cameras:
Another thing that hasn’t happened before is that they caught a Short-tailed Field Vole in the nets – what a sweetie:
I like this trio of photos captured by a trail camera. The female Sparrowhawk is passing the time of day on the perch:
Then, just visible in the top right hand corner, a Magpie lands on the camera and the Sparrowhawk cranes her head around to look at it. A few years ago we got a trail camera photo of a Sparrowhawk taking a Magpie and I should think no bird whatsoever would want to catch the eye of a Sparrowhawk like this:
The Magpie promptly flies off, although I personally would have chosen to go in the opposite direction, away from the Sparrowhawk:
Other photos from the meadows this week:
I am finishing this week by taking the blog off on location again. My brother was so lucky to get the chance to see a family of Barn Owls in North Somerset recently. He only has a camera phone but his friend took this fantastic photo of them in very low light:
Here are two more that his friend has taken of these birds recently:
We don’t get Barn Owls here unfortunately and it is thrilling to see them doing so well over there in North Somerset.