Saturday 14 May 2011

Friday 13 May 2011

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Ingrebourne Valley 11th may 2011

Spent this morning and this evening to see if the Temmink's Stint had stayed ,  but there was no sign of it.  Still 2 pairs of LRP's there and they are still copulating.

Common Blue

Green Hairstreak

Small White

Temmink's Stint. tues 10th may 2011

Temmink's Stint at the Ingrebourne Valley, first recording, well done Dick Jeffries.   Everyone was there to see this incredibly small wader being harassed by the LRP's.  We need some rain to keep the birds comming here.

Sunday 8 May 2011

Hornchurch Country Park (Ingrebourne Valley)

                                                         Hornchurch Country Park

                                                          As I walk the Pathway
                                                          along the green meadows
                                                          past marshes and fences
                                                          and small wooded copses
                                                          I see airbourne friends
                                                          fly swiftly above them.
                                                          Not the young airbourne friends
                                                          who once flew in formation
                                                          but the ones who now live here
                                                          in peace and contentment.
                                                          And placed here and there
                                                          are large concrete gunposts
                                                          like giant grey mushrooms
                                                          pushing up from the ground.

                                                          As I walk the pathway
                                                          along the old airfield
                                                          I hear wildfowl above me
                                                          taking the flightpath. Then
                                                          suddenly a hawk swoops
                                                          out of the sun.
                                                          Meanwhile, two legged friends
                                                          lead their four legged friends
                                                          onto the green meadows
                                                          to bound about madly.
                                                          Then the plastic bag handed owners
                                                          proudly pick up the turds
                                                          like I pick the berries
                                                          to fill up my pies.
                                                          And If no one is looking
                                                          they'll toss them away
                                                          to hang in the trees
                                                          with the sweet smelling May.

                                                        copyright (c) 2007 Dave McGough.

Saturday 7 May 2011

Butterflies and Birds in the Valley early may 2011

Orange Tip

Small Copper

Painted Lady

Green-veined White

Common Blue

Brown Argus

Green Hairstreak

Common Blue

House Martin