I have enjoyed getting out with fellow photographers and naturalists Will Hawkes, Max Thompson and Jack Barton to various places, including Somerset last Sunday. The estuaries around Falmouth and nearby coast have been good fun to explore, with Red-necked and Black-necked Grebes, Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, and plenty of Mediterranean Gulls to entertain. Firecrests seem to be lower in abundance than when I left the county back in December, but I have still come across the odd one. It has been cool to come across migrants like Blackcaps and Common Sandpipers that have decided to overwinter in the area, too, no doubt a product of the wet and mild climate presiding over the area.
I plan to write a few blog posts in the next week or so, introducing this year's birding Patch for the 2016 Patchwork Challenge, and showing a few of the invertebrates that we have been discovering on night-time walks around the nearby reservoirs. Here are some images from recent weeks and days for now!
A tame male Stonechat on campus
a very smart Green Woodpecker
Redwing and a pretty wholesome worm!
Close encounter with the local Mute Swans!
Little Grebes on the local Swanpool
Common Sandpiper- not the typical wader you expect to come across at this time of year!
Great Northern Diver
Mint Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina menthastri)
Springtail (Collembola sp.)
Walnut Orb-weaver (Nuctenea umbratica)