Really felt like a spring afternoon today! Had a lovely couple of hours over Highgate Common.
Enjoyed my walk so much, never got round to doing a bird count. I was hoping for a few Invertebrates, but for some unknown reason, on such a warm beautiful spring type day… I didn’t see any! But making the effort going over HC looking for invertebrates, paid dividends on a magical bird photo opportunity.
To kick off, I’ll update you with a few photos of The New Heathland Corridor. Must say after walking down the side of the corridor this afternoon, I was well impressed how its already looking. Surprisingly for me it already looks so natural. Not that the following photos show that. I wish now I had taken a photo from The Staffordshire Way side. I think the 3rd photo, taken from the White House Lane side shows it the best, but you can’t see that much from that side…
Took this Common Buzzard, but didn’t realise till I got home that I had photographed it with its Nictitating Membrane blinking (2nd photo). This is a transparent third eyelid, which protects birds eyes…Well it was a sunny day. On the third photo, I just like how Common Buzzards seem to still look so graceful as they pick their way through the Trees and Branches..
For me this finished off a perfect afternoon. I was going to check out a small patch of Snowdrops for any invertebrates, just past the SWT Wardens Office. Unfortunately the Snowdrops were in shade, and there was no sign of any insects. Walking back I noticed what I thought was a squabble between two Goldcrests. Turns out there were three Goldcrests. Two males (it was the two males squabbling) and a totally exhausted female. The female more or less fell at my feet, and hid under some bramble surrounding a tree (I guess she had had enough of being chased round). What happened next will live with me forever. I got two males searching and displaying for the female right in front of me. I was way too close at first, so I had to move slightly backwards. But the two males were not in the slightest bit bothered by me, they were too busy looking for the female. I know in the next six photos I did get both males, but which is which I lost track of. Just hope the female got a bit of a rest. LOVED THIS….
On a sadder note:- I found out today that Adam Berry one of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wardens is leaving Highgate Common. I would just like to thank Adam for all his hard work over the last year, and also for being there for any of my numerous questions. I would also like to wish you all the best in your new Wardens roll, and for the Future!
KEEP IN TOUCH MATE!!