This morning we had homework to do. Grandson J did the clever stuff - Maths - and I had the easy bit - clearing out blanket weed from the pond. Well - I did do some but then got side-tracked watching the birds in the garden.
I still have families of Great and Blue Tits visiting. Today I had two Greenfinch youngsters, a visit from a Nuthatch (lovely) and, being a warm day, a Banded Demoisoille flew across the pond - great surprise!
When I got back to looking at the pond, the wildlife there was interesting too.
Frogs (three in all) were using the Lily leaves as sunshades from the warm sun.
Blue and Large Red Damselflies flitted busily about looking for an egg-laying site.
This hover fly (I think?) was one of about four that stopped on the lily leaves to drink
And this wonderful moth landed on something J was using, in the garden.
(This picture really benefits from being enlarged by clicking on it - its markings are interesting)
If anyone can identify this, I would be grateful. I can't find it in my rather limited moth book!)
Maurice has kindly suggested that this is a "Crambus lathoniellus" moth and I'm inclined to agree with him based on the visual comparison, the time of year when found, and the location - the grass in my back garden!
Homework was done and dusted so after an early lunch we headed off for the London Wetland Centre at Barnes.
Birds were scarce and what was about was quiet in the afternoon sun.
Grey Herons everywhere but this one was walking about and fishing
Coots seem to be everywhere you look these days and this Mother and Child were no exception
A Black Tailed Skimmer landed on the path in front of us so I grabbed a quick shot.
(EDIT: I'd originally identified this as a Broad Bodied Chaser and thanks to Maurice for his correction. It's really obvious when you look at the book and ID it correctly! Thanks Maurice :)
A female mallard - the markings always delight me, was sunning herself
with her partner next to her
These two captive cranes came through the enclosure to have a drink. There are now two areas where these are and these are the most recent additions.
And sculptures were everywhere it seemed. All of the following have been made from recycled materials.
Entitled "The Twitcher"
"Redshank" made from various bits and ieces including Venetian Blinds!
"Cycling fish" fashioned from bicycles and cogs
Not sure what this was made from!
and this bird - all plastic bags and bicycle wheel rims!
A "Swanbrella" made from white plastic bags and an umbrella handle!
and finally - a Grey Heron
Another lovely day in the sun. And tomorrow - is Monday!
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