I went to RHS Wisley - haven't been there since about last November. I decided to start by going through the Pinetum to see if I could spot the Kingfisher - erm, erm.... no!!
I like it through the Pinetum - there's not usually many people about.
I wandered through with the River Wey on my left. As I neared the Wildlife Preservation area this beauty was hopping about looking for worms..
I stood looking at the wildlife area considering how to go about getting permission to venture in when I spotted, what I thought was a rather odd looking Moorhen... Got the Binocs up to discover, much to my surprise and delight that it was a....
(Inserts here the photographic qualification of "record shots; poor light and subject a long way off")
The Wildlife area needs special permission to be entered but.... around the other side up on the hill overlooking it, Wisley are building a Bird Hide!! A first. It's due to open in Spring but looking at the area that seems to me, to be a bit further off completion than that; so evidence of the hide yet. Watch this space....
Well that was good!! I seem to be having a Water Rail time at the moment.
The Mallards were looking rather colourful as the light improved a little..
I walked up through the herbacious borders - looking as though they were resting. Robins seemed to be everywhere and singing their little hearts out!!
A climbing plant (Wysteria?) was looking woody whilst waiting for the buds to appear..
And after a quick snack a lunch time, a walk back past the gravel borders where Crocus and Dwarf Iris leant some blue to the day where the sky was sadly lacking it!
Not a bad stroll; but not the same without being able to say hello to Frank and David.