Nature Ponderings - May 2022

Updated: May 30






FOREWORD

As a lover of Nature, and an artist behind the lens, I feel compelled to record my day-to-day connections with my garden and open green spaces in my corner of the World. My premise is to create little stories of the discoveries and the changes I witness through the seasons, as I take my daily jaunt outside. Be sure to catch at the base of this post the little stories that people tell me along the way.


At the end of the year, I hope to create a visual epilogue of Nature's yearly cycle.




Gina

A member of Nature Spot Leicestershire & Rutland

A pledgee of WildEast


Useful Links

Big Garden Birdwatch 2022

Creating a Wetter, Wilder, Woodier Future

 




DAY ONE - The sublime beauty of May.

1.5.2022


Lush green foliage spilling over

May is the most giving of months, and as I revisit the park after missing so much of it in April, I am greeted by the beautiful sight of lush green foliage spilling over, Canada Geese and Mallard chicks scurrying across the water as fast as their legs will take them to keep up with mum, and more bird song.


Bluebells have broken through, winding pathways have become more intriguing as the pathway ahead is obscured by the return of dense leaves. The ground is dry and in need of rain, yet only 3 weeks ago it was slippery underfoot.






Little Web-Footed Bundles

The Greylag Goslings have almost doubled in size since I first saw them 4 days ago, and another visitor of the Park told me that she had seen a Swan nesting, so I am going to keep a keen eye open for developments.







The Value of Conversation

This morning, my very dear friend, Brigitte of Moss and Stone Floral Design posted on Instagram how she had just heard the resident Cuckoo in her village and asked if anyone else has heard their call where they live. I replied saying that I had not yet heard our resident Cuckoo in the Park on my doorstep, and that I love its deep, welcoming call.


Someone on Brigitte's post mentioned how the Cuckoo only stays in the UK for a brief period, migrating mid-Summer. This intrigued me and so I immediately visited the RSPB website to discover more about this interesting Bird. I soon fell upon how the RSPB are working to help Nature's significant decline that a mere 15% of people are aware is a National Crisis.




The last 50 years have seen precipitous declines across all species, from wildflowers and insects to mammals and birds




From this tiny spark today, my desire to discover more about the inhabitants of our local Park has been ignited more than ever. If you wish to discover more, I have included some useful links at the base of this post.




Fond childhood memories of feeding Bread to Birds and Waterfowl ...

... little did I know that this is not good for Birds and Waterfowl.



Bread fills the Birds and Waterfowl up, but it lacks the nutrition found in other foods such a Seeds, Rice and Peas. Birds and Waterfowl can suffer from malnutrition, which can cause issues to their wings, that prevents them from flying. Un-eaten Bread can create harmful bacterial in the water, which causes harm to the life in it. It also attracts Vermin, such as Rats that can potentially spread deceases.

More information





Greylag Goose [Anseriformes]. Found in Reed beds, marshes, estuaries & lakes. Diet: Plant material, incl.

roots, tubers, shoots, leaves, in water and on land. First record: Anglo Saxon Times.



My recently purchased Canon L-Series 100mm Macro f2.8 continues to surprise me.





A beautiful and brave Song Thrush scurried past me, looking for grubs, and if you zoom in on the photo above, you will see that he has one in its beak.


I discovered on the site of BBC Springwatch is famous for smashing open Snails. It is one of the earliest birds to start singing in the year in the UK.






As I neared the top of the Park toward Doctor's Lane, a Cat greeted me. I think he wanted to join in on my walk as he followed me for a while.



I usually capture this interesting tree, because I love its Canopy and twisted trunk.



Despite visiting the park most days, I still manage to discover new aspects of it to record with my camera or phone. These two images caught my eye either because of shape, interest or light. I'm seeing so much this way, in-place of looking for subject matter.






St Mark’s Fly [Bibio marci] - Male



On the last leg of my walk I discovered that it is named St Mark’s Fly, which are usually seen in Cornwall. This one is a Male, identified by its large eyes and clear wings. It is a mere 1cm in length.




Dried-up River side reeds



Tufted Duck [ Aythyia Fuligula] Drake left | Female right. Just fascinating.








DAY TWO - Muntjac Deer & Egret

2.5.2022