|The wildlife at Strumpshaw are always welcoming|
The flowerbed was still full of insect activity despite of the cold weather. Blue-tailed damselflies, orange-tips, hoverflies and bees were busy pollinating or resting on the plants the staff have put out for them. The 'bee log' had many solitary bees, like red mason bees, were searching for nesting holes. I also found a small caterpillar trying to cross over to another leaf, so I gave it a hand but only for it to be blown off by a gust of wind moments later.
|The caterpillar I 'helped'|
|Mallard with ducklings|
|Looking for Mum!|
|The Marsh Harrier returning for seconds|
Also today; swallows and swifts swarmed over the reserve in great numbers, pochards were looking good with their striking red heads, buzzards circled from high above, a pied wagtail made a visit in front of the Reception Hide and the coots were about with two bald-headed chicks. Back in Norwich, there was sad news as the youngest of the peregrine chicks had died. I was reassured that he didn't go to waste as it was fed to it's siblings. Yikes!
|Coot and Chick|
|Yellow Flag Iris|
|Lady Fern (Athyrium)|