It is impossible to go bird watching and not take notice of all the other beautiful, weird and wonderful things that nature has to offer. Since starting birding just over two years ago, I have seen a grass snake catch a frog, watched a dragonfly hatch, been enchanted by wasp spiders (this from an arachnophobe) and developed a niche interest in hoverflies. The whole art of birding - standing quietly, moving slowly and cautiously - perfectly lends itself to seeing and musing on things to which you would never normally give a second glance.
And so it was yesterday at the Waterworks and this time the subject was, well, poo. I have, I suspect, a greater than average knowledge of faeces (being a nurse of 35 years standing, I hasten to add; not because I have another much weirder niche interest), but animal faeces is a whole new world of fascination. Initially I came across this:
The brambles just along the path from the wildlife garden have been filled with birds in the last couple of weeks and yesterday was no exception - blackcaps, garden warbler, blue and great tits, common & lesser whitethroat were all feeding on the berries
whilst Dunnock and linnets were feeding on the ground. Also on the ground evidence of rabbits:
Rabbit poo is everywhere now they have recovered from last year's myxie. So here is my first faeces question - why do the green bottles not tuck into rabbit poo? In fact, nothing seems to be attracted to it. Why is this?
The final excreta was in the wildlife garden
No snake today in the boardwalk pond but I did spot this on the fence.
The hides were much more enjoyable with reed and cetti's warblers visible and vocal and a lovely wren who seemed very bold and uncaring of me and my camera.
In the space of a week the Waterworks seems to have gone from Summer to Autumn with berries everywhere