Saturday, 15 April 2017

RSPB Swell Wood, Somerset. Heronry 10th April

After our visit to see the Green - winged Orchids at Barrington Hill we decided to visit Swell Wood to see the nesting Herons on our way home. 
The new hide here is brilliant giving great views of the nesting Herons in the tree canopy above.  Fascinating watching the agile comings and goings of these birds and listening to their almost prehistoric reptilian croaks and calls. Close your eyes and you could almost be in Jurassic Park!  
There is a pond area in front of the hide where a Nuthatch came down to sift through the mud and levels. Plenty of Orange Tip butterflies danced their way over the Celandines etc never settling for long.
On the flora side the woodland floor in places is a blanket of blue and gold from the Celandines and Bluebells, with a few Wood Anemones here and there.
From the feeders in the Car Park plenty of Blue, Great and Coal Tits etc but never staying for long because of the number of visitors coming in and out of the carpark.
A great little reserve to visit, will have to return when it's a little quieter though. People wise that is! 

   Carpets of blue and gold


   A beautiful sweet aroma from the bluebells 


   Can't beat a woodland in Spring

                  Good numbers of nests high in the canopy




  A sharp eye on things!

                  Coal Tit

                   Nuthatch at the pond edge


   Strike a pose


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