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21st May 2020 – self-isolating in Bristol

My day started well when I managed to photograph a Coal Tit on the bird feeder. It didn’t seem too worried about me standing quite close by.

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DSC09022Coal tit on the garden bird feeder

Later in the day we had another visitor – a robin who couldn’t make up his mind whether to come in to the garden or not.

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DSC09446Clearly the seeds fallen from the bird feeders were too much to resist

There are lots of bees coming in to the garden at the moment. I need to get to grips with identifying these.

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21st May 2020 – Oldbury-on-Severn

We drove out in the country to find an isolated spot for a walk. We chose an area close to Oldbury Power Station, a decommissioned power station close to Oldbury-on-Severn on the south bank of the Severn Estuary.

Around the power station there are three lagoons in various states of disuse. These lagoons were large settling tanks, used during the dredging process for the tidal reservoir on the River Severn. The fine Severn silt was settled from the water, before it was discharged back to the river.

To the north of the power station we followed the nature trail which circumvents the two lagoons which are now completely overgrown. It was marvellous to be out in the country and, although we didn’t see many birds, we could hear loads (but not cuckoos which have been reported recently) and it was an amazing feeling to be out roaming through the meadows and woods and along the nature trail.

DSC08553The nature trail around the lagoons to the north of the power station

DSC08511Wonderful views across the Severn Estuary (but disappointingly no waders)

DSC08377Azure Damselfly at the beginning of our walk

DSC08761The meadow at the beginning of the walk

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DSC08403Woods early on the walk

DSC08404Marsh orchid

DSC08424Common dogwood

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DSC08457We could see and hear goldfinches around this pond

DSC08515The overgrown lagoon

DSC08519Views south towards the two Severn Bridges

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DSC08543Beautiful meadows

DSC08712A very tired peacock butterfly

DSC08036A comma butterfly

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DSC08271The star of our walk – a very cheerful chiffchaff

We had a quick look at the pond to the south of the power station before heading home.

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DSC08809Moorhen

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