We started off with a walk down to the hide in the lake. There were lots of Canada geese making a lot of noise and we saw a few greylag geese. A lapwing was near the hide, although it refused to look towards us, so we only got a photo of its back and lovely long crest. Just as we were leaving a heron flew to the bank near us and posed for a photo and we spotted a redshank hiding in the reeds at the edge of the lake.
|Lapwing - beautiful sheen to it's feathers and just look at that fancy crest!|
At the barn we took part in a trail through the woods to work out what a squirrel had for breakfast, we guessed which creature had laid which eggs and we went on a treasure hunt.
|Finding the clues in the woodland trail|
|Which creature laid which egg? BMG only got two the wrong way round and|
they were all quite hard
|One of the items in the treasure hunt was to find something that would|
balance on your nose
|Watching the tadpoles|
Then we watched the birds for a while, both from the window in the barn and the hide in the woods. We saw a yellowhammer and a reed bunting, as well as many of the old favourites: great tits, blue tits, robins, blackbirds, chaffinches and greenfinches.
|The hide in the woods|
On the way home we drove past Aston Clinton Ragpits, so popped in for a quick look around. The kids enjoyed running up and down the steep banks and Little Brother sad he felt like he was "on top of the world"!
The primroses looked beautiful and were being enjoyed by lots of butterflies and bee flies.
|Brimstone butterfly feeding on the primroses|