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#30DaysWild day 28, 29 and 30 – Urban wild

It has been a very busy few days for me, so I haven’t had much time to sit down and blog. I have, however had plenty of opportunities to enjoy some wonderful urban wild moments.

Here are my last few 30DaysWild for 2017, with a promise that I will – as always – be staying wild!

Day 28 – Urban plants

I know that I haven’t paid much attention to plants so far this month, but that all changed today!

First I spotted that someone had carved a leaf into some stone masonry. Walking a little further I found a real plant, this one growing out of a gutter. When I rounded the next corner, I found a building that had been almost entirely covered by a vine! I thought it was quite an impressive sight!

 

Day 29 – Birds

Today I was going to see some friends off at Heathrow, so I promised myself that I would find some of the Pied Wagtails known to hang out in the trees outside the Terminals. I thought it was a long shot, but still worth a try.

It was dusk as I said good bye to my friends, and as I made my way outside I decided to for fill the promise I’d made myself. I headed over to the nearby trees and sure enough several feathered faces peered back at me in the fading light. Happy with my ‘wild’ moment, I left for home.

Pied Wagtail

A quick pit stop at the services were required, I looked out through the car window expecting to see only cars and lorries. Then a flutter caught my eye, a bird flew over the car park and landed in a nearby tree. It was only then I realised it was a Tawny Owl. I approached carefully, and using only the light from the nearby street lamp, I took a photo. The owl remained for a few moments, looking around its surrounding before it was off into the night!

Tawny Owl

 

Day 30 – Travelling

Today was another day of travel, this time from Worcester to home with some urban wild in between.

At the train station in Worcester I watched the gulls flying, landing and resting. A sight I won’t see for a while and will miss.

Lesser black-back gull

In Nuneaton train station, I noticed cosy little nests had been made by Sparrows, exploiting the holes in the eaves to make themselves a home.

Sparrow

On my walk between the train and bus station I passed an over grown buddleia that was spilling out over the pavement. The purple bush was smothered by busy bumblebees, foraging for every drop of sugary nectar they could get.

Bumblebees on a buddleia

Finally a short break for a snack before catching the bus. I was kept company by hungry pigeons, who snatched up any clumsily dropped crumbs in a blinking of an eye!

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I find it so easy to admire urban wildlife. While we build with concrete and bricks, it is the plants and animals that find the cracks and fill them full of life.

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#30DaysWild days 26 and 27

Day 26 – Bees and hoverflies

Today I spent a blissful few moments watching bees and hoverflies!

Bees and hoverflies

Day 27 – A trip down the River Severn

As I’m now in Worcester for a few days, I decided a trip down the river was in order. I was surrounded by birds! Sand martins darting low across the water, blue blurs of Kingfishers gave out their distinctive whistles as they passed by, the gulls were more relaxed on the water as they just floated easily on the river’s surface.

 

I couldn’t help but smile that the Mallard who had made her nest in a plant pot on the brow of a barge!

A nesting Mallard

The cutest moment of the day goes to a little Cygnet, catching a ride on its mother’s back!

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#30DaysWild days 22, 23, 24 and 25

Day 22- Some unexpected wildlife

As I was leaving work, I was beginning to think I wasn’t going to have a wild moment, a Red Kite flew overhead. Not something seen there until about 2 months ago. Exciting to see!

Red Kite

 

Then when I got home, I came across this beauty waiting for me on my front door!

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Day 23 – Ox eye daisy

In May I planted an Ox eye daisy plant, today it finally flowered! I took a photo because I clearly wasn’t the only one enjoying the new bloom.

Ox eye diasy

 

Day 24 – Burt

While out and about at work today, one of the very tame resident Robins came to say hello! I call them all Burt – after Burt Ward. If you’re really lucky, they sometimes come and feed from your hand!

Burt the Robin

 

Day 25 – An unusual view of a moth

Today I had the chance to admire a very pretty moth. It had landed on a window, so I was able to not only see the top of the moth but also the underside of it. I think those eyes are amazing!

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My photographs from February and March

Having missed last month’s blog, I am posting two photos to make up for my absence.

February’s photo is of a House Sparrow taking flight.

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March’s photo is of a curious Robin who landed on some iron railings to inspect what I was up to!

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You can see January’s photo here.

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My photograph from January

January was not only a chilly month, but also full of cheeky and charming Robins! This little beauty landed right in the middle of my path so I stopped to say hello!

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My photograph from June and July!

June was a fun and busy month of 30 Days Wild, so I decided to save June’s photo for this month’s blog.

My photo from June is a of Little Egret, spotted at Borrow Pit Lake in Tamworth.IMG_3526PScc

My photo from July is a of Gatekeeper. I took this photo on a walk through my local patch, I saw so many species of butterflies it was wonderful!IMG_7578PScc


Click to see my previous month photo here.

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Day 11 #30DaysWild – An Unexpected Urban Safari

Needing a trip to the supermarket today, I decided to shake my routine up a bit and head towards Tamworth retail estate. Once done, I could have headed straight home but decided to stretch my legs and follow the path into Tamworth town centre.

My first wild moment was the highlight of the day and could not have been more urban wild! Looking over towards the main road underpass, I had the unexpected delight to see an Oystercatcher dabbling in a large puddle!

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I continued on along the path and came across what I now know is Borrow Pit Lake. Between the A5, the Snow Dome and a large retail estate, it really wasn’t what I expected to find! It was teeming with life! A short walk turned into an exploration of several hours!

Walking round the lake I passed a flotilla of Canada and Graylag Geese.

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A little further on and I came across the Oystercatcher for a second time! I also greeted by the peep-peep-peeping of a family of Swans and a family of Mallards! All still very cute and fluffy! They were so lovely to see, they completely distracted me from the two elegant birds that stood so obviously before me. A Heron, a little way from me and a gorgeous Little Egret!

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As I continued on, I encountered more wildlife and some gorgeous views! This is a wild haven I shall be visiting again very soon!

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Day 8 & 9 #30DaysWild

Day 8
My day was mainly filled with (necessary) housework, not a particularly wild thing to do. Though short pause was needed to escort a Ground Beetle out the back door so I could continue vacuuming! I did take a break, stretch my legs and get some sun. I took a short walk around my neighbourhood wild patch. Not only was it nice to feel the warm summer air on my skin, but I also spotted my first, second and third Damselfly of the year!

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Day 9
Today has been full of much needed rest and relaxation! This did include another walk around my neighbourhood wild patch and also a little further into the surround fields

Though I had only visited the wild patch 24 hours earlier, I knew that some things would have remained the same, but there’s always something different to see!

The bees that yesterday covered the invading gooseberry bushes, were still busily buzzing round the flowers today. The call of a Whitethroat filling the whole area with song was again singing loudly today! But the three Damselflies I spotted yesterday were now joined by an abundance of the little beauties! The Large White butterflies were fluttering in the sun just like yesterday, but now Speckled Wood butterflies also enjoying the warm sun light on the trees. The songs of the Chiffchaff and Great Tit of yesterday were now joined by the accompanying calls of their newly fledged chicks! And to cap off today’s visit, as I arrived the air was cut through with the piercing cries of a low flying Buzzard that flew just a feet about the meadow as it departed!

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My walk into the fields did take me past an ice cream van. A FAB was bought and thoroughly enjoyed, as was the aerial display from the House Martins and Swallows!

As I relished a slow walk home I noticed a couple of Wolf Spiders stood proud over their egg sacks. I stopped to take a closer look. I started to count … I got to 20 and gave up as I noticed another group close-by. There must have been 40, possible even 50 individuals in a few square metres of the long grass! Quite a sight to see!

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Day 1 #30DaysWild

It’s been a bit of a damp start for June where I am, but I’m none the less excited about 30 Days Wild.

I got off to a great start, my first duties at work was to go do a bird survey in the Nature Reserve. So I sat in the rain and listened to the beautiful melodies around me!

I recorded a short audio of the moment, you can hear it below!

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