Sparrowhawk, Bees and a very peculiar egg

It was back to the pond today. It was quiet to begin, but the swallows were circling overhead, and a few ducks were playing at the water's edge. A heron lurked under the trees which overhang the pond. And then it appeared. I've seen a sparrowhawk circling above the pond several times recently, but today it came in low, sweeping across the water and causing a wild scattering of the local water fowl.

It settled briefly in one of the trees.

But not for long…

I saw it come down to the water's edge, but didn't see whether its hunt was successful. With so many fledglings around at the moment I very much suspect it (eventually) was.

There were other surprises as well today. At lunchtime I followed the flashing flight of a green woodpecker and ended up behind the village church. The woodpecker was perched on the old barn.

I was more concerned about the bees. And then I saw why; or rather 'where'. A colony has taken over a large gap in the church stonework. There was a constant stream on incoming and outgoing workers. I kept a safe distance. I don't fancy becoming the host for a swarm!

The final shot for today has me puzzled. It clearly wasn't laid in this position. It appears unbroken. I doubt very much that it's viable. But perched upright in the crook of a tree, an egg. Peculiar. And given the location in a churchyard, a curate's egg?

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. Dudley July 28, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Left over Easter Egg? 🙂

  2. KayFour July 28, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Makes you wonder, to be sure.

  3. gdare July 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    My father kicked a wall once where a huge colony of wasps made its nest. He managed to escape but with more than 20 bites. He needed to go and see doctor. I am not sure how he did survive that. Neither is he :left:

  4. Words July 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Erwin, I suspect a human hand. It is perfectly placed.

  5. Words July 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Darko, OUCH! That sounds quite nasty, but I'm sure there's a lesson somewhere in there about kicking walls! I'm glad he was ok in the end.

  6. Words July 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Andy, I don't think so, but maybe a very early one 😉

  7. Words July 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Karen, it was still there today. Very odd.

  8. SittingFox July 31, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Good to see the spr'awk. I've had one flying past my window this week but no chance for a photo. As for the egg, I blame the local fox 😉

  9. Words August 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Adele, oh yes a fox. A tree-climbing fox, of course. Sounds good to me. I've seen quite a few spr'awks lately, after a fairly quiet start to the year.

  10. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    The Photos are beautiful the egg thats a hard….problem!