Woods Mill is a local wildlife reserve, about 15 miles from here. It's quiet spot, but usually provides something worthwhile to see. Last year I saw kestrel chicks, and had hopes of a repeat. I was too early, or at least there were no chicks in evidence. The kestrels were though, including this one which perched on the nesting box.
The sparrowhawks were out as well, though I hadn't expected to see one being mobbed by swallows!
The ponds were teeming with tadpoles…
But the real display was just above the small streams that criss-cross the reserve. The beautiful demoiselle damselflies are just beginning to appear. This is a female.
Late afternoon, just before we were leaving, we stopped by a woodland nest box. I've seen these birds before, but have never managed more than a snatched and blurred photo. Today I was in luck. A pair of adult nuthatches were busy gathering grubs for their brood.
You can just make out a hungry beak in this shot…
And talking of greedy youngsters, we have a few of those in the garden. Four or five of the cubs were out this evening, creating a touch of mayhem in the borders. They are certainly gaining in confidence…
Bold was keeping a close eye on them… and as a reward for her patience we gave her an egg.
But like greedy youngsters everywhere, one of the cubs badgered her so much that she dropped it. The cub made off with its prize.
Camera note: all the Woods Mill shots taken with the EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. The garden photos were taken with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.