30 Days Wild:Day 3 Barnwell Country Park in the Sun
Ashy Mining Bee
Barnwell Country Park is a fabulous place to visit. Although very busy, it is easy to get away from the crowds and find yourself walking through swathes of nettles and cow parsley, alive with bees and damselflies.
We spotted this beautiful bunch of fluffy cygnets following their Mum closely. A little further on , we were pleased to see two young Mandarin ducks with the male duck close by ~ no sign of the female however.
Red -eyed Damselfly
Sadly, we did not hear or see any kingfishers, but were amazed at the number of red-eyed damselflies we saw from the Kingfisher hide.We also had great views of a variety of butterflies and dragonflies next to the cafe ~ a good opportunity to stop for refreshments; it would be rude not to!
Red Kite Eating Lunch
This red kite was a little too far away for my camera, but we watched enthralled as it tore into its prey, before circling the area a few times and then landing in a tree on the opposite side of the river. On closer inspection with our new binoculars, we could see its eye peering out of its nest.
Mute Swan with Cygnets