Sunday, 9 February 2014

Bluebell Wood in Winter

The woodland known as Bluebell Wood which forms part of the Parkland that I walk regularly doesn't look quite at its best at the moment. Firstly because in Winter deciduous woodland never looks that good anyway and also there is considerably less in the way of nature generally. This is compounded by the fact that due to the recent excessive rainfall the paths are quite muddy and the river that runs along side the wood is flooding.

NB: Most of the scenic images have had some vignetting added for effect.


There are a few birds to be found, the Robin being one of the certainties.


Below is the recently installed walkways that has improved some areas for the general public to walk in Summer (so that they don't get there footwear to dirty) {:))


The Dunnock is another likely species to be found.


The river (brown at the moment due to silt) is much higher than usual and the meadow beyond, although low lying, is not flooded normally like it is in this photograph.


The male Great Tit is looking more colourful now that Spring is coming.



A Grey Squirrel taking a peep at what I am doing.



Fungi can be found growing on trees.


This path has been overcome by the high water level from the river.



The newly constructed stairs down to the river path.


If you know where to look you may also see (or more likely hear) the Nuthatch.





A Blue Tit will be observed frantically moving about branches searching for sparse food at this time.













28 comments:

  1. Good morning Roy This is a lovely post of your photographs. That is a great new walk way for the public to use and I love all the shots of the birds and Squirrel you found during your walk. There is a lot of flooding on the fields and for me, those shots are fantatic.

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  2. again, even though all sodden; the photos are charming Roy; lovely perspectives and beautiful variety of birds considering

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  3. Looks a great place for a nature ramble Roy. Really like the tree scene (photo #9). I think a bit of vignette helps to focus the eye on some photos.

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    1. Thanks John. Yes its a good place to ramble through at various times of the year.

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  4. Hi Roy,

    I laughed a lot when reading this blog. I like the great red-spotted tit and the sort of fat squirrel very much. And the photo of the squirrel eating and taken from aside is wonderful. Are you still ok in the UK with all the rain etc?

    Have a nice sunday!
    Marianne

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    1. Thanks Marianne, yes they feb berry got in the way of the Great Tit.{:))
      Yes we are OK in East Anglia as many years ago we had some knowledgable Dutchmen who knew how to create and build rivers and drainage system that prevent flooding.{:))

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  5. Roy wat een geweldig mooi gebied laat je ons hier zien ik hoop dat wij er nog veel meer van te zien krijgen,dit is toch wel puur genieten.

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    1. Meer te komen tijdens de seizoenen Bas.

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  6. I can see why you go here often. What a beautiful place at any time of year! I love how you alternated the photos of the critters with the scenery....both lovely. Does look like you have had a lot of rain! It's been an unusual winter everywhere, I think.

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    1. Thanks Mary, yes the storms just keep coming across the Atlantic and there is no let up.

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  7. Lovely pictures even in this weather - I guess the reason for the footpath construction is at least in part to preserve the rest of the habitat from trampling feet!

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    1. Thanks Alison.
      Reasons.? I have my doubts that the Park Authorities know what they are doing most of the time.
      The boardwalk provides a route along the river bank, it doesn't prevent wandering off line and there are no signs.

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  8. A lot of woodwork at the park Roy.
    Hope it's not an excuse for them to start charging admission.

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    1. They charge for cars at the weekend during summer Keith, I never go at weekends as it is full of mindless persons similar to what you suffer. However the woodland area is usually too far to walk for most of them.

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  9. Hi Roy nice set of photos and looks a great place to walk even in the wet. I have been busy with other things so not much walking and my park is so muddy and water logged that it is not much fun there at the moment. Hope the weather picks up soon and I can get out with my camera...

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    1. Hi Amanda. Thanks, yes it needs to start improving soon./

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  10. What a great place to walk! Even beautiful in its winter foliage. That is one fat squirrel! The Great Tit is a striking bird!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. The Great Tit is one of our common birds.

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  11. Everything looks there, like it looks here - very wet and muddy. But it is good to see the familiar birds getting ready for spring. It looks a lovely place to walk at any time of year.

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    1. Its usually turns up something interesting most of the time Wendy, but certainly in Spring and Summer.

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  12. You say that the Bluebell Wood never been so beautiful and also by the heavy rains, but the picture;'s that I see here are really very nice. Your landscape photos are really beautiful to see. Very nicely done!

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  13. Hi roy

    What a great series, I love the small colourful birds against the browns and greys of the landscape, like little hidden gems. I hope things dry out soon everyone's weather seems so distressing lately.

    All the best.
    Guy

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    1. Thanks Guy, its going to take a while I think.

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  14. You still seem to have a lot of flooding there Roy. However your photos are showing it off too well! It looks great. I really like that last photo. Love your colors in the birds. Somehow you seem to have almost tropical colors in your birds. Think I will browse around in here a bit more. hope all is going well. cheers.

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    1. Thanks Nora. We do have a few really nice colourful species.

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