WALKING WITH NATUREAmong Amelia Heath's albums
Even with two hearing aids in I find it difficult to hear birdsong unless the surrounding area is totally silent, and even if I do hear it, I cannot determine the direction from whence it comes. Step in Adrian. Yesterday at the beginning of our canal walk he pointed out this little brown bird (an unidentified LBB) singing his heart out n the opposite side of the canal. I took several photos of it, and one of them worked quite well. When we returned to the same place two hours later he was still there and still making heavenly music. It wasn't until I downloaded the photo that I could identify the songster. A Willow Warbler Calling
Yellow rattle. Rhinanthus minor
Yellow-rattle is an annual that thrives in grasslands, living a semi-parasitic life by feeding off the nutrients in the roots of nearby grasses. For this reason, it was once seen as an indicator of poor grassland by farmers, but is now often used to turn improved grassland back to meadow - by feeding off the vigorous grasses, it eventually allows more delicate, traditional species to push their way through.
Goosander. Mergus merganser
This female goosander had two chicks, both moved very rapidly and were difficult to photograph. There was no sign of the male. She occasionally carried both on her back as we were watching.
Geranium robertianum. Herb robert
Herb-robert is a type of crane's-bill that is found in a variety of habitats, including woodland, hedgerows, rocky or exposed areas, scree slopes and coastal areas. Look for it in areas of shade away from acidic soils. Its small, pink flowers mainly appear between May and September. Herb robert (Geranium robertianum) has small crane’s-bill pink flowers and pungent foliage. It grows commonly in shaded areas where it can be a useful ground cover but its tendency to selfseed can make it a nuisance as a garden weed.
Field Pansy. Viola arvensis
The delicate Field pansy is a wild relative of our garden pansy and can be found in fields and on waste ground and roadside verges - anywhere the ground has been disturbed. Its long-stalked, pale yellow flowers can be found winding their way through the grasses from April to October. Field pansies are annuals, so they live for one growing season, flowering, seeding and dying off. Only the dormant seeds survive, ready for the next season. The flowers are cream or pale yellow with cream upper petals and more rarely blue or violet. Each flower is about 10-15mm in size. You have to keep your eyes peeled to see them.
Bracken (Pteridium) is a genus of large, coarse ferns. It is a prolific and abundant plant in the moorlands of Great Britain, where it is limited to altitudes of below 600 metres. It does not like poorly drained marshes or fen. It has been observed growing in soils from pH 2.8 to 8.6, a wide pH band. Bracken is a pernicious, invasive and opportunistic plant, taking over from the plants traditionally associated with open moorland and has out-competed characteristic ground-cover plants such as moor grasses, cowberry, bilberry and heathers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracken