This is our March image – featuring a Bank Vole pictured pinching a few scraps from under a bird feeder at the Swaddywell Pits reserve. It was taken by Duncan Kirkwood and uploaded to the Langdyke group facebook page.
Each month we select a photograph taken by one of our members. It might not be technically perfect – but it sums up the events of that month. Here are some from previous months.
This is our February image – capturing a bird rarely seen in Langdyke country. This Coue’s Arctic Redpoll was seen at Swaddywell on February 2. It was photographed by Sarah Lambert. This is only the second sighting in Peterborough of this small bird, which winters in very small numbers in this country.
Its was cold, but it didn’t stop everyone having fun at a wassail event held at Etton High Meadow. Visitors banged pots and pans and enjoyed music by Alan Wood and friends. The aim was to wake up the sleeping fruit trees in the community orchard so that they will be full of fruit in the summer. Langdyke Treasurer and Trustee Brian Lawrence took the photo.
The red berries which the Dunnock is perched on bring a seasonal touch to our December image captured at Swaddywell Pit by Andy Smith. During his walk he reported seeing a green woodpecker, redwing, fieldfare, tree sparrows, goldfinch, red kite, kestrel, assorted tits and a pair of male bullfinches. A good day out!
Here is the image for November. It is a spectacular view of the murmuration over one of the bird hides at the Etton Maxey reserve. It was taken by Bob Titman.
This is the October image – just one of the finds at a small mammal survey carried our at the Vergette Wood-Meadow at Etton. It was taken by Martin Parsons.
This is the latest reserve to be taken on by the Langdyke Countryside Trust. It is on the left just over the bridge as you leave Etton to head for Maxey.