30 Days Wild:Day 3 Barnwell Country Park in the Sun

Day 3
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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.

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Bee

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.

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Cygnets

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Juvenile Mandarin

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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!

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Brimstone

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Small White

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Scarce Chaser

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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.

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Four-spotted Chaser

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Mute Swan with Cygnets

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