#30DaysWild Day 14/15 – Fledgling Friday

Juvenile Pied Wagtail

The last few evenings I popped over for a dog walk at Cosmeston Lakes – a local nature park just outside of Cardiff. You can really tell summer is on the way as the fledglings are outside of the nest flying after their parents and the wildflower is really kicking off in the wild verges.

And yes, another multi day late post! It’s so hard to keep on top of posting every day but I’ve decided I’m not that mad about it as I’m having a great time! So keep an eye out for my late posts now!

Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid

There were plenty of orchids about, little pink/purple spikes dotted through the daisies and buttercups. I only noticed common spotted but I’m eager to find some more types – I think a spotters book is definitely going on my wishlist! It’s definitely worth looking down as well as up this time of year so you don’t miss any of the wildflower.

Red Tailed Bumblebee
Red Tailed Bumblebee

There were also plenty of bees about, making the most of the plethora of multicoloured blossoms about. I got a photo of this red tailed bumblebee, a type of bee which nests underground or under stones. A big furry bee with a bright red tail – clues in the name! Here it is feeding on ‘bacon and eggs’, or the birdsfoot flower, a member of the pea family that flowers from early summer onwards. They’re so cheerful!

Juvenile Bluetit
Juvenile Bluetit

As well as the blue tits noisily chasing after their totally done looking parent who was frantically searching for the next snack, there was a pied wagtail juvenile busy exploring the waters edge. These are quite shy birds and were making the most of the greenery and rocks sheltering them from the public! Their more striking black and white markings will come out once they moult their baby feathers.

Juvenile Pied Wagtail
Juvenile Pied Wagtail

Much more obliging were the ever confident Coot chicks who have grown out of their punk phase and are looking much more like their parents! They were spotted on the quieter edge of the lakes away from the hustle and bustle of BBQs and dog walkers – sensible!

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