The common lizard is the UK's most widespread reptile. September is a great month for spotting these lizards basking in sunny spots on warm days. The common lizard is variable in colour, but usually brownish-grey. It usually has rows of darker markings down the back and sides. Common lizards have recently been seen at Blakehill Nature Reserve, just down the road from the Lower Mill Estate. Why not take the children lizard spotting – ours love it!
A few weeks ago I posted a picture of the Great Crested Grebes on the Lower Mill Estate carrying out their elaborate courtship displays. These elegant waterbirds can now be seen carrying their young on their backs – there is a family with young on Flagham Fen, the lake next to Somerford Lagoon where Daisy Chain is. A beautiful sight to watch!
Huge congratulations to Dave Soons, local wildlife photographer whose photo of a short eared owl flying in the Cotswolds was BBC Earth's photo of the day yesterday. Dave told BBC Earth, “It rained most of the day. The owls decided to come out when the sun came out, and luck have it the wind was blowing from behind me, it meant the owls were hunting face forward for once.”
Short eared owls have great eyesight even in low light conditions and have hearing keen enough to pinpoint small mammals in the undergrowth. Unlike other owls they hunt during the day as well as at dusk. They can often be seen flying in the Cotswold Water Park.