New Earswick in April and May

At home there has also been plenty of new life to see and hear around the garden. So let’s start with the Long-tailed Tits. Continue reading

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Heslington Lake in April/May

As mentioned yesterday, these next two posts are really summaries of Spring as I can’t remember where we were with the specifics!

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Missed opportunities

A few recent days out have again shown how foolish it is to ever say “I won’t bother with my camera”. It’s brilliant to be in the moment, but you can miss great opportunities that may not reappear. I’ve had two of these this month. Continue reading

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30 Days Wild 2017 – Still time to sign up

It’s nearly June, and that means it’s nearly time for 30 Days Wild 2017. I’ll be taking part once again, and want to encourage you all to get involved too. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.43 – Snow Goose

Snow Goose

The last goose for a while, and it is another introduced feral species. The Snow Goose. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.42 – Barnacle Goose


Last week we looked at the big and noisy end of the goose world. Today it is something smaller, daintier, prettier, but no less persecuted. The Barnacle Goose.

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Wildlife crime – destroying the evidence

Back in June 2013 a gamekeeper shot and killed a Hen Harrier on a Scottish estate owned by a London financier. This week, the Crown Office dropped the prosecution just weeks before the scheduled trial. The reasoning is astonishing. Continue reading

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Surprising a magpie – Video

I’ve written in defence of magpies before, based in no little part on their intelligence. These two videos help illustrate that. Sort of. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.41 – Greylag Goose

Today we explore another big bird that frequently finds itself in conflict with humans. This time a native, the Greylag Goose. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.40 – Canada Goose

The birds we will be covering in the next couple of weeks may well be the most unpopular of all the birds I cover in this series. Big, noisy, messy, often classified as a pest. And it’s not even a native. Ladies and gentlemen, I gave you the Canada Goose. Continue reading

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