Monday Bird of the Week No.60 – Fieldfare

As we enter autumn there are a number of birds whose numbers will swell. Over the past few weeks we have focused on ducks, but today we move to a wintering thrush. The Fieldfare. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.59 – Goldeneye

We continue our run of wintering ducks today with the only duck that is also a James Bond film title – the Goldeneye. Continue reading

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Heslington lake – belated nesting?

Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing. Continue reading

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Wasps’ nest

It has been fascinating watching these wasps that have build a nest into an old rabbit bolthole. They are literally a hive of activity. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.58 – Teal

How many birds are also a colour? Asked to name one I would always immediately go for this week’s entry, the Teal. Continue reading

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RSPB Middleton Lakes

Last week we had a trip to RSPB’s Middleton Lakes reserve near Birmingham. It’s a pleasant place to spend some time, but delivered one genuine surprise that defied the birdbooks. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.57 – Wigeon

Getting a grip on British ducks is critical if you plan on spending any time at a wetland, especially in winter, and the Wigeon is one you’ll need to be familiar with. Continue reading

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A Pochard update

After making them Bird of the Week I had a few messages asking how the agoraphobic Pochard was doing. So I went and checked on it. Continue reading

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Olympic Kestrels

If there is a message I have tried to consistently put across through this blog, it is that nature can be seen anywhere and at any time. So it proved on a trip to London for the World Athletics Championships. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.56 – Pochard

When planning this set of posts out I had no idea this particular bird would become such a feature of my summer. I expected to draw on one or two distant shots I’d taken in the past. Instead, it’s been one I have watched up close through its lifecycle. It’s the Pochard. Continue reading

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