Monday Bird of the Week No.35 – Kestrel

Kestrel, post-ringing Spurn, Sept 2015

Kestrel, post-ringing
Spurn, Sept 2015

Another bird of prey today, another we see less often than we used to. A bird that was once synonymous with motorway journeys, hovering by the roadside. The Kestrel. Continue reading

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A few more Treecreeper pictures

Posing

Since the Treecreeper posed so obligingly, it seems harsh to limit it to just a couple of photos. So here are some more…

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Guest Blog – An update on the Black Swan

There was a lot of interest when I wrote about the Black Swan the other day, with people via the blog, Twitter and Facebook all saying what a sad story it was an how they hoped for some good news.

Happily, Bob French, who has obviously been watching these swans far more closely and for longer than I have, got in touch with some news. He’s also kindly shared a couple of his own images. So over to Bob… Continue reading

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Spring marches in around Heslington Lake

I wrote about the black swan last week, but that is by no means the only story that’s unfolded over the past few weeks. Sudden surges, spring migrants, winter passers-by, and plenty of song. It has been busy.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.34 – Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk, Bolton, 2011

Sparrowhawk, Bolton, 2011

It’s been a while since Bird of the Week covered any of our birds of prey, so today we turn our attention to one of our most common. The Sparrowhawk. Continue reading

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The grumpy treecreeper caption competition

I thought this Treecreeper looked delightfully grumpy at my taking his/her photo, go I’m opening it up for possible captions. Let’s have your funniest/smartest. Continue reading

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A hit of birdsong for the morning – a chattering Goldcrest

It has been a while since I made a sound-based post, so let’s change that with a snippet of birdsong from by Heslington lake… Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.33 – Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

A few weeks back we covered the Pied Wagtail, so it seems appropriate to cover another common wagtail, the Grey. Continue reading

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The loneliness of the Black Swan…a story of loss and rejection

While the joys of Spring burst out over much of the campus, for at least one resident it is a pretty sad and lonely time. The widowed Black Swan… Continue reading

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Winter hangs on as spring arrives in the garden

It’s an interesting time in the garden at the moment. The winter visitors are hanging on, in fact at a peak recently, while the year-round residents are starting to move into Spring attitudes, including one very exciting development… Continue reading

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