Attenborough Nature Reserve, December 2017

Back in May I visited Attenborough Nature Reserve and bemoaned the fact I’d forgotten my camera. Over Christmas I visited again to see how things change into winter. Unsurprisingly, the answer was “ducks, lots of ducks”. Continue reading

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The ballet of (frozen) Swan Lake

Yesterday we looked at how the birds of the lake were getting on 8th December. Today we return just three days later to a very different, much colder, picture. Continue reading

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Heslington Lake, early December

Having had a busy Christmas and New Year, I thought I’d share a couple of quick posts of photos I took last month. First up are a few from the lake at work, pre-freeze. Continue reading

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The Christmas Eurypterid and the emergence of ritual

We all develop our own traditions, that’s how any piece of ritual behaviour emerges. All our Christmas habits, trees, wreaths, presents, puddings, they all have centuries, even millennia, of history informing and shaping them. Continue reading

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Baby, it’s cold outside

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks as the frozen temperatures have led Robins, Blackbirds, and even Bullfinches and one very desperate Magpie to come right to me looking for food. Continue reading

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All good things…

They say that ‘all good things must come to an end’. Today that applies, as this will bring to an end the sage of the late nesting Great Crested Grebes? But is it a happy ending? Continue reading

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Mushroom wars, and grebe calisthenics

Measuring each other up

Last week I mentioned the moorhen was going a little bit crazy for the mushrooms on offer around the campus. It has since broken out into all out war. Continue reading

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Mushroom-mad Moorhen

Walking across campus yesterday I spotted a sizable ring of fungi growing around one of the trees. But there with it, feasting on the mushrooms, was a Moorhen. Continue reading

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Great Crested Grebes – Fighting back

Last week I said I was concerned as the grebe chick was getting mobbed badly by the gulls, and this put it at risk. This week, it has started fighting back.

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Hawfinches at the Yorkshire Arboretum

With reports of as many as 60 Hawfinches at Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard, it was inevitable what I would do on Sunday. With such striking birds less than 15 miles away, it doesn’t count as twitching.

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