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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? Advertisements

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Mushroom wars, and grebe calisthenics

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.

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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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A week of surprises around Heslington West

It’s easy to think, after four years watching one site, that there are no more surprises left. But that’s just never the case. Just this year we have had the Pochard invasion, and the late-breeding Grebes. This week added another … Continue reading

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The weekly Grebe update

It has been a dramatic few days in the world of the grebes, at least from my perspective as an observer. But have they hung on another week?

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The York Uni Great-crested Grebes…some bad news

Rather than beating around the bush and creating suspense, I decided to just throw this right in the headline. There are fewer Grebe chicks than there were.

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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 … Continue reading

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They grow up so fast, don’t they?

It’s been graduation ceremony week here in York, and that means my peaceful walk around the lake is continuously disrupted by families trying to take photos of their bright young things from every conceivable angle. But there’s a youngster here … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Day 12 – Goosed

A couple of quick moments to reflect upon today, grabbed incidentally during the day-to-day business of life.

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A complete Heslington Lake stock-check

Last week I took a longer-than-usual walk round my lunchtime patch, with the aim of logging all the birds I saw in much greater detail. It was very instructive.

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