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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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Heslington lake – belated nesting?

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

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30 Days Wild – Day 5 – Street Gang 

Sorry, miserable weather has led to a very brief moment today.  Waiting for some people this evening I spotted this gang of teens menacing the tourists.  Swagger and attitude. An air of threat as they sauntered up to me and … Continue reading

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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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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. … Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.29 – Pied Wagtail

Today’s bird of the week is one of the regular stars of this blog, a bird now rightly celebrated for their winter roost behaviour. It is, of course, the Pied Wagtail.

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The local patch in December

The garden has been pretty busy, but broadly speaking it seems to be pretty quiet round New Earswick and up the river.

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The world’s least subtle hunting technique

Many birds of prey are master hunters, capable of deploying speed, stealth and agility in a lethal combination that spells death for smaller birds and mammals. And then there’s this guy…

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Pied Wagtails – Watch with your ears, not your eyes

It occurs to me that ‘birdwatching’ is a bit of a misnomer. Because only one part of the experience is visual. The audio is at least as important, and there are good birdwatchers who are blind. They hear all they … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Day 16 – A rare water vole sighting

Since the floods that hit York over Christmas I have only once seen a water vole on our local river. A brief walk this evening yielded a very pleasant surprise…

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