Tag Archives: york

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.

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Bird of the Week, Birds | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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…

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Birds, Why watch wildlife? | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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…

Posted in 30 Days Wild, Mammals | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The sights and sounds of an English wood, New Earswick May 2016

Yesterday I featured a video on the sounds of the woodland. Today I want to delve into what sort of things were filling that wood with sound.

Posted in Birds, Green exercise | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Big Garden Birdwatch – 2016 results – A bumper bird bonanza!

Before we start with the results, a couple of important confessions. Firstly, most of the photos you will see here were not taken during the actual birdwatch. As you may know, I had planned on using a remote camera trained … Continue reading

Posted in Big Garden Birdwatch, Birds, Tech stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Always read the instructions first… preparing for the Big Garden Birdwatch

So this weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch, and as always I’m waiting to see whether the weather produces a bonanza or a damp squib. I decided to try something different this year, which is to photograph the birds that … Continue reading

Posted in About the blog, Big Garden Birdwatch, Birds, Tech stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments