Category Archives: outdoors

No more BirdFair

I heard yesterday that the decision not to continue BirdFair was made. BirdFair was an annual festival of all things bird and animal related held each year in August at Rutland Water, affectionately known as the ‘Glastonbury of birdwatching’. I … Continue reading

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Brighton starlings

A few years ago I visited Brighton to see the starling murmurations by the pier This weekend we were in Brighton again and although it is much earlier on in the year and the starlings are barely starting to gather, … Continue reading

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

Another stunning visitor to the garden is the Great spotted woodpecker. This one is a regular visitor and is in and out of the garden most of the day. Since the hazelnuts have appeared, the woodpecker has been in competition … Continue reading

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Sparrowhawk

A commotion in the garden alerted me to the Sparrowhawk that was sitting on top of the bird feeder. All of the sparrows had quickly disappeared into the depths of the hazel hedge but one dove was still waddling around … Continue reading

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Interesting little visitor

A few weeks ago I noticed a strange bird call in the garden. I didn’t think much more about it, other than I thought I didn’t recognise it. That’s not saying much as I’m not that good at bird calls. … Continue reading

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Big Butterfly Count 2021

It’s time for the Big Butterfly Count. This citizen science UK wide survey started on the 16th July and runs to the 8th August. You can find out more details here https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/ Here are a few photos I took on … Continue reading

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Yearly visit by a hedgehog

Around once a year we get a hedgehog in the garden. While watching a Muntjac deer on the Birdsy camera footage this morning I noticed something in the back ground that’s not normally there. On the next clip, once the … Continue reading

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Peregrines and badgers

One bird I love seeing on my local patch is the Peregrine falcon. It’s not often I get a glimpse of any, but last week there was one being bothered by a Buzzard. Pigeons make up the main part of … Continue reading

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Otter

A week or so ago a few signs appeared locally that indicated an otter had been visiting. On the river bank there were a couple of piles of fish scales and on a branch that overhung the river was a … Continue reading

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Polecat – Mustela putorius

It was a great surprise to see a clip of a Polecat on my trail camera this morning. I’ve only seen them twice before on my local patch. Once in March 2017 and again in February 2019. This morning’s polecat … Continue reading

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