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Re: The BBR's Are Getting Closer But I Haven't Seen Them Yet
BR was on schedule this morning and met me at the kitchen door at 5-30am. I had a lie-in today! He disappeared over the fence to the right and dipped down into the neighbouring garden. The BBR's must be moving around because BR was going to different locations. He also made a 'new' noise...
25 May 2013
The BBR's Are Getting Closer But I Haven't Seen Them Yet
I arrived home this evening to a rather dishevelled BR. He flew into the kitchen as soon as the door was open and as I suspected he gave me an odd look! The BT wasn't far behind and as soon as BR departed, the BT was on the dish. I watched BR and he took mealies to both of the neighbouring gardens...
24 May 2013
Catch the chorus
Dawn in spring is a cacophony of noise. Our resident birds tune up for the day ahead, proclaiming their territories and warning off rivals. It’s well worth getting up early out of your warm, cosy bed. But can you tell your blackbird from your blackcap? If not, to get you started in the wonderful...
24 May 2013
Peregrines To Spadgers And Some Other Birds In Between
Quite an entertaining day today. The 5am start with BR was followed up with a couple of photos of the male peregrine and then I went down to the Thames before work where I spotted a Great Crested Grebe and plenty of mute swans. The ducklings and goslings were nowhere to be seen, but then nor were the...
22 May 2013
Sparrows and Some Other Visitors, But Mainly Sparrows
Unfortunately my laptop started playing up the other day and I have been unable to post any photos since Sunday. I have been able to photograph the many sparrow fledglings and they have provided me with lots of entertainment, Both Titan and Ganymede have been in the garden but I have yet to see any melanistic...
21 May 2013
Open door policy at Northward Hill
Rolf W RSPB
If there is one thing about the office at RSPB Northward Hill, we operate an open door policy. All are welcome to pop in and say hello, ask questions, and find out what's about on the North Kent Marshes. It's not a visitor centre by any means, but since we are all working hard inside giving...
17 May 2013
It is often said we forget what is on our doorstep, or that we don’t appreciate it. One such gem that is only half an hour’s drive from my home is Cosmeston Lakes . I used to visit the country park regularly when I was younger, but somehow fell out of the habit. I have mentioned in these...
14 May 2013
Wet, grey, miserable day .... but then there's always birds to view from the window :)
Oh what a day, non stop rain showers, heavy at times, and cool conditions making it feel more like November than middle of May, however, grabbed the camera, made a cuppa and sat in the kitchen/conservatory to watch the bird activity ............ First up for MC especially, blurry shots through...
12 May 2013
I have been sitting in the kitchen for the past hour or so watching the starlings and sparrows scrapping over the mealworm feeder. It is complete mayhem! BR has been dining in the more serene kitchen door terrace restaurant and taking his mealworms to the garden three doors down. I have tried to see...
10 May 2013
Today's garden visitors
Apart from the surprise visit by a Rook today, it seemed to be pretty busy with the regular garden birds including more Corvids and a Robin for MC :) I'm not sure if the shots of the female bullfinch are of two different birds as they certainly look different and we do have at least two pairs...
8 May 2013
BR continues to ignore the new waterfall, but the sparrows and starlings (as well as the ferals) are less choosy when it comes to taking a dip. The sparrows are eagerly using the collection of small glass ashtrays and sweet dishes and the starlings will use anything wet. The ferals have taken a liking...
7 May 2013
The Rest Of The Birds From This Morning
Apart from the various waterfowl families there were other familiar faces around this morning, including many robins! One of the Mallard families that I didn't film I guess the rest of the brood weren't as lucky as these two... I left these off my earlier 'coot thread'...
5 May 2013
A surprise arrival - 30th March 2013
John & Judith Rogers
Newly arrived male Siskin - 30 3 13 We have to admit that over the past several weeks we have been near to hibernating. Those awful Siberian winds have been battering across the Pennines, sweeping the snowfields of the western slopes and withering the benign Solway Basin. Even the two tides per day...
1 Apr 2013
Campfield Blizzard - 22 3 13
John & Judith Rogers
Barnacles beating against the blizzard early morning, here at Campfield. Unusually, we are getting our fair share of winter. Snow has been blizzarding since early this morning and has continued unabated as we write at 3.45 pm. Wind chill factor feels like the Arctic. Even Sellafield, just round...
22 Mar 2013
Just when I thought the snow had gone...
It comes back and blankets the reserve again! Hopefully the snow shouldn't last for long this time. Finger crossed. I thought things were almost starting to get back to normal: at the weekend the whole car park was finally free of snow making it the most accessible it has been in the past two...
5 Feb 2013
Big Garden Birdwatch in the Visitor Centre
This weekend our Wildlife Explorers took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch from the South Essex Marshes Visitor Centre at Wat Tyler Country Park. They had a fantastic time and spotted a total of 36 birds!! The list included 2 Blackbirds, 14 Blue Tits, 3 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch...
29 Jan 2013
Robin the Brave
When I visit the Portmore Lough Reserve, there is always a familiar face that greets me in the car park. A robin. (Not Robin Brown the volunteer co-ordinator, but one of the feathered variety). This little chap has a very cheeky personality! If he gets you in his sight he leaves his perch, lands...
19 Jan 2013
Afternoons are slowly stretching out and love is in air with wigeon and mallard busy with courtship displays. The nest boxes have been emptied of last years nests ready to welcome new occupants shortly – but it is still very much winter. The reserve is blanketed in snow and the numerous water bodies...
16 Jan 2013
singing Robin (another angle)
Arne's woods 30th March 2012
31 Mar 2012
Robin in my garden.
22 Feb 2012
"Wot you lookin' at?"
A Robin (no, really) taken at Portland Park in Kirkby in Ashfield during the day and a half of snow that we got.
18 Feb 2012
"Who's a pretty boy?"
Taken near the picnic area on 28th January 2012.
28 Jan 2012
...bob bob bobbin' along.
Very shy when I first moved here but he soon got over that. He now lands close by when I am putting the food out.
29 Jan 2010
we can't all be good looking, a Robin with a clear hair loss problem
27 Apr 2009
Sometimes it's the small things that make life worthwhile! A close encounter with this cheeky robin brings as big a smile to my face as seeing an exotic visitor. Fantastic!
4 Nov 2008
A morning walk at Fort Augustus brought us to an old cemetery, close to the hills. The only sound was birdsong. A woodpecker drumming and a cuckoo calling, joined by song thrushes, robins, blackbirds and warblers. Unforgettable, absolutely priceless!
22 Oct 2008
Every winter a little robin comes to the garden. he protects his territory from other visiting robins and spends time sitting in my shrubs. he is a welcome sight. He teases my husky which amuses us all at no20. A regular visitor to my bird table.
21 Oct 2008
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