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  • Blog Post: A few more items from the month: 20 - 31 March 2016

    20th March. A sunny dawn and very still. Clouds had a westerly drift to them. Teal landing and looking resplendent in the sunshine. Pair of Greylag on hide Pool. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS COL - 40-50 Golden Plover, 5 Little Egret, 2 Greylags, small flock of Linnets, 2 Bullfinch, Buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Notes on nature: Snuggle up, it's nesting season...

    Spring has sprung and life’s all aflutter as wildlife gets busy preparing for the breeding season. You may have spotted birds in your garden flitting to and fro with nest material as they prepare for family life. Some opt for a traditional-style home, weaving twigs and moss into a neat cup...
  • Forum Thread: More Courtship Feeding (Video)

    Some more Courtship Feeding. The dodgy camera work is the result of having to lean back into the kitchen to reach for the wax worms. You can hear the 'hissing' sound that Mrs HTR makes the first time HTR feeds her. The second one is very much shoved into her beak!
  • Forum Thread: Update: Three days in Cumbria - Slideshow now added

    Took a 2 night trip to Cumbria so we could spend three days at Leighton Moss rspb and have to say the weather was fabulous with 20 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday and the Friday morning we were there was still sunny albeit a little chillier with slight hint of cold breeze. Although we saw lots of different...
  • Forum Thread: Mrs HTR Takes A Bath (Video)

    Mrs HTR had already had her first dip in the Babbling Boulders water feature and while she was busy drying off, I fetched the camera and stood over the water feature, awaiting her return. As with all of my Robins, she always takes two baths, one after the other. She was back very quickly and after a...
  • Blog Post: How to do the dawn chorus (when you'd rather be in bed)

    Does anyone else keep getting woken up at 5.30am by the birds at the moment? When that feathered alarm clock goes off, it's tempting just to reach for the earplugs and try and snatch back a bit more sleep until the real one goes off. But somewhere deep down we know we're missing one of nature's...
  • Forum Thread: HTR Has Been A Busy Boy...

    I had last week off work and because I was working in the back room with the patio doors open, I was able to ensure that HTR (and Mrs HTR) had a plentiful supply of wax worms. Mrs HTR has also been collecting nesting materials (again) and flying off in a different direction having collected them. I have...
  • Blog Post: April sightings

    Here is the start of our April list for Kinnordy. 48 species so far: Greylag Pink footed goose Mute swan Whooper swan Mallard Teal Tufted duck Wigeon Goldeneye Gadwall Shoveller Goosander Oystercatcher Lapwing Snipe Curlew Redshank Little grebe ...
  • Forum Thread: Early Evening Courtship Feeding With The HTR's (Video)

    Mrs HTR arrived earlier than usual for her evening bath and as ever HTR was just a few feet away, keeping a close eye on her. He waited patiently with the first wax worm as Mrs HTR finished drying off and then collected more for her. The camera work is rather erratic at points. This is due to my having...
  • Forum Thread: The HTR's At Dusk

    After quite a bit of Courtship Feeding (five wax worms), HTR flew up to the holly tree to sing and Mrs HTR remained near the Chalet, where she sat preening for a few minutes. She then spent a few minutes hopping around in the undergrowth before flying up to the hanging baskets where she started collecting...
  • Forum Thread: HTR Chasing Spadgers

    HTR was singing in the holly tree when a small group of Spadgers arrived and interrupted him mid-song. For some reason he singled out one male Spadger for special treatment and proceeded to chase him around the holly tree while the rest of the Spadgers sat and watched. HTR finally stopped and flew down...
  • Forum Thread: Update: Mug Shots (macro lens test)

    Today I sat close to the patio table where I had placed a bowl of live mealworms and hoping to get some close ups of the birds; I still had the 1.4 extender attached to the 100-400mm lens so as you can imagine they were pretty full frame lol Once we get more settled weather I want to experiment with...
  • Blog Post: More March pictorial activity.

    11th March. After a frosty night a milder misty day ensued. New gatepost to Discovery Field by kind permission of SWLPS - part of this year's installation in the locality. A new addition to the Picnic area. Frogspawn in the Discovery Pool. Swalesdales from Hawswater RSPB Reserve...
  • Forum Thread: "Where have all the sparrows gone - long time passing"!

    We once had flocks of starlings over my end of the close. The neighbour opposite had about a 50 yard stretch of decades old hedge and they all nested in there. The cacophony just before and just after the chicks fledged was awesome! But then the house was sold and the first thing the new owners did was...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Your best three photos for the month of March 2016

    It's back to Robins for the month of March... Mrs HTR (BR) during her post bath drying off routine One of the many moments of Courtship Feeding that I have witnessed during the past month And finally, this rather special moment that took place just a few yards from the kitchen door
  • Forum Thread: Some Time With The HTR's...

    Mrs HTR has already abandoned one nest (with five eggs in it) and now I wonder if she has done the same with number two. She spent much of the late afternoon/early evening in the garden and when she finally left, she flew to the end garden rather than to the site of nest #2. All rather strange. She also...
  • Forum Thread: Cheeky Sparrow In Robins Nest!

    Hi Birds Friends!Question! We are a pair of Robins nesting in our garden with one chick hatched and feeding well - However it's visited by a sparrow 4 or 5 times a day. Is this common and why is this happening?
  • Forum Reply: RE: My robin

    I,m really enjoying these two robins, your photography is a lot better than mine.
  • Blog Post: Mid-February 2016 archive,

    12th February Today's hightide at 2.41pm produced the most splendid display of Dunlin, surging and wheeling back and forth across the marsh front - eventually dropping in to feed on the flooded saltmarsh. There must have been in the region of several thousand! The long -staying Avocet could also...
  • Forum Thread: Can't A Lady Take A Bath In Peace? Warning: X-Rated Images...

    Mrs BR, or as Hazy has rightly suggested I now call her, Mrs HTR, has a nest in the Robin box in the neighbouring garden. Since she started incubating the eggs, I have only seen her very briefly and HTR has been tucked away too. No doubt his behaviour reduces the chances of the nest location being compromised...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Top 10 Wildlife to see in 2016

    monkeycheese My wish list is rather shorter and less exotic. 1.To see my Robins mating. I witnessed a pair mating in the garden back in 2011. Consider that box ticked! I'll post the full sequence this evening. This is clearly the preamble, look at the position of her tail and you'll...
  • Blog Post: One a minute.

    Yesterday members of staff at the reserve along with committee members of the rspb Medway local group joined by Martin Jensen Communications Officer for the rspb met at Northward Hill to discuss an event we are planning to hold on the 1st of June 2016, a family picnic day on the reserve. We plan to have...
  • Forum Thread: HTR vs Spadger

    I was just going through the hundreds of photos of HTR & Mrs BR that are on my SD card, when I found this rather interesting shot. I was taking photos of HTR as he chased the Spadgers around the flowering currant and this one shows him knocking a Spadger off a branch. Unfortunately they are somewhat...
  • Blog Post: Would you like to improve your photography?

    It's all gone a bit photography mad down here at the moment with all the spring weather encouraging people to get out and about taking pictures of wildlife ! Our local photographer and all round volunteer Tom Mason ran a session for the wildlife explorer's last month, teaching them basic skills...
  • Forum Thread: Sunday Morning Courtship Feeding with HTR & Mrs BR

    This morning I was greeted at the kitchen door by Mrs BR. She began to make that distinctive squeaking noise that meant she wanted to be fed and HTR appeared near the Chalet. I went back indoors and fetched some wax worms, one of which I threw onto the patio. HTR picked it up, took it to the Chalet for...