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  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: pitchoo!

    Pitchoo! Pitchoo! That's the call of the marsh tit , the star of this week's Monday magic moment. It looks very, very similar to its relative, the willow tit , but the marsh tit's sneezing call can be a giveaway clue to its identity. At this time of year, marsh tits and other woodland...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a field of poppies

    With yesterday being Remembrance Sunday, I thought it was the perfect time to find a picture of some poppies. Whilst we pause to remember all those who have lost their lives, this farmland scene might make us remember the wildlife we've lost from our countryside too. I was out on farmland yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: safety in numbers

    One of the other great autumn-winter spectacles is the sight of a seething cloud of starlings appearing in the early evening around a roosting spot, known as a murmuration . If you can't visualise what I'm talking about you might remember a Carling advert from almost ten years ago that used...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: time to take off

    Did you see Life Story on BBC1 last week? The cliff-jumping barnacle goslings were unforgettable (if you missed it, you can catch up on iPlayer )! Those geese were filmed on their mountainous breeding grounds in Greenland. Barnacle geese from Greenland migrate to spend winter with us in western Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Looking pretty fly

    Happy Monday! Autumn really seemed to arrive over the last week. Yes it's still warm in my part of the world, but the ground is covered in golden leaves, I saw my first brent geese of the autumn and fungi are popping up here, there and everywhere. Now, I'm no fungi expert. But even I can...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: autumn consolation

    What's the best thing about autumn? Bonfire night? A lie-in on 26 Oct? It's got to be that visual feast of autumn colours hasn't it? The beautiful reds, oranges and yellows that we see on broadleaf trees in mid autumn. The conditions needed to make really good autumn leaf colour are...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: oh deer

    Here at The Lodge today it's pretty wet, cold and generally unpleasant outside. But however wet it is where you are, you're probably not quite as damp as this red deer hind. Her calf doesn't look too impressed, either... Find more beautiful photos like this at RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: darting about

    As September slips into October our insects are shutting up shop until next spring. Not all of them though. Attempting to match the autumn colours, male common darters are still patrolling the air. I spotted a couple at the weekend - have you seen any of these or any other insects recently? Here's...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: searching for dippers

    I walked for miles down a stream in the Lake District the other day, a journey that surely merited an encounter with one of my favorite birds, the dipper . But as nature is inclined to do sometimes it left me wanting, so I delved into RSPB-images today to take a digital look at what I missed out on...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Out of the grass...

    I've got a question for you. Have you ever walked through a meadow, and seen a small brown bird erupt out of the grass in front of you and fly off? Yes? Well that happened to me a lot yesterday. I was out at Orfordness - a shingly slice of Suffolk's varied coastline. A former cold war nuclear...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: barn owl or badminton

    When out for an after work jog on my local nature reserve, Fen Drayton , I was treated to the sight of a ghostly white face floating silently over the fields. It was of course a barn owl and it was great to see this beautiful animal hunting so close to where I live. The spectacle lasted about half...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: juggling with fruit

    Can you do this with a blackberry? Our hedgerows are laden with fruit, especially blackberries, and it's not just humans who are making the most of the crop. Birds like starlings love blackberries too, so watch out for flocks roaming the countryside in search of food. (you can tell this bird...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday's magic moment: levitating acorn

    How was your long weekend? Saturday and Sunday were good for me, whilst Monday was seriously damp in my neck of the woods. So I thought a splash of colour could cheer you up on another wet day. And I hope you won't mind if it's dry where you are! Here's a jay looking like it has mastered...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: the struggle of one red squirrel

    Today for some unknown reason I felt like writing a post featuring our most charismatic tree dwelling rodent, the red squirrel. Precariously balanced and clinging onto the edge, this picture seemed like a metaphor for the whole species (and lots of other wildlife for that matter). But obviously...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a quick dip

    For frogs, the recent weekend of cloud and rain was probably quite pleasant, provided they weren't washed away! But when things dry out even small garden water features can be a lifeline to amphibians, not to mention somewhere for thirsty birds to have a drink. I really like this small but...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: ready for touchdown

    Have you seen a hen harrier ? These beautiful birds of prey breed in upland areas, but in England, none were successful last year, and this year only three pairs have bred. There's enough habitat for 300 pairs - something is very wrong, and there's compelling evidence that it's persecution...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: it was all yellow...

    Phew, what a scorcher! The weekend was certainly glorious in my neck of the woods. I was looking for a nice yellow picture in homage to the end of the Tour de France yesterday. So I thought I'd bring a little ray of sunshine with this sunflower. Happy Monday! This is one of thousands of...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a summer splash of colour

    The yellow on the golden oriole hits you and straight away and makes you think: that's way too bright for the UK, it would stick out like a sore thumb among our usually more (ahem) subtly coloured birds. But for the privileged few that live in or visit the right bits of England you might get to...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: our viper

    The unmistakable diamond-back pattern of the adder is a wonderful thing to behold. But even if you're a fan of these reptiles, when you see one there's still a part of your brain that remembers with a jolt: 'that thing's poisonous!'. With it being the only member of the viper family...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: summer meadows

    July always brings a smile to my face. Okay, we're not there just yet, but my birthday is in July and I always think of lazy, hot summer days and the insects take over. It perhaps wasn't the most summery of weekends - plenty of rain here anyway. So here's a lovely summer meadow shot...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: hummingbird in your garden?

    Contrary to popular belief, moths don't only come out at night. This beauty is a hummingbird hawkmoth , a migratory species which flies during the day - and now is a great time to see one, almost anywhere. And, appropriately enough, it's National Insect Week ! Our friends at Butterfly Conservation...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: beautiful?

    With it's hairy legs, pincer like jaws and bulbous eyes you could be forgiven for thinking the ' beautiful demoiselle ' (a kind of damselfly) is poorly named. But it if you catch a glimpse of them or the banded demoiselle in flight you can appreciate why their genus name Calopteryx is...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: the birds and the butterflies

    Have you ever seen a green butterfly? This gorgeous pair are green hairstreaks and I wonder if I might see some if we get a bit of sun on Wednesday... We're visiting Minsmere on the Suffolk coast, home to BBC Springwatch ! You can find this photo by Sue Kennedy , and thousands of others, on RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Boom time at Minsmere...

    It's back! BBC Springwatch returns to our TV screens tonight, and this time it's live from our wildlife-rich Minsmere nature reserve . This sliver of sandy heathland, shady woodland and reedy wetland sits alongside on the Suffolk coast. The wetlands, flooded during World War Two as protection...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Time for reflection...

    Happy Monday! For no other reason than I saw some house martins hanging around my road this weekend, and I think this picture is awesome, I thought I'd pick it as today's Monday moment. This image by Peter Cairns shows off a pair of rather dapper house martins. I always think it's almost...