Birds

Recent local outings

I have been on a couple of little walks recently although we are now back to wind and rain, including thunderstorms.  A quick walk around Fobney Lock was very quiet but I did watch a pair of Kestrels chasing each other and a Green Woodpecker took off from the path right in front of me. No great photos but...
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Animals

Short walk at Southlake and in the garden

Not much walking recently due to various ailments but hopefully will get out again more soon.  Everywhere is surprisingly quiet though so I don’t think I’ve missed much.  Southlake has the usual ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls but the fishermen are also out a lot at the moment so they are quite scattered. This Grey Heron was lurking near...
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Animals

Short Garden update

I am a bit annoyed with the cat (or cats) at the moment as not only have I found piles of bird feathers but now piles of something even less pleasant……. This morning one of the big frogs was leaping frantically about in the pond turning the water to mud and I heard a cat disappear over the fence...
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Animals

Dastardly deeds in the garden

A cat got into the garden, knocking several things over and managed to catch a bird, leaving trails of tiny feathers everywhere.  There are lots of cats near me and sadly many of them seem far too interested in birdwatching!  My new starling-proof feeders are working very well and I haven’t wasted any seed since I bought them.  This...
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Garden Pond

Spot the Difference

I glanced out of the kitchen window while washing up and dashed out with my camera in time for one shot. Definitely one of the original frogs we had and it came out of the pond and went under the plants in the garden.  Not sure what the current batch think of such a giant….. And there seemed to...
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Garden Pond

A few Tadpoles…….

I have still only seen one tiny frog and two nearly-frogs although many of the tadpoles seem to have legs and are changing shape and colour.  I’ve been putting some small pieces of bread in the pond to try and fatten them up a bit and they are fascinating to watch. One enterprising tadpole even sat on top of...
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Birds

About time too………

I have been checking my pond daily for signs that the tadpoles are turning into frogs.  Despite all the spawn being laid at the same time, the tadpoles still vary in size and some have been quite big for ages, with little legs.  Earlier today, I saw my first nearly-frog!  Not quite all frog, but not far off. The...
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Birds

At home in the garden

The heatwave goes on and it is too hot to venture out walking during the day. Despite this, I have a backlog of photos because even using the computer has been tiresome, with my hand sticking to the mouse! Anyway, I thought I’d make a start with a few shots from the garden which is full of activity at...
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