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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Dragonflies and Damselflies

A great day for dragonflies

A glorious October Sunday morning, temperatures still in the mid-twenties, so nothing more than shorts and t-shirt necessary and it was off for a little wander. I was a bit surprised by the number of dragonflies still whizzing around, they were everywhere. Dozens of Emperor Dragonflies, Anax imperator, lovely to watch as they fly up and down, up and down...
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Birds

Damp morning at Dinton

The cold damp mornings are really good for seeing spiders’ webs as they glisten with dew. and some webs just look a big, sticky mess… and a few late Darters were trying to catch a bit of warmth on the footpath and among the shrubs by the path. When the wind blows, trees that look green turn a lovely...
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Animals

Round and about locally

The weather has been changeable again and has turned quite cold at times, particularly in the high winds.  I am trying to get out a bit more again but haven’t been on any long walks, just little outings when out shopping etc.  A short stroll around Mill Pond was pleasant but chilly.  There were several Little Grebes but they...
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Birds

Brief stroll at Fobney Lock

Another visit to the recycling plant, another quick walk round Fobney Lock! There was a bit more activity than last time, mainly ducks, geese and swans but also a nice Little Egret. There are always lots of Mute Swans there and there are quite a few large cygnets. There are still a few dragonflies around as well as the...
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Birds

A few more bits from Dinton

It is coming up to fungi time again and I have already seen quite a few including this nice specimen of a Shaggy Ink-Cap. Despite its bright plumage, it took me ages to spot this Robin which was singing really loudly. Grey Herons are all over, some at the water’s edge but others seem happier high up in the...
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Birds

Stroll around Moor Green Lakes

I had a little Sunday stroll around Moor Green – I don’t usually go there at the weekend as it gets quite busy and yesterday was no exception.  Anyway, I spent a few minutes watching a pair of Hobbies flying low over the water catching dragonflies.  No great photos because of the distance and speed but enjoyable nonetheless. Buzzards were...
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Birds

Short Sunless Sunday Stroll

Popped out for a short walk this morning. The weather has changed a bit, rather cloudy today and a bit cooler – down to about twenty degrees – but still not too bad. The gulls were hunting and, with a fairly brisk wind, they were able to hover quite easily. Only a couple of dragonflies around. The birds were...
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