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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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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Garden Snippets and Everlasting Tadpoles

There is lots of activity in the garden – birds, butterflies, insects etc.  We have even had two short downpours so we have finally got some more spare water in the butts for when the pond needs topping up as rainwater is best. I’ll start with the everlasting tadpoles which seem very reluctant to turn into frogs…. As they...
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Dry times

Just popped past the river…well, it’s now just a couple of puddles and that’s about it. The mouth of the river has totally dried up. Odd birds still bathing or trying to get food from these puddles and this little froggy looking forlornly at the dwindling water supply. He could only just get his toes wet! Poor thing. Plenty...
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Animals

Bury Down

The weather is extremely hot so I haven’t been out much in the day but I have tried to get out early in the morning or in the early evening when it is a bit cooler.  We like going to the Berkshire Downs in the early evening but while it is nice for walking, the light is terrible for photos...
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In the garden

These are just a few oddments from the garden, as well as a short video.  Some of the photos are taken through the kitchen window, as usual, starting with one of the first baby Starling this year. This next photo is of bubbles in the pond which reminded me of a cartoon face,,, and two shots of the recent...
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Hosehill Lake, Theale

I have had a couple of short trips to Hosehill, one of which was just as it was getting dark (about 4.30pm at the moment, here). There was a lone Egyptian Goose on one of the rafts on the lake, looking very pale and without its usual dark eye patch.  We also watched at least 200 starlings come in...
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November skies

Quite colourful skies this evening after the sun had bade its farewell for the day and disappeared over the horizon. It is a very peaceful time to be down by the water’s edge, regardless of how many people are milling around....
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Loddon Reserve, Twyford

I had a very early morning walk around the lake in Twyford today.  Again, it is a circular walk although you can branch off and make it longer if you have the time.  The only drawback at this time of year when there has been a lot of rain is that the paths get very muddy and slippery and...
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More local flooding

Most of the rain has been in the night and I was surprised to find that some of the footpaths at Dinton were unpassable, even with Wellington boots on.  I did manage to pick my way gingerly to one of the hides and was glad I did because the light was really good for reflections.  I also saw two...
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Day out to Dungeness

Dungeness is a shingle wilderness on the English Channel with a couple of roads, tiny village and large power station.  There are lots of lakes but little vegetation so it is ideal for water birds and there is a big RSPB nature reserve there.  It was a bit chilly and there were some showers including one really heavy one,...
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