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It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling especially when the temperature has been in the high teens.

With the lovely weather the birds have been making nests while the sun shines!

This year my garden Robins have decided to build their nest in a big Ivy bush, instead of using the nesting box. Of course J & Z cat think it’s great watching them flit backwards and forwards with more moss & other fibers.

Today, I have put a bamboo high fence around the ivy so that they can let them nest in peace! So far so good!

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Big Bird Watch 2022

Monday & Tuesday have been so dull and gray – really depressing. This morning […]

A bit of a cold spell

And that’s the first week of January completed already!What a change this week from […]

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Robins

For the past few weeks, every time I pop into the garden, there appears […]

 

Murmarations II

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting & turning and I immediately knew what it was! Well I headed back again at the same time over the weekend. The whole spectacle lasted 10 minutes so i was lucky to catch it (also my phone died half way through!)

If you didn’t read Murmurations (part 1) you can watch it hear as well as the new video.

It’s been called the greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain and is remarkable to witness. Studies suggest that starlings congregate in these remarkable ‘murmurations’ to deter possible predators, which are confused by the swirling masses. Despite a recent drop in their overall population, you can still witness the mesmerising sight of thousands of birds performing their aerial dance at dawn and dusk. Click the image below to find where you can see these phenomenal events (UK only).

Murmarations Part II – video by SJ Butler
Murmarations Part I – video by SJ Butler

…greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain”

R Smith – 2021
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Murmarations

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting […]

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Big Bird Watch 2022

Monday & Tuesday have been so dull and gray – really depressing. This morning I cycled in the drizzle, not much fun! Although, at the […]

Majestic birds caught by the camera

I thought you might like these images of majestic birds from the BBC website but for some unknown reason it won’t let me embed the […]

Murmarations

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting & turning and I immediately knew what it was!

It’s been called the greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain and is remarkable to witness. Studies suggest that starlings congregate in these remarkable ‘murmurations’ to deter possible predators, which are confused by the swirling masses. Despite a recent drop in their overall population, you can still witness the mesmerising sight of thousands of birds performing their aerial dance at dawn and dusk. Click the image below to find where you can see these phenomenal events (UK only).

Murmarations – video by SJ Butler

…greatest wildlife spectacle in Britain”

R Smith – 2021
Getty Images


 

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Time

It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling especially when the temperature has been in the high teens. With […]

Murmarations II

What a fantastic sight this week – a starling murmuration! I was heading home from the shops when I could see this dark cloud twisting […]

January Weekend II

A great weekend of sunsets, bike rides and long walks over the Howardian Hills. Even though the weather forecast lied and said no rain! I […]

Big Bird Watch 2022

Monday & Tuesday have been so dull and gray – really depressing. This morning I cycled in the drizzle, not much fun! Although, at the weekend it is the Big Bird Watch (UK) again!

Photo RSPB

Simply count the birds you see in your garden, from your balcony or in your local park for one hour between 28 and 30 January 2022.

Shockingly, we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife. To take part or to find out more click the button.

We’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years

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Photo – SJ Butler

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Time to Roost

Avoiding becoming someone else’s dinner becomes even more challenging at night. Watching these flock of gulls wheeling & turning in the darkening sky, heading for a sheltered spot on the lake. It’s fascinating to watch these huge gyrating bubbles of birds, spinning in the sky, like fish shoaling together to dazzle their predators. When the birds decide it is safe to, they shoot down in a dark tornado of whirring wings.

I hope you enjoy watching the video of the birds swooping and circling the lake.

Time to roost by SJ Butler – the text stays on for 20 seconds

June Sunset

Sunsets, sunsets and more sunsets! Hope you like these montages of sunsets over the past […]

June silence

Sorry for the silence but what a hot and sunny week this has been; of […]

June

What a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the […]

A bit of a cold spell

And that’s the first week of January completed already!
What a change this week from really mild weather to freezing cold and icy. A cold ride home, my ears and cheeks felt so cold! By the end of the week we also a dusting of snow as well but nothing like some parts of the country.

Don’t forget to feed the birds and break the ice on bird baths.

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Indian Summer

Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden. […]

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Robins

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For the past few weeks, every time I pop into the garden, there appears two Robins watching my every move. They wait for me to fill up the bird bath, watching me from the apple tree, or peeking through the ivy. Last year they built a nest in the ivy and laid 4 eggs, unfortunately the eggs didn’t hatch. I cleared up the bird box and I’m hoping that next year they will build their nest there again and be more successful.

Robin nest – this fits into the palm of my hand. It is made with moss, horse and cat hair/fur, an odd bit of coloured wool amongst other items.

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,

Up went Pussy-cat, and down went he;

Down came Pussy-cat, and away Robin ran;

Says little Robin Redbreast, “Catch me if you can.”

Little Robin Redbreast flew upon a wall,

Pussy-cat jumped after him, and almost got a fall;

Little Robin chirp’d and sang, and what did Kitty say?

Pussy-cat said “Mew,” and Robin flew away.

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Robins

For the past few weeks, every time I pop into the garden, there appears two Robins watching my every […]

robin, bird

Big Bird Watch 2022

Monday & Tuesday have been so dull and gray – really depressing. This morning I cycled in the drizzle, […]