RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2013 & a garden first

Our bird list submitted to RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was from an hour’s viewing on Saturday 26th. It was a cold morning with some snow still on the ground.8 Long-tailed tit7 Blue tit5 Blackbird3 Great tit2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker2 Coal tit2 House Sparrow2 ChaffinchRobinSong ThrushCollared DoveWood PigeonDunnock If I had…

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The RSPB #BGBW Cometh….

This weekend the annual RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch takes place, when thousands of people across the country will be spending an hour at their windows or in public parks recording what birds make an appearance. The largest number of each species seen at any one time is noted and…

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No luck in Bramfield

Bramfield is a pretty place, situated 3 miles as the crow or jackdaw flies in a northwesterly direction from the county town of Hertford. Like many of our local villages, it’s origins begin deep in history and pre-date Norman Domesday records. At it’s centre is St Andrew’s Church, extensively renovated by…

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Flying can be dangerous

We were sad to discover, upon emerging into the -9 degrees of cold this morning for the school run, that a female kestrel had met it’s end and died on our path. Our assumption from the position of the body is that it had broken it’s neck in an impact…

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A little shop of wonders

In an age when our high streets have become conglomerated into sterile repetitions of identikit, brand-led emporia, finding a little shop of wonders is a special thing. They are usually specialist and tucked away from the brash high street in slightly obscure locations. My find today was no different.I had…

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Roadkill

We found this unfortunate fellow just outside of the village today, likely the victim of a collision with a car either last night or early this morning. Closer inspection suggested it was an adult male stoat, a species we have seen very occasionally around our patch of the Rib Valley…

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It’s been wet, wet, wet

The UK Meteorological Office released provisional statistics earlier this week indicating that 2012 was the second wettest year on record since data collection began in 1910. With four of the five recorded wettest years occurring in since 2000 and longer term (30 year) averages indicating a 5% rainfall increase, wetter…

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Re-setting the clock

As the old year draws to a close we naturally look back at the previous twelve months and forward to the next. For me and in the context of this blog, I can look back at some fine birding trips, the discovery new locations and some very special birds, a…

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