A few birds from the weekend

A few shots of birds from close to the house this weekend. Chaffinch (female) – fringilla coebs Chaffinch (male) – fringilla coebs Kestrel (female) – falco tinnunculus Blue tit – parus caeruleus

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Snow, snow and more snow

So, the cold weather and snow continues. For a part of the country used to a couple of days snow a year at most, the novelty of snow causes havoc and provides a bit of winter fun in equal measure. The schools are closed, road grit is in short supply…

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A Cormorant for Christmas

On a journey along the Standon Lane earlier this afternoon, a large black bird sitting high in an old oak by the lane caught my eye. As we came closer I was surprised to see that it was a cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo . Cormorants are no great rarity in the…

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A ‘Snow Day’ in Barwick

By accident of geography and climate, snow in North East Hertfordshire is somewhat of a rarity and therefore something that isn’t coped with particularly well by south-east England’s commuting public and their public services. In the last 10 years a day or two’s snow a year might be typical but…

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The Kitchen Window List – updated

The start of the football season, busy times at work and the shortening of the autumn days have restricted my blogging activities. When opportunities to get out with the camera are limited I can always rely on watching the birds in the garden. As I stood looking out at the…

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London’s Albertopolis

With the proceeds from the Great Exhibition in 1851, Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria, guided the Royal Commission to purchase land in South Kensington on which were to be built the great cultural and educational establishments of Victorian London. As a result, in an area between the Cromwell Road…

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The Times They Are A Changin’

Following the Rolling Stones inspired title of my last post, Bob Dylan’s protest anthem provides the title for this one. I shall not commit myself to continuing the pattern but we shall see! The Bank Holiday Monday at the end of August and the beginning of September for me signal…

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You can’t always get what you want

So said the Rolling Stones and for birdwatching it is certainly true. This summer I have been teased by Kingfishers. I had the pleasure of seeing three or four on my canoe trip down the Thames and was even able to get a picture with my old Fuji digital. I…

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A visit to RSPB Fowlmere

A few days into my recent two week holiday I decided to make a late afternoon visit to RSPB Fowlmere. The weather was not promising. Rain threatened and the sky was heavy with cloud but that aside the reserve was as beautiful as ever. Crouching in the farmland in South…

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