The Return of the Treecreeper

I say return, but I know they have been here all the time. That said I have now seen just four Treecreepers in 10 years in Barwick and two of those were yesterday. I saw my first not long after we moved here as it moved up the Ash tree…

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Anyone know a Coleopterist? – the puzzle solved

Update on my earlier post ‘Anyone know a Coleopterist‘. I saw the beetle in the garden again today and armed with the knowledge of spines on the tibiae as the key identifier I was able to identify it definitively as a Lesser Stag Beetle Dorcus parallelopipedus – it only had…

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Badger’s Eye Sunset

I recently bought a camouflage hood and gloves to aid my wildlife watching and a warm sunny evening last Wednesday provided the first opportunity to test out their invisibility properties. Checking the wind direction I decided my first stop would be the badger’s sett so I hooded up and entered…

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Two Men in a Canoe – Day 3

We awoke to bright sunshine in our secluded pitch at Longridge and enjoyed a cup of tea before packing up the tent and kit ready for our final day in the canoe. Our slightly leisurely place meant that the sky had clouded over by the time we paddled away but…

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1934 – a night at the Proms

The year of 1934 is not just the last year England triumphed over Australia at Lords before our recent victory, but also the year that saw the passing of three of the UK’s greatest composers – Elgar, Delius and Holst. In remembering the 75th anniversary of their deaths, Saturday’s Prom…

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Two Men in a Canoe – Day 2

We awoke on day 2 of our trip to a bright morning after a refreshing nights sleep. As we made morning tea Ring Necked Parakeets flew across the site from tree to tree, their range now stretching across Hertfordshire and beyond out from their original population in West London. The…

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Jenny Wren – a behavioural puzzle

Our garden provides a great habitat for our resident wren population. Colloquially known as the Jenny Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes (the first latin bird name I learned and is one of very few I do know!), they are a welcome companion in the garden. As their latin name suggests they feed…

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Two Men In A Canoe – Day 1

Nick and I go way back. We shared our late teenage years, our love of cricket in our twenties and early thirties and over time have managed to sneek away together for the occasional adventure.A conversation earlier in the year had pinned July as an opportunity to do something and…

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