A return to Fowlmere

The Cambridgeshire Girls League football fixture list saw me in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire on Saturday morning, so after the game I had the opportunity to drop in for a few hours to the RSPB Fowlmere reserve.A gentle stroll took in a couple of hides and produced the following bird list and…

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The first sunny Sunday of spring

I think many of us in the UK woke to a gloriously sunny morning last Sunday. A few days warm, wet weather and grey skies preceded it, which made the contrast all the more dramatic. I rejected the draw of the duvet and headed out and was immediately aware of…

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Lunchtimes at Tewinbury

My journey to work takes me along the B1000 which joins the gentle valley of the River Mimram as it passes to the east of Welwyn Garden City. Over a few days in the latter part of the winter I watched the progressing construction of bird hide at the entrance…

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Caught in a Sparrowhawk’s stare

I posted a picture on twitpic last weekend taken of a Sparrowhawk flying in acrobatic fashion around our feeding station. It was, as always, an exciting and spectacular visit with the shear speed and aeronautical ability of the bird in flight a joy to behold. The Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) is…

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Barn Owl!

I captured these pictures returning from an afternoon walk through the woods. This was a special event for me as these are the first pictures I’ve managed to capture of a barn owl in Barwick. They’re not fantastic pictures and I hope to capture better, but I’m thrilled!

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Another soggy weekend and an astronomical highlight

Another weekend and another football match postponed. Not due to the weather this time but because the opposition could only muster 5 players! A weekend spring cleaning the garden then, with a short walk thrown in that allowed me to document what happens to our river after a period of…

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A good substitute for football

For almost 3/4 of the year my Saturday mornings are taken up by coaching and managing an U12s girls football team. They are a great bunch and exceptionally talented, having won the Cambridgeshire League and Cup double last season. However, due to the weather this winter we have up to…

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First pictures of our garden’s Sparrowhawk

High drama on a grey and chilly day in Barwick! The honeysuckle has been full of birds as usual as the Blue, Coal, Marsh and Great tits continue their almost dawn ’til dusk procession to and fro to the feeders. Sometimes there are remarkably high numbers – I counted 20+…

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The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch – Jan 2010

I’ve blogged my results for this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch so I know where they are for comparison next! I can’t find my results from last year, but this year it felt the numbers and variety of sightings were a little lower. Living in a rural location with regularly…

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