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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The perigree moon

The clearest and crispest of evenings gave a spectacular view of the biggest and brightest full moon that will be seen in 2010. This was due to the coincidence of the full moon cycle and the moon’s close proximity to the earth due to its elliptical orbit, resulting in it…

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Marsh Tit or Willow?

I received a ‘tweet’ the other day from a fellow ‘twitterer’ @katesparkle saying I am pretty sure I had a marsh tit in the garden yesterday. Is that unusual? The recent cold weather has understandably driven many birds to our gardens in search of food. On the net and in…

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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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