Grey wagtail

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A couple of interesting things turned up when I was walking along the south side of the river in Stratford this afternoon. The first was a red kite that flew over Holy Trinity, glided over the river, and then drifted … Continued

Blackwit

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I’m getting better at this game – I looked at this bird as it stomped past the South Lake hide at Slimbridge today, and thought black-tailed godwit – which, indeed, is what it is. I can’t be sure of the … Continued

Elegantly raddled

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“A woodpecker over there!” hissed the little girl sitting next to me in Hiller’s bird hide this afternoon, She was about eight, and already a competent photographer – I predict that she’ll be very good indeed in a few years, … Continued

The Chinese Bridge

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Today was a bit of a curate’s egg. This was the good bit: a morning walk around Croome with R in nice light – though sadly not early enough to catch the frost and mist, because they’ve now moved onto … Continued

Finial

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Some people have gargoyles. We have squirrels. R and I spent a really lovely few hours with his sister and brother-in-law. It was great fun to have their company, and though it was a shame that they weren’t able to … Continued

Fartnarkle

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So. We woke up this morning to find that the village had flooded overnight – though not our house, thankfully. The trench filling with water used to be a regular occurrence, but hasn’t happened in several years, since some flood … Continued

Hangin’

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I wish to put on record the fact that I spent this morning baking a cake – actual cooking, with ingredients, and a recipe. A blueberry orange polenta cake, if you’re wondering. I’ve never made a polenta cake before, so … Continued

Nuthatch

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I’m posting this because I’ve never been so close to a nuthatch before, and because they’re quite tricky to photograph, on account of the fact that they’re in almost constant motion. Which makes it the most notable event of my … Continued

Chirpy

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I had a pretty annoying day on the whole – mainly from being caught in a situation not of my making, that’s going to cost time and money to resolve. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. I discovered this … Continued

Rampagious

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The rut is getting into its stride at Charlecote now. Alpha bucks are stamping around shouting like Vogon captains, rounding up females and chasing away yearling males; does are getting flirty and ignoring their fawns, which are wandering around making … Continued