Category Archives: British birds

#30DaysWild – highlights from 2019

Here are my highlights from #30DaysWild 2019. Moving house, while working full time and joining in with 30 Days Wild wasn’t easy, but it was very worth it!

One of the best things I have done all month is putting up the bird feeder in my new home. It didn’t take long for the birds to find it! I now have regular visits from Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows. I also have Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons hovering up the dropped crumbs. Winding down from a day at work, I now find myself sitting with my cuppa and watching my new feathered friends!

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#30DaysWild – Day 28 – Finding wildlife in a cemetery

Cemeteries are interesting places to walk – carefully and ornately carved gravestones, the names of loved ones who have passed, and of course the wildlife that have chosen to live there.

I occasionally visit an inner city cemetery, just to see what life I might find. Today my stroll took me through an old but large cemetery, some of it very well kept, other places had been left untended and become a home to birds and insects.

I watched butterflies, bees and hoverflies on wildflowers and bramble. I heard woodpeckers, bullfinch, wrens and blackbirds singing. I admired the colours of the many wildflowers that decorated the graves alongside the planted roses and placed bouquets.

Cemeteries are a special habitat, so diverse with wildlife, a little piece of urban wild.

 

#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Watching the Worcester Peregrines

Whenever I take a trip back to Worcester, I always try to find time to visit the Cathedral and St. Andrews Spire. I’m not always lucky, but in the past I have had many wonderful views of the peregrines that have made these buildings their home.

I have seen many different birds in many different locations, but nothing quite matches a sight of a Peregrine for me and I am always as excited with a spot as I was the first time I saw one. Such incredible animals.

Today was no exception, when I arrived at the Cathedral I spotted an adult on the tower. It was clearly preening time as I watched it have a good skritch!

I walked around to the other side of the tower, but I couldn’t see another bird. I turned to walk to St. Andrew’s Spire when the piercing call of a Peregrine filled the air. I whipped around to see the willowy flight of the powerful predator disappear behind nearby buildings. The bird was still calling so I remained, and the Peregrine returned, alighting upon the top of the tower before swooping down out of sight again. It might have been brief, but it was long enough for me to see it was a youngster.

I began the short walk to the spire, and as soon as the tower came into view I could see another Peregrine. I had no doubt it was an adult. Sure enough, when I reached the spire I could see I was right in my assertion. I was also able to see that there was a chick on the lower castellations. The closer I got, the clearer I could see both birds. I stayed for quite a while watching, photographing and admiring these impressive birds-of-prey. It was time very well spent!

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#30DaysWild – Day 25 – Herons and Hares

Driving along a single track country lane that clearly had seen very little or no traffic, I saw a sight that lead me to ask the driver to stop. It was a field full of Herons! 5 of them, stood right in the middle, it looked to be 2 parents and 3 young. There were 3 Hares just a few meters away from the towering birds!

As I lifted my camera, the Heron family took flight. They gracefully flew over the hedgerow and into the next field, still a great view even if the birds were another 100 yards away from me.

My photos aren’t great, but they are still a record of a spectacular sight!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 21 – Spotted my first flycatcher!

Today I saw my first flycatcher! I knew it the moment I saw it! What agile and pretty little thing! I am over the moon!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 20 – Appreciating the wild world

Today I was able to spend some peaceful time appreciating the wild world around me. I got to listen to the birds sing, admire some beautiful bugs and adore the colourful splendour of wildflowers!

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#30DaysWild – Day 16 – Bradgate Park wild weekend

As it was Bradgate Park’s Wild Weekend, I thought I would pop along and see what was going on. I have been the last few years and have really enjoyed myself and this year was not an exception. The stands of all the wildlife and conservation organisations were all very interesting, the people manning them were clearly all very passionate. I will look forward to next year’s event!

The walk to and from the event was full of wildlife – cheeky jackdaws, fuzzy little ducklings, pollen covered bees, noisy grasshoppers and of course the park’s resident deer.

A thoroughly pleasant day and a very welcome break from the rain!

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#30DaysWild – Day 15 – Watching the birds visit the bird feeder

Over the past few weeks I have had to refilled my new bird feeder a couple of times. I have also managed to catch glimpses of hungry visitors snatching a quick seed or two. So today I thought I would spend a little time with a cuppa and my camera, watching to see who would visit my bird feeder.

On the bird feeder I saw Blue Tits, Robins and Chaffinches. But, I also saw in the hedgerow opposite Coal tits, Goldfinches, Blackbirds, Collared Doves and a Squirrel!

After today, I think I’ll be relaxing by my window more often!

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#30DaysWild – Day 11 – Soggy wildlife

Today I got a little soggy out in the wind and rain, at least I got to go inside to dry off. I can only sympathise with the wildlife that is stuck out in this seemingly unending cold wet weather!

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#30DaysWild – Day 10 – Birds of Prey

In the gap between rain showers, I was lucky enough to spot and watch both a hovering Kestrel and a Buzzard being mobbed by a group of Crows, in the space of just 5 minutes!

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