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While in Covid-19 lockdown, I am updating this blog twice a week - on Tuesdays and Fridays...


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Bee Happy

Posted on 17 April, 2020 at 5:10 Comments comments ()

We are taking part in the Natural History Society of Northumbria North East Bee Hunt.  You can check it out here:
https/www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk/activities/the-north-east-bee-hunt/ 

NHSN is using 'citizen science' to track five under-reported bees:

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More on being neighbourly

Posted on 14 April, 2020 at 7:15 Comments comments ()

Our new neighbours here in Forest Hall soon realised that we are keen on wlildlife - and birds in particular.  Our next door neighbour showed me a picture that he had take on his phone of mystery birds that he had seen in the Avenue trees.  These weren't 'tree climbers' this time.  But I could tell from the very distinctive silhouette that he had seen Waxwings. 

Before we moved here I knew that there is a site where Waxwings have visited regularly,...

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Good Friday - good neighbours

Posted on 10 April, 2020 at 4:35 Comments comments ()

Today is Good Friday - the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown; a situation that means you need Good Neighbours.  And we have them - in abundance. The first neighbour who greeted us - on the day we moved in to this lovely street (sorry..Avenue!) was Mike as he was walking past with the golden retrievers, Orla and the aged Ned (sadly no longer with us).  We soon met Ciaran, his wife, as she took her turn with the dogs.

Ciaran has become a 'cat sitter' for us - she...

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Hog Day

Posted on 7 April, 2020 at 5:50 Comments comments ()

I suppose our extra interest in Hedgehogs goes back to our time in Jesmond.  Unfortunately we found two injured hogs which we took to rescue centres - neither of them made it.

But we did have lots of hog activity in our back garden - which we could easily observe from our verandah.  Amazingly we had 5 hogs at once on one occasion - probably only one of them was female and she was having a hard time of it. We got more interested and became Hedgehog Champions f...

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Vespula vulgaris

Posted on 3 April, 2020 at 6:25 Comments comments ()

We have 2 bird boxes with cameras in.  They need to be linked by wires to the TV - in our new garden that is quite a long way, so I haven't fixed them up (though the boxes are out in situ).  We decided that one was in the wrong place - south facing, so probably a bit too warm.  When I went to take the box down to move it, I found this strange construction around the camera.  I have added some objects to give it scale:

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Foolish

Posted on 1 April, 2020 at 5:25 Comments comments ()

It's not Tuesday and it's not Friday - my blogging days - but thought I would just add this one.  Our NHSN Tuesday bird-watching class has a new 'Covid' WhatsApp group.  Today being April 1st thought I would try a little jape so I posted this lovely picture of a Nightjar (taken last year in Poland) and said I had just seen it the bird on our patio this morning.

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Punctuation

Posted on 31 March, 2020 at 6:00 Comments comments ()

During the first week of 'lockdown' the weather was lovely and our back garden was a bit of a suntrap. Unfortunately the garden renovation that we are undertaking had to be stopped - now we have lots of bare earth and a big hole for a pond (but no liner - so no water or plants).

What we also have is a new 'mowing strip' just put in at the bottom of the wall that supports our patio.  This faces due south.  The concrete was still dampish....

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Resurrection

Posted on 27 March, 2020 at 13:25 Comments comments ()

This is certainly a resurrection of this Blog.  Can't believe how long ago it is since I posted.  Luckily I will have been busy with so many other things. But now I have no excuse.
Friday March 27th 2020 - Day 4 of the scheduled 12 week 'shielding' because of Covid 19.  I'm not sure how often to post - and not sure I will have new photos always available.  If I do they will be wildlife seen around our garden. 
Yesterday we had a Comma Butterfl...

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A request

Posted on 17 March, 2019 at 18:40 Comments comments ()

My friend Peter Tracey has viewed this Blog for the first time.  In his complimentary comments he suggested that the photos would be enhanced by the inclusion of Goldfinches - which recently have been coming to his garden in Holywell.  Happy to oblige...



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2019 - a new year

Posted on 9 March, 2019 at 6:55 Comments comments ()

We are into March 2019 and it is about time I brought this blog up to date! I've seen 120 bird species so far this year - at a variety of sites: at home in the North East; in Tenerife; and in Scotland.

The year started at St Mary's Island. Lots of usual birds, including Sanderling, Turnstone, Rock Pipit, Gulls (of course) and 3 Snow Buntings - that stayed right through to March.  They have featured on my Facebook page.  Ther was quite a large flock of Curlew ...

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