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Spring is in the air!

Sparrowhawk The great British weather.  Yesterday it was awful, wet, cold, grey and desolate.  Today, blue skies, sunshine, singing house sparrows in the hedgerows and a field full of fieldfare.  On the drab winter days, even the birds hunker down and you could be forgiven for asking, ‘where are they…

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s been a few years since we were able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. At this time of year, we’re usually off on our travels so it was nice to take part this morning and spend an hour recording our avian visitors. As it happened, we had…

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The good, the bad and the ugly

American mink Buzzards soaring, a jay collecting nuts, a huge flock of geese flying over, chattering long-tailed tits  in the wood and a dipper on the beck, a great-spotted woodpecker and a green woodpecker calling from the garden.  That’s not a bad start for a single morning in December.  And,…

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Kirkheaton’s very own barn owl

Barn owl, Kirkheaton I’m guessing here but I think most people would put the barn owl at the top of the list of their ‘want to see’ owls. They are generally nocturnal but can often be seen hunting just after dawn and before dark, particularly in winter and often during…

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Kirkheaton village website blog

Lapwings I’ve been asked to write an article for our Kirkheaton village newsletter, ‘Yetton News’, in January next year and to submit a blog each month for the website. Here is the first web blog submitted end of November 2020 – At this time last year, I was in Arctic…

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Thank you again for your donations!

I managed to squeeze in 5 wildlife presentations before covid put paid to the rest of my 2020 schedule. Still, from those talks plus the sale of my images and 2021 wildlife calendars, this year I will have sent £518 to zarach.org, plus US$50 which was paid to the website…

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Eye Eye, it’s lockdown day

Today is Covid lockdown day – again. So for the next four weeks we’re all restricted to leaving the house for daily exercise and no unnecessary travel. There’s something about work and shopping too but that part passed me by. Those restrictions in themselves will limit my chances of posting…

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Wow – a red kite in Kirkheaton – again!

Red kite In the last few weeks, it has seemed so quiet on the wildlife front, maybe because the summer migrants have gone and the winter migrants are just arriving. Around our house in Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, the best place to see wildlife is in our garden where there is such…

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Leeds-Liverpool canal

Last week, we embarked on a journey along part of the 127 mile Leeds-Liverpool canal on ‘Sweet Basil’, a 47′ narrowboat hired from Snaygill Boats of Skipton, the perfect way to have a short break and stay socially distanced during the renewed lockdown that our part of the country is…

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Shooting the locals

Stoat Sometimes when you’re dodging the mad drivers who often use our lane as a race track, you could be forgiven for considering shooting the locals as a viable control option . There is no footpath and there are those, usually boy racers but not always, who never even dream…

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