Whos keeping an eye on me....

Friday, 4 September 2020

Cretzshmars Bunting

SW Turkey July 2020 Only my second ever sighting of this species. A short walk or drive up the Cadianda hill just just outside the village of Uzumlu. A pair gave me the run around for ten minutes before I got a few shots, and then they were gone...... Great bird!

Red Backed Shrike

SW Turkey July 2020 Probably the default species in most locations visited. This male was one of the few that allowd great unobstructive views as most seemed to be perched in bushes rather than out in the open.

Monday, 8 June 2020

The Urban Fox

So here is a young female Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes).

This female is from last years litter and has now established herself queen of the territory. Where once a family regularly came to our urban garden, this single Fox now comes every night, but always on her own. Recent camera trap footage also indicates that currently no other Fox is making use of this garden.

She always comes at dusk.... until last evening when she turned up with more than a few hours of daylight left.

 

 
 

 
 
 


Thursday, 2 April 2020

Night Creatures ......

From the trail cam during a night just over a week ago.

Wood Mouse that lives under the doorstep


One of the Foxes that comes to the garden on a regular basis

 

And the Badger

 

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Hailstone and Sunshine

So, Saturday evening..... no pubs remember.
Liz and myself choose a film to endure, I mean watch! I decided to keep off the Ale this evening and have a wee tipple instead.

A Royal Brackla 16 year old was the chosen one.
Smooooth and mellow. No sharpness at all, sounds like I know what I am talking about, but any how what a lovely dram to chill out to a movie with.



Today is the day when the clocks leap (Lept) forward, less sleep for a night but in return longer days as the Spring gets into full flow.

I managed to make that Soup....... Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato, before going for our exercise (not allowed to call it a walk during these troubled times..... exercise is allowed). Exercised from home to the Anson Museum and back via the local recycling centre, it took over an hour and we were blessed by some lovely sunshine and...... hailstone. I knew these weekends were going to get weird.

Back home to a rather tasty lunch ........ no need to blend it when you like it chunky, found a little garnish too.


Afternoon was spent Drinking the ale that I didn't drink last night and of course I also succumbed to getting on my hands and knees and starting the weeding in the garden. A kind of bitter sweet afternoon.

 
 
and the partial gardening that's been done .....
 
 
anyway the garden birding has been a little slow, a few Robins followed the spade as I turned the soil..... looking for worms. Greenfinch in good numbers as always and the Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits nip in and steal the seeds before a mob of Starlings congregate. I can here a few Curlews way off on the moors and a rarity around here flew across the sky this afternoon, I wonder where from and where to.
 
 
 
Back to work tomorrow, stay safe, keep well.