September 18, 2021

More owl action last night. The barn owl appeared around the same time, same place, and we all got a good view of it. Then during the night there were hoots and calls from tawny and little owls.

September 16, 2021

Absolutely delighted to see a barn owl hunting in the field across the road from our house. With the landowner allowing the pasture to remain as rough grazing, it has become a better habitat for voles, and the owl’s presence confirms that. Watching one fly at dusk, they always look so ghostly, and bigger than they really are. It dropped several times into the grass and used a couple of fence posts to perch on. Read more

August 28, 2021

Sitting out in the garden, I looked up. Above the gap between our trees a sparrow hawk appeared, at the same time as a buzzard, flying much higher. Sparrow hawk - the speck in the upper right. Buzzard - speck in the lower left.

May 24, 2021

Last week, a woodpecker attacked the nest box in which the great tits were nesting. It pecked two large holes but seems to have not touched the eggs. Still, the great tit pair have abandoned it. Nature does seem harsh at times. On Friday my wife spotted the woodpecker having a crack at the blue tit box. I left work a little early so I could come home and add fortifications. Read more

May 12, 2021

Managed a look into the blue tits nest box today, having spotted the parents leaving (do they qualify as parents before the chicks hatch?) This is a good sized clutch of eggs - it amazes me that such a small bird can produce so many. More data for the Nest Record Scheme. An article on the BTO website explains that: An average clutch of Blue Tit eggs contains roughly 0.5 g of calcium, which might not sound like a lot; but given that there is only about 0. Read more

May 11, 2021

I spotted our resident Great tits were away from the nest box so popped the inspection camera in for a peek. They have been busy!

Stephen James

Minding the gaps

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