Author Archives: Patricia

Birdwatching walk

Lots of us turned up for the birdwatching walk with Jon this morning. It was a little windy, but we did see the following: a lapwing in the arable field, 2 little owls (one almost invisible on a post, another in one of the old metal containers next to the field), jackdaws, rooks and crows in the field, and a grey heron. And magpies picking ticks off the cattle in the Fauna fields; I had no idea they did that.

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Feeding time

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With the crop having been harvested, the field by Aldcliffe Road has become an all-you-can-eat buffet for birds. It seemed to be mostly pigeons with some gulls and rooks/crows (?) until a couple of days ago, but now the geese have discovered it. Are they greylag or pink-footed geese, please?

Hares and owl

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Thursday 22 June around 8.30 p.m. – two hares at the edge of the arable field below Pony Wood. The longer I looked, the lower they sank into the vegetation. Then the rear end of an owl in the Pony Wood “extension”. And after a week of thinking, “That sounds like a partridge!”, I finally saw the culprit.