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Magpies and cat face off
New pond-liner for newts and frogs and dragon flies... video
Urban  fox feeding in garden - HD video
How do Jays know?
Angry Gatekeeper and Hover Flies
Mud Birds
A day at WWT Barnes
Chew Valley Lake Birds
Badger Holes
Deer: Ashton Court Bristol
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Magpies and cat face off

Magpies and cat face off

Walking in Bristol, I heard magpies shouting and managed to get this footage of two magpies seeing off a cat. There’s at least two pairs of magpies locally nesting. A couple of days earlier the magpies had seen off a fox feeding in the garden. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY9ABQ1l3Gg&w=600]

New pond-liner for newts and frogs and dragon flies... video

New pond-liner for newts and frogs and dragon flies… video

Well we finally replaced the pond-liner in the pond that we installed for newts and frogs and dragon-fly larvae. It’s not a large pond and the increasing number of leaks meant it dried out regularly. The increasing variability in the weather was going to make this less of a haven than we intended. Found over […]

Urban  fox feeding in garden - HD video

Urban fox feeding in garden – HD video

We’ve got a group of foxes regularly visiting the garden. There’s a male and female and at least two yearling cubs. This is the male feeding – there’s also a female with a limp and an occasional visit from a very orangey/ginger fox that looks like it’s having a bad-hair day – very fluffy.

How do Jays know?

How do Jays know?

Two Jays (Garrulus glandarius) arrived within five minutes of putting some loose peanuts on the bird table. Do they watch or can they smell them or does one send messages to another? They don’t seem to travel in flocks and I am sure that they do not message each other as that would be reducing […]

Angry Gatekeeper and Hover Flies

Angry Gatekeeper and Hover Flies

Close to the entrance to the Ham Wall RSPB reserve on the Somerset Levels, I found this gatekeeper butterfly feeding, happily minding its own business. Then a hover fly (single pair of wings note) landed and started to feed. The gatekeeper started to twitch its wings, seemingly in response to the fly. Then a second […]

Mud Birds

Mud Birds

I am pretty rubbish at identifying waders but I do love to watch them! I do know lapwings and Blackheaded gulls even in their winter plumage. I love Sea Mills even though when ever we go it is cold or wet, and now I want to live in the  New Signal Station! As you can […]

Badger Holes

Badger Holes

We have a hole in the end of the garden which I identified as a badger latrine without the benefit of having seen a badger. I have now actually seen one in the garden when I did one of my nightly sweeps with a torch checking for any creatures. This is quite surprising considering the fact that the garden is […]

Why?

Why?

Why write a blog about the stuff I am interested in? I was in the bath just now and was thinking about it. I think it is just to share the feeling that looking at natural history gives me. I cannot even find the right word for what I am interested in really. Birds, mammals,flowers, […]

Red Deer

Red Deer

On Saturday we went for a walk to Ashton Court in Bristol. The weather was bright and cold and the views across the city were amazing. With parking only a pound it was good value too, but trying to type your number plate into the ticket machine as someone yells the numbers to you across […]