Sunday, 30 November 2014


My old buddy Stephen Carter came over today to help me put up a couple of owl boxes that my brother had made for me ages ago. So I think it was about time that they went up and the autumn although coming to a close is the best time (I think) to site owl boxes. Although quite a nice day it was a bit of a struggle getting the first owl box to it's tree with all the steep boggy ground we had to walk across whilst carrying the ladders and tools. The battens on the box to fix it to the tree were horizontal and we had no end of trouble trying to securing it and Luke (my middle step son) and I had to go back later with some more wood to fasten it tight, so hopefully the job is now done. Quick tip - if you put battens on an owl box put them on vertically!! 

Stephen Carter fastening the owl box

give us a smile Steve

the owl box up with extra wedges and battens
Lets hope that we get some success in this box like we had with my other box we put up a couple of years ago where a pair of Tawny owls successfully raised 1 chick

tawny owl chick from earlier in the year

I should have prepared better for the second box it needs a lot of modifications for us to successfully site it on an old concrete lampost so will have to wait now for a week or two until the work on it is done. I'm pretty pleased we got the one up though, a good mornings work and a massive thanks to Steve and Luke for their help cheers lads.

Monday, 24 November 2014


Been out this morning trying to photograph some winter thrushes that land in a berry tree near to where I live they were very skittish and I had to sit still in my Jeep for about half hour before they would land in the tree to feed. The images are not great but it was nice sit and watch and try to photograph these winter visitors from the north and east of Europe.

the Redwing

The fieldfare
both species together

think this was the best of the bunch

this female blackbird was enjoying the berries
Another winter migrant I managed to spot and get a quick shot of was this female Brambling.

Female Brambling
Nice couple of hours spent with these birds on one of the first frosty mornings of the winter so far. It was difficult trying to get decent images through all them twigs and branches, but I will be trying again (hopefully) and get some better images.

Saturday, 15 November 2014


Here's a quick update on Bertie the young buzzard we found with a broken wing a few weeks back.

Malcolm with Bertie after we had delivered him to the sanctuary  

We popped into the bird of prey and owl sanctuary today to ask about Bertie it was also a good excuse to have a look at the owls and raptors on show there. The place was very busy with lots of visitors which is good for business. I managed to have a word with Malcolm (he's the bloke that runs the place) and he gave me the great news that the vet had actually fixed Bertie's wing and Malcolm had set him free after fattening him up for a week or two to give him the best possible chance of survival.

lets hope our Bertie makes it
Lets hope he makes it and is able to fly free like this one I photographed earlier in the year, GOOD LUCK BERTIE!

Monday, 10 November 2014


Just before it got dark today I had a quick check of my feeders and couldn't believe my eyes to see a Goldfinch trapped inside my nyger seed tube feeder. The poor thing was trying desperately to get out but couldn't get a grip on the shiny plastic that the tube feeder is made of. The wind had blown the top off the feeder so that there was a big enough gap at the top for the bird to get in.

Goldfinch stuck in the feeder

the wind had blown the top up so the bird could get in
  A quick rescue mission and the goldie was flying free. 

looking better than it did in the feeder.
Lucky that I had checked the feeders otherwise I don't think it would have survived the night.

Sunday, 2 November 2014


We've had massive flocks of Woodpigeons around the farm over the last couple of weeks my guess is our native birds have been joined by other pigeons from the north but at the moment they don't seem to be dispersing or moving on just flying, feeding and perching on mass around this area. It is though quite an impressive sight especially when they all take off they virtually fill the sky.


drifting around the trees

filling up the sky

I should imagine the local raptors must think that Christmas has come early.