The blackbirds fledged last night, but did they make it through their first 24 hours???
I’ve been watching the blackbirds going backwards and forwards to their nest for the last couple of weeks – they’ve been good enough to nest deep down in a clematis right outside my home office window, which has been a handy distraction during lockdown!
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Late at night, when all the world is sleeping, Fang runs around the house doing his stuff…
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It’s gone nuts on the bird feeder today…
Working from home, and getting distracted by the bird feeder outside of my office window. One of the benefits of lockdown and working from home…
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South Downs Bluebells
This year we’ve seen some pretty impressive displays of bluebells. I’ve been told that the wet winter and spring has helped to produce lots of healthy plants, and that the lack of rain over the last few weeks has created the perfect finish. Bluebells aren’t very sturdy plants, and the heavy showers that we might normally expect in April usually make them collapse.
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Maybe you’re paranoid… Or maybe it’s true!
The end of the day is when the owls and the badgers, and the creatures of the night are beginning to stir. Be aware. You are being watched…
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Too close to focus!
Flippin’ annoying when you’re out photographing Badgers and they get too close to focus and you have to use your iPhone instead…
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And today the Hummingbird Hawk Moths arrived 👍
They’re one of my favourite moths, and if you’ve ever seen one you’ll know exactly why they get their name. In fact, they look and behave so much like their feathered namesake that every year the RSPB get phone calls from worried members of the public reporting that they’ve seen escaped Hummingbirds!
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Painted Lady butterfly
This Painted Lady butterfly has been in the garden all morning – she’s looking a bit battered around the wing tips – but given that she’s just flown here from Morocco I reckon she’s in pretty good nick!
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Day 1. Martin’s back. And he’s got some building work to do!
The House Martins seem to return later and later every year. And this year they’ve come back to a broken nest site. The side fell out of it during the winter – it’s a home renovation project if ever you’ve seen one!
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Fallow deer killed jumping a fence in The South Downs National Park
This really is a horrible sight. This is what happens when a deer traps a leg between the top two wires of a stock fence. It leads to the slow, painful and agonising death of the deer. It’s upsetting to see – especially when (like this) it happens twice in a week. But worst of all, it’s totally avoidable. Let me explain why.
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