Pied Flycatcher - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

518 Beech Drive

I’m trying to sell my house at the moment. It’s stressful constantly having visitors and having to keep the house clean and …

Puffin Love - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Witness for the Extinction

There’s a new report out on the State of the World’s Birds. It reports the science that 1 in 8 bird species …

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

More Stonechatting

A few days ago I went looking for Stonechats on Trendlebere Down and met this female: Stonechats on Trendlebere Down and Tunnicliffe’s …

Roe Deer - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Roe Deer on Dartmoor

Stumbling through the undergrowth on Trendlebere Down, part of East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, I find a complete Roe Deer skeleton. It’s …

Siskin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Colour on a grey day

There are Dartmoor ponies on Trendlebere Down on East Dartmoor: It’s a heathland habitat which was largely destroyed by fire, caused by …

House Sparrow - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

House Sparrows

The car park of the out of town shopping centre is empty apart from my car. I haven’t bought anything and the …

Blackbird - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blackbird

There are Blackbirds at the top of many trees at this time of year. Their beautiful singing fills the air and gladdens …

Trametes versicolor - Orley Common - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Tail of the Turkey

Turkey Tail fungus, Trametes versicolor, is everywhere: Here it is in Fungorum qui in Bavaria et Palatinatu circa Ratisbonam nascuntur icones, nativis …

Great Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great Tits

I’m going to let these photographs speak for themselves: Great Tits are such attractive birds: A description is unnecessary: So I ought …

Holly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mining Holly leaves

Out in the woods I’m surrounded by the familiar shape of Holly bushes, Ilex aquifolium. It’s also a familiar feeling as the …

Long-Tailed Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Long-Tailed Bushtits

It’s raining and the weather is dull. It’s not great light for photography, but it is great light for observation. These Long-Tailed …

Dacrymyces déliquescents - Dunster - the Hall fo Einar - photograph (c ) David Bailey (not the)

What a difference a lens makes

Forty years ago I kept detailed nature notebooks. I wrote down everything I saw and identified with enthusiasm, including the smallest of …

Coal Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Coal Tit record breaker

Coal Tits are record breakers. Not for their size, their distribution or their number of eggs. It’s because a pair of Coal …

Chaffinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chaffinch

This female Chaffinch is in bright sunshine against a sky like a painting: This male has wonderful bright colours. He’s in full …

Violet Oil Beetle - Bridford Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Violet Oil Beetles

In Bridford Wood there are glades and clearings full of wild daffodils. As I meander around them, stepping on Ramsons and sniffing …

Hoopoe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Oop oop, Oop oop, Oop oop

It’s a noise like no other. I know it isn’t a pigeon or a dove. It’s a loud insistent “Oop oop.” I …

Mandarin Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mandarin

There’s a male Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata, steaming towards me over the lake: It’s hard to imagine the evolutionary pressures which have …

Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Robin Orange-Breast

Robins don’t have red breasts; they are orange, surely? Maybe they are called red because it’s alliterative with Robin. Maybe they’re called …

Great Spotted Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

There’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the tree in front of me. It knows I’m here because it’s keeping to the other …

Blue Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the(

Blue Tits

Blue Tits weren’t always called Blue Tits. They were once called Titmice or Titmouse. The mice or mouse in their name doesn’t …

Kestrel - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Seaton Wetlands

Sunshine; warmth; the feel of spring in the air. It’s a while since I’ve felt that; and that’s also true for wildlife. …

Serpula himantiodes - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dry rot’s wild cousin

I’ve owned a house which had dry rot. It’s not something I’d wish on anyone. Having the fungus, Serpula lacrymans, creeping through …