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April 2018

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

A Spruced-up Siskin

Siskins are wonderful birds. They are tiny finches, coloured yellow and green, and the brighter-coloured males have a distinctive black cap. Their …

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

Old red eyes is back

Coots have extraordinary eyes. The irises of this one are red: Sometimes, however, their irises are dark red or even brown. I’d …

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

Look! No hands!

In the wild, Grey Squirrels eat buds, bark and shoots as well as acorns, hazelnuts and fungi. Here’s one tucking into sweet …

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 …