Mute Swan - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A grey day on the Teign

I’m out with my son in the early morning. He has a camera too and takes a photo of me. As we …

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

Babies!

I was recently informed on Facebook (if that’s even possible) that young birds are called chicks and not babies. Someone responded with …

Blackcap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Blackcap

There’s a beautiful song coming from the bush in front of me. It’s the ‘Northern Nightingale’, the Blackcap: Blackcaps practice leap-frog migration: …

Chiffchaff - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Chaffchiff

There’s a Chiffchaff in the tree. At some stage a predecessor of the Willow Warbler and the Chiffchaff had a strange egg. …

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

The Caterpillar Service – Day Two

Yesterday I spent five hours on a public footpath overlooking a Long-Tailed Bushtits’ nest. I’m happy that I wasn’t disturbing them. They’re …

Song Thrush - The Hall of Einar

Destruction

This was one of my favourite places for wildlife. Whether it’s standing entranced, listening to the pure pulsating power of a Wren …

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

Huge bird up a tree

We’re cycling early in the morning in South Devon when I spot a huge bird in the top of a tree. It …

Lime Nail Galls - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lime Nail Galls

Those look like Lime trees. I’m not sure though. They’re in the grounds of Forde House, a luxury Jacobean manor house in …

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

Greenfinch and the Teign

Pronunciation is such a local thing. Who would have guessed that the River Teign would be pronounced “teen’. Or that when pronounced …

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

Pigeons

I’m slightly worried about my local pigeons. I don’t expect to get much sympathy. They’re usually fed by a motley assortment of …

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

Male Blackbird

This early morning sun is beautiful on my bicycle ride. So is this male Blackbird. Just look at the rictal bristles surrounding …

Mallard - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chicks

The Mallard’s chicks have hatched. That’s very exciting.

Cowslip - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Primrose on stilts

There’s a single plant in the middle of a lawn at the back of one of the industrial buildings nearby. It’s standing …

Blossom - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blossom

Apples are members of the rose family. Their flowers make sense once you know that. Is that what these are? These trees …

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

The social distancing walk

We’re in the middle of the South Devon countryside. It’s going dark. It’s been a pleasant walk but it’s getting a little …

Red Campion - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red Campion

I’d recognise that pink anywhere. It’s Red Campion.