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

Coot kerfuffle

I’m looking up a tree when there’s a bit of a kerfuffle on the lake. Coots are deeply territorial birds. Or terror-torial. …

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.

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

Crows at sunset

The Carrion Crows are still roosting on the River Teign. They feed on invertebrates in the mud in the estuary. Walking along …

Egg - photograph by David Bailey (not the)-

Egg

It’s not that long ago that collecting birds’ eggs was not just a scientific endeavour but a widespread hobby. Children would collect …