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

Chiff Chaff

There’s a small bird in the trees. It looks green in this light. It’s fluttering in exaggerated hunting trips as it launches …

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

Pictish Sea Eagle

It’s from the 6th or 7th Century. It’s carved in sandstone and was excavated by amateurs in 1936 from the ruins of …

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

Wild Daffodils

I’m walking through the industrial estate next to the River Teign again when I spot a patch of Wild Daffodils, Narcissus pseudonarcissus. …

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

Pick up sticks

The Magpies are busy. It’s spring and they’re toiling building a nest. Last year they built two nests, yet despite all the …

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

Diving Shag

There’s a Shag on the River Teign. It’s working its way upstream. I have to walk briskly to the next position I …

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

House Sparrows

House Sparrows are exotic. Just look at this male: They’re now so unusual that people often ask what they are, not knowing …

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

Calling Crow

There’s a Carrion Crow on this security floodlight on my local industrial estate. I can just see it as I poke my …

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

Urban Magpie

On my walk through the local industrial estate I spotted a Magpie. I thought the complexity of this graphic image was just …

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

Piro Piro Piccolo

There’s a Common Sandpiper on the River Teign. I can’t get close to it, though. I had much better views previously: I’ll …

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

Blue Tit blue day

I’ve not been out of the house for a few days. I’ve been sitting in listening to the spout of water coming …

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

Bathing Blackbird

There are puddles all along the footpath on the River Teign past the scrap metal works. This male Blackbird is making full …

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

Redbreast frisky time

The territorial squabbling continues: It’s nearly frisky time for this Robin. And it needs all the neighbours to know about it. What …

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

The waterworks Buzzard

On a previous walk through the industrial estate I met a couple who said they’d seen a Buzzard at the waterworks on …

Dunsford Daffodils paper cut - The Hall of Einar (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dunsford Daffodils

This year I haven’t been able to travel onto Dartmoor to see the Daffodil display at Dunsford Wood. They grow in profusion …

Black Headed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Headed Gulls

Gulls always look great against urban backdrops and bright colours. I photographed Herring Gulls on Bristol’s docks and loved the results. In …

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

Jackdaws

There’s a Jackdaw on the picnic lawn at Decoy Country Park. They’re endlessly entertaining, intelligent and wary. I’m waiting for it take …

Old Man's Beard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Achenes of Old Man’s Beard

Old Man’s Beard is a plant I’ve never consciously seen in flower before. I’m determined to look for it this summer. I’ve …

Newton Abbot Quay - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Rats!

As we walk through the industrial estate I see a small, very cute, brown face with whiskers staring out of the undergrowth. …

Black-Headed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

1380 kilometres from home

We amble down to Newton Abbot Quay. There’s a raucous squabble under the bridge as Black Headed Gulls compete for food. “Look …

Whitethroat at Slapton Ley - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Whitethroat

Here are a couple of photographs of a Common Whitethroat, Curruca communis, which I took last summer. It’s a chunky warbler with …

Yellow Browed Warbler - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Return of the vagabond waif

We’re back in the tiny scrubby woods for our daily walk. It’s full of litter. Imagine a world where every sip and …

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

Bumbarrels on parade

There’s a small group of Long-Tailed Bushtits calling overhead. They’re vibrating a ‘Tseee-Tseee’ call amongst the empty branches as they move through. …