Category Archives: Birdwatching

Summer along the Riverbank

Summer has arrived, well a few hot days all in a row. Time I thought for a quick walk along the river.

 

Cross a bridge or two

Views from the new bridge

The new…….

And the old.

A Summers Day Trip

A week ago I went on a day trip to Woburn Abbey.  I have been there many times. The first time was on a School Trip the year it opened – yikes -1970 !

 

I enjoyed the walk around the gardens, it was a lovely day, not too hot.

 

I also got to see some birds

Swans

and More Swans

Follow Me

White Swan

The Black Swan

A View From A Bridge

Just standing on the road bridge looking up and down river you can just watch the world go by.

Mr and Mrs Swan graceful as ever.

Same River different sides of the bridge.

Reflections

And yet more bridges

Homeward Bound

Along the Riverbank

It’s been awhile since I have seen these little fellows.

I had forgotten how quickly they could move.

But through all the comings and goings the Canada Goose just sat quietly and watched the world go by.

Spring has Arrived

The sun shines (sometimes) the birds are singing and some are nesting.

and some are getting into their best bib and tucker

Research

Research can take many forms.  For many it may mean just surfing the web, for others a trip to the library or the local archives office.

Lately I have been in ‘research mode’ gathering information for a few different projects I am currently working on.  However it has thrown up a few surprises that I have filed away for another day.

Looking at original documents that are over 100 years old is fascinating, be they a title deed or a letter from a soldier to his parents during the first world war.

Many years ago when I was a teenager I took up birdwatching seriously. However  there were not many bird identification books available in my price range.  So if I saw some birds locally that I had not identified before, I would often take a detour to the local museum (it was further along the riverbank) check out the natural history display cases and then return to birdwatching, confident I had correctly identified the birds seen.

Now of course it is so much easier.  On a break from my research, I stopped off at one of my regular birdwatching haunts  (mainly to try out my new telescope) Once in the nearest hide I looked out onto the lake hoping to see if there were some birds I hadn’t  seen before.  I was in luck. A male and a female smew in amongst the tufted ducks and  wigeon.  Alas I did not get a photo, but true to the ‘old ways’ I made a note of the behaviour and characteristics of the birds as well as the colour and size etc. Once back home (after a quick stop off at the local supermarket) I confirmed my sightings.

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However I can never resist a picture of a swan.