January 3, 2021

Glad I cleaned out one of the nest boxes a few days ago as a blue tit has been having a look already. Better get the others done.

December 10, 2020

Work/eat/sleep and repeat. That’s what the last two weeks have felt like. It’s always like this for these darkest weeks of the year. There have been a few sunny days, or part days, but also a lot of murk. Days without form or void. I don’t much like driving at this time of year. Dazzling headlights, spray and poor visibility make it hard work. An hour’s drive in thick fog on Monday was not fun at all. Read more

October 18, 2020

One morning this last week I stepped outside at first light. It was very still and quiet. My attention was drawn to the sound of redwings overhead. The first I’ve seen this autumn. Just a few small flocks but a sure sign of the turning of the seasons. Later on the same day I saw a handful of swallows. Another remnant of summer. Two species who’s combined migratory range extends from Siberia to South Africa. Read more

September 19, 2020

If I’m honest, I have to admit that part of the reason I will listen to so many podcasts is so I don’t have to listen to the stream of negative horseshit that my mind seems to produce if left to its own devices. Something to work on there, methinks. ~ In the last two days I’ve seen and/or heard kingfishers in two different locations. They do seem to get very vocal at this time of year. Read more

September 10, 2020

Am making the most of watching and listening to our swallows before they depart for South Africa. I shall miss having them around.

August 14, 2020

Was awake in the night due to the heat. Heard a curious sound outside. A repeated wheezing call. A bit of research and discovered it was the begging call of juvenile tawny owls. I think there must have been two of them. Good to know ‘our’ tawny’s have successfully reared young this year.

Stephen James

Minding the gaps


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