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.

September 9, 2020

In case you wondered….Why wasps become so annoying at the end of summer

July 15, 2020

Took the day off on Monday for a family birthday. Went for a walk in a Wiltshire nature reserve we discovered last year. So very peaceful. Much needed.

June 21, 2020

Went for a short family walk on the Wiltshire Downs that turned into a respectable 6k. Wildflowers and birds and a big sky. Skylark, whitethroat, blackcap, yellow hammer, corn bunting and willow warbler. Took this photo from a long barrow. And according to the map, crossed a Roman road. History beneath our feet.

May 17, 2020

A family walk this morning. Took a trip out to the Somerset Levels, now that we are allowed to travel a bit more. Lots of birds - but no cuckoos. Swifts, sedge warblers, curlews, reed buntings, skylarks, egrets and swans. Meadows looking lovely. Lots of flowers including orchids (Southern Marsh?). Drama in the garden when we returned. Birds giving alarm calls - turned out a great spotted woodpecker was having a crack at the box where the great tits are nesting. Read more

May 3, 2020

International Dawn Chorus Day Got out into the garden this morning to listen to the dawn chorus, and made these two recordings. Stereo recording, best listened to with headphones for full immersion. First one at 5:15am, mainly blackbirds and robins. It started to rain as I recorded so you can hear that too. strandlines · 030520 0515 Dawn Chorus Second recording, made at 6:00am and the sound profile has changed - many more species. Read more

Stephen James

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