February 26, 2021

A frosty start followed by a beautiful sunny day. Heard a chiffchaff - the first spring migrant of the year. Possibly the earliest I’ve ever heard one.

April 11, 2020

The blue tits that are using the nest box in our garden are getting much busier. Nest building is very much underway as can be seen in the picture below. I built and installed the box last year, and what they don’t know is that it has a hinged roof, so I can take a peek inside. This is not just from idle curiosity but so that I can record the nest activity for the BTO Nest Record Scheme. Read more

April 8, 2020

Warm enough to eat outside this evening while enjoying the sight and sound of our newly arrived visitors.

March 28, 2020

Heard my first Blackcaps of the year singing over the last couple of days. Still no swallows - with any luck they’ll turn up over the weekend. Bluetits still busy in the birdbox - don’t think they are building yet, a bit early. The robins seem to have been ousted from their nest box by a wren. They built their nest but a few days ago I realised that a wren was coming and going. Read more

February 23, 2020

I like days like this at the tail end of winter. Temperature up to 14C, a few trees starting to blossom and hawthorn coming into leaf in the hedges.

Stephen James

Minding the gaps


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