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A Game of Two Halves

Postby beolens » Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:30 pm

Quite a changable day on the patch today, it started out, cold, misty and wet but turned into a beautiful sunny afternoon.

I actually enjoy a walk in the fog, like snow, it has a way of muffling the sounds of normality from around me, the constant hum of distant traffic is smothered in its moisture rich façade, the buildings are hidden behind the wall of white, I get to enjoy my patch without so much of life's normal disturbances.


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Wader Movement Begins

Postby beolens » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:47 pm

The spring movement of waders has started with 5 species on the patch (it's an inland patch!) and one just off it!

With the prospect of a warm (well out of the biting, cold, wind), purpose built hide (or two) to sit in and watch out over the open waters of the patch, I was looking forward to getting out and about today, sadly the hides are still locked, and the path incomplete, hardly surprising considering the recent floods (they packed a real punch - at least one bridge has collapsed and a few fences are down around the paths).


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More Wader Movement

Postby beolens » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:17 pm

Another wader filled day on the patch, at least now the newly built hides are open

While I walked, the light rain, fell steadily, misting my binoculars, but not dampening my spirits, over the farm pits I could hear the computer game sounds of the odd displaying Lapwings and the quiet piping of a lone Redshank, a party of three Common Snipe suddenly burst from the weeds and flew round in circles grunting, before dropping back, their cryptic colours camouflaging them the second they landed.



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Early Start

Postby beolens » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:52 pm

I headed out onto the misty, frosty patch early today, in the hope of avoiding dog walker disturbance, and had a great morning photographing ducks and waders.

As I headed to the patch the grass crunched lightly under my feet, and a low mist clung to those areas the warm, early morning sun, had failed to clear. Great Spotted Woodpecker could be heard drumming from the stand of trees outside my house, always a good start to the day, and a sure sign that the warmer days are on their way.


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Afternoon Sunshine

Postby beolens » Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:46 pm

Managed a quick afternoon trip to the patch in some spring sunshine today.

As I sat there was suddenly a flurry of activity from the local Lapwings, as all the residents suddenly decided to take to the air and perform their acrobatic display flights, their humming wings and zapping calls filling the air with a green and purple sheen as they twisted and turned trying to prove themselves most worthy of siring the next generation.


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Introducing the patch - The Sheep Fields

Postby beolens » Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:39 pm

Part of my introduction to my patch series (a 12 part, monthly series). This time featuring the sheep fields.

It's unusual of all the places on my patch the Sheep Fields are the area I see most of and yet are also the area I see little in. You see I can see these fields from my study window, It's an obscured view through the trees that line the main grid road (its a Milton Keynes thing) that runs 50 years or so in front o my house, but I can see them none the less.


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Would You Rather

Postby beolens » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:11 pm

Today was a day for Daddy & Daughter time on our walk, lots of chat a few birds and some "serious" would you rather questions!

Would you rather spend a morning sitting around watching TV and playing video games or, head out into the great outdoors with one of your favourite people, and have a lovely walk and a chat? In my case I would much rather do the latter, and today my daughter decided so would she, and so it was that we packed up our binoculars, scope and camera and headed out onto the patch to see what wonders the recent weather might have brought us.


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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:58 pm

Some days you are just glad to be alive, the sun is shining, the birding is good and you just get to enjoy nature.

The sun was beating down in the way it only seems to do in Spring; Creating a beautiful, bright, light but without the haze of summer, a warm glow spreading across the land; The heat pleasant, rather than hot making walking a pleasure; A slight breeze gently drifting across the open spaces, carrying with it the welcoming songs of summer migrants; The rising thermals lifting larger birds and raptors skywards with ease.


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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby greyfeather » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:21 am

A great post, I love days like these!

I always enjoy reading your blog and look forward to the next one :)
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Rainy Days

Postby beolens » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:46 pm

Thanks for the kind words Greyfeather :)

Today's walk was a rather wet one!

Rainy days, like today, remind me that I am never one to be accused of being a fair weather birder.

As the rain steadily dripped down form the sparkling green leaves of the soaking wet trees, I headed out onto the patch to see what the overnight storms, and current constant drizzle, may have brought down onto the pits - I've found rain often brings migrants at this time of year.


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