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Winter is Coming

Postby beolens » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:57 pm

Our first real frost of the winter today made for a cold walk, although it disappeared pretty quickly.

Tiny white diamonds sparkled in the grass as I left the house today; the heaviest frost of the year, so far, had blanketed the area in a thick white layer, muting the usually vibrant colours of autumn with its winter sprinkling. Brilliant blue filled the skies above me and a low wintry sun was beginning to get to work on the icy tendrils spread out over the fields in front of me.


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Stonechat Obsession Continues

Postby beolens » Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:31 pm

One of my favourite birds, and they are back again on the patch for winter

A vibrant, rusty orange chest leads up to a chocolate brown head, colours that match the falling leaves that slowly drift to the ground from the autumn trees, the only separation between the two contrasting colours, is a thin white line like that of a vicars collar.


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Willen Lake Walk

Postby beolens » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:55 pm

I went in search of sea duck inland today, it was wet and windy and I didn't see them but it was still better than watching TV!

As I hopped off the No.8 bus the thick layer of white clouds parted to reveal the golden orb of the sun, a good omen I thought, as I began to walk the short path from bus stop to lake edge. By the time i reached the lapping waters the hole had closed once more and grey clouds once more covered the sky, this was a pattern that would be repeated through my walk, patches of brilliant sunshine amongst a dark overcast day.


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After the Rains

Postby beolens » Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:27 pm

After the Rains, A soggy walk around the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve in Milton Keynes

For the last two days the rains have fallen from the heavens in near biblical proportions, breaks in the downpour have been few and far between as weeks worth of rain has splashed down across much of the UK but especially my home town of Milton Keynes.



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Embracing the Frost

Postby beolens » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:25 pm

Today's frosty walk around my local nature reserve

Millions of tiny diamonds spread out across the grassy fields of the Ouse Valley this morning, Jack frost had been busy with his frozen paint brush overnight, and had transformed the landscape from lush greens, and vivid browns of autumn, into one of frozen spikes, and soft pastels. The encrusted blades of grass crackled as I crossed the sheep fields below the old church as the sun began to spread her warming rays over the freezing morning.


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First Patch Walk of 2017

Postby beolens » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:30 pm

My first patch walk of 2017, 57 species on a 5.7 mile walk

After dropping the little lady at school for the first time this year I thought what better way to spend my first child free time in weeks out on the patch, peace, quiet and in the warm embrace of natures rich bounty.


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I'm Walking 2500 Miles in 2017

Postby beolens » Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:09 am

I've set myself a challenge of walking 2500 miles throughout 2017 in order to try and raise money for the access charity Birding For All this post (linked) is all about why, how etc. Sorry not strictly patch related, but a worthy cause and much of the walking will be on the patch, I hope some of you will pop over and have a read (sharing it would be awesom as well).

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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:27 pm

I watched today as a Peregrine slammed into a Little Egret, what a sight to see.

As a wildlife watcher there are spectacles I have seen that have taken my breath away, from thousands of Pink-footed geese taking to flight in the setting sun, to clouds of Starling swirling, en masse, as they paint amazing patterns in the evening sky; Watching a Cappercallie lek in the pine forests of highland Scotland, all the way to the champagne pop at the end, to witnessing Zino's Petrel coming in to roost atop a high peak of Madeira, their eerie call piercing the night sky. But it is not often it happens on your local patch.


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Then The Rain Came Down

Postby beolens » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:34 pm

A wet walk in the Ouse Valley

Steady rain drummed on my window this morning, but after a couple of days without much walking, I knew I needed to get out to get a few miles under my belt for my 2500 miles of walking, so no matter what decided I'd head out for a local walk in the Ouse Valley, the kids decided it was too cold, so I headed out alone.


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Sparkling Frost

Postby beolens » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:02 pm

A Cold walk in the frosty morning of the Ouse Valley in Milton Keynes

A cacophony of noise hit me as I arrived at the nature reserve, as dozens of Canada Geese took to the air, in noisy, honking, flights, leaving the frozen waters of the floodplain Forest behind as they headed out to forage for food in the frosty fields of the Ouse Valley.


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