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Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:00 pm

Hi, I'd like to introduce myself, I blog at: http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk a blog about the wildlife (all forms) found around Manor Farm in Milton Keynes (and some things beyond). I've been blogging since 2012, but the patch changed from a local, small, urban, lake (hence the blog name) to a larger nature reserve.

I'm fortunate to live just over the road from this newly created (inland) nature reserve with my family (so there are often tales of my kids out enjoying the wonders of nature). It is currently a nature reserve in construction (no hides, yet, and paths only just going in) but has had some wonderful birds over the last few years (while it was being dug out as a working gravel extraction site) from Cattle Egret to Pec Sand, and the parks trust plans will slowly turn the area into a flood plain forest.

I'l post my regular updates here from now on :)

I've just found this forum, and am so glad I did, as I can now go and look at all the wonderful blogs already posted.

Thanks for reading.

Ash
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A Very Windy Walk

Postby beolens » Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:20 pm

Latest post now live, my VERY windy walk around Manor Farm, Milton Keynes today http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2015/11/blown-away.html
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Winter Arrivals

Postby beolens » Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:33 pm

My latest blog is all about trying to photograph winter thrushes on today's walk - http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2015/11/winter-arrivals.html
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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby wossa » Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:51 pm

Really enjoyable blog with some great pics. A great addition to the Local Patch Forum.
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Re: Views From an Urban Lake

Postby beolens » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:05 pm

Thank you Wossa, I'm enjoying reading others posts nice to find so many local patch watchers blogging :)
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Not My Greatest Walk

Postby beolens » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:16 pm

Not bird filled and it ended up to be quite pain filled (back) but here is today's post about my latest walk around Manor Farm - http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2015/11/not-my-greatest-walk.html
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A Wet and windy Thursday in November

Postby beolens » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:12 pm

I braved Barney on Thursday and headed out into the cold, wet and wind of my patch - http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2015/11/a-wet-and-windy-thursday-in-november.html
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Split Personality

Postby beolens » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:54 pm

Latest blog post - Split Personality - a day of different weathers and birds changing rapidly (with some nice photos - even if I do say so myself - of Stonechat and Reed Bunting) http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2015/11/split-personality.html
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Once Upon a Time

Postby beolens » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:17 pm

Today's walk round the patch wasn't very nice and had little in the way of birds but still one day it will pay off. http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2 ... -time.html

As I entered the sheep fields today the skies were a heavy, dull, combination of battleship grey rain clouds, overlying a continuous sheet of brilliant white Nimbostratus, visible only in patches amongst their darker relations. The sun was but a distant memory, whose rays could not burn through the impenetrable sheet of nimbus. The wind blowing a gale across the sodden grass and preventing all but the hardiest of avifauna from taking to the wing. A somewhat typical, wet and windy Novembers day, the last of 2015, winter will be upon us tomorrow as we hit the month of the winter festivals, all Christmas lights and intoxicating smells.
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Winter Movements

Postby beolens » Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:23 am

Winter thrushes were my main focus today as I walked along the River Ouse in Milton Keynes, winter on my patch can be quite pleasant sometimes.

http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2015/12/winter-movements.html

I startled a Redwing or two as I passed some of the smaller bushes across the river, the nervy birds taking to flight with a whispy whistle. I then spotted their much larger cousin, a Fieldfare, perched on what appeared to be a bare bush just across the flowing water.
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