Tag Archives: 2011

An old dwelling?

I drive past the ghost of a garden every week day. To the left of the Buxton Road just before the bridge, an apple tree clings on to existence on an old hedge line. This is the only mark which … Continue reading

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Roe into November

As November commences the Roe Deer have regrouped. the Brampton group comprises of the young buck, now in his second year,  the doe and the twin fauns. The doe is the most confident and the least flighty, the buck and the … Continue reading

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Autumn evening sky

On Friday night the autumn sky was at it’s best in the early evening. Jupiter was rising over Oxnead. In the west a star flashed with so much red and green that at first we mistook it for an aircraft. … Continue reading

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Autumn sets in on the Common

This morning a walk along the Bure revealed how the damp autumnal season has settled in. A pair of Wigeon spring from the river at our approach. A duck more commonly seen on the large grazing marshes of the north … Continue reading

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October Dusk

Last night the light levels were falling at seven o’clock, but not fast enough for our purposes. It was too light for the river bats. Howver we walked the river bank as the light levels fell. Silence descended as the … Continue reading

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Golden horde

Sunset on Friday coincided with the evening arrival of a congregation of Golden Plover. A circling flock of forty or so birds whistled in their plaintive way. Every year they gather on the parish – I have always assumed that … Continue reading

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Autumn & the water bats

Bat detecting is addictive. A warmish evening spent at Oxnead Bridge reveals the usual Pipistrelles but it is the river bat that we went to find. These bats, more properly known at the Daubenton’s Bat, hunt low over the surface … Continue reading

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Sentinel

At first it appeared to be an optical illusion; an overly large bird perched on a scrap of hedge near the Buxton cross roads. But at second glance it was clearly a Buzzard. The river valley and it’s immediate surroundings … Continue reading

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To roost

In nearby woods, the winter roosts of Rook and Jackdaw have started to build up.  On Sunday we watched the aerial display of 500 or so of both species as they wheeled, called and wheeled again above wood. Their display … Continue reading

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Roebuck wakes

The Roebuck burst out of the Blackthorn hedge. It seemed that his nerve had failed him as we passed by – perhaps the whippet’s scent had been the trigger. He made his way with some speed towards the main road … Continue reading

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