Tag Archives: Spring 2011

Cuckoo progress

The Cuckoo called as flew from the Common to the village. It was closely shadowed by a Kestrel. The Cuckoo’s hawk-like flight was weak in comparison to the purposeful mastery of the Kestrel. It seems that the Cuckoo is extending … Continue reading

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Brampton buck

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War wound

This week the young Roe Buck carefully escorts a single doe. He is paying her constant attention; this is especially apparent because it allows us to approach to within yards before they start to sidle back towards the wood. The … Continue reading

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Roe in May

It helps to have the breeze in your face. Particularly when walking up to the deer. The group seems to have dispersed around its usual stamping ground. Encounters with them this week have been when they graze quietly on their … Continue reading

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Swifts return

Yesterday’s (6th May) return of Swifts to the parish was a welcome sight. No sooner had hey returned than they had started to re-colonise their traditional nest sites. These sites end to be the cottages and houses in the village … Continue reading

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Cuckoo courtship flight

The two of us and Dr Christie looked on as a courtship flight of two Cuckoos drifted over the Long Meadow to the Poplars near Burgh church and back again. Both birds seemed to relish the uplifting power of the … Continue reading

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Brampton Cuckoo

In the end it was on a breezy, clear morning of the 1stMay when the Cuckoo announced its presence. The call which drifted in and out on the breeze was persistent and seemed to come from higher up the valley … Continue reading

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Sea Pie

As the sugar beet grow in the rows on the Town Field it’s regular occupants are a pair of Oystercatchers. This wading bird with it’s smart black and white plumage and red bill generally favours the tide line along the … Continue reading

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Dry verges

Walking up through the village last night, it was clearly evident that the lack of rain is having an impact. The last decent shower was on the 26th March – nothing of any note for over a month. The warm … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Cuckoo

St George’s day, 23rd April, came and went without the expected call of the Cuckoo. Alex and I thought we heard a single call last Tuesday evening (19th April), but we heard no follow-up call to prove it to ourselves … Continue reading

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