Tag Archives: Spring 2011

Groups

The Roe group this evening consisted of the older buck and two does. I doubt that this is a permanent change but it could show the looser ties which bind the herd as a result of the arrival of the … Continue reading

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Father & son

Father and son rivalry is back in the parish. The return of grass growth over the past week has drawn the Roe deer out of their winter quarters. Last year’s offspring have turned out to be, as I suspected, one … Continue reading

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Arrivals

A Swallow twittered and dashed around the buildings of Brampton Hall on the evening of Friday 15th April. Possibly not the first arrival, but the first I have seen in the parish this spring. Only a matter of days before … Continue reading

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Repetition

The Song Thrush is the master of the dawn chorus at this time of the year. The Blackbird tends to favour the evening chorus, presumably because of child-rearing duties. This Thrush uses repetition as the main theme of its song. … Continue reading

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Blackthorn Bloom

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Wave of blossom

It is at this point where all of those time- lapse natural history films come to mind. We watched the welcome early bursts of cherry blossom, which first lit up the hedges a fortnight ago or so, which have been … Continue reading

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Spring song

The cacophony of bird song is moving to a higher level. This Sunday mornings’ spring sunshine has introduced new songs. The complicated and attractive songs of two more of the Warbler family are now part of the soundscape. They sing … Continue reading

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On not being grey

The Stock Dove is not nondescript – although generally described as grey. But as I spotted the Bridge pair as I drove into to Norwich, it struck me how subtle their colouration really is. On each side of the neck … Continue reading

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Surfing the Spring

As a song it would win no prizes. The ‘song’ is a repetitive two note announcement that the trees are shortly to come into leaf. So remarkably dull is the song that the bird is named after it – what … Continue reading

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Beware Lords and Ladies

Along Brampton’s verges at the moment, one plant appears to be developing faster than all of the others. This is the Cuckoo Pint or Lords and Ladies. It’s broadly arrow-shaped leaves line all the verges, but with greater concentrations on … Continue reading

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