Digging In

May 28, 2023 at 6:41 pm

A visit to my local Sand Martin site had dozens of them digging out their nesting tunnels. They are quick moving birds and from the camera aspect the best photos are some time off yet when their young are leaning out of their tunnels.





Redpoll Delights

May 22, 2023 at 5:49 pm

While many of our garden birds have left to breed in the woodlands we still have up to four Redpolls coming to feed several times a day. There are two pairs and the males have very impressive areas of red feathers. On the other hand our resident male Sparrowhawk has only been once in the last month when he perched on the Nest-box before he was seen off!! www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

Long Tailed Tit Success

May 14, 2023 at 7:45 pm

With nine out of ten Long Tailed Tits nests being predated it is some years since I have monitored a successful nest. This year I have only found four nests and already three of those have been destroyed by either Grey Squirrels or Crows. However, the fourth one was in gorse bushes and when I checked it this week-end young Long Tailed Tits were all over the gorse! I took what photos I could and was also rewarded with a photo off a cock Linnet as a bonus.

Disappearing Adders

May 8, 2023 at 5:53 pm

Global warming has been blamed for many of the present crises in wildlife including the predicted extinction of Adders in the next ten years. I have been familiar with our nearest colony of Adders for 62 years and as recently as six years ago I found 14 during one morning’s inspection. However, this April I visited three times and only found one female and one male Adder. Is it more than a coincidence that during the whole of this period the population of Buzzards has exploded and, of course, Buzzards love to eat Adders? www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife