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Cherry blossom sprouting on a roadside tree

After months of rain and gales, with floods and falling trees, this week has been comparatively calm in Wales. Winter probably hasn’t finished with us yet, but at last there have been real signs of spring.

I noticed catkins and cherry blossom on roadside trees as I was walking home in the dusk the other night, so took my camera with me next morning. They must have (more…)

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Dark pink hybrid hellebore in the garden in January

We have had a LOT of rain here in Wales, but at least so far this winter has been mild. You may recall that December still felt like late autumn.

As we near the end of January, there are signs of spring. The hellebores have (more…)

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Coscoroba swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) from South America

It seems a long time ago now, but on Boxing Day we visited the WWT Wetlands Centre in Llanelli, where we are members. The weather was glorious and (more…)

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Grey wagtail on the roof, November 14, 2013…

There is definitely something in the air. Although so many trees are still green, the weather has suddenly become colder and drier. I knew something had changed when (more…)

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Feral pigeon (Columba livia) on the shore in Poole – with wing colour not too different from the original wild rock dove type…

I have just come back from a few days in Dorset (mostly Poole) and will no doubt share my snapshots with you over the next few weeks – or months!

But as a bit of a bridge between the last post about feral pigeons and my holiday excursions, here are some (more…)

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A romantic view: Feeding pigeons in St Mark’s Square, Venice, by Antonio Paoletti (1834–1912) – what, no bird droppings?

In the past I have “appreciated” beautiful pests such as seagulls, magpies and starlings in this blog, but I think a flock of feral pigeons takes the biscuit (or anything else remotely edible).

A while back I was, would you believe, excited that (more…)

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Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) in the snow…

Snow is a rarity here in Cardiff, as it is a city warmed by trade and industry on the soft south coast of Wales. So when we do get snow, I am soon out in the garden with my camera – even though there is not a lot to see.

The snow fell yesterday, but I saw it in the garden only as (more…)

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Mr and Mrs mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) at Llanelli WWT, late December 2012

Although we are now starting a colder and drier spell – maybe with snow on the way – we have had nothing but rain for months. Ideal if you have webbed feet!

So we recently made one of our regular trips to the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust reserve in Llanelli. At this time of year the (more…)

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This seagull was interested in the crow’s meal…

I don’t usually do short posts, but I just wanted to share this picture, as it was such a surprise.

On Sunday I heard a crow making a lot of noise, so grabbed my camera with a longish lens and went to find out what all the fuss was about. All I could see was the crow on a neighbour’s roof, with some scavenged food. So I pointed the lens through the window and snapped, just hoping to get a reasonable portrait.

I swear that as I pressed the button, the seagull wasn’t there, or even on my radar, but I saw a flurry of wings as it went click!

So that’s why the crow was making so much noise…

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Upton House in Poole, Dorset – now the setting for a small country park

My childhood holidays in the late 1950s and 1960s were spent in Upton, a suburb on the northern edge of Poole in Dorset. My mother was born in Poole and Upton was where her mother and sister still lived in those days.

But Upton House was unknown to me until a few years ago, as it was in private hands. In fact my cousin now tells me that when she was little the local lady of the Upton manor would go around distributing largesse to poor families like ours!

In this blog post I intended just to show the pictures I took of the lovely flowers in the walled garden and some of the wildfowl you can see from the shore at the bottom of the garden, but (more…)

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