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Black cat in the garden, looking suspicious…

The month of March in the garden is a time of change as we step from Winter into Spring. But I have been out and about in city parks so much lately that I haven’t really done justice to pictures of my own scruffy wildlife garden. But here is my record of the month.

I started with a cat partly because, (more…)

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Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) on the roof, February 8, 2015

I have written before about grey wagtails – see my post from November 2013 (can it really be that long ago?) – but they are such a rarity here that I like to mark their appearances.

I only ever see grey wagtails on the neighbour’s moss-covered roof and it is usually on a clear, cold day at the beginning or end of winter. I know they (more…)

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A pair of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) picking up scattered corn from the icy surface of a pond at WWT Llanelli

We always try to make a midwinter journey to the Llanelli Wetland Centre and this time it was an icy day, which made the ducks and geese eager to take the corn we offered.

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It’s a bit slippery for this European goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)…

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Owl mural near Wood Street, Cardiff, October 23, 2014

I just had to share this wonderful owl mural that appeared overnight on a wall next to our office in the centre of Cardiff. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there on Wednesday, but yesterday you couldn’t miss it.

There have been many artful surprises in recent weeks as part of the Empty Walls project, which finishes this weekend. Assorted paintings have appeared on many grotty buildings, empty hoardings and fences around derelict sites. I don’t know if they will all magically disappear or be whitewashed at the end of the festival, but I hope not.

The owl is signed PeacefulProgress.co.uk, so here’s a link to that artist’s website.

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The owl in context, with Cardiff’s central bus station to the right

I don’t know enough about it to write much more, but here are a couple of illustrated stories other people have written on the festival…

WalesOnline: Empty Walls Project brightening up Cardiff city centre

Creative Hacks: Street art spotting at Empty Walls, Cardiff

Empty Walls Festival blogspot

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Jacko the injured jackdaw, sitting beside the herb garden…

WARNING: You may not want to read this…

It’s SO sad, but we knew he would soon die. I was so tearful at the time that only now can I write this little tribute to the resourceful old jackdaw who came to our garden in July. (more…)

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Swan parent and child – with big feet and no feathers to hide them under…

I had heard of Abbotsbury Swannery years ago but had no idea what part of the country it was in. So I was surprised to find (from various Dorset bloggers) that it was near Weymouth and within reach of my annual visit to Poole.

I had visualised the place as a little abbey with a handful of swans in a pond or moat alongside – but how wrong I was! (more…)

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Great roof garden!

Just a couple of recent city wildlife observations that I have to put somewhere! The other day I noticed this unusual wild “roof garden” among some chimney pots… (more…)

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