Category Archives: Birds

A Small Gift

It was one of those encounters that bring a little unexpected joy to the day. Nothing much… just a shared smile… something I’m missing at the moment. Seeking relief from the heat, I had wandered into the shade of my … Continue reading

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Birdwatching, Peace and Panic…

One of the delights of a garden is watching the birds as they raid the bird feeders and feast upon the aphids. At this time of year, there are babies too, taking their first flight from the nest, still reliant … Continue reading

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Spreading wings

The hill was a verdant emerald rising into a sapphire sky that sparkled with motes of light… so high and clear. My companion walked behind, following at a far more sedate pace as I ran headlong to the summit, an … Continue reading

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Taking flight

I’ve been watching for a while. First, as the little bluetits explored their options, then as Mrs Bluetit decided against moving house, they began rebuilding, flying backwards and forwards with the materials they needed to make a soft, warm nest … Continue reading

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Riddles in the churchyard…

It was the morning after the Riddles of the Night* workshop that I have shared again recently. We wandered out into the landscape. Although the workshop was over, apparently, the work begun on the weekend was only just beginning… “We … Continue reading

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Exotic #midnighthaiku

Exotic dancer Glimpse of faraway beauties Lost so far from home The cork tree in Gosforth churchyard was planted in 1833, and is thought to be the most northerly in Europe. It was an unusual find when we visited the … Continue reading

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In the wings…

There are feeders at the bottom of the garden… they belong to my neighbours, but given the weird dimensions of our gardens, are in front of my door. My own feeding station collapsed, several times, in the muddy morass that … Continue reading

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A flying visit

Taking my son his morning coffee, I glanced out of his bedroom window and saw that we had a visitor. The distinctive long and bobbing gait made it easy to identify as a wagtail, but where its pied cousin is … Continue reading

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Perfect symbols

       “Not necessarily these days, what do think it means?”       “It’s the observer and the observed. They’re the observer. We’re the observed”       “Don’t be absurd.”       I motion out of the roof window where three Red Kites are … Continue reading

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UFO #midnighthaiku

An uncommon guest All youthful exuberance Immature beauty This gorgeous little creature is a new visitor to the garden. I think he…or she…is a youngster and was intent on checking out the pool in his new home, disappearing into the … Continue reading

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