Mallard ducklings in April

After nearly 18 years down the Lane I have upsticked and moved to Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire; closer to the family, turned 70 with parts of my body not doing what they’re supposed to be doing so well out in the Garden etc!! A comfortable Flat and very close to two Reserves and a short […]

Clouded Yellow Butterfly in November

It was a beautiful sunny day when I visited Oare Marshes last week and if you count the Starlings there must have been over 5,000 birds around and about, 2,000 of which were made up of Dunlin, Avocets, Golden Plover, Lapwings, Black Tailed Godwits, various Geese and on the not bird scene, beside a few […]

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Rare visit for the Hummingbird Hawk Moth The last time I saw the Hummingbird Hawk Moth was at Nagergot in the Himalayan Foothills ! I’d heard from several people this year who said they’ve had them in and around their Gardens, so I was especially pleased to see this one hopping on and off the […]

Grey Wagtail

Once again I’ve been confined to barracks over the last five days, but on the theory that nature and wildlife is not about four seasons but 365 days a year, I’m still spotting changes every time I walk up the Garden. Grey Wagtails Every year is the same with these fascinating birds, they show a […]

Young Green Woodpecker

Being not quite yet my usual finely tuned Olympic Triathlon self (!!) once again I’m pretty much confined to the Garden and the 100 meters or so down to the fields. There’s always something to see though and again, the beauty of Nature’s Wildlife comes to you if you allow it and sit patiently enough […]

Comma Butterfly

As feared the last part of June involved me being confined to barracks, so no day trips out or walks on the fields. However, just sitting in the Garden made me observe more of what was going on and a chance to do some more swatting up on Wildlife Sites whilst avoiding daytime TV as […]

Painted-Lady

I’m unsure how much wildlife and nature watching I’ll be doing in June. On the 13th (hopefully not unlucky) I’m in Hospital for an operation and by what I hear, June will be a month where I’m confined to Barracks. However, a good opportunity to really watch what’s what around the Garden, so all is […]

Two Swallows resting

It really is a good time of the year for bird migrants and to see two Swallows sitting on the Cables at the end of my Garden this week was a real joy. They have been seen in Dungeness and other coastal places for a couple of weeks now, but over their rest for a […]

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler Like many, I easily mistake Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs when they show up down the Lane, so when I heard the soft ‘squeaky’ call I looked closey at this little bird flying from branch to branch not giving much chance to take a photo. Luckily one shot came out well and another bad […]