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FRIDAY AT THE HIDE

Friday at the hide , 13th may 2022

A bonus day at the hide today , and i’m not here alone , today my co-pilot is none other than The Wiltshire Birdman , Mr Graham Stewart. It’s been over a week since my last visit to the hide , an boy has the meadow grown , in places it’s already 2ft tall ( 600mm)  Already its time for the strimmers first outing of the year.

Here are a few photos ……

MEET THE MODEL -KERRY THE KESTREL

KESTREL Falco tinnuncls Wingspan            80 cm Length                  35 cm Weight                  150 – 250 grams Breeding pairs    45,000 pairs Habitat: The Kestrel is the most widely dispersed of the UK’s birds of prey and […]

Meet the Model – Bobby the Blue Tit

Meet the Model – Bobby the Blue Tit ,  Cyanstes caeruleus Words and pictures by Peter Hanscomb The Blue Tit is an easy to recognise garden favourite. With it’s small size and distinctive blue and yellow plumage , the Blue tit is a regular garden visitor that’s wide spread throughout the British Isles and mainland […]

THE GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

Meet the Model , Woody the Great Spotted Woodpecker The Great spotted woodpecker , Dendrocopos major is one of three native woodpeckers here in the U.K ( the other two species are the Lesser spotted and Green woodpecker ) The Great spotted woodpecker is actually smaller than most people imagine being roughly the same size […]

Meet the Model – Percy the Puffin

Meet the Model , Percy the Puffin words and pictures by Graham Stewart Percy the Puffin: Fratercula artica Since a child this has always been a bird that I have wanted to see in the flesh, it is often referred to as “Sea Parrot” or “Clown of the Sea” due to its brightly coloured bill […]

THE DUNNOCK

The Dunnock Dunnocks , Prunella modularis are native to the UK and large areas of Europe with their range spreading as far as Lebanon, northern Iran, and the Caucasus. The ground feeding dunnock’s favoured habitats include woodlands, shrubs, gardens, and hedgerows. The dunnock looks from a distance similar to a house sparrow but the easiest […]

Meet the Model – Robbie the Red Deer

Say hello to Robbie , a fine example of a native British Red Deer ( Cervus elaphus ) The Red Deer is one of only two true native deer species in the British Isles , with the other wild deer species having been introduced for food and hunting. Red deer are Britain’s largest native land […]

THE JACKDAW

Say hello to the Jackdaw , Corvus monedula The Jackdaw is Britain’s smallest black crow ( a family of birds collectively known as corvids), which also includes ravens, crows, rooks, jays and magpies. With a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head. The pale eyes are also noticeable. The jackdaw call is a familiar […]

THE JAY

Meet the Model – Jasmine the Jay The Jay or Garrulus glandarius is undoubtedly the most colourful member of the crow family of birds Family name Corvidae. The genus term, Garrulus, means noisy and chattering; the secondary term, glandarious, means “of acorns”, pertaining to the Jay’s habit of favouring acorns as part of its diet […]

Bullfinch

BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula Length            16 cm Wingspan        28cm Weight              35 g Population       400,000 One of the larger finches’s the bullfinch has a rounder more compact body , with a black face and head , bright pink underparts and […]

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