Our swifts are running late. We only have about 50% of our colony back though I feel sure with warmer weather at the end of the week more will arrive. Here are some photographs of our camera box, the first bird arrived on 21st May.
Four dotterel at Danby Beacon this morning. They approached to about 15 feet as I sketched in driving drizzle often within the cloud base. Very cold on the moors.
Yorkshire Arboretum, April
Swifts over Ampleforth, North Yorkshire
Avocet at Cley, Norfolk
My new exhibition at this lovely venue opens this weekend.
Blue tits are very common. But spend a few minutes observing their agility and their colours and marvel at this common bird and be thankful that it is common.
Coal Tit- pencil sketch in sketchbook
Coal tits are busy hoarding sunflower seeds from the feeders today. The huge crop of beech mast on local trees has meant fewer have visited us so far this autumn. They are very tame but probably lowest in the pecking order, meaning they have to seize the moment to land and grab a seed.
Great numbers of redwings arriving over Ampleforth this morning, all heading west. Between 7.30am-10.30am I counted at least 750 flying just below the low cloud which covered the village until mid morning. 300 or so dropped to feed in hawthorns giving me stunning views of these Scandinavian thrushes.
Here is a selection of the paintings on show at my annual summer exhibition at the West Barn, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon. Limited edition prints and cards will also be available throughout.
The West Barn, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon.
West Barn interior
Studies of bullfinch feeding
Somerset Levels at Greylake- December
Great Spotted Woodpecker
River Avon near Freshford
Flushed grouse, North York Moors
Wren in the reeds, Greylake, Somerset Levels