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Make the most of the swifts!

July 21, 2015
Swift nestlings- 21st July

Swift nestlings- 21st July

Fast charcoal sketches of swifts in flight.

Fast charcoal sketches of swifts in flight.

Most swifts will be leaving us soon. Enjoy them while you can. Here in North Yorkshire there seem to be quite a few late breeding swifts, delayed no doubt by the cold May and June. My sketch from the nest camera shows two nestlings which will not fledge until mid August.

Not such a swift season

June 2, 2015

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.

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Dotterel at Danby

May 9, 2015

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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, Exhibition, May 9th- 24th

May 6, 2015
Yorkshire Arboretum, April

Yorkshire Arboretum, April

Goldfinch studies

Goldfinch studies

Swifts over Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

Swifts over Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

Avocet at Cley, Norfolk

Avocet at Cley, Norfolk

My new exhibition at this lovely venue opens this weekend.

http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org/calendar/calendar.html

Blue Tit approaching feeder

December 2, 2014

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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 tits

November 24, 2014
Coal Tit- pencil sketch in sketchbook

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.

Redwings arrive in force

October 16, 2014

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.

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