Rons Blog

Willow Warbler.

Great to see the Willow Warbler bust at the Hide. This is a great little bird with a lovely song. Captured here being chased away by another Juvenile.

The Redstart

After putting up the new nest boxes this year i was happy that one pair of Redstart nested and had 3 young which stayed around the hide for 5 weeks. 

My First Encounter

This is my first encounter with the Sparrow Hawk, this Female landed on the branch near to the pond at sat there for 10 mins. I know the Bird Of Prey isn’t every ones cup of tea but you have to admire its beauty.

Spotted Flycatcher.

This is our first sighting this year of the Spotted Flycatcher and bonny little bird that sat still in the Apple Tree for me.

Birds from the Site

Hi to all it has been a great season with many new species seen down at the hide. Here are a few that i have taken recently.Juvenile Siskin near our van. White Throated Dipper  and Goldfinch on Thistle bushes at the hide

Mallard Family Arrive

With a nice clear pond its nice to see the family of Mallards on the site pond. I will follow them through their growing up stage and report on the good and hopefully no bad things. Lets hope i can follow them until they fledge.

Blue Tits Leave the nest.

Blue Tits Fledge Well finally the Blue Tits have left the nest and are busy waiting for the adults to feed them.

The Goldcrest Family

As i was carving on saturday under the Birch trees and the Fur trees i heard the Goldcrest young again crying for food from the adults. On firther inspection of the the trees i came across 4 young Goldcrest sitting together on a branch. Its rare to get a good shot of a Goldcrest but… Read more »

First Ever Goldcrest Young.

Great news i was sitting Carving when i heard the High Pitch sound of young birds coming from the pine tree behind our van. On closer inspection i found 8 to 10 young Goldcrest flitting about the tree waiting to be fed by the parents .

What a Variety of Birds we have

Low light yesterday and while sat in the van I noticed many young birds all feeding well. Collard Dove, Redpoll, Robin, Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, Woodpecker, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch Great Tit and a young Nuthatch all on our feeders. Very Lucky to have all this and more form my van window. But it has taken… Read more »

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel. Thanks for the advice on the Squirrel problem on site eating the Seed and destroying the feeders at the Hide. Yesterday Ruth mixed Chilli powder in with the Sunflower Hearts and placed some in our feeder at the back of the van. This morning we sat in bed having a cup of tea… Read more »

The Pond

Pond Bad News Considering we cleared the Pond of surface Algue, i was amazed to see the whole pond forming a film on top of the pond late yesterday. I honestly think that the Barley Straw method of managing the pond will be a waste of time and money.

Hedgehog Watch

Hedgehog Watch We sat out last night as the temperature was lovely, and we got onto the subject of the Hedgehog. 4 years ago when we came to the site was a great year for Hedgehogs. They could be seen through the day feeding at the van. 2015 was the same with 3 or 4… Read more »

A good morning Photography.

What a morning,went down to the hide for a change sat down when i heard the Blackbird going mad so it had to be a Owl. I just went into the field next left of the Hide and a Tawny Owl flew out low into Redstart Wood. The last 4 weeks has been really quiet,… Read more »

Blue Tits Busy

Great to watch the family of Blue tits behind our van in a box that i built 3 years ago. There really busy busy feeding from first light to dusk. Its only a matter time until they fledge.

The Pond

I am glad to say that after 2 hours hard graft me and Colin cleared the pond of Algue with a bit of supervision from Ruth. The next stage is to place small nets with Barley Straw in and move them around every few days. Hopefully this will work and we can have a nice… Read more »


PEANUT FEEDERS. The Blue Tits are feeding the young so please dont put Whole Peanuts out as this could kill the young. Plus with the hot weather and very good temperature there are many insects and caterpillers around for the birds to be feeding on and giving to their young.