Rons Blog

Wagtails on the river

While i waiting for the Kingfisher the Grey Wagtail and Pied Wagtail came very close to where i was sitting. The light was great and they both sat there for a while so i could get some nice shots of bothe Wagtail birds. They flit about so its very hard to get a shot in… Read more »


Early morning sat on the river Greta. The water was very low and the sun was shining all i needed was the Kingfisher to fly by. That never happened but this Oystercatcher landed and started to feed on the river bed.

Male Reed Bunting

Lovely evening at the hide when the male Reed Bunting came in for its last feed, i managed to get a few different poses.

Mistle Thrush with young.

Great news a few species of bird have young that have fledged the nest. The Blackbird is close in 3 nests, the Starling is close to but tonight a Mistle Thrush was feeding a young one close to reception. Great to see but if you see the young Mistle Thrush on the ground be aware… Read more »

Gypsy Caravan Carving

I got the idea from a garden centre, it was made of pot so i decided to try one in wood.

Away from Goodenbergh

Me and Ruth are off to the Isle of Mull so the Hide and my feeders at 30 Birch Wood will be empty, so i am asking for a bit of help keeping the feeders topped up while i am away from Tuesday to Friday 2nd to 5th May 2017. If you can help me… Read more »

Snowy morning on site

Woke up this morning with a light covering of snow on the ground. Just hope it was not cold enough to kill any bedding plants people have planted over the last couple of days when weather was nice and warm.


I was very lucky yesterday to find a pair of Lapwing near the site and after a stealthy advance i managed to get this photo of this lovely colourful bird.


Very busy little bird you likes the peanuts and sometimes stashes the nut in the bark on some of the old tree branches i placed around the hide.  The colours on the Nuthatch are great to photograph with great soft colours that the camera likes. 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great to watch the Woodpecker flying from differant branches and using holes i drilled in the trees as a place to break up the food. There is a very quiet feel to the hide at the moment so it looks like most species are on Eggs and thats why it is really quiet. Still great… Read more »

Wood Pigeon

An overlooked bird is the Wood Pigeon so when it came to the hide for some food i took great care to keep the lens on it as it sat waited to come down to the feeders. It cleaned itself and i got this nice shot all fluffed up.

Jay at the Hide

There are very few Jays showing at the Hide this year but i think it maybe a bit early, but yesterday the Jay came in and was looking through the grass for what looked like nest material.

Tawny Owl

New pictures of the Tawny Owl still staying close to the Box that i think the Female is in. The bad news is a Blackbird has built a nest under the Owl box and has 4 baby Blackbirds in it. They should fledge well before the Young Owls fledge.

New Pond at the Hide

Just to let all members who use the Hide that a new Pond is planned for the beginning of May. Mr Cluckie who comes to stay at the Cottage every year has offered to help build it and supply the Liner to hold the water. All thats needed is about 30 large rocks to go… Read more »

Male Bullfinch

I was checking out the Tawny Owl on Sat i heard the call of the Bullfinch in the woods next to Chesnut C. I looked up and the bright coloured Pink body of the Male Bullfinch was sitting and singing high in a Sycamore Tree.

First Bullfinch

Its here and 2 years before it was last seen on site at the Van i was very surprised when the Female landed in the trees opposite the front window of the van. No sign of the Male and i am hoping they will return soon.

Old Wood Stumps

Hi i have a new idea for the tree stumps where i carv, and after a bit of thought came up with some new Planters for our garden. Really happy with the results, i used a chainsaw to break up the middle and then used my grinder and Industrial Blade to finish off. Sanded the… Read more »