Sunday, 28 August 2011

Baby deer outside Foxhill

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I went down to let the chickens out early yesterday morning and was greeted by the sight of a baby deer running across the neighbouring field. The great spotted woodpecker is a regular visitor these days. Two woodpeckers recently had a fight - mother and offspring perhaps?

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Baby Great Spotted Woodpecker

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We are now getting regular visits from a baby Great Spotted Woodpecker. It tends to feed for quite some time before flying back to the safety of the trees at the other side of the croft. you can tell it's a juvenile because it has a patch of red at the front of the head. This time I managed to take about 8 photos before it disappeared!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Birdlife around Foxhill

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These beautiful birds were captured on our doorstep recently. In addition to the swallow, one of many swallow nesting in the outbuildings, this bull finch was seen on Coal Pit Lane, which is just at the bottom of Howgill Lane and now forms a section of the Pennine Bridleway.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


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Goldfinches have been increasingly regular visitors to our bird table this last week. We have just sited 4 new bird boxes in the hope of attracting more birds this year.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Woodpecker and White Stork

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This Great Spotted Woodpecker has been a regular visitor to our bird table throughout February. Jan also spotted a White Stork a couple of weeks ago - no photo unfortunately.

Monday, 31 January 2011

A question about woodpeckers

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While helping to prepare breakfast for our guests yesterday morning I looked out at our bird table and was delighted to see a Great Spotted Woodpecker. I called out to Jan, but in doing so merely managed to scare it off - or maybe my appearance alone at the kitchen window was enough to do the scaring. Jan said that GSWs are quite common. I've only ever seen a Green Woodpecker on our table before. Could anyone tell me which is the more common of the two?