Archive for September 10, 2014

Another highlight of my day at the Tall Ships Festival was some smaller barges which was also present on the river.

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Seeing these barges which were once a familiar sight on the rivers of this country reminds me of a rather unique birdwatching trip I did many years ago on the River Blackwater in Essex. A barge similar to these served both as a mobile hide as well as accommodation and enabled us to get into some otherwise pretty inaccessible places on the estuary and all with no travelling or walking. It was a truly lovely way to travel and very restful.

Views of York (6)

Posted: September 10, 2014 in History, Roman History, UK, York
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Roamn legion building mark - IX Hispania stationed at York after conquest of North

Roamn legion building mark – IX Hispania stationed at York after conquest of North

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carving from exterior of York Minster

carving from exterior of York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

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The garden has been very quiet of late. The birds have been recovering from the breeding season and moulting their feathers so have tended to keep well hidden. The feeder station has been all-but deserted. However today there seems to be a lot more activity with Robin, Blue Tit, Dunnock and Great Tit all visiting the feeders. The Nuthatch was seen in his/her favourite trees and later one paid a brief visit to the feeders. There have also been parties of Goldfinches and Ring-necked Parakeets in the trees and a Greater Spotted Woodpecker flew through the garden in the morning.

Dunnock

Dunnock

Robin

Robin

Great Tit

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Ring Necked Parakeet

Ring Necked Parakeet

 

A Red Fox spent some time in the afternoon nosing around the borders looking for food

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

A late Speckled Wood butterfly was a first record this year for the garden and a Migrant Hawker has been zooming round the trees

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood