Occasionally we get the odd Greylag Goose paying a visit to Doctors Pond and this chap was a fine specimen, strutting his stuff amongst the squabbling ducks and Canada Geese. Sad to report that we are down to 4 ducklings now from the original 7.


This was one frustrated goose!


It was all happening down at Doctors Pond this evening…with the first batch of ducklings having arrived not long ago. Whilst it took a while I can report that this youngster worked out how to get out of the pond and rejoin mother…after a few attempts of attempting to leap out of the pond the duckling finally noticed the ramp leading out of the water next to him!

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I popped out to Doctors Pond this evening just as the sun was setting and photographed a small selection of the waterfowl that lives there.

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My friend the Dunnock popped out of the hedgerow this morning and gave me a little song…

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This morning on my march around Dunmow we had a buzzard, robins, wrens, blackbirds, dunnocks, a magpie, crows, pigeons, various finches, blue tits, collared doves and this House Sparrow who had moved into the Dunnocks hedgerow…so plenty of activity.


Another local bird today, a blackbird who visits our garden everyday for a meal in the bird house. His wife is not usually far away. We also now have a pair of Collared Doves and a pair of Robins visiting…well, it is Valentines Day…


Walking back from my early morning walk I saw a couple of these small birds in the hedgerow. Unusually they didn’t take one look at me and leg it, so I got a reasonable shot of a bird for once. I originally thought this was a Wren but with a bit of research I discovered it is in fact a Dunnock. There’s another shot of him after the break

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Lovely work this lunchtime through Rowney Woods in Essex. There was a slight mist throughout the woods giving some great atmosphere…there was also a lot of bird activity including

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I got Debbie a new bird table for Christmas and we have had the first visitors to it – they may not have all arrived at the same time ;-). The Sparrows, Doves and Tits are still rather suspicious of it and haven’t yet ventured into it…