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Photo of the Week #11


Common Redstart - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
It could only have been the stunning Male Common Redstart we saw on Friday, the bird was amazing and I like this image (although it is slightly out of focus so can't really ever be printed).

World Shorebirds Day 6th Sept

World Shorebird Day Sept 6th 2014
World Shorebird Day Sept 6th 2014
Shorebirds, those enigmatic, long legged, and often gangly looking, far flying and slowly decreasing wading birds found in nearly every corner of the globe, and spotted by birdwatchers sometimes in the most unusual places, are being celebrated, and counted on Saturday the 6th of September. You can get involved by joining them  and registering a site to watch on their website at: http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ pop along, have a read and let them know where you will be watching.

A Long Family Walk

Harlequin Ladybird - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
Harlequin Ladybird - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
With the boys over this weekend it was an ideal time for a nice long family walk, and Sunday was our chosen day, however in order to sweeten the pot, we first made a quick pit stop at Wolverton House (a local pub) for their all you can eat breakfast, this really set us up for the day ahead and so after eating our fill (actually not all that much really) we (Myself, Zoe, Granny, Owen, Toby and Bo) headed out through the side entrance of the pub and straight onto the path down to the Mill buildings.

Dusk Until Dawn by Martin Bradley - Review

Dusk Until Dawn - Cover image
Dusk Until Dawn - Cover image
Dusk Until Dawn by Martin Bradley | Paperback | 2014 | ISBN: 9780954879134 | 

Hopefully you will have read yesterday’s review of Top Gun of the Sky and have come to see our thoughts (my own and Bo) on the second book in the series (I hope it will be a series) Dusk Until Dawn. If not pop over and have a read, as I would hate for the full impression of these two books to be missed. Anyway onto the review.

A Nature Reserve Walk with the Kids

Young Goldfinch - Stony Stratford Nature Reserve
Young Goldfinch - Stony Stratford Nature Reserve
Today I made a deal with the kids, we'd go for a walk around a local nature reserve and I'd be nice to them for the afternoon (wasn't much of a deal on my part really, but they fell for it), and so it was that we headed off (actually not in the morning) just after lunch for a walk around the West end of my patch (it's an area I will visit more often in the summer as is good for butterflies but pretty poor for birds) and Stony Stratford Nature Reserve.

Top Gun of the Sky by Martin Bradley - Review

Top Gun of the Sky - Cover image
Top Gun of the Sky - Cover image
Top Gun of the Sky by Martin Bradley | Paperback | 2013 | ISBN: 9780954279127 | 

In a previous post (Collins Bird App – iPhone review) I mentioned the fact that a connected father (he was called highly intelligent and influential to me at the British Bird Fair) pays off some times, and along with the iPhone app I was also given the chance to review 2 children’s books (actually Bo was given the chance to review them with my help) by Martin Bradley they are Top Gun of the Sky (about Peregrine Falcons) and Dusk Until Dawn (about Barn Owls). Today’s post is about book 1 Top Gun of the Sky. Tomorrows will cover Dusk Until Dawn (I thought it only fair to review each separately but please do read both reviews to give you a fair idea of our thoughts).