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Bird Fair Weekend

Bill Oddie and the BFA team (minus me)
Bill Oddie and the BFA team (minus me)
As you may or may not know (any birder is likely to be in the know here) the weekend before the bank holiday weekend in August sees throngs of those with an ornithological bent heading up to Rutland Water for the annual British Birdwatching Fair, an event to raise thousands (hundreds of thousands over the last few years) for various avian related charities, where thousands of like minded people gather to hear talks, peruse stands of various kinds (holidays, art, charity, optics etc.), I was one of the thousands.

An Unexpected Redstart

Horsefly - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
Horsefly - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
After a weekend of fun, frolics and damn hard work at the bird fair (posts all about it to follow once I have sorted emails, and the photos from the event fully) I decided to pop to Manor Farm this afternoon (between about 14:00 and 15:30) to catch up with the Black-Tailed Godwit that was seen while I was away and see what else was still about.

Photo of the Week #9


Golden Cows
Golden Cows

Sorry for the delay (or rather skipping a week) but with moving and lack of net access there were no photos to post for last week.

A Surprise Bonus

Old Wolverton Church, Milton Keynes
Old Wolverton Church, Milton Keynes
Sunday evening I was a little unsure if I wanted to head out or not, the part of me that has worked hard all week getting the house straight (and cleaning and painting the old place ready to hand back), and who knew he had a near 8 mile cycle the next morning for work wanted nothing more than to jump into a hot steaming bath, the other part who knew we were being hit by the tail end of a hurricane and who had seen the huge amounts of on and off rainfall wanted to head to manor farm in the hope that something new might have dropped in, fortunately the second me won through.

An Evening Stroll

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar
Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar 
I managed a short evening stroll today (Saturday) with my youngest boy (middle child) Toby, we decided to go out and see what, if any owls we could spot on a short walk to the river along to the old water mill and back home, and it was one of my nicest walks.

Our First Walk on the New Patch

Meadow Brown - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Meadow Brown - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Having spent all week moving house (although I was working the day of the actual move so missed the heavy lifting - many thanks go to Callum's Removals) unpacking boxes and generally getting things sorted, Friday came and as a family we decided we needed a break from it all and so headed onto the patch for our first walk (posts are delayed as I have had no net access until today, there are two more posts which will post automatically over the next few days).