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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).

First Moth Trapping in Our New Home

First moth trapping in new house (Large Yellow Underwing pic)
First moth trapping in new house (Large Yellow Underwing pic)
It has been quite a while since I last trapped, due to packing up for the move and unpacking in our new home, plus time away at the Bird Fair and illness, so I thought it was about time I tried. Now Trapping in the new place will not be as good in many ways as I have had to tone down my bulb, no longer do I have the super bright MV bulb glaring away, instead I have a actinic type, which will attract less moths, but as I only have a small garden which is surrounded by buildings I thought I should be nice.

Collins Bird Guide for iPhone - Review

Collins Bird Guide App (image borrowed from Touch Press twitter feed)
Along with a sense of well being, a great signed book by Mark Avery (A Message from Martha), and a warm fuzzy feeling from meeting so many great people one more thing that I came home from the British Birdwatching Fair with was a copy of the new Collins Bird Guide app for my iPhone (it pays to have a connected dad!), while it's a review copy and I have not yet downloaded the videos (I have to pay for them, and I will) I think I am now ready to give a quick review of the app.

Photo of the Week #10

Common Redstart - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
I love the simplicity of the photo and the fact it is one of my faviourite birds, and one that always sends a little thrill through me when I find one (not common but by no means rare). Even though it is almost fully silhouette I think you can still tell it is a Common Redstart.