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BirdsEye BirdLog iphone app - review

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Ever since I got a smart phone I was looking for a bird log app that did what I wanted, you see most of the ones I've tried (both free and paid for) involve you typing in each species then adding the amount you have seen etc. in fact they are just more work than I wanted from an app, so when I stumbled across BirdsEye BirdLog (through eBird - the app and eBird are linked) I thought I'd give another one a try.

So Many Chiffchaffs

Common Chiffchaff - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Common Chiffchaff - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Today didn't quite go as I planned, no real reason, but I ended up starting later in the morning than I had wanted (I was going to get up with the ladies and when Bo went off to school head straight out, instead it was around 10:30 I got up), anyway I was going to walk more of the patch today and so that is just what I did, starting at the Old Lock, I headed all the way around the Manor Farm Lakes, and then home.

Photo of the Week #13

Barn Swallows at rest - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
I think this is something of an old Japanese art inspired image, the clean white background (cloudy day) with the popping colour really seems to work for me, although it may divide opinion some what I'm sure. These Swallows were fully in prep for migration so won't be around much longer this year.


A Very Wet Walk Around Manor Farm

Cattle Head - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
Cattle Head - Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
Well I didn't expect to get quite so wet today! I should clarify, after dropping the baby girl at school, and sorting electricity and gas supply, oh and contents insurance, I decided I'd pop out for a short walk, just to see if the resent winds had brought anything in (there have been some nice commoner migrants hitting the east coast so you never know), anyway it had been spitting on and off so I donned my new waterproof coat (a Nice Berghaus bargain from go out doors, I'll review it one day soon) and I was out the door expecting the rain to ease (there had been no mention on the weather of lots of rain) 3 hours later and the rain didn't stop  in fact It got quite heavy (although the sun is now shining as I write this, bloody typical). Anyway I'm sure you don't really care how wet I was on with the blog.

Bird Songs Sunbird Images App - Review

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Cover Image (is that the right term
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Not so long ago I saw an advert posted on a facebook group I'm part of (may have been facebook birders or a rare birds one, I can't fully recall) for a bird song app - BIRD SONGS of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East - identification of all the birds' calls, songs and sounds By Mullen & Pohland GbR and I considered buying it in the future (my plan was to wait and see if I could convince my good lady I could afford it), not long after this I received a mail from the producers asking if I would like a review copy (or rather a promo code to use), obviously having seen the app and already wanting it I jumped at the chance. Well after a couple of weeks use (at home playing and in the field) I now feel in a good place to post my review (I always want to try and get some real use out of something before I jump to review it).

Our Summer Holiday Wildlife Experiences Reviewed

Our Summer Holiday Wildlife Experiences Reviewed
Our Summer Holiday Wildlife Experiences Reviewed
As I'm sure you all know as a family (small and large at times) we planned lots of wildlife related activities for the summer holidays (not as many as I would have hoped but in fairness we moved house as well over this period and it kind of got in the way of a lot our planned activities). This post is a review of what we got up to (in case you missed any of them).

I'm not including blog posts like photo of the week or any activity that was just me so this is purely if the kids etc were involved. I'm planning on it pretty much being a list with links and a brief description, so you can have a look for yourself in more detail etc. no headings, no thrills, and no photos. I hope you enjoy it.