Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Logging time!

Some epic action going on in the garden today - Olly Cracknell and his crew are well underway bashing the 54 (count them) trees which need to be felled and grubbed out. Almost all are Leylandii, but there was also this rather hefty Eucalyptus - animated gif action time!

Olly C. gets to work....

TIMBER! Awesome!

Carnage down the west side of the garden

We had our "young personal friend" Josh Nightingale down at The Willows today - we all thoroughly enjoyed stacks of Redpolls, Siskins, Reed Buntings and Bramblings in the garden - and then went and topped up with even more of the same at the Woodland Hide on the HWT reserve.

There we also met up (by chance) with Gary Prescott - the famous Biking Birder who is going for a fantastic year-long bike around the UK, visiting all the RSPB and WW reserves (plus more besides!) and aiming for a new British record. He told us he was "inspired" by my own 2005 Hampshire Year List record, as well as Chris Mills 251 Ironman of Norfolk effort. Really glad to have met Gary - and we wish him all the best for the rest of the year!

The top bird of the day was a really good find - a Blashford patch tick and a proper inland Hampshire rarity - a cracking male Common Scoter on Ivy Lake, right in front of the Tern Hide. Result!

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