Monthly Archives: July 2010

A cloud of butterflies and a Dartmoor cricket match

Walking along Dr Blackall’s drive we sent up clouds of gatekeeper butterflies. I read that they are particularly fond of bramble blossom and there were certainly plenty of those.  The moor is gradually turning from the bright, fresh green of … Continue reading

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Strange things I’ve seen on Dartmoor

On the way across the moor today I was behind an MPV pootling along at the 40mph speed limit. The driver had his hand out of the window and up on the roof the whole time I was behind him. I … Continue reading

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Evening walks down by the river Dart

Over the last few days I’ve mostly been going down to the river in the evening, sometimes because the weather has improved as the day has gone on and other times for my daughter to swim. The river is clearing … Continue reading

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Some more cheerful news on wagtails

After feeling very despondent all afternoon, without hearing a wagtail call at all, both parent wagtails suddenly appeared with a fledling in tow. It was definitely a youngster because it’s tail was a lot shorter. It was able to fly … Continue reading

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Sad, bad news on the bird

This morning I came down to an ominous silence – the second chick had died during the night. I’m so sad as it seemed to be doing so well yesterday. Another – can there be any left up there – … Continue reading

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Life can be tough when you’re a bird

Sad news this morning when I went to feed the chicks. One of them had died during the night – I don’t know if it was delayed shock or some other factor, but the poor little thing didn’t make it … Continue reading

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It’s raining pied wagtails!

First it was grasshoppers coming down the chimney from the nest at the top. Now it’s pied wagtail chicks. One came down on Saturday morning and a second on Sunday. What useless parents! Thankfully none today. Though they have wing … Continue reading

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