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    The birch tree in a neighbour's garden is owned by a very loquacious blackbird. Go out any evening, and he will be perched on a thin branch near the top of the tree, telling anyone who listens what sort of a day he has had. He has a wide vocabulary; I wish I could understand blackbirdese.
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    Damn great goshawk (female I presume) flew over us this evening eyeing up our chickens, ducks, geese. It was hotly pursued off the territory by the resident crow, I hate carrion crows but sometimes the devil you know....etc.

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    The Mayblossom on the Hawthorn that adorn the slopes of Lathkill Dale below the pub has finally come out on the last day in May.

    Have never seen it so late but still as beautiful as it always is.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    It is coming out here too, not peaked yet but looks wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    The Mayblossom on the Hawthorn that adorn the slopes of Lathkill Dale below the pub has finally come out on the last day in May.

    Have never seen it so late but still as beautiful as it always is.
    Lathkill Dale must have a cool microclimate. I have been admiring the hawthorn blossom around here for about two weeks.
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    A squadron of Swifts giving a fantastic air display over the village this evening whilst at the same time giving the full sound effects.
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Running up Macclesfield Old Road from Derbyshire Bridge (returning from Shining Tor) I saw some walkers looking at something through binoculars. Stopped and they pointed out a Short Eared Owl hunting over Goyt Moss. A Peak District first for me. Lots of Orchids - even above 500m.

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    Two of the usual red squirrels in my garden at the same time!
    One eating nuts we left on the patio, just out my garden window door.
    The other eating nuts we left on the feeding station at the cherry tree.

    I still always wonder to what extent they are aware it's us leaving those nuts there for them, on purpose.

    Never mind the body size and shape is identical to mice/rats.
    Still very pretty.

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    Nice. I've seen one years ago not far from there. I wasn't up on owls at the time, but later identified it as a short-eared thanks to it being so close I could see the colour of its eyes!

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    Saw what I believe to be a Yellow Wagtail, (below), this afternoon in a field of wheat at Mavesyn Ridware, darkest Staffordshire (so dark I'd never been there before!)


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