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Another day, another adventure disguised as a learning experience

Posted Saturday 27th June 2020 at 13:10 by sbarnhardt
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It's Saturday morning (GMT - 4/5 hours), June 27th, 2020 here in the "Ol' North State", aka North Carolina, in the US.

I'm "knee-deep" into putting together a section/page on Opus relating to my particular portion of NC (An abbreviation for North Carolina for those of you not in the US and maybe not familiar with our usage.).

I've read Wikipedia and related sites before and knew they were user edited, but had never attempted it. Well, now I'm...
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What ever have I gotten myself into?

Posted Wednesday 24th June 2020 at 17:27 by sbarnhardt
Well, to paraphrase an old "Laurel & Hardy" quote.......

Well here's another fine mess I've gotten into!

To elaborate and "try" to explain myself, let me start by saying birding is a fine thing I've gotten into. A "mess"? Not in the usual sense, you might think of when that word is used, but a "mess", as in a lot, of things to learn.

I've stuck my fingers into several different paths over the years. Not...
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Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Say what do you do?

Posted Tuesday 9th June 2020 at 08:49 by kennethwfd
Resident cuckoo still in song, flew over me at close range. I wonder for how much longer.

Modern tracking devices have shown that the old nursery rhyme is not always accurate. Last year, one individual came to Beaulieu on cue, but began the journey south two months later, on 16 June crossed the channel, and spent the next three months migrating south.

Any cuckoos in August in GB are usually born this year making a slow start to migrate
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Swallows

Posted Friday 5th June 2020 at 20:08 by kennethwfd
My favourite bird.

This year, a new record for me, first sighting 19 March, previous 26 March (worst year the cold start to 2013, when first sighting 1 May).

As the threat of Covid was growing, comfort to see that life continues

One of the few wild birds that share our outbuildings, even a farm messhut, nesting while the kettle boiled below.

What a shame that someone moaned about the poop.

You are always welcome in my shed...
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There's No Place Like Home

Posted Sunday 10th May 2020 at 15:56 by Green Sandpiper
A truism, which has sadly become a reality for so many of us. If you're anything like me, you'll have spent the long dark nights of winter thinking of spring adventures- the days when our little friends arrive back from their winter holidays and deafen us with song, the days spent at the coast, on clifftops, in marshes, on hills and moors. And this year, this has been snatched away from us.

The (massive) cloud of wrecked plans, though, appears to be a new appreciation of my local...
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