About Hagbourne Wildlife
A year or so ago I got my hands on a small “ultra-zoom” digital camera (A Minolta Z1 – later replaced with a Panasonic FZ30) for holiday photos. I soon found other uses for it, and began to try to document the diverse wildlife in and around our small garden. The family obliged by installing a bird-table, and we soon had over a dozen species of wild birds visiting regularly. I’m not much of a photographer, but I’m gradually acquiring the skills (and equipment) for the job.
This certainly isn’t the “Natural History of Selborne”, but I hope it will be a record of the biodiversity of a small patch of Oxfordshire under threat from an ever-expanding Didcot just to the North.
Hagbourne Wildlife is a broad enough title to include the whole of East and West Hagbourne, though so far it’s all been East H.; all the Flickr photos are geotagged.
Birds seen so far include blackbird, blue- great- and long-tailed tits, house-sparrow, dunnock, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch and bullfinch, rook and jackdaw, collared dove, woodpigeon and a solitary racing pigeon, starling, song thrush, red kite, sparrowhawk, robin, swift, swallow and house-martin in or above our own garden, and pied wagtail, reed warbler and green woodpecker outside it. There are kestrels, tawny owls and others around, but there’s a bit of work still to do – and of course there are butterflies, bumble bees, sawflies, frogs, hedgehogs…
25 March 2008