Saturday, 4 April 2020

The lock down list went up to 44 species this week with Barn Owl, Yellowhammer, Shelduck and today Little Egret being excellent additions. Still some bankers and the migrants to get so should crash fifty.
Goldfinches very active in the garden at the moment as are the nesters. Blackbird, Blue Tit, House Sparrows, Collared Dove all on eggs with Jackdaw and Starling due to follow shortly.
With few people about the deer are getting a bit casual. 

Sunday, 29 March 2020

more on the netty

This is my Mum in front of the netty circa 1949. the netty 3ft wide 5ft deep is the door on the right with the hole over the latch having a string through attached to the lock inside so you could release anybody stuck inside. The entrance to the yard was to the right and the door on the left is the coalhouse. The brick on left of picture is the wall to the scullery.
The house on the right is where the netty was. 1 Strawberry Terrace, Burradon. The house is still there but the netty is gone.

Friday, 27 March 2020


Day four of lockdown and the from the garden list is 35 including the nine Greenland White fronted Geese that feed on the Carr every night returning to Big Waters for a wash and brush up around 8am. Nice to see them demonstrating social distancing.
Looking at the stocks I can survive 28 days without going out. Will run out of toilet roll and washing powder after the weekend but if nobody sees me I can stink as much as I like. There's still good old soap, water and the left hand!
I know the water authority don't want you to do it but I am of an age that when I visited the grandparents at Burradon there was still newspaper on the hook in the outside netty (toilet for those not of these parts). If you wanted soft you had to take the roll out with you from the house because if left in the loo it went damp. There's a hint to make newspaper comfortable....dampen it.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

When every day is a bad hair day

 The Dinnington Bald Ibis is that bird
Escapee from Kirkley Hall gardens favoured the area east of Sycamore Avenue but has recently traveled to my patch at Prestwick.
Seen in flight over Dinnington First School has been described by a colleague as a vulture

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Dinnington History

An excellent book published by local historian Miles Watson and includes an eight page chapter on Prestwick Carr
a bargain at £7.50 for 151 pages on sale at Rehans Store in the village.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

 Nice to get Treecreeper off the list early doors even if it was a bit camera shy.
 Of course the over enthusiastic clean up at the Golf course has destroyed its favoured nest site
Last for the 2019 list was No110 Kingfisher. Distant but watched for over half an hour. Missing from the list though were Tawny Owl and Tufted Duck. Normally sitters in every sense of the word.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Back in not quite yellow

In honour of the long staying Eastern Yellow Wagtail (16 days to date) on my patch I resurrect this blog and hope to maintain concentration long enough to be of interest. Colour of the bird very much influenced by the weather but in good sunlight the underside is certainly tinged in yellow. Feeding pretty much constantly on blood worms in the same field it is moving with the Pied Wagtails so can go missing but at least will get warning of predator attack. As for humans, not remotely worried about them and have been as close as five feet when it came into the hedge in front of me.
Nice to catch up with Carolyn, Maria, Dick and all the visitors. Wishing you all a very good New Year and expect the Carr to be a bit busy tomorrow morning.