Archive for the ‘Out & About’ Category

A52s at Wirksworth Festival

Today sees the start of the Wirksworth Festival, click here to visit the Festival website, tomorrow and Sunday having the Art & Architecture Trail. It’s always a fascinating way to spend a few hours or more.

Also our own A52s are playing there on Sunday afternoon (check out their Facebook page for times and locations).

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Trip to Melton Mowbray

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Phone John to book seats

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Over 60s September Trip

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Phone John to book seats. Non-members welcome

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In the Mist

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Thank you David G for these photos captioned “Although they can be a blot on the landscape, they can also be MISTYcal“.

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Debbie’s Nest Watch

Photos continue to be added to the story of these American goldfinch chicks. Click here to see the slide show.

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Thank you John F-S for this reminder of sunnier times and addition to our (albeit very short) series of places to visit this holiday season.

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A Parwickian in New York

Thank you Debbie W for responding to our call for more photographs, though these are perhaps a little outside our area. However in August we allow some latitude (some 72 degrees in this case):

Although I’m no John F-S or David G, thought people might enjoy the attached. I write this while on holiday here at my dad’s house in upstate New York (Canandaigua, Finger Lakes region).

I found a nest on his property while picking wild blackberries. Field research means I now know it is a bird called an American Goldfinch? I decided to take one photo a day, at the same time each day (10:00 am) and gave myself approximately 1 to 2 minutes to get the shot to ensure as little disturbance as possible to the nest and contents. I’m being watched closely by ‘mom’ who flies to a near by tree and watch – and scold me rather loudly – during each photo ‘session’.

The story so far…

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Three more photographs added 22nd August 2014, and a further three photos added 23rd Aug:

Yesterday all was quiet on the nest front, everyone was asleep. Today they were awake and hungry! It is really interesting to note that some birds are now opening their eyes, and also the feathers are beginning to come in for their wings. I counted five little beaks – so far all eggs are still accounted for.

Another photo added 25th Aug:

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