Sunday, January 6, 2013

Stoatally Amazing (part 2)

Happy New Year to all my readers, and apologies for the lack of recent posts. The last few weeks have been a busy time in work and domestically, not to mention my running injury which has affected my winter training.
Although I've lost a bit if running speed recently, hopefully my hamstring is on the mend. I did manage a 10K race over the festive period and finished in a reasonable time of 39 mins and 11 seconds.
Birding has been a bit restricted too, but I started the New Year with a flourish at Moore Nature Reserve in Cheshire where there was a flock of 9 Waxwings and a "red-head" Smew; and today I saw a stunning male Hen Harrier at Parkgate. Local birding can be very rewarding.
But back to last Summer. I returned to Conway RSPB in June in the hope of seeing the Stoat family. I was not disappointed; these beautiful animals showed well all morning despite the rain and I managed to take a few photographs. There were at least eight young present, and these were fed regularly by their attentive mother. I would love to see them again this year and maybe even the sun will shine.

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Stoatally Amazing

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