sparrowhawks have hatched

The big news is that sparrowhawk's nest in the Sorrel Woods has chicks in it! The reason we know this is because we've been watching the nest every day for the past weeks. We found a hiding spot behind a large sitka spruce far enough from the nest not to disturb the mother and yet with … Continue reading sparrowhawks have hatched

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sun sun sun sun sun sun sun

This blog has been silent for a while and I blame the weather here in Ireland. No, really, it's been unbelievably hot and sunny EVERYDAY. We've had continuous rain-free epic weeks. The ground is so dry that I can kick dust with my summer shoes. I actually get to wear my sunglasses every day now. I am … Continue reading sun sun sun sun sun sun sun

walking up a tree

The sparrowhawk nest we found a few weeks ago is about fifteen meters off the ground. It is a tightly woven conical shape structure made of sticks close to the trunk of a typical sitka spruce - the kind a tree surgeon friend calls a "pole". The tree is so straight, so tall, and so covered in thin … Continue reading walking up a tree

a female in the nest

One thing I love about living in Ireland is how everything turns green almost overnight. One day trees look bare and wet and the next day they are covered in greenest new leaves that scream "Summer!". Everything changes so suddenly that it's hard to recognise the woods we've roamed in search of nests. A few weeks ago I wrote that … Continue reading a female in the nest