Arctic blasts we did not escape, neither the torrential rain which combined with flu made visiting the woodland project impossible. Lots to catch up on.
The moon is at its largest and closest until 2040 so I decided to take a number of waxing and waning photographs for my next folding book project, which I will feature in next months blog.
The Blue tits are checking out the ancient bird box already this last week of January. All the tits great and small are very vocal at the moment which in my book heralds an early spring. Last year we had a false start with a hard cold snap, hopefully this year will be not so deceiving.
I still have not captured a recording of a Curlew which has been on the hit list for several years.
Recently I have undertaken research on how to build a parabolic microphone, which normally costs between £500 -£1000 to buy. My own microphones work extremely well but need focusing to capture as much song as possible without interference from background noise, which is relentlessly persistent from traffic, planes and trains. ( many birds oddly choose to sing close to roads) It is hoped to have the apparatus ready by peak dawn chorus time in May. Maybe the Curlew might make it to the collection this year.