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11/08/2014 - 5:59 PM

A decision has been made

Good evening everyone, After much thought and deliberation I have decided to sell my prime lens etc; and give up the bird photography Several reasons:- 1 - The arthritis in my right arm is not going to get any better than it is at the moment 2 - Can't be bot...

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31/03/2013 - 10:24 AM

The Coppice set up

A few of you, have expressed an interest in my set up at the woods. This image shows the general set up The "hide" etc; - which I actually sit down in on a fold-away chair:D This next image shows the view from the hide, including the perching platform, which slides in all directi...

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Evening all :) There was a clay shoot this morning in the adjacent field, so I carried on up to the local farmhouse for another reccy. I didn't get any shots, but the birds were in abundance. There were flocks of yellowhammers, reed buntings, redwings, fieldfares, skylarks and ...

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More an update on myself really, as I have hardly been near the site, since our return form Scotland in October. I picked up a horrible type of cold/cough virus & though I managed to keep going to work (More trouble than it was worth to get site cover),it left me feeling very lethargic. :( Any...

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It seems that the galvanised wire hangers I installed, as a squirrel deterrent are working.:D:P After topping up the feeders on Tuesday evening, I deliberately kept away until yesterday. Plenty of Sunflower hearts still in the feeders, which normally would have been empty. A Woodmouse kept me ente...


I have been tinkering again with the set up. Though there are only a few Greys in the woodland, I'll be buggered if I'm going to feed them, when there is plenty of natural food about. To this extent, I have attached lengths of galvanised fencing wire (say 4 feet) to the higher branches in the tree,...


It has been ages since I blogged The Coppice Anyway, after leaving the birds alone, to concentrate on their breeding etc; I set up a "hide" a couple of weeks ago, before we went on holiday.The idea was to let them get used to it. Still struggling with light at times, but it won't be to l...

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12/04/2010 - 6:46 PM

The sadness ends.....

...or has it just begun? There are a few folks on the site, who have been aware of the sadness and gloom, which has been hanging over the Tomcat household for the last few weeks. Others much to their credit, have pitched in with messages/comments of support, without knowing what was actually occ...

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After a very hectic week, it was a blessing to escape to The Coppice, for a few hours this morning. Glad I did to:) The Coal tits are now calling in, on a regular basis.:D A pair of Goldfinches finally took the plunge this morning & landed briefly on the Niger feeder. They hovered around f...


Things appear to be still progressing well at the set up. Popped over this morning for a couple of hours, mainly to top up the feeders and the water supply. It was pleasing to see them eventually drinking from the water bowls (Upturned plastic dustbin lids ;) ) Highlight of the morning was a Green...

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Arrived there just before daybreak and proceded to erect another rail for placing the "props" on. The beauty of this one is that I can sit on my fishermans stool. This rail is OK until noon at the latest, before the light swings round and catchlight is lost. Started to wrap up when I su...

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05/03/2010 - 4:15 PM

Coppice update 5th March 2010

I have been off work for the last three days, due to a combination of events.(Nothing stressfull though:D ) So, I have passed away the hours by spending some considerable time at The Coppice. Well worth it to:) I have experienced all sorts of light conditions from just after dawn, through to mid ...

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Well, it seems that things are progressing quite well at The Coppice:) I went over this morning for a short while, mainly to top the feeders up. Just as well I did, because something had pulled the bottom off the main Sunflower feeder and all of the seed was on the floor. Might have been an inquis...

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24/02/2010 - 5:35 PM

Coppice update-24th Feb

I went to have my shoulder X-rayed this morning and the radiologist stated that nothing appeared obviously wrong to him, so that is a tad of good news:) Just have to wait to hear what my GP has to say in about a weeks time So having got the hospital appointment out of the way, what better way t...

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20/02/2010 - 7:29 PM

The Coppice-Saturday update

I spent about five hours there today. The harsh sunlight, combined with the snow covered fields(the backdrop) made any decent photography impossible.:(The light was reflecting all over the place. A decent bit of cloud cover wouldn't have gone amiss. Anyway, now that everything is set up, it gave m...

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