Author: Phil Slade

Another January

We’re into the third week of storms with no prospect of birding or ringing for several days. Storm Ella is lined up to be next. Almost every day has been so awful that I have struggled to get out birding or ringing, even for the occasional “window…

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Beating Dennis

We’re braced for more bad weather at weekend as forecasters warn that Storm Dennis follows hot on the tail of Storm Ciara. There’s a yellow weather warning in place for Saturday. Meanwhile, and away from click-bait headlines, bird ringers scrutin…

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A Battle Of Wits

The latest battle of wits Linnets versus Ringers took place at Gulf Lane, Lancashire on the morning of Thursday 30 January 2020. Here the village of Pilling merges with Cockerham village at the A588 Murder Mile junction where regular ringing challenge…

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An Unfunny Game

The release of non-native game birds and their impact upon the environment is in the news again this week. It is an issue mentioned several time on Another Bird Blog with the intention of alerting Joe Public to elements of the countryside that David At…

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Having A Barney

It had been months since I’d seen a Barn Owl after something of a bonanza in 2019 when almost every outing had produced one. So what could be better than to start Saturday morning with a Barn Owl and a good one at that? A drive over Stalmine Moss …

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A Menorca Love Story

I may not get out this week.  Storm Brendan is on the way from Canada. I think it’s payback time because we sent them Harry and Sparkle.My gout has returned with a resolve to keep me indoors this week. For now here is a tale of Menorca with lots o…

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Bargain Bins

We all like a bargain don’t we? I may have found one when Silver Surfing the other day; it was a pair of Celestron Granite 10×42 binoculars for £199.99, free postage. I have been looking for a pair of inexpensive bins I could leave in the car at a…

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