Author: The Hairy Birder

If it wasn’t for small green birds……

 ……Alice and I would have had an even more miserable ringing session than we did on Saturday morning at our Hodder Valley ringing site! It was cold again, minus 4 Celsius in fact, to start, with clear skies and a light northerly breeze. T…

Barely Double Figures

I completed the final wintering bird survey at my site in northwest Lancs with a bit of freshwater marsh yesterday, and just for a change (note the sarcasm), the wind was from the north, well, northwest to be precise. And following the pattern of this …

Back To Winter

As I am completing the final visits at two wintering bird survey sites, I suppose it’s apt that the weather has reverted back to winter. There’s been snow up and down the country, and some quite substantial falls in northern Scotland. Even in coastal L…

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Cold And Quiet

This will be a short Blog post. Alice and I attempted a ringing session at our site in the Hodder Valley in Bowland, and it was cold and quiet. The wind was a sharp north-easterly, with relatively clear skies. In the arboretum it felt quiet, and t…

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When the north wind blows…

…the migration slows. Well, not quite, as it is Spring, and even when the wind does turn northerly as it has done over these past few days, and is forecast to stay the same over the next few days, a few birds still battle through. And this morning wa…

A Bit Of A Push

It was a bit of a push getting up at 3:30 yesterday morning, and this morning at 5:00 a.m., although compared to yesterday, today I had a bit of a lie in! The bit of a push in my blog title refers to the push of spring migrants that was evident the day…

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The Working Week That Was

My excursions into the great outdoors this past week have been all work related, so let’s hope that over the weekend, the weather allows to me get out just for pleasure, not that I don’t enjoy it when I’m out and it’s work related! It was a week o…

Another Quiet One

I had my final ringing session of the season at my Hodder Valley feeding station at weekend. It wasn’t definitely going to be the last, but I had a good idea it would be. Conditions were perfect for ringing with full cloud cover and it was calm, but it…

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First Moth Of The Year

It was my second trapping session of the year with my garden light trap, and I caught my first moth of the year this morning in the form of the humble, although in my opinion beautiful, Hebrew Character.  Hebrew Character I should have b…