Author: The Hairy Birder

Better Late Than Never

I had a typical late May ringing session in the reedbed at the Obs yesterday, which was paradoxically the first of the Spring! Ah well, better late than never. Obviously, and completely understandably, the lockdown had prevented us from doing any ringi…

A Field Sheet At Last

I managed to ring my first birds for the year yesterday, and what a joy it was to complete a field sheet at last! More of that later, but now I need to rewind four days to when I was working on the Cumbrian side of the North Pennines.  It was a be…

Yellow Ophion

As I sit in my office writing this Blog, I’m waiting for a new pair of bins to arrive, as I’ve ordered a pair of Zeiss Victory SF 10x42s. And I can’t wait for them to arrive later today. The reason I’m telling you this is by way of an explanation as to…

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Ne’er Cast a Clout ’til May Be Out…

…and never a more truer expression has there been!It was cold this morning as I left the house at 5:30 a.m. to complete one of my bird surveys of a client’s hedgerows in the Wennington valley. The thermometer on my car read 2 Celsius, and in shady pl…

More Than A Feeling

I was out early this morning on my daily exercise for two reasons; one I am always out early when birding (first light for me), and two, I wanted to avoid as many people as possible, for obvious reasons, not just because I am a miserable old birder! We…

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Sunrise and Sunset

I am not a photographer by any shape of the imagination, I am more of a ‘point and shoot’ merchant, and as such I carry a bridge camera when out in the great outdoors, as an addition only to my notebook to record what I observe. I tend to be out early …

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Kerrera Tea Garden

I love real ale and I love pubs, but over the years Gail has introduced me to the delights of tea rooms, and in this case a tea garden. I’m not going to abandon real ale and pubs, for coffee and croissants, but if we are out and about watching wildlife…

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Bridge Over The Atlantic

I don’t know what’s come over me, two posts in two days, I’m back on track…sort of! One of my favourite counties is Argyll, in fact as you know, I love the west of Scotland full stop! For a few years running we had our annual holiday in the Oban area…

Survey Escape

I am one of those people that can’t work from home, because the majority of my working time is spent carrying out Ecological surveys, and in the main bird surveys. In addition to this, any survey work that I do for planned development has been classed …

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Lockdown Garden Bird List

It’s about a week since I had a garden mega, in the form of a Wheatear, and I mentioned the lockdown garden birding competition I was taking part in run by Steve at North Downs & beyond. What I didn’t tell you was how many bird species I have recor…