Author: The Hairy Birder

More BBS and Boxes

A week ago today I had a breeding bird survey (BBS) at a site that I have blogged about all autumn, winter and spring, and my surveys there will be shortly coming to an end, just three more to do. I had full cloud cover during the survey, and the wind …

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BBS, Boxes and Breeding Waders

Just under a week ago, I had a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) to complete at one of the arable farms that I have been surveying all winter and spring. I set off under complete cloud cover, with a light WNW wind; perfect. I always record any mammals th…

Quality Not Quantity

I’ve used the above Blog title before, and probably more than once, but it certainly sums up the Bank Holiday weekend for me. It wasn’t just the birds and wildlife that was the quality, but the sites that I visited, and just as importantly, the company…

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Yet Another Trickly Spring

I’m not sure whether ‘trickly’ is an actual word or not, but it does describe the migration during this, and recent springs. Every year of late, the spring starts cold and dry, before turning wet and warm, just as sub-Saharan migrants, like Pied Flycat…

A Few Decent Birds At Last

As spring progresses, more and more migrants arrive, both in terms of the range of species and numbers of birds, so it was good to catch up with a few decent migrants over the past week. I’m going to rewind to this time last week, when I visited m…

Back In The Reedbed and Scrub

In the middle of March, Gail and I checked our net rides in the reedbed and scrub at the Nature Park to see if we could actually get in. During the winter months our ringing area floods, and in recent years it has been as late as June sometimes before …

The Return of the Viking Army

At this time of year, our avian Norse visitors start gathering together in flocks, feeding frenetically, laying down fat to enable them to return to Scandinavia. This Viking army consists of Fieldfares, Redwings, Starlings, Blackbirds and even Linnets,…

First Spring Vis and the Last Feeding Station Ringing Session of the Winter

Meteorologically speaking, the first day of spring is 1st March, and astronomically speaking it is 20th March this year, and from a birding perspective, the first day of spring to me, is when the first migrants start going over on visible migration. Th…

Nest Box Maintenance

In late winter we always carry out our annual nest box maintenance work at our Pied Flycatcher and Tree Sparrow sites. Over the past few weeks Gail, Alice, John, Robert and I have been busy repairing, replacing and re-numbering our boxes. First up…

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Pre-roost Gathering

There are two large Starling roosts relatively close to me; one at Leighton Moss RSPB, and the other under north pier at Blackpool. As the Starling flies, the closest is the one at Blackpool, and it was at one of my wintering bird survey sites that Sta…

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