Author: The Hairy Birder

It’s the survey season…

…, or so it would seem, based on the number of wintering bird surveys I have completed of late! Over the past ten days I have completed seven surveys, and had a ringing session at our new feeding station in between. I’m not complaining at all, becaus…

Vikings

It’s been just over two weeks since my last post, but I have been out and about communing with nature, and that’s the reason that I haven’t posted for a while, I’ve been busy with surveys. I just wanted to mention this, as this post might end up being …

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Another Survey Saturday

I was amazed that Gail and I manged to get my last wintering bird survey for October in on Saturday. It’s been a week of constant wind and rain, more than a bit dreich, and the forecast was relentless. I had no choice to keep rolling it over to the fol…

A House Tick

The only bird list that I keep is a house list. Basically, that is any species of bird that I have heard or seen from my house. It could be a bird in my garden, a flyover migrant, or something calling in the darkness perhaps. The only rule that I set m…

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Monitoring Monday

On Monday I was back at the same wintering bird survey site, and this time the weather wasn’t as good, and it had a noticeable effect on bird numbers. I started the survey under 7 oktas cloud cover, with a 15 mph south-westerly wind, and finished it wi…

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Survey Saturday

What a month October has been so far for weather, and I mean poor weather by that. Day after day of rain, showers, wind, and often all three. Dreich it certainly has been, and days out in the field have been at a premium. It’s been a case of just takin…

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A Few Northern Thrushes At Last

I finally managed to get out ringing on Saturday morning, and an early start resulted in a few Redwings being ringed, but more of that later. The weather during the week has been disappointing to say the least, and I struggled to get the second wi…

It Is October After All

The forecast on Friday evening didn’t inspire me with confidence for my planned ringing session at the Nature Park on Saturday morning. I spent quite a bit of time outside in my garden after dark listening for migrants, Redwings in particular, and gazi…

More Geese and Some Autumnal Nostalgia

This is a post of two halves; the first half is a brief summary of yesterday’s sightings during one of my surveys, and the second half is an autumnal walk down memory lane for me.   I was at my wintering bird survey site number two yesterday,…