Author: The Hairy Birder

At last a ringing session…

 …but alas a quiet one, was the text that I sent to members of our ringing group after Alice and I packed up this morning! We arrived on site at the reedbed/scrub at the Nature Park just before 6:00 a.m. and it was clear, crystal clear in fact, …

The Weather Plays The Joker

Many of you will face the same dilemma as me, trying to decide what the title will be for your latest Blog post, and today it was going to be ‘Two 4 One’, but the weather put paid to that by playing ‘The Joker’. I was going to use ‘Two 4 One’, because …

Plagued By Flying Ants

Perhaps plagued is too strong a word, but I was certainly visited by numbers of flying ants this morning whilst attempting to seawatch! They seemed to find my telescope attractive, and were continually landing on it and distracting me from the job at h…

Few Birds = Few Words

I was unsure where to go this morning, as the tides are high at the moment, 9 metres plus, and high tide was at 3:32 a.m., so that meant looking for waders on the river was out, because at first light the tide would still be covering all the mud. It wa…

Surprise Shortie

Since my last ringing session on 3rd August, the weather hasn’t been fit for any further sessions in the reedbed and scrub at the Obs, and this has been a tad frustrating. I’ve also had a bit of work to do this week as well. I’m not going to complain, …

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Spotted Flycatcher Update – Part 3

This will be the last Spotted Flycatcher update for this year, as yesterday evening Gail and I ringed the second brood of the second pair. When Alice and I checked them last week, there was one very small young and three warm eggs. Yesterday evening th…

Chalk and Cheese

Yesterday morning, I finally managed a ringing session at the Obs in the Willow scrub and reedbed, but driving there at 0500 alarm bells started ringing, as it was clear, very clear. In fact, so clear that there was an Autumnal nip to the early morning…

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Thwarted Before We Started

Alice and I met at 0515 yesterday at the Willow scrub and reedbed at the Obs to attempt a ringing session, but alas we were thwarted before we started. I only have a five-minute drive to the site, but as I was driving there, I could see rain on my wind…

Spotted Flycatcher Update – Part 2

Alice and I checked our two Spotted Flycatcher nests in the Hodder Valley in Bowland yesterday evening to see how they were progressing, and to check if the chicks were big enough to ring.In the first nest we found three healthy and large chicks, which…