Author: The Hairy Birder

Was It The Fog?

Or was it the time of year, the fact that the feeders needed filling up, or all three, that caused me to have a weary ringing session yesterday morning at my Hodder Valley feeding station. When I arrived at 0700, I had 7 oktas cloud cover with a light …

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All Quiet On The Eastern Front

On Tuesday this week I was back over on the Humber, and it was all quiet on the eastern front. I had full cloud cover with a light westerly wind, and I must admit I did expect a Chiffie, Sand Martin or Wheatear or two, but it wasn’t to be.There was a l…

Feeding Station Ringing Session

Last weekend Alice and I had a ringing session at our feeding station in the Hodder Valley, and we were joined by Dan, who is one of the two Assistant Wardens on Fair Isle. Dan had joined us so I could support his application for a C permit. This …

A Tale of Two Marshes

At the end of last week, I found myself birding at two inland marshes; one as part of one of my wintering bird survey sites (marsh 10, and the other at my good friend’s farm near Garstang (marsh 2).  Marsh 1 Marsh 2 I was at my wint…

Avocets, Boxes and Peckers

What a busy couple of weeks it’s been, with lots of wintering bird survey work, nest box building and erection, and March is shaping up to be a busy month too! I’m not complaining, as you can’t beat spending time out in the great outdoors. About a…

Two Hats To A Cap

First of all, I need to apologise for not posting for a while, but I have had some major computer issues. To cut a long story short, Windows 10 decided to corrupt itself, and my computer was with the repairers for four days, and I only got it back yest…

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Signs Of Spring

Amongst all the media hype of the ‘Beast From The East Two’, it might seem strange to talk about signs of spring, but they are there. Bird song is slowly increasing, and I am hearing Wrens, Dunnocks, Blue Tits, Robins, Great Tits, Greenfinches, Goldfin…

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Coast To Coast

I can’t believe that it is over a fortnight since I posted, and for that I apologise, but to be honest, I don’t have a great deal to report. With the current lockdown here in the UK, that some take seriously and incredulously others don’t, I haven’t be…

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Lockdown 3

If you live in the UK you will be aware that we are now in our third period of lockdown as a result of Covid 19. I don’t want to dwell on this at all, as it is something that we all need to strive to reduce transmission of, to return to a state of rela…

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