Author: The Hairy Birder

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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Northwest To Northeast

You’ve probably guessed that I am busy playing catch up with the Blog. The weather in February was particularly poor, and in terms of my Blog it was feast or famine. When the weather was poor, I was stuck inside with nothing to report, and when it was …

Upland Scrapes

Before I get on to the subject of upland scrapes, I just wanted to comment on my header picture that you might have noticed of a stylised Blue Tit in Ukrainian colours. This is the work of a brilliant bird artist in Orkney called Tim Wootton, and if yo…

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Close Encounters

When I’m doing my surveys, whether it’s a breeding bird or wintering bird survey, I like to carry a camera with me just in case. It might be to ‘snap’ something that presents itself to me as a photographic opportunity, or perhaps to capture the landsca…

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Wot No Woodpigeons

I did a suite of surveys running up to the end of January, and didn’t record any Woodpigeons! Off the top of my head, this must be a first, as I would say that Woodpigeon is one of, if not the, commonest species that I record. I suppose this is the bea…

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From Moss To Marsh

I’ve mentioned before that at this time of the year wintering thrushes spend most of their time foraging for invertebrates. There are two reasons for this; firstly, by late winter there are very few berries left on the hedgerows, and secondly, fruit al…

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A Quiet Month For Ringing

January was a very quiet month for ringing, and I only managed to complete two sessions at the feeding station. As I’ve mentioned before, the feeding station is located on a good friend’s farm near Garstang, and is situated on the edge of some woodland…

Breaking Radio Silence With Three In One

I do apologise for my lack of posts of late, but it’s because I have been so busy in the field, I haven’t had time to sit at my computer and update my Blog. I’m not complaining, as I would rather be out in the field, and not have enough time to catch u…

Tuning In

I was reading a column by nature and sports writer Simon Barnes recently, and he was saying that he doesn’t go birdwatching, he is birdwatching, and this is something that I concur with. If I’m awake, I’m birding, wherever I am, I am always connected t…

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Displaying Peregrine

At about 9:00 a.m., just over a week ago, I was stood at one of my VPs when I heard an unusual call, I knew it was the call of a raptor, but which species? I looked up, and there over my head, and rocketing past on half-closed wings, was a male Peregri…

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