A Menorca Love Story

I may not get out this week.  Storm Brendan is on the way from Canada. I think it’s payback time because we sent them Harry and Sparkle.My gout has returned with a resolve to keep me indoors this week. For now here is a tale of Menorca with lots o…

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You Never Know What’s Lurking In A Ditch

Yesterday morning I was back at one of my wintering bird survey sites in the west of Lancashire and it was a tad chilly under the leaden skies with a cool east-southeasterly wind. However, the skies later cleared and the sun came out. And it must have …

Bargain Bins

We all like a bargain don’t we? I may have found one when Silver Surfing the other day; it was a pair of Celestron Granite 10×42 binoculars for £199.99, free postage. I have been looking for a pair of inexpensive bins I could leave in the car at a…

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An Apple A Day

Here’s wishing every one my readers a Happy, Prosperous, Optimistic and Bird Filled New Year. The first post of 2020 concerns the common Blackbird Turdus merula. The Blackbird is ubiquitous in these parts, so common that it rarely makes the b…

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A Wee Dander

On New Year’s Day Gail and I took a wee dander down to the estuary. I love the word ‘dander’ which is a word from Ireland that means a gentle, meandering walk with no particular haste or purpose. The reason that I love it so much is because a favourite…

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Finches Of Gold

On Monday Alice and I had a ringing session at the feeding station in the Hodder Valley. I was a bit surprised that my car was frozen up when I headed out just after 7:00 am, as a frost wasn’t forecast. At the site it was a glorious crisp morning, with…

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