Author: The Hairy Birder

Why did I get up at 4:30 a.m….

…when I didn’t get to bed last night until nearly midnight, is a very good question that I asked myself several times this morning when staring out to see and seeing next to nothing!There was a tide this morning, so last night I decided that I would …

I’m Glad I Did

I nearly didn’t go out yesterday morning, but I’m glad I did. Due to a recurring shoulder injury I only managed an hours sleep the night before, so when the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. I nearly didn’t bother. I’m not after any kind of sympathy, but I d…

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Which Forecast?

I had a long and very pleasant day in Bowland yesterday, on one of my client’s farms, looking at the management of his hedges in the future. The forecast was for a decent morning this morning, good enough to do some ringing in the reedbed and scrub. I …

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Coastal Pecker

Earlier in the week the plan was to do some ringing in the reedbed at the Obs today, but as the week wore on, the forecast changed, and it was too windy. In fact, it was far too windy, not blowing a hooley, but too windy for ringing.Instead, I went to …

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Saved By A Mega

There was a distinct Autumnal nip in the air yesterday morning when Ian and I met at the pools at 5:30 a.m. at the Obs to do some ringing. In fact, I nearly put my woolly hat on, but resisted! We were keen to do some ringing, because the recent period …

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The Wrong Rucksack

Yesterday morning when finishing off some survey work in Greater Manchester, I realised I had the wrong rucksack with me, and this prevented me from getting a cracking photo of a very confiding juvenile Kestrel!This survey site is small, and therefore …

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Scraping The Barrel

With a blog title like that you can tell that…well…I am scraping the barrel to keep the blog going, as I have very little to report really. The main problem has been the spell of cold, wet, windy weather we have been having recently, and any good d…

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Point And Shoot

An alternative Blog title could have been ‘what time is it’, based on the number of early starts I have had over the past week. The latest I have got up is 5:00 am, and the earliest 3:00 am, all these early starts were to complete breeding bird surveys…

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Return To Curlew Country

Before I get in to the topic of this post, I want to apologise for the quality of the Curlew pictures. These birds were busy alarm calling, and flying round me, giving me grief, which is exactly what they should be doing, and was an excellent sign, a…