Author: The Hairy Birder

Dung Roundhead

I find fungi fascinating, neither a plant or an animal, and they have such fantastic and very often descriptive names; Dung Roundhead, Common Stump Brittlestern, Twig Parachute and Bloodred Webcap etc, etc, etc tens of thousands of times!The picture be…

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Lighthouses

Well, only a few days in of my daily posting attempt and yesterday was a no show! I apologise for that and a note to myself is that I must try harder.Today’s picture is of the Mull of Galloway lighthouse, which of course is situated on Scotland’s most …

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The Not So Humble Chaffinch

I like Chaffinches, I always have. For many years, I along with other fellow ringers in Fylde Ringing Group have studied them every winter through ringing, and built up a database of movements of Chaffinches that winter in Lancashire and breed in Scand…

Common Frog

I’m cheating today because I am posting two pictures; one is of a Common Frog and the other is of frog spawn. At this time of year ponds, and other assorted wetlands, up and down the country have frog spawn in them. It’s one of those first real signs o…

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Hebrew Character

There was really only one picture that I could post today, and that is of the Hebrew Character that was in my moth trap this morning, as it was my first moth of the year in my garden light trap. Also, it was a 100% increase in catching rate from the ni…

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Solan Goose

I’ve gone north of the border again for today’s picture, and it is one of my favourite birds, the Gannet. The Gannet has lots of local names and one of the most common is that of Solan Goose. The picture below was taken in northeast Scotland at Sc…

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Coronavirus

I was hoping to avoid writing a blog post with Coronavirus in the title, but unfortunately it helps to explain what I have planned for the blog over the coming days, weeks or more like months due to the dreaded ‘C’ word!I regularly read a cracking blog…

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First Spring Chiffie

I suppose I should say that yesterday morning I had ‘my’ first spring Chiffie, and that it wasn’t ‘the’ first spring Chiffchaff! I was back at my west Lancs wintering bird survey site to complete the final survey for the winter, and the survey was comp…

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Return Of The Garden Med

Every winter since 2012 I have recorded a Mediterranean Gull in, over or around my garden, or I have seen it close to my house. What is unusual is that where I live is most definitely not the sort of habitat that you would expect a Med. Gull to over-wi…