Author: The Hairy Birder

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 …

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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Curiouser and Curiouser

I know that my Blog title isn’t good English, but Alice’s words from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass popped into my head when I had a Moorhen and a Shag in the same view through my bins on a dilapidated ol…

Thrushes

I think I’ve probably said before, but there has been a good berry crop this year (and nuts), and the hedgerows are still full of Hawthorn berries, and consequently lots of thrushes. It’s quite unusual for us in my neck of the woods to still have numbe…

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Frosty Mornings

Over the past week we’ve had a number of frosty mornings, which has lead to some glorious weather to be out and about in. I apologise for a lack of Blog postings (again) over the last week – ten days, but I have been a busy, busy boy! It’s been outdoor…

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From A Great Egret On A Cold Day To Tree Planting

I currently have a series of wintering bird surveys to do in west Lancashire, and the first one kicked off last Thursday. These are Vantage Point (VP) surveys, and my VP at this particular site when it is a cold northerly, well…, is very cold. The si…

The Weary Week That Was

It’s been a quiet time for me this past week, in fact it’s been quite a weary week weather wise; cold, wet and windy.However, last Friday dawned bright and clear and I headed to Great Eccleston to have a look at Simon’s farm, and give him some advice i…

Just Greenfinch Town This Time

I kicked the week off the week with a ringing session in one of the reedbeds and scrub at the Obs. It was a frosty start and I had clear skies with a 5-10 mph NE wind.From the word go there was some vis, but as usual under clear skies it was high, and …

Cock o’ the North

I had the morning free yesterday, so I headed to the Point for first light as there was a tide at about 0700. I was greeted with 4 oktas cloud cover and a 15-20 mph southerly wind. I headed to the end of the dunes where I could get some shelter behind …

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