Author: The Hairy Birder

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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Greenfinch City

At weekend Alice and I had a ringing session at the Obs in the willow scrub and reedbed of one of the wetlands. The morning dawned with clear skies and there was very little wind, perhaps just the hint of a northeasterly.We got there in the dark with t…

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Scrapetastic

It was a good vis morning this morning, or should I say it was on the coast where Ian was located, but even over the Nature Park where I was, there was quite a bit of vis, or at least I was hearing a variety of species even though I couldn’t see them h…

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Immersed On The Merse

Earlier this week I had some tree assessments to do in Red Kite country in Dumfries and Galloway, and if you were to draw an imaginary line from Dalbeattie, to Castle Douglas to Balmaclellan at the top of Loch Ken, all of my tree assessments weren’t fa…

Quieter Than Quiet

I was hoping that there would have been a few grounded migrants around yesterday morning, based on the previous night’s Redwing movement and on the forecast. During darkness on Friday evening I kept periodically sticking my head outside to have a liste…

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Slipped Up……Maybe?!

I had checked three forecasts for yesterday morning and they were 2-1 against it being fit for ringing at the Obs. Yesterday morning dawns calm and bright! Had I slipped up? I thought so at the time, but maybe not. I used to rely on the BBC weather for…

Out Again At Last

I probably don’t need to tell you that the weather has been awful just recently, and this has resulted in a lack of posts from me, basically because I haven’t been out. It’s when we have weather like this, persistent rain for days, that I wish that my …

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