Category: Another Bird Blog

Watching And Waiting With Nothing To Eat

The last week has been another waiting game. Watching the weather forecast and waiting for the one day to come along that might allow a spot of ringing. Today was that day and although not ideal, a predicted 8mph meant a visit to Gulf Lane for Projec…

A Redwing Morning

This is most unusual. We’ve had two days of frost with minus 2° on the temperature display at 0600 this morning. Not cold by some standards although the forecast was spot on and I was well prepared with five layers on top, three below, a very woolly …

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Egg On Their Face

You really couldn’t make this up. The UK has gone completely bonkers. “Natural England has given permission for the destruction of 4,500 Mallard eggs over three years to prevent ducks “walking out in front of cyclists” and causing accidents.”&nbs…

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One Day Week.

That’s all we seem to get lately, one day in seven suitable for ringing, the rest too windy, wet, or more likely, both. Wednesday 13th had been pencilled in since last Saturday as it looked the most promising this week; so it proved with our meet …

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Pick N’ Mix

There was a sad start to the journey this morning when the car headlights picked out something motionless in the centre of the road near Pilling village. It was a Red Fox that had been hit by a vehicle. When when I looked closer there was fresh and st…

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3,000,000,000

Mention and discussion of the UK and Europe declining bird populations has been a feature of this blog since it began some 10 years ago. Now, a recent study (September 2019) in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the U…

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British Birds: A Pocket Guide – Review

Back in 2016 I reviewed the WILDGuides Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland, at the time a new and entirely photographic guide to the birds of the UK. It received lots of plaudits and congratulatory reviews, inc…

An Outstanding Event

This morning saw a heavy and highly visible migration of northern thrushes through our Oakenclough ringing site.  Andy, Bryan and I met at 0645 with nets up and set ready for 0715. We caught very few birds in the less than ideal conditions of…

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Chalk And Cheese

An extract from North Ronaldsay, Orkney Blog – 16th October 2019. “A fantastic day with birds everywhere, massive flocks of Thrushes moving across the island throughout the day; the huge rolling flocks of Redwings filling every field, coming in of…

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More Thrush

The forecast for Tuesday morning was about as good as it gets just lately – a gentle breeze from the north with a fair amount of cloud that would slowly break. That was enough to motivate us to head for Oakenclough again where Andy and I met up at 0645…

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