The Cuckoo & The Garden.

Dug out a notebook on bird behaviour I started 20 years ago in 2000. The first entry in the book was of a Common Cuckoo seen at Barbondale, it was published in the British Birds issue in January 2002.The Call of the Common Cuckoo.I watched a male Commo…

The Cuckoo & The Garden.

Dug out a notebook on bird behaviour I started 20 years ago in 2000. The first entry in the book was of a Common Cuckoo seen at Barbondale, it was published in the British Birds issue in January 2002.The Call of the Common Cuckoo.I watched a male Commo…

More Migrants on the Move

With no further sightings of Saturday’s RB shrike and the notable change in weather (from positively Mediterranean to classic Northern European) one would expect things to have quietened down on the patch in recent days.However, a couple of very welcom…

Yellow Ophion

As I sit in my office writing this Blog, I’m waiting for a new pair of bins to arrive, as I’ve ordered a pair of Zeiss Victory SF 10x42s. And I can’t wait for them to arrive later today. The reason I’m telling you this is by way of an explanation as to…

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Bike or Hike Shrike

Obviously one of the concerns of local patch birding is how to treat news if one finds a rare bird? Can we manage parking and access, how far might people wish to travel in order to see a scarce visitor and how many birdwatchers might descend on this r…

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Shrike It Lucky….The Sequel.

I was grateful for an e-mail and photo attachment informing me of a quite amazing coincidence. Following on from my post about the Woodchat Shrike at Aldcliffe 8 May 2014, the message was to tell me of a Red Backed Shrike found yesterday again at …

Early Closing Wednesday News

On Wednesday morning the windscreen wipers dragged across the screen and the dash warned of 3°C and a chance of ice. I set off regardless for my morning walk because that frosty start would mean sun and lots of it. Flushed with Monday’s succes…

Ne’er Cast a Clout ’til May Be Out…

…and never a more truer expression has there been!It was cold this morning as I left the house at 5:30 a.m. to complete one of my bird surveys of a client’s hedgerows in the Wennington valley. The thermometer on my car read 2 Celsius, and in shady pl…