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…

Down But Not Out

Well that’s it then. We are in lock down for a month or two with no birding or ringing. Life must go on and luckily I have an archive of pictures and experiences to draw upon. In the garden there are Goldfinches without rings so I can do some ringing …

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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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Hopes Realised In Bowland.

Friday was a good sunny day, though a cold wind in exposed places on the fells took the edge off an otherwise perfect late March day. I gave six hours between Harrisend and Hawthornthwaite west and east.Harrisend Fell Looking East To Clougha….

Red Sky At Morning

I peeked through the curtains and noted the pink red glow to the south east. “Red sky at morning, shepherds take warning” is a rhyme used as an aid to weather forecasting for the last two thousand years. Red Sky I grabbed a quick breakfast th…

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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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Going the distance

With a bit more time on my hands than normal, I thought I’d restart the blog – it might be a one off, or maybe the start of a new chapter – who knows. Today’s social distancing was immensely enjoyable with just the birds, the wind and the odd fellow marsh wanderer for company. A […]

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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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