Category Archives: Birds


Mrs Bullfinch on the feeder. She’s almost too big to fit between the bars. Last year I had to rescue one that got stuck. Advertisements

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Great little crested grebes

I saw a great crested grebe family on a canal in Amsterdam today: parents with one youngster apiece. The juveniles had striped heads and sounded quite demanding – although not as demanding as the noisy young coots further along.

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I saw a great spotted woodpecker on the ornamental plum this morning – a first. It was only there for a moment then flew off. A nice start to the day.

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Two bird tales

On Thursday I went to Leighton Moss and spent most of my time trying to spot the ever-present but invisible reed warblers. I was also entertained by a pheasant duel in the undergrowth, their feinting movements as choreographed as eighteenth-century … Continue reading

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Slow afternoon in the garden

I spent some time in the garden this afternoon looking like a war correspondent, with binoculars and a zoom lens at the ready, to find out where the blackbird nest is. I didn’t find it – outwitted by the blackbirds. … Continue reading

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New neighbour

Perhaps I should have put up a sign saying “house sparrows only”? Or perhaps not.

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Lübbenau to Schlepzig

I’ve cycled through the Spreewald before, so the sights – top-heavy punts, dual-language signs, streams and dykes everywhere, the sheer greenness of it all – are not novel. The sounds, however . . . well, in order to pass through the … Continue reading

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