Category Archives: Birds

Parakeets

My hotel room is on the fourth floor overlooking the Paleistuin, so this was my view this morning. (At first I thought “oh, a parakeet . . . oh, two parakeets . . . oh, there are loads of them!”) Advertisements

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Leighton Moss today

Glimpses (no more than that) of an otter and red deer. Marsh harriers, a tree creeper, a gang of long-tailed tits, a wren, a nuthatch and some very tame robins. The usual ducks, although high water levels mean fewer than … Continue reading

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Bullfinch

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.

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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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Woodpecker

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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