Category Archives: Birds

Bird food

It’s enjoyable sitting in the garden at present – not just because of the virtuous, relieved feeling of having got it back under control after the holiday (garden dictator that I am) or because of the lovely weather, but also … Continue reading

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Martin Mere

Another fine day with no calls on my time, so, recalling the swans I had seen from the train to Southport the other week, I headed to Martin Mere. It’s run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and is – … Continue reading

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Long-tailed tits

A little gang of long-tailed tits suddenly appeared on the feeder. The robin soon saw them off, but they were delightful while they stayed.

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By the river

The compensation for such a wet, cold winter like this one is that I am moved to make the most of any bright day. Yesterday I got my wellington boots from the garden shed and headed down to the river. … Continue reading

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Leighton Moss

Unfortunately Northern Rail don’t run Starling Specials, so I had to leave a quarter of an hour before the starling murmurations were likely to start. But it was a lovely afternoon anyway.

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Shelducks in Southport

Despite yesterday’s snow and last night’s freezing temperatures, today was pleasant enough to tempt me to Southport. My destination was the small RSPB reserve at Marshside, north of the town. On the train from Wigan to Southport I noticed large … Continue reading

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Leighton Moss

A pleasant walk around the reserve today. Robins and tits flitting between the trees; even the coal tits have started posing for photographs. Lots of teal; at first I mistook their short whistling calls for wigeon. There was some interesting … Continue reading

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