Whodunnit? A birding mystery

A quick and slightly gruesome post now. At Scarborough we found the remains of a bird that had been predated. There were few bones, no body, just a pile of feathers and a couple of other clues. Interested? Then enter the post to see the evidence… Continue reading

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The comedown – Whitby and Scarborough, January 2018

After the high of the Desert Wheatear, could anything match the experience? Only one bird I know trumps all others, and that’s the Waxwing. Rumour had it there were a couple down the road in Scarborough. Could the day yield two great birds? Continue reading

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Desert Wheatear, Whitby, January 2018

As I’ve said before, I’m not a twitcher. Hopping around the country chasing individual species just isn’t me. But if a rare bird is relatively close, or is somewhere I’d like to visit anyway, then I see no reason not to. With that in mind, Sunday I headed for Whitby to hopefully see a Desert Wheatear.

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Back to work, and back to the frozen lake

Back to the office on Monday, which had the upside of a return to the university lake, last seen frozen over and largely deserted by the birds. Had anything changed? Continue reading

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New Year in New Earswick

Returning home after a couple of weeks away, one of my questions was always going to be “what’s in the garden?”. We usually get an influx of wintering finches in January, just in time for the Big Garden Birdwatch, so had 2018 brought anything? Continue reading

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Attenborough Nature Reserve, December 2017

Back in May I visited Attenborough Nature Reserve and bemoaned the fact I’d forgotten my camera. Over Christmas I visited again to see how things change into winter. Unsurprisingly, the answer was “ducks, lots of ducks”. Continue reading

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The ballet of (frozen) Swan Lake

Yesterday we looked at how the birds of the lake were getting on 8th December. Today we return just three days later to a very different, much colder, picture. Continue reading

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Heslington Lake, early December

Having had a busy Christmas and New Year, I thought I’d share a couple of quick posts of photos I took last month. First up are a few from the lake at work, pre-freeze. Continue reading

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The Christmas Eurypterid and the emergence of ritual

We all develop our own traditions, that’s how any piece of ritual behaviour emerges. All our Christmas habits, trees, wreaths, presents, puddings, they all have centuries, even millennia, of history informing and shaping them. Continue reading

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Baby, it’s cold outside

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks as the frozen temperatures have led Robins, Blackbirds, and even Bullfinches and one very desperate Magpie to come right to me looking for food. Continue reading

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