Monday Bird of the Week No.19 – House Sparrow


Since we have been covering common birds in this run of MBOW, it seems only right to turn to our most common of all; the House Sparrow. Yet its perennial status on the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch list masks a shocking decline. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.18 – Collared Dove


We went to the intelligent end of the bird pool last week, but this week we are back in the shallow end with the delicate and pretty, but not obviously bright, Collared Dove. Continue reading

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The world’s least subtle hunting technique


Many birds of prey are master hunters, capable of deploying speed, stealth and agility in a lethal combination that spells death for smaller birds and mammals. And then there’s this guy…

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Monday Bird of the Week No.17 – Magpie


Last week we had the Wood Pigeon. This week we have what is, in my garden at least, their perennial sparring partner; magpies.

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Bird brains or ‘feathered apes’? Why intelligence matters.


Given I wrote Monday’s blog post on the Wood Pigeon over a month ago, it was a happy coincidence that Twitter today flagged up a fascinating article on bird intelligence. It is a piece that emphasises why this is not a trivial question, so I’d urge you to read it. Continue reading

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An further note on pigeon intelligence, or lack of…


Yesterday’s bird of the week post on the Wood Pigeon mentioned the idea that domesticated pigeons may be smarter (“pigeon supremacist literature” as one person labelled it on Twitter!). But here’s a story that may cast doubt on that. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.16 – Wood Pigeon


Continuing our MBOW romp through the more common end of the spectrum we land on everybody’s favourite fat garden idiot; the Wood Pigeon. Continue reading

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Pied Wagtails – Watch with your ears, not your eyes


It occurs to me that ‘birdwatching’ is a bit of a misnomer. Because only one part of the experience is visual. The audio is at least as important, and there are good birdwatchers who are blind. They hear all they need to know. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.15 – The Dunnock


Unlike last week’s entry, this week we have a bird that is beyond any doubt brown. It is the quintessential ‘little brown job’. It is the Dunnock. But does ‘brown’ mean ‘boring’?

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Kilnsea Wetlands Nature Reserve


_dsc9068-1280x1271It’d be easy to miss Kilnsea and the other assorted sites that fringe Spurn, focusing just on that dramatic peninsula. But we popped in on our way back from Spurn last week, to discover mainly sleepy waders. Continue reading

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