Spurn Point, October 2017

Self-portrait

This is the first in a series of posts that come from a few trips we made to reserves around Spurn and heading back towards York between the 4th and 5th October. There are some rarer birds, but in many ways it’s the common species that made the trip worthwhile.

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The York Uni Great-crested Grebes…some bad news

Rather than beating around the bush and creating suspense, I decided to just throw this right in the headline. There are fewer Grebe chicks than there were.

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Pochards and Grebes

After last week’s update on the grebes it’s worth mentioning the ongoing positive story of the Pochards. Continue reading

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The hidden meaning of Boris’ “nest of singing birds”

A Robin, singing

Recently the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, described the cabinet as “a nest of singing birds” over Brexit. This was dismissed as just a silly Boris phrase, but an understanding of nature perhaps unveils deeper meaning… Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.62 – Pheasant

I debated whether or not to include this one, but it’s such a ubiquitous presence in the British countryside it seemed pointless avoiding it. It’s the pheasant. Continue reading

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On late-nesting Great-Crested Grebes

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While the Pochards have been a story characterised by their unexpected presence, for the Great-Crested Grebes it has instead been one of disappointing absence. But a few weeks back they reappeared, and since then something really interesting has happened.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.61 – Song Thrush

Migration can be a confusing thing. Sometimes it’s nice and clear, with birds like Swifts and Fieldfares that are definitively only here for a few months. But for others there are residents and migrants, and that makes it much harder to know which you are looking at. The Song Thrush is one such bird. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.60 – Fieldfare

As we enter autumn there are a number of birds whose numbers will swell. Over the past few weeks we have focused on ducks, but today we move to a wintering thrush. The Fieldfare. Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.59 – Goldeneye

We continue our run of wintering ducks today with the only duck that is also a James Bond film title – the Goldeneye. Continue reading

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Heslington lake – belated nesting?

Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing. Continue reading

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