RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 – The UK winners and losers

Back in January millions of us submitted our results to the RSPB for the annual check on the status of our garden birds. Now the National results are out, and there are as always some big winners and big losers… Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.35 – Kestrel

Kestrel, post-ringing Spurn, Sept 2015

Kestrel, post-ringing
Spurn, Sept 2015

Another bird of prey today, another we see less often than we used to. A bird that was once synonymous with motorway journeys, hovering by the roadside. The Kestrel. Continue reading

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A few more Treecreeper pictures

Posing

Since the Treecreeper posed so obligingly, it seems harsh to limit it to just a couple of photos. So here are some more…

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Guest Blog – An update on the Black Swan

There was a lot of interest when I wrote about the Black Swan the other day, with people via the blog, Twitter and Facebook all saying what a sad story it was an how they hoped for some good news.

Happily, Bob French, who has obviously been watching these swans far more closely and for longer than I have, got in touch with some news. He’s also kindly shared a couple of his own images. So over to Bob… Continue reading

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Spring marches in around Heslington Lake

I wrote about the black swan last week, but that is by no means the only story that’s unfolded over the past few weeks. Sudden surges, spring migrants, winter passers-by, and plenty of song. It has been busy.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.34 – Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk, Bolton, 2011

Sparrowhawk, Bolton, 2011

It’s been a while since Bird of the Week covered any of our birds of prey, so today we turn our attention to one of our most common. The Sparrowhawk. Continue reading

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The grumpy treecreeper caption competition

I thought this Treecreeper looked delightfully grumpy at my taking his/her photo, go I’m opening it up for possible captions. Let’s have your funniest/smartest. Continue reading

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A hit of birdsong for the morning – a chattering Goldcrest

It has been a while since I made a sound-based post, so let’s change that with a snippet of birdsong from by Heslington lake… Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.33 – Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

A few weeks back we covered the Pied Wagtail, so it seems appropriate to cover another common wagtail, the Grey. Continue reading

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The loneliness of the Black Swan…a story of loss and rejection

While the joys of Spring burst out over much of the campus, for at least one resident it is a pretty sad and lonely time. The widowed Black Swan… Continue reading

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