Wandering my garden on Sunday afternoon, I spied a striking red and black bug on one of the plants. It wasn’t something I recognised, so I grabbed a photo to try identify it. From there, it got exciting… Advertisements
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.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology
Tagged autumn, breeding, brooding, clutch size, great crested grebes, grebes, late breeding, nesting, october, september
Back to Heslington Lake now, and some slightly unusual behaviour I have been observing.
Posted in Biology, Birds, Ethology, Invertebrates
Tagged barnacle goose, butterflies, canada goose, chick, coot, Great crested grebe, juvenile, moorhen, nesting, pochard, red admiral, york, yorkshire
Last week we had a trip to RSPB’s Middleton Lakes reserve near Birmingham. It’s a pleasant place to spend some time, but delivered one genuine surprise that defied the birdbooks.
Posted in Birds, Books, Ethology, Invertebrates
Tagged birds, Goldfinch, Great crested grebe, greenfinch, Lakes, Little Egret, Middleton Lakes, moorhen, nature, Nuthatch, reed bunting, reserve, rspb, swan, water rail, Wetlands, wildlife
If there is a message I have tried to consistently put across through this blog, it is that nature can be seen anywhere and at any time. So it proved on a trip to London for the World Athletics Championships.
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…
Anybody who has followed this blog for a while will know I like a bird that shows intelligence and personality, and that I also like to champion an underdog. Corvids are a group that sections of our society would like … Continue reading
I grabbed this quick snippet of video on Monday, after investigating some very low yet complex bird sounds. See what you think.
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 … Continue reading
Posted in Birds, Ethology, Media
Tagged birds, brain, chimp, chmpanzee, crow, cull, intelligence, jackdaw, pigeon
Yesterday saw a little spike in my blog stats as a whole bunch of people looked at my results for the Big Garden Birdwatch 2016. Apologies to those people as they were obviously searching for detail and analysis from the … Continue reading