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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. Advertisements

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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 … Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.58 – Teal

How many birds are also a colour? Asked to name one I would always immediately go for this week’s entry, the Teal.

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RSPB Middleton Lakes

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.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.57 – Wigeon

Getting a grip on British ducks is critical if you plan on spending any time at a wetland, especially in winter, and the Wigeon is one you’ll need to be familiar with.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.56 – Pochard

When planning this set of posts out I had no idea this particular bird would become such a feature of my summer. I expected to draw on one or two distant shots I’d taken in the past. Instead, it’s been … Continue reading

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Monday Bird of the Week No.55 – Red Grouse

Saturday was ‘the Glorious 12th’, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse. Is there a better time to make this native our Bird of the Week?

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Monday Bird of the Week No.54 – Curlew

There are sounds in nature that speak of location. Noises that automatically transport you to a shore, or a wood, or a moor. The call of the Curlew is surely one of those sounds?

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Monday Bird of the Week No.53 – Little Egret

Last week we saw a bird that has had highs and lows. This week, a bird that is very much seeing a massive natural success, one of the most naturally widespread birds in the world. The Little Egret.

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Monday Bird of the Week No.52 – Kittiwake

A change of pace today. After a couple of widespread species I thought we’d look at a few more specialist species. Starting with a coastal specialist, the pretty little Kittiwake.

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