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Time to stand and stare – a study of blackbirds

William Henry Davies’ poem begins: ‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare’. Since I retired in January 2014 I have had much more time to stand and stare, and lately some … Continue reading

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Of nesting birds and a casualty sheep

It’s been a really interesting couple of weeks for seeing nesting birds. I seldom go out ‘bird-watching’ as such, and I have little interest in rare species that are unfortunate enough to be blown off course and grace our shores … Continue reading

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The onward march of the sparrows and a bad cat day

Our garden is suddenly alive with house sparrows. We have lived here since 1993 and never had sparrows, but since an old farm steading a quarter of a mile away was knocked down there has been a real difference in … Continue reading

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Death in the afternoon

An incident today reminded me that I have not blogged about the garden birds for a while. Some of the family were staying with us over the weekend and yesterday afternoon, in a rare spell of sunshine, we sat out … Continue reading

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The widow blackbird

A pair of blackbirds in my garden is on their third brood this year. The first nest was in a clematis-covered pergola. This brood fledged successfully but all disappeared within a couple of days. Cats, I suspect, were the culprits. … Continue reading

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A very interesting ‘birdy’ day in the garden

I have the beginnings of a rookery in my larch trees. The first nest was built in prime position in a high fork of one of the largest trees. A second nest began to appear a couple of days later, … Continue reading

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What’s happening in the garden?

On 1 September I put out my bird feeders again.  This is the first year I have stopped feeding the birds during July and August in an effort to prevent the birds congregating and spreading the respiratory disease Trichomonosis. Having … Continue reading

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