Tag Archives: brambling

Tree creepers and peanuts

  I read a tweet on Twitter (see how modern I am for a 65-year old) recently where the question was asked if tree creepers eat peanuts. The tweeter (not the twit) was surprised that he had never seen a … Continue reading

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Two woodpecker species and a close encounter with fallow deer

  Part 2 of my 2011/12 wildlife survey tale told yesterday   As I walked up Spooky Valley, small groups of red-legged partridges rose from the scree on my right, most flying up over the high ridge behind them. Further … Continue reading

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A (brief) visit from a heron

    It is the first time I have had time to look about me at home since last week. The weekend was taken up, there was the funeral of a great friend and CID colleague on Monday, I was … Continue reading

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An early blackbird sings

I was just about to begin one of my least favourite jobs this morning – washing the car – when I heard a blackbird singing. I was in the garage fixing the hose to the pipe, and stopped while I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on tawny owls and red squirrels

  There was a male tawny owl in full hooting mode just outside the back door yesterday evening. It continued the typical hooooooooooo, a long gap then hooo hooo hooo hoooooooooooo for nearly half an hour. It’s a delightful sound. … Continue reading

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Birds in the rain

It has been some spell of rain over much of the country, especially Perthshire.  While we’ve had no flooding in the Methven area it has rained almost continuously for three days. I suppose the main consolation is that it could … Continue reading

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A hungry mistle thrush

I was working at the window today and was admiring the swelling number of bramblings amongst the chaffinches. One male had what looked like a long white feather on its back. Since birds only have short feathers on their backs … Continue reading

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