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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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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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Specialist birds

We have a large rookery nearby so are visited regularly by rooks. Just now they are intent on snapping twigs from our larch trees for their nest building, but they are also becoming rather troublesome at the feeders. Some are … 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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Reduce buzzards by 80% and feed sparrowhawks turnips

A VERY SHORT CHAPTER FROM WILDLIFE DETECTIVE A radio chat show prompts a discussion about the emotive issue of winged predators and why people should learn to live in peace with them if not love them. Birds of prey are … Continue reading

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Birds of the Western Isles – Benbecula

Continuing this series of short blogs, we visited Benbecula a couple of times during the week’s holiday. There is a fabulous beach with well over a mile of sand and with thousands of tons of the most amazing variety of … Continue reading

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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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