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  • Forum Thread: Garden Robin Returns

    GR 'disappeared' for a short time (having started coming in to the kitchen for mealies a week or so back). He re-appeared on Sunday and has been in and out of the kitchen and the garden on a regular basis since then. He's eating some mealies, but is taking most of them away. Hello again...
  • Forum Thread: Homebase Robins - Updated 21-05-15

    A pair of Robins has chosen to nest in the plant section of my local Homebase. The nest is in an Asiatic Lily flower pot and there are six nestlings who aren't far from fledging. I took some live mealworms to the store on Sunday and gave them to one of the staff who has covered the area and put up...
  • Forum Thread: Blue Tit, Robin, Jay

    added one more Great Tit as this one's a bit of a sweetheart lol
  • Forum Thread: This thread's for MC !

    Robinfest from today .................... still waiting to see some speckled fledglings so meanwhile you'll have to make do with the adults ! someone's been fighting ..................... !!
  • Blog Post: Highlights - last week in April, 2015

    24th April. Spring sunshine - the Lonning . . . . . . with the track carpeted in dandelions and daisies. Female Blackcap picking insects from the blossom. . . . or is it sipping nectar? Nevertherless, a good pollinator! Female Wheatear in newly ploughed arable field near farm. Logbook...
  • Media: Giving nature a home

    I thought you might like this photo I took at Blacktoft last week. The Robin doing its bit for the RSPB cause
  • Forum Thread: A Bird In The Hand Is Worth How Many In The Kitchen?

    For some reason, GR is rather reluctant to feed from my hand. Before his little 'accident', whatever it was, he always hand fed. Since that time, he has collected mealies but has also been rather skittish. Considering all this, what happened yesterday came as something of a surprise. I have been...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 17th -23rd April

    Robin in the Spring sunshine - will join you as you walk along the Lonning. A surprise find today - a Spotted Redshank feeding with two Common Redshank on the floodwater - LHS of the Lonning. Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Swallow over the wetlands in front of the hide. A few Shelduck...
  • Blog Post: Mid April review.

    15th April. Day turned out to be slightly warmer than of late - although the night had been frosty, the early morning rain and sunshine that followed, warmed things up somewhat. A pair of Bullfinch were seen frequenting the hamlet and early afternoon a Chiffchaff was belting out its song from the...
  • Blog Post: The Birdy Bit.

    During the spring and early summer, it's not just the milk van that will wake you early - it's dawn chorus time again. From March to July, those feathered alarm clocks are at it again, as they defend their territories and sing to attract a mate. Our songbirds time their breeding season to...
  • Forum Thread: GR & His Mealies

    GR was absent from the garden for some of March and the start of April, but he has returned (with Mrs BR) over the past week or so and is collecting mealies on a daily basis. He doesn't seem to be collecting enough to be feeding nestlings, but he is getting back to his old self in that he is coming...
  • Forum Thread: Back garden Robins (for MC)

    A whole thread just for you Paul ................... !! Looks like one of the robins has recently sustained an injury to its left leg as it doesn't seem to bend or be of any use :( however, the good news is that it seems to manage just fine and eats "her" share of the live mealies;...
  • Forum Thread: Leighton Moss Robins April 15th 2015

    I visited Leighton Moss last Wednesday and with Robins being my main interest, they took up most of my time. There was no nest to film this time, but the Courtship Feeding pairs and one pair that took mealies away to an unseen nest more than made up for it. An amazing experience in a wonderful location...
  • Forum Thread: Birding With Forumite Friends (MC Remix) 15-04-15 Part One - Robins

    Wednesday was the day that I was waiting for. RSPB Leighton Moss. For some people Leighton Moss equals Marsh Harriers. For me, it's all about Robins. We arrived before 9am and went to Lillians Hide. It was rather dull and rain was threatening. We went to the Visitor Centre at 9-30 and grabbed a cuppa...
  • Blog Post: Happy Easter!

    After the wet and stormy weather of the last few days, yesterday dawned calm and sunny. We felt some exploration of the marsh was in order after the recent ravages of the strong winds and high tides. So, setting forth along the marsh road which satisfyingly overlooks the estuary, we were most gratified...
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    Robin
  • Forum Reply: RE: Britain's National Bird

    Just in case anyone has yet to make their selection...
  • Blog Post: A still, hazy day has its rewards - 17th March 2015

    A still, hazy day on the Solway - Campfield Marsh. After an dull morning and an early high tide, the sun gradually broke through at about 2pm. We took a walk to the hide and were pleasantly surprised at all the activity on the way. Good numbers of Teal were swimming on the floodwater on either side...
  • Forum Thread: Morden Hall Park Robin II

    I made a brief visit to Morden Hall Park this morning. I was hoping to see both of the MHPR's, but only MHPR II was there. If, as I suspect, MHPR is a female, then hopefully she is nesting nearby. MHPR II was high up in the trees when I first arrived. He saw me approaching and flew down to the logpile...
  • Blog Post: March news from the Reserve and environs.

    A wintery start to the month with snow showers along the Solway. 2nd March. Fairly strong cold westerly wind producing snow showers of blizzard proportions on occasions. However the snow didn't lay for long. Good numbers of tits, finches and tree sparrows were feeding avidly at the various...
  • Forum Thread: Parkgate, The Wirral

    After a visit to see the Laughing Gull at New Brighton, we ventured on to Parkgate and parked behind the Boathouse pub; this area is said to be one of the best views across the salty marshes to view Marsh Harriers, Kestrels, Merlin, Peregrine, Short Eared Owls and coastal birds and waders pushed in during...
  • Forum Thread: Brereton Heath N.R.

    Following forumite Caroline's post about the Fulvous Whistling Duck seen at Brereton Park (my thanks to MC for passing this thread on) I ventured over there this afternoon as it is only 20 mins. drive from home. Sure enough, as soon as we parked the car I spotted the F.W.Duck on the grassed area...
  • Forum Thread: Some Sightings From Today...

    Some routine preening from the King of The Castle Meanwhile, at ground level... One Claw McGraw was seemingly in the territory of another Robin, at least I thought he was. It seems he's taking over the entire perimeter! Conclusive proof of his ID for anyone who doesn't know why...
  • Forum Thread: Two Robins...

    I haven't posted any photos of GHR for a while, so here are two from last week. Checking out the mealies Despite being offered the open tub of mealies, GHR once again stood next to me on the bench and refused to help himself. However, as soon as I reached for the mealies and placed some...
  • Forum Thread: Trying Out The 'New' Camera...

    'New' as in a second SX40 HS. I already have one, but the lens makes an horrific noise when zooming in or out and it wouldn't be cost effective to send it off for repair. I found an ex-display model for £169-99. The idea is to use the noisy one on the tripod and to use the other to...