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  • 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...
  • Forum Thread: Three Robins... Four Videos...

    These are the four videos to go with the photos of the three Morden Hall Park Robins. The photos (and story) are here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/chat/f/2542/t/115158.aspx Sorry about the filming quality (or lack of), but they were moving about so quickly and needless to say I was rather overwhelmed...
  • Forum Thread: And Then There Were Three...

    No, not the Genesis album of the same name, but the number of Robins that feature in this thread. I couldn't find MHPR when I first looked at about 10-30am. Only MHPR II was about. He was singing loudly in one of the nearby trees, but upon seeing me he zoomed down and greeted me. He was keen to get...
  • Forum Thread: More From Guildhall Robin

    Another fun clip with GHR. The mealies were rather lively and as a result I had to keep moving them around on my hand, hence the fiddling about. At one point a Crow flew overhead and GHR flattened down and was distracted by whatever was going on. Check the one minute twenty five second mark. As he was...
  • Forum Thread: Mealies After Sundown...

    This evening I decided to try a little experiment. Sunset was at 17-24 and by 17-57 it was completely dark and it was also raining. The experiment was to see if GHR would still come out for mealies in those circumstances. I really didn't think he would, but I was interested to see. I went to the...
  • Blog Post: Hungry Hawfinches

    February and March are by far the best months to look for Hawfinches at Nagshead . This large, but elusive finch holds almost legendary status amongst keen birders. Despite their size (approaching the size of a Redwing ), Hawfinches can be surprisingly difficult to locate, even when you can hear one...
  • Forum Thread: Garden Robin & Guildhall Robin

    GR was in fine form this morning and his loud song was broadcast from some new and unusual locations including the roof of the house next door. Sadly he had moved before I could get the camera. However, I did get these photos as he was clinging to a high up twig. I think any Robins that might have been...
  • Forum Thread: Guildhall Robin Messing About (Video)

    You'd think it would be easy enough... One Robin, one open tub of mealies and a camera. Sounds simple doesn't it? Not when the 'One Robin' is GHR! He did everything apart from eat the mealies until they were set out in front of him.
  • Media: Middleton Lakes, 16/2/15

  • Media: Robin on Fisher's Mill Bridge

    Taken at Middleton Lakes, 16/2/15
  • Forum Thread: Garden Robin and Garden Centre Robin

    GR perched on the fence just outside the SBS. He was eyeing up the mealies that I had thrown out for him. He's getting less wary of me, but it's still Mrs BR that comes closest. The feathers on his head still haven't returned to normal Up until the point where I took this photo, he...
  • Media: Robin at Barrington Court

  • Media: Robin at Leighton Moss

    This robin was really not bothered by people passing by along the paths at Leighton Moss... Waiting for some free food no doubt!
  • Forum Thread: An Hour With The Morden Hall Park Robins

    The beautiful sunny morning was all I needed to get me to Morden Hall Park. I hadn't seen the MHPR's for a while so it was good to 'catch up' with the pair of them. I started filming as I approached their territories and the pair of them hopped towards the front as I moved closer. I started...
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  • Blog Post: A snowy end to January.

    29th January Snowed heavily overnight which left a good covering of snow in the morning. Inspite of a strong westerly wind blowing, a hardy workparty turned out for a gorse coppicing detail on the saltmarsh. Some comfort would be gained from the bonfire which they soon got burning.There was very little...
  • Forum Thread: Great Tit and Robin

    More photos from the stumpery area ......
  • Forum Thread: A Light Dusting Of Snow...

    We had a minor overnight snowfall in Mitcham. Nothing of consequence, but enough to get the birds a wee more excitable when I topped up the feeders. View from the upstairs window, just after 8am. The ground in the SBS is snow free, which helps those looking for fallen suet pellets or seed. Likewise...