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  • Forum Thread: 'One Claw McGraw'

    So named because he only has the rear claw on his left foot, the three front claws are missing. It doesn't seem to hamper him too much as he raised a brood in the Summer and seems healthy enough now. He's reasonably comfortable with my presence and I can get to within a foot before he scuttles...
  • Blog Post: A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13th December 2014

    A Winter’s afternoon on Campfield - 13 th December 2014 On a clear frosty afternoon much of the water on the Reserve was frozen. A walk round the ‘loop’ elicited a small flock of finches over the arable fields and a Buzzard flying beyond. Frozen pool by the 'broken'...
  • Blog Post: A Collective of Christmas Sightings

    You’ll know about our charms of goldfinches and parliament of long-eared owls, but has anyone ever turned to you and said ‘oh just look at that mutation of thrushes ’? – no, me neither... What other weird and wonderful collectives can you see around the reserve? Pheasant...
  • Forum Thread: A Few Familiar Faces In Regent's Park

    As it was a nice clear, sunny day today, I decided to take a walk through Regent's Park in order to get a better lit photo of the Tawny Owl. Unfortunately it was not there, but the smaller birds were out and about, so I made the most of their presence and took a few snaps. A raucous Robin (which...
  • Forum Thread: Wot?! No Mealies?

    Today I ran out of live mealies and the pet shop delivery did not arrive. That left me with a dilemma. Should I avoid my two Robins on the way to work, or face up to them and tell them the truth? I decided on the latter and took some suet pellets as a peace offering. Railway Robin might have seen suet...
  • Blog Post: Berry Christmas, Phoenix

    Berry Christmas Robins, reindeer and holly; the classic Christmas trilogy everyone knows and loves. Contrary to common belief, however, their natural habitat is not the front of a Christmas card or indeed dangling from the branches of a tree. These three have secret – and year-round lives –...
  • Forum Thread: More Robin Activity - This Time In The Garden

    There has been a lot of Robin activity in the garden this morning. I was able to film these two (males) as they flitted around the garden and tried to gain the high ground to impose themselves on the other. Check out some of the Goldfinch chatter from one of them. It's hard to work out who won. One...
  • Forum Thread: My Good Friend Guildhall Robin (Video)

    Guildhall Robin was on fine form today. Hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I did filming it.
  • Forum Thread: GR Singing

    The photos were taken yesterday (not as part of the video which I posted) and the video is from today. A quizzical 'Why aren't you working?' look from the Site Foreman
  • Forum Thread: GR & Rival Robin In Singing Duel (Video)

    Garden Robin was in the holly tree, just to my right and the other male was in the distance in one of GR's territorial boundary trees. The pair of them traded song phrases for several minutes GR is the louder of the two. GR then took to warbling quietly before starting to sing once more. The other...
  • Media: Robin at Lower Hide

  • Forum Thread: Two New Robins...

    ...sort of. They are new in the sense that they have not featured often or if they have, the photos haven't been great. The first one is Reception Robin who is usually tucked away in the bushes by Reception. He often warbles quietly and can also be heard singing loudly on most mornings. Today I saw...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Post your Community Christmas Cards here :)

    Consider this a video Christmas card. Some of you might have seen it already, but for those that have not, it's BR twittering in the falling snow, which he was experiencing for the first time. He didn't seem overly happy, contrary to the image that card manufacturers would have us believe!
  • Forum Thread: An Afternoon Snack With Guildhall Robin (Video)

    More feeding fun with GHR. He always stands and looks at me once he has had his mealies. This was a fairly short example, however, in the morning he stood for almost thirteen minutes before flying off. He doesn't preen or warble as he stands there and there are always more mealies for him to eat...
  • Forum Thread: Lots of Redwings but only one posed for photos !

    Chilly and unfortunately a very dark/grey day today so not ideal for photographs and to practice with the Bridge camera, however, making the most of poor conditions I did see a few Redwings and one of them (although behind some twigs) did stay around for a while :) the "noise" was quite an...
  • Forum Thread: Wren and other small garden birds

    Cold but dry day; took these pics of a Wren from the window overlooking front garden area. I heard the Wren earlier as I was sorting the feeders out so came back inside, played the sound of a Wren on my iPhone and it appeared within a minute ! Blackbird next - assuming this is a juvenile...
  • Forum Thread: One Tree, Two Robins

    GR was high up in the holly tree, singing away, when Mrs BR appeared just a few branches beneath him... I was also able to get this short clip before Mrs BR scuttled back into the depths of the holly tree. They seem to be a pair. She ventures down to the garden from time to time and he spends...
  • Forum Thread: Friday Lunchtime With Railway Robin

    Yesterday, I didn't see any of my Robins, but today I was treated to an encounter with Railway Robin. Lately he has taken to appearing just as the train arrives in the platform, so I don't get any photos, but he gets his mealies! Today was different. He arrived in plenty of time, took his customary...
  • Forum Thread: More Fun & Games With Guildhall Robin

    A brief clip of GHR taking mealies from my hand and then fooling about on the ground, getting far too close to the camera! Here are a few photos of him posing with his mealies. I had to lie down on the ground for these. I'm not sure what passers by made of it, but who cares?
  • Forum Thread: Another Encounter With Guildhall Robin

    Last week I was on the early shift and it was too dark to get decent photos of GHR, although I did get some good photos when I was on my way home. I didn't see him yesterday, but today was a different matter. As I walked across the concourse at the Guildhall, I saw GHR on the low wall. He had his...
  • Forum Thread: Night Time Robin

    For the past couple of weeks I have heard a Robin singing throughout the night. It is located somewhere on the nearby trading estate, so I assume it is being kept awake by one of the floodlights. It is singing again tonight. The temperature must be about the zero mark as there are clear skies and there's...
  • Forum Thread: Sunny day at Burton Mere rspb

    Beautiful day but due to jams and stop/start on the Motorways M6/M56 we didn't quite get to our intended destination of N.Wales today and instead turned off for the Wirral, not that we were disappointed as Burton Mere rspb is a wonderful place to stroll around and we got to see our first Water Rail...
  • Forum Thread: Where Do Robins Go When It Rains?

    To their private Chalet of course... The little guy has been perched there for over an hour now. He's got plenty of live mealies nearby, so there's no need to get wet.
  • Forum Thread: Breakfast & Afternoon Tea With Guildhall Robin

    My working day today was book ended by two encounters with Guildhall Robin. The first was at about 7am when it was still rather dark and the second was just after two thirty, when the sun was out and GHR was ready for another snack. Not a lot to see here because it was too dark. GHR initially appeared...
  • Forum Thread: ROBINFEST !

    The beautiful robins of River Weaver and Neumann's areas .........Fill ya boots MC !!! Riverside Robin takes the star billing .......... Excuse RR in next pic as he was coughing up a pellet lol whadd'ya looking at RR ?? ohhh, it's way up there is it ? must be a Buzzard...