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    Here's a couple of newly fledged starlings. I saw these in my garden in the spring of 2008. They certainly brought a smile to my face.
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    Here's a couple of newly fledged starlings. I saw these in my garden in the spring of 2008. They certainly brought a smile to my face.
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    Feb 28th lovely day at Chatham Dockyard and then spot this, spring is just about here and that will be followed by summer,
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: the herald of spring

    It's perhaps a bit premature to get excited about spring when the snow has barely melted but the brave pioneers of the perennial world are now poking their foliage into the world. The sight of new growth is very welcome after months in the barren freeze of winter. Here are some February snow...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: weather takes a tern for the better?

    I've seen two of these summer migrants recently, one near Brighton, looking very sorry to have made the trip. It was perched next to a brackish pond on a freezing blustery day. The other, was near Blackpool in a bit of sunshine a week later. What are the chances it's the same one? These...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... take a leaf out of my book

    This weekend, my recommendation is that you go for a stroll and enjoy something really simple: the array of beautiful new green leaves which have emerged. If the sun's out, there's nothing brighter than the zingy lime-green of delicate miniature baby leaves. And it's those leaves which...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...watch hares boxing

    If March is famous for just one thing, it’s brown hares boxing. So, this weekend, why not try to see it for yourself? Now is a great time to see them as the vegetation and crops on the open farmland they call home have yet to grow too high. Why do they box? Although it looks fun, it’s...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... see it's (nearly) spring!

    A few weeks back, I suggested you listen (and look out) for birds starting to sing . My tip for this weekend is to look out for other signs of spring . With snowdrops poking their heads up and daffodil leaves breaking free of the soil, there's no doubt that spring is very nearly here. Hooray! ...
  • Blog Post: Back to Africa

    Coming into work this morning, I noticed a lone swallow perched on a wire by the side of the road. Although fairly impossible to tell what mood a bird is in, he looked a little lost and forlorn, and I imagined him sitting on the wire, wondering where all his mates had gone. I didn't have time...
  • Blog Post: This weekend...use your ears

    When you next get a second, stick your head out the nearest window (or door!) and listen. If you live near a busy road it might take you a moment to adjust your ears, but listen carefully and you'll hear the beginnings of spring. At the moment, it's mainly an incoherent chatter and twitter...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo...

    They're back! Yes, that's right, cuckoos are definitely back in the UK - I heard at least three over the weekend. Did you hear any? Why not let me know by leaving a comment below... So to celebrate the arrival of cuckoos, spring and a whole host of other migrant birds this weekend, here's...
  • Blog Post: The best view for miles around

    Over the Easter weekend I got a chance to talk to the people who man the brand new watch tower - Rossall Point - on Fleetwood promenade. The whole of my life this site has been taken up by an uninspired lump of concrete going through bouts of dereliction, so it was really fantastic to see it knocked...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: The joys of spring

    On my way into work this morning I noticed a little sign of spring: daffodils! There definitely seems to be more out today than when I left work on Friday evening - despite the heavy rain we had in Sandy yesterday. I found this great image by Ernie Janes on RSPB images . Now, we've not got vast...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: blooming marvellous

    Are you enjoying nature's spectacle of vibrant colours and delicate flowers that are around at the moment? This beautiful photo by Sue Kennedy is just one of the many sights that you can catch a glimpse of in a park or garden near you. And if you want a real colour overload, there are plenty more...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: leap to it...

    I'm sure that it's not escaped your attention that this year is a leap year? And, if this photo by David Tipling is anything to go by, our hares are getting into the spirit of things! They're easier to see at this time of year, before the farmland crops and grasses grow tall. And keep...
  • Blog Post: Spring time?

    There seems to be lots of talk about at the moment over whether spring has finally sprung. The sun is shining through my window and temperatures are warm enough to think twice about the woolly hat. Now, I don’t want to run the risk of being too early, but I think spring might, just might be here...
  • Blog Post: This weekend... get a real buzz

    On a stroll around The Lodge today, it felt like spring! There was warmth from the sun, birds were singing all over the place, and a surprising number of insects had ventured out and about. If the weather's good for you this weekend, watch out for creatures like honeybees (as in the photo above...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: who's the cutest?

    Spring is just about here and the breeding season is getting underway. Nests are being built, eggs are being laid and chicks will soon be on the way. I challenge you to see anything cuter than these chicks... You won't bump into them in your garden or local park - they're golden plovers...
  • Blog Post: This weekend....join the hunt

    The sun is shining, daffodils are starting to poke their yellow heads above the earth, and days are lengthening. This can surely only mean one thing - spring is sprung! So this weekend, hunt for signs of spring. It could be as simple as enjoying snowdrops in your garden, or visiting one our our...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: swooping swallow

    Aristotle said 'one swallow does not make a summer' but seeing one of these birds always brightens my day. This fabulous photo by Laurie Campbell can be found - with many others - in our RSPB Images photo library (wouldn't it look amazing as a print or canvas on your wall?).
  • Blog Post: This weekend... watch the master-builders

    Long-tailed tits have to be some of our most popular garden birds. They've got it all - they're cute, fluffy, sociable, make funny noises, they're quite tame and quite common. It's also easy to encourage them into your garden by offering treats like fat or cheese. What's not to like...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: are we nearly there yet?

    Yesterday I think I managed to experience all the seasons in one day - there was a bit of snow, some very persistent rain, patchy fog, and the sun even shone through for a couple of glorious hours! It was hard to know whether to wrap up warm, or be thinking about putting away my winter coat for the year...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: leap into the week

    Even if you don't quite have the boundless energy of these playful lambs, I hope this Tuesday morning finds you refreshed from your Easter break. Find your refreshing moment on RSPB Images .
  • Blog Post: Drummers in the woods

    Now's a great time of year to take a walk in the woods. Trees are coming into leaf, blossom's busting out, there are lots of birds singing and nests being built. Spring's here - hooray! The early part of spring is also your only chance to hear something rather special. This is the time...
  • Blog Post: Why getting up early is great

    You either love early mornings or you hate 'em. It's a bit of both for me, I think. But Sunday was International Dawn Chorus Day - a great reason to get up early. Trust me, the hardest part is always when the alarm goes off and you think 'Mmmm, I think I'll just close my eyes for five...