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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...
17 Mar 2011
In the mood for a song?
This morning - grey, sleety and cold - I heard my first song thrush of the year as I drove to work. What a way to start the day. If I'd had time, I would have stopped to listen... it's one of my favourite bird songs. Yesterday I heard a wisp of half-hearted blackbird song, coming from high...
8 Feb 2010
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...
23 Mar 2012
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...
2 Apr 2013
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