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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    Bluebells There are bluebells galore at over twenty of our reserves . Come and lose yourself in a fragrant purple haze. Lambs Did you know we manage an organic farm at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys? Come and meet our newborn lambs at special events on the farm. Alternatively, go to Saltholme in Cleveland and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring that won't run away!

    You get a call from the window, 'come quick, we've got long-tailed tits on the feeder again'. You rush over as fast as you can, but it always seems too late - they've flown off without giving you as much as a glimpse of their tails! If this sounds like your experience of 'watching'...
  • Blog Post: You've come from where?

    I think (hope?) I'm safe to say that spring is finally here, and as I alluded to last month one thing is for certain - whatever the weather, birds are building nests and pairing up. And while some of those birds have weathered winter with us, some are only now just landing on our shore. And...
  • Blog Post: Adios winter

    Here I sit on the last day of February, spring just around the corner. But who mourns the passing of winter? Time seems to be wished away and all you hear is how spring is nearly here, people and wildlife seem to be getting excited by new beginnings. In autumn you don’t see many people excited...
  • Blog Post: Migrants are on their way!

    'Yeah, yeah,' I hear you say, 'this spring will never arrive.' But it's true that our summer migrant birds are on their way - I've seen them with my own eyes! Just before Easter I was lucky enough to spend a week at the Strait of Gibraltar Bird Observatory , which is run by...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: is this really it?

    It's taken a while this year, but I've finally seen my first butterfly of the year - a smashing brimstone which hurtled past on Saturday afternoon. With a chiffchaff singing nearby, it's finally started to feel like spring may be here (but don't hold your breath...). This lovely photo...
  • Blog Post: A song for spring

    The snow is thick on the ground and a hat, scarf and gloves are essential outdoor wear, but one step outside shows that spring is definitely on the way. The birds are finding their voices. It’s slow progress, but listen out and you’ll pick out more and more new songs as the days and weeks...
  • Blog Post: It is spring, isn't it?

    I’m sure that it’s supposed to be spring by now, the county cricket season has begun, the trees are beginning to green up, but still winter is hanging on, refusing to give up. I walked in this morning with a very cold breeze cutting right through me. It is springtime, isn’t it?! Here...
  • Blog Post: The joys of spring

    I've been feeling funny lately, and I wasn't sure why. Then, after giving it much thought, I decided on a likely cause. The joys of spring. I first heard of 'the joys of spring' as a child when watching that well-known '80s cartoon, Willo the Wisp. The one with Kenneth Williams as...
  • 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...