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28/03/18. Extraordinary sounds at Geltsdale this morning.

This morning I went early to Geltsdale, near Brampton (near Carlisle) to track down some Curlew.  I’ve made the trip several times in the past few weeks, but the weather has been poor and my timing hasn’t been right.   148 more words

Field Recording

86/365 - Redshank

These waders probe the mud to find worms and insects. Not hard to see how they get their name.


February on the Ely embankment

My first February wander alongside the River Ely was in the late afternoon of Saturday the 3rd. It was quiet – were the birds all watching Wales thump Scotland in the 6 Nations rugby, I asked myself? 358 more words


Cold winds

I am hunched on the sofa. Hat and (fingerless) gloves on. Extra socks, extra jumper and I’m considering putting on my thermals. Outside, the sparrows are bickering on the birdtable as if their lives depend on it. 505 more words

Nature Blog

Rye birds

My original title for this blog was ‘A mad Kiwi and an Englishwoman go birding in a howling gale’. I decided that was a trifle long but it was certainly an accurate reflection of our day at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. 181 more words


The turnstone and the redshank

T: ‘Found anything tasty?’

R: ‘Nothing to see here. Move along.’


Scottish Wader Woes

The latest report on Scotland’s terrestrial bird species, covering the period 1994-2016, does not make easy reading for wader lovers. All but one species is contributing negatively to the upland bird indicator, with declines of over 40% for breeding Lapwing, Curlew, Dotterel, Oystercatcher and Golden Plover. 705 more words

Breeding Waders