Category Archives: Birds

Crepuscular Caprimulgus

On 30 June I joined Surrey Wildlife Trust’s annual survey of nightjars at Barossa nature reserve. Continue reading

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My kind of bunting

On 2 June the villages were adorned with bunting, but I sought another type of bunting. Continue reading

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Ouzel hunt

There were no ring ouzels up Tavy Cleave, but I was pleased to see whinchat and cuckoo, and to hear some groppers. Continue reading

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Where are the wood warblers?

I visited White Wood on Dartmoor but was sad not to hear any wood warblers. I hope I was too early and they’ll come. Continue reading

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Redstarter for ten

I was delighted to see my first redstart in Bucks when doing my breeding bird survey at Hazlemere on 10 April. Continue reading

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Down at the pit

A rewarding visit to Little Marlow gravel pit. Continue reading

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Valiant Valerie

I learnt a great deal about my Rambler friend Valerie Plunkett at her funeral on the South Downs. Continue reading

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Ian Mercer’s life celebrated

I was delighted when the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) accepted my offer to write an entry for Ian Mercer.  I first met Ian in 1973 when he was about to become the first Dartmoor National Park Officer, and … Continue reading

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My bird year 2021

My bird total for 2021 was 119, which wasn’t bad considering travel was so restricted. Continue reading

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Asthall round

I enjoyed a gentle circular walk from Asthall with my friends Arthur Lee, and visually-impaired Marika Kovacs. Continue reading

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