Michael Morpurgo joins DEFRA general licence team?

I caught Tweet of the Day this morning just before making the tea and listening, briefly, for bird song (a lovely Song Thrush). Today’s presenter was Michael Morpurgo and his bird was the Magpie – listen here on BBC iPlayer. It was a refreshingly different take on things, unless it was meant seriously. While looking…

Bird song (2)

The Great Tit is a familiar bird on our bird feeders and in our gardens and woods, and its song is pretty familiar too. If you aren’t already familiar with it, then if you keep your ears open in the right sorts of places you will hear its song at this time of year and…

Tim Melling – White-crowned Forktail

Tim writes: Forktails are a small family of seven species that inhabit mountain streams in Southeast Asia.  They are in the Old World Flycatcher family (Muscicapidae).  The White-crowned Forktail (Enicurus leschenaulti) is the largest of the family at 28cm and it is familiar to many birdwatchers as the logo of the Oriental Bird Club.  They…

News round up

Here are a few things that caught my eye recently, and I will be writing more about some of them next week: Wild Justice forces DEFRA to act on non-native gamebirds – see DEFRA announcement. I wouldn’t say that this was too little too late, but it is late and it isn’t clear whether it…