Not many Waxwings

It doesn’t appear that this winter will be a Waxwing winter. If it is going to be one of those years when Tesco car parks are flooded with Rowan-eating visitors from Scandinavia then large numbers have usually been seen on the east coast and Fair Isle by now. But you can keep track of sightings…

I write books

It’s not a great idea to have two books coming out within days of each other in the same month – but these things happen. And, as friends have said, it’s better than not having two books coming out within days of each other in the same month. On 20 July, Behind the Binoculars –…

Corner Laughers’ new album and video

Do you remember the Passenger Pigeon? Do you remember Martha? Do you remember the Corner Laughers? Here is the Corner Laughers’ latest video of their song Martha (Cincinnati, 1914) which is the shortest song, and naturally my favourite, on their new album Matilda Effect. The best of luck to Karla and the guys on a…

If you liked Fighting for Birds then…

       … you’ve got an 86% chance of liking A Message from Martha.   That’s what the readers’ poll said, anyway. Of the 222 of you who read Fighting for Birds and rated it either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ then 86% of you rated A Message from Martha as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ too. Likes(13)Dislikes(1)

Sunday book review – Claxton by Mark Cocker

This is a lovely book. It has appeared in lots of lists of nature books of the year over the last few weeks as it was published in 2014, but I’ve only just been reading it over Christmas and the New Year and so, for me, it is a book of 2015. Day by day…