A length of hedge

I have been exploring the area around Edinburgh.  I’ve seen Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Ducks (neither is a species I see often), and came across 110 Whooper Swans in a field, saw a Peregrine at Aberlady Bay and have seen a variety of waders (although no Purple Sandpipers so far), but the thing that I’ll…

Just crumbs

I was pleased to see that there is some evidence, from the BTO, that the decline of urban House Sparrows has stopped, paused or slowed.  Let’s hope that the House Sparrow is on the up again. This is what I wrote about it for The Independent. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Gardening leave

I don’t get out much these days – I spend much of the day sitting at a computer and writing.  I’m not complaining – it’s what I want to do, but I am a bit deskbound. The other day I heard a bird call come through the window that was closed to keep the heat…

Fun, and well worth the effort

It was more of a challenge than usual to fit doing the Big Garden Birdwatch into a busy weekend but I am glad that I did. Looking out the window and eating crumpets and Marmite whilst drinking tea isn’t the most arduous form of field work I have known – and there is always the…