Category Archives: birdwatching

Home again

It’s hard to imagine now that before moving Up North, My Taller Half and I spent six years living in Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Southend is where miles of suburban flatlands meet miles of Thames estuary mudflats. Terrible for hillwalking, fantastic … Continue reading

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Murmurings

It started a couple of weeks ago. First a trickle, then a torrent. Starlings are on the move and a large number of them have decided that Wolsingham is a great place to hang out. And I get a ringside … Continue reading

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The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen

For over a year we’ve had a tame blackbird living in our garden. With her pied plumage, she was easy to spot. More an honorary chicken than a blackbird, she would chide me if I was late in the morning … Continue reading

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Seafaring

When I moved to the North East, oh, five years ago, I wrote a list. On that list was a bunch of places I wanted to visit and things I wanted to see. One item on the list was to … Continue reading

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Coming round for dinner

New house, new garden. I’m still getting to know my new avian neighbours. House sparrow, chaffinch, blackbird, siskin, wren, robin, blue tit, coal tit… the garden is constantly abuzz. Well not today it isn’t, as I’ve had a special dinner … Continue reading

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Wrong Turn Right Choice

This is the final instalment of my Spring 2012 Teesdale Trilogy, rudely interrupted by the Olympic Torch… So where was I? We were camping in Middleton-in-Teesdale for the Jubilee long weekend and decided to try out some of the walks … Continue reading

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Ring Ouzel!

I saw my first ring ouzel last year on a visit to Weardale, and was determined to find this remarkable mountain blackbird again this year – this time with photographic evidence. The ring ouzel is a blackbird that likes it … Continue reading

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