Brighton Pier – sans starlings

The beach at Brighton was deserted in the twilight of Monday as I combined a musical evening with the hope of a bit of urban birding. Sadly my feathered quarry, the winter flocks of starlings that roost on Brighton Pier after performing a spectacular aerial ballet, were nowhere to be…

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In like a lion, out like a …… lion?

The interminable cold of this winter continues to have a hold on northern Europe and snow still lies on the ground in our patch of Hertfordshire. This has often meant that the fireside is more appealing than the outside, so wildlife watching trips have been a little infrequent, though the…

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Pintails, Snipe and more at Amwell

A relaxed wander around Amwell NR today yielded a fine collection of bird sightings and some nice photographic opportunities. A pair of Bullfinch were first to show themselves as I walked to James Hide, where Reed Buntings and displaying Dunnock came close to the hide, lured by the well stocked…

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