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Male blackbird (Turdus merula)

Over the years you hear sounds in the garden that tell you it’s a certain season. And sometimes it takes you years to work out what makes these sounds. This was the case with the squeaking of the cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha) in summer, which I wrote about here.

Another sound, which I can hear as I write this, is the thin, plaintive, high-pitched squealing/shrieking/wailing of the baby bird season. I have had trouble describing it, but I have seen some people online give it a name – and that name is “Tseeep”. It could also be “Tseeeeep” or even “Tseeeeeeep”, as it is quite drawn out and mournful. (more…)

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Collared doves smooching in the garden last week

There was one day last week when I noticed the birds were going around in lovey-dovey pairs and those that weren’t were picking up home-making materials. (more…)

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A tawny eagle (Aquila rapax) at the Ebbw Vale bird of prey sanctuary

Whenever we go to the Festival Park shopping centre in Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, we like to visit the owl sanctuary, which has now been there for 14 years. Although it’s called an “owl” sanctuary, it is home to about 60 different birds of prey, not just owls. Most of these poor creatures were bought as pets or gifts and then the owners decided they didn’t want them or couldn’t look after them properly.

The majority of the birds cannot be released into the wild as they were either bred in captivity or are native to far-off lands. (more…)

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Cormorant on the riverbank

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Cormorant on the River Taff in Cardiff, October 2015

I often fail in my attempts to capture an image of a cormorant or its close relative the shag, but this time the bird was very placid as I watched from the opposite side of the river. In fact looking at the picture I think its tail feathers might be broken. So I am guessing it’s either an old injured bird or a young one not quite fledged. Adults have white patches on their throats and thighs during the breeding season, but it’s not the breeding season, so that doesn’t help. (more…)

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A turnstone (Arenaria interpres) at Weymouth, September 2015 – I have tweaked the image a little in PhotoShop for effect

We are just back from a few days in Dorset and I am pleased with some of the pictures I snapped, despite the fact that we had heavy rain at times. The biggest treat for me was spotting some turnstones on a small stretch of seaweed-covered shingle in Weymouth. (more…)

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Juvenile great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

In May and June there have been plenty of baby birds in the garden and I have been trying to capture them. Mostly I have been disappointed. My pictures are rubbish, really. But I felt I wanted to share them just to prove the variety of species we have breeding in our backyard.

The first spot of the year was (more…)

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Black cat in the garden, looking suspicious…

The month of March in the garden is a time of change as we step from Winter into Spring. But I have been out and about in city parks so much lately that I haven’t really done justice to pictures of my own scruffy wildlife garden. But here is my record of the month.

I started with a cat partly because, (more…)

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