Keith on April 13th, 2013

We put out some food for the birds, including sultanas.  Blackbirds love them.  We have discovered that a local lizard likes them. It’s body is about same  size as those in the U K, but the tail is twice as long. We also enjoy watching the wood mice  eating the food. They dash out from [...]

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Keith on February 10th, 2013

We all know how bad the weather was for most of 2012 and the evidence was that it had a major effect on the bird population, hence we were not seeing many. We know this area pretty well and have been disapointed by the lack of birds. Suspected that the strong winds from a generaly [...]

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Keith on March 5th, 2012

On Saturday we visited the Spanish bird watching fair at Monfrague national park. Jan is now the proud owner of some binoculars. From there we drove in to the reserve and watched the vultures put on a spectacular show.  When they fly past you at eye level and lest than fifty feet away, very, very [...]

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Keith on January 11th, 2012

Keith speaking. One of the species I was hoping to see is the Spanish sparrow, what happens? they turn up in England. Little B’s must have known I was looking for them. Who said I am a twitcher?

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Keith on January 3rd, 2012

Back to the lesser spotted woodpecker,  today the male.  He was clearly visible on a telephone pole on the site.  Got him in the scope, the colour? amazing.  The best bit, he was drumming on a metal plate, the vibration through his skull was clearly visible.    I have read about this behavior but, never [...]

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Keith on December 23rd, 2011

Decided to go for a walk in the last of the afternoon sun,  good decision.  I have added a lesser spotted woodpecker, a female, to my list, very special.  Our smallest woodpecker renowned for being difficult to see.  Never thought I would get to see one.

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Keith on December 13th, 2011

We have read about the behaviour which is the subject of this blog.  We have witnessed it in the UK and on the continent, mainly in motorway and major road service areas.  The species involved are generally pied wagtails or house sparrows. They have learnt that insects are killed and get stuck to moving vehicles. They operate [...]

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Keith on September 25th, 2011

Langdon cliffs is Keith’s local patch in terms of wildlife. On the evening of the 22nd, a quiet still evening, he paid a visit at dusk in the hope of seeing the barn owls.  Several birds who roost in the surrounding scrub were alarm calling, very unusual. On a visit early the following morning he came across [...]

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Keith on September 1st, 2011

Ah ah got you.  Just as you thought it was safe to put your anorak away. I will not bore you with details, only because I do not want to hear the groans.  The nice thing about birding on the Shetlands is the ability to get close to the birds.  I have watched birds with the [...]

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Keith on March 7th, 2011

We have been feeding the birds, amongst the regular visitors are nuthatch’s.  They have been attracted by the sun flower seeds which they take away and deposit in the bark of surrounding trees.  They are very adept at landing on a tree head down.  We  nicked name them N.N. because they have a loud and strident [...]

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