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Noteworthy Species Report 

21 Jun 18

An adult Little Gull was present on Ryders Mere this evening, it may be a specimen previously recorded at Slimbridge and Upton Warren as it is distinctive in only having one leg.


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Siesta Time! 

10 Jun 18

HI Folks – if you have logged on to see what the old git is moaning about, or even to use the site for its designed purpose ( news about the local wildlife ) I’m afraid I have to disappoint you.


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At last – at least something to report! 

7 Jun 18

There are lots of books on wildlife that are recommended reading.


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Thank You! 

4 Jun 18

I don’t intend to make a habit of doing serious stuff on the blog ( most people only check it out to see what rubbish I am talking this week ) but I do want to say a big thank you to: Kathleen, Denis, Andrew, Gareth and Rob ( you know who you are ).


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If you agree? Would you sign my petition please? 

3 Jun 18

OK – this is not political but something that has been annoying me for a couple of years.


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Something not to be snuffled at! 

3 Jun 18

I may have embraced the title bestowed on me by that well known blogger Brownhills Bob, (who considers me to be a ‘Well known Beer Arse’) but just to prove that there are no limitations when it comes to the enjoyment of beer, may I introduce you all …


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Almost time to hibernate 

1 Jun 18

First day of meteorological summer today ( and for those of us to whom summer is the nadir of the year – cheer-up, only three weeks until the nights commence drawing in ) .


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Changing Times 

28 May 18

Welcome to a British bank Holiday! Apparently meteorologists are calling yesterdays three hour+ downfall ” The Mother of all storms ” – I’m not surprised, almost every rumble made our double glazing vibrate.


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Some good news 

25 May 18

In response to my last posting I have received some good news from blog regular Wendy Hanby.


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Getting ahead of the rain brings some surprise observations 

24 May 18

Sedge Warbler I was going to do the Marsh tomorrow but as it looks like I will need a lightening rod and an inflatable dinghy to get around I thought that today would be a better option.


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Hooray – now I can really celebrate… 

18 May 18

The Royal Wedding! I had reached the point of despair and had given up hope of being able to enjoy a bottle of celebratory beer with the Royal couple ( as some of you will know, the only interest that I have in royal events ).


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I suppose I had better write something! 

18 May 18

You may have noticed a lack of reports from me recently? Well for a change it hasn’t been because we have snuck away for a few days.


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A Cigar is in order for our Greylags (again) 

13 May 18

Thank you to Ray Fellows who has confirmed that for the second year running, our Greylags have once again bred successfully.


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Come on guys! Where are they 

9 May 18

We are now just over a week away from being bombarded with the biggest non-event of the year.


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Getting ahead of the sunshine! 

4 May 18

Yep, its getting around to that time of year, Chaz draws the curtains and hides from the summer.


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You may want to revisit? 

3 May 18

Sundays posting about the Cettie’s at Chasewater.


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One step closer 

29 Apr 18

Anyone who has been bored enough to read my life story ( See ‘Clayhanger Birdman’ if you really have nothing better to do ) will know that throughout the time I have been birding I have set myself various challenges and that I have so far achieved …


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Birding: sometimes there are good days, sometimes there are bad day, but sometimes! 

29 Apr 18

It was not an auspicious beginning.


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One Swallow may not make a summer, but sometimes… 

28 Apr 18

One bird makes the day! One species arrived today that made the walk across the marsh and Mere worthwhile, a lovely Common Sandpiper calling regularly as it flew across to the island and along the north shore of the Mere.


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I may not like summer! 

27 Apr 18

An overdue arrival on Chasewater’s Species list! But even I have had enough of this bloody weather, god alone knows what sort of a struggle the insectivorous birds that have just arrived are having? At least there is still one heroic figure visible …


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Gropper below the radar. 

24 Apr 18

My son gets really annoyed because I have a beep tone on my phone when I text anyone.


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For those who missed it! 

21 Apr 18

Huge thank you to Steven Bailey who has given me his permission to use his photograph of Thursdays Whimbrel on the Marsh.


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Mega Migrant Bonanza! 

19 Apr 18

That’s a heading I don’t get to use very often about the Marsh and Mere but today its true! Its as if the floodgates have opened on the continent and all of the migrants that have been held back are now pouring through.


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It went very quiet for a while! 

19 Apr 18

And that usually means…


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Not so bizarre after all! 

11 Apr 18

John Holian was kind enough to call to say that at Belvide today was there earliest ever Reed Warbler singing in Gazebo Bay.