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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

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Before completing the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, which as many of you know is a nationwide survey running from January 30th-31st where you have to record the birds in your garden, I visited Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

Visiting the Woodpecker hide, there was a lot of activity at the feeders, with more species appearing than I have seen there for a long time. It was quite nice to see a lesser Redpoll as well as Siskin and Redpoll returning to Warnham.


Here is what I saw:

RedpollSiskinLesser RedpollGreat Spotted WoodpeckerGreenfinchGoldfinchBlue TitGreat TitLong-Tailed TitBullfinchMagpieRobinBlackbirdDunnockReed BuntingChaffinchShovelerTufted DuckGreat Black-Backed GullBlack-Headed GullGoldcrestCootMallardTreecreeperNuthatchPochardBig Garden Birdwatch This year I decided to take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch at my Nan's house. She has regular visitors unlike my garden which backs on to a main road, meaning we do not get many birds.

Starting at 3:50 I managed to r…

Amongst the fog...

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There was very thick fog up at Leith Hill today whilst I was bird ringing and we had to keep 'pinging' the nets because of the moisture.



Amongst the fog we saw a group of around 10 Chaffinches as well as the usual Siskins. For the first time I extracted birds from the nets. These were a Greenfinch, Redpoll, Great Tit and Robin.

I also ringed a Coal Tit and 2 very feisty Blue Tits. My trainer, Sam, found this in the bushes. As you might know this is a balloon that was attached to what we think was a Green Woodpecker.... I will be writing about this soon.


My first Marsh Harrier and using my new Opticron binoculars...

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For the first day today it actually felt like winter. Tiny, sparkling, diamond-like ice crystals clutching on to the grass, blue skies and the following trail of small clouds as you breathe out. We went to RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve.
I was using my new Opticron Explorer WA binoculars which are great as they are beautifully clear and light, easy to use and are perfect to spot birds.

I spend most of my time in the first hide which looks over the majority of the reserve. In front of us were around 40 Wigeon with a pair of Shovelers hidden between them. On the far bank their was surprisingly a juvenile Peregrine Falcon, I think it might of been the same one I saw last time!

When someone said Snipe I rushed over to the furthest point in the hide. Extremely well camouflaged, 7 Snipe were jabbing the mud. I have never seen so many together! In the distance there were over 200 Greylag and Canada Geese making a lot of noise. 
After being in the hide for about an hour I saw a large b…

Chesworth Farm

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As it wasn't raining this morning I made the most of it and spent a couple of hours at Chesworth Farm in Horsham.

Strolling along the main path there were many birds around including Song Thrush and Blackbird. As I reached the end of the path a group of Long-Tailed Tits were scattered in the trees parallel to where I was walking. Hidden among them were two tiny Goldcrests. As me, my mum and dog walked along the fields quite a number of Fieldfare and Redwing sung at the tops of the surrounding trees and bushes. There were also a flock of noisy Starling.

As we reached the newly made Wetland I spotted a Grey Heron well hidden among the Reeds, it is quite amazing how still they are! As I was leaving I spotted a Female Kestrel perched in a tree. As I approached it slowly I managed to get right under the tree it was sitting on! That is what I call a brilliant wildlife experience...


Total species list:

Bullfinch
Blackbird
Song Thrush
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Long-Tailed Tit
Chaffinch
Greenfin…

A Reply back from Westminster

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As you might know quite a few weeks ago I sent a letter to Nicky Morgan MP regarding the lack of environmental education in schools across the UK (you can see that here: http://myathebirder.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/letter-to-nicky-morgan-mp.html ). Well today I got a reply back from Nick Gibb MP, the minister for schools.




I was glad I got a reply and I am interested to hear about the new Geography Curriculum which I think I am going to inquire about at school as I am in KS3 and haven't been taught about any 'fieldwork.'


My New Years Resolutions...

It is finally 2016 and that means making some New Year's Resolutions!

1. This year I would like to meet some other young naturalists like me and hopefully I will be able to achieve this if I am lucky enough to get a place in this years BTO Bird Camp!

2. To visit different nature reserves. To start with I am hopefully going to visit RSPB Pagham Habour at the weekend. I would really like to go to more coastal nature reserves and visit different habitats to see a different variety of birds.

3. Take more photos and enter more competitions! This year I would really like to take different photos of more birds and wildlife. And of course with competitions you have to be in it to win it!

Finally I would just like to say I have recently entered the UK Blog Awards and next week I can start asking for votes! So look out for that post next week...