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Ninety-two days...

August 02, 2021 - ... since I saw my first two lucky ones over the garden, exactly three months ago to the day on May 2nd... and they're s...
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A wonderful wildlife and weather weekend.

June 13, 2021 - No time for a lengthy, flowery write-up. So, in a bulleted format. What I (and we) saw this weekend. I found a (n une...
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They're back!

May 02, 2021 - Oh come on. You know what "they're" signifies. The best. Back high over the house tonight at 18:45. Just two of them.
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A few recent observations

April 28, 2021 - Afternoon all. Just a few recent observations from me - as we're heading, helter-skelter into my favourite time of year...
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Bird news.

March 21, 2021 - Just a few bits of bird news tonight, for my interested reader? 1 - On January 1st this year, I devised this year's wil...
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A little something to cheer you up. Maybe?

December 16, 2020 - I know. We're all having a crap year. So, this morning, a wee blog post to cheer you up. Perhaps? Any regular visi...
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Just the 46,000 then?

August 15, 2020 - Before I reveal the second of my two recent firsts (that being the bird (species) that I saw for the very first time (ev...
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The lucky ones.

July 26, 2020 - Many people (retailers generally) would try to have us believe that Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year",...
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The three waves of swifts.

July 02, 2020 - First things first. In case you weren't aware, this week (if you're reading this between June 27th and July 5th, 2020) i...
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REAL hope for next year now...

June 26, 2020 - Sure. 2018 was a good year here for the best birds of all, swifts. (Unfortunately, last year was bleedin' awful). But t...
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Love 'em. Just LOVE 'EM.

June 24, 2020 - The image below is a composite of around 35 images taken this afternoon. We're having our best swift year ever here. O...
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Nine photos merged into one.

June 20, 2020 - No words necessary...
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"It's not the despair, Laura... I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand."

June 15, 2020 - Two years ago (almost to the day) I blogged about the best birds of all (of course) finally returning to a NEW "Swift Ha...
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A Greek tragedy.

April 11, 2020 - 2020 doesn't get any better does it? Awful news from Greece yesterday. And yes, I know this may seem completely trivial...
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Swifts - It's not just the hope that hurts... it really IS the despair too.

August 21, 2019 - After last season, I was really hoping that 2019 would finally bring back my favourite bird of all to actually NEST with...
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Debt well and truly PAID.

June 13, 2019 - At the end of April I blogged HERE and speculated that generally, as the weather tends to "pay its debts" pretty reliabl...
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Watch the birdies...

April 28, 2019 - A brief(ish) post today as I've been rugby coaching and gardening all day, plus showing Ben a barn owl (a proper, live,...
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What of the swifts?

September 07, 2018 - Because of my (understandable and correct!) fascinations with swifts, I'm regularly asked "how are the swifts doing" by...
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What's brown, steaming and comes out of cow(e)s?

August 11, 2018 - …. The Isle of Wight Ferry of course. Doesn't really work as a written joke that... as when written, one needs to add a...
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The first "Swift awareness week" in the UK.

June 19, 2018 - Most people that know me, know all-too-well that I am besotted by swifts. This is (now) the shortest blog post I've eve...
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Finally? The NEW Swift Half!

June 08, 2018 - I'm going to try and keep this brief, because if I start spewing up my excitement too much right now on this blog post,...
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Wonderful, weird things in the sky

May 28, 2018 - I'm not going to spend any time blogging purely about the weather today (as everyone is doing that - and I'm sure like m...
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The height of summer.

August 02, 2015 - I should adore this time of year, the “boy of summer” that I most certainly am – and in the main, I do. Despite being...
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Napoleon, Rembrandt, the Rosetta stone, the first Crusaders and St.Swithun- a swift update

July 15, 2014 - Today is July 15 th. July 15 th 2014. Eight years exactly since twitter was launched. One hundred and ninety-nine yea...
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TV or not TV. That is the question.

May 30, 2014 - There was a time in the past when television schedulers and production companies provided far fewer programmes of intere...
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My less than swift, swift set up...

April 21, 2014 - Just a very quick post today grapple fans - a few words on my swift spaces set up with a couple of days left before I te...
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Less than a month to go...

March 27, 2014 - Regular visitors to this blog will know how I feel about swifts. I was due to make an appearance at the International...
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For forty days it’ll rain nae mare....?

July 17, 2013 - Monday, (July 15 th) was the date on which we used to feast for St.Swithun – a Bishop of Winchester in the mid 800s. On...
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We made it (and so did they).

May 07, 2013 - It has been a fair few weeks since I blogged - poor health and incredibly busy work to blame. Those weeks have seen us...
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The last of the best? Part 2.

September 01, 2012 - A little over a week ago (on the 23rd August 2012) I described here, how I thought I'd seen the last of my favourite bir...
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The last of the best?

August 23, 2012 - Up until 30 minutes ago, the last of the best birds of all (swifts) I had seen this season were on the 1st August (over...
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"Should I stay or should I go"?

August 08, 2012 - This might as well be the summer of 2012 singing this blog’s title, not Joe Strummer of the Clash. March 2012 – and w...
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Hens and dragonflies in our week of high summer

July 23, 2012 - High summer. As predicted well over a week ago now, the jet stream has “wagged its tail” and now we are sitting the “...
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Summer to arrive next Sunday?

July 15, 2012 - April - the wettest April ever. Parts of May - pretty bleedin' wet n all. June the wettest June ever. July - shaping...
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2012 – The avian annus horribilis

July 05, 2012 - It’s now official. The last three month period (April, May and June 2012) has been the wettest April, May and June peri...
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Flash floods again – it must be Wimbledon fortnight…

June 29, 2012 - To be fair, the rain (and there’s been plenty of it again in the midlands and north of the country) hasn’t really affect...
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Urban peregrines

June 17, 2012 - I remember when I first became interested in wildlife (and birds I s'pose, in particular), I could only dream about seei...
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Less of an enigma now? (Perhaps)

June 14, 2012 - My favourite bird of all. The swift (of course). I have had to write off any chance of breeding swifts this year in my...
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Summer "nights"?

May 20, 2012 - On Friday 18th May I'd noticed that the air had become a little warmer of late, a little humidity had crept into the sky...
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The youngsters appear

May 14, 2012 - Whilst my ongoing health issues limit my outings at present - and the weather remains changeable at best (apart from a c...
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Swifts, badger cubs and a hobby.

May 07, 2012 - As spring moves sluggishly on - the wildlife does its best to cope with the cool temperatures, frost (this morning) and...
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Why is the swift the most impressive bird of all?

April 29, 2012 - So why do I consider the common swift to be the best bird of all? Better than kingfishers, ospreys, eagles, peregrines,...
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The best bird of all is back!

April 28, 2012 - It is with much joy that I can report my favourite bird of all is back in our skies for three short months again this su...
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