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On Hearing A Magpie Singing At Night

Posted Saturday 8th August 2009 at 01:31 by Francis Duggan
The magpie on the gum tree is singing in the night
I hear him softly piping in the faint moonlight
From mid Winter all through the Spring sometimes on his roosting tree
He even sings in the dead of night to proclaim his territory.

Why the magpie often sings at night is beyond me to explain
He wakes and he sings for awhile and he goes to sleep again
A natural thing for him to do since his kind are born to sing
The magpies can be heard all year...
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Holiday to Oban and Mull

Posted Thursday 6th August 2009 at 20:43 by Mabbs
Hi, Im going on holiday for a week to a place just south of Oban.
If anyone has any information on where the best places are to see certain species either on the mainland or on mull that would be great. Would love to see:
Golden Eagle, White tailed sea Eagle,Merlin
Hen harrier, Grouse, divers, black guillemot, hooded crow along with red squirrel and otter. With limited time, would love some info on some top spots.

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Joseph's Blog of Birding

Posted Wednesday 5th August 2009 at 22:15 by Joseph N
Updated Friday 7th August 2009 at 21:44 by Joseph N
August; the month when bird summer blends into bird autumn; a month that is consistenly good all round the UK for birds as rare migrants drift onto the coasts and big falls come due to South-easterly winds, just waiting to be discovered by birders. It cannot be refuted that August is a great month for birds, and this year I hope to make it one of my best yet.

So far this month, I have been out birding twice, once on the 1st and today (the 5th). Undoubtedly it won't be the last....
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Birdfair 2009

Posted Wednesday 5th August 2009 at 08:46 by chirundu

I just wondered if anyone else here was planning on visiting this years British Birdfair in Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland, taking place on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd of August?

On their homepage ( they say it has been described as the birdwatcher's Glastonbury!

I have never been before and it looks great and so have decided that this year...
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Out There n the wide and brown Country

Posted Wednesday 5th August 2009 at 06:52 by Francis Duggan
Out there in the flat and wide Country where the paddocks are flat and brown
Where the roos rest by day out of sight in the woodlets many miles from the nearest big Town
The white winged choughs can be heard calling black birds of humans rather shy
With red eyes they look quite attractive white showing under their wings as they fly.

Out there in the wide and brown country far inland by road from the sea
Away from noisy Suburbia many sheep and cattle one...
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