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This is a place for me to write down my travels along the birding path, from complete and utter novice to complete novice to novice to getting better!!

I start with setting up my garden and what appeared and how exciting just that was. To starting work volunteering at RSPB Fairburn Ings, in Yorkshire and my trips to various places.

I will tell you about the equipment I bought and how I use it or changed it and show some of the photographs I have taken.

This is mainly for my own satisfaction but if you would like to read and comment, particularly if you have some good advice or tip then go right ahead.[/b]
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Posted Tuesday 8th September 2009 at 14:24 by birdbrainer
Updated Tuesday 8th September 2009 at 14:51 by birdbrainer (phots)
Ok so now this was getting serious. Id spent money o n a bird feeding station, hung up a variety of feeders with a variety of food. Some on the station and some in the conifers. So out with the old but quite good 10x40 bins and down the book shop for some bird id books. After a few tries with various ones found the best one to be RSPB/DK one - the pocket one being the easiest to carry round. Then joy of joys surfed the internet and found Birdforum.net. What a great resource that was. What a mine of information.
Now the next step - into the garden with camera, bins and books and wait for the birds.
Our resident robin and blackbird were always around that bit was easy. I was getting better with the dunnocks and sparrows and could now tell the difference although still dont know which is the male dunnock!

O yes, there was the great tit and that cheeky chappie blue tit. Tick tick ! Oh but which was which of those? I needed to see a pair to compare. Worked out the great tit male and female but still not worked out the blue tit. O and of course plenty of starlings, wood pigeon and collared dove. tick tick tick. Then there were those great big black things in the sycamores on the golf course? Ravens? Rooks? Crows?

I loved sitting in the garden in spring and summer, reading and watching the birds every now and then for a break.
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