Young Birds

26th July 2019

House Martins, master builders?

House Martins gather up mud (c.Oran O’Sullivan)

Summer showers, heavy but not too prolonged, are ideal weather conditions in an otherwise dry, hot summer for two of our summer visitors. Swallow and House Martin rely on a steady supply of mud to construct and maintain…

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7th January 2019

Nest boxes

There is never a bad time to put up nest boxes. Bear in mind that their design and in particular the dimensions of the opening provided is very important as regards the particular species of bird willing to nest in it. 
How and where you situate any…

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4th July 2018

Dusk calls for Long Eared Owls

One of the highlights of high summer ( and there are many), is the dusk calls of young Long Eared Owls.  The call is very distinctive once noticed, and could even keep you awake at night.. Its a loud, high pitched, plaintive “eeeee”,  like…

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20th June 2018

First time to the Feeders

A number of people have remarked that the garden is alive again with young birds, fresh out of the nest and sitting around like bored students.. waiting to be fed!

While folk have been feeding birds in summer for 20 years or more now, in…

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