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Birdwatchers Nightmare

Please, please, please do not make yourself I'll this year when birdwatching. So many people I know how become ill due to spending to much time in a cold damp hide! This is not good for you!

Also, please be careful when twitching in sunlight. Always drink a lot! You don't want to get dehydrated. You may miss that one bird you've been looking for!

So, stay safe this year.

-Garganaxus

The Nature Nerd Adventures

Good Morning fellow nature nerds!


Interested in following my blog? Below is the link:
www.NatureNerdAdventures.blogspot.com

Go and give it a look! Plenty of bird watching tips and ways to spot our native wildlife!

-Garganaxus

The Weather

When bird watching, you have to pay close attention to the weather. Birds, like us, are more likely to hide during weather so you are unlikely to spot more than a few crows or sparrows.

Sun can also be a problem. If the day is really hot, all the birds will return to their roosts at midday to stay cool - meaning no birds again!

For me, the best time to birdwatch is early morning or late evening. The birds will be out for the dawn and dusk chorus.

Tip: If you are trying to spot a water rail, I recommend going in the winter when the water has frozen.

Water rails are shy and secretive, and will hide in the reeds around a water source. When the water freezes, they are forced out onto the ice in order to forage - giving you the perfect opportunity to see them!

Happy birdwatching!
-garganaxus

Sparrow Hawks

One of the common sights around my home is these; Sparrowhawk's. Graceful on the wing but slightly useless on foot.

The bird pictured is a male, we can tell this because it is grey. The female is brown, and is also a lot bigger than the male ( so it is easy to tell which of the genders you have seen)

Sparrowhawk's tend to eat song birds (hence the name sparrowhawk) and will often be found in an area with plenty of bird feeders. They also like areas with tall trees and open land where they can easily capture foraging birds - this is why they live near is (we have a large field by our house)

So, have you seen a sparrowhawk this year?

-Garganaxus

Sparrow Hawks

One of the common sights around my home is these; Sparrowhawk's. Graceful on the wing but slightly useless on foot.

The bird pictured is a male, we can tell this because it is grey. The female is brown, and is also a lot bigger than the male ( so it is easy to tell which of the genders you have seen)

Sparrowhawk's tend to eat song birds (hence the name sparrowhawk) and will often be found in an area with plenty of bird feeders. They also like areas with tall trees and open land where they can easily capture foraging birds - this is why they live near is (we have a large field by our house)

So, have you seen a sparrowhawk this year?

-Garganaxus

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