Category: Nature

WHAT’S THAT IN THE CLOT?

I keep a close eye on reports from my birding friends who are resident in Spain, and read with considerable envy their news on local sightings – and just a few days ago it was brought home to me just how much I’m missing Spain, when records began to appear of the return of the
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WATER RAIL

Spring is here, and it must be wonderful for those of you who are able to stroll around the Clot in lovely sunny weather. Those of us stuck back in Blighty are extremely envious, as April showers drench us and night temperatures can still get down to near freezing; we can’t wait for the restrictions
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Greater Spotted Eagle

In May 1897, the great American humorist, novelist and social critic Samuel Clemens – best known by his pen name, Mark Twain – was in London. While Twain was in London, someone started a rumor that he was gravely ill. It was followed by a rumor that he had died, and one major American newspaper
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COMMON SNIPE

Have you ever considered why a rifle marksman is called a Sniper? That’s because the bird we are looking at this month is one of the most difficult to shoot with a gun, which is jolly good news for the Common Snipe and bullet manufacturers, but bad news for the budding shooter, and when he
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