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Strange voice in the early morning

Strange voice in the early morning

It is strange how some noises can rouse you from a deep sleep to full alertness in a moment. This morning I heard one such noise, a strange voice at about 03:30, the odd thing about this one is that it was it was a blackbird (Turdus merula) singing. At this time of year in Edinburgh the sun rises at 04:26, but it starts to get light about an hour earlier and so that’s when the dawn chorus starts. Normally…

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Normal service resumed

Normal service resumed

Last weekend I spent an hour looking out of the window as part of the “Big Garden Bird Watch” and how many birds did I see in that hour? None, zero, nada! This is rather unusual, as there are normally a fairly wide range of birds to be seen from our windows. This morning just before I sat down to breakfast, I glanced out the window and noticed that there were a few birds about. So I decided to do…

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Great Grey Shrike in Edinburgh?

Great Grey Shrike in Edinburgh?

This morning, sitting at breakfast looking out at a dreich and misty Arthur’s Seat, I started scanning the trees nearby, just as something to do. Over the last few years we have seen a wide range of birds around this area, Ulli, seeing me looking commented that we haven’t seen anything unusual recently. Just after she said it I noticed something odd in the top of one of the limes (Tilia Sp.), so I dug out a pair of bins…

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First bird to sing

First bird to sing

I didn’t sleep well last night, no particular reason it just happens sometimes, one consequence of this was that I was awake when the first bird started to sing. At 03:27 a robin (Erithacus rubecula) started singing followed by another robin at 03:34, the first blackbird (Turdus merula) to sing a little after 04:00 (did quite catch the time). That last one I identified was a chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) at 04:57, after that I drifted off to sleep until my…

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Evicting squatters

Evicting squatters

Just recently I have been watching, with some amusement, a battle between a pair of property developers and a number of prospective but unwanted tenants. This highly desirable city centre property is a renovation of an older property, but which has taken a bit of a battering in recent time. I am keen to see the property developers succeed in their endeavours as I think they will be a good influence on the neighbourhood. At this point I should, perhaps,…

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