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June 2012

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Moroccan Experience

Moroccan Experience

Richard Pople introduced us to the birds of Morocco, which are as diverse as the scenery, the architecture or the culture.

Wheatears come in variety, the larks are difficult and the Northern Bald Ibis is a uniquely ugly rarity.

Richard put the birds in context for us with photos showing the local surroundings, streets and people. I particularly liked the 'crossroads' in a small village where men sat outside a cafe on the corner. Richard kept returning to this crossroads as he tried each road in turn trying to find the way to a particular site - much to the amusement of the watching locals. Mad Englishmen and all that!

I had forgotten how striking the wheatears can be - Richard had a lovely shot of a Black-eared Wheatear, one of my favourites. There were many other excellent photos and it was a very enjoyable evening.

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Great tit at birdtable

Make your Nature Count - June version of Big Garden Bird Watch!

Tell the RSPB what slithers, tweets, forages and snuffles in your garden this summer.

Get involved in the UK's largest garden wildlife survey and help us find out how wildlife is doing this summer. They'd like you to record the birds you see in one hour (on one day between 2-10 June), and let them know what other creatures visit your garden. You'll be joining thousands of other people as you step up for nature, helping build up a picture of how summer wildlife is faring.

Click on the link below to get to the online form for reporting your sightings.