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Ivel Valley Wild Bird Blog

  1. Wildlife On The Farm - 2016 Report

    Wildlife On The Farm - 2016 Report

    I’m sure the usual farmland bird species all had a good breeding season as I saw good numbers singing, holding territory, carrying nesting material or food for young. These include Yellowhammers, Reed buntings, Meadow pipits, Linnets and Skylarks. I actually found a Skylarks nest with 4 eggs and kept an eye on it and all […]

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  2. The Big Dipper!

    The Big Dipper!

    For me, the dipper is one of those frustrating birds which, although the species does occur in Wiltshire at the very eastern edge of its range, I have only ever seen it in other parts of the UK. It is a bird of the tumbling rocky streams that are found in the more mountainous areas […]

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  3. Wildlife On The Farm - October 2016

    Wildlife On The Farm - October 2016

    Although today (10th Oct) the sun has been out it is starting to feel a bit chilly but still a nice autumnal day. On the farm last week when it was a bit warmer there were still Dragonflies on the wing- Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers.  I haven’t seen a Swallow or Martin lately so […]

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  4. Garden Bird Survey Hopes To Solve The Goldfinch Mystery

    Garden Bird Survey Hopes To Solve The Goldfinch Mystery

    While many of our familiar songbird species are in decline, one avian character in particular has been spotted increasingly frequently in UK gardens – the goldfinch. Now, the British Trust for Ornithology wants volunteers to help work out what has boosted the bird’s numbers. The organisation wants to know what goldfinches feed on in our […]

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