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Wanstead Birder · 1d ago

In which my new camera is broken

I went out birding today. Not far, just down to Jubilee to test whether the second-hand camera I have just bought worked properly. To cut a long story short, it didn't, which is very much a ...
Wanstead Birder · 5d ago

Fond memories

There is a trend afoot in blogging circles at the moment to relive past glories. This is understandable – it is February and there is not a lot going on unless you are Steve Gale and can spe...
Wanstead Birder · 6d ago

We're all going on a gull hunt

Yesterday Dante found a Ring-billed Gull on the Thames, a pukka adult. The guy is a fiend, seriously good at gulls at such a tender age. Brave too... My Wanstead list would greatly appreciat...
Wanstead Birder · 1w ago

Let's go fly a kite

No really, that's what we did, we flew a kite, and it's all because of Blue Planet II. It is half term, and this is a recent purchase of the DVD to make up for missing it when we didn't have...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Wanstead not Birder

I have not raised binoculars to my eyes for about ten days now. I cannot in truth call myself a birder. Accordingly the website will renamed to Wanstead Worker as that is essentially the o...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Torn

As a keen patch birder I like nothing more than a really cold snap to shake things up a bit. Cold snaps have a tendency to deliver good birds to the local area, for instance Smew, Slavonia...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Some Numbers about some Words

A recent correspondent intrigued me in a comment left about my January enthusiasm for blogging. Ric F asked if I had any idea how many words I had typed over the last nine and a bit years. D...
Wanstead Birder · 2W ago

Only 800,000 of these are me

My blog counter recently passed a million hits. I am aware that this is hardly a big deal. When some person my daughters told me about called Ed Sheeran releases a video on YouTube it gene...
Wanstead Birder · 2W ago

January Pace II

January has passed at a million miles an hour. I already mentioned that I surpassed my highest ever January total of birds seen on the patch with a frankly magnificent 72 species. As you wil...
Wanstead Birder · 2W ago

Fairy dust

Hot news from Chateau L - there is a possibility that the magic fairy may return, at least on a part time basis. We have recently dispensed with the services of our cleaner, it wasn't going...