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Wanstead Birder · 2d ago

My perfect day

Today was a pretty perfect day. Having been away last weekend I was very much looking forward to a day of doing very little. Of pottering. I am a great potterer when the mood takes me, the h...
Wanstead Birder · 3d ago

Birding Hosmer Grove, Maui

There was only ever really one spot where I was going to look for the endemic Honeycreepers on Maui, and this is Hosmer Grove about half way up the road that leads to the Haleakala Observato...
Wanstead Birder · 5d ago

Everglades interlude

Predictably I got up in the middle of the night, my mistake for sleeping on the flight over. I was able to pick up my hire car early, and under an hour country music later I was pulling into...
Wanstead Birder · 6d ago

In praise of being a travel geek

I am over the Pacific somewhere. Bumpy. Our affable captain has just drawled that there might be a little chop… Typing has momentarily become more challenging, but these are the kind of sacr...
Wanstead Birder · 1w ago

Getting back to Morocco

You know that post where I mentioned Morocco, the one where I originally planned to write about how great the birds were there but instead wrote four paragraphs of drivel? Yes? Well this is ...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Nearly about Morocco

I am galivanting again, or I will be by the time you read this. This is the magic of being able to schedule blog posts to appear at any time you want. Earlier this year I could barely contai...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Migrating socks

I think I peaked too early. Wheatear on the 11thMarch, basically the first day I had been out looking for migrants. Normally I would spend far longer trawling the Flats, and in doing so woul...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

Hoi An Lanterns

The entire town is strung with innumerable silk lanterns - outside shops, along streets and waterfronts, in all the bars, restaurants and cafés. They look pretty amazing in the day, but at n...
Wanstead Birder · 1W ago

A short stay in central Vietnam

Rather than stay in Hong Kong, a city that as a family we have already "done", we went to Vietnam for something different. I say "done", I'm not sure you can ever really do Hong Kong any kin...
Wanstead Birder · 2W ago

The dating game

Here are some dates.March 16thMarch 23rdMarch 20thMarch 19thApril 10thMarch 11thThe final date is today, and is very nearly an entire month earlier than the date the precedes it. These are n...