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30 August 2021

August and September are good months to birdwatch while sailing around the coast. It is quieter out on the water; the...

19 July 2021

How much of Scotland’s birdlife are we yet to discover? This might seem like a silly question to ask about a small...


06 July 2021

I’ve been fascinated by nature since I was little, which developed into a more academic interest in species diversity...

21 December 2020
Redpoll taxonomy

Every reader of Scottish Birds will of course be familiar with the name...

01 June 2021

For many birders, myself included, a good working knowledge of songs and calls is a...

17 November 2020

For me, the sound of Pink-footed Goose calls epitomises the changing of seasons. Thousands of geese return to our...

03 May 2021

With much of the past year spent in lockdown, confined to our gardens and local green spaces, birding opportunities...

12 October 2020

South of Scotland Golden Eagle journeys to the Pennine Hills for the first time during...

12 April 2021

Welcome to spring! The sound of geese (Pink-footed) in the air fades as the birds head north to their breeding...

17 September 2020

For some 27 years I was an upland birder, with my home being within walking distance of the Lammermuirs. A 15-minute...

19 January 2021

Towards the end of autumn, I always anticipate whether we will see an irruption of (Bohemian) Waxwing (Bombycilla...

25 August 2020

My first day of becoming a serious birdwatcher was 15th July 1977 – when we had a family trip to Tilgate Park near...

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