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Crane Spotter: tales from a Cranleigh birder

Crane Spotter: tales from a Cranleigh birder

The Greenfinch, that chirpy House Sparrow sized-visitor to the garden and bird table, is in trouble. I was seeing up to 140 in flocks around farms in the Cranleigh area only 18 years ago. And until recent times this tubby songster put in daily winter appearances for just about everybody who cared to feed it. As we ...

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Crane Spotter – January – Waxwing lyrical

Crane Spotter – January – Waxwing lyrical

If ever a bird got even non-birdwatchers interested then it is the Waxwing. Starling-sized and silky feathered, it is a fruit of harsher winters further north. Also called the Bohemian Waxwing, this strikingly beautiful and often tame species is pinkish brown with orange tinges around the face. It has a ...

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Crane Spotter – November – Fireworks Have Arrived

Crane Spotter – November – Fireworks Have Arrived

November – fireworks have arrived The boys are back in town! Or village, if that’s what you prefer to call it. And the girls too. I’m talking of Siskins, those tiny finches that brighten many a dull winter day in and around the Surrey Hills.   So far it has been something of a mini invasion. Scores of ...

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