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Goater’s Blog: In Scotland; oh no, Thrushes.

I’ve been based at our Scottish office since mid-summer and work has taken on a different ‘feel’.  Less of the urban fringe and more of the  hill and bog would sum it up pretty well.  There are other differences too, with the changing season; Pink-footed Geese, newly arrived from Iceland and so high above the Forth as to be almost invisible, though their emotive
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The Eyes Have it.

When I lie in my bed looking at the patterned curtains or the knots in the wooden ceiling, I see faces formed by triangles of marks, which my brain tells me are eyes and noses.  There are cats, weasels, humans, other apes and many more – all animals with forward-facing eyes. We seem to be programmed to notice and recognise such faces, and this is
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Goater’s Blog: One good Tern deserves another.

  The 6th July saw the 17th record of Caspian Tern at Minsmere, that well-known RSPB reserve on the Suffolk coast. A weekly round-up of interesting bird sightings in the UK, available from Rare Bird Alert to subscribers, showed that the previous 16 records spanned the years between 1961 and 1996, but with no records at all from the 1970s. But,
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Goater’s Blog: Follow that Woodcock!

Adult woodcock, the books said, may transport their young one by one, away from danger, by carrying them between their legs as they fly. Well, I though it was an old gamekeepers’ tale unlikely to be true until I saw it happen some years ago in the New Forest. There, in early morning daylight near Crockford Bridge, I kicked up
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