On a wing and a prayer for our old friend Ron

The heron that was regular feature in our garden since we raised it from a lost fledgling to adulthood has been absent for three weeks, presumed dead.

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Pine marten may have threatened the local heronry

It seems our ‘domestic’, but still wild, heron, Ron, has ‘gone west’ and we find we miss him, scanning skies, balconies, rooftops and canopies ...

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Vocabulary of wild flowers worth noticing for their story

Eastertide, and time for a longish walk-a-day for three days. We are promised blue skies and warm sunshine all over Ireland but it doesn’t happen here in West ...

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Wealth inequality behind the extinction of mammals

IIN January 2019, Oxfam published figures showing that the 26 richest billionaires on earth own the same wealth as the 3.8bn people who make up the poorest half ...

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Female robin will paint town red when her mate’s away

It’s in the nature of female robins. Nevertheless, their macho partners don’t like it.

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April’s changeable weather makes for unpredictable walk

April walks are a bagatelle, new turns in the weather every half hour.

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To leave and return wakes us again to the marvellous

The thing that strikes me most about being back in Ireland is the birdsong in the evening, the number and variety of birds in full song.

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Garden heron shows himself as a New Age male

Meet Ron, the garden heron.

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Damien Enright: Pigeons’ intelligence prove their worth in pecking order

I LEARNED a lot about pigeons last week thanks to the remarkable belligerence of a sparrow. She took umbrage at a pigeon pecking the pavement near her, a fat, well-groomed ...

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