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Keeping your eyes peeled for a special winter visitor

WHEN most people are throwing another sod of turf on the fire and wrapping themselves in extra-thick jumpers, our whitewashed hills cast a magnetic-like spell on Dúlra. They’ll call him like a homing pigeon and he’ll find himself slipping on the waterboots, grabbing the walking stick and binoculars and heading to places others find inhospitable. […]

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And then there was none

  Dúlra’s garden is like the surface of the moon. It’s an abandoned, windswept desert. Yesterday three feeders were packed full of scrumptious food, an irresistible seed mix was as usual scattered generously on the path and a couple of heels of bread thrown onto the lawn along with a few over-ripe apples for good […]

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Captured on the canvas of a glass window

  THE afternoon silence was shattered by a loud thump on the window and Dúlra jumped from his armchair, almost spilling his mug of tea. He knew immediately what it was – a bird. The odd one still flies into the conservatory window despite it now being covered with clearly visible stickers. Maybe it’s the […]

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The beautiful little bird with the big attitude

  IT couldn’t be easy knowing you’re going to end up in a sparrowhawk’s stomach – and sooner rather than later. That’s the fate of the vast majority of our goldcrests. These tiny birds – the smallest in Europe – weigh the same as a single sheet of paper. But for sparrowhawks they’re a delicacy […]

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A thing of beauty among the waste ground

  It’s funny how the wonders of nature can lift your spirits. If you’ve had a hard day at work or if the family’s testing your patience, even one of creation’s smallest, lightest creatures can brighten your day. And sometimes in the most unlikely of places. This wee patch of overgrown greenery, right, sits in […]

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Joining in the autumn feast on our doorstep

  Dúlra’s thinking of getting a wee stall down St George’s market and he’s going to make a killing. Because he’s got a brilliant idea that will fly off the shelves. He’s going to call it Black Mountain in a Bottle. And as he learned this week, it’s not all that hard to make this […]

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