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David Gascoigne
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Life long birder. Married to Miriam Bauman. Loves to travel. Enjoys a good book and a good glass of wine.
Life long birder. Married to Miriam Bauman. Loves to travel. Enjoys a good book and a good glass of wine.

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Radio Tagging Barn Swallows (Hirondelles rustiques) at SpruceHaven and Blaze Farm
31 July 2018       The highlight of our Barn Swallow ( Hirundo rustica ) year is when we get to attach radio tags to some of our birds so that we are able track them when they leave the barns where they have spent the summer and follow them as they move aro...
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Book Review - The Bee - A Natural History, Princeton University Press
     As a lifelong birder I never gave bees much thought beyond the fact that they were an important food source for Bee-eaters (family Meopidae ) and that their honey led to the fascinating behaviour of Honeyguides (family Indicatoridae ).       All of tha...
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Barn Swallows (Hirondelles rustiques) Ready to face the World
30 July 2018       When you work with Barn Swallows ( Hirundo rustica ) as much as I do, you develop a special attachment to the birds, and in a way they become like family.      Many of the young birds that have hatched this year have left the nest but the...
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West Perth Wetland, Mitchell, ON
28 July 2018      Our good friend John Sanderson recently had hip replacement surgery and is recovering nicely. In order to give his hip a test drive, so to speak, we accompanied him and Geraldine to one of their favourite birding areas. John did well and h...
West Perth Wetland, Mitchell, ON
West Perth Wetland, Mitchell, ON
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The North Shore of Lake Ontario
21 July 2018      My day started well when I met Heather at SpruceHaven to band one nest of Barn Swallows ( Hirundo rustica ) and one of Eastern Bluebirds ( Sialia sialis ). The swallow nest contained five healthy young birds and the bluebird nest three equ...
The North Shore of Lake Ontario
The North Shore of Lake Ontario
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Barn Swallows at Blaze Farm
      We are now well into our second season of monitoring Barn Swallows ( Hirundo rustica )  at the above location, hitherto referred to only as "the other farm." It was unclear to us whether the owners wished to have their property identified, but we have...
Barn Swallows at Blaze Farm
Barn Swallows at Blaze Farm
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A Sunday morning Butterfly Chase
08 July 2018       Although a birder first, foremost and always, there is not a single aspect of the natural world that fails to capture my interest. I have different levels of proficiency (or in some cases a decided lack thereof) of various taxa.      One ...
A Sunday morning Butterfly Chase
A Sunday morning Butterfly Chase
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Nature in the Summer
      For the second year in a row I have been involved in monitoring an artificial mound designed to encourage Sand Martins ( Riparia riparia ) to nest there.       Unfortunately, this structure has been a complete failure both years. There has not been th...
Nature in the Summer
Nature in the Summer
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Caspian Tern (Sterne caspienne)
      Those of you who read my blog regularly will recognize the name Franc Gorenc and know that Franc is a photographer sans pareil who acts as official photographer on our Tuesday Rambles, and unselfishly permits me to use his pictures in any way that I s...
Caspian Tern (Sterne caspienne)
Caspian Tern (Sterne caspienne)
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Book Review - Birds of Chile, A Photo Guide - Princeton University Press
      I cut my birding teeth on conventional field guides and confess to having had until quite recently a preference for artwork versus photography. The premise was that a skilled wildlife illustrator (and there are many I admire) could render an image of ...
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