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The Clerk in the Country

Friday 23rd July 2021 Learning to chirp Imitating sparrows was a favourite occupation of my childhood budgerigar, who answered their chirps and joined in with their chittering squabbles, running up and down his perch with enthusiasm.   By contrast, in the …

Posted - 24/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 16th July 2021 Why don’t sparrows sing? Thank you to one of our readers who inspired this blog entry by posing the question: why don’t sparrows sing?  I consulted a near neighbour on this point and, as expected, his …

Posted - 17/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in a City

Friday 9th July 2021 A World Upside Down A journey to Ely takes you across one of the most striking landscapes in the country, where roads, railways and even rivers and ditches run on banks between the arable fields.  Drained …

Posted - 10/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in a City

Friday 2nd July 2021 The Eels of Ely The name Ely is popularly thought to derive from its location in an area where eels were abundant, although there is doubt about this because it seems eels may have been known …

Posted - 4/07/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in a City

Friday 25th June 2021 From 0 – 200 mph in a couple of weeks! My holiday was spent in Ely, a delightful combination of cathedral city and market town with two interesting little museums, a variety of boats on the …

Posted - 26/06/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 4th June 2021 Coo! Having learned to recognise my pigeon neighbours, I’ve also begun to distinguish their calls. The Woodpigeon’s is the most complex: “Coo coooo coo coocoo cu”* which, as far as I can understand, translates as “Where …

Posted - 6/06/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 28th May 2021 More “Pigeons” Several Woodpigeons have made their home in the neighbourhood of mine, but I’ve seen only one pair of Stock Doves (or perhaps only one pair at a time), pictured in last week’s photograph.  Noticeably …

Posted - 31/05/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 21st May 2021 Dino-birds Unusually, my visit to the Lodge to dispatch our latest newsletter took place in warm sunshine rather than torrential rain, allowing me to take a leisurely look around the Museum Gardens as I walked to …

Posted - 22/05/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 7th May 2021 Mechanical horses By my early childhood the famous “little grey Fergie” tractors of the post-war period had been superseded by distinctive white David Browns, surely an impractical choice of colour for farm work, and a series …

Posted - 9/05/2021 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 30th April 2021 End of an era Passing a milestone birthday recently set me thinking about my childhood, in a time which already seems part of history.  My earliest memory is of my mother lifting me up to look …

Posted - 1/05/2021 | Read more