Birds From My Rocking Chair

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I enjoy watching birds ... the colour and sound and light, the changing days, the birds of the wood and of the field; its woven embroidery so beautiful, because without design ... - so wrote Richard Jefferies, a constant companion, and inspiration, throughout my life; there is always one of his books on the coffee table. His writings as fresh today as they were in the 1800’s.

distant bells 
across the vale
skylark sing 

So with a nod to those who started me out as a 'proper' birdwatcher, the following passage from Rosamund Richardson, herself an admirer of Richard Jefferies, I think says it all ...

The great silence of waterscapes. That evening a single tree on the shore of Hickling Broad was reflected between low-lying strands of land. Reeds made squiggly lines in the water, masts and rigging of sleeping boats impaled an orange sky splashed with magenta and lavender and blue. The orb of the sun turned to gold. A family of Great Crested Grebe floated in silhouette on water ablaze in a final fling of tomato-red and violet. Sunset in the water, fading into darkness as the flames of day melted into the blue dark.

Waiting for the Albino Dunnock Rosamond Richardson 2017.

Could I, through my own writing, evoke such a mood or ‘spirit of place’ ... could I awaken a memory - half forgotten since childhood ... could I capture the essence of the countryside - it’s sight, its sound, and smell ... could I capture the ‘beauty of the moment’ ... I’ll have a damn good go!

So welcome to my blog. A celebration of birds - in art and anecdote, poetry and prose - part memoir, part anthology, part nature writing, with biographical snippets about various artists and writers - that brings the birds of my childhood back to brilliant life. I hope you enjoy it, and in it find something fresh and new and that watching birds for you, too, becomes in the words of Viscount Grey (after Warde Fowler) ‘a pleasant path for recreation’.

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I've drawn extensively on the resources of the Richard Jefferies Society in particular the Blog managed by Dr Rebecca Welshman with Simon Coleman who have already done much of the transcription of Jefferies writings enabling me to reference quite long passages without having to copy type from the original text of his books and essays.

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Cynthia Reyes
Cynthia Reyes

I’m liking your blog. Thank you!

Martin Smith

Hello Clive. You’ve recently liked my local patch blog about Hut Wood in Hampshire, so I read yours. Fascinating. Thanks very much. Ornitheology is a lovely word

Marie E Good

What a lovely blog you have here. I’m Marie Elena from Poetic Bloomings with Walt Wojtanik. My personal little site is pictured words, which I see you have kindly visited as well. Thank you! Like you, I’m a lover of poetry, and of birds. I used to live on Audobon Lane in Poland Ohio. The street was appropriately named. The variety of birds was astounding. My husband and I have feeders where we currently live in northwest Ohio. Our area is well known for being a significant migratory path. I was trying to figure out how to follow your blog.… Read more »


Hello Clive, I’m so glad that you came across my blog – it has meant that I’ve discovered yours! I’m going to enjoy it here 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more as time allows.


I’m enjoying your wanderings and their sounds so much.


I’m enjoying your wanderings and their sounds so much. Unfortunately I’m finding it difficult to leave a comment or even a like!