Monthly Archives: May 2011

To the tundra

I found a flock of thirteen Ringed Plovers (with five Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover thrown in for good measure) at Hollowell Reservoir this afternoon. The Ringed Plovers all seemed to be Tundra Ringed Plovers appearing relatively small and … Continue reading

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All you ever wanted to know about optics … and more

Just back from three great days in Wetzlar, Germany, with Carl Zeiss. No birds. Just optics. A very informative two-day seminar and factory tour which really brought home the reasons why top tier optics cost what they do. Expensive? Relatively … Continue reading

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Slavonian stunner

A Slavonian Grebe in full summer plumage was found this afternoon on Mary’s Lake at Earls Barton Gravel Pits by Robin and Wendy Gossage. This species averages around two records per year in Northants – normally in the winter months – … Continue reading

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… and now Black Kite!

While working in Rutland on Thursday, 12th May, Tom Lowe ‘videoscoped’ this Black Kite after it had drifted over him, high SSE, and crossed the River Welland into Northamptonshire between Collyweston and Easton-on-the-Hill. His videograb composite, below, leaves no doubts … Continue reading

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Black Stork at Weedon

A phone call to Frank Smith from an excited farmer who was uncertain of the identity of a ‘large stork or ibis’ on his land at Weedon sent Frank over to investigate – and this was the result! A fantastic … Continue reading

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From the mist nets of Stanford

Today I spent the morning at Stanford Reservoir with John Cranfield and the Stanford Ringing Group – what a great bunch! This band (if you excuse the American pun), active at Stanford since 1976, ring up to 4,000 birds annually … Continue reading

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Wood Warbler

Publishing this rather nice photo by Bob Bullock of the singing male Wood Warbler, present for its third day today at South Wood near Corby, seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up. Wood Warbler is a scarce spring passage migrant … Continue reading

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