Monthly Archives: November 2011

Still in there – Slavonian Grebe

One might be forgiven for becoming somewhat blasé about Slavonian Grebes occurring in the County this year. After all, there was the long-stayer which first appeared at Earls Barton GP in late May, quickly relocating to Pitsford Reservoir for a … Continue reading

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No shortage of ‘Shorties’

This autumn has seen significant arrivals of Short-eared Owls in the UK with many crossing the North Sea from Scandinavia and some even turning up on North Sea gas rigs (as highlighted in the BBC’s Autumnwatch last week) as well … Continue reading

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Cross-billed Great Tit

Chris Payne trapped this Great Tit with a strikingly malformed bill in Greens Norton recently. It was trapped twice and appears to be coping well with its deformity and maintaining its average weight.               Such deformities … Continue reading

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Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Clifford Hill

A Dark-bellied Brent Goose has been present with the goose flock on the main barrage lake at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits since Wednesday 2nd November, when it was found by Pete User. A first-winter (white-fringed secondaries and greater coverts and … Continue reading

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More on ‘Goldpolls’

Following my further attempts to discover the origin of ‘Goldpolls’ Hein Van Grouw (Curator, Bird Group, Department of Zoology at The Natural History Museum, Tring)kindly commented on the Stanford individual as follows:  There is a genetic cause (mutation) known that … Continue reading

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