Monthly Archives: October 2012

What the … ??!!! The answer.

Referring to What the … !!!?? posted on 29th October. When I first saw the image below I was initially intrigued. It looked kind of familiar, of course, but the pink upper breast and light streaking reminded me of Linnet, … Continue reading

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Black magic

They have been particularly scarce in Northants this year with only two records (I think), so this fine male on the roof of a house in Upper Boddington a couple of days ago was a nice find for the photographer! … Continue reading

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What the … !!!??

Seen and photographed in Northamptonshire over the weekend! What is it? Have a go at identifying it. Answer (including photographer and location) on Wednesday! 

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Firecrest sets dull Tuesday ablaze!

A Firecrest is guaranteed to brighten the most dismal of days and the dank, drizzly conditions of Tuesday, 23rd October was one such miserable day in an extended period of late autumn gloom. Happily for Mick Townsend of the Stanford … Continue reading

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Under the spotlight: the Pitsford ‘Caspian Gull’

Hanging out on boats, buoys and just about anything which provides a suitable loafing site, since late August a fourth-winter large, white-headed gull has been almost resident at Pitsford Reservoir’s yacht club. Identified by some as a Caspian Gull, it … Continue reading

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From the long grass … Richard’s Pipit at Borough Hill

I received a text from Gary Pullan, late this morning, advising that Mark Spirito had just seen a large pipit with a ‘sparrow-like call’ to the right of the concrete track, which runs north-south along the top of Borough Hill. … Continue reading

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