Monthly Archives: December 2012

A blast from the past: Sooty Tern, Ditchford Gravel Pits, May 1980

Pulling up outside John and Ruth Ward’s home in Irchester I found it difficult to decide just how I would feel about seeing it again – this time dead. I refer of course to Northamptonshire’s one and only Sooty Tern … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 22nd to 28th December 2012

Another mild and largely wet week with few new discoveries, despite it being a ‘holiday week’ with presumably more birders taking to the field. Single Shelducks were seen at Blatherwycke Lake and at Deene Lake on 23rd while other duck … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 15th to 21st December 2012

In stark contrast to the previous week, the last seven days saw the return of relatively mild, wet and windy conditions and rising floodwater. The adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose remained at Clifford Hill GP until at least 17th and the … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 8th to 14th December 2012

The continuing cold snap this week saw the further arrival of more traditional winter fare as well as the discovery of a Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Clifford Hill GP on 13th. The drake Scaup at Pitsford Res was still present … Continue reading

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2011 Northamptonshire Bird Report now out!

Northants Birds The latest Northamptonshire Bird Report, with records for 2011, is now available. Contents include full Systematic List compiled using records from more than 250 local observers, sections on Escapes and Ferals and Corrections and Additions from previous years, as … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 1st to 7th December 2012

This is the first in a new series of weekly reports which picks out the highlights from the past seven days – in this case 1st-7th December. This month usually sees the beginning of a build up of scarcer wintering … Continue reading

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Breakaway Blackcaps

Blackcaps are not an uncommon sight in Britain during the winter months nowadays. We have a ‘healthy’ wintering population of around 3,000 individuals which compares with a summer population estimate of 932,000 pairs (Birdlife International, 2004). Numbers wintering in the … Continue reading

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