Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Week in Focus: 23rd to 29th March 2013

The cold easterly blast, which brought well below average temperatures to most of Britain continued, although things began to hot up as spring migrants appeared undeterred by the adverse weather. Having disappeared last week, the five Egyptian Geese were back … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 16th to 22nd March 2013

A high pressure system located to the north-east of the UK ensured a constant, cold easterly airstream, suppressing temperatures and producing snow as it collided with the warmer, moist Atlantic air at both the beginning and the end of the … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 9th to 15th March 2013

A dramatic return to sub-zero overnight temperatures and snow flurries did not appear to stop the first spring migrants pushing through the County, although the few summer visitors recorded this week will have struggled to make significant progress against the … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 2nd to 8th March 2013

The week continued mainly mild with few new birds being discovered during the period and the first suggestion that some winter visitors were beginning to depart. The eight White-fronted Geese at Clifford Hill GP remained until 2nd as did the … Continue reading

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Glaucous Gull at Ditchford GP

This winter, in contrast to last, ‘white-winged’ gulls have been difficult  to catch up with at Ditchford Gravel Pits, the only ‘regular’ wintering site in recent years for Glaucous and Iceland Gulls in Northants. Since the first one turned up … Continue reading

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Redpoll ‘Lite’

Following the occurrence of a pale redpoll sp. (Mealy or Lesser) in my garden recently, Neil McMahon offered to come along and set up his mist-nets in an attempt to trap and identify the bird. If he didn’t trap it … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 23rd February to 1st March 2013

A largely dry week with ‘spring-like’ weather during the latter half saw a trickle of new arrivals in the County. The eight White-fronted Geese at Clifford Hill GP remained all week, feeding with the resident Greylags and Canadas in the … Continue reading

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