Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Week in Focus: 20th to 26th April 2013

The week remained relatively warm and dry with light winds predominantly from the south and west – ideal conditions for spring migrants moving through the UK. With the wintering duck all but departed drake Mandarin Ducks were found at Ashton … Continue reading

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Ring-billed Gull at Stanwick Gravel Pits

During late afternoon on Monday 22nd April, Steve Fisher was birding at his local patch, Stanwick Gravel Pits, when, at about five o’clock, he discovered a second calendar year (first-summer) Ring-billed Gull in the north-east corner of the main lake. … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 13th to 19th April 2013

A strong southerly airstream prevailed throughout the week, the floodgates opened and spring migrants and summer visitors poured in. A Barnacle Goose at Deene Lake on 15th was no doubt feral, nevertheless a ‘C list’ bird, as were the 2 … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 6th to 12th April 2013

The sustained high pressure system responsible for the prolonged easterly airstream finally gave way to an Atlantic low, adding a southerly element to the wind direction, raising temperatures and delivering rain at the week’s end. More migrants appeared. The relatively … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 30th March to 5th April 2013

The easterly airstream continued with temperatures remaining well below average. It was difficult to ascertain if the paucity of records of common summer migrants was a product of the adverse weather or the result of birders not venturing out to … Continue reading

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