Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Week in Focus: 24th to 30th August 2013

A strong easterly element to the wind direction in the early part of the week resulted in a busy time for local birders with 24th seeing a significant arrival of new birds. The first Wigeon of the autumn arrived this … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 17th to 23rd August 2013

A warm southerly airstream ensured continued warm weather throughout the week and may have contributed to the appearance of a species not seen in Northamptonshire for at least one hundred and thirty years … Two Egyptian Geese were at Ditchford … Continue reading

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The Harrington Woodchat Shrike

When Wellingborough birder John Trimble paid a visit to Harrington Airfield this morning little did he expect to find a national rarity. Perched prominently on a dog rose, just past the first bunker, was a cracking juvenile Woodchat Shrike! This … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 10th to 16th August 2013

Mixed weather conditions combined with a largely westerly airstream to produce little in the way of new birds this week. A Ross’s Goose was discovered at Stanwick GP on 11th and was still present there on 13th. Although this species … Continue reading

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Ross’s Goose at Stanwick GP

It doesn’t say much for your birding day when the best bird on the tally is an escape. But today it was. I have not seen a Ross’s Goose in Northants before. Norfolk with thousands of Pinkfeet, in the winter, … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 3rd to 9th August 2013

After a prolonged period of summer heat, temperatures returned to near normal this week in an almost continuous south-westerly airstream, which also brought heavy rain on 5th. Autumn migration began to gather pace. The eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard remained at … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 27th July to 2nd August 2013

Temperatures remained relatively high and heavy showers hit the County on 27th and 29th, causing water levels to rise slightly at local bodies of water. With migration now well under way, a number of interesting visitors were discovered as the … Continue reading

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