Monthly Archives: November 2013

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

A largely dry week with depressed temperatures, overnight frost on 25th and a north to north-westerly airstream saw the arrival of a few more winter visitors. Two Egyptian Geese were at Ditchford GP on 24th, the floating drake Mandarin Duck … Continue reading

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

Westerly winds swung northerly during the week, bringing colder temperatures and a mixture of sunshine and showers. A herd of twenty-four Bewick’s Swans – an impressive number by today’s standards – arrived at Clifford Hill GP prior to dusk in … Continue reading

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The Stanwick GP Ring-necked Duck

This afternoon Steve Fisher found Northamptonshire’s 4th Ring-necked Duck at Stanwick Gravel Pits. A female, it spent a couple of hours in the north-east corner of the A45 Lay-by Pit before flying to the island at around 16.15. Perhaps this … Continue reading

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The Stortons Bearded Tits

On 27th October I was pleased to find two Bearded Tits in the main reedbed at Stortons Gravel Pits. Always great to see, especially locally, I was alerted to their presence by the familiar ‘chuwing’ calls coming from the reeds … Continue reading

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

The week started cool with overnight frosts on 9th and 12th giving way to milder, though cold, mixed weather throughout, the winds remaining largely westerly. A number of new birds were found during the early part of the period. An … Continue reading

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

A cool and blustery start to the week and, with the winds remaining largely westerly, few new birds were found locally. Two Barnacle Geese attracting the usual caveat ‘of unknown origin’ (but obviously feral) were found this week, with one … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 26th October to 1st November 2013

The strong west to south-westerly airstream continued unabated, culminating in ‘Hurricane St Jude’, which brought devastating winds and rain to areas of southern Britain on 28th, although Northants remained unscathed. The hope of a wreck of inland seabirds went unfulfilled … Continue reading

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