Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid

While searching for the female Scaup reported from Sixfields Lake at Stortons GP yesterday, I came across this interesting-looking duck. It was obvious among the Pochards on the lake by virtue of its overall darkness compared to ‘standard’ drake Pochard, … Continue reading

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The Gill and the Gloss

It’s been thirty-three years since I last saw a Brϋnnich’s Guillemot. The towering cliffs looking out over the cobalt-blue Barents Sea at the mouth of Varangerfjord – wild, windswept and bustling with breeding seabirds – was the location with that … Continue reading

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Great Northern Diver location

I’ve had a few requests for precise location of the ‘Holly Tree’ mentioned in the Great Northern Diver reports. Here it is: 

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Portrait of a Diver: the Pitsford Great Northern

The juvenile Great Northern Diver, present at Pitsford Reservoir since 15th December, has been showing rather well, presenting superb photographic opportunities for visiting birders. Here are a few. … and some ropey video … Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 14th to 20th December 2013

The weather remained mixed and temperatures unseasonally high throughout the period, with a low pressure system centred just north of the UK bringing gale force west to south-westerly winds toward the week’s end. Another potential first for Northants was discovered … Continue reading

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The probable American Herring Gull at Ditchford Gravel Pits

Yesterday, in the last hour of daylight, Martin Elliott found a promising candidate for a second-winter American Herring Gull on the Watersports Pit at Ditchford GP,  immediately west of Ditchford Lane. Fittingly, this was during one of Martin’s gull ageing … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 7th to 13th December 2013

A potential ‘first’ for Northamptonshire was identified at the beginning of a week which remained mild and mainly dry throughout with a warm south-westerly airstream bringing damp conditions towards its end. Two Egyptian Geese remained at Thrapston GP until at … Continue reading

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