Monthly Archives: December 2013

Twitching the Dutch Hawk Owl … on the fly

An out of county interlude – allowable, I think … It was too good an opportunity to miss. A pre-planned business trip to Utrecht and a long-staying Hawk Owl less than an hour away (52 mins by train + 5 … Continue reading

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Hume’s Warbler in Northants … and how to see it

Hume’s Warbler, Hume’s Yellow-browed Warbler, Hume’s Leaf Warbler – it’s the same whichever way you cut it. Once regarded as a race of Yellow-browed, it was split by the BOU in the late nineties and, with approximately 123 UK records, … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 30th November to 6th December 2013

A westerly airstream prevailed, turning northerly at the week’s end with severe gales and flooding devastating parts of east coast Britain while Northamptonshire remained relatively unscathed. A few more winter visitors and scarcities were found in the early part of … Continue reading

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Go Gulling !

1st December is officially the first day of winter and the first Iceland Gull of the season has already appeared at Ditchford Gravel Pits. Many birders find gull identification problematic although it need not be so. Help is at hand! … Continue reading

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Coal and Candlelight: the Earls Barton Long-tailed Ducks

You wait seven years for one and then three come along together – well, almost. After Neil Hasdell found the first Northants Long-tailed Duck since 2006, at Pitsford Reservoir on 23rd November, it promptly disappeared before another was discovered by … Continue reading

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