Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fulmar at Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Following the somewhat tongue-in-cheek story about Fulmar ‘breeding’ in Northamptonshire a couple of weeks ago, it’s a bizarre coincidence that one should turn up at Ravensthorpe Reservoir this week. Fulmar, Ravensthorpe Res, 26th February 2014 (Bob Bullock) There have been … Continue reading

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Marbled Duck at Stanwick Gravel Pits

The Marbled Duck, first discovered by Steve Fisher at Stanwick GP’s main lake on 13th January and still present today, promptly disappeared almost immediately until rediscovery on 19th February. Or did it? With persistent inclement weather, rising water levels and … Continue reading

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Peregrine Survey

This spring the BTO is organising a nationwide Peregrine survey to record the number of occupied territories in the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Details are on the BTO website here and they will be working closely with established … Continue reading

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Champions of the Flyway

I am delighted to be taking part in the Champions of the Flyway bird race in Israel, which is being staged by The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (BirdLife’s national partner in Israel) and is a BirdLife International Migratory Birds … Continue reading

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Blast from the past: Fulmar ‘breeding’ in Northamptonshire

I received a nice letter today from Jan Pickup, daughter of AJB (‘Tommo’) Thompson, who was an eminent Northamptonshire birder in the latter part of the last century.  Jan and husband, Tony, had kindly given me some literature which formerly … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 8th to 14th February 2014

The relentless, fast moving depressions from the Atlantic continued to batter Britain while local floodwater levels continued to rise in the Nene Valley and elsewhere. The first signs of early spring passage were evident on 10th. Great weather for ducks, … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 1st to 7th February

The week remained mild as an incessant onslaught of depressions in off the Atlantic brought more rain and gale force winds. Few new birds were found locally. Escapes maintained the status quo this week with the Ross’s Goose still at … Continue reading

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