Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Pitsford Red-necked Grebe

Last week’s Red-necked Grebe, found by David Arden at Pitsford Reservoir on Wednesday 19th March, is the first in Northamptonshire since 22nd November 2008, when one paid a brief visit to Stanwick GP. An analysis of the last thirty years’ … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 15th to 21st March 2014

The week started warm, bright and dry under a continued south-westerly airstream, which turned more westerly with falling temperatures as the week progressed. However, it remained relatively mild and largely dry, providing ideal conditions for the arrival of more spring … Continue reading

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

A high pressure system became established over the UK from the beginning of the week, bringing mild, settled conditions with 19-20°C recorded locally on 9th. Such conditions were clearly conducive to migration and several early summer visitors were found, along … Continue reading

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Not all winter whitethroats are eastern …

My old buddy Pete Campbell, who divides his time between Northants and the Isle of Wight, sent these images of a Lesser Whitethroat taken in his garden on the island on 7th March. It has been present daily since January. … Continue reading

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Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat: it’s back!

After an absence of forty-seven days, the ‘eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat, which had made sporadic appearances in Dave Jackson’s Northampton garden back in January, returned today. Dave managed to capture some images which partly show the tail pattern – a largely … Continue reading

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The Weeks in Focus: 1st to 7th March 2014

A quiet and generally mild week with occasional moderate rainfall and a mainly south-westerly airstream heralded conditions conducive to spring migrants, although local birders were left wanting … Sporadic appearances of two Egyptian Geese at Ditchford GP continued with their … Continue reading

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Two Weeks in Focus: 15th to 28th February 2014

Much to the relief of many, the Atlantic depressions in the week prior to this reporting period appeared to have run out of steam, resulting in relatively calmer conditions for birding. Signs of spring migration were thin but tangible … … Continue reading

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