Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Week in Focus: 18th to 24th October 2014

This week’s weather was again dominated by Atlantic low pressure systems – initially delivering a warm, southerly airstream with temperatures up to 20°C – before the winds turned strong north-westerly on 20th-21st as the tail-end of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo hit the … Continue reading

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Azores High?

Possibly. I was driving back from a meeting in St Neots when, at about 4 pm, the phone buzzed and a tweet from Steve Fisher flashed up: Azorean type ad layby islands stanwick @bonxie #northantsbirds By good fortune I was … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 11th to 17th October 2014

Atlantic low pressure systems shaped the weather for the week, a particularly deep low crossing the UK on 13th, bringing with it strong north-easterly winds and rain and displaced seabirds inland in several counties. Northamptonshire’s share was, as usual, meagre … Continue reading

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Grey Phalarope

Mid-October, low pressure, tightly-packed isobars, strong winds and rain = inland seabirds, although not many – as is usual for Northamptonshire. After a couple of foul weather fly-bys, including one watched briefly by Gary Pullan at Hollowell Res on Monday … Continue reading

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French Made

Clues to the origin of our Great White Egrets Tempting as it is to believe that our Great White Egrets originate from The Netherlands (and some may well do so) it appears that the colour-ringed individual currently at Pitsford Reservoir … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 4th to 10th October 2014

A succession of Atlantic lows introduced intermittent periods of rain on predominantly south-westerly winds, which brought temperatures back in line with the average for the time of year. A Cackling Goose – undoubtedly an escape – was found at Stanford … Continue reading

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White Noise

Great White Egrets in Northamptonshire I remember when they were rare. A long drive to Scaling Dam Reservoir in North Yorkshire with Chris Ingram in June 1974 ended in a car crash, the journey to site completed by bus, followed … Continue reading

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