Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Week in Focus: 22nd to 28th November 2014

The country remained largely under the influence of a south-easterly airstream for much of the week, with overnight temperatures low enough to produce frost on two consecutive days in the early part. Otherwise, intermittent mist, fog and drizzle produced murky … Continue reading

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Further Habitat Improvement for Wildfowl and Waders in the Nene Valley

It’s very satisfying to again see people working hard to improve habitat in our river valley wetlands! Following last year’s reprofiling of the peninsula on Clifford Hill Gravel Pits’ main lake, Northampton Washlands, and before that, the scrape at Summer … Continue reading

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More Gull ID Masterclasses

With winter approaching, Martin Elliott is resuming his gull ID and ageing classes in both Cornwall and Northamptonshire.  Contact Martin at

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

The country fell under the influence of an easterly or south-easterly airstream for much of the week, although it remained largely dry with temperatures around, or above, the seasonal norm. This week’s round-up is, then, a subtle blend of predictability … Continue reading

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Starling Murmuration and Sparrowhawk

The Starling murmuration at Thrapston Gravel Pits’ Titchmarsh Reserve continues to attract attention – not just from us birders but from predators, too. Alan Coles captured this Sparrowhawk on the edge of the flock, having a go, this evening. One … Continue reading

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

The weather remained relatively mild and blustery with showers and occasional heavy rain as the initial south-south-westerly winds at the beginning of the period gave way to a south-easterly airstream for the majority of the week. The Stanford Res Pink-footed … Continue reading

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‘black-fronted’ Heron

Receiving far less attention than the nearby Ring-necked Duck, this ‘black-fronted’ Grey Heron proved to be quite a striking bird. At first sight it may be easy to assume it is oiled but closer examination reveals a rather uniform density … Continue reading

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