Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Week in Focus: 18th to 24th April 2015

Another week of above average temperatures saw further arrivals of summer visitors and the brief reappearance of a rarity from March. With all the county’s wetlands free from the clutter of winter wildfowl a drake Garganey at Summer Leys LNR … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 11th to 17th April 2015

Following a blustery start, another week of light winds and above average temperatures ensued, providing ideal conditions for more north-bound migrants … Departing winter ducks included four Pintails, which dropped into Daventry CP on 14th, while a pair of Garganeys … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus: 4th to 10th April 2015

A remarkably dry and settled week, which saw temperatures hit the low twenties and variable light south-westerly to south-easterly winds wafting Saharan dust our way at the week’s end. Such conditions proved, as ever, conducive to northbound migrants and the … Continue reading

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Oozing Quality

Shy, skulking, skittish. Migrant Ring Ouzels can be really hard to get good views of and often it’s just the tail-end of a chacking ‘black’ bird disappearing over a hedge, if you’re lucky. Sometimes, though, things can be quite different … Continue reading

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Avocet ‘Invasion’ Sparks Mini-Twitch

Avocets are scarce passage migrants in Northants, mainly in spring, but they are by no means annual. When Bob Bullock found one at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits yesterday morning it seemed like we had achieved our year’s quota for 2015. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks in Focus: 21st March to 3rd April 2015

The first week of the period enjoyed relatively mild conditions facilitated by light south-westerlies – all this in stark contrast to the unsettled second week, which featured gale-force winds and intermittent squally showers. With most of the winter wildfowl well … Continue reading

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The Magic of the Med

They rarely linger in Northants or oblige with such close, prolonged views. This second-summer Mediterranean Gull is currently doing both. Since I found it last Sunday morning it appears to have become a bit of a celebrity among the Black-headed … Continue reading

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