Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Week in Focus: 21st to 27th November 2015

Largely dry conditions prevailed although a strong, northerly airstream was in place on 21st, temporarily displacing the hitherto mild autumn weather and delivering the first local frost of the autumn on 22nd. A herd of fourteen Whooper Swans flying north … Continue reading

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Siberian Chiffchaffs

It’s still there! After Doug McFarlane had brief views, and managed a long range shot, of a greyish ‘Chiffchaff’ in the willows between the yacht club and the dam at Pitsford last Friday, I decided to have a look at … Continue reading

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Two Weeks in Focus: 7th to 20th November 2015

The mild weather of the previous two weeks continued unabated as west to south-westerly winds helped to maintain unseasonally high temperatures, while also producing storm-force winds halfway through the review period. The first Pink-footed Geese of the winter appeared on … Continue reading

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Hybrid Wigeon

This very striking drake, found yesterday on Earls Barton GP’s Mary’s Lake by Kim Taylor, looked initially like it might be an American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid but it soon became clear it is actually a Chiloe Wigeon x … Continue reading

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Great Northern Diver

At Stanwick GP on 11th November and uncharacteristically short-staying. They are not annual but November is the peak month for arrivals in the county and this one’s a bit special on two counts. Firstly it’s a first for Stanwick, which appears never … Continue reading

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Stanwick Caspian Gull does Dunge!

Remember this juvenile Caspian Gull at Stanwick in September? Steve Fisher, the observer, has just had the news back on its origin. Its red ring, numbered 85P5, indicates it was ringed as a nestling in a Caspian Gull colony at … Continue reading

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Starling murmurations

A number of people have been in touch to ask about the best place to see Starling murmurations in Northamptonshire. At present there appears to be only two sites – Titchmarsh LNR at Thrapston Gravel Pits, where one is currently … Continue reading

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