Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stumping up the cash: a barrier to birding at Pitsford?

It was never the intention that Northantsbirds should become a platform for protest but this is the first of two pieces I intend to write in this vein. I am not a seasoned campaigner, nor have I really jumped on … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus 21st to 27th May 2016

Although the period was largely dry, winds from the north-west produced some rain on Saturday, followed by a sunny and relatively warm Sunday, after which it became cooler as north-easterlies set in. In comparison with the previous review period this … Continue reading

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Three Weeks in Focus 30th April to 20th May 2016

The first two weeks of May proved to be particularly rewarding for migration-watchers, the highlight of which occurred during the period 4th to 9th when high pressure over north-east Europe combined with a central European low produced a prolonged spell … Continue reading

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Rufous morph Cuckoo

Clive Bowley came across this super rufous morph (sometimes called ‘hepatic’) female Cuckoo near the feeding station at Summer Leys today. One was also seen in the vicinity about two weeks ago. I’ve heard it said about 15% of female Cuckoos … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Tit

Great Tit with deformed bill Bill deformities are widely recorded in many passerines – and with surprising regularity. Few, though, can be as eye-catching as this Great Tit, which has been visiting a garden bird feeder in Brampton Ash for the … Continue reading

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The Summer Leys Spoonbills

Ageing and Local Status Summer Leys, early morning on 7th May. A steady trickle of interesting waders throughout the previous day had encouraged a handful of birders to occupy Pioneer Hide in readiness for ‘the big one.’ As it happened … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus 23rd to 29th April 2016

Unsettled and cold weather, with below average temperatures, were the hallmarks of the last week of the month, which was characterised in the main by stiff northerly winds bringing rain, sleet and snow – albeit in mercifully small quantities across … Continue reading

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