Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Week in Focus, 23rd to 29th July 2016

Last week’s hot and humid air ebbed away after the weekend, being replaced by fresher conditions on the back of a restored westerly airstream from the North Atlantic. The autumn’s second Great White Egret appeared, while migrant waders continued to … Continue reading

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The Status of Red Grouse in Northamptonshire

Vagrant. The only county record was of a male shot near Warkworth in November 1892. It’s as simple as that. But its status in the UK is a different thing altogether as this species plays a pivotal role in determining the … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus, 16th to 22nd July

In complete contrast to last week’s rather bland and dreary weather conditions, the wind swung south as a high pressure system crossed Europe, dragging hot and humid air from the Iberian Peninsula and raising local temperatures to the mid-thirties. A … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus, 9th to 15th July 2016

There was little change in either the weather or the birds from last week. West to south-westerly winds, sunny spells and lower than hoped-for temperatures continue to be the hallmarks of a generally lacklustre summer. Waders continued to trickle through … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus, 2nd to 8th July 2016

Despite the continued westerly airstream, the weather remained largely dry with temperatures around average at best. Few new migrants were reported during the period. The presumed escaped Pitsford Res Cackling Goose, showing characteristics of the race taverneri, was still among … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus, 25th June to 1st July 2016

More Atlantic weather systems produced largely overcast skies and frequent showers on the back of a westerly airstream, while traditional ‘summer’ weather has yet to emerge. Finding anything new proved hard graft for most, although a certain high flying raptor … Continue reading

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