Monthly Archives: December 2017

Rarity Round-up, 23rd to 29th December 2017

Despite the week’s weather being influenced by a largely westerly airstream, resulting in a mild first half of the period, the winds turned northerly for a short spell during the second half, bringing low temperatures and snow, which was heaviest … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 16th to 22nd December 2017

The cold, northerly airstream in place at the beginning of the week ultimately gave way to warm air from the Atlantic, resulting in damp, foggy conditions and a local daytime temperature peak of 11ºC, 5ºC above average, at the week’s … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 9th to 15th December 2017

The low temperatures experienced at the end of last week continued well into the period with dramatic effect. Warm, moist, Atlantic air from the south-west met high Arctic air sweeping south over the Midlands, resulting in persistent snow across Northamptonshire … Continue reading

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Blackcap Central

With nearly two weeks of winter behind us and a blast of cold, Arctic air dramatically influencing our weather conditions, increasing numbers of Blackcaps have been reported in local gardens over the past days. Previously dubbed ‘Central European Blackcaps’, their … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 2nd 8th December 2017

A largely dry week, dominated in the first six days by north-westerly to south-westerly winds, culminated in a strong northerly airflow and plummeting temperatures on the last day. Highlights included a lingering Great Northern Diver, the first Smew of the … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 25th November to 1st December 2017

Under the influence of an enduring northerly airstream, including light snow showers early on the first day, the week which dipped its toe into winter delivered no further surprises for local birders. An accessible Great Northern Diver and the continuing … Continue reading

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