Author Archives: Mike Alibone

Rarity Round-up, 31st August to 6th September 2019

Temperatures fell as the prevailing Atlantic airflow re-established itself, delivering brisk, breezy and mainly dry conditions on the back of variable northerly to south-westerly winds. Local birding survived on the remnants of last week’s migrant rush, the usual long-stayers were … Continue reading

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A gull which doesn’t quite fit the bill

A closer look at the Ravensthorpe ‘Caspian’ Gull Generally regarded as a Caspian Gull, this second-calendar year (first-summer) bird has been visiting Ravensthorpe Reservoir since early August. From the initial images obtained by Gary Pullan, it looked marvelously ‘snouty’ and long-legged … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 24th to 30th August 2019

The bank holiday weekend saw the dam burst on autumn migration. With a light south-easterly airstream, originating from a high pressure system centred beyond eastern Europe, temperature records were not the only ones broken, as the county also enjoyed a … Continue reading

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Starting to see Red

Record numbers of Common Redstarts have been moving through Northamptonshire over the past few weeks, peaking today with a double-figure count at Stanford Reservoir. It has been an amazing autumn for Common Redstarts, giving rise to speculation that some may … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 17th to 23rd August 2019

With the Atlantic jetstream further north this week, the weather remained largely dry, bright and breezy, on the back of a predominantly west to south-westerly airflow. Topping the bill was a ‘wrecked’ Shag in Weedon, otherwise it was business as … Continue reading

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Juvenile Shag ‘wrecked’ in Weedon

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Rarity Round-up, 10th to 16th August 2019

A series of Atlantic low pressure systems, moving rapidly east, delivered below average temperatures, unseasonally strong winds and some hefty bouts of rain during the week. There were also some great birds to be had – including a fifth for … Continue reading

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