Author Archives: Mike Alibone

Rarity Round-up, 11th to 17th January 2020

In off the Atlantic, Storm Brendan struck in the early part of the week, while the winds were consistently from the south-westerly quarter, reaching thirty miles per hour locally on 14th. Considerable rain topped up and extended local floodwater and … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 4th to 10th January 2020

Exceptionally cold air across Greenland this week helped to fuel a strong Atlantic Jetstream, bringing wet, windy and very mild weather to the UK from as far south as the Azores. Not that it made any real difference to the … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 28th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020

The week which straddled two decades and contained the magic ingredient – a bank holiday – saw renewed vigour among local birders keen to kick off their yearlists with the overspill from 2019. The weather was not a key influencer … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 21st to 27th December 2019

The week kicked off with the winter solstice, the 24-hour period with the fewest daylight hours of the year. Not that there was anything new to be missed during this year’s shortest day and, despite being the holiday season, birding activities across … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 14th to 20th December 2019

A mixed bag of weather included strong westerly winds, sunshine, heavy rain, fog and a range of temperatures culminating in an unseasonally mild 13°C, as a result of southerly winds at the week’s end. New in, a couple of Velvet … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 7th to 13th December 2019

Storm Atiyah’s brush with the UK did little for Northants as the cold, bright conditions at the beginning of the period were subsequently replaced by more rain, bluster and ever-changing wind direction. A lingering Dark-bellied Brent Goose and the well-installed … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 30th November to 6th December 2019

With the jet stream having slipped further south, the first half of the week was dominated by high pressure, bringing cold northerly winds and sub-zero overnight temperatures. The second half, though initially still cold, saw a change in wind direction, … Continue reading

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