Author Archives: Mike Alibone

‘Lockdown’ garden birding delivers Black Redstart

For one lucky person at least, ‘lockdown’ birding has delivered! At home in Spratton, David Arden was fortunate in having a Black Redstart visit his garden this afternoon. His excellent photos depict a very worn and faded bird, which appears … Continue reading

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Special Free ‘Lockdown’ Subscription to BTO Garden Birdwatch

A message from the BTO You can now join the BTO Garden Birdwatch Community for free During the lockdown, many of us are looking to our gardens to enjoy nature and be outdoors, to learn, and to improve our well-being. … Continue reading

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Northamptonshire checklist and record submission

To make it easy for local birders to submit records and keep their county lists up-to-date, a new page, offering four downloadable documents, has been created on this site under the heading Checklist & Recording A brief overview of each … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 21st-27th March 2020

Sunshine and south-easterlies. With some rather nice weather conditions, conducive to migration, things took a turn for the worse halfway through the period as the coronavirus lockdown situation ensued, putting paid to most birders’ activities. Hanging on in there until … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 14th to 20th March 2020

A mild, south-westerly airstream ensured temperatures touched the higher side of seasonal average throughout the most part of the week, providing a much-needed boost for spring migrants. And it happened – migration with a capital ‘M’ – the county seeing … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 7th to 13th March 2020

Against the continuing blustery – though relatively mild – conditions, the wheels of spring continued to turn this week, albeit slowly, with the arrival of the first Sand Martin on 7th.  Beyond that, there were few surprises. Although they have … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 29th February to 6th March 2020

In a nod to the arrival of meteorological spring this week, a singing Chiffchaff at a non-wintering locality provided a hint of many more migrants to come but it was the first Black-bellied Dipper for twenty-four years which drew the … Continue reading

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