Author Archives: Mike Alibone

Rarity Round-up, 2nd to 8th March 2019

Winds this week remained south-westerly to westerly and frequently blustery, with sporadic showers, although temperatures were still above average for the time of year. Highlights included an Iceland Gull in the north-west of the county and more Crossbills in the … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 23rd February to 1st March 2019

The surge from the south continued to deliver a heady taste of spring, with local temperatures peaking at 17°C on 25th and 26th. However, it all went pear-shaped for the last two days of the period, when an area of … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 16th to 22nd February 2019

The spring-like weather continued, remaining dry, with southerly winds again bringing warm air up from well beyond south-west Europe and local temperatures hitting a balmy 15°C on 21st and 22nd. Notable birds during the period were a likely Glossy Ibis … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 9th to 15th February 2019

After the first two days, Storm Erik’s wind and rain ultimately gave way to southerly winds bringing warm air to the country from as far south as the Azores. The resultant ‘warm’ conditions were positively spring-like, with temperatures hitting a … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 2nd to 8th February 2019

Frozen conditions continued for the first two days of the period, with continuing cold northerlies and temperatures bottoming out at -5ºC early on 3rd. After this it was all change, the winds swung round to the westerly quarter and daytime … Continue reading

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A steppe in the wrong direction?

The Long Buckby Lanius and its capricious taxonomic history On 3rd November 1997, Nick Roberts was driving between Long Buckby and West Haddon when he came across a shrike on a roadside fence post. The bird quickly dropped to the … Continue reading

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An exciting new addition to the Northamptonshire List

Completing the latest duck race, Falcated Duck makes it over the line … after a third of a century. It has only taken 33 years but the drake Falcated Duck, which first arrived with Wigeon at Welney in Norfolk in … Continue reading

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