Author Archives: Mike Alibone

Rarity Round-up, September 21st-27th 2019

South-easterlies, warm continental air and sunshine at the very beginning of the period quickly gave way to the more usual Atlantic low pressure systems, a westerly airflow and periods of gusty wind and rain throughout the week. Migrant passerine numbers … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 7th-20th September 2019

If a week is a long time in politics then two weeks is an even longer time – not just double – when it comes to autumn birding. For the major part of the duration, the weather was dry and … Continue reading

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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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