Author Archives: Mike Alibone

Black-bellied Dipper at Sywell Country Park

Found by Geoff Simons, Senior Countryside Ranger, Northamptonshire’s first Dipper for twenty-four years was identified at Sywell Country Park yesterday, on 29th February. It’s still there today and what a great little bird it is! It was first located in … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 22nd to 28th February 2020

Blinked and you’ll have missed it. A phrase equally applicable to two Northamptonshire winter firsts this week. We’re talking snow and Waxwings – bohemian in more ways than one. And where were all the wildfowl? Ducking and diving, no doubt … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 15th to 21st February 2020

Another week of wind and wuthering saw most of the action taking place in Northamptonshire’s northwest, which produced a second for the county – albeit briefly. In a lean week for wildfowl, the nine Pink-footed Geese continued to be seen … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 8th to 14th February 2020

For those who like their isobars squeezed, then this was the week. It was time to batten down the Nuthatches as Storm Ciara felled trees indiscriminately across the county, during the strongest winds experienced for seven years. There was, however, … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 1st to 7th February 2020

Continuing mild weather was the order of the week, with local temperatures hitting a high of 13°C on 2nd. There was even a touch of avian spring as two species of wader were back at potential breeding sites in two … Continue reading

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Rarity Round-up, 25th to 31st January 2020

The mild Atlantic airstream once again ensured traditional winter weather was kept firmly at bay, with local temperatures hitting a high of 12°C during the last two days of the period. The early part of the week, however, had birders … Continue reading

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The Stanwick ‘Ferruginous’ Duck

It’s not called ‘Fudge Duck’ for nothing. Closely resembling the real thing, hybrids abound, enticing observers into a ticking temptation trap, in which nothing is quite what it seems … When the news broke of Ferruginous Duck or hybrid at … Continue reading

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