Author Archives: Mike Alibone

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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Rarity Round-up, 23rd-29th November 2019

Dull, dank, murky drizzle dominated the week’s weather as low pressure once again dragged in copious moisture off the Atlantic. Notable wildfowl were back on the menu, while scarce passerines maintained their prominence. The first Bewick’s Swans to occur at … Continue reading

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

Although the weather was again largely dominated by Atlantic low pressure systems, last week’s heavy rain subsided, allowing local floodwater a chance to drain away – at least in part. The end of the period saw milder conditions resulting from … Continue reading

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