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In praise of … County Recorders

A timely Editorial in the British Birds e-Newsletter With little more than a month to go before my ‘retirement’ as County Recorder, the following Editorial appeared in the BB e-Newsletter, reproduced here by kind permission of BB Editor, Roger Riddington. … Continue reading

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Situation Vacant

After about ten years (it feels like more) I have decided to relinquish my post as Northamptonshire County Bird Recorder and I hereby give notice that I will no longer be doing the ‘job’ after 31st March 2017. If anyone … Continue reading

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Stumping up the cash part 2: the AW angle

I had a very interesting and enlightening meeting with Anglian Water at lunchtime today, part of the purpose of which was to discover the rationale behind their recent closure of the parking pull-ins on Pitsford causeway. The other part was … Continue reading

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Stumping up the cash: a barrier to birding at Pitsford?

It was never the intention that Northantsbirds should become a platform for protest but this is the first of two pieces I intend to write in this vein. I am not a seasoned campaigner, nor have I really jumped on … Continue reading

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The Week in Focus 30th January to 5th February 2016

The mild conditions continued throughout the week, dispelling any hope of late winter arrivals resulting from hard weather movements. As January – arguably the only migration-free month of the year – slipped into February, there was evidence of some northerly … Continue reading

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Lesser Black-backed Gull

Goofed! Sorry for any confusion. I included the image below captioned ‘Yellow-legged Gull’ in the latest county round-up when it is actually a Lesser Black-backed Gull (albeit at the light-mantled end of the graellsii range!). Thanks to Neil McMahon for … Continue reading

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Oozing Quality

Shy, skulking, skittish. Migrant Ring Ouzels can be really hard to get good views of and often it’s just the tail-end of a chacking ‘black’ bird disappearing over a hedge, if you’re lucky. Sometimes, though, things can be quite different … Continue reading

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