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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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The Corby Waxwing

They’ve been rare in the UK this winter and this one, a first-winter (probably a male based on clear-cut bib, intensity and width of yellow tail-band and number of waxy bits on the secondaries, although there is some overlap with … Continue reading

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Champions of the Flyway 2015

On 1st April last year I was fortunate to take part in the inaugural Champions of the Flyway bird race, a major new international event which will be staged annually in Eilat, Israel – home of one of the world’s … Continue reading

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The Yardley ‘Rough-leg’

A couple of weeks ago there was a report of a ‘probable’  Rough-legged Buzzard flying across the A428 between Yardley Hastings and Denton in the direction of Yardley Chase. There appears to have been no further reports – until yesterday, … Continue reading

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Leucistic Robin

While we’re on the subject of leucism (kind of, post-Goldfinch) Richard Turner has had this leucistic Robin visiting his Desborough garden last month.  Certainly not too common in Robins and this one recalls the Hampstead Heath bird of 2008.  

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Hollowell Snow Bunting

Hollowell Res. Last week, 27th November. Just when you think they’ve gone rare, three turn up in one year. This one a stunner by all accounts and a shame it didn’t stay more than a day. Largely white primary coverts … Continue reading

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