Category Archives: Wheatears, Chats and Thrushes

Northern Wheatears at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits

I spent some time with the Northern Wheatears at Clifford Hill GP this weekend. They were feeding around the base of a small group of trees alongside Hardingstone Dyke, which runs the full length of the southern side of the … Continue reading

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Wing moult on migrant Northern Wheatear

A distant Northern Wheatear in a field off Mary’s Lane, opposite the rear entrance track to the Paul Britten Hide at Summer Leys, attracted my attention yesterday. It turned out to be a rather smart male, showing features characteristic of … Continue reading

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Suburban star lingers

More on that Ring Ouzel The Ring Ouzel which dropped into David and Sally Irven’s Bush Hill garden on Sunday is still present today. Although it comes and goes, it more often than not favours the Cotoneaster at the end … Continue reading

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Suburban shocker!

Ring Ouzel It’s October, the east coast is brimming with migrant thrushes and many of us no doubt dream of something unusual finding its way to our garden. Today it happened for David and Sally Irven when this superb male … Continue reading

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A Trick of the Light

Autumn Northern Wheatear I took these images of a Northern Wheatear at Preston Deanery last week. Despite looking like two different birds it’s the same individual. The photos were taken within minutes of each other, the bird moving from the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Autumn Redstarts

Autumn 2015 is so far proving to be a great period for Common Redstarts moving through Northants. The first migrant appeared on 1st August, followed by another the next day and then, from 14th August, they have been seen almost … Continue reading

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Black magic

They have been particularly scarce in Northants this year with only two records (I think), so this fine male on the roof of a house in Upper Boddington a couple of days ago was a nice find for the photographer! … Continue reading

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