Category Archives: Wheatears, Chats and Thrushes

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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Saturday Ring Ouzels at Borough Hill

The past few days have seen an arrival of Ring Ouzels en masse into the UK, with good numbers of migrants appearing in suitable habitats – mainly hillsides – in neighbouring counties. Buckinghamshire has had the lion’s share with at … Continue reading

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Northern and Greenland Wheatears

There has always been some debate as to whether Northern Wheatears of the nominate race oenanthe and the Greenland race leucorhoa are separable in the field. As there is some overlap in identification criteria of both, ‘showing characteristics of’ has … Continue reading

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