Monthly Archives: March 2011

What predictions will come true?

Having ‘bigged-up’ the likely occurrence of Slaty-backed Gull and Stejneger’s Scoter at previous talks this winter, I think I will be making notes on myself! Come along if you are free… Lincolnshire Bird Club AGM:…….2…………..9229th March 2011 more: http://www.lincsbirdclub.co.uk/Articles/agm_2011.htm Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club:……. 31st March 2011 “There … Continue reading

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Real Red-bellied boy and other bits:

Having ‘blogged’ about red-bellieds… no way! Look what was in Spain 3 days ago: Eastern Black Redstart in Spain. A stunning record from 3 days ago. We need one for Britain but I was thinking October/November not March! http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsi040.htm Crossbills in … Continue reading

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BBRC gets a ribbing

This made me laugh! the post and comments… especially on the two-headed troll http://ofpiesandbirds.blogspot.com/2011/03/22nd-march-fellowship-of-string.html

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Controversial Rufous Turtle Dove

Not always easy… This one is for the Turtle Dove connoisseurs. I have said it before- I think it would be relatively easy to overlook some examples of  Rufous Turtle Dove ssp. ‘meena‘. The wintering Oriental Turtle Dove ssp. orientalis in Oxford has refocused attention on the … Continue reading

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Red-bellied Black Redstarts

They are out there Great day at Spurn on Saturday 19th March began at dawn with a Black Redstart flying past (underneath!) our caravan- it then perched up near the rubbish area and sang briefly. Looking female -like I assumed it was a first … Continue reading

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Birding People

It’s part of the story Bit corny, but true- my experiences of birding are not just about the birds, they are also about the people on the journey. Recently I have enjoyed the company on Gull Masterclass Days, at my regular haunt at Spurn, with fellow Sheffield birders, with British Birds Rarity Committee members and especially meeting … Continue reading

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White-spotted Bluethroat

Making a reedy ditch look amazing! Early morning (20th March 2011) saw me check the saltmarsh off the Warren at Spurn in the hope of Rock Pipits. 2 had flown past me the previous day and I wondered about a nice … Continue reading

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