Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lesser Whitethroat

In the hedge and in the hand Lesser Whitethroat are intriguing. I can still remember finding (well at first hearing) my first ‘rattling’ Lesser Whitethroat in north Cheshire a very long time ago (about aged 12). With the growing interest in the ‘eastern taxa’ as well, I think … Continue reading

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Black Duck. Half a self-find?

Shetland, October 2010 and April 2011   Last October as I co-lead a Shetland Nature tour on Unst (Britain’s northermost island). I noticed a dark Mallard- type, whose dark body contrasted strongly from below with bright white underwings. It was also picked out independently by Brydon Thomason, by … Continue reading

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Spurn Discovery Day

Sunday 29th May 2011 Join me and the Spurn Bird Observatory for a Day of Discovery. 8 hours of guided birding done in 2 segments: 6:30 – 10:30 am and 12:30 – 4:30 pm. While it is an early start this optimises the time periods when most bird discoveries and bird … Continue reading

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Upgrade to Spurn Visible Migration spot

What have these got in common? 3 Red-rumped Swallows 1st summer Purple Heron 2 Bee-eaters White-tailed Eagle Collared Pratincole 2 male Blue-headed Wagtails and thousands of migrant birds of many species Answer: They were all visible from the Spurn migration watchpoint at the Warren,  just in April 2011. Thanks to Rich S. … Continue reading

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Spurn Spring Special

Fully BOOKED The 3 days in May are now fully booked and oversubscribed. We are hoping to do shorter late May/ early June event. Info to follow soon. 3 Days at Britain’s Premier Migration Hotspot. Tuesday 24th- Thursday 26th May 2011.  £190:00 per person  … Continue reading

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Garganey sunrise

April 25th, last day of the Easter break, and not a bad one at all. Sunrise at the Warren was beautiful. 2 Roe Deer could be seen racing out on the mud of the Humber- a buck with half-grown horns chasing the doe … Continue reading

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Locustella Warblers Reference List

Number Six Here’s the sixth of Joe Hobbs’ one stop reference lists. No 6. Locustella Warblers Reference List Locustella Warbler Reference List

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