Monthly Archives: March 2012

Great Grey Shrike and Red Kite Surprise

Ramsley Moor near Sheffield Went out this morning with Sheffield’s ace insect (and other animals) expert, Paul Richards. Our little plan was to try to get an early Adder. Lack of real warming sunshine prevented that. However we scored! A Great Grey Shrike was … Continue reading

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Gull Day Highlight

North Cheshire Probably the most popular bird to learn from on Saturdays’ Gull Masterclass was this 1st winter (2nd cal. year) Yellow-legged Gull seen both at the tip and Richmond Bank giving excellent on the ground and in-flight views. The full variety of gull … Continue reading

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New Petrels Book

Wot I is reading I have just started reading through this new book by pelagic birding doyens Fisher and Flood. It looks stunning. Plenty to learn me thinks, especially with the DVD’s. The Multimedia approach! Seemingly, the first of several ( I hope).

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The Caspians of Minsmere

and a head scratcher Few more Pics of some of the gulls on Minsmere scrape from last Friday (9th March). It was an excellent mixture with all ages of both Caspian and Yellow-legged Gull. Would have made a good gull masterclass! Didn’t try to photograph everything … Continue reading

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Willow or Marsh Tit?

With food in t’ gob. When it’s not calling, how do you tell Willow and Marsh Tit apart? There is a clue or two here, just about… .  

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Long Call of Caspian Gull

The Scrape, Minsmere,  9th March 2012 Venue of the annual BBRC AGM. I arrived to text from Alan Davies saying there were Caspian Gulls on the scrape. Quick drive around to Dunwich car park, paid an extortionate £5 to park and heading to … Continue reading

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2nd time in Britain

A ringed Marsh Gull Dean Nicholson’s persistence with the gulls has paid off. Watching at Hykeham, Lincolnshire he came across a yellow-legged Herring Gull in early February 2012. – an ‘omissus-type’. Big news was it had a readable ring on. … Continue reading

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