Monthly Archives: November 2012

Today’s Gulls in Sheffield

30th November 2012 Ol’ Andy Deighton set the ball rolling t’other day. He found a loverly adult Caspian Gull. The new ‘spot’ for loafing is on waste ground in the middle of the former industrial heartland. You have to negotiate looking through metal fencing or (for short- arsed me) stand … Continue reading

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Pipits, Pipits, Pipits

Shetland, Autumn 2012 You never know what’s wandering through the long grass… This is an Olive- backed Pipit which gave wonderfully close views in Hestingott, South Mainland on our first morning. Never the same. I look forward to each autumn on Shetland. Because you never know…This year the weather … Continue reading

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Pushing the Boundaries Tour

ADVANCE NOTICE: 21st January to 4th February 2013 From Kent to Northumberland and Lincoln to Bangor, N Wales. Full list of Dates and Venues coming soon

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The migration of birds during the spring and autumn months is very apparent. Most people look forward to the arrival of the cuckoo in spring and are aware of the large gatherings of Swallows and Martins in the autumn. A … Continue reading

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The Workington Mediterranean Gull – an update

Back in January we published Chris Hind’s observations on the identification of a 4th winter Mediterranean Gull that has been returning to Workington Harbour. You can read the original article <HERE> The same bird has returned in its 5th winter; … Continue reading

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Your Comments are Needed by 30th November!

Saving our Moorland Birds This is your opportunity to influence The National Trust’s High Peak Moors Vision and Plan Project.  Local to us in Sheffield and highly vulnerable to mis-management of the countryside (e.g. see here), much of the Moorland is owned by the … Continue reading

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Birding in Israel

Reporting on The Hula Festival The Hoopoe. Israel’s national bird, photographed yesterday fanning everything (crest, tail and wings) in the grounds of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament). Only flew back in this morning from Tel Aviv after a really stunning 10 days. Surely Israel ranks as one … Continue reading

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Strange Great Tit calls – invasion from the east?

Although some pairs of Great Tits breed annually on Helgoland, the majority of birds occurs during migration. Every few years, numbers are much larger than in other years, usually corresponding with large numbers in southern Sweden. However, most ringing recoveries … Continue reading

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A Turning Point in China?

Something astonishing is happening in China.  An unfolding story that one Chinese friend told me, “could be a turning point in conservation and wild bird protection in China.” On Sunday 11 November local people discovered many sick and dying ORIENTAL … Continue reading

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