Category Archives: Finches


1cy female Called in at Spurn to catch up with the guys, and drop  in on the lovely Wells at Westmere Farm meant I also jammed in this Hawfinch which dropped in to the Warren. It’s the sort that eats … Continue reading

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Shetland Spring Birding Part 3

Party ’till the End We were very fortunate to begin and end this holiday with sea mammals, Killer Whales to begin and Minke Whales at the end. In-between we squeezed in some 109 bird species, with many scarce and some … Continue reading

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Taiga Birding Day 2: Gullfest 2013

Hard to find words. Superlatives.oft repeated end up sounding empty. Trying to write this post I had to run out for the second night running to witness sky-filling aurora. Alongside hilarity  filled company, there was Alaskan Husky driven sleds across the Taiga, a snowmobile ride, reindeer soup and … Continue reading

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The Northerners in Oslo

Day One. Warm-up A rather manic day. Facebook status reads: finally made it to little B and B in Oslo after 4;30 am start. Lovely Sharon Garner and Abi Garner took me at 4:45 am to York. Train was on the board … Continue reading

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North American Redpolls

Redpolls, redpolls, redpolls, and the usual cautionary tales. by Matt Young Audio Production Engineer  Cornell Lab of Ornithology As fall of 2012-13 set in, many of us here in the States knew a large wide-scale invasion of northern finches was … Continue reading

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Footit Challenge. Half way there

71 out of 75 Had a long walk of some 10 miles yesterday with our family dog, Ebony. Headed off nearly 2 hours before sunrise. Soon onto not one but 2 Tawny Owls at the start of the Loxley Valley. Mute Swan and Mandarin were in the … Continue reading

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All the Redpolls (nearly)

Shetland, Autumn 2012 We did wonderfully well for redpolls overall this autumn’s Shetland tours scoring 5 types out of six possible. I’m very pleased with sound recordings  obtained and combined with Mealy and Arctic Redpolls  from Norway they make for fascinating study. Redpolls are a great … Continue reading

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