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Mon 29th February 2016

Posted on March 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM

egrets at fort saumarez

Little Egrets - Fort Saumarez, 11 Feb 16

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Sun 31st January 2016

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 5:45 PM

With no cold snaps at all during the first month of 2016, there wasn't much new arriving on the island but in the first couple of weeks of a new year I'm always keen to get out and about. There was quite a few windy storms rolling in, but seabirds were still surprisingly scarce around the bays, with just a couple of auks affected by the gales.

On New Year's Day I had a short while along the patch despite the poor weather conditions. Black Redstart

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Fri 1st January 2016

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 2:25 PM

I dislike overly wordy "Review of the Year" posts, so here's a few quick facts about 2015:

1 new bird for Britain - Little Swift, makes 391.

2 new birds for Guernsey - Temminck's Stint, Little Swift, makes 252.

1 new 'self-found' bird - Red-rumped Swallow, makes 270.

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Thu 31st December 2015

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 12:45 AM

I had been enjoying my year-end slumber, where I usually slow my birding to crawling pace in the final two months of the year, when all of a sudden with just 2 days to go - KA-BAM!! Yesterday (30th Dec), just as we were having our lunch at home, I got this grapevine message on the phone:

"Richmond - 1 unidentified swift. 'Swift with white rump' (Little?) reported 1210 (JB)"

I nearly sp...

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Fri 30th October 2015

Posted on December 20, 2015 at 7:40 AM

YORKSHIRE 2015 - part 3

Up early and keen to get in the field on 29th Oct, I headed back to Flamborough again. The poor weather looked like it was covering the whole county apart from the extreme coastline and so I thought I'd better give it some welly before the inevitable gloom set in. I thought that there was a small chance that the Hume's Warbler would get re-found but I'd let someone else do ...

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