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Thu 22nd October 2009

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 12:35 AM

birds : In October, you definitely do not want the winds set in a southerly or south-westerly direction, blocking any rare migrants arriving from the East or from England. But they have been all week and I hope that they change for the half-term break next week. I heard tonight of an Eastern Crowned Warbler appearing in Durham - a dream-find for whoever did so. There will be plenty of squeaky-bums in the UK right now hoping that it stick 'til Saturday. If I was there right now, there would be a strong chance that I would chuck a sickie to see the first-for-Britain. In fact if I had the money and time, I'd fly over there tomorrow!

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I had no luck yesterday searching for last week's briefly-seen Water Pipit at Fort le Crocq, and had to be content with adding some poor Rock Pipit photos to my poor Rock Pipit photo collection, and watching 5 Swallows battling south into the wind. If I don't see it again I won't submit it to the rarities committee as I couldn't make any notes or take photos of it, and so I have no 'evidence' to offer apart from that I know it was one.

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Rock Pipits at Fort le Crocq

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nonsense : Click here for the latest addition to the film page - although you may not get it unless you regularly went birding at Chew Valley Lake in the early nineties!

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Categories: 2009 Autumn