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Mon 18th October 2010

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 4:55 PM

birds : A disappointing week last week. The expectation of mid-October is for rarities galore but there's not even been one Yellow-browed here so far. I have not been at full-throttle myself at all as my cough and cold has been lingering for over a week now, and I seem to have lots of work to do at the moment, but I was half-expecting a nice twitch.

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The winter migrants have been arriving with my first Redwings over the house on Thursday and Goldcrests appearing around the same time. The Chiffchaffs are slowly building up again with paler birds arriving with different accents. I had an exceedingly pale bird at Lihou Headland last week which stood a chance for tristis except it was bright sunlight and the tones were difficult to see and of course it didn't call. I finally saw my first Firecrest of the autumn today. Other than that, my Short-toed Lark has been a long-stayer and I have seen it a couple more times.

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nonsense : Below is a photo from a book documenting lots of old photos from Leeds. Does the rather suave young man on the right, looking at the camera look familiar?

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Categories: 2010 Autumn