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March 2011. Spring Grinding In. PDF Print E-mail
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Griffon Vulture



And so starts spring ...very slowly! Sub-zero temperatures throughout the month, snow lingering right through. Highlights of the month, a territorial Pygmy Owl in song, a Camberwell Beauty still slumbering in hibernation and, on a mini-break to Spain, multiple delights including Iberian Lynx, Great and Little Bustards and Great Spotted Cuckoo. No migrants of note till the final week, the doors then opening, flocks of Smew, Cranes and assorted others then trickling in.


Last Updated ( Monday, 28 March 2011 )
February 2011. Feeder Month. PDF Print E-mail
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Deep winter, temperatures hitting minus 25 from mid-month onwards. Feeder highs - Grey-headed Woodpecker joining the medlay, several Middle Spots also and two White-backed Woodpeckers as regular as ever. Top birds of the month however, an Eagle Owl in Labanoras forest, a first record for my land, and Steller's Eiders on an adventure-packed weekend north. 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 February 2011 )
January 2011. Winter Travels. PDF Print E-mail
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Bewick's Swan


January is usually a quiet month for me, rich pickings at the feeders, but little else of note.

Not so this year - assisted by a few planes, the month saw such goodies as Great Spotted Eagles and Desert Finches alongside the Gulf of Aqaba, flocks of Red-throated Pipits and assorted wheatears in the deserts of Rum and, as a contrast, White-backed Woodpeckers and an asiatica Nuthatch in the snowy wilds of Lithuania, along with impressive flocks of many hundred Red Kites in Wales and a vagrant Lesser Scaup in England.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 January 2011 )
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