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Birding in Rickmansworth..
Birding in Rickmansworth..

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The least shall be first
Autumn and the constant stream of Atlantic low pressure systems continues to keep giving. This type of weather can drag across rare birds from the America's and we have already seen quite a few - some I've managed to connect with like the long-billed dowitc...

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Distant memories
Another Monday and another chance to catch up on the Autumn bird fest. As I asked for in my last post, this time there was a lifer on offer. The bird in question was a first winter citrine wagtail. A bit of a connoisseurs bird this one. In full breeding plu...

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Hip, hip, hoopoe
The second of my two "long weekend" days sent me down to the south coast. There weren't any lifers on offer, within reasonable distance anyway, so I has the choice of a Baird's sandpiper in Sussex or trying Dorset and hoping to pick up some birds on the sea...

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and so it begins......
Having been away for pretty much all of August in Sri Lanka, I've now come back to the most exciting time in the birding year - the Autumn migration. At this time of year, anything can, and frequently does, turn up. It also marks the start of my having a bi...

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Climate change! What climate change?
Despite the increasing bad news about the decline in many breeding birds in the UK - turtle doves, corn buntings, red-backed shrike, skylarks to name just 4 - there are other species that are gaining ground, mainly coming across from Europe (don't tell Nige...

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Reeling in the years
My company has been part of the recent ransomware attack. So, with my pc in lock down and the office out of bounds and all my emails sent on my phone I had some time on my hands. Only a bit of time though as the phone still required me to make a call at lun...

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The fields are on fire
As Judith was in the country and could take a day off, we visited one of our favourite reserves - Lakenheath Fen in Norfolk. This used to be the prime site in the UK for nesting golden orioles but they disappeared 5 or 6 years ago. You would rarely see them...

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Elegantly done
There is a clear hierarchy in the world of birding - patch list is worth less than year list is worth less than lifer. Best of all is a lifer which is also a country first. Elegant tern fits into this category. This normally breeds on the Pacific coast of t...

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Elegantly done
Around mid June the birding scene starts to dry up. Most of the commoner or regular birds are all breeding or have been here for some time, and without any change in the weather systems not much new turns up. Last week though there was one of these weather ...

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Did that really happen?
A couple of weeks ago the newswires started carrying reports of a very showy cuckoo at Thursley Common. Now cuckoos are getting harder to see each year, as more of them are blasted out of the skies over Malta, so I put a mental note down to go there. Then, ...
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