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Birding in Rickmansworth..
Birding in Rickmansworth..

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A knotty problem!
Winter is still firmly holding onto its grip,  on the weather front and on the birds. The same suspects are hanging on, but there hasn't been any new rare birds popping up within 200 miles of me for what seems like months. So, another Friday off and another...
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Closer to home
I had a meeting in town late afternoon, and with a bit of time spare I left early and had a swing through Hyde Park. In theory I was after the little owls who live there but it was really busy so they weren't showing. I did walk along the Long Water though ...
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Arctic blast revisited
Last December I paid a visit to Suffolk to twitch the redpoll trio  - arctic, mealy and lesser. Three ticks in one go. With the new year list to add to, the same opportunity was presented as they were all still being reported. As with most of this Winter, t...
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Off we go again
Another new year, another new year list! I got a short walk in around the aquadrome to get the list going, but the first proper trip was to Norfolk with Judith. We had decided in advance what we were doing, unfortunately the weather did not decide to play b...
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Just like a Christmas card..
Well, we've only got another 3 weeks to go for this year. The weather is turning decidedly chilly outside and the birding is getting into the Winter doldrums. The usual suspects are hanging on - hawfinches, parrot crossbills, snow buntings - but no new mega...
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Not cross at all....
After quite a hectic weekend, including seeing Gorillaz in Birmingham, open art studios on Sunday and dropping Judith off at the station before 6 this morning, I rewarded myself with a lie-in rather than rushing around the country after rare birds (not that...
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An Arctic blast
How the weather has changed over the last two weeks. From a really warm late Autumn, we have now gone into a northerly airflow. Scotland and northern England have snow and we have the promise of some proper  Winter birds. One of these, told partly by its na...
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What a big bill!
Finally the winds seem to be changing this Autumn. If not exactly a rush, then a steady dribble of some continental waifs and strays are starting to arrive on our shores. A few weeks ago it was noted that there were good numbers of parrot crossbills on the ...
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Wading through mud
This has been a very strange Autumn. With my new 3 days a week at work regime I was hoping to really get close to 300 for my year list. After a strong September, October and now November have been really tough. The weather systems have been totally against ...
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Pretty great
Last Sunday I got a phone call late in the afternoon from Paul Lewis at Maple Lodge. We had a rare bird present, a great white egret. This is a first for the reserve and no more than 5 years ago would have created quite a stir, if not nationally, then at le...
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