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Mike Pollard
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Cattle Egrets breeding on two RSPB reserves this year
Remember those Cattle Egrets that were discovered near Caulcott during the BOS short day count back in January?  They were part of a significant influx that culminated in the second and third records of successful breeding in England.  The first to be "made...

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Rushbeds Wood and BBS: Silver-washed Fritillaries and disappearing Tree Sparrows
I have a bit of catching up to do on the blog front, so apologies for recent inactivity!  Yesterday morning I made my second and final BTO Breeding Bird Survey visit to my 1km2 survey site near Moreton Pinkney in south Northamptonshire.  This is the elevent...

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Banburyshire and beyond: spring in full swing
April is a great month to be out in the field, which can make it even harder to keep up with the blogging!  Our resident birds are busy nesting, and some are already raising young.  And our migrants are arriving in ever greater numbers, returning to their f...

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Edge Hill Wood: Wood Anemones
Great to be out in the field today, calm conditions and increasingly sunny with really beautiful light in the evening.  Spring flowers are starting to look their best, especially Primroses and Wood Anemones.  I stumbled across a wonderful display of anemone...

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Oxfordshire: State of Nature 2017 launched
This week has seen the launch at Blenheim Palace of a landmark publication that captures the current state of the county's nature. Inspired by the national State of Nature, this report has been two years in development and includes a marvellous compendium o...

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Queensland 2016 No. 3: Mt Hypipamee
Mount Hypipamee is one of the best and most accessible places to connect with many of the special birds and marsupials in the Atherton Tablelands.  It is part of the extensive Wet Tropics World Heritage Area .  We made two visits - the first was early morni...

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Banbury and the Cherwell Valley: Waxwings and Pintails
Saturday was another great day to be out and about, especially after the early morning cloud cleared through and blue skies prevailed.  After some enjoyable local birding in the morning, I decided to call in to Osterley Grove in Banbury on my way home, to s...

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Banbury: Urban Collared Doves
A pair of enterprising Collared Doves have taken to nesting on top of traffic lights in the centre of Banbury, somewhat appropriately, opposite the Three Pigeons Inn!  Presumably, incubation and chick-rearing benefits from the warmth of the light bulbs belo...

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Queensland 2016 No.2: Atherton Tablelands, Lake Eacham & Hasties Swamp
Yungaburra is a great base for exploring some of the best and most accessible places in the Atherton Tablelands.  As well as the Platypus in Peterson Creek, there is plenty of wildlife in and around the small town, and close by is Lake Eacham, part of the C...

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Chacombe: Glaucous Gull
Adult Glaucous Gull, Chacombe - I think this is the first in the BOS area since 2010 This was a great weekend to be out and about in Banburyshire - crisp, cold and generally sunny.  Today I was able to spend most of the day out in the field, aiming to visit...
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