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A blustery easterly today. Always stirs things up avian, especially at this time of year. We went for our usual Sunday morning beach walk. Louise managing a faster pace than yours truly. Exhilarating! Mass movement of Arctic and Black Terns due to the easte...

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Things are warming more ways than one!
After a HERMIT THRUSH  on North Ronaldsay and a hoax AMERICAN ROBIN we now have a female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD on Orkney, namely North Ronaldsay. I'm still very keen but already stated. Recent acceptances have frankly stunned me but there we g...

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Wind of change?
The ruthless Northerlies have killed migration temporarily. I got lucky with my shifts filling in the void nicely! Things looking better for the weekend when all the migrants will come flooding past Holmpton. I hope to have plenty to report then...

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Doing the rounds
I visited most of the usual haunts today on another poor day weather wise. Then again, this is the English east coast! Chance of a snow shower tomorrow. Cyprus birding seems a looooong time ago. Anyway...started with Whitethroat (P.98, H.68) and Blackcap (P...

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A touch of local action this morning...unfortunately I missed all the fun. Gavin had an Osprey over his garden in Withernsea, not a bad record! I was on the beach at the runnel with Louise and Bud. It probably flew over my head! I did manage a couple of Whe...

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NDC - Re-visited
Never an ordeal to visit. Haydn had informed me that he'd seen a flock of Corn Buntings on Good Friday as I was leaving on Thursday! I've been watching here for 30 years...with the odd break of course. I've never seen CB at NDC. Despite a late finish I was ...

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NDC - a proper visit
I needed a decent session. I arrived at 10am and stayed until 4pm. The weather was still cool (10c) but it was dry and visibility was good. A few warblers had arrived and were singing away heartily. I recorded Chiffchaff (5), Willow Warbler (3), Blackcap (3...

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Back to basics...with a Village LIFER!
There's a lag-time with my postings at the moment but I'm doing my best to catch up! For the record I HAD to post evidence regarding my RED KITE sighting. My word...was it really the April 3rd!!! Pleased I managed to "grab" something as I pulled the car ove...

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Cyprus 17 - Round up
So, my final Cyprus post for this year's trip. Phew! Due to circumstances (mainly technical) it's taken longer than usual but I feel it was worth persevering with. Below is a full trip list. I have a few more pics to show you and a couple of tales to tell. ...

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Cyprus Summary - Photo summary
Contrary to my general beliefs I've decided to post a "photo log" of certain sites in an effort to complete my report...and enable me to start my British Spring!!! Anarita Park - A well known Birding location to the NE of Paphos. Below is a brief summary an...
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