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Starting to start 

13 Aug 18

13th August 2018 The first signs of return migration : Swifts disappearing, Wood Sandpipers and other waders appearing at local lakes and the first few Redstarts and Whinchats turning up at traditional local hotspots.

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Menorca, August 2018 

8 Aug 18

My wife, Jan’s birthday was the excuse for a family holiday in Menorca, Spain.

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Still very quiet 

16 Jul 18

Saturday 14th July 2018 Lethergy rules.

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Night of the Owls 

2 Jul 18

Saturday 30th June 2018 Extraordinary events this evening.

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The Dolomites – Northern Italy 

28 Jun 18

Sunday 24th June 2018 Hardly time to unpack before jetting off again on a very different trip.

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Kazakhstan – June 2018 

11 Jun 18

Monday 11th June 2018 After a relatively quiet spell of local birding.

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A few sites in N.Warks 

2 May 18

Tuesday 1st May 2018 Started the day with the short walk ‘up the hill’ at Mancetter but saw nothing of particular interest.

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Whinchat at Alvecote 

27 Apr 18

Friday 27th April 2018 A few images of a Whinchat at Alvecote pools in the rain this morning.

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More Garganey images from Alvecote 

27 Apr 18

Thursday 26th April 2018 Garganey, Alvecote Pools Garganey…

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Good movement of incoming Migrants 

22 Apr 18

Sunday 22nd April 2018 The pace has clearly picked up with the improvement in the weather.

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The flow of migrants increases 

19 Apr 18

Thursday19th April 2018 Having been held back by a cold, wet early April the arrival rate of Migrant birds is picking up.

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Migration update 

9 Apr 18

Monday 9th April 2018 Largely uneventful week.

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Still waiting for signs of Migration ! 

27 Mar 18

Monday 26th March 2018 Generally quiet week.

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Taming of the Shrew 

21 Mar 18

21st March 2018 Quiet day today, the most exciting thing I did was taking my wellies off.

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Woodlark in North Warwickshire 

18 Mar 18

Sunday 18th March 2018 When the weather is bad – get out there.

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Not much to report 

8 Mar 18

Thursday 8th March 2018 The on going search for local birds of interest continues.

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Some you win…….. 

6 Mar 18

Tuesday 6th March 2018 After a few days of nothing much happening Warwickshire birding burst into life.

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Snow Patrol 

4 Mar 18

Sunday 4th March 2018 Couple of short local walks today starting with a stroll along the River Anker from Woodford Lane.

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Birding in the snow 

1 Mar 18

Wednesday 28th February 2018 Walks in the ‘white stuff’ have not yet produced the sought after Nutcracker, in fact they have not produced many birds at all.

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Reservoir Birds. 

23 Feb 18

Monday 19th February 2018 Blogs are rather more irregular than I would like but I’ll try to catch up with the more interesting bits but not necessarily in the right order.

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More winter birding in Warwickshire 

6 Feb 18

Tuesday 6th February 2018 Despite several visits to the Hartshill Sewage outfall site there have been no further sightings of the Firecrest by yours truely.

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Horned Lark – Staines 

28 Jan 18

Sunday 28th January 2018 Couple of shots of the Horned Lark at its winter Residence at Staines Reservoirs.

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Firecrest – a winter gem 

20 Jan 18

20th January 2018 The year continues on the slow side.

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Review of 2017 – Part 2, Warwickshire mainly 

12 Jan 18

Friday 5th January 2018 A quietish year for Western P.

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That was the year that was – 2017 

30 Dec 17

Saturday 30th Dec.2017 Annual summary of Photographic Highlights of the year 2017 Bearded Tit, Warks Grasshopper Warbler, Warks.

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Staying local 

24 Dec 17

Friday 22nd December 2017 Perseverance pays off ! I’ve been visiting a couple of local sites which seem to have potential for winter birds.

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Hawfinches mainly 

7 Dec 17

Thursday 7th December 2017 The main focus of the past 2 weeks has been the continuing search for local Hawfinches with mixed success.

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Hawfinch – Burbage, Leics. 

22 Nov 17

21st November 2017 Managed to get decent views of a single Hawfinch feeding, although I did have to travel a few miles into Leicestershire to see it.

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‘That was the week that was’ 

19 Nov 17

Friday 17th November 2017 A week when things got back to normal even though Hawfinch mania was still in vogue.

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Warwickshire on a roll. 

2 Nov 17

1st November 2017 As the events at Draycote became history, the new month began with something of a bang as far as Warwickshire Birders were concerned.

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Rare visitor to Draycote Water. 

29 Oct 17

Sunday 29th October 2017 October birding has been unusually local for me this year following the annual trip to the Shetland Isles.

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Back on the’patch’ 

13 Oct 17

Friday 13th October Both the Caldecote and Mancetter walks have been very quiet.

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The Shetland Isles – 2017 

8 Oct 17

30th Sept – 7th October 2017 After a very long drive and a good flight we, (Pete and Joy Forbes and myself) arrived at Sumburgh on the southern tip of the Shetland Isles for a week’s birding.

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Draycote Water 

27 Sep 17

Wednesday 27th Sept.

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A week in the South West- Birds edition 

21 Sep 17

Thursday 21st September 2017 Summary of an eventful couple of weeks celebrating Jan’s 70th.

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Late August 

29 Aug 17

The rest of August Apart from a fruitless twitch to Portland.

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Cornwall and Beyond 

18 Jul 17

Tuesday 18th July 2017 Not much to report on the local front but events further afield have been interesting to say the least.

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Ups and Downs 

29 Jun 17

Thursday 29th June 2017 Well, its been a while since I’ve seen much very interesting.

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Never seen that before ! 

12 May 17

Friday 12th May 2017 Not the sort of thing you expect in Warwickshire.

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Migration report – April 

5 May 17

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 Been rather too busy trying to catch up with migrants moving through or arriving at their local destinations to keep up with daily accounts -excuses, excuses.

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Migrant Fest 

19 Apr 17

Wednesday 19 th April 2017 Just a few of the birds at Middleton lakes RSPB today : Green Sandpiper, Fisher’s Mill Green winged Teal Black tailed Godwit Avocet Grasshopper warbler Grasshopper warbler Green winged Teal…

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Migration report 

18 Apr 17

Tuesday 18th April 2017 The group of Fieldfares built up to 11, last seen at Mancetter on the 14th April.

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Home and away 

14 Apr 17

Friday 14th April 2017 After a few days away in East Yorkshire it was good to have a good local bird to enjoy on the doorstep.

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Migration Report – the last couple of days 

1 Apr 17

Saturday 1st April 2017 A few local images from the last few days.

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Red necked Grebe steals the show 

28 Mar 17

Tuesday 28th March 2017 Always a bit of a dilemma.

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Garganey the highlight 

27 Mar 17

Monday 27th March 2017 After a birdingless weekend it was good to get out and about again.

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Migration Report 

23 Mar 17

Wednesday 22 Marsh 2017 It rained all day but at the end of it I’d seen a few new birds for the year.

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A gander at the Geese 

21 Mar 17

21st March 2017 Excellent couple of days Birding.

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Migration begins 

19 Mar 17

Sunday 19th March 2017 The end of last week saw a definite movement of birds across the area.

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A quiet spell 

13 Mar 17

Monday 13th March 2017 The previous week saw visits to several local sights with the hope of finding early migrants but with no success.