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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.


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New week – new birds 

20 Feb 17

Monday 20th February 2017 After a pretty inactive weekend I felt the need for a bit of a walk.


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‘ That was the week that was’ 

15 Feb 17

Wednesday 15th February 2017 A rather quiet period but there have been a few highlights over the last few days.


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Another day at Kingsbury/Middleton Lakes 

7 Feb 17

Tuesday 7th February 2017 A no camera day today.


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Bittern encounter 

2 Feb 17

Thursday 2nd February 2017 A day for Blogging and sorting out paperwork with the prospect of a couple of beers with my pals later.


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Only a couple to add 

31 Jan 17

Tuesday 31st January 2017 An expected addition to this year’s County list came in the form of 4 Tundra Bean geese found just up the road in fields around Seeswood pool by Dave Hutton.


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County listing 

25 Jan 17

Wednesday 25th January 2017 I’ll try and keep this County Year listing thing going in the form of a regular report.


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County Year listing 

25 Jan 17

Wednesday 25th January 2017 This week my search for birds has taken me to the North and east of Warwickshire.


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Photos from the Hairdressers 

21 Jan 17

Saturday 21st January 2017 A selection of shots of the Waxwings at Hillmorton, Rugby.


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Glaucous Gull and Bearded Tits 

18 Jan 17

Wednesday 18th January 2017 A set off with the intention of looking for a Glaucous Gull on the Bubbenhall pools but I didnt quite make it.


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Waxwings – the gathering 

3 Jan 17

3rd January 2017 News that the lone Scout Waxwing had been joined by 18 other members of its flock warranted another visit to the Triumph factory, Hinckley to check the score for myself.


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2017, Waxwing 

3 Jan 17

3rd January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR No Birding on New Year’s Day, now that’s a first.


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My favourite images of 2016 

1 Jan 17

1st January 2017 Some of my favourite bird images home and abroad in 2016 Bittern, Ladywalk N.


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Blue Rock Thrush in Stow on the Wold 

28 Dec 16

Wednesday 28th December 2016 A few images of the Blue Rock Thrush currently wintering in Stow on the Wold Blue rock Thrush, Stow on the Wold, Gloucs.


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T’was the week before Christmas 

23 Dec 16

Thursday 22nd December 2016 I’m delighted to report my pre- Christmas blues didn’t last very long.


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Pre-Xmas blues 

18 Dec 16

Sunday 18th December 2016 I’ve just been looking at some Blogs of the past.


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Dusky Thrush – Beeley, Derbys. 

7 Dec 16

Wednesday 7th December 2016 The lure of a Midlands tick and seeing another ‘eastern’ rarity was too strong.


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‘Masked Wagtail’ – South Wales 

5 Dec 16

Monday 5th December 2916 Travelled to South Wales today with Tony Shepard and Dave Abbott.


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Redwings arrive in the Garden 

4 Dec 16

Sunday 4th December 2016 Not much to report being preoccupied with domestic issues, but did get out for a walk around the fields near Mancetter.


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Timing is everything 

2 Dec 16

Friday 2nd December 2016 The coldest spell of the year coincided with my Boiler playing up so in trying to get it sorted there hasnt been much time for birding this week, apart from a couple of visits to Bentley wood, near Atherstone.


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Winter visitors 

28 Nov 16

Monday 28th November 2015 A round up of the past few days including a rare out of County trip.


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Week’s round up 

21 Nov 16

Sunday 20th November 2016 Untidy week really, bit of birding, bit of this and that.


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Search for a Water pipit 

8 Nov 16

Tuesday 8th Nov 2016 News that a Water pipit had been found at Draycote Water by John Judge and Bob Hazel brought about a rapid change of plans.


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Local Warks 

1 Nov 16

1st November 2016 My local walks have been getting even more local recently.


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Autumn around and about 

22 Oct 16

Saturday 22nd October 2016 Seem to be spending half my time tidying up my garden and the rest of the day birding or the other way round.


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Yellow browed Warbler in Warwickshire 

17 Oct 16

Saturday 15th October 2015 After the trip to the east coast and a local walk to a local hill in the morning I was feeling a bit weary.


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The camaraderie of Birding 

16 Oct 16

Sunday 16th October 2016 Over the past two weeks I’ve been very fortunate to see some great birds.