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Review of the Year – 2016

January The year began well, with days out at Rainham for Marsh Harriers and Short-eared Owls, Thursley Common for Great Grey Shrike and Dartford Warbler (and a surprise Red Kite floating past Dev’s flat in Woking), Strumpshaw Fen for Marsh … Continue reading

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Jack Twite: The Year’s End

I was planning to update before the festive season, but knowing that I was going to put some effort into the final few weeks of the year it made more sense to finish off the year’s birding first and put … Continue reading

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Spring Update

Spring has been very rewarding this year. After we returned from Wales the birds started to arrive, and we’ve even got ourselves a life tick – and one from this year’s list of five targets, no less. Firstly, it was … Continue reading

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Review of the Year – 2015

2014 hadn’t been a great birding year for me, certainly as far as seeing new species goes, with only twelve species being added to the lifelist, and many of our trips were affected by either bad weather or illness. Before … Continue reading

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Summer Birding (post-Norfolk)

I recently bought myself a new Macro lens: a Sigma 150mm f/2.8, and a monopod to help stabilise it. So far I’ve tested it on the Banded Demoiselles around the close, and also on invertebrates at Fairlop Waters (Gatekeeper, Ruddy … Continue reading

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Spring and Summer Catchup

In between holidays we’ve done a reasonable amount of local birding, but I’m only going to go through the not-necessarily-chronological highlights, rather than spend loads of time trying to remember everything… It started with a day out at Bramfield before … Continue reading

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Review of the Year – 2014

A few days late, but it’s time for my review of 2014. During the year there was one trip abroad – finally getting to Finland after several years of trying to get out there – and three in the UK: … Continue reading

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December’s Festive Birding

I was planning to do what I did last year and just add December’s highlights in my review of the year, but we’ve had some pretty good outings this month and I feel it needs its own post in order … Continue reading

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Pre-Norfolk Days

Before I post about our Norfolk trip, I’ll give a brief account of what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months. The first visit was to Rainham. This time we did the opposite route to normal: getting … Continue reading

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If the Holiday’s Cancelled…

…do it yourself. Jem and I had booked to return to Norfolk so that we could see the ‘Wader Spectacular’ at Snettisham for the first time. Sadly, I got a phone call from Marcus (he’s taken the tour company over … Continue reading

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