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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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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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Norfolk in July

Jem and I have now been to Norfolk several times over the last two or three years, but it’s always been in the autumn or winter. This time we decided to give it a go in summer, so we booked … 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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Yorkshire

After our main holiday of the year in Finland, Jem and I started to look at options for a short summer break in the UK. Naturetrek’s Yorkshire Coast and Moors tour fitted the bill perfectly. It would take in Bempton … Continue reading

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Settling in…

Before I post about our trip to Yorkshire, I’ll explain what’s been going on in the weeks following our return from Finland. Jem and I moved to a flat in Tottenham Hale at the beginning of June. It’s very handy … Continue reading

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Mayday Weekend

Before I talk about our long-awaited trip to Finland, I’ll post about a great little weekend we had right at the beginning of the month. May began with the decision to get up early on a Saturday morning and go … Continue reading

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It’s Warming Up…

Spring is definitely here! Some nice sunny days and some good birding too. The month began with our third visit to Bramfield, and it brought us at least 40 species. Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Blackbirds, my first Jays of the year … Continue reading

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Hainault, Wanstead, Rainham and Wimbledon

A few weekends ago I stayed with Jem’s family in East London. We had a good walk around Hainault Forest on the Saturday (despite getting caught in a downpour) and saw the RAF aircraft for the Queen’s birthday fly-by come … Continue reading

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Cliffe Pools

On Friday evening Jem came up with the genius idea of spending Saturday exploring Cliffe Pools on the North Kent Marshes. It’s an RSPB site, but is open 24 hours a day to all visitors. Getting there from London is … Continue reading

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