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The search for Migrants 

22 Aug 14

Friday 22nd August 2014 Over the past couple of days I’ve been checking up on local sites looking for Migrants.

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22 Aug 14

A few images from a non birding break on the Somerset/Dorset border.

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Redstarts, Terns and Cows 

8 Aug 14

Friday 8th August 2014 Getting into a bit of a routine with this Garden v.

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The race is on. 

5 Aug 14

Tuesday 5th August 2014 Well the race is on – me versus the garden.

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Local stuff 

1 Aug 14

1st August 2013 This weeks birding has been somewhat interrupted by visits, visits to hospitals, visits to garages and so on but I’ve managed to get in a few visits to local birding spots.

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Night Heron, Seeswood pool revisited, again 

28 Jul 14

Monday 28th July 2014 Got a bit lucky this afternoon.

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Pacific Golden Plover – Middleton Lakes RSPB 

27 Jul 14

26th July 2014 I was planning on another quiet day as my car was playing up and wouldn’t be sorted till Tuesday.

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Night Heron, Seeswood Pool – revisited 

25 Jul 14

24th July 2014 A few more images of the Night Heron at Seeswood pool, Nuneaton Night Heron, Seeswood pool, Nuneaton Night Heron Night Heron…

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Night Heron, Seeswood pool, Nuneaton 

22 Jul 14

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 Since retirement I thought I’d rid myself of ‘meetings’ but today one caught up with me which I couldn’t avoid, just as word came through that a Night Heron had been found up the road at Seeswood Pool, Nuneaton.

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Great White Egret, Middleton Lakes RSPB 

18 Jul 14

18th July 2014 A few images of the Great White Egret at Fishers Mill/New Reed bed pit, Middleton Lakes RSPB Great White Egret, Fisher’s Mill, Middleton Lakes RSPB Gt.

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Week’s Round-up 

14 Jul 14

Mon 7th July – Sunday 13th July A rather lazy week in Birding terms.

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Selected Species List – Ural Mts. Russia 2014 

3 Jul 14

A selected list of the species seen (does not incl.

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Last day in the Mountains 

2 Jul 14

After Klaus and Gabby had found the Black throated Accentor we made one last early morning attempt to locate the bird.

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A day off 

1 Jul 14

The yomps to the mountain tops over the previous two days, rewarding though they were, were now taking their toll.

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In search of the Black throated Accentor 

30 Jun 14

The day started with porridge for breakfast followed by a 9 hour walk around the surrounding hills in search of the elusive Black throated Accentor.

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Siberia – the final frontier 

29 Jun 14

Having travelled to the extremities of the Western Palearctic region in search of birds I had one last border to search.

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Spectacled Warbler and Red backed Shrike 

6 Jun 14

Thursday 5th June 2014 After having a few ‘things to do at home’ days.

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Short toed Eagle, Dorset 

1 Jun 14

Sunday 1st June 2014 Travelled down to Wareham Forest in the early hours with John Terry to try and see a Short toed Eagle at Morden Bog Nature Reserve part of Wareham Forest in Dorset.

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Field Trials 

28 May 14

I’ve just bought my wife Jan, a new camera in a somewhat lame attempt to develop her interest in ‘wildlife’ photography so we can both enjoy holidays with a joint interest in birds.

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Yellow Wagtails 

27 May 14

Monday 26th May 2014 Not much to blog about recently, it was only towards the end of the week that I really did any local birding and then there wasnt a lot to talk about.

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Cyprus – May 2014, in conclusion 

21 May 14

Unfortunately no great ‘finds’, this year just the regular late migrants.

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Cyprus 2014 Agia Varvara – Grasshoppers, Lizards and Birds (and Goats) 

19 May 14

An open area of hillsides easily accessible from Paphos and yet quiet and undisturbed, the area just up the road from Agia Varvara offers habitat for a large variety of insects, lizards and birds, in particular Raptors.

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Cyprus – May 2014 

18 May 14

Zakaki tip and Ladies Mile Had 2 visits to this area one in heavy rain and one in sunshine.

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Cyprus – May, 2014 

16 May 14

Based at Paphos, Jan and I enjoyed our annual Spring visit to Cyprus.

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Turnstones at Shustoke reservoir 

29 Apr 14

Tuesday 29th April 2014 In between picking up prescriptions, sending off samples and other geriatric time fillers I visited Shustoke Reservoir this morning.

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27 Apr 14

Saturday 26th April 2014 After the depressing images coming out of Malta, duplicated through much of Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East but perhaps not on the industrial scale of Malta, its great to see some survivors locally.

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Another good days Birding in North Warwickshire 

24 Apr 14

Thursday 24th April 2014 Another interesting days birding centred around two County semi rarities.

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A good day’s Birding in North Warwicks. 

23 Apr 14

23rd April 2014 Started the day at Middleton Lakes and was delighted to be met by a Glossy Ibis flying over Fishers Mill towards Middleton Hall.

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Its that time of the year 

22 Apr 14

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Had a quick look around the farm where the Black Redstart was found yesterday but no sign today.

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One of those Days 

21 Apr 14

21st April 2014 The Plan : the plan was to have a quick look around the Mancetter Hills, principally to look for Ring Ouzel and then ease up to Middleton Lakes to look for Grasshopper warbler and then maybe pop in to Shustoke Res.

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Happy Hour at Shustoke Res. 

20 Apr 14

Sunday 20th April 2014 Got a call from Dennis W.

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More summer migrants at Middleton Lakes RSPB 

17 Apr 14

17th April 2014 Having spent time in the southern end of the Tame valley on Tuesday I moved to Middleton Lakes on Wednesday.

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Pied billed Grebe, Rutland Water 

11 Apr 14

10th April 2014 A couple of images of the Pied billed Grebe in the Sailing Club bay at Rutland Water.

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More local stuff 

8 Apr 14

7th April 2014 Had a very enjoyable walk thru the Tame valley with Steve C.

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Local stuff 

6 Apr 14

A few images from last weeks local birding.

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Sleeping with Petrels – Not 

4 Apr 14

Day 6 cont.

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Cape Verde – Day 6 

4 Apr 14

The group drove out to a Lighthouse for a session of Seawatching, a much more sensible way of watching seabirds, keeping your feet firmly on dry land.

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Cape Verde – Day 4 & 5 

3 Apr 14

Day 4 started with a somewhat frantic breakfast followed by a game of find the vehicle as we were unable to park any where near the hotel in Praia.

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Cape Verde – Day 2 

1 Apr 14

Day 2 After a largely fruitless walk along a former river estuary and a Pizza lunch we were on the move again.

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Cape Verde – Day 3 

31 Mar 14

We had a full day on Santiago, an airport free day.

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Cape Verde – 2014 

31 Mar 14

Day 1 The group, under the leadership of Vaughan Ashby of Birdfinders, met up at Gatwick airport for our flight to Boa vista one of the islands of the Cape Verde group off the coast of West Africa.

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Green winged Teal and Firecrest in Warks. 

18 Mar 14

Tuesday 18th March 2014 After a disappointing day yesterday I decided to have another go for the two ‘star’ birds in South west Warwickshire.

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Trial Runs 

16 Mar 14

13th/14th March 2014 In addition to the usual patch birding I thought I’d try out the concept of the 1 hour list.

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The 1 hour Challenge 

14 Mar 14

Friday 14th March 2014 How many birds can you see or hear in 1 hour.

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Migrant Watch 

11 Mar 14

Tuesday 11th March 2014 I started the days Quest scaling the Picadilly Heights, an ex slag heap next to the Picadilly freight Terminal.

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In search of the elusive Bittern 

8 Mar 14

4th, 5th, 6th,7th March 2014 Fortunately local birding isnt about just one species.

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‘Siberian’ type Chiffchaff at Hartshill Sewage works. 

27 Feb 14

Thursday 27th February 2014 A few images of the possible Siberian Chiffchaff on the river Anker near Hartshill.

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Around and About 

27 Feb 14

Wednesday 26th February 2014 A few images from visits to Middleton Lakes and Sutton Park today but generally a quiet day in the area.

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Its not raining !! 

22 Feb 14

Friday 21st February 2014 Not really happening at the moment.

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Birding the Tame valley, part of it anyway. 

20 Feb 14

Thursday 20th February 2014 Been pottering around the Tame valley this week trying to add a few birds to the County year list but its been slow going.

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