Monthly Archives: January 2011

31st January 2011 – A trip into Lancashire

Our first stop was the Pilling area to search through the Pinks for a Red-breasted Goose that has been present over the winter months. Unfortunately most of the geese were out of view and in fields that could not be … Continue reading

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13th January 2011 – Redpoll overload…

Having only ever seen one Coues’s Arctic Redpoll before I was quite keen to catch up with another one. So the regular sightings of birds at Rainton Meadows in County Durham, along with plenty of Mealies and Lesser’s for comparison seemed like … Continue reading

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6th January 2011 – Talkin Smew

Talkin Tarn is a reliable place to see Smew in the winter months, and today 2 smart drakes were showing nicely amongst the Goosander.

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Review of 2010

2010 began with two excellent local rarities lingering from last year, the overwintering Long-billed Dowitcher at Port Carlisle stayed for a few days before the big freeze forced its premature departure, and the Rose-coloured Starling continued to visit gardens around Kendal. My … Continue reading

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2nd January 2011 – Beautiful Bewick’s…

A Bewick’s Swan has been an unusual visitor on the Scottish side of the Solway at Caerlaverock WWT and it’s regular appearances on the Whooper Pond since 27th December encouraged a half-day trip over the border. Unfortunately scrutiny of the masses … Continue reading

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1st January 2011 – Rare wildfowl steal the show

A skein of Pinkfeet over the cottage at first light heralded the start of another year. Soon Brambling, Stock Dove, Bullfinch and Tree Sparrow had helped boost my new year list up to 25 without setting foot out of the … Continue reading

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