Monthly Archives: January 2012

26th January 2012 – Stunning Hen Harrier

Male Hen Harriers are quite simply superb. I was looking at the (incredibly) distant Barnacle Geese on Rockcliffe Marsh this morning when I noticed a cracking Hen Harrier passing the monument on Burgh Marsh. After a few minutes observation it disappeared to … Continue reading

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23rd January 2012 – Rare goose does the dirty on Cumbria!!…

Last day of my 3 day weekend today, it’s another 5 weeks before my next weekend off – the joys of having to work for a living eh? So I was keen to get another fill of the Red-breasted Goose … Continue reading

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22nd January 2012 – RED-BREASTED GOOSE! – a real wild goose chase…

Wow what a day! Great fun. I was just feeding my garden birds when I received a call from Nick saying he’d just had a Red-breasted Goose with Barnies just up the road from me at Drumburgh. Unfortunately it was … Continue reading

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21st January 2012 – Local Little Egrets…

Not more than a few minutes away from home I stumbled across no less than 3 Little Egrets, which is very unusual for mid-winter on the Solway. In fact a quick look on the RBA website revealed that the species has not been reported on … Continue reading

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15th January 2012 – Great White Egret is back…

I was up for first light and nipped over to Campfield Marsh before the crowds arrived- my target was the over wintering Great White Egret and as I neared the layby I could see the bird flying towards the scrape – … Continue reading

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6th January 2012 – Back on the east coast again

After the storms of recent days the forecast for the northeast coast today was much calmer and brighter, and with a couple of days off work we headed east across the A69. With no news on the Desert Wheatear since the … Continue reading

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5th January 2012 – American Wigeon & Long-tailed Duck

I decided to have a short trip just up the M74 to Lochmaben this morning to search for the returning American Wigeon that is reported regularly from the area, mostly from Kirk Loch. It was still very windy but I soon located … Continue reading

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