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Attingham Park, Shropshire 

25 Feb 18

Our winter visit to Attingham for the Snowdrops and a lovely walk took place on Thursday, it was a bit of a dull and cold afternoon, but the Snowdrops still looked fantastic and there were plenty of birds about too.

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21 Feb 18

After a week on the west coast of Scotland, we had a brilliant weekend in Edinburgh with our daughter, before travelling north and stopping in Tomintoul for 5 nights.

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Pine Marten Video 

21 Feb 18

As an after thought here’s a bit of video…

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Scotland West Coast, Lochaber Area and Pine Martens! 

21 Feb 18

We decided to explore somewhere new in Scotland this winter and stay on the coast, west of Fort William at Glenuig.

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Norfolk Parts 2 & 3! 

18 Feb 18

I never got around to continuing with Norfolk, as we scooted off up to Scotland for a couple of weeks, so I will condense parts two and three into one, so that I can get on with the Scottish stuff.

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Norfolk – Mid January – Part 1 of 3 

31 Jan 18

We normally go to Norfolk in November each year, with the main feature being the huge flocks of Pink-footed Geese that can be seen, especially arriving at dusk at Holkham.

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Bewdley – Hawfinches 

16 Jan 18

While we were at Upton Warren last Thursday, we got chatting as you do, with another birder, who pointed us in the direction of the Treecreeper whose photograph I included in my last post.

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First Visit to Upton for 2018 

16 Jan 18

Had a very pleasant but very cold afternoon at Upton on Thursday with out friends Tim Wendy.

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Garden Visitor! 

23 Dec 17

A nice garden visitor yesterday.

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The Last Leg – Hong Kong & River Dolphins! 

19 Dec 17

Perhaps after 7 weeks away Hong Kong was a city too far! But nevertheless we made the most of our two nights there.

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New Zealand Part 6 – Dunedin and Albatross! 

18 Dec 17

We left Milford Sound in the rain, and had another long drive to Dunedin.

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New Zealand Part 5 – Milford Sound 

17 Dec 17

Another long drive took us from Queenstown to Milford Sound.

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New Zealand Part 4 – Queenstown 

16 Dec 17

From Franz Josef we travelled across to Queenstown, with a few stops on the way.

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New Zealand Part 3 – Franz Josef 

15 Dec 17

We left Rotorua, drove back to Auckland (after some shenanigans) and flew down to Christchurch were we stopped overnight before boarding the Trans-alpine Train up to Arthur’s Pass.

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New Zealand Part 2 – Rotorua 

14 Dec 17

It was a long drive down from the Bay of Islands to Rotorua, but what an amazing place, didn’t know what to expect, but the clouds of steam and smell of sulphur were all around town.

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New Zealand Part 1 – Bay of Islands 

12 Dec 17

We started the New Zealand leg of our trip by flying in to Auckland from Sydney.

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Australia Part 8 – Sydney 

10 Dec 17

So the last post for Australia.

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Australia Part 7 – Karunda & The Great Barrier Reef 

9 Dec 17

For part 7 we are still in Cairns but with the aforementioned trips to Karunda and The Great Barrier Reef.

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Australia Part 6 – Cairns 

8 Dec 17

After our short but very productive stay in Darwin we flew down to Cairns where we stopping four nights.

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Australia Part 5 – Darwin & Wetlands 

7 Dec 17

We arrived late afternoon in a very hot and sticky Darwin from the Ghan Train, looking forward very much to our Wetlands tour the next day.

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Australia Part 4 – Ayres Rock, Uluru, Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge 

5 Dec 17

From Melbourne we flew up to Ayres Rock and our visit to Uluru.

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Australia Part 3 – Melbourne 

4 Dec 17

From Kangaroo Island we were driven back to Adelaide and then we flew across to Melbourne and spent a couple of days there.

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Australia Part 2 – Kangaroo Island 

3 Dec 17

We left Adelaide and headed south (ish) to the ferry for Kangaroo Island, we were really looking forward to this.

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Australia Part 1 – Perth and Adelaide 

1 Dec 17

More urbanish birding…

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Urban Birding in Singapore, then on to Perth 

1 Dec 17

As I said in our previous post, this wasn’t a birding holiday, but we made sure that we nearly always had our binoculars with us, and the big lens was in my rucksack, although birds being birds they didn’t always hang around for me to swap the lenses.

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We’re Back 

14 Nov 17

So we are back from Australia and New Zealand.

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On tour 

13 Oct 17

It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything, that because on holiday in Australia at the moment, it’s not a birding holiday, but we aren’t doing too badly up to 137 species so far and a fair lot to do yet.

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Buzzard Fest at Kinver 

18 Sep 17

On Friday we went for a walk at Kinver along the canal from The Vine in the direction of Whittington Lock, we hadn’t done this since February and it is one of our favourite walks.

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The Highlands 

22 Aug 17

The Highlands covers a huge area, we were based in the small town of Newtonmore just off the A9 about 20 minutes south of Aviemore.

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Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales 

9 Aug 17

Sunday saw us taking the walk from Malham Village up to and over Malham Cove, it was a strenuous walk but well worth arriving on the Limestone Pavement at the top.

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Wharfedale , Yorkshire Dales 

9 Aug 17

We went to spend the weekend up in Yorkshire, stopping with our good friends Tim Wendy.

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The first time we have ever twitched! 

25 Jul 17

I follow with interest the goings on up and down the country and like to know what rarities are about, but a long time ago we said that we would never jump in the car and do the twitcher thing.

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RSPB Nagshead 

24 Jul 17

At the end of our wonderful trip to Somerset and as we had to be out of our digs by 10am, we took the opportunity for a detour, crossed the Severn (paying an extortionate £6.70 for the privilege) and ended up at RSPB Nagshead in Gloucestershire (just…

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An unexpected trip to Somerset 

24 Jul 17

Following a tough week earlier in the month, my brilliant wife surprised me by booking us a couple of nights down in Somerset not far from RSPB Ham Wall.

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Blacktoft Sands 

23 Jul 17

On the way back from Northumberland we made a detour to RSPB Blacktoft Sands, it was a scorcher of a day, so I suppose predictably the reserve was pretty quiet from a birding viewpoint and as it was really only a lunch stop, we concentrated on the …

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A much belated Northumberland Part 4 

22 Jul 17

After a difficult few weeks I have finally got around to getting up to date with the blog.

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On Tour – Northumberland – Part 3 The Farne Islands 

25 Jun 17

We booked on to a boat to the Farnes for the afternoon.

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On Tour – Northumberland – Part 2 

24 Jun 17

We called in at a number of reserves on the coast south of Amble on the Tuesday, my favourite reserve though at Hauxley was closed because of major refurbishment works, opening again today (24th) I believe, sad to have missed it, we will have to wait…

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On Tour – Northumberland – Part 1 

23 Jun 17

We have recently returned from a week in Northumberland, staying in Seahouses as it’s handy for the boats to the Farne Islands.

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Upton Warren early June 

22 Jun 17

Due to a trip to Scotland and Northumberland and a lot of other things going on, I haven’t had chance to do a post about a visit we made to Upton Warren NR back on the 3rd.

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Looking Up in Trafalgar Square 

4 Jun 17

After a busy afternoon of theatre going and even a museum visit, we found ourselves in Trafalgar Square, where we spotted a Peregrine Falcon zoom into the square and disappear into a recess at the top of Nelson’s Column.

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31 May 17

We have recently come back from a weeks family holiday on Zakynthos (Zante), this definitely was not a birding holiday, plenty of sun, sea, food and the odd alcoholic beverage!! We stayed pretty close to our villa near Beloussi with walks down to the…

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Worcestershire Nightingale (Croome Park) 

14 May 17

A day out yesterday saw us at the National Trust Croome Park with then intention of going for a longish walk, it was a lovely day and much warmer than we though it would be.

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Scotland Again – Cape Wrath and Bits and Pieces 

7 May 17

This is the last post for this Scottish trip, but it won’t be the last for Scotland this year as there is at least one more more wildlife based trip planned this year.

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Scotland Again – Handa Island 

6 May 17

We looked at the weather and Wednesday was suddenly looking better along the west coast so we phoned the ferry man Tuesday afternoon and decide to go to Handa Island, managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, what a brilliant day.

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Scotland Again – Sutherland – Eagle Hunting 

3 May 17

On Tuesday the winds were ferocious on the coast, so as the result of a conversation with a local birder we decided to go inland and look for Eagles.

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Scotland Again – Sutherland – Kinlochbervie, Kyle of Durness and Beyond 

2 May 17

We have just returned from another Scottish trip.

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Peak District Wanderings 

18 Apr 17

Now that Easter is done I can follow up the Coombes Valley post with a few bits and bobs from the subsequent couple of days that we spent in the Peak District with Buxton as our base.

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RSPB Coombes Valley 

13 Apr 17

We have just had a couple of days up in the Peak District staying in Buxton, but on the way up we thought we would give Coombes Valley a try, never having been before.

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New Species for Our Garden 

12 Apr 17

The other morning as went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea I had a real surprise, with a new visitor to our garden, not a rare species by any means, but considering our pond is only about 5 foot by 4 foot and a 2 foot deep, it will hold meager …

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