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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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Afternoon Stroll at Haden Hill 

7 Apr 17

I can’t believe that it is over 2 months since we last went to Haden Hill and I did the last post about our walk.

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Baddesley Clinton NT 

30 Mar 17

On Mothers Day we took ourselves off to the National Trust property at Baddesley Clinton for the afternoon, the primary goal being an NT cream tea! Of course we took the bins and camera just in case, we didn’t have loads of time so we had a walk …

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Avocet Time at Upton 

18 Mar 17

Thursday took us off to Upton Warren, primarily for our first views of the Avocets now that they have returned, from various forums we knew that they were now back in good numbers, it was just a shame that after a couple of days of glorious sunshine…

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A Belated Sandwell Valley Report! 

11 Mar 17

A couple of weeks ago we mad a trip to the Valley with our good friends Wendy and Tim.

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Kinver and the invisible Yellow-browed Warbler! 

25 Feb 17

Friday took us back to Kinver for one of our favourite walks and the hope of seeing the Yellow-browed Warbler.

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East Lothian 

15 Feb 17

Whilst we were at our daughter last week, we too the opportunity to explore around East Lothian and the nooks and crannies along the coast of the Firth of Forth.

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Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 5 and 6 

15 Feb 17

Thursday was another poor weather day but we decided to take a risk and drive to the Muir of Dinnet and hope the weather wasn’t too bad to stop up us going for a walk.

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Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 3 and 4 

14 Feb 17

Tuesday (day 3) proved to be a bad weather day, it rained all day and was very murky, and very difficult to see anything, this was about the best, as we stayed very local and drove around the area and explored the Linn of Dee, although on our travels…

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Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 1 and 2 

13 Feb 17

Most years we head up to the Highlands for a week in late January or early February, in fact the only year we have missed since 2009 is 2015 when we went to the Orkneys instead.

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Corngreaves Nature Reserve (Haden Hill) 

24 Jan 17

Despite having out local park and natures reserve down as our local patch on this blog site, we have seriously neglected it for the past couple of years, thinking that we don’t see much! Well on a very busy Monday we took an hour out and went to the …

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Eymore Wood 

22 Jan 17

On Friday we took the opportunity of some nice weather to go to Eymore Wood, unbelievably we haven’t been over there since August 2014, so it was long overdue.

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A Wild Goose (Waxwing) Chase 

19 Jan 17

We have been keeping an eye on Twitter and the Bird Forums to see if any Waxwings turn up close to us and while there have been some nearby sightings we have resisted motoring off to try and find them on the basis that they wouldn’t be there when we …

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A Brilliant Start to the Kinver Year 

15 Jan 17

On Thursday we went to Kinver again for a good walk along the canal and river before a lovely late lunch and a cheeky pint of ale at the Vine.

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First visit to Sandwell Valley this year 

6 Jan 17

Only 6 days in to the year and I’m already four days behind with this post, too busy putting the house back to normal after Christmas and the New Year.

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Up and running for 2017! 

4 Jan 17

So a new year and the birding clock was set back to zero, so a New Years Day afternoon was called for at Upton.

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Happy New Year, a calendar! 

31 Dec 16

So it wasn’t the last post, just thought I’d select a monthly highlight, not always the best photo, just great moments! January: Red Squirrel, Loch of Kinnordy February: Eider, Stavanger, Norway March: Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Glencairn, …

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The Last Post (for 2016!) 

30 Dec 16

We have been for a couple of late afternoon walks in the last two days, Clent and Sandwell Valley.

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Kinver Canal 

5 Dec 16

We had a very productive day out on Thursday last week.

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Norfolk, The last bit! 

4 Dec 16

Day 5 of our Norfolk trip, had us looking for Shorelarks, the weather had improved so walking around the Beach at Wells and Holkham was on the cards, followed by spending some time in the two hides at Holkham.

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Norfolk – Days 3 & 4 

3 Dec 16

The weather on the Monday was dreadful heavy rain and windy all day, not pleasant for walking, so on occasions like this we resort to using the car as a hide.

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Norfolk Day 2 – Sculthorpe Moor & RSPB Snettisham 

2 Dec 16

The weather wasn’t looking great for the Sunday so we made a plan to go to the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor and hopefully if the weather improved as per the forecast head up to Snettisham to see the Pink Foots come in.

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Norfolk Day 1 – RSPB Titchwell & Holkham 

30 Nov 16

We have just returned from a wonderful week in Norfolk, despite two or three days of bad weather.

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An Upton Warren Afternoon – 10/11/16 

15 Nov 16

A lovely few hours were spent at Upton last Thursday, a bit late posting this but we have been too busy enjoying ourselves and haven’t had time to catch up! So we started at the Moors and went to the Lapwing Hide overlooking Amy’s Marsh, as we …

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Attenborough NR, Notts 

6 Nov 16

Thursday saw us meet up with our good friends Wendy Tim at Attenborough NR.

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RSPB Marshside, Southport 

1 Nov 16

We made only our fourth ever visit to Marshside yesterday and the weather gods shone on us! It was a lovely mild sunny day, a great day for a walk.

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