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Ivory Gull in East Yorkshire.

Posted Monday 23rd December 2013 at 00:03 by Rick and Elis
It felt just like the old days, heading up the M1 in torrential rain wondering if I'd lost my senses, car full of folk anxious to see our target bird of the day, Ivory Gull. It was a real twitch. I'll admit we would be considered rather slack in the old days waiting until the bird's umpteenth day to go for it, but life just seems to get in the way sometimes.

Arriving at Patrington at about 10:30 (yes I know we should have been there for dawn!) we encountered a large collection of...
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Lagoon of Soto de la Cuevas. Aranjuez. I

Posted Friday 20th December 2013 at 07:36 by Moncho
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ID:	1379When the Jarama is about to lead to the Tagus in Aranjuez , there is another pond created for an old sandpit: The lagoon of Soto de las Cuevas. I went because I read in naturaparquesureste.blogspot that they had seen flamingos in it. This species is not easy to see in Madrid and some juveniles seem to appear in the last autumns. There was not luck with flamingos but I saw a great unknown wetland full of birds.More in
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Volunteer For Almost Nothing.....Clyde Atlas NS66F

Posted Wednesday 18th December 2013 at 16:33 by Green Sandpiper
I used to stick to the 'volunteer for nothing' adage, but appear to have abandoned it if birding is involved. You may remember last year I was sweet- talked by Jimmy Maxwell into doing a tetrad for the ongoing Clyde Atlas? I cheekily combined it with my squares for the Winter Thrush survey (see, already two things I volunteered for). Anyway, Jimmy recently contacted me and pointed out that Uddingston, my local patch, was pretty well covered, but that there were some squares utterly devoid of...
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Lagoon of El Soto. Velilla de San Antonio

Posted Friday 13th December 2013 at 15:58 by Moncho
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Velilla de San Antonio has several lagoons created by the extraction of sand for building, like the rest of Parque del Sureste. Today we showed what we saw in the northern one, Laguna del Soto, on an October morning. More in
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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together....

Posted Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 19:46 by Green Sandpiper
mostly because it happens so rarely.

As you've probably learned by now, I'm a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to birding. I'm not a twitcher, but...I sometimes twitch, for example. Also, I've managed to exceed last year's tick total, gaining a handful of lifers whilst dipping on some fairly easy birds i had expected to get (cuckoo, spot fly, and kingfisher)

Anyway, as I'm always on the lookout for lifer ticks, and as there are so many 'common' birds I have yet to...
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