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It's January!

Posted Friday 11th January 2013 at 05:13 by BoatBirder
How do I know it's January? After returning from the volunteers AGM at Brandon Marsh yesterday, where I had the briefest glimpse of my first Bittern of 2013, the wife had me out on the bikes later in the afternoon. Then, this morning I was cajoled into going swimming at 7.30am and to top it all, no bacon sarnie for breakfast. This is how I know!!

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Disappearing inter-tidal flats.

Posted Wednesday 9th January 2013 at 22:39 by Rick and Elis
They are disappearing at an alarming rate and this is especially true of the Asia where our belovèd and critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other notable birds such as the endangered Nordmann's Greenshank pass a large part of their year along with millions of other birds of many species. These habitats are vital to their survival and must not be allowed to disappear.

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Homework

Posted Wednesday 9th January 2013 at 22:13 by Green Sandpiper
Found myself out and about a few days ago. Family duties meant I couldn't do my normal patchwork. Instead, and spurned on again by my guilty conscience, I decided to complete my core survey square for the BTO's winter thrush survey. While the other areas I've been surveying were local, and my own choice, this core square was chosen for me. Caught up in the wave of enthusiasm, I heartily agreed to it, only latterly realising it was miles from anywhere.

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North Wales- Wader Quest

Posted Monday 7th January 2013 at 00:13 by Rick and Elis
On a Wader Quest jaunt to North Wales (more info on www.waderquest.org) we had time, to look at other birds thanks to Alan and Ruth's (The Biggest Twitch http://www.thebiggesttwitch.com/) excellent local knowledge leading to us getting our two target birds (Purple Sandpiper and Jack Snipe) relatively easily.

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New Year, New Enthusiasm

Posted Thursday 3rd January 2013 at 21:58 by Green Sandpiper
One of the best parts of the festive season is that we get 2 days off for New Year, just at the time that the wife and mini- sandpipers are exhausted from the excitement of it all. This allows scope for me to make a good start to the year's birding, knowing that all too soon we'll be back to the grind of work and the other things that 'life' does to curb my birding.

Anyway, tradition has held that Jan 2nd would be my day for going out. As this is usually for the full day, without...
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