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Spring is sprung.

Posted Monday 21st April 2014 at 18:27 by Rick and Elis
This is an amazing time of year, full of hope and promise of things to come up here in the Northern Hemisphere; whether you are a citizen of the frozen north celebrating the long awaited retreat of the ice and snow, or live in the temperate zone enjoying the blossom and bright green leaves that brighten every hedgerow and woodland, or perhaps you dwell in the Mediterranean feeling the first warming days and promise of the summer heat to come, it is many people's favourite part of the year, a time...
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Posted Friday 18th April 2014 at 18:33 by Rick and Elis
One of the highlights of any wader enthusiast's year in the UK especially in the south is the passage of the Eurasian Dotterels. The most colourful of our breeding waders this bird is eagerly awaited every year. 'Trips' of these birds can be found on lowland farmland, especially open ploughed or recently sown areas, as well as some higher areas...
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Walking on Ciudad Universitaria

Posted Friday 18th April 2014 at 08:31 by Moncho
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Another winter morning I took a walk starting at the Faculty of Education towards the School of Rural Engineering. As I saw in January serins were already fluttering with mate.
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It's migration time on the Pacific, Mississippi and Atlantic Americas Flyways - Calid

Posted Friday 11th April 2014 at 23:27 by Rick and Elis
Following the summary of migrating plovers from the Americas, here is a selection from the classic wader group, the Calidrids.

The members of this genus that travel from North America to winter in South America are; Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated, Western, Least, White-rumped, Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers.

Red Knot Calidris canutus; Least concern, global population estimated at 1,100,000 individuals. Global population trend declining, American population crashed...
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The Simplest Things.....

Posted Tuesday 8th April 2014 at 23:49 by Green Sandpiper
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been in danger of losing my birding mojo. A frustrating few weeks with limited birds and birding opportunities will do that to you, you know. By the same token, its amazing how random events act to re- enervate you.

Last autumn, a particularly horrendous work week was infinitely brightened by the sound of a chiffchaff calling near my home, presumably readying itself for its journey south. (having seen how bad Scottish summers are, no bird...
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