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Goldeneye in eclipse!!! And it's only March!

Posted Friday 20th March 2015 at 21:31 by Rick and Elis
Not eclipse plumage then obviously. Today we were lucky enough to witness a partial exclipse of the sun here in Newport Pagnell where the sun forever shines. Here is a photo Elis took of the event.
As if this wasn't exciting enough upon deciding to check out the lake as there seemed to be a fair amount of duck activity, I espied our first Goldeneyes, a pair. This brings our Cottage total up to just one short of the magic 80. (Not sure why it is magic actually but it is a sort of landmark)......
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New ID feature for White-rumped and Baird's Sandpiper?

Posted Monday 16th March 2015 at 16:34 by Rick and Elis
Spending many hours looking at photographs, both our own and on the internet, and more recently at skins at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Elis and I noticed that there was a tendency for the feathering at the base of the bill of these two species to be distinctive and thought that perhaps this could be used as an additional feature to help ID a lone bird in a strange place...http://www.waderquest.org/2015/03/ne...umped-and.html
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Tinicum’s Most Famous Bird, 35 years Later (Homage to Johnny Miller, 1939-2009) - Gue

Posted Monday 9th March 2015 at 14:32 by Rick and Elis
When Johnny Miller left his house near Philadelphia in the morning on October 19, 1979 to conduct his weekly shorebird census at “Tinicum,” a birdy patch of freshwater tidal marsh just a stone’s throw from his door, which he knew better than anyone had before (and, likely, since), he had no inkling that he was about to discover a feathered traveler from across the world. He drove over to the main entrance of the roughly 700-acre preserve that in 1972 had been designated the Tinicum National Environmental...
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The Moggs Creek miracle; A Hooded Plover story.

Posted Thursday 26th February 2015 at 20:43 by Rick and Elis
A pair of Hooded Plovers at Moggs Creek were tending their eggs and were very close to their hatching date. Tragically one of them, bearing the leg flag HE, went missing. Its decapitated body was found the day after hatching and the volunteers that were monitoring the beach suspect that it was killed by a fox....http://www.waderquest.org/2015/02/th...ed-plover.html
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Fulfilling weekend in Cheshire and Wirral.

Posted Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 15:36 by Rick and Elis
Friday afternoon saw Elis and I heading up a heavily congested motorway network taking four hours to complete a three hour journey but we still arrived with plenty of time for our talk to the Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society (CAWOS). We were greeted by a packed hall of around 50 people which is always encouraging. Once again we were humbled by the reception Wader Quest and its aims were given. As for the talk, our usual yardstick of no-one drifting off or leaving was met but one poor gentleman...
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