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Having recently rediscovered the joys of birding for the first time since I was a wee lad, this is my record of getting to grips with re-familiarising myself with the world of birds.
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Has it really been a year?

Posted Monday 25th June 2012 at 09:13 by Stoggler
A year since I last posted to my blog so there's a lot to cover.

Firstly a quick update on 2011. I ended the year with a British year list of 121, one short of the previous year's figure while my Sussex year list ended on 116 which was one better than 2010.

At the end of June 2012 I have already reached 117 on both my British and Sussex lists, already surpassing my Sussex year list best and just five behind my British year list best - I should easily pass that figure...
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It's been a while...

Posted Thursday 2nd June 2011 at 10:22 by Stoggler
...since I last posted on my blog. Reading that last entry, I think my frustration at not having a scope was very evident! Obtaining one is high on my list of things to get but fortunately I have been able to enjoy my birding a lot since that last post.

Spring is always good anyway as everything comes alive and there is evidence of new life constantly around you; you don't need a scope to see and hear all the passerines going about their daily lives of singing, pairing up and raising...
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A quick review

Posted Thursday 6th January 2011 at 12:35 by Stoggler
Well the latter quarter of 2010 was very poor birding-wise for me, not being able to get out much. There was almost a two month gap between going birding at the beginning of November and next going out at the end of December.

Part of the reason why was because I got a little disheartened when I did go out on that early November time. It was a grey horrible day at Pagham, and it seemed that everything of interest or note was just that little too far to see well without a scope. ...
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Back birding again

Posted Monday 13th September 2010 at 13:54 by Stoggler
It's mostly been a summer of cricket for me (watching, not playing!) and have not been birding much of late recently. I have been out on the occasional day but nothing really serious (although I did twitch a Hoopoe at Climping a couple of weekends ago).

All that changed this weekend though, and my, what a fantastic weekend it was too!

Up early Saturday morning and catching the train to Pulborough. Cue sitting in Nettley's hide for two hours to shelter from the rain...
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An introduction to Sandpipers

Posted Tuesday 27th July 2010 at 12:14 by Stoggler
A day off work last week, so I took a trip to Pulborough and Arundel.

Arrived early at Pulborough and enjoyed seeing no one and having the place to myself for a couple of hours. Saw more bunny rabbits than I thought possible, some rather tame (or stupid) and didn't move till I got within just a few feet of them.

About 9.30 I made for the hide overlooking the north fields as I knew a huge shower was heading my way (thanks to my early warning system, a.k.a. my other...
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