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Recent content by JamesA

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    Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

    Depends what you want to see and why you want to see it. I've only been to Stow Maries once to see a shrike, years back when access was freer, and while it was good there wasn't anything I couldn't see anywhere else locally. Apart from the shrike. If you're after photography opportunities (for...
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    Essex Birding

    Had three marsh tits at Brookes Wood yesterday, at least. Two were feeding in brambles in the willow scrub area at the western end of the wood, with another calling near the layby at the eastern end. There were two "possible" birds heard too, both too brief to be sure of. Seems a fairly reliable...
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    Essex Birding

    Reasonably strong easterlies with a slight northerly element to them forecast all weekend. Where would people go for an in-county seawatch? Considering the Naze, but even then I'm unsure of the best spot to watch from. Maps suggest that the carpark/tower area might work best. (If there's...
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    Essex Birding

    Good news: https://twitter.com/BakerBoySOG/status/645944991580323840 Bad news: https://twitter.com/LinfordBirder/status/645944842825150464
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    Essex Birding

    How does access to Colne Point work? The EWT site mentions a single parking space at the end of the access track but I'm not sure where the track is. Not an area I know well, but one I should visit more. Not had much luck in Essex of late, but then I've not been out as much as I should have...
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    Essex Birding

    Twitter was fairly certain this is a purple emperor. Brookes Wood, a week or so back. Anyone know their status in Essex? I heard about a re-intro scheme at Markshall a couple of years ago...
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    Essex Birding

    Well there were three, possibly four, so that might be 25% less mega right away. They were very active and very mobile within a small area, at one point loosely attached to a larger mixed flock that then disappeared, leaving the marsh tits behind. They were almost impossible to approach and...
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    Essex Birding

    Finally caught up with marsh tit in county this year - a family group of three, maybe four birds at Brookes Wood this afternoon. Always amazes me how flighty they can be and how many times they call and I'm not quite 100% sure it wasn't just a great/coal tit playing silly buggers. Anyway, seen...
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    Essex Birding

    The wood sand was on the south bank from the other causeway about 4.30 last night and I had a green sand where the wood sand appears to be now. But there wasn't a lot else in terms of passage - hopefully the mud won't bake too solid before it kicks off.
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    Essex Birding

    Report on EBWS of 8 bee-eaters NE over Marks Tey about 20 minutes ago. Seem to be a few about this year, with that group of 10 down even further south, somewhere. Time to brush up on that call in preparation for a day spent in the garden tomorrow... not heard it in a couple of years!
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    Essex Birding

    Good to hear that Paul! I'm sure we must just have had terrible luck with them both visits. I've driven along that lane a few times recently, and the best I flushed was muntjac and roe deer... And of course no birds is a valid result in itself. But it's a beautiful area, very different in feel...
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    Essex Birding

    Did the late BBS visit yesterday morning, up Lamarsh way. Pretty quiet, especially compared to the early visit. I know lots of stuff will be a bit quieter at the moment, but both visits lacked cuckoos, only had one yellowhammer, no turtle dove, no spot fly... actually, unless you really like...
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    Essex Birding

    Another red kite over us in Kelvedon yesterday, a distant bird heading south-west, probably following the A12. The fourth record I've had locally this year. A spotted flycatcher this morning was a new arrival - definitely not around yesterday as I was working in the garden all day and the only...
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    Essex Birding

    Oh, there's nothing un-generous about my speculation. Just saying that with my knowledge of working in the charity sector, success and longevity are all about partnerships and building/maintaining goodwill with people.
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    Essex Birding

    ... unless it's primarily a partnership/corporate focused event, at which the public are an unecessary nicety. I work at a charity and we do loads of mid-week events, as usually they're not aimed at the public or at individual donors. They're often about corporate fundraising, at...
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