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    First signs of Autumn??

    Had a few Green Sandpipers returning in the last couple of days. CB
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    Early Red Admiral

    I've just had my earliest Butterfly yesterday morning - a Red Admiral near Warrington but it was very mild (nearly 12C) CB
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    Colour ringed BLack-headed Gulls

    Can anyone tell me whereabouts uses white rings? I saw a BHG with one the other day, unfortunately I was unable to read the letters with my bins. CB
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    Can anyone tell me if Corncrakes have a preferred time of day when they are most likely to be heard? Also do they still call irrespective of the weather? Would they call in little drizzle for example? Thanks in advance CB
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    Return migration already!!

    Seems like the first returning migrants are heading back south. A few Red-necked Phalaropes going thru'. The first returning Spotted Redshank went thru' Cheshire this week. CB
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    Strange duck, Cheshire?

    This is not my video, but any thoughts as to the ID of the duck - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d33J2ZgknDA CB
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    Steiner Binoculars

    Anybody tried the 8x22 Steiner Safari Binoculars? What are the pro's and con's? CB
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    Signs of spring

    Its a cold February morning here in Cheshire but despite this there are signs of spring on my morning walk. A Mistle Thrush singing its heart out until disturbed by a nearby pair. Several Chaffinches have started singing also. Neither is particularly early but still welcome! CB
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    Bird of the year?

    So as we head rapidly towards 2014, what's your bird of the year? Maybe it was on your local patch or maybe you travelled to a far-flung location to twitch it. CB
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    Starlings on the move?

    Has anyone noticed any large Starlling movements/influxes recently? Today I was out in the peak district and I came across two massive flocks feeding in the moors. Never seen so many away from roosting sites. CB
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    Glossy Ibis at Dunham Massey

    imm Glossy Ibis on the flooded field just opposite the Swan with Two Nicks pub, near Dunham Massey. Present for second day at least. Flew off at 4.15pm then circled for 25 mins before heading SE towards Rostherne Mere and being lost from view. CB
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    Inland seabirds

    Just done a quick summary of inland seabird sightings for yesterday in Britain - 48+ Gannets, 10 Bonxies, 4 Arctic Skuas and 2 Grey Phalaropes across 13 counties. What did you see? CB
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    Redwings galore!!

    Large numbers of Redwings passing over Cheshire today including 1000 at Leasowe, 750 at Hoylake, 300 at Woolston Eyes, 300 over New Brighton, 350 over West Kirby, 250 over Newton and 100 at Alsager; Anyone else got big counts? CB
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    Top tweeters!

    Can people suggest any top birders/bird related groups which are worthy of being followed on Twitter? CB
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    Can anyone tell me when Nightjars would have finished churring? CB
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    Autumn already?

    Fieldfare at Spurn yesterday. Late spring migrant or returning autumn bird? Please cast your vote! CB
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    The Human Swarm

    I've just been watching one of the most interesting programs i've seen on TV for a while. This evening on Channel 4 (for UK residents only), there was a program called "The Human Swarm". It was all about trends and how they are linked to the weather. For example, three days of above 18C weather...
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    Birdguides changes hands

    Just received an email telling me that Birdguides has been sold to the owners of Birdwatch magazine, Warner Group Publications Plc on May 9th. Wonder how this will affect the birding scene? CB
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    Birdguides changes hands

    Just received an email telling me that Birdguides has been sold to the owners of Birdwatch magazine, Warner Group Publications Plc on May 9th. Wonder how this will affect the birding scene? CB
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    Anyone else noticed that Bluebells seem to be everywhere this year? They are carpeting everywhere near me. CB
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    Fire damage to a top birding site!!

    Anyone in NW England may well have seen the reports on the local news about a large fire which started at Neston and spread to Parkgate - http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64/News/Local-News/245143-Fire-at-Parkgate-Started-Deliberately-Damage-Caused-to-Wildlife-Habitat and here is a...
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    Skylark passage?

    Did anyone else notice a significant passage of Skylarks overhead today? On my inland patch in Cheshire I had my largest ever day count. Carsington Water in North Derbyshire also noted a good movement. CB
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    Signs of spring?

    Today, due to the lovely sunny day, it seems like the birds are starting to think about spring. Our Oystercatchers have returned to their inland breeding areas. The first Avocets have arrived on the Dee Estuary. I heard numerous common birds singing today. CB
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    Hunting by night

    The other morning I observed a strange piece of behaviour and I wondered whether others had noticed it. It was pitch black and just after 7am but where I work is in an industrial estate so we have a couple of floodlights in our yard and as do most of the nearby warehouses. I looked up to see a...
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    Is fieldcraft a dying art? CB