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  1. John Cantelo

    5 km challenge - foot slogging birding from home at a time of Covid

    I'm now up to 83 on my 5km list. Having found a pair of tumbling Ravens (82) over Westbere I followed them with my binoculars as they dropped below the trees only to have a Bittern (83) fly into the lower edge of my field of view (thank goodness for my 10x binoculars' exceptional FoV!)...
  2. John Cantelo

    5 km challenge - foot slogging birding from home at a time of Covid

    Blimey, White-tailed Eagle, that's seriously impressive (and annoying as it likely flew over my house!) - did you submit the record to the KOS? Wryneck's damn good too - I'm told the area was one of the last in Kent where they regularly bred (into the 60s or 70s I think). I'd heard that...
  3. John Cantelo

    5 km challenge - foot slogging birding from home at a time of Covid

    A shorter (4 miles) more urban walk today to get some shopping and try my luck with Great Black-backed Gull and Raven ..... still no joy!
  4. John Cantelo

    5 km challenge - foot slogging birding from home at a time of Covid

    I never realised that you once lived in Canterbury. Did our paths ever cross? The Old Park is my nearest open space being about a kilometre from where I've lived (near Sainsbury's) for decades. Shamefully, until lockdown I badly neglected the place and rarely went there. As you know it has...
  5. John Cantelo

    5 km challenge - foot slogging birding from home at a time of Covid

    Like many at this time, I've been birding on a strictly local basis and, stricter than some, I have done so entirely on foot. I originally set my limit as a 5-mile radius (as the crow flies) from my urban home but have switched to focus on 5 km to make it more of a challenge to reach 100 (and...
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