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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 13:31   #1
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What's with this weather?

I'd been looking forward to getting a few good days birding in over the christmas holidays, but every day it's been so dull & murky? If it's hasn't been blowing a gale we've had heavy rain!
Been out most days, but steamed up optics, and pockets full of water ain't much fun.
Bring on 2012!
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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 13:53   #2
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Been warm and sunny here, even burnt my nose something chronic from too many hours under the scorthing sun
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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 15:12   #3
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Yeah... thanks for that! just been out again for the last hour before dusk. It rained again.
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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 15:50   #4
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I'd been looking forward to getting a few good days birding in over the christmas holidays, but every day it's been so dull & murky? If it's hasn't been blowing a gale we've had heavy rain!
Been out most days, but steamed up optics, and pockets full of water ain't much fun.
Bring on 2012!
I know, Its rubbish for photography as well, although the birding on my local patch has been above average.
I saw snowdrops, apples and bulb shoots today though!
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Old Sunday 1st January 2012, 15:08   #5
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Indeed it's been dull and murky here with torrential rain too. Couldn't believe it when the sun came out to play yesterday!

Oops, wrong end of the world...
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2012, 03:09   #6
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This is our 4th summer here in Northland NZ and this is by far the worst. Very few sunny days. Today is warm but damp. I've heard El Nino (hope thats right) is to blame?
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2012, 03:25   #7
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Here we are getting unusually warm weather here 7'c on Thursday when it
should be in the -20s.The warm weather has persisted all winter!
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2012, 22:03   #8
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I woke up the other day to what sounded like a train going over the house, nah it was only the wind which was recorded at 102mph in Edinburgh that morning

I stayed in that day
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This is our 4th summer here in Northland NZ and this is by far the worst. Very few sunny days. Today is warm but damp. I've heard El Nino (hope thats right) is to blame?
Have you checked the status of the polar icecaps lately....? El Nino's and Nina's are a thing of the past. Now we are in a new stage and no one has figured it out yet for it is still in the process.
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Old Thursday 5th January 2012, 05:25   #10
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Good Morning all,
we are having a wee bit of a blow here in Germany, 120kmh winds, hail snow sleet and rain.
Its bin day so the yellow sacks have been blown all over the road, and I'm just in from gathering them up. I should get myself a Collie
But on a Scottish scale, its just a wee gale.

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Old Thursday 5th January 2012, 13:53   #11
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Weather has been pretty wet & windy here in Limousin for the last. Going stir crazy so I started photographing waterfalls!
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Saw a Blackbird gathering nest material at Martin Mere today, obviously thinks it must be Spring. Whooper Swan numbers seem to be well down for January; something like 1,470 on the reserve. And where were all the birds at Titchwell on Monday, hardly any of the waders you'd expect to see at this time of year.
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3 Blue Tits and 2 Great Tits were having a proper barney over one of my nest boxes this morning. Both checking it out so at least it reminded me to clean it out!
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Saw a Blackbird gathering nest material at Martin Mere today, obviously thinks it must be Spring. Whooper Swan numbers seem to be well down for January; something like 1,470 on the reserve. And where were all the birds at Titchwell on Monday, hardly any of the waders you'd expect to see at this time of year.
There are lots more Whoopers than would be expected elsewhere in Lancs, Pilling for example.

Regarding the original post give me this winter over the last two by a country mile.

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Old Saturday 7th January 2012, 22:24   #15
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There are lots more Whoopers than would be expected elsewhere in Lancs, Pilling for example.

Regarding the original post give me this winter over the last two by a country mile.

Stephen
You're jesting me Stephen. Mud, rain, wind and grey, grey dullness. Or blue-skies, sunshine, good-visibility and being firm underfoot. No contest.
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Old Saturday 7th January 2012, 23:14   #16
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And sustained sub zero temperatures that did for almost all the local Kingfishers and Stonechats?

Not a joking matter really.

Stephen

[Edit - I don't think there are any local breeding Stonechats now, the odd migrant appears but basically they are extinct on the Fylde as far as I know as a breeding bird]

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I would agree totally about the effect the hard weather had on some birds. I was just stating my personal views.
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Old Sunday 8th January 2012, 10:37   #18
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I'd been looking forward to getting a few good days birding in over the christmas holidays, but every day it's been so dull & murky? If it's hasn't been blowing a gale we've had heavy rain!
The sort of weather that we have been having in these islands was forcast back in the 1970s as effects of global warming. Now we've got them.

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Old Sunday 8th January 2012, 12:24   #19
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I would agree totally about the effect the hard weather had on some birds. I was just stating my personal views.
Yes and fair enough Floyd, I was also just stating mine.

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Mind you, I read somewhere the other day that the temperatures for December were fairly average- it's just the perception is that it's unseasonably mild due to the past two winters. 2011 was one of the warmest years on record but that was apparently mainly due to the unusually warm spell last Spring and the Indian Summer in October.
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Down here we have had nice, sunny days since September. Since then just 5 days of rain in Barcelona! I've just arrived from Pyrenees, there's snow from 2.500 metres until the top . I've walking for several hours today around 2.000 metres and we had 17C: crazy
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We had a pair of Teal mating in front of one of the hides at Upton Warren on Christmas Eve (I'll try and trawl for a photo - but I've got some at home if needs be) and this was witnessed by 4 or 5 of us yesterday: GCG displaying in Winter plumage - something is amiss!

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Saw a Blackbird gathering nest material at Martin Mere today, obviously thinks it must be Spring. Whooper Swan numbers seem to be well down for January; something like 1,470 on the reserve. And where were all the birds at Titchwell on Monday, hardly any of the waders you'd expect to see at this time of year.
Cant Blackbirds breed throughout the year? Along with Barn Owl, Woodpigeon and Collared Dove?
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I saw a Daffodil in bloom.
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