Abergavenny: Rock on!

This spring the Isles of Scilly managed to pull off as expected, one of the biggest rarities of the year when an adult male Common Rock Thrush turned up; a vagrant from the continent native to the Meditterian region, the Common (formally known as Rufous-tailed), Rock Thrush has been recorded no less than 28 times …

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Merseyside: The Ribble Estuary

As a birthday treat I introduced young Wirral birder Luke Anderson to the joy of visible migration at his patch, Bidston Moss NR. Due to a combination of strong winds and light rain very little was moving through with totals coming in at Great Cormorant (89), European Shag (1), Eurasian Hobby (1), Redwing (25), Pink-footed …

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Pallid Harrier: A first for Cheshire

On the 30th of September confirmation came through of an adult female Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) on the Dee estuary marsh as viewed from Neston Old Quay on the Wirral peninsular. The confirmation of an adult female comes as only the second of its type to be discovered in the United Kingdom (majority are juveniles/1st …

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