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For those who missed it! 

21 Apr 18

Huge thank you to Steven Bailey who has given me his permission to use his photograph of Thursdays Whimbrel on the Marsh.


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Blog Post: St George and the Dragonfly 

20 Apr 18

Almost everyone knows the great legend of St George and the Dragon, the brave knight who fought to rescue a princess and later became known as the Patron Saint of England.


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Thursday 19th April 2018 

19 Apr 18

1030 – 1130 sunny, 22c : Oystercatcher 2, Kingfisher, Swallow 2, Sparrowhawk f, Buzzard, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap m f, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting 2m.


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Mega Migrant Bonanza! 

19 Apr 18

That’s a heading I don’t get to use very often about the Marsh and Mere but today its true! Its as if the floodgates have opened on the continent and all of the migrants that have been held back are now pouring through.


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The flow of migrants increases 

19 Apr 18

Thursday19th April 2018 Having been held back by a cold, wet early April the arrival rate of Migrant birds is picking up.


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It went very quiet for a while! 

19 Apr 18

And that usually means…


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Wednesday 18th April 2018 

18 Apr 18

0930 – 1030 cloudy, col breeze, 13c : Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher 2, LR Plover 2, Teal 14, GC Grebe 2, Swallow 2, Sand Martin 2, House Martin, Blackcap 2m, Willow Warbler 2.


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Chester Zoo 

17 Apr 18

Being controversial here, not everyone will agree with our views, but here goes…


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Day 16 – Tea Gardens then Guwahati 

15 Apr 18

A quick trip around the Tea Plantation at 5.00am prior to heading to Guwahati for our plane to Delhi yielded two more ticks in the form of Greater necklaced Laughingthrush and Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher.


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Day 13 to 16 – Kaziranga – 6th to 9th April 

15 Apr 18

Day 13 – Kaziranga – 6th April amKaziranga, Central Range – pmKaziranga, Eastern Range All the birding in Kaziranga was from the back of Jeeps or Gypses and the Indians call their models of Jeep! We had a good mornings birding but it wasn’t …


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Day 12 – Eaglenest to Kaziranga – 5th April 

15 Apr 18

Day 12 – Eaglenest to Kaziranga A 5.45am breakfast meeting again and after loading up and taking in the views for the last time we headed downhill to the site of the “Bugan” where we enjoyed a good hour of birding adding a couple of new species.


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Saturday 14th April 2018 

14 Apr 18

0900 – 1120 fairly sunny, 12c : Teal 4, Oystercatcher, Little Grebe at quarry, Kestrel 3, Jay,, Raven 2 at quarry, Meadow Pipit, Swallow 2, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff 4, Blackcap m f, Linnet 4, Reed Bunting 2.


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Days 9 & 10 – Lama Camp via Eaglenest Pass to Bompu Camp – 2nd & 3rd April 

14 Apr 18

Days 9 10 – Lama Camp via Eaglenest Pass to Bompu Camp – 2nd 3rd April We packed last night as we had a 5.30am start to drive over Eaglenest Pass to Bompu Camp on the other side.


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Days 7 & 8 – Eaglenest, Lama Camp – 1st & 2nd April 

14 Apr 18

After our arrival last night, we dropped the gear into the tents and headed uphill to the “Dining Area” for some Rice, Dall and mixed vegetables! In fact the food here was better than at the Hotel in Dirang.


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Day 7 – 31st March – Dirang to Eagles Nest 

13 Apr 18

Day 7 – Dirang to Eagle Nest We met for breakfast at 5.45am which consisted of omelette’s that were probably cooked the previous day, they were rubbery and cold! But, on the plus side it was nearly a lay-in! Today we were travelling south towards …


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India – Days 4 to 5 – 28th to 30th March – Dirang 

13 Apr 18

Day 4 – Nameri to Dirang We had a bit of a break from the early starts this morning as we were travelling to Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh a sensitive area that borders China.


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India – Nights 2 to 4 – 25-28 April Nameri 

13 Apr 18

It was a five hour drive to our first destination of Nameri where we were stopping at Lamilou Camp we were spending the next three nights in comfortable tents which were attached to a changing room and a toilet and shower – a strange arrangement, …


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India – Birmingham to Delhi 

13 Apr 18

Friday 23rd March saw the Captain and I board our flight to India.


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Friday 13th April 2018 

13 Apr 18

0915 – 1000 heavy rain, 6c : Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Cormorant 9, Swallow 8, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail 3.


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Not so bizarre after all! 

11 Apr 18

John Holian was kind enough to call to say that at Belvide today was there earliest ever Reed Warbler singing in Gazebo Bay.


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A day for weird surprises! 

10 Apr 18

Seventeen minutes passed five – a Ring Necked Parakeet over the garden calling and flying toward the east end of the village ( lost to sight behind old George and Dragon pub ).


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A grim day but a record breaking walk! 

10 Apr 18

Photo courtesy Keith Whitehouse To use the vernacular American term, every now and then, birding throws you a ‘ curve ball ‘! And today was such a day.


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Migration update 

9 Apr 18

Monday 9th April 2018 Largely uneventful week.


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Monday 9th April 2018 

9 Apr 18

1200 – 1300 overcast, 8c : House Martin 2, Sand Martin 6, Swallow 9, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Teal 4, Little Egret.


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They are playing my song (a day early)! 

9 Apr 18

Chasewater apparently had a good fall of common migrants yesterday and I was hoping to try and do the Marsh ahead of the predicted rain today in case we had also benefited from the fall, however I wasn’t expecting heavy fog with visibility down to …