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Festive aftermath

Posted by on December 28, 2013 11:51 AM | 

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Many thanks to Phil Collins for his great shot of the Buff Bellied Pipit, still down at Burton Marsh and showing very well apparently.
"Hi John,
Thought you might like this photo of the Buff bellied Pipit I saw at Burton on Boxing Day. Had fabulous views of it as it fed close by on the tide wrack.
All the best for 2014", say Phil.

Cracker Phil!
I remember hurtling down the motorway to see one in October 2007 at Farmoor Res in Oxfordshire, but conditions seem much more amenable for the Burton bird - might go for a gander, after all it ain't hardly down the road, unlike to the very tempting, but very distant Brunnich's/White Billed Diver combination (ooooooo.....)
Got back from the Outlaws on the east coast via the M62 wind tunnel yesterday afternoon, and I'm still undergoing turkey/satsuma detox.
Managed an hour or so on the saltmarsh at the fabulously named Humberston Fitties on Boxing Day, but the place was covered in survivors desperate from some fresh air after the festive ho ho ho.
Even so, nice to see Yellowhammers feeding in the tidal wreckage there, and interesting to view Spurn from an unusual angle...

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Despite the number of promenaders, flocks of Linnet, Redshank, Curlews and Oycs foraged in the reedy channels and Little Egrets bleached out in the sun, obviously well used to people so close to the Costa del Cleethorpes.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Every winter hundreds of thousands of thrushes leave continental Europe to spend the winter months on this side of the North Sea.
Once here they can seemingly disappear into the countryside, and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) would like to know where they go, what resources they need to survive to next spring and what habitats they are to be found using while they are here. The last estimates of the winter population were over 30 years ago and they would like to update these too.
For the second winter running the BTO are asking people to take part in the Winter Thrushes Survey to help find the answers to these questions.
Every new volunteer can add valuable data to this survey, especially for the core counts up to 10 January – though the main survey runs until mid April. For more information on how to take part, please visit www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/winter-thrushes or telephone 01842 750050

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