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Crane Spotter: Racing for a Record – Part 2
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Main picture: Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) The story so far…last month I reported my progress in trying to see 120 bird species in and around ...

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Crane Spotter: Racing for a Record Part 1
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Around 105 bird species may be typically seen in and around Cranleigh during a full year if you try hard enough. And that gave me an idea. What if I could ...

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Crane Spotter – December 2022
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Looking twice reveals a surprise presence - by @Crane_Spotter We are all excited if we receive an unexpected package at Christmas - and most of us get the ...

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Crane Spotter – ‘Chew’ brings a ‘phew’
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One annoying aspect of birding is when you hear an extremely brief distant call - and then silence prevails. What was that?! Chances are you’ll never know. ...

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Crane Spotter – Following the Green Sand Way
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Autumn brings birders hope of a visit from a rarity or scarce visitor on its southerly migration. I go out hopefully, looking in likely spots around our ...

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Crane Spotter: tales from a Cranleigh birder – My unexpected Platinum Jubilee award from Queen Elizabeth II
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This month brings notable weather changes as the first day of Autumn approaches on the 22nd of September. At this time of year I’m always looking forward to ...

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Crane Spotter – Robbed of Recognition – August 2022
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Robin (Erithacus rubecula) Take a good look at the photo here, folks. Guess what it is? Haven’t a clue? Well neither have four in ten people, ...

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Crane Spotter – Jubilee jubilation! – July 2022
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As The Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations hit top gear a rather special visitor was giving its own aerial salute to joyful onlookers. The object of ...

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Crane Spotter – On the edge – for a ‘Sedge’ – June 2022
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Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) Some summer birds that get me rather excited are those I’m fortunate enough to find when they make a brief ...

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Crane Spotter – Super Whooper dreams are gonna blind me… – May 2022
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An early murky morning walk provided a nice surprise when through the grey I saw a large white bird on distant grassland. At first I thought it could be a ...

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Crane Spotter – Pondering Goosander wanderings – April 2022
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Goosander (Mergus merganser) After a 900-plus mile drive north from Helsinki and through Lapland we arrived on the Norway border. Soon I was in a place I ...

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Crane Spotter – Rooks, Crooks and Confusion – March 2022
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Slightly smaller than the Crow, the adult Rook (Corvus frugilegus) has a pointed grey bill with pale skin extending to the eye, ‘baggy trousers,’ peaked crown ...

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