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Category: Crane Spotter

Crane Spotter – October 2017 – Oodles of Ouzels

Crane Spotter – October 2017 – Oodles of Ouzels

Ring Ouzel Adult male (Turdus torquatus) © Andrej Chudý This month I’ll be looking out for a generally hard-to-see migrant bird that passes through the county on autumn passage – the Ring Ouzel. It’s the moorland version of our common Blackbird and not a species most would expect to see around Cranleigh and ...

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Crane Spotter – September 2017 – Stirring things up

Crane Spotter – September 2017 – Stirring things up

Hobby (Falco subbuteo) It’s ‘eyes to the skies’ time a bit more frequently than usual this month. That’s because as some of our summer visitors begin to leave us there are other birds starting to arrive for the autumn and winter. And there is always the chance of an unexpected scarcity putting in an appearance too ...

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Crane Spotter – July 2017 – The Sunset Specialist

Crane Spotter – July 2017 – The Sunset Specialist

Woodcock on a search for food This month, weather permitting, provides probably the last chance of the season to witness one of the magical moments in UK birding. And it unfolds right here on our doorstep. The Surrey heaths are one of the best places to see this impressive spectacle - and those around Cranleigh are ...

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Crane Spotter – May 2017 – Blackcaps

Crane Spotter – May 2017 – Blackcaps

Eurasian Blackcap, female (Sylvia atricapilla) The last few weeks have, as usual, been one of the most exciting times in the birding calendar. Summer migrants started arriving from the south as early as March. Sand Martins, Swallows, House Martins - to name but a few - had all made it around here by the end of ...

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Crane Spotter – April 2017 – Gyp & Jubilation

Crane Spotter – April 2017 – Gyp & Jubilation

Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) male A bird has been giving me ‘a bit of gyp’ over recent months. The Crossbill. Or to give its full name, Common Crossbill. It’s another of those birds that are called ‘common’ but aren’t. Well, not around the Cranleigh area anyway. Over this last winter, though, there have ...

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