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Crane Spotter – February 2022 – Scary Road Ahead For Our Birds
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Kingfisher (Green list) Red, red and amber, green, amber, red. Traffic lights! Oh no, not again. We are inundated with them around Cranleigh. What is going ...

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Crane Spotter – January 2022 – Garden birding, my year’s diary
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Biggest surprise of the year: Wigeon (Anas penelope). Nice change from the Pigeon! Here’s a pair. I never saw mine – just heard them flying over calling at ...

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Crane Spotter – December 2021 – Lapland delivers an early Christmas
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Redwing (Turdus iliacus) The 25th of December seemed to be all around as the snow fell onto the twinkling lights and carols belted out from loudspeakers. ...

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Crane Spotter – November 2021 – A Remembrance Sunday flypast
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Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) As the crowd in the centre of Cranleigh gathered around the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday a stray note suddenly broke ...

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Crane Spotter – October 2021 – Jay talking
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Jay searching for food (Garrulus glandarius) I saw this outrageously dressed fella the other day and by the amount of food he was transporting away you’d ...

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Crane Spotter – September 2021 – Enough to be chuffed
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Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) As the leaves fall and the changing season’s reds, oranges and gold emerge around us I am keeping my eyes peeled for ...

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Crane Spotter – August 2021 – Cranleigh and Ewhurst, the centre of the world!
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Ring-necked Duck - USA I’ve met folk around Cranleigh who – even before lockdown – rarely ventured beyond its boundaries. A lot of our commuters to the ...

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Crane Spotter – July 2021 – Many happy returns
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White Stork, (Ciconia ciconia). Impressive glider: Look what conservationists are bringing back The day was hotting up and as I gazed down from my vantage ...

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Crane Spotter – June 2021 – Eyes for the Osprey
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The Osprey searching high above the landscape looking for fish A magnificent bird attracting more media coverage than most others put together was back in ...

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Crane Spotter – May 2021 – Bye, baby Bunting
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‘Fancy meeting you here!’ Rustic Bunting and Little Bunting - in the same Surrey bush, Photo by David Carlsson Have you ever been somewhere hundreds or ...

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Crane Spotter – April 2021 – Jokers out the back, Wood Pigeons
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Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) - so surprised to see you Is there any bird sillier than a Pheasant? They stand there beside the road, you cover your ...

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Crane Spotter – March 2021 – Now it’s time we care two big hoots for Little Owls
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Little Owl (Athene noctua) giving you the eye It’s a moonlit dusk in early March when suddenly a two-syllable scream breaks the silence. There it is again, ...

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