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Category: Crane Spotter

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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Crane Spotter – January 2017 – Strictly Come Listing

Crane Spotter – January 2017 – Strictly Come Listing

European Bee-eaters Birders are listless again when the bells sound out at midnight on a New Year’s Eve. Many have kept a list of every bird they have seen over the preceding year, just for fun. In time they build up a useful record of birds in their garden, local area or ‘patch’, county, and country. Some will ...

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Crane Spotter – December 2016 – An Early Christmas

Crane Spotter – December 2016 – An Early Christmas

Siberian Accentor With winter approaching, many bird species have been escaping the bitter north and relocating in recent weeks. That’s usual. However the prolonged easterly and north easterly winds of late September and October 2016 were unprecedented in many birders’ memories – and they left behind a ...

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