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Birdwatcher’s Diary No.159

By Malcolm Fincham A mostly cool, overcast and murky start to April throughout most of the UK brought with it a slow progress of the arrival of our summer visiting…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.158

By Malcolm Fincham On Thursday, March 15 I had first sighting of the year of a sand martin, as it flew overhead on its arrival. Back from Africa, holding some hope…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.157

By Malcolm Fincham As February came to a close, an icy blast from the east had well and truly hit the UK, although Surrey seemed to have suffered far less…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.156

By Malcolm Fincham Chasing hawfinches around the Surrey countryside had become a bit of an obsession this winter. Not just for me, but for many a keen birdewatcher. The large…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.155

By Malcolm Fincham Was the blood super moon that lit the night sky as it rose over the Surrey Hills an omen for a change in the weather? Winter may…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.154

By Malcolm Fincham Having had two weeks of mostly overcast and dull, grey weather in the southern regions of the UK, it was inspiring for me, at last, to see…

Dapper Little Duck Enjoys Time Out From Captivity

A dapper little duck that the Dragon’s birdwatching correspondent Malcolm Fincham spotted near Guildford made him realise it must have escaped from a nearby private collection. Due to his diligence…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.153

By Malcolm Fincham The first two weeks of 2018 was certainly a challenge for me and my wildlife spotting, to say the least! Weather conditions were far from good. A…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.152

By Malcolm Fincham As the days led up to Christmas the weather turned mild throughout the southern regions of the UK. Unfortunate for my liking, in the countryside around Surrey,…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.151

By Malcolm Fincham Moving into December I found myself with some free time from my daily work. And like a bird released from its cage, I was “out there” once again,…

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