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Great reed warbler & Spotted redshank, late May 2014

Great reed warbler is a mega bird for Berkshire and an excellent find for Kevin Tubb in a new reed bed at Green (business) Park in Reading and the first twitchable bird for just about every current lister (even the top … Continue reading

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Marsh harrier: Moor Green Lakes, June 6th – July 15th at least

Marsh harrier is a pretty scarce bird in Berkshire and usually very tricky to see being, generally, one-day-fly-throughs over early morning gravel pits. So the “long-staying” female at this very popular site is quite a treat (and opportunity) Here’s a … Continue reading

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Sanderling: Queen Mother Reservoir, April 22nd – 28th

QMR is the best place to see waders in Berkshire and the last week or so is the best time for this species. The series of records seem to be waves of the wader passing through on a broad front … Continue reading

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Dotterel: Bury Down, April 26th – 29th

The last weekend in April is the most likely time to trip over Dotterel and Bury Down, on the Downs above West Ilsley, is the most likely spot This bird was found late on the Friday and showed well, if … Continue reading

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Black-necked grebe: Woolhampton GP, March 23rd – April 14th

Three summer plumage birds have been showing very well at the eastern end of the largest of the pits – Rowneys predator lake Here’s a link to a page which has a map and info about the site http://www.birdsofberkshire.co.uk/woolhampton.htm

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Rock pipit: Queen Mother Reservoir, March 7th – 28th

Rock pipit is not particularly scarce but such a bright littoralis ssp is worth a visit There are two littoralis there (one a little more typically confiding) and here’s a link to the “Queen Mum” page on BirdsofBerkshire.co.uk http://www.birdsofberkshire.co.uk/QMR.htm

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Whooper swan: Beenham, February 18th – March 28th

Initially found with mutes in a field off the A4 near Padworth this pair have stayed quite faithfully to the same end of a large crop field This centres the Google map of this most common location: http://goo.gl/maps/r1WWj This streetview [http://goo.gl/maps/L1D8z] … Continue reading

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