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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2019

Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2019 March is generally a busy birding month here. Winter visitors are leaving, summer visitors are arriving, and there is always the possibility of seeing passage migrants. The highlight of the month was a sand martin, which arrived on the morning of March 12th, doing a few circuits of […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: February 2019

February was an exceptionally mild month, giving birds little reason to move from their winter grounds. Combined with high water levels throughout the month, this meant that highlights in February were few and far between. Shelduck continued to visit occasionally in small numbers during the first half of the month, though shoveler (picture 1 below) […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: January 2019

Extended cold spells are what brings in the rare birds at this time of year and these were lacking this month. We did have one significant highlight though, a female brambling (main picture above) was found along the woodland trail on the 13th. This species was fairly regular here until around ten years ago, but […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: December 2018

December was a quiet month for birding here, which is typical for a winter month with no cold spells. With no new-for-the-year birds being found, the total number of species seen here in 2018 ended up on 99, with firecrest and green sandpiper perhaps being the most surprising omissions, preventing us from getting into three […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: November 2018

Although November is generally a month of little bird movement, we did have a short period in the middle of the month which provided some of the major highlights of the year here. On the 16th, a winter-plumaged black-necked grebe (main picture above) was found over the road on the west reservoir. Although strictly just […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: October 2018

October can be a frustrating month for birding here at Woodberry Wetlands. Whilst it is the month when more very rare birds turn in the UK than any other, these birds are almost all around the coast and especially on the more remote British islands. Though things are more mundane on a small inland site, […]

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Autumn and Winter opening hours at Woodberry Wetlands

On Sunday 28th October 2018, we are changing to our winter opening and closing times at Woodberry Wetlands. Please check the updated timings below: East entrance (New River Studio gate): 9am-4pm Green gate: 9am – 4pm West entrance (Coal House gate) and boardwalk: 9am – 4:30pm Coal House Cafe: 9am-4pm (kitchen closes 3:30pm)   Image: […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: September 2018

September is a month of arrivals and departures, as we say goodbye to the last of our summer visitors and welcome more of our regular winter birds. Passage migrants can also still be occasionally seen during stop-offs on their southbound journeys. Only one new bird for 2018 was seen during September, when a wheatear was […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry Bird Highlights: August 2018

The highlight of August was undoubtedly the flycatchers. The first spotted flycatcher (main picture above) of the year was seen on the 15th and they were seen on-and-off for a couple of weeks after that. This didn’t come as a surprise, because the same thing happens here every year in the second half of August. […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: July 2018

The birding highlight of July, and probably the birding highlight here of 2018 so far, was the visit of a sandwich tern (main picture above amongst black-headed gulls). The bird arrived early in the morning on July 10th, it sat on a post on the border of the lagoons for nearly an hour, before having […]

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