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Birdwatcher’s Diary No.240

By Malcolm Fincham The first day of September in metrological terms is the start of autumn. “Where did that time go?” I asked myself. All down hill to Christmas now…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.239

By Malcolm Fincham As we entered into the last two weeks of August the weather had become settled. Temperatures stayed just below average for several days, and mostly overcast too.…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.238

By Malcolm Fincham Too late to squeeze into my previous report, but worthy of note, the last two days of July held a few new surprises. By and large occurring…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.237

By Malcolm Fincham As predicted, a brief heatwave had arrived on my doorstep by July 17. By the end of the weekend temperatures had reached 30c degrees around the Surrey…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.236

By Malcolm Fincham “No signs of a heatwave this year!” Or so it seemed. Moving into the first week of July, cool, sometimes inclement weather continued in the southern regions of…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.235

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.235

By Malcolm Fincham June began on a good footing, sunny periods and dry weather prevailed at long last. Wood white butterflies seemed to be in reasonable numbers in Chiddingfold Forest,…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.234

By Malcolm Fincham Breaking out from my pandemic shackles, I was now legally permitted to travel further for my observations. Despite rain early in May, in general it had been a…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.233

By Malcolm Fincham Turbulent weather continued into the second half of May. While the Met Office declared April to be one of the driest on record, it was already well-on-track…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.232

By Malcolm Fincham May has always been a busy one for me, ambling about the Surrey countryside in pursuit of what may be found to photograph. This one was no…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.231

By Malcolm Fincham To my delight, the pied flycatcher mentioned in my previous report was still present at Britten’s Pond on April 14, allowing plenty of fellow birdwatchers the chance…