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Volunteer For Almost Nothing.....Clyde Atlas NS66F

Posted Wednesday 18th December 2013 at 16:33 by Green Sandpiper
I used to stick to the 'volunteer for nothing' adage, but appear to have abandoned it if birding is involved. You may remember last year I was sweet- talked by Jimmy Maxwell into doing a tetrad for the ongoing Clyde Atlas? I cheekily combined it with my squares for the Winter Thrush survey (see, already two things I volunteered for). Anyway, Jimmy recently contacted me and pointed out that Uddingston, my local patch, was pretty well covered, but that there were some squares utterly devoid of...
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Lagoon of El Soto. Velilla de San Antonio

Posted Friday 13th December 2013 at 15:58 by Moncho
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Velilla de San Antonio has several lagoons created by the extraction of sand for building, like the rest of Parque del Sureste. Today we showed what we saw in the northern one, Laguna del Soto, on an October morning. More in
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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together....

Posted Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 19:46 by Green Sandpiper
mostly because it happens so rarely.

As you've probably learned by now, I'm a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to birding. I'm not a twitcher, but...I sometimes twitch, for example. Also, I've managed to exceed last year's tick total, gaining a handful of lifers whilst dipping on some fairly easy birds i had expected to get (cuckoo, spot fly, and kingfisher)

Anyway, as I'm always on the lookout for lifer ticks, and as there are so many 'common' birds I have yet to...
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Stone-curlew, Thick-knee or just plain Dikkop?

Posted Monday 9th December 2013 at 10:31 by Rick and Elis
The Burhinidae have a number of names. In the UK the only example, in my youth, was simply known as Stone-Curlew (as it still is in HBW I happily note), but that now usually has to be qualified with Eurasian, although BirdLife now call this Eurasian Thick-knee. This qualification comes about due to the form indicus being potentially split as a different species (the Wader Quest list shows it as a seperate species) which becomes Indian Stone-Curlew and the Australian birds also previously being called...
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A Spark Ignited

Posted Sunday 1st December 2013 at 10:56 by JustinG
March, and the excitement builds as spring ever nears. The bird watching sites are scoured for the first sightings of the season. Then, after what seems like an eternity, the first Osprey returns to the UK from West Africa. The tension builds when you are waiting for the Osprey you follow to return. In my case, this is Monty, the male Osprey at the Dyfi Osprey Project. He is the ultimate bird; both fish-winner and nest-husband.

7th April, 2013. Iím in the project office just staring...
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