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Southern Africa trip summary.

Posted Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 18:09 by Rick and Elis
21st August: arrive Johannesburg and head for Garingboom Guest House in Free State Province. Blacksmith Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing.
22nd: birding Gariep Dam. Kittlitz Plover, Burchell's Courser. Return to Johannesburg.
23rd: Start of road trip - Johannesburg to Elephant Sands, Botswana. Three-banded Plover.
24th birding Elephant Sands area then drive to Kasane and Water Lily Lodge. Rock Pratincole.
25th: birding along Chobe river with Pangolin Photographic Safaris, drive...
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Half a twitcher

Posted Tuesday 10th September 2013 at 04:52 by Green Sandpiper
I may have mentioned before, but I'm not a twitcher. I don't have the time or money to zoom off across the country looking for lost birds, especially when there are so many birds locally that i've still to see.

However. And there's always a however.....

The pectoral sandpiper which appeared in the east end of Glasgow last week proved too tempting for me. Through the wonders of Google maps I managed to find FRankfield loch, ironically less than a mile from one of...
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Thrush [Unidentified]

Posted Monday 9th September 2013 at 02:27 by Mitchelle
Over a span of about thirty minutes, I kept noticing that a male American Robin would fly rapidly, directly, deliberately toward a tree and up about forty feet into its foliage, resulting in the flushing out of another bird and a subsequent pursuit. The bird being pursued would take refuge in another tree or bush lower down, where the Male American Robin would further engage it, resulting in the quarrelsome sounds of wings coming in careless contact with vegetation and vocalizations of conflict....
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Being At Home With Birds

Posted Tuesday 27th August 2013 at 23:37 by Green Sandpiper
I've been impressed by the message behind the RSPB's ongoing campaign to 'give birds a home.' Much of the debate surrounding it and the television adverts has polarised opinion, and I can see both sides of the argument.

But the campaign itself got me thinking, again, of what birding gives to me. I may be giving birds a home, but I also get a lot back. Maybe its some primordial instinct to be out in the wild, whilst there's some wild places left, but being outside increasingly seems...
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Where have all the birdies gone?

Posted Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 16:02 by jb144
We live in a quiet cul-de-sac near a wooded dene. Usually we have a huge selection of small birds such as finches and blue tits.
But for about 3 months they appear to have vanished! A neighbour opposite has 6 cats and I was wondering if that had anything to do with there disappearance? But we also have a lot of magpies and rooks around. Can anyone advise what might scared all our small birdlife away?

Thanks for reading.........
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