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Posted Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 22:50 by Green Sandpiper
Iíve mentioned before that birding seems a solitary passion, but one which is best enjoyed in company. I can see 2 parts of this- firstly, the serious stuff about giving and gaining experience and tips from our more experienced peers (who hasnít benefitted from being in a hide with some experienced birder, normally bearded, who puts you onto a bird, or passes on some ID tips gained from a lifetime of huddling in cold hides) but also less obviously from the wealth of humorous tales and anecdotes,...
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Red-breasted goose in Hjšlstaviken, Sweden

Posted Sunday 13th October 2013 at 18:56 by kral0001
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Practically no RSPB reserves in North East England

Posted Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 21:55 by IAN JAMES THOMPSON
Updated Sunday 22nd September 2013 at 21:58 by IAN JAMES THOMPSON (Missed words out.)
The problem I have is that there has always been a lack of RSPB reserves in North East England and until Saltholm in Cleveland was opened a few years ago, there was only Coquet Island where no one is allowed to land which is in Northumberland. I do support the RSPB as I'm a Life Fellow and I do belong to an RSPB Local Members Group. But I often have to go to bird reserves belonging to other orgenisations such as one up at Druridge Bay which is a very good reserve or the Farne Islands of the Northumberland...
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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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