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Extinct species #3; South Island Snipe

Posted Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 19:03 by Rick and Elis
South Island Snipe, Coenocorypha iredalei.
Formally considered a subspecies of Subantarctic Snipe C. aucklandica. This is still considered a subspecies by IUCN

History: This species once lived across South Island and Stewart Island and its surrounding islets. It became extinct on South Island after its occupation by humans coming from Polynesia. It survived on nine smaller islands until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1964 there was an attempt to relocate the remaining...
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Not much osprey news today

Posted Monday 18th February 2013 at 14:04 by Tiger_mz
The only osprey news is that there is a relatively recently blog from Rutland.

See A Musical Migration

Beatrice and the other Roy Dennis tracked ospreys are relatively in the same place. See Beatrice

Beatrice should be starting her migratiion in about eleven days.
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My First Blog For Nearly Three Years

Posted Sunday 17th February 2013 at 08:51 by Tiger_mz
Updated Sunday 17th February 2013 at 11:11 by Tiger_mz
Well here is my first blog for nearly three years. Once again we are waiting on the ospreys returning and it is more exciting that ever.

The early returners will be leaving Africa any day now.

All the countdown clocks are here
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Appreciating What You've Got

Posted Saturday 16th February 2013 at 22:57 by Green Sandpiper
Haven't done much birding recently, due to unforseen circumstances and sheer bad luck. Had a couple of days off work a week or so ago, and seized the chance to get out and about. Couldn't go far, but to be fair, I've kind of forgotten how much my local patch offers.

I've also been neglecting my duties as a volunteer for the BTO's winter thrush survey, so to salve my guilty conscience I decided to visit one of the 1km squares I had enthusiastically if naively volunteered to cover....
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Paradise Found (by Scholes & Laman)

Posted Sunday 10th February 2013 at 15:45 by Mitchelle
Back in the middle of December of 2012, while standing in a long line at a regional hypermarket chain store, I scanned the magazine rack and found only one option: National Geographic’s December 2012 issue. The featured cover story—The World’s Largest Trees—immediately grabbed my interest. The magazine opened right up to a foldout poster of a giant sequoia. I had to page back for the beginning of the article, and I started reading about this tree named The President. After a few pages, it was finally...
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