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Benthos? What's that?

Posted Yesterday at 21:53 by Rick and Elis
I am ashamed to say that I had to ask this question.

"It's what keeps your favourite group of birds alive and thriving for you to look at!" came the reply.

I was informed, for my education that benthos is the community of organisms that live under, on or over the bed of a body of water, be it freshwater or saltwater; scientifically called the benthic zone.http://www.waderquest.org/2014/07/be...hats-that.html
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We are not twitchers, but...

Posted Friday 18th July 2014 at 20:31 by Rick and Elis
... who can resist a tick?

Black-winged Pratincole is a very rare bird in the UK. There have been just 36 records up to the end of 2012 according to Rare Bird Alert. There was one reported last year that we heard about but that did not linger and was only seen on one occasion. If last year's bird is accepted then the current individual that is doing the rounds of the east coast of England will be the 38th. It first appeared up in the north-east but did not stay anywhere very long,...
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Midsomer Murders (without the bodies!)

Posted Sunday 6th July 2014 at 23:41 by Rick and Elis
So many of the Midsomer Murders series are set around twee village fêtes and carnivals, well, today we felt like we were on the set of one of those episodes, half expecting one of the Chief Inspector Barnabys to stroll past with one of his hapless sergeants; instead we got a couple of local Community Support Officers...http://www.waderquest.org/2014/07/mi...ut-bodies.html
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Separating Baird's and White-rumped Sandpipers.

Posted Sunday 29th June 2014 at 22:01 by Rick and Elis
If, like us, you've always thought that telling a Baird's from a White-rumped Sandpiper was nigh on impossible and only for the experts, then this blog may help you. Although we haven't seen these species in all plumages (notably not juvenile Baird's), we think that now we have cobbled together enough experience and knowledge to tell the difference, so, here's how we do it.http://www.waderquest.org/2014/06/se...te-rumped.html
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Exciting times ahead - the waders are coming!

Posted Saturday 21st June 2014 at 22:48 by Rick and Elis
I know it is mid summer and most northern hemisphere birders are not thinking yet about autumn migration but if you happen to be a male Buff-breasted Sandpiper or a female which has failed to breed, you may well already be on your way south...http://www.waderquest.org/2014/06/ex...mes-ahead.html
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