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Forum: Member's Lists 2018 Yesterday, 14:13
Replies: 9
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Posted By kb57
A few more incidental records that move my year...

A few more incidental records that move my year list on, albeit slowly.

16th Feb, Heysham, Lancs.

84. Greylag Goose
85. Eurasian Skylark

18th Feb, Rothbury, Northumberland

86. Mistle Thrush
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Wednesday 14th February 2018, 12:51
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By kb57
Just had a look through cr-birding.org and can't...

Just had a look through cr-birding.org and can't find a colour ringing project listed for siskins
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Tuesday 13th February 2018, 19:42
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By kb57
Osprey in Algarve

Just found this osprey had a ring whilst cleaning up an SD card - reported through cr-birding contact. Blue colour ring LH3, seen at the salinas west of Faro airport on 8th October last year.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 12th February 2018, 14:55
Replies: 128
Views: 4,607
Posted By kb57
Saw these too at the weekend - great looking...

Saw these too at the weekend - great looking birds, and thanks for confirming ID, as they are not in the 'common birds of the Panama fruit feeder' guide which Cornell Lab have also put on YouTube.
Forum: Tripod and Heads Thursday 8th February 2018, 16:54
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By kb57
Well, at the end of the day, I decided to go for...

Well, at the end of the day, I decided to go for a Manfrotto BeFree Carbon instead...it was a case of 'a bird in the hand', as they had an actual physical example I could try out in my local camera...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 7th February 2018, 15:12
Replies: 97
Views: 4,036
Posted By kb57
Just to clarify, the person who posted the photos...

Just to clarify, the person who posted the photos was aware it was either a marsh or willow tit...it was the RSPB who suggested blackcap! I'm guessing they probably had someone inexperienced...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 5th February 2018, 19:59
Replies: 79
Views: 10,395
Posted By kb57
A flock of lesser redpolls feeding on alder cones...

A flock of lesser redpolls feeding on alder cones outside our first floor window brightened up a cold day at the office today. We also get siskins and goldfinches - the value of planting food...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 5th February 2018, 19:53
Replies: 97
Views: 4,036
Posted By kb57
Someone posted a picture of a marsh tit on...

Someone posted a picture of a marsh tit on Twitter the other day, asking for advice on whether it was a marsh tit or willow tit, and tagging '@Nature's_Voice'
The reply from RSPB identified it as a...
Forum: Member's Lists 2018 Monday 5th February 2018, 19:29
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By kb57
4th Feb, afternoon out at Lindisfarne Stopped to...

4th Feb, afternoon out at Lindisfarne

Stopped to watch and listened to a a flying flock of pink-footed geese before we'd reached the coast, a foretaste of good birding to come.

First Beal, landward...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Monday 5th February 2018, 19:12
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By kb57
Thanks, this does help - I wasn't expecting a...

Thanks, this does help - I wasn't expecting a ball head to be as good as a fluid head, just that it would be possible to use it - if it is a choice between being able to fit a tripod and scope in or...
Forum: Member's Lists 2018 Saturday 3rd February 2018, 17:23
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By kb57
Driving to Newcastle, my first red kite of the...

Driving to Newcastle, my first red kite of the year in Burnopfield soon followed by two more in Rowland's Gill
1st Feb, Burnopfield, Co. Durham

66. Red Kite

2nd Feb, working in Heysham,...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Thursday 1st February 2018, 13:00
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By kb57
Thanks for the advice guys, unless anyone elses...

Thanks for the advice guys, unless anyone elses warns me off I'm tempted to take a chance, especially as I'm currently considering the very small 50mm MM4. The MeFOTO comes as a kit with the ball...
Forum: Vortex Thursday 1st February 2018, 12:36
Replies: 78
Views: 11,389
Posted By kb57
Interesting looking through this thread - as far...

Interesting looking through this thread - as far as I can see only one mention of Leica, to report no QC issues. Are they still all made in Germany?
(I have Swarovski and Opticron, so no prior...
Forum: Japan Wednesday 31st January 2018, 13:57
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By kb57
I'm also going to be in Hokkaido in late...

I'm also going to be in Hokkaido in late February, but like most have planned to focus on the well-birded area to the NE of Kushiro - Tsurui (for cranes), Lake Kussharo (for whooper swans), Yoroushi...
Forum: Tripod and Heads Wednesday 31st January 2018, 12:57
Replies: 7
Views: 377
Posted By kb57
Anyone using a MeFOTO RoadTrip travel tripod?

I was wondering if anyone had experience of the MeFOTO RoadTrip series travel tripods? Found some positive reviews on the internet, but interesting to know if they are any good in a birding / bird...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 31st January 2018, 12:33
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By kb57
That is reassuring to know - I recall reading...

That is reassuring to know - I recall reading somewhere how the urban kittiwakes in Newcastle nesting close to people were more stressed, and I think that did relate to breeding success (specifically...
Forum: Member's Lists 2018 Monday 29th January 2018, 13:48
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By kb57
27th Jan, driving across Simonside Hills,...

27th Jan, driving across Simonside Hills, Northumberland

58. Willow Ptarmigan (ssp. scoticus - red grouse)

28th Jan, Old Swarland, Northumberland

59. Northern Raven

My first 'lowland' raven in...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 26th January 2018, 16:39
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By kb57
My experience - having been most years for the...

My experience - having been most years for the past 4/5 - is that the boats are timed to go when the tide is sufficiently high to do a complete circuit of the island. The waters are shallower on the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 26th January 2018, 16:02
Replies: 128
Views: 4,607
Posted By kb57
Surprise, surprise...a clay-coloured thrush

Surprise, surprise...a clay-coloured thrush
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 26th January 2018, 16:00
Replies: 128
Views: 4,607
Posted By kb57
The fruit is just getting replaced now...what...

The fruit is just getting replaced now...what will be first to visit?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 26th January 2018, 14:09
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By kb57
The duck by the BH gulls is too small to be a...

The duck by the BH gulls is too small to be a mallard - although out of focus, scale and what can be seen of colour / pattern suggest a female goldeneye to me
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 26th January 2018, 13:49
Replies: 97
Views: 4,036
Posted By kb57
I'm picking up a bit of a trans-Atlantic...

I'm picking up a bit of a trans-Atlantic difference in approach to this issue, with the Nearctic contributors favouring a kinder and gentler treatment of taxonomic miscreants. Is this just a symptom...
Forum: Member's Lists 2018 Friday 26th January 2018, 12:47
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By kb57
A couple more additions made in the course of...

A couple more additions made in the course of travel. Nice view of my first owl of the year flying just in front of my car one night, and common / mew gulls in a favoured field where I often see a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 25th January 2018, 13:29
Replies: 128
Views: 4,607
Posted By kb57
Well, that's my lunch hour over very quickly -...

Well, that's my lunch hour over very quickly - totally addictive, and I've learned that the strange looking cross between a pheasant and a cuckoo is a Chachalacha! (thanks to the handy Cornell Lab...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 24th January 2018, 15:42
Replies: 97
Views: 4,036
Posted By kb57
I went to a conference once where someone from...

I went to a conference once where someone from the BTO was explaining how they deal with errors in big citizen science datasets. I should perhaps have been paying more attention as to how they...
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