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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 9th September 2016, 08:29
Replies: 28
Views: 1,764
Posted By Pete Mella
There's a certain type of birder that hangs round...

There's a certain type of birder that hangs round all flagship reserves that knows a little bit, but likes to play the expert to people who are less experienced than them. They'll make huge mistakes,...
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 17th March 2016, 19:57
Replies: 10
Views: 2,126
Posted By Pete Mella
Quite a few in Sheffield now too, with a quite...

Quite a few in Sheffield now too, with a quite major population just over the border on the River Derwent in Derbys.
Forum: Yorkshire Monday 29th February 2016, 21:35
Replies: 5
Views: 1,496
Posted By Pete Mella
100% siskin, they are quite small birds.

100% siskin, they are quite small birds.
Forum: Yorkshire Tuesday 16th February 2016, 23:15
Replies: 11
Views: 2,317
Posted By Pete Mella
If you're serious about learning about the birds...

If you're serious about learning about the birds in your area, you really need to check out the local information networks... Having a scan at the recent sightings there will give you a good idea of...
Forum: Yorkshire Friday 22nd January 2016, 10:54
Replies: 11
Views: 2,317
Posted By Pete Mella
Definitely a SEO (among other things, a Tawny has...

Definitely a SEO (among other things, a Tawny has all-dark eyes). A nice find - SEOs are quite a lot less common than Tawnies. Tawnies are much harder to see, though, as they hunt after dark, but are...
Forum: Yorkshire Tuesday 27th October 2015, 13:36
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,365,846
Posted By Pete Mella
Filey's probably a good bet in November, always...

Filey's probably a good bet in November, always chance auks, divers, grebes, seaducks, etc. Parking is at the Country Park, but be aware the walk down to the Brigg from there is really not too...
Forum: Yorkshire Wednesday 14th October 2015, 17:09
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,365,846
Posted By Pete Mella
As other have said, it's probably not the best...

As other have said, it's probably not the best time of year to make a big journey there (although it's always worth a look). If you did go, then if you fancied a quick detour I always find the fields...
Forum: Yorkshire Tuesday 13th October 2015, 13:35
Replies: 6
Views: 920
Posted By Pete Mella
You're in Hillsborough aren't you if I remember...

You're in Hillsborough aren't you if I remember right? In which case Hillsborough Park gets good counts Goosander, and chance of Redwing and Fieldfare (and Waxwing in the right years). If it's a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 25th August 2015, 19:57
Replies: 3
Views: 715
Posted By Pete Mella
LBBG - mantle's way too dark for YLG.

LBBG - mantle's way too dark for YLG.
Forum: Say Hello Monday 24th August 2015, 13:49
Replies: 10
Views: 910
Posted By Pete Mella
I had some Bushnell H20s for ages and they were...

I had some Bushnell H20s for ages and they were absolutely fine with my specs - not the greatest bins but good value for money.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 20th August 2015, 12:56
Replies: 8
Views: 2,544
Posted By Pete Mella
It would be unlikely for an aquatic warbler to be...

It would be unlikely for an aquatic warbler to be eating fruit, as it's an insect-eater. Also, even if it was a warbler, have you ruled out the far-commoner Sedge Warbler?
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 6th August 2015, 21:26
Replies: 17
Views: 3,102
Posted By Pete Mella
So it is - missed that. Plenty of HMs in the...

So it is - missed that. Plenty of HMs in the Hillsborough area, just a matter of time...
Forum: Yorkshire Monday 3rd August 2015, 09:22
Replies: 17
Views: 3,102
Posted By Pete Mella
In which case you're very near a lot of that...

In which case you're very near a lot of that stuff. I'll send you a PM at some point with some specific locations. As I say, there's a nailed on spot for Green Woodpecker near there.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 30th July 2015, 08:59
Replies: 52
Views: 3,412
Posted By Pete Mella
It's all down to what you feel comfortable with,...

It's all down to what you feel comfortable with, and what you consider your list to be. Is it a list of birds you've had the skill to ID? Is it a list of birds you know you've seen (including those...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 27th July 2015, 18:09
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By Pete Mella
Gannets are rare away from the coast, but...

Gannets are rare away from the coast, but sometimes get swept inland during bad weather.
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 16th July 2015, 19:35
Replies: 17
Views: 3,102
Posted By Pete Mella
Marsh Tit is actually really uncommon in this...

Marsh Tit is actually really uncommon in this area, I've never seen one nearer to me than Nottinghamshire, although there are sites in Derbys too.
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 16th July 2015, 19:28
Replies: 4
Views: 966
Posted By Pete Mella
Had at least six in Wharncliffe Wood in Sheffield...

Had at least six in Wharncliffe Wood in Sheffield this year, including confirmed breeding. They seem to be doing well in some places and not others.
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 16th July 2015, 19:04
Replies: 17
Views: 3,102
Posted By Pete Mella
OK, and the rest... Jay - very common in...

OK, and the rest...

Jay - very common in woodland
Lesser Black-backed Gull - probably the most common large gull in urban Sheffield
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - a few sites but takes some...
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 16th July 2015, 17:39
Replies: 17
Views: 3,102
Posted By Pete Mella
Where abouts are you? I can get you a Green...

Where abouts are you? I can get you a Green Woodpecker dead easy on my local patch in the Wharncliffe Area

Others I'd say, cross reffing with my Yorks list:

Avocet - breed at Old Moor
Barn Owl -...
Forum: Yorkshire Thursday 16th July 2015, 17:28
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,365,846
Posted By Pete Mella
I don't know your neck of the woods, but they're...

I don't know your neck of the woods, but they're not particularly uncommon breeders in the Sheffield area, occupying 26% of Tetrads with confirmed breeding in 40 in the 2003-08 Breeding Atlas. This...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 22nd June 2015, 20:57
Replies: 1
Views: 468
Posted By Pete Mella
Sure is a Tree Pipit - flank streaks thinner than...

Sure is a Tree Pipit - flank streaks thinner than chest, shorter hindclaw than MP.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 18th June 2015, 09:28
Replies: 15
Views: 1,764
Posted By Pete Mella
It sounds like you haven't got time and need more...

It sounds like you haven't got time and need more of a "smash and grab", but if you need Puffin, Arctic Tern etc a boat trip to the Farnes from Seahouses would do it! If you really found yourself...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 18th June 2015, 09:19
Replies: 15
Views: 1,868
Posted By Pete Mella
Little Egret seems an odd one to see on a rarity...

Little Egret seems an odd one to see on a rarity list now! ;)

I've got six on your "to get" list (including the Lesser Whitefront at Buckenham Marshes!), and I've got a <300 life total. To me the...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Monday 15th June 2015, 16:10
Replies: 120
Views: 19,068
Posted By Pete Mella
All very good, but I'm sure many English...

All very good, but I'm sure many English gamekeepers will be very well aware of these schemes, and are still more wont to reach for the rifle rather than raid the freezer for some chickens. I would...
Forum: Yorkshire Saturday 13th June 2015, 22:45
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,365,846
Posted By Pete Mella
Depending which way you come up and if you get...

Depending which way you come up and if you get chance of a detour, Padley Gorge in Derbyshire will get you redstart, pied fly and dipper. Not sure of anywhere reliable for all three near Bemoton.
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