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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    Glad that Mexico has opened up. I'd be interested. But, like George, I could only manage (mid) December to January.
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    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    I had this at 8840
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    Scottish Crossbill, presumably

    ebird records certainly show all three forms in the area. I suppose it could be that the Collins criteria apply for adults but not juveniles, as it takes time for the bill to fully develop. Maybe next time I'll get my phone out and make a recording.
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    Scottish Crossbill, presumably

    I saw some crossbill in the forest below Ben Wyvis in July this year, and certainly they seemed smaller than the birds in Aviemore. But I took them to be Common Crossbill.
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    Scottish Crossbill, presumably

    Why? Collins says of Parrot "lower edge of lower mandible S-shaped, with parrot-like bulge in middle. Tip of lower mandible usually not visible beyond culmen in profile." I can't see any parrot-like bulges, and in the lower bird in the second photo the tip of the lower mandible is clearly...
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    Scottish Crossbill, presumably

    omg how many scientists have worked on this? It's interesting that crossbills change their calls to match those of their partners. I definitely don't think that Scottish are a different species based on all that. But, to the extent that they exist, I've seen them.
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    Scottish Crossbill, presumably

    Seen a few miles out of Aviemore, last Thursday. So can I take it that these are Scottish Crossbill? The bills are quite chunky and the adult female in the first picture does have something of a "bull" head. They seemed to be peeling bark off the tree they were in, which seemed unusual...
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    Musing on birding as a hobby but...

    With birding, you can just dabble, if you want. With archery and saxophone, probably not so much. I went cycling on the South Downs recently and saw some wheatear. I don't think they breed there, so must just have been on passage, and that made it interesting to see them. It wasn't a birding...
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    I don't list sub-species - there are just too many. Agreed, Arizona might be a good choice if I do end up doing this.
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    I guess it would be quite pleasant, although those are all subspecies. I did do a winter trip to California just before Covid began, so I saw a lot of what there is to see. But I didn't go to the desert and there probably are quite a few birds there that I haven't seen.
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    Sounds like somebody is profiteering nicely there. If there was anyone who wanted to come birding in Mexico, and then skiing in the States afterwards, I'd be up for the whole thing, even with the dual tests to get home to England. Otherwise I'm not sure what I'd do in the States for ten days in...
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    Hi George It looks quite bad for Mexico still Mexico COVID: 3,428,384 Cases and 263,140 Deaths - Worldometer so I wouldn't hold out much hope of it changing from red. But if the trip can end with ten days birding in the US on the way back so that Brits can go home without quarantining that...
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    From the FCO website: "Guatemala does not permit the entry of travellers who have been in the United Kingdom, Brazil or South Africa in the 14 days prior to their arrival." As long as you had been in Mexico for 14 days before, you would be fine, then. In fact, come to think of it, I suppose...
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    No, although you could spend ten days in Guatemala (still amber) at the end, though I don't suppose there are direct flights to the UK from there, so you might run into problems from transiting another country. Come back via Spain maybe. But it would take some research, which would probably be...
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    Mexico (west) - Nov / Dec 2021 (3 or 4 weeks)

    It could be a good time to hook up with some Audubon Christmas Bird Counts, assuming they're running them this year.
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