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Recent content by Dave Allen

  1. Dave Allen

    Small Quaker?

    I find Robineau somewhat perplexing in that some of the specimens are obviously incorrectly labelled (eg check pinion streak & white-line snouts) which gives less confidence in the really tricky species! Lepiforum always best. You are always welcome Paul if you end up in the North! Dave
  2. Dave Allen

    Small Quaker?

    Hi Paul - hope you are well. This image has been widely circulated amongst some European luminaries - those from GB/I favoured Clouded Drab but the Europeans are convinced it is not CD but one of Xanthia (Spudaea) ruticilla or Conistra staudingeri or C. rubiginea. All are highly variable and...
  3. Dave Allen

    Small Quaker?

    Any update on this? - I assume you mean the photo got to DG rather than the moth iteself? Having circulated the image widely there are possibly three options for the moths identity but nothing would be conclusive without gen det. It would be interesting to know who the finder is and an exact...
  4. Dave Allen

    Sillem's Mountain Finch

    Just found Otani's description which reads more like a poor description of Roborovski's... Dave
  5. Dave Allen

    Sillem's Mountain Finch

    Wow! Stunning stuff and not in the area one would have expected it to be in. Surprising that other Qinghai trips haven't connected - I am very confident that Jesper will be working on a stake out... Might be worth revisiting a short note in OBC bulletin of a probable sighting of Roborovski's...
  6. Dave Allen

    Snipe id

    A lesson re reading the whole thread - yes I agree with Phil's points!
  7. Dave Allen

    Snipe id

    Check out these blurred shots from Spain which seem to back Janes's points. http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsi019.htm I have flushed Great Snipe (by chance - in Poland) - completely unaware of the bird until it rose at my feet - it flew a short distance, low to the ground, no towering or...
  8. Dave Allen

    Happy Island in early October

    Taking a long time to go through those pictures! Dave
  9. Dave Allen

    Happy Island in early October

    I have never bumped into Gray's either - although it was potentially on the radar for our Late Aug/early Sept visit. I think we will find that there is no supporting pics for the "key" birds (2nd hand information) but I hope I am wrong. Dave
  10. Dave Allen

    Argent and Sable moth

    Hi Good summary above - adults are just nectar feeders so are not specific to any plant. The caterpillars are NOT leaf miners - they are spinners and spin leaves together to form a tent/tube in which they graze on the leaf. New sites in Fermanagh found this year and presence reconfirmed in...
  11. Dave Allen

    Hi

    After much time "lurking" I have finally got round to saying hello!
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