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    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    Finally, after 2 and a half years I can contribute to this thread. Had some brilliant Iceland ticks this year, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler and Northern Harrier, but yesterday's Eurasian Dotterel was a long awaited world lifer.
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    Not so rare bird moments

    I had (almost) the reverse experience. While looking for Snowy Owls in Iceland, we fixed on a white spot on the mountainside 4 km away and had just managed to convince ourselves that it was in actual fact a sheep, when the said sheep sprouted wings and flew off and was followed by another Snowy...
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    Walrus in Ireland

    Iceland perhaps? Stærðarinnar rostungur á Höfn í Hornafirði - Vísir
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    Where to go for WP rarities right now?

    Not necessarily months. Last week you could have seen Baird's Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, two Pectoral Sandpipers, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden Plover, Buff-bellied Pipit and Sabine's Gull all in the same village, 10 mins from the international airport. And then a Yellow...
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    Avian misnomers

    There is another name for Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, Balkan Warbler, which everyone (even the Brits!) was using last time I was in Israel.
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    AOU-NACC Proposals 2021

    It's a Germanic word for gull, cf. German Möwe, Icelandic máfur, Dutch meeuw etc. So it means Gull Gull ;)
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    Joint BF Lockdown Listing - Autumn 2020

    Birds I've seen while on foot or by bike in suburban Iceland over the last few days include: Gyr Falcon Rock Ptarmigan Long-tailed Duck Common Eider Glaucous Gull Iceland Gull
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    Advice in august

    Iceland is arguably the best place in the world to see Gyr Falcon but it's generally not easy to see or to get close photographs. August is actually a good time to see it as the young are out and about and if you go to north-east Iceland in August you probably will see it and you might get good...
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    Bovids of the World, Castello et al

    Thanks for pointing that out. I just checked and this publication continues the bizarre trend (also perpetuated in HMW and others) of having the distribution of Wolf in Greenland completely wrong, showing virtually a mirror image of the actual distribution. Can't understand how this has never...
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    Do common and Brünnich`s Guillemot hybridise?

    Both Common Guillemot in the image but I have seen Common Guillemot and Brünnich's Guillemot copulate in Iceland, not sure what the result was.
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    Advice for birding around Reykjavik

    The best thing to do is have a look at eBird, THE best resource for planning trips to Iceland. Úlfljótsvatn is ideal for seeing Barrow‘s Goldeneye in winter, they should be easy enough on the lake, particularly at the northern end of the lake https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1284289 and between the...
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    Your most anticipated futures books

    Could you elaborate on this, i.e. what has been improved, as it seems strange to bring out a hugely improved version of what was already an excellent book so soon after the initial publication? I hope they re-did the rosella plates at least! It would be too much to hope that they added the...
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    Red-Throated Divers...

    Red-throated Divers are very easy to see and photograph in Iceland, I particularly recommend this site https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1242884 which is about 1hr 30 mins from Reykjavík, up to 15 pairs on a small lake. Or here https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1319429. Iceland is possibly more expensive than...
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    Winter Alcids

    Hi John The best thing to do is start looking at eBird, plenty of sightings from Iceland there. The short answer for Dovekie is no, there are no reliable sites. Numbers vary greatly from year to year, and they are always much scarcer in southern Iceland than northern Iceland. Black Guillemot is...
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    Iceland next weekend

    Hi Andrew Indeed Harlequin Duck is straightforward in May and can be seen at any number of places in Iceland. Gyr Falcon is a tougher nut to crack and one of the hardest birds to give concrete advice for, especially in the breeding season. It is decidedly rare in summer in southern Iceland...