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    Pallid swift migration

    This is behind a paywall unfortunately, but it says that researchers in Gibraltar tracked pallid swifts (Apus pallidus brehmorum) on southward migration, moving at an average of 400 km per day, and found one individual that had flown across the Sahara, covering around 1000 km in 30 hours. Two...
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    Where are the Goldcrests?

    Spotted a goldcrest on Sunday at Lochwinnoch. It was really foggy with not a breath of wind and one landed in a branch a metre away. It appeared to have been travelling with a small flock of long-tailed tits. I see long-tailed tits quite often, and goldfinches are by far the most frequently...
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    Western Scotland birding

    I went to Lochwinnoch this morning. When I left Glasgow there was glorious sunshine, but within a few minutes the clouds started to come over. By the time I got to Lochwinnoch, there was low cloud that kept forming and dispersing, and then for a couple of hours dense fog descended. You couldn't...
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    Western Scotland birding

    I'm not aware of any sightings of kittiwakes in the Glasgow area, but maybe the SOC might be able to help? If you're on Twitter you could ask Clyde Birding.
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    Why Doves fight with each other, while not with other birds?

    You do sometimes see inter-species conflict. Magpies and wood pigeons for example are often antagonistic to each other. Nuthatches will bully other species for food too. I saw a magpie and a grey squirrel facing off the other day, although it was more that the magpie was tolerating the...
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    Seal clambers over weir

    Watch as a seal clambers over a weir on its way upriver. Probably not any different from how a seal might climb up onto rocks from the sea.
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    What birds can I hope to see in Lanzarote

    While Lanzarote isn't covered, Naturetrek has trip reports for other islands. Might be worth looking at these as there's bound to be some overlap. https://www.naturetrek.co.uk/tours#/holidays?FL.Country=The%20Canary%20Islands&sort=ordering%7CASC&page=1
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    Birdfair cancelled again

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust has said they'll no longer host Birdfair. https://www.lrwt.org.uk/birdfair
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    Where are the Goldcrests?

    I've seen them on five occasions so far this year, most recently on 25 October. I live in a flat and don't have a garden, but there's a Scots pine outside my window where I've seen them on each of these five occasions. I'm sure I'd see them more often if I looked that way more. I'm sure these...
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    Do we look for problems??

    I think it's only natural to expect more expensive binoculars to perform better. Why spend £1500 on a pair when you can get another for £150? What is it that justifies the order of magnitude in cost difference? If you spent £150 knowing that there is a £1500 binocular out there, then I'm sure...
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    seabirdwatching potential new ferry route between Eemshaven NL and Kristiansand NO

    You get some great sightings from local ferries too eg Ardrossan to Arran, Oban to Mull, around Shetland, although the journey times are quite short, so you need a bit of luck. I stood out on the deck on the ferry between Spain and Morocco but there wasn't too much to see that day. But I know...
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    How close should I get to birds in woodland?

    I think birds feel quite safe in woodland as there are a lot of places for them to escape to if needed. If I see a bird or group of birds in a tree just ahead, I'll often stop and use my binoculars for a better view, and give the birds the space and time they need to move on as that's how...
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    Self-found - Stonking or Subtle?

    I don't find all that many uncommon birds where I am - I'm normally happy to see whatever's around. But a few weeks ago I was first to see and report on a Ruddy Shelduck at Lochwinnoch. Whether it was a genuine wild bird or an escape from a collection I don't know. But it was a bit of a buzz...
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    Cheeky Parrot

    It made me think of all those videos of camera traps - you can quite clearly see that animals notice the traps. I like seeing the footage of animals - nearly always the predators - exploring the cameras.
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    Bald eagle with cat prey

    I did look Andy just in case and couldn't see anything, but sorry if there is another thread about it. It came up on Twitter yesterday which is how I found out about it.