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Recent content by MSA

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    Sea Eagle in Oxfordshire.

    Ah yes John, that was a Brill bird ;)
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    Should I Keep Birds From Bathing Below Freezing

    Surely the reason for bird deaths is poor hygiene - it's not the feeding/water that's being provided that causes the problem.
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    Spring destination?

    Went to Poland for a short break - 11 years ago, how time flies! - and it was indeed pretty awesome! Saw a few White-backed Woodpeckers (eg at Zebra Zubra) and the Great Snipe near Narew Bridge were well-known, no idea if they are still there though. Missed Grey-headed Woodpecker, possibly the...
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    A few more shearwaters, South Atlantic, November 2018

    Pic 2 is surely an Atlantic Petrel.
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    Seeing more moths...

    It's quite an interesting problem - I imagine you can't just swing up somewhere in a target moth's range, pop out the trap and bingo - you'd need to be quite specific in locating the trap (as a few hundred yards could make all the difference) and it would need to be at a location where trapping...
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    Tree Sparrow calls? W Yorks moors, Sep

    Sounds more like House Sparrow to me, certainly no "stand out" Tree Sparrow noises in the mix imho.
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    Ethiopia Feb 2020 independent budget

    A Feb trip sounds very appealing, and I'd certainly be interested....
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    Olrog's Gull in Bahia Blanca, Argentina

    I had no idea Josh - guess that explains why I only saw one or two, thought I just wasn't looking hard enough! The cruise left in the early evening, so I assumed the birds roosted out on the breakwaters.
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    Olrog's Gull in Bahia Blanca, Argentina

    Don't know if this will be of use, but on a cruise in Feb 2014 there were a few Olrog's Gulls on the breakwater at Buenos Aires main harbour, seen from the ship as it sailed off in the early evening.
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    Eagle silhouettes - Bulgaria Black Sea

    Why isn't the first pic Steppe Eagle, Tom? I'm pretty rusty on these eagles, so I'm just asking not contradicting your ID.
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    Stick Insects, Isles of Scilly

    I believe Smooth are around Parting Carn, near the post box in the wall.
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    Micro ID help please

    1 looks like Eudonia mercurella.
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    Visiting Dorset with my RSPB Group on our Annual birdwatching holiday in 2018

    It would also be handy to know whereabouts you will be based, as you're looking at perhaps 2 hours driving between the furthest-flung sites. Also, does your itinerary have to be fixed, or will it be flexible on the day?
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    Striped Ground Squirrel in Morocco

    Thanks for the ID Mike et al - I just had it down as Ground Squirrel - and the Fat Sand Rat clears up another ID question I had!
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    A global Big Year while working full-time (?)

    129 days is 5 x 5 weekdays holiday, plus 104 weekend days.
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