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Recent content by Wilts_Birder

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    Please help ID several birds (Germany)

    Crow. General rule of thumb - if you have to ask, its a crow.... :)
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    Strange spider...

    Sorry - birds are normally my thing, but this spider was so odd I had to take a picture. Can anyone ID it ? It could hardly move for the size of its abdomen...
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    Unintended Moth Trap

    Thanks again Dave.... learning all the time here...
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    Unintended Moth Trap

    Hi all My wife inadvertently left a light on in our utility room, with the back door open and we got several moths in. Would anyone care to (continue to) educate me and put some names to the below?
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    Great Big Moth

    Just had a look online and you are spot on. We are surrounded by huge poplar and willow, (fp), so it is almost certainly right. Cheers!!!
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    Great Big Moth

    We get lots of smaller underwings, so I guess it would make sense. Thanks!
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    Great Big Moth

    Hi Firstly - SORRY for the horrible quality. The attached is an enormous moth that seems to have taken residence on the gable of my roof. Any guesses ?
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    UK: Sparrowhawk with white spotting

    Thanks all - pictures are superb reference.
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    UK: Sparrowhawk with white spotting

    Hi I'm sure this is a Sparrowhawk, my question is whether anyone has seen one with so many white spots !! This individual was in the garden... stunning bird.
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    Not rare, but quite amusing

    Made me laugh.... below is a clip from the BBC's story on the Olympic sailing venue for 2010: "The start of construction, using 70,000 tonnes of Portland stone, was delayed to avoid disrupting the nesting season of over-wintering birds around the local coastline." Any UK coastal birds nest in...
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    UAE Mystery Sunbird - Now with added pictures !

    Yep - I emailed Tommy too, but no response yet. The trouble is, I saw the little blighter. I've been a birder for 30 years and birded all over the world - US, Africa, Australia, Middle East, Europe. You know that feeling when you see something that is simply different....?? Going to try to...
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    UAE Mystery Sunbird - Now with added pictures !

    Hi Andrew - Thanks for having a punt at it !! There were two noticeable points to this bird: 1. It had distinctly orangey plumage, with a black gorget like the Purples 2. It was noticeably smaller, and fed less frenetically - different behaviour I am convinced it wasn't a purple. I'd be...
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    UAE Mystery Sunbird - Now with added pictures !

    65 people viewed with NO responses ? I'm resorting to replying to my own thread to get it to the top of the list !
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    UAE Mystery Sunbird - Now with added pictures !

    Hi all - Sorry to harp on about this, but this one is going to bug me forever. You're going to have use some faith and some imagination. The sunbird was mixed in with a bunch of Purple Sunbirds in winter plumage. It was significantly smaller. To the best of my knowledge, it was NOT a Purple...
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    UAE Dubai Sunbird - no picture

    UAE Mystery Sunbird - now with added pictures... OK. I uploaded the pictures. You're going to have use some faith and some imagination. The sunbird was mixed in with a bunch of Purple Sunbirds in winter plumage. It was significantly smaller. To the best of my knowledge, it was NOT a Purple...
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