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    Late butterflies 2021

    Small Copper, Peacock and Red Admiral on Sunday.
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    Late butterflies 2021

    I'm sure I answered this but the post has disappeared. Maybe someone didn't trust my link? They only occur in eastern Germany and the Black Forest – they've been gone for 65 years from where I live (the low west of the country).
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    Guinness Records of Birdwatching

    I think Igonz1088 means: The biggest number of national rarities seen in one day / present in one place in the ABA area / UK / WP? But I don't think Peregrine Falcon is a national rarity! The largest number for a national rare in a day in the Netherlands is probably a flock of 61 Griffon...
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    Miserable Birders???

    There is a guy round my parts who will enter observations of locally rare birds with photo or even video. One time, he entered an observation for a Spotted Redshank at a local marsh, which is rather unsuitable for waders but hey: you never know. His video showed a Spotted Redshank parading past...
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    Horned lark flight call? - Belgium today

    It's a Skylark.
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    Late butterflies 2021

    I had a Camberwell Beauty flying over my head on the 12th at my German local patch. I had been looking for them as there was a small invasion in the Netherlands... just a shame I did not get a picture!
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    Green Listing 2021 - Joint thread

    Two plovers added to my list (Common Ringed and European Golden), sadly both heard only!
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    Walrus in Ireland

    Back at Harlingen Harbour since yesterday evening.
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    Walrus in Ireland

    The other one was on the Dutch mainland yesterday, but unfortunately it doesn't tend to stay anywhere for longer than a day...
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    Green Listing 2021 - Joint thread

    I was too lazy to cycle to a Purple Heron that was 1.5 h away... It was also much easier to photograph from the car (I'll stick to that excuse). (Middle Spotted Woodpecker is not too hard to find for me, but I still enjoyed adding it to my "house list" this week!)
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    Eurasian water shrew? Texel [Netherlands]

    Yes, it only arrived some 15 years ago, quickly followed by Barn Owl!
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    What countries or regions are good for solo birding?

    You can also fly from Salalah to Muscat to avoid the drive. I'd assume quite a few Caribbean islands are easy enough on your own (I've only been to Aruba which does not have much to go for, although finding a new bird for the island is quite easy). Driving around in SE Brazil is easy enough...
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    Miserable Birders???

    Such clothing is readily available for women, but I don't think it would be a good idea to go birding dressed like that...
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    Miserable Birders???

    Patterned camouflage wear is famously forbidden in Trinidad and Tobago. Wearing army-like camouflage is also a bad idea if you are in a country where guerilla-or poacher-like types are likely to meet a "shoot first, ask questions later" policy. These chances are minimal (I hope!) at your local...
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    Plant IDs x6

    3. looks like a labiate, e.g. Wild Marjoram. Check if it smells in any way nice. 5. A Hydrangea. 6. Could be Oleander.