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Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 19th May 2018, 04:05
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Floodpool still doing its stuff- the Little...

Floodpool still doing its stuff- the Little Grebes now incubating, one Black-tailed Godwit still present. Two Great White Egrets from the general area of the heronry.

Additions for the year:

90....
Forum: Binoculars Friday 18th May 2018, 16:52
Replies: 65
Views: 1,388
Posted By Jos Stratford
A. Ace Optics, Bath. B. Local to area I am when...

A. Ace Optics, Bath.

B. Local to area I am when in the UK, good prices, good staff.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 17th May 2018, 19:11
Replies: 40
Views: 1,327
Posted By Jos Stratford
Went again three or four years after that report...

Went again three or four years after that report ...prices pretty much the same.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 17th May 2018, 12:26
Replies: 40
Views: 1,327
Posted By Jos Stratford
Exceptionally easy to visit independently at very...

Exceptionally easy to visit independently at very low cost. Minibuses run from Tbilisi to Kazbegi several times a day, starting from Didube bus station and, in 2012, cost only about four euros. It is...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 14th May 2018, 10:31
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Spent the last few days scanning for Common Tern...

Spent the last few days scanning for Common Tern - shouldn't have managed one of those by now, they breed on a pool that is out if sight, but usually can see them flying above it.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 14th May 2018, 09:15
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Floodpool in the meadow still doing well -...

Floodpool in the meadow still doing well - Black-tailed Godwit and Wood Sandpipers again this week, plus two Great White Egrets.

But additions for the year all incoming migrants:

87. Cuckoo
88....
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Sunday 13th May 2018, 16:32
Replies: 2
Views: 83
Posted By Jos Stratford
Yes, Holly Blue.

Yes, Holly Blue.
Forum: Companions for Birding Trips Saturday 12th May 2018, 20:18
Replies: 18
Drc
Views: 1,497
Posted By Jos Stratford
Fate of British tourists in...

Fate of British tourists in DRC:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-44092592
Forum: Conservation Thursday 10th May 2018, 05:20
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By Jos Stratford
The whole island is now cleared they believe. The...

The whole island is now cleared they believe. The 'yet to be cleared' comment related to during the eradication process over the period of the operation - if one area was cleared, but populations...
Forum: Food and Feeders Wednesday 9th May 2018, 20:59
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By Jos Stratford
I wouldn't want to sleep in a bush or tree...

I wouldn't want to sleep in a bush or tree either, but I am not going to be inviting the entire bird world in to share my duvet.
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 9th May 2018, 20:37
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By Jos Stratford
Extensive searches with trained sniffer dogs...

Extensive searches with trained sniffer dogs suggests none, but they accept they need to be vigilant and be ready to tackle any that did survive. Additionally, the areas that were occupied by rats...
Forum: Migration Wednesday 9th May 2018, 19:11
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By Jos Stratford
Can't speak specifically for Estonia, but...

Can't speak specifically for Estonia, but slightly further south in the Baltic States (Lithuania), it has been an exceptionally warm spring right through from early April, temperatures in the mid-20s...
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Tuesday 8th May 2018, 21:13
Replies: 321
Views: 20,295
Posted By Jos Stratford
Stonechat ...though I am not convinced I am even...

Stonechat ...though I am not convinced I am even looking at the bird
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Tuesday 8th May 2018, 05:35
Replies: 321
Views: 20,295
Posted By Jos Stratford
Pied Flycatcher near top of tree

Pied Flycatcher near top of tree
Forum: Migration Sunday 6th May 2018, 15:01
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By Jos Stratford
You're a long way behind the southern Baltics -...

You're a long way behind the southern Baltics - Thrush Nightingales in for a while now, plus Cuckoos, Wryneck, Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, etc etc

Hundreds of butterflies and, in the last...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 5th May 2018, 17:03
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Little Grebes and Whooper Swans still on the...

Little Grebes and Whooper Swans still on the pool, plus another nice addition today - seven Wood Sandpipers (only one previous record on my land - a flock of 21 birds flying over on 28 April...
Forum: Greece & Greek Islands Saturday 5th May 2018, 16:54
Replies: 118
Views: 4,759
Posted By Jos Stratford
Very impressive photo!

Very impressive photo!
Forum: Wales Thursday 3rd May 2018, 20:15
Replies: 30
Views: 1,333
Posted By Jos Stratford
Maybe because they wanted to charge a fee for...

Maybe because they wanted to charge a fee for parking on leased land that was originally given so that 'the public could freely enjoy' that land?

Maintaining local relations is clearly also an...
Forum: East Glamorgan Thursday 3rd May 2018, 16:22
Replies: 9
Views: 146
Posted By Jos Stratford
I am more sure there's no such thing as a loch in...

I am more sure there's no such thing as a loch in Wales :)
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 10:31
Replies: 10
Views: 386
Posted By Jos Stratford
Good things predicted for May - increased...

Good things predicted for May - increased diversity of butterflies, increasing numbers of dragonflies, superb birding.

1 May. Dragons and Damsels.

With the turn of the month, so the dragons and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 1st May 2018, 15:44
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Meanwhile, remarkably this individual has found a...

Meanwhile, remarkably this individual has found a mate - a pair of Little Grebes building a nest today! Unfortunately, I think they will not be successful, the flood pool will dry out in the next...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 1st May 2018, 15:22
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Wolf could - had tracks in February 2015 and the...

Wolf could - had tracks in February 2015 and the Wolf population in Lithuania is fairly healthy (and would be even healthier if it wasn't a hunted species with a fairly large annual quota).

Bear is...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 1st May 2018, 14:36
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
Butterflies in Lithuania truly amaze me, possible...

Butterflies in Lithuania truly amaze me, possible to get 50 species on a good day later in the season, but it the simple abundance of individuals that is the more impressive, can be clouds and clouds...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 1st May 2018, 03:19
Replies: 44
Views: 1,682
Posted By Jos Stratford
Excellent trip so far - certainly makes me...

Excellent trip so far - certainly makes me jealous. Started to plan an Argentina trip last year, but sheer cost of everything made me change to South Africa ...car rent alone was astronomical, etc....
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 30th April 2018, 18:52
Replies: 437
Views: 20,612
Posted By Jos Stratford
I think Lynx, reasons on my website HERE...

I think Lynx, reasons on my website HERE (http://josstratford.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=438&Itemid=1&mosmsg=Item+successfully+saved.) -scroll down to 28 April.

Will be setting...
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