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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 10th September 2019, 07:45
Replies: 16
Views: 559
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Of course - it's not always easy but they can be...

Of course - it's not always easy but they can be seen here.

Apologies - after posting I realised that that doesn't open very big! You'll have to squint to see it!
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 9th September 2019, 21:47
Replies: 16
Views: 559
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
There’s no emargination on p6 so willow warbler

There’s no emargination on p6 so willow warbler
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 6th September 2019, 19:45
Replies: 13
Views: 324
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Yep - I can go along with that. Had an impression...

Yep - I can go along with that. Had an impression of a much bigger bird.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 6th September 2019, 16:38
Replies: 13
Views: 324
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
First raptor looks like a short-toed eagle and...

First raptor looks like a short-toed eagle and the second a sparrowhawk
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th September 2019, 12:39
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Why not a phyllosc? If the OP thought it was a...

Why not a phyllosc? If the OP thought it was a willow warbler, and it was hard to photograph as it was moving around a lot (presumably in the tree), it’s more likely to be willow/chiff than a yellow...
Forum: Your Birding Day Tuesday 27th August 2019, 15:15
Replies: 38
Views: 1,353
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
That's a long-eared owl

That's a long-eared owl
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 27th August 2019, 11:30
Replies: 21
Views: 811
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Primary spacing rules out Iberian chiff for bird...

Primary spacing rules out Iberian chiff for bird one, and emarginations rule it out for bird two.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 24th August 2019, 18:21
Replies: 21
Views: 811
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Why not willow warbler? Primary spacing between...

Why not willow warbler? Primary spacing between 3-4 and 4-5 should be very similar on Iberian chiff, but 4-5 is much smaller here. Also, it only appears to be emarginated up to p5, which is better...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 18th August 2019, 22:20
Replies: 9
Views: 240
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Birdforum opens .WAV files fine for me - sounds...

Birdforum opens .WAV files fine for me - sounds good for a golden plover.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 17th August 2019, 09:23
Replies: 16
Views: 382
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
with those 'pip' calls before the trill, is it...

with those 'pip' calls before the trill, is it not more likely to be a little grebe?
Forum: Scotland Friday 16th August 2019, 10:54
Replies: 10
Views: 639
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Any west coast crossing at this time of year...

Any west coast crossing at this time of year (that goes through open water...) will have manxies available. Can't guarantee good views, but you'll see them...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 12th August 2019, 09:39
Replies: 18
Views: 1,108
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I tested it a couple of years ago and was very...

I tested it a couple of years ago and was very impressed on the whole. It's not perfect, but it will improve. A few issues seperating willow warbler from chiffchaff, and I fooled it with a very...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th August 2019, 12:38
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Re sites that show sonograms - as Tom suggested,...

Re sites that show sonograms - as Tom suggested, Xeno Canto is excellent. Also, have a look at the Macaulay library. There are probably fewer example on the Macaulay library but they have really nice...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 11th August 2019, 12:36
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Difficult to say anything about the sonogram...

Difficult to say anything about the sonogram without being able to see the time scale. If you wanted, you could get a better looking sonogram (i.e. more detail) by changing the window size - usually...
Forum: Your Birding Day Wednesday 7th August 2019, 11:10
Replies: 38
Views: 1,353
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
How is great reed warbler being ruled out? The...

How is great reed warbler being ruled out? The apprent paleness of the underparts, long bill, and well marked tertials fit better for this - and it was a 'big warbler'.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 1st August 2019, 08:43
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I think 4 is a Bonelli's - paler greeny rump,...

I think 4 is a Bonelli's - paler greeny rump, nice green edges to flight feathers, and crisp white underparts
Forum: Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion Wednesday 31st July 2019, 11:49
Replies: 6
Views: 1,192
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I have approx 15 second 'screen width' when...

I have approx 15 second 'screen width' when reviewing, but I'm sure that 30 seconds is fine. I only use that one as that's the default that you get when you record direct into Audacity.

I reckon I'm...
Forum: Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion Tuesday 30th July 2019, 10:57
Replies: 6
Views: 1,192
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Yes, with a USB mic. By far the easiest way to do...

Yes, with a USB mic. By far the easiest way to do it as it means you don't have to spend ages transferring and saving massive files. Just don't close the window before you've finished with it!
Forum: Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion Tuesday 30th July 2019, 07:41
Replies: 6
Views: 1,192
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
tbh, for nocmig I really don't think it matters....

tbh, for nocmig I really don't think it matters. You will record calls that are identifiable and those that are not, and I strongly suspect that the key factors in determining this will be loudness...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 29th July 2019, 18:54
Replies: 10
Views: 473
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I think it’s one best left as unidentifiable, but...

I think it’s one best left as unidentifiable, but most likely a reed warbler. The very well marked tertials go against Blyth’s reed.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 25th July 2019, 08:19
Replies: 17
Views: 870
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Velvet scoter on an inland waterbody on Islay in...

Velvet scoter on an inland waterbody on Islay in July is a very interesting record - well worth informing the county recorder.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 14:46
Replies: 13
Views: 265
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Sounds a bit like leiothrix to me

Sounds a bit like leiothrix to me
Forum: Bird Sounds Recording Eqpt & Discussion Friday 12th July 2019, 10:49
Replies: 2
Views: 524
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I use a Marantz MPM1000u with Audacity - works...

I use a Marantz MPM1000u with Audacity - works very well for me.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marantz-Professional-Condenser-Microphone-Instruments/dp/B01GHOM67W
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 10th July 2019, 17:45
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
I think the whitethroat is more likely to be...

I think the whitethroat is more likely to be common than lesser - pale legs and long tail suggest common, and I think lesser whitethroat is pretty rare in Brittany.
Forum: Scotland Tuesday 9th July 2019, 14:37
Replies: 538
Views: 83,463
Posted By Fat Paul Scholes
Any two-barred crossbills yet?

Any two-barred crossbills yet?
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