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Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Yesterday, 22:30
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Paul Longland
Yes as I said we always think of the specialities...

Yes as I said we always think of the specialities of an area but often forget that what we take for granted at home can actually be a somewhat of a rarity elsewhere. It was also noticeable that once...
Forum: Conservation Yesterday, 13:47
Replies: 1,629
Views: 113,763
Posted By Paul Longland
take blue tits breaking into milk bottles in the...

take blue tits breaking into milk bottles in the UK. All came about during the big freeze of 1962/63 (the cream expanded in frozen bottles pushing the cap off and provided a handy source of food. the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Yesterday, 13:18
Replies: 166
Views: 42,832
Posted By Paul Longland
Yes and the caveat in the rental agreement from...

Yes and the caveat in the rental agreement from Budget clearly states that the car must not be driven on any un-surfaced (eg gravel track) roads. That is a bit difficult when you are driving around...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 21st May 2019, 22:28
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Paul Longland
Day 4 Tuesday 14 May 2019 After a long day in...

Day 4 Tuesday 14 May 2019

After a long day in the field yesterday we had opted for a leisurely start after a good old "petit dejeurner grande Anglais" (that's a full English to me and you) we set...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 21st May 2019, 21:36
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Paul Longland
Day 3 Monday 13 May 2109 We had decided to make...

Day 3 Monday 13 May 2109

We had decided to make an early start and so arriced at Peau de Meau reserve at around 7am to avoid the potential heat haze. It was all very quiet with nothing apart from...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 21st May 2019, 20:15
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Paul Longland
The only thing I knew about the Camargue before I...

The only thing I knew about the Camargue before I started researching this trip was from reading Michael Moorcocks "history of the Runestaff" series when I was a teenager in the 70's. A Fantasy set...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 20th May 2019, 22:42
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Paul Longland
Day 2 Sunday 12 May 2019 After a good nights...

Day 2 Sunday 12 May 2019

After a good nights sleep we awoke to a bright sunny, but very windy first full days of foreign birding for me (my birding buddy has birded on four continents but it was...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 20th May 2019, 20:57
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Paul Longland
A week in Provence

Finally our long awaited trip to Provence in the south of France arrived. I had hoped to write this trip report as we went along but unfortunately there was no internet connection available so it...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 19th May 2019, 10:27
Replies: 166
Views: 42,832
Posted By Paul Longland
Yes. My sister in law has one so I am somewhat...

Yes. My sister in law has one so I am somewhat familiar with it which why I picked it. But you know what they say about best laid plans. Got to marseilles airport last saturday and they gave me a...
Forum: Your Birding Day Thursday 9th May 2019, 15:32
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By Paul Longland
A couple of years or so back common buzzards were...

A couple of years or so back common buzzards were turning up dead and injured around Lincoln with no obvious signs of having been shot or poisoned. It turned out that it was the local pregrines...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th May 2019, 15:05
Replies: 166
Views: 42,832
Posted By Paul Longland
Going to be a bit of a first for me birding in a...

Going to be a bit of a first for me birding in a strange car. We are off to the Camargue and Alpilles on Saturday and am having to leave the jag at home in favour of flying out there. Have hired a...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 9th May 2019, 14:51
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By Paul Longland
the apparent dark head leans me to ruff also...

the apparent dark head leans me to ruff also possibly male in transition plumage?
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Thursday 9th May 2019, 14:30
Replies: 308
Views: 40,144
Posted By Paul Longland
wheatear?

wheatear?
Forum: Bird Forum Fun Quizzes Thursday 9th May 2019, 10:59
Replies: 308
Views: 40,144
Posted By Paul Longland
obviously a lesser spotted skulker. Give us a...

obviously a lesser spotted skulker. Give us a clue as to where we should be looking cos I cant even find a bird at 300% zoom.:stuck:
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 8th May 2019, 12:13
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Paul Longland
I knew I hadn't imagined it. Fat birder website...

I knew I hadn't imagined it. Fat birder website for provence mentions cave as a site for spotless starling and as the only French site for thekla lark. Unless there are two caves the only on I found...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Tuesday 7th May 2019, 10:14
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By Paul Longland
Good idea. best to let them get on with it. Wrens...

Good idea. best to let them get on with it. Wrens will generally build several nests and then the female will choose one so if she thinks it is not safe they will simply use a different one
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 4th May 2019, 12:10
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By Paul Longland
First swift 2019

This morning 4 may enderby Leicestershire
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 3rd May 2019, 11:53
Replies: 94
Views: 4,805
Posted By Paul Longland
That's as may be. unfortunately my weekend is...

That's as may be. unfortunately my weekend is already planned out for me. As this includes packing in readiness to fly off to the Camargue for a full weeks birding next Saturday I don't mind too...
Forum: Your Birding Day Thursday 2nd May 2019, 14:21
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By Paul Longland
The main prey of the European hobby is...

The main prey of the European hobby is hirundines. Often the first indication that there is one about is when the house martins start alarm calling. In this case, as you rightly say, is not so much...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 2nd May 2019, 13:58
Replies: 94
Views: 4,805
Posted By Paul Longland
Exactly what Edenwatcher said. except I would add...

Exactly what Edenwatcher said. except I would add an extra bleep.

Have been five times in three trips over the last four years to try and nail this beastie. (and its a long, long way from...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 2nd May 2019, 13:34
Replies: 0
Views: 267
Posted By Paul Longland
the effect of recent weather events on breeding bird populations

Just read a report about the effects of the beast from the east and Saharan storms on the breeding populations of uk birds.

Unsurprisingly it is the smaller species such as Goldcrest, wren and long...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Friday 26th April 2019, 11:11
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By Paul Longland
my first thought was it is not uncommon for great...

my first thought was it is not uncommon for great spotted woodpeckers to attack nest boxes in this way to predate on the eggs/fledgelings. however, from the picture the damage appears to be from the...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Friday 26th April 2019, 11:06
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By Paul Longland
This probably explains why I found an almost...

This probably explains why I found an almost intact woodpigeon egg in the middle of my front lawn recently. It had not fallen from any nest site as there are no trees in the vicinity. it is not...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 26th April 2019, 10:57
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By Paul Longland
woo-hoo that means I can Dodo as seen a stuffed...

woo-hoo that means I can Dodo as seen a stuffed on in the museum. How's that for a blocker. the natural history section where it once resided is no longer there.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 25th April 2019, 10:23
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By Paul Longland
My only quail seen where at the aviary in Abbey...

My only quail seen where at the aviary in Abbey Park in Leicester city centre. do they count?

On that reckoning, I could double my life list with a quick trip to a couple of zoos8-P
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