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Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 3rd September 2015, 21:23
Replies: 156
Views: 28,401
Posted By alanhill
Why choose a greenfinch - a relatively large...

Why choose a greenfinch - a relatively large bird, and not a major migrant? Take an adult swallow, average weight 18g (juveniles would weigh less). A ring for a swallow would be 0.2g. Thus...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 25th August 2015, 20:39
Replies: 156
Views: 28,401
Posted By alanhill
I once calculated that in terms of the ratio of...

I once calculated that in terms of the ratio of the weight of a bird (eg a swallow) to the weight of the ring around its leg, the equivalent for a human would be a 2kg weight (eg a bag of sugar)...
Forum: Food and Feeders Monday 25th June 2007, 20:27
Replies: 31
Views: 5,460
Posted By alanhill
Derwent May in the Times recently suggested that...

Derwent May in the Times recently suggested that it wasn't a good idea to feed tits and other insect-eaters at this time of the year as the young may not get to learn and practise the necessary...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Monday 27th February 2006, 19:15
Replies: 1
Views: 1,282
Posted By alanhill
Free - back copies of Bird Watching magazine

I am having to do a major clear out of my living space. I have copies of Bird Watching magazine which go back to 1995 which I would like to go to a good home. As I live in the south Manchester area...
Forum: Food and Feeders Monday 28th November 2005, 21:13
Replies: 10
Views: 2,478
Posted By alanhill
I normally have a flock of sparrows (12-20) which...

I normally have a flock of sparrows (12-20) which are in my garden every day, very active. When the really cold weather hit I naturally put out extra foodstuffs, with a fat/suet base to some of them....
Forum: Food and Feeders Wednesday 23rd November 2005, 19:18
Replies: 5
Views: 1,072
Posted By alanhill
My recipe uses a lot of the pre-mentioned...

My recipe uses a lot of the pre-mentioned ingredients - dried fruit, mixed nuts, various cheap bird seeds, left over bits of cheese, cake, rice or pasta, etc. The difference in my case is that I bind...
Forum: Mammals Sunday 20th November 2005, 15:01
Replies: 9
Views: 6,646
Posted By alanhill
Very interesting. How is it that the only...

Very interesting. How is it that the only European areas for grey squirrels are the UK and Northern Italy? Grey squirrels were brought here from the US; were they also taken to Italy?

Alan Hill
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 16th November 2005, 21:12
Replies: 16
Views: 1,661
Posted By alanhill
I watched the programme and on the whole I would...

I watched the programme and on the whole I would be very cautious about welcoming a species in which it is far from certain whether it ever existed in these islands. More than one person said it...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 30th October 2005, 21:33
Replies: 18
Views: 2,155
Posted By alanhill
As far as the best time is concerned I think...

As far as the best time is concerned I think December and January should be best, but mid-November to February should be OK too. The important thing is to have the Scandinavian and north-European...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 30th October 2005, 20:32
Replies: 18
Views: 2,155
Posted By alanhill
When people have talked about this previously I...

When people have talked about this previously I have tried to find out more information for myself, like all of you feeling that a starling roost is just about the most impressive birding spectacle...
Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Saturday 8th October 2005, 22:33
Replies: 4
Views: 2,218
Posted By alanhill
I have a copy which I would be happy to lend; do...

I have a copy which I would be happy to lend; do you have any facilties for copying? I would like it back in the long run but it could be borrowed for quite some time.

Alan...
Forum: Tips For New Birders Wednesday 14th September 2005, 19:32
Replies: 52
Views: 8,075
Posted By alanhill
Is this a question which some 'techie' out there...

Is this a question which some 'techie' out there can answer:

If you want to record a wide range of frequencies, wide enough to allow for all possible bird songs, what is the most important factor:...
Forum: Food and Feeders Tuesday 30th August 2005, 21:28
Replies: 10
Views: 1,946
Posted By alanhill
Last year I had a similar experience, only it was...

Last year I had a similar experience, only it was a sparrow that was the victim.

A fairly large flock (about a dozen) sparrows were around my feeders when the sparrowhawk swooped and caught one of...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 13th August 2005, 20:23
Replies: 3
Views: 916
Posted By alanhill
Very glad I picked up on this thread, as I've...

Very glad I picked up on this thread, as I've regularly been seeing a flock of around 16 birds in my local park. At first I thought they must be early fieldfares which sent me checking my field...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Tuesday 9th August 2005, 21:03
Replies: 26
Views: 4,139
Posted By alanhill
Well, it could be the tropical climate! Seriously...

Well, it could be the tropical climate! Seriously though, I would like to start with the rowans and know more about what role the berries play in all the bird species that rely on them as a food...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 9th August 2005, 20:52
Replies: 213
Views: 8,975
Posted By alanhill
I take the point about there being no need to...

I take the point about there being no need to enter a thread if it was seen as 'boring', but my problem was that having contributed last year I was then on the mailing list for all subsequent...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Monday 8th August 2005, 21:56
Replies: 26
Views: 4,139
Posted By alanhill
When I first joined this forum all the really...

When I first joined this forum all the really difficult questions were answered (very satisfactorily in my opinion) by Michael Frankis. Where are you now Michael - we need you?

Alan Hill
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 8th August 2005, 21:49
Replies: 213
Views: 8,975
Posted By alanhill
Last year I made the mistake of contributing to...

Last year I made the mistake of contributing to this thread with the result that my mailbox nearly always had a new mail: " xxx has just replied to a thread you have subscribed to entitled...", and...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Sunday 7th August 2005, 18:38
Replies: 26
Views: 4,139
Posted By alanhill
I had also noticed the early fruiting rowans in...

I had also noticed the early fruiting rowans in the Manchester area and wondered what effect this might have on winter migrants. Certainly fieldfares and redwings are big consumers of rowan berries,...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Thursday 21st July 2005, 16:51
Replies: 4
Views: 1,641
Posted By alanhill
Many thanks for suggestions. Problem now seems to...

Many thanks for suggestions. Problem now seems to be sorted. But fingers crossed all the same!

Alan Hill
Forum: Food and Feeders Tuesday 19th July 2005, 17:32
Replies: 18
Views: 1,780
Posted By alanhill
But what kind of bread - white, wholemeal,...

But what kind of bread - white, wholemeal, granary?

There's quite a bit of evidence that people feeding white bread to ducks does their livers considerable damage. And an article in today's Guardian...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Wednesday 13th July 2005, 20:22
Replies: 4
Views: 1,641
Posted By alanhill
Help - 'Sent Items' in Outlook Express

All of a sudden I've lost most of the sent items in my 'Sent Items' folder, and my sent mails are no longer being saved. I run Outlook Express 6 under Windows 98. When I open the program and go to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 13th July 2005, 18:58
Replies: 24
Views: 2,304
Posted By alanhill
I've never been a serious twitcher but have put...

I've never been a serious twitcher but have put in many miles to see 'unusual' (rather than 'rare') sightings. Nowadays I'm almost completely a 'local patcher'.

Reasons: (1) the irony of chasing...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 4th July 2005, 17:17
Replies: 32
Views: 5,645
Posted By alanhill
I also think the 'communication' theory quite...

I also think the 'communication' theory quite interesting, but I wonder if it is in fact correct. Admittedly any bird trying to communicate above the sound of rushing water would have a problem but...
Forum: Conservation Sunday 26th June 2005, 18:12
Replies: 61
Views: 3,551
Posted By alanhill
Yes, the government (and EU) have a totally crazy...

Yes, the government (and EU) have a totally crazy energy policy based on the ridiculous notion that it's a good thing if 15% of our total energy generation comes from renewables, and ignoring the...
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