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Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 13:21
Replies: 18
Views: 1,061
Posted By Paul Longland
interesting. always had these down as a possible...

interesting. always had these down as a possible colonist akin to Cetti's but despite how common they are across the channel it always seemed that that short stretch of water was a bridge (or lack...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 13:11
Replies: 16
Views: 493
Posted By Paul Longland
I think we have all blurted out obviously...

I think we have all blurted out obviously erroneous IDs at one time or another. OK, yes it can be embarrassing, but a very well respected birder once told me it is better to call it and be wrong than...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 12:46
Replies: 135
Views: 5,163
Posted By Paul Longland
Saw four over the local park across the road from...

Saw four over the local park across the road from the house here in Leicester a couple of days ago but suspect these were passage birds as had not seen the local group over the garden for about a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 15th May 2020, 11:15
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By Paul Longland
Another side effect of Covid 19

Saw this today
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52667502

and her is me thinking that the lockdown would help breeding birds due to there being less people about to disturb them. I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 1st April 2020, 17:26
Replies: 960
Views: 75,819
Posted By Paul Longland
Wife sent me this pic today taken from the...

Wife sent me this pic today taken from the temporary office at home (spare bedroom} while i was out doing essential employment. Two grey wagtails dropped in one on the kitchen extension and one on...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 4th March 2020, 12:21
Replies: 78
Views: 4,252
Posted By Paul Longland
Great report Nick. An area that i hope to visit...

Great report Nick.

An area that i hope to visit in the not too distant future (probably after i retire - if i can still afford it). Some outstanding birds but it does sound like a tricky place to...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 4th March 2020, 11:49
Replies: 53
Views: 1,864
Posted By Paul Longland
More like 40 for me.8-P But then again my foreign...

More like 40 for me.8-P But then again my foreign birding has been somewhat limited. off to Andalusia in a few weeks time so hopefully the list will grow.

Sounds like a great trip Paul. That was a...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 4th March 2020, 11:25
Replies: 62
Views: 3,430
Posted By Paul Longland
Our October half term here in the east midlands...

Our October half term here in the east midlands tends to be a week earlier. last year was spent on the lizard (Porthleven based). The Paddyfield Pipit turned up the day after we left for...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 13th February 2020, 15:10
Replies: 58
Views: 3,900
Posted By Paul Longland
Great read. loved the blue chaffinch pics. a...

Great read. loved the blue chaffinch pics. a special looking bird. With respect to the Robins, one the first things I noticed during my first proper birding trip abroad in the Camargue last year, was...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 11th February 2020, 12:46
Replies: 62
Views: 3,430
Posted By Paul Longland
A decent first trip Rich. The wagtail is worth it...

A decent first trip Rich.
The wagtail is worth it on its own. a cracking little bird, which I have now visited twice. The heads of the valley road may not be finished yet, but my last outing to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 11th February 2020, 12:22
Replies: 31
Views: 1,820
Posted By Paul Longland
I tried to explain to my OH why stonechats were...

I tried to explain to my OH why stonechats were so called. Because they make a clack clack noise like two stones knocking together I said. She disputed this and said what about the trill at the end....
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 6th February 2020, 12:27
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Paul Longland
I had a nest box up in my garden for three years...

I had a nest box up in my garden for three years and it was never occupied despite a couple of exploratory surveys by blue and coal tits. Eventually last spring I moved it and within days had lots...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 6th February 2020, 12:19
Replies: 21
Views: 916
Posted By Paul Longland
I know. I have had a copy for years. Bloody...

I know. I have had a copy for years. Bloody predictive text and lackadaisical proofing before hitting send again.
My sincerest apologies to Gordon (Mr Hamlett)
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 30th January 2020, 12:07
Replies: 21
Views: 1,113
Posted By Paul Longland
been wearing varifocals now for years. never had...

been wearing varifocals now for years. never had a problem using my bins with the. The knack is to ensure that you do not have the eyecups too far out and that you have the bins level. The only time...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 30th January 2020, 12:01
Replies: 56
Views: 2,240
Posted By Paul Longland
Strangely enough have seen more fieldfares around...

Strangely enough have seen more fieldfares around this year than Redwings, which is the complete reverse of what we normally get. As for Siskin and Redpoll, haven't seen either so far this winter
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 30th January 2020, 11:51
Replies: 4,225
Views: 764,302
Posted By Paul Longland
how do you know it was yours? 8-P

how do you know it was yours? 8-P
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 30th January 2020, 11:47
Replies: 21
Views: 916
Posted By Paul Longland
My vote would also be for Mull if you do not have...

My vote would also be for Mull if you do not have a lot of time. get yourself a copy of Mr Hammels excellent book
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 14th January 2020, 12:38
Replies: 4,225
Views: 764,302
Posted By Paul Longland
Two in a week. 30 December 2019 Eastern (blue...

Two in a week.
30 December 2019 Eastern (blue headed) Yellow wagtail, Ringstead, Norfolk
02 January 2020 Desert Wheatear, Eccles, Norfolk
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 14th January 2020, 12:29
Replies: 16
Views: 1,198
Posted By Paul Longland
Hmm Slightly off piste as not all are what many...

Hmm
Slightly off piste as not all are what many would call rarities but here goes, and not necessarily in any particular order

Purple Swamp Hen - my only "first"
Spectacled Warbler Norfolk -...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th January 2020, 14:49
Replies: 33
Views: 2,387
Posted By Paul Longland
Hmm hard one. My Uk birding was seriously...

Hmm hard one. My Uk birding was seriously curtailed last year for various reasons and littered with tales of woeful dips so I am going to pick from my first overseas birding trip to the Camargue....
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th January 2020, 14:30
Replies: 34
Views: 1,009
Posted By Paul Longland
As per usual as I looked out of the kitchen...

As per usual as I looked out of the kitchen window first thing the usual woodpigeons were sitting in the neighbours tree. I deliberately sat with a fixed gaze on my feeders in the hope that something...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th January 2020, 14:02
Replies: 2
Views: 329
Posted By Paul Longland
The ups and downs of birding

Sure this has been done before in various forms but after my experiences last week I thought it might be interesting to see if others had similar highs and lows of a day out birding.

All started...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th January 2020, 13:39
Replies: 12
Views: 582
Posted By Paul Longland
A firecrest in the garden is a fantastic bird. As...

A firecrest in the garden is a fantastic bird.
As you say I occasionally had Goldcrest visiting my garden but until last winter never saw them on the feeders but then suddenly they started coming to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 10th December 2019, 12:26
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Paul Longland
Had actually heard about where Flemming got the...

Had actually heard about where Flemming got the name from but an interesting article nevertheless.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 10th December 2019, 12:18
Replies: 33
Views: 3,315
Posted By Paul Longland
as mentioned it also poses the question as to...

as mentioned it also poses the question as to what we mean by "birder". I get the impression, that whilst the majority of twitches are very much male dominated, when just generally walking around...
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