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Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 18th July 2019, 20:51
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By mark clements
I did not mean to sound that grumpy, I am happy...

I did not mean to sound that grumpy, I am happy to hear it, it's just that 2000 times a day everyday, without apparent feed stops, is a tad bewildering. The query, not a complaint, was more about the...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 18th July 2019, 16:31
Replies: 9
Views: 424
Posted By mark clements
Yellowhammer Song

I am coming to the conclusion that Yellowhammers do not need to eat.

There is one in a particular tree on my boundary that we hear about every 40 seconds from pre-dawn until dusk... genuinely...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 17th July 2019, 15:04
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By mark clements
I'd agree with most, and Yodel depends almost...

I'd agree with most, and Yodel depends almost entirely upon the individual. Since we moved here its been fine, prior to that it was "mixed".
Regarding the plunge to cheap service, I withdrew a sale...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 10th July 2019, 06:46
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By mark clements
Acres Down and Beaulieu Road Station good sites,...

Acres Down and Beaulieu Road Station good sites, but not guaranteed. Good areas for Goshawks too.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th July 2019, 16:35
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By mark clements
If you check the species side by side in your...

If you check the species side by side in your guide, there are some key differences that are (usually) visible in the field. I was lucky to grow up in the New Forest and become familiar with them as...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 9th July 2019, 15:59
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By mark clements
Hi Louis, looks like a common buzzard to me too....

Hi Louis,
looks like a common buzzard to me too. Was there anything about it that made you wonder Honey Buzzard?
From the photos the head shape is not too distinctive, what was it like to the...
Forum: Your Birding Day Monday 1st July 2019, 08:31
Replies: 5
Views: 617
Posted By mark clements
Interesting, thanks, Louis As a non-lister I...

Interesting, thanks, Louis

As a non-lister I would do the exams and not regret dipping... ducks and runs from comments
Forum: Norfolk Wednesday 26th June 2019, 16:43
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By mark clements
Old age and doubt... both b*st*rds ... kicking...

Old age and doubt... both b*st*rds ... kicking in. 8-P
Forum: Norfolk Wednesday 26th June 2019, 16:41
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By mark clements
Thats a good point: a) it was from a car, and b)...

Thats a good point:
a) it was from a car, and
b) when I wrote up on Monday, I was defo for female
c) memory is shouting red head, so can't have been female or misremembering

Defo too small fo GSW,...
Forum: Norfolk Wednesday 26th June 2019, 15:22
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By mark clements
So, has anyone else seen similar? I have been out...

So, has anyone else seen similar?
I have been out but not retraced it.
I am genuinely familiar with the species, from age 8 or 9, and saw the distinct black and whitey / buff ladder back with red...
Forum: Norfolk Sunday 23rd June 2019, 07:23
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By mark clements
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Female, in garden of house on Holt Road, between Dereham and North Elmham, this AM at 6.00 ish. Just north of Gorgate lane.
It flew off as I stopped, towards Hoe Common, but I could not...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 19th June 2019, 08:59
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By mark clements
Simply put, Jeff is right, using the standard...

Simply put, Jeff is right, using the standard definition of whistling using lips and teeth - no birds whistle as they have no lips and no teeth.

Merriam Webster's definitions do give you leeway, as...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Monday 17th June 2019, 07:59
Replies: 17
Views: 590
Posted By mark clements
I seem to remember Southampton area as one of the...

I seem to remember Southampton area as one of the places they're found, from articles in the Daily Echo. (not that this is a guarantee of accuracy! :eek!:
:t:
Harry
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th June 2019, 19:43
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By mark clements
My bad, sorry guys. My brother in law has both,...

My bad, sorry guys. My brother in law has both, and I wrote the wrong one.
Female Mandarin duck
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th June 2019, 19:05
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By mark clements
The male is much more colourful.

The male is much more colourful.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th June 2019, 18:49
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By mark clements
Female Carolina Wood Duck, I think, so probably...

Female Carolina Wood Duck, I think, so probably an escape/captiveH
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th June 2019, 10:24
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By mark clements
Looks like European Blackbird to me. Kokato has a...

Looks like European Blackbird to me.
Kokato has a hooked bill, like a small parrot, and distinct blue wattles on the cheeks.
The wing shape is much more blackbird like to me.
Also the Kokato has a...
Forum: Sony Sunday 2nd June 2019, 08:27
Replies: 2
Views: 311
Posted By mark clements
Sony A9 + 400mm GM + 2XTC with Real Time Autofocus software update

1. I am not a competent photographer.
2. I have a great friend that is, and is using Sony Gear.
3. He is looking at the Real Time Autofocus for wildlife options being pushed out by Sony at the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 31st May 2019, 14:20
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By mark clements
Yes, Yes and Yes as well as Military and Rescue...

Yes, Yes and Yes as well as Military and Rescue Helicopters. The new jets out of Marham use the barracks 1/2 mile up the way as a turn point, but bizzarely they rarely wake me.

Barn owl on the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 31st May 2019, 13:58
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By mark clements
Unfortunately it is that time of year, I am...

Unfortunately it is that time of year, I am awoken at 3.30 every morning by a truck, and at 4 by blackbirds etc. At night it is the owls, until late, followed by the boy racer on his way home after...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 31st May 2019, 12:12
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By mark clements
to be fair to Andy, in the post immediately above...

to be fair to Andy, in the post immediately above the one you quote, you ask him

... but have you ever had a bird singing 10 feet away from you as loud as it can as you are sleeping? Obviously not...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 31st May 2019, 05:23
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By mark clements
I agree, H

I agree,
H
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 30th May 2019, 16:10
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By mark clements
From memory, and without my books to hand, I...

From memory, and without my books to hand, I would expect yellow/green legs and are brownish or rusty at most stages in life, non-breeding adults look greyer, but less distinct markings on throat....
Forum: Food and Feeders Friday 24th May 2019, 16:24
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By mark clements
Well, as I would not eat it, I think it unfair to...

Well, as I would not eat it, I think it unfair to foist it on a bird 8-P

but then again, I cannot recall the last caterpiller or mealworm I ate:eat:

but i had some sunflower seeds earlier...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 12:45
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By mark clements
Malcolm said it was in the deep shade, it may...

Malcolm said it was in the deep shade, it may just be very deep.8-P
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