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Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st August 2004, 15:14
Replies: 16
Views: 2,102
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Cyber, Unfortunately H&M isn't available on...

Hi Cyber,

Unfortunately H&M isn't available on the net, sad as that is the best way these days to get information across.

The new bird is a Grey Bushchat, but (from the mottled mantle and broad...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st August 2004, 14:03
Replies: 16
Views: 2,020
Posted By Michael Frankis
C'mon Tom, you can do better than that . . . you...

C'mon Tom, you can do better than that . . . you know they don't all look the same !!!! :-O



Hi Dave,

I wondered that too - my feeling was, yes, they can on occasion, because this photo proves...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st August 2004, 13:19
Replies: 16
Views: 2,020
Posted By Michael Frankis
I'd agree with Caspian, even though there's...

I'd agree with Caspian, even though there's hardly any black smudge near the bill tip (which Caspian usually has, Royal doesn't), firstly as the site is inland (near Lake Ontario, Canada), which...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 1st August 2004, 12:55
Replies: 118
Views: 10,271
Posted By Michael Frankis
Fairly mixed - I've seen both. But I get the...

Fairly mixed - I've seen both. But I get the impression that capitalising is on the increase. It'll be interesting to see which Lynx do when they start on HMW after they've finished HBW. Whatever...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st August 2004, 12:45
Replies: 16
Views: 2,102
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Cyber, I'd agree with Grey Bushchat...

Hi Cyber,

I'd agree with Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferrea) for your photos

Seems to be an error there in Sibley & Monroe, White-browed Bushchat is given as an alternative name for Stoliczka's...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 1st August 2004, 11:53
Replies: 118
Views: 10,271
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Steve, Yeah, they're full of all...

Hi Steve,




Yeah, they're full of all sorts of other ornithological errors as well, frequently using invalid scientific names that were dropped 50 years ago, etc, etc . . . I often get the...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Saturday 31st July 2004, 23:58
Replies: 10
Views: 1,433
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi JP, From Lynx HBW: 1 Lesser Kestrel 2...

Hi JP,

From Lynx HBW:

1 Lesser Kestrel
2 Common Kestrel
3 Madagascar Kestrel
4 Mauritius Kestrel
5 Spotted Kestrel
6 Australian Kestrel
Forum: Your Birding Day Saturday 31st July 2004, 23:39
Replies: 33
Views: 2,421
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Stevie, I got a bit excited about one that...

Hi Stevie,

I got a bit excited about one that turned up at East Chevington on spring passage 3 or 4 years ago, as I'd read that too - but I made the mistake of posting a request for info on...
Forum: Your Rarities Saturday 31st July 2004, 23:25
Replies: 67
Views: 4,444
Posted By Michael Frankis
Unless there has been a peculiar weather...

Unless there has been a peculiar weather situation that has caused several to fly this way . . . we'll never know!

Michael
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 23:22
Replies: 118
Views: 10,271
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Tim, Not strictly an ornithological journal,...

Hi Tim,

Not strictly an ornithological journal, but Animal Behaviour doesn't. That's about the only one I know of.

Michael
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 23:06
Replies: 118
Views: 10,271
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Jason, Doesn't happen with birds that I know...

Hi Jason,

Doesn't happen with birds that I know of, but with trees, Americans often drop the 's at the end, e.g. Brewer Spruce, Jeffrey Pine (rather than Brewer's Spruce, Jeffrey's Pine); Jeffrey...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 22:55
Replies: 6
Views: 2,205
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Sparrow, Had to look that one up, I've never...

Hi Sparrow,

Had to look that one up, I've never been to Australia so don't know about them. Also called Long-tailed Finch. Have you been to Australia and seen them?

Found some other pics on the...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 22:11
Replies: 6
Views: 2,205
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Sparrow, Too right! - I'd probably find it...

Hi Sparrow,

Too right! - I'd probably find it easier to name a top 100, than a top 10. And yes, it would be a slightly different set each time I listed them.

I'd generally only pick from birds...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 21:06
Replies: 118
Views: 10,271
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Steve, I reckon it already has, to a very...

Hi Steve,

I reckon it already has, to a very large degree. The process is driven primarily by the various field guides, which almost universally capitalise bird (and other animal & plant) names....
Forum: Your Rarities Saturday 31st July 2004, 20:43
Replies: 67
Views: 4,444
Posted By Michael Frankis
Methinks you wouldn't confuse them, but given...

Methinks you wouldn't confuse them, but given that (according to Bill Oddie) there's people around capable of sending in a report of a Ringed Plover to the BBRC, labelled 'Alpine Swift', well, I...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 20:29
Replies: 118
Views: 10,271
Posted By Michael Frankis
Far from universal! ...

Far from universal!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacea

Michael
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 17:02
Replies: 23
Views: 3,185
Posted By Michael Frankis
Few years ago there was a Laughing Gull (a major...

Few years ago there was a Laughing Gull (a major rarity in Britain) over here in Newcastle - it spent most of its time perched on the roof of the Maternity Ward at the city's General Hospital

Often...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Saturday 31st July 2004, 13:29
Replies: 12
Views: 1,775
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Harry, How common is Ourapteryx sambucaria...

Hi Harry,

How common is Ourapteryx sambucaria up here? - had one (or something that looked just like the pic of it in Chinery! ;)) came in the house couple of nights ago

Michael
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 31st July 2004, 13:19
Replies: 7
Views: 1,730
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Aynsley, Welcome to BirdForum! Someone has...

Hi Aynsley,

Welcome to BirdForum!

Someone has lost their pet . . . that's a Yellow-fronted Canary (Serinus mozambicus), a popular cagebird originally from Africa

Michael
Forum: Your Rarities Saturday 31st July 2004, 13:15
Replies: 67
Views: 4,444
Posted By Michael Frankis
Yeah, probably could, particularly for someone...

Yeah, probably could, particularly for someone without any knowledge of Great Knot. In western North America, they could also pass as a rather long-billed Surfbird - very similar plumage pattern in...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 12:25
Replies: 2
Views: 1,127
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Finchy, They'll have bred on rooftops,...

Hi Finchy,

They'll have bred on rooftops, hidden out of view. I guess you could call this a creche, but I don't think it is organised in any way, it is just a good area for them to rest, in the...
Forum: Say Hello Saturday 31st July 2004, 12:21
Replies: 10
Views: 2,488
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi John, Welcome to BirdForum! Great place...

Hi John,

Welcome to BirdForum!

Great place Bulgaria, I've been twice, both times in the west of the country

Michael
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 31st July 2004, 12:15
Replies: 6
Views: 1,088
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Euan, Welcome back and glad you had a good...

Hi Euan,

Welcome back and glad you had a good time!

Michael
Forum: Say Hello Friday 30th July 2004, 22:15
Replies: 5
Views: 984
Posted By Michael Frankis
Hi Richard, Welcome to BirdForum! Marsh Sand...

Hi Richard,

Welcome to BirdForum!

Marsh Sand is nice . . . what else are they fobbing you off with there? (what a weird place name!!)

Michael
Forum: Sea Watch Friday 30th July 2004, 22:11
Replies: 15
Views: 2,292
Posted By Michael Frankis
I remember seeing a report of one such Dunlin...

I remember seeing a report of one such Dunlin count which ended up as 9,999 . . .

Michael
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