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Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 2nd September 2020, 16:08
Replies: 15
Views: 826
Posted By Dave Ball
Yeah, they might be fine with the skip and the...

Yeah, they might be fine with the skip and the jump, but can they manage the hop as well, Ken?
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 27th August 2020, 15:05
Replies: 51
Views: 3,044
Posted By Dave Ball
In theory, proofreading is a good idea. In...

In theory, proofreading is a good idea. In practice, you tend to read what you thought you’d written, not what you actually wrote ;)
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 27th August 2020, 12:42
Replies: 51
Views: 3,044
Posted By Dave Ball
Could the fact that ‘d’ is next to ‘s’ on a...

Could the fact that ‘d’ is next to ‘s’ on a QWERTY keyboard have something to do with it?

Finger diet in order?

Edit: or proofreading.
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Saturday 1st August 2020, 23:29
Replies: 158
Views: 3,760
Posted By Dave Ball
Sorry, it’s late and I’m trying to browse the...

Sorry, it’s late and I’m trying to browse the interweebs and write a few comments about Lammergeiers while watching cricket highlights (who says blokes can’t multitask - Oh, apparently I can’t)....
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Wednesday 15th July 2020, 17:36
Replies: 13
Views: 364
Posted By Dave Ball
Sorry, should have looked at the photo, shouldn’t...

Sorry, should have looked at the photo, shouldn’t I ;)

Little Paxo (good site). 13th so recent.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Wednesday 15th July 2020, 17:32
Replies: 13
Views: 364
Posted By Dave Ball
When and where was the Norfolk Hawker,...

When and where was the Norfolk Hawker, Doghouse?

Still trying to get one in Bedfordshire (everyone else seems to have done so), but thought I’d blown it for this year. Might give a Felmersham...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Wednesday 15th July 2020, 17:23
Replies: 130
Views: 6,011
Posted By Dave Ball
I was about to say that a lot of things had been...

I was about to say that a lot of things had been early this year, but then I checked back and saw the date was in May. Not that early ;)

Fairly amazed no record of Willow Em in VC11. We’ve had them...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 20:20
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
Surely you mean Wussy Gull. (Which is probably...

Surely you mean Wussy Gull.

(Which is probably what they look like when encountering Ivory Gulls ;))

Edit: New question - what size of skua can stand up to an Ivory Gull?
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 20:15
Replies: 19
Views: 1,111
Posted By Dave Ball
Historically RBA was primarily a pager-based...

Historically RBA was primarily a pager-based service and Birdguides was primarily web-based, which accounted for the difference in pricing. As time went by RBA added web services and Birdguides...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th June 2020, 20:01
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
Seriously, I think we can all agree that some of...

Seriously, I think we can all agree that some of the old names were better than their replacements, but some of the new names are also good, and sometimes better than the old ones.

Ideally a name...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 23:04
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
Unmentionable Harrier, because all records need...

Unmentionable Harrier, because all records need to be suppressed to prevent persecution ;)

(There are certain sites where the locals might apply the same adjective to many other species ;))
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 17:47
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
Don’t come here spoiling things with your facts...

Don’t come here spoiling things with your facts ;)

On another note, I actually quite like “Ubiquitous Storm-petrel”. Just wish it was a bit more ubiquitous in Britain, particularly inland Britain....
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 15:01
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
Oh, certainly, Wren on its own is only...

Oh, certainly, Wren on its own is only appropriate in Europe.

However, when Trump causes the final collapse of the USA and you have to rejoin the Empire, one of the first measures we will enforce...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 14:54
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
Yes, not all the “new” names were bad, and Rosy...

Yes, not all the “new” names were bad, and Rosy Starling is excellent, concise and descriptive. I’ve also always rather liked Hedge Accentor, even though it generally hasn’t replaced Dunnock, which...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 17th June 2020, 11:15
Replies: 220
Views: 7,205
Posted By Dave Ball
We had a big attempted re-naming of English bird...

We had a big attempted re-naming of English bird names here in the UK a few years ago, including trying to impose some Americanisms (“Winter Wren” for our sole Wren species, anyone). Hardly any are...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 16th June 2020, 20:48
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By Dave Ball
I don’t know about being able to afford that...

I don’t know about being able to afford that camera/lens, but I certainly couldn’t carry it any more. ;(
Forum: Butterflies and Moths Wednesday 27th May 2020, 17:11
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By Dave Ball
...and we all thought Leonardo da Vinci was...

...and we all thought Leonardo da Vinci was dead.

(That sketch really deserves a like.)
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Friday 8th May 2020, 12:12
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By Dave Ball
Rhyssa persuasoria? Don’t know if there are any...

Rhyssa persuasoria?

Don’t know if there are any similar species in the UK.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 28th April 2020, 12:22
Replies: 49
Views: 2,295
Posted By Dave Ball
Red Kites seem to have generally preferred to...

Red Kites seem to have generally preferred to fill in their core range before spreading. I remember after going to see the Oxfordshire Ibechiff at Great Tew in 2001 deciding to nip down the M40 to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 16th April 2020, 12:26
Replies: 36
Views: 1,439
Posted By Dave Ball
Hobby for me too, and skuas. Two uninspiring...

Hobby for me too, and skuas.

Two uninspiring ticks, Franklin’s Gull on Teeside and the Yarmouth Great Knot, were both totally upstaged by adult Long-tailed Skuas seen the same day.

Probably most...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 13th March 2020, 15:31
Replies: 804
Views: 39,581
Posted By Dave Ball
Undetected cases due to lack of testing. They...

Undetected cases due to lack of testing.

They never identified their ‘case 0’, allowing undetected initial spread. In comparison initial tracking and quarantine was very good in the UK.
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 13th March 2020, 15:23
Replies: 804
Views: 39,581
Posted By Dave Ball
Only because of the large numbers overwhelming...

Only because of the large numbers overwhelming resources, at least in Wuhan. Once they got past initial denial, their response has probably been better than most countries, though South Korea and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 12th March 2020, 22:49
Replies: 804
Views: 39,581
Posted By Dave Ball
The most quantified stats are probably those for...

The most quantified stats are probably those for the Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan.

This page of Japanese stats...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 7th March 2020, 20:57
Replies: 25
Views: 1,423
Posted By Dave Ball
I was thinking mine was Black-throated Thrush, 23...

I was thinking mine was Black-throated Thrush, 23 years, Werrington 1996 to Whipsnade 2019, but then I was reminded of Capercaillie, Grantown 1985 to on a minor road roadside near Loch Garten, 2009...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 30th December 2019, 14:27
Replies: 78
Views: 4,895
Posted By Dave Ball
“we’re at 1,000m” ...surely that’s nowhere near...

“we’re at 1,000m”

...surely that’s nowhere near halfway up? Barely a quarter?*

/pedantry ;)

*Though depends on which alp I suppose ;)
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