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Forum: Bird Behaviour Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:30
Replies: 9
Views: 218
Posted By pratincol
I've seen a Merlin hunting for bats in Cuba. It...

I've seen a Merlin hunting for bats in Cuba. It was waiting till dusk and when the bats emerged it was an easy catch. A nightly event apparently. Another birdwatcher had seen it happening and sure...
Forum: Lists Friday 11th October 2019, 16:55
Replies: 20
Views: 1,234
Posted By pratincol
There's a few flocks of Whooper Swan passing...

There's a few flocks of Whooper Swan passing through the Kent estuary.
They eventually head towards the Arnside viaduct and will stop either side generally.
Big numbers of Lapwing between the...
Forum: Lists Monday 7th October 2019, 09:17
Replies: 20
Views: 1,234
Posted By pratincol
Look out for the Great White Egret if you cross...

Look out for the Great White Egret if you cross Arnside viaduct. Saw three near there the other day. They're still about too.
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Monday 2nd September 2019, 12:06
Replies: 845
Views: 153,980
Posted By pratincol
N Might be of interest to someone who covers this...

N Might be of interest to someone who covers this area.
A copy of our approach to Gibralter and then sail- out from Gibralter on the return aboard the Aurora from my report on vacations forum.

5th...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 2nd September 2019, 10:55
Replies: 24
Views: 1,248
Posted By pratincol
I record species, number location and grid...

I record species, number location and grid reference then send them off to the County recorder at the end of the year. The submissions are collated in the county records so they can gauge numbers and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 29th August 2019, 16:34
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By pratincol
Brilliant. Just shows what can be done.

Brilliant.
Just shows what can be done.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 26th August 2019, 10:10
Replies: 57
Views: 2,861
Posted By pratincol
How far do birders walk? In the case of Idle...

How far do birders walk?
In the case of Idle Jack, a local birdwatcher, not very far.
Bumped into him recently viewing a wet field full of birds, stood right next to his car. He said the adjacent...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 26th August 2019, 08:48
Replies: 0
Views: 125
Posted By pratincol
Mysterious Hawthorne bushes recovery

If there are any plant experts out there perhaps they could explain what happened to the apparently dead hawthorn bushes which came alive again this year.
They are individual bushes spread out over a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 25th August 2019, 12:26
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By pratincol
Thanks When I spoke to the Environment Agency...

Thanks
When I spoke to the Environment Agency boss I suggested it would save them money too, having less grass to cut, saving on energy and labour costs.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 25th August 2019, 10:38
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By pratincol
The Environment Agency have a listening ear

Our local estuary is defended by miles of raised bunds.
Every year the Environment Agency mow them twice.
I asked if they could leave the bottom and edges of the bunds uncut to allow them to grow...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 21st August 2019, 14:56
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By pratincol
Remember being surprised to see them in the park...

Remember being surprised to see them in the park in the centre of Tromso. We were just walking around the shops and went to the park to see if there were any birds.
Thought I was seeing things and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 21st August 2019, 14:15
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By pratincol
Willow Warblers in the North West

On another thread someone mentioned how many Willow Warblers they saw or heard on a trip up north and compared it with the apparent decrease in the south.
On my travels around my local patches I've...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 20th August 2019, 18:11
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
'Taxonomic question - presume you are using...

'Taxonomic question - presume you are using eBird/Clements taxonomy, as IOC splits Cory's and Scopoli's?[/QUOTE]'
Pass!
Not gone into it in such greater detail.I'll look that one up.I use the older...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 17:08
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
Good question! Sadly, didn't get a good enough...

Good question!
Sadly, didn't get a good enough view to identify, so I just recorded them as Swift species.
Yes, it was an enjoyable cruise, probably better done next month to see more birds on the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 17:00
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
Thanks Steve. Given the dreadful weather in the ...

Thanks Steve. Given the dreadful weather in the north of the UK since we came back, I wish we were still on board!
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 15:48
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
Cruise to Spain, France, Italy, Majorca and Gibraltar

702602 The impressive cliffs above Portovenero, Italy.Over a hundred Swifts here. Not sure if Pallid or Common.


702603 The entrance to Portovenero harbour. A lot of Yellow-legged Gull and several...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Friday 16th August 2019, 20:25
Replies: 31
Views: 2,205
Posted By pratincol
Fortunatly numerous around here. We've got a few...

Fortunatly numerous around here. We've got a few quarries and cliff faces where they breed as well as a nearby estuary full of prey- an ideal combination!
See them regulary and just recently, found ...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 29th July 2019, 18:59
Replies: 5
Views: 989
Posted By pratincol
What a brilliant idea! We're destroying so many...

What a brilliant idea!
We're destroying so many habitats something so simple as this must surely help.
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 17:26
Replies: 21
Views: 872
Posted By pratincol
We stayed at the Sol Luna Y Mares Hotel on Playa...

We stayed at the Sol Luna Y Mares Hotel on Playa Esmeralda near Holquin.
It's on the mainland on the north east coast so you aren't stuck on a cayo.
Plenty of birdwatching in the local area and lots...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 19th July 2019, 15:11
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By pratincol
I've been on a few walks in South Cumbria where...

I've been on a few walks in South Cumbria where the Willow Warblers are so numerous they drown out most of the other birds when they're in full song.Sometimes makes it difficult to work out what...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Thursday 18th July 2019, 16:42
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By pratincol
That damn Wood Pigeon on our roof. It never...

That damn Wood Pigeon on our roof. It never stops, from morning till night. It goes on and on an and and on.............[ unless it comes down for a feed in the garden, when it temporarily shuts up].
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 15th July 2019, 16:59
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By pratincol
Well I try and look for some positives but I do...

Well I try and look for some positives but I do realise we've lost so much in recent years.
The 51 upland Willow Warbler I mentioned were actually in the newly extended Yorkshire Dales National...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 15th July 2019, 15:21
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By pratincol
There's a few places around here where Willow...

There's a few places around here where Willow Warbler are prolific, as you found in Shropshire. I counted 51 on a walk this year in the South Lakes which was remarkable, as there were several...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 15th July 2019, 13:44
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By pratincol
We do alright for Spotted Flycatcher in the...

We do alright for Spotted Flycatcher in the Lakes.
They can sometimes be faithful to certain sites and there are five on separate territories nearby this year.
I cover a well used local passage area...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 10th July 2019, 14:34
Replies: 28
Views: 1,534
Posted By pratincol
La Gomera is beautiful and ,for the Canaries,...

La Gomera is beautiful and ,for the Canaries, remarkably unspoilt. There's a good bus service so you don't need to hire a car.
La Palma doesn't have a wide range of birds but a lot more birds than...
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