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Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 16th February 2020, 16:47
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By kb57
Unfortunately my obsessively tidy mother chucked...

Unfortunately my obsessively tidy mother chucked out all my meticulously kept ring-bound birding notes from age 12-16 while I was away at uni, so my first ever 'proper' birding trip (to Gosforth Park...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 16th February 2020, 16:35
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By kb57
Bullfinches perch up regularly in flocks of up to...

Bullfinches perch up regularly in flocks of up to a dozen on the tops of tall hawthorns near my partner's place just outside Newcastle, and visit her sunflower seed feeders.
They also feed on the...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Sunday 16th February 2020, 16:24
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By kb57
15th February: north Newcastle on Tyne We...

15th February: north Newcastle on Tyne

We weren't the only ones watching the flock of linnets (with bullfinches, tree sparrows, goldfinches and reed buntings) outside my partner's house this...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 11th February 2020, 14:10
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By kb57
Didn't realise that - just checked Scythebill and...

Didn't realise that - just checked Scythebill and see there are three other species now, although no others in Central / NW S. America. You've reminded me of the Cornell fruit feeder ca which I was...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 11th February 2020, 13:32
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By kb57
If you're collecting families, then Dusky-faced...

If you're collecting families, then Dusky-faced Tanager has to be on your target list...only member of the Mitrospingidae, just checked on eBird and see they're in Panama too. They have a bit of...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 10th February 2020, 21:06
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By kb57
I had my first trip to the Neotropics in Colombia...

I had my first trip to the Neotropics in Colombia last year and managed 19 families in 9 days...maybe a little harder for you being Nearctic based, although previous non-birding trips to the States &...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 10th February 2020, 20:25
Replies: 24
Views: 814
Posted By kb57
Guy on top of the kittiwake viewing platform at...

Guy on top of the kittiwake viewing platform at the Baltic in Gateshead last year explaining to his girlfriend they were pigeons
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 10th February 2020, 13:10
Replies: 18
Views: 696
Posted By kb57
I can really sympathise with how you must feel...

I can really sympathise with how you must feel right now - my trip to Japan was quite a big deal for me too made possible due to a small 'windfall' from a pension scheme I'd paid into in a previous...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 8th February 2020, 13:46
Replies: 58
Views: 1,281
Posted By kb57
Cetti's warblers were extremely rare breeding...

Cetti's warblers were extremely rare breeding birds when I was younger, but have greatly increased in southern England, and are even starting to be recorded up here in the NE - we do have relatively...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 8th February 2020, 13:42
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By kb57
The Algarve is great for birds, if you have a...

The Algarve is great for birds, if you have a chance try and visit the saltpans just west of the runway by Faro airport.
Don't know the western Algarve so well, but check out this site...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 8th February 2020, 13:37
Replies: 58
Views: 1,281
Posted By kb57
The UK Schedule 1 list is very much about what is...

The UK Schedule 1 list is very much about what is a rare breeding bird in UK - or was at the time it was made - plus some more widespread species which were presumably thought to be vulnerable to...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 7th February 2020, 14:27
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By kb57
If you really want to see a LEO in UK then RSPB...

If you really want to see a LEO in UK then RSPB Saltholme may be your best chance - not sure if the regular roost there is occupied this winter, but they were reliable there last year. There is a...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 7th February 2020, 14:12
Replies: 18
Views: 696
Posted By kb57
Being owned by the same company, I think they...

Being owned by the same company, I think they operate more or less interchangeably with KLM in terms of booking tickets - Japan trip was a good example, flew out via Amsterdam on KLM, back via Paris...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 7th February 2020, 12:32
Replies: 13
Views: 342
Posted By kb57
A good rule to tell red and black kites apart in...

A good rule to tell red and black kites apart in Switzerland is to speak to a local person - if they speak French it's most likely black, German it's most likely red (I don't know about the Italian...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 6th February 2020, 13:46
Replies: 54
Views: 2,712
Posted By kb57
Careful Gleb, some years ago I managed to get a...

Careful Gleb, some years ago I managed to get a permanent ban from The Times letter pages for putting a certain Mr. H. Hewitt and hen harriers in the same sentence! You'll be getting Special Branch...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 6th February 2020, 13:26
Replies: 18
Views: 696
Posted By kb57
Really think you should start by asking if Air...

Really think you should start by asking if Air China will refund your ticket price due to the outbreak, and if not then go the insurance policy route.
The main issue is probably not the risk of...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 3rd February 2020, 13:07
Replies: 12
Views: 459
Posted By kb57
Although I've seen barn owls at 15:00 in winter...

Although I've seen barn owls at 15:00 in winter when it was still light, observing them in daylight becomes a lot easier in summer, as nights shorten and they need to forage more frequently to feed...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Friday 31st January 2020, 13:17
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By kb57
30th January: Work visit to...

30th January: Work visit to Bedfordshire

Bedford, on the river outside my hotel

75. Egyptian Goose

Near Brogborough - working, then following directions to the GG shrike site for distant but good...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Tuesday 28th January 2020, 13:40
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By kb57
28th January: near Cramlington,...

28th January: near Cramlington, Northumberland

Work visit on agricultural land; seen both common and jack snipe on this site last year, but no luck today.

72. Eurasian Skylark
73. Yellowhammer
74....
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 27th January 2020, 14:20
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By kb57
I think you need to recognise that some of your...

I think you need to recognise that some of your requests are getting a little too specific with respect to birds of prey locations - even if your interest is entirely beneficial, people will...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Monday 27th January 2020, 13:24
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By kb57
26th January: Burnopfield, Co. Durham Another...

26th January: Burnopfield, Co. Durham

Another addition to the casual mammal list, I can remember a couple of decades or so ago when they were still red round here...

4. Grey squirrel

Big Waters,...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Friday 24th January 2020, 13:19
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By kb57
23rd January: Low Newton by-the-Sea,...

23rd January: Low Newton by-the-Sea, Northumberland

Decided after working all weekend I needed a break, so we took Thursday off and headed up the coast. It was a glimpse into the world of my more...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 13:49
Replies: 56
Views: 1,506
Posted By kb57
We've had flocks of up to a dozen or so redpolls...

We've had flocks of up to a dozen or so redpolls feeding on alder cones around my NW Durham office recently, but very few siskins (1-2 in mixed flocks with goldfinches and redpolls). Normally...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 12:57
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By kb57
21st January: NW Durham Stuck in the office all...

21st January: NW Durham

Stuck in the office all weekend working, and working late this week, so no additions to the bird list. Got mammal #3 on the way home from work though, happily negotiating...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 21st January 2020, 13:44
Replies: 10
Views: 626
Posted By kb57
'Birdwatch' magazine was recently reporting one...

'Birdwatch' magazine was recently reporting one regularly wintering at Dinant, Belgium, as well as (confusingly) Dinan in France - the former would be easy enough driving from Calais or Ostend, the...
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