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Forum: Ruffled Feathers Monday 30th March 2020, 05:50
Replies: 10
Views: 219
Posted By WalterRayle
The best thing about Izal when I was growing up...

The best thing about Izal when I was growing up was that you could use it as tracing paper, it's how I got started in doing artwork, illustrations etc. in my spare time. As for its real purpose...
Forum: Lists Friday 27th March 2020, 09:03
Replies: 53
Views: 2,259
Posted By WalterRayle
I was delivering medicine down a fairly remote...

I was delivering medicine down a fairly remote country lane yesterday in Hampshire and had a dead Hedgehog by the road side, how unlucky can it have been given how little traffic there is on the road...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 16th March 2020, 13:43
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By WalterRayle
Looks good for Chiffchaff to me, presumably a...

Looks good for Chiffchaff to me, presumably a just arrived migrant.
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Monday 9th March 2020, 14:04
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By WalterRayle
Looks like a dead thistle head to me.

Looks like a dead thistle head to me.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 5th March 2020, 13:21
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By WalterRayle
I had a female House Sparrow in the garden a few...

I had a female House Sparrow in the garden a few years ago in the summer that showed a dark 'band' across the belly rather like the description of your Wren. I had photos and sent these to the BTO...
Forum: Bird Paleontology Sunday 23rd February 2020, 11:39
Replies: 1
Views: 202
Posted By WalterRayle
Dodo specimen on show

For anyone in the UK who's interested, there's a new exhibition on at Portsmouth Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire titled 'D is for Dodo, E is for Extinct'. The star of the show is the 93%...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Thursday 23rd January 2020, 14:40
Replies: 11
Views: 778
Posted By WalterRayle
Identifiable corpses around a nest I once visited...

Identifiable corpses around a nest I once visited (under licence) included singles of adult Blackbird, Jay (rare on the site) and adult Green Woodpecker and six juvenile Starling, amongst the more...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Thursday 9th January 2020, 14:14
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By WalterRayle
First two are Chalkhill Blue, final ones are...

First two are Chalkhill Blue, final ones are Brown Argus - note the orange spots on the forewings which would be largely absent in the similar Common Blue. And I'll be helpful by stating that as a...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Thursday 9th January 2020, 14:10
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By WalterRayle
First two and last one Small Heath, other two...

First two and last one Small Heath, other two Meadow Brown
Forum: Bird Behaviour Wednesday 8th January 2020, 05:38
Replies: 5
Views: 467
Posted By WalterRayle
There used to be a Grey Heron at Farlington...

There used to be a Grey Heron at Farlington marshes (Hampshire) that spent all its time wandering about in the bushes catching and eating Rabbits.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 21st December 2019, 11:06
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By WalterRayle
My mother had a Treecreeper on her feeder many...

My mother had a Treecreeper on her feeder many years back, not sure how common or regular that is.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 17th November 2019, 12:21
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By WalterRayle
In what world can this be an earwig...

In what world can this be an earwig species!??!
It's one of the Three-pronged Bristletails, Order Thysanura, wouldn't have a clue which species occur in that area though.
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 16th November 2019, 13:46
Replies: 19
Views: 1,005
Posted By WalterRayle
I've got a mate who goes birding every christmas...

I've got a mate who goes birding every christmas day and had a Great White Egret lifer one year, when they were still properly rare, had ringtail Hen Harrier three years running and Black Brant a...
Forum: Birds Of Prey Wednesday 6th November 2019, 14:44
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By WalterRayle
I wonder if Roy Dennis et al are keeping quiet...

I wonder if Roy Dennis et al are keeping quiet about the last known location of one of the released Isle of Wight birds because it was over/on an estate somewhere in southern England and disclosure...
Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Monday 4th November 2019, 09:52
Replies: 31
Views: 3,809
Posted By WalterRayle
Last night (03/11/19) it also showed us...

Last night (03/11/19) it also showed us 'butterflies' hibernating in an old building/bunker and of the two species they showed one was a Herald Moth, and so continues the awfulness of the programme. ...
Forum: TV & Radio Alert For Birding, Nature and Other Wildlife Monday 4th November 2019, 09:49
Replies: 15
Views: 1,706
Posted By WalterRayle
Did anyone else notice that the snake caught the...

Did anyone else notice that the snake caught the Spotted Flycatcher, but when it was shown eating it, it was something else, perhaps a bunting or sparrow with pink legs, rusty brown wings with pale...
Forum: Bats Friday 18th October 2019, 05:43
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By WalterRayle
There used to be a Greater Horseshoe that spent...

There used to be a Greater Horseshoe that spent the winter in Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight and at the same time there used to be one seen intermittently on the private estate between Lepe...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 14th October 2019, 10:19
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By WalterRayle
All look like shearwaters to me.

All look like shearwaters to me.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 12th October 2019, 15:37
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By WalterRayle
Looks like a dark Arctic Skua to me.

Looks like a dark Arctic Skua to me.
Forum: Live Bird News from around the World Tuesday 8th October 2019, 05:42
Replies: 12
Views: 2,616
Posted By WalterRayle
[QUOTE=Farnboro John;3904370]I don't doubt that....

[QUOTE=Farnboro John;3904370]I don't doubt that. The New Forest has been manicured for over a thousand years as the King's deer forest, National Park etc and it goes on today with slow removal of...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 6th October 2019, 05:35
Replies: 26
Views: 1,917
Posted By WalterRayle
I have a friend who used to fly Austers that had...

I have a friend who used to fly Austers that had seen service in the Second World War and for that he only needed 1M Public Liability Insurance. I have a friend who's and entomologist and he needs...
Forum: Food and Feeders Tuesday 24th September 2019, 15:05
Replies: 3
Views: 875
Posted By WalterRayle
I find an air rifle works well and the squirrel...

I find an air rifle works well and the squirrel can then be used in a pie.
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Saturday 14th September 2019, 07:14
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By WalterRayle
They look very much like Ivy Bees Colletes...

They look very much like Ivy Bees Colletes hederae, they are not a swarm as such as each individual female makes her own nest in the bare soil. These in the photo are most likely newly emerged...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 1st September 2019, 05:46
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By WalterRayle
Image one has a feel of the solitary bee Macropis...

Image one has a feel of the solitary bee Macropis europaea about it, I agree about 2 being an Eristalinus sp, Image three has a feel of Andrena flavipes, 4 with that amount of darkness on the abdomen...
Forum: Lists Saturday 24th August 2019, 11:42
Replies: 98
Views: 7,873
Posted By WalterRayle
Yesterday (23/08) while undertaking some insect...

Yesterday (23/08) while undertaking some insect survey in a private Hampshire wood, myself and colleague watched a medium-sized bat hunting along one of the rides for about fifteen minutes between...
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