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Forum: Migration Saturday 10th March 2018, 07:47
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By firstreesjohn
Migration NORTH through Europe, Spring 2018

I wonder if such a thread would be of use.
Forum: Vietnam Sunday 11th February 2018, 16:58
Replies: 26
Views: 824
Posted By firstreesjohn
This may be too late. However, for one place, I...

This may be too late.

However, for one place, I would find it hard to beat Cúc Phương National Park. Good birding all day, every day. If possible, I’d advise at least a (cheap) two-night stay.
...
Forum: Norfolk Thursday 18th January 2018, 15:51
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By firstreesjohn
I’m afraid ‘enjoyment’ wasn’t the order of the...

I’m afraid ‘enjoyment’ wasn’t the order of the month. But, thanks for being so kind.

Not a single bird photo was saved for December. Bird ‘events’ were notable by their absence and I’m...
Forum: Norfolk Wednesday 6th December 2017, 08:07
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By firstreesjohn
I hope ! There were thrushes - but I saw no...

I hope !

There were thrushes - but I saw no Rousels.

Spring was, if anything, marginally better.

I leave the answer to your question to those of different academic expertise than I.
Forum: Norfolk Wednesday 6th December 2017, 06:47
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By firstreesjohn
November 2017 at Gramborough

THREE MONTHS (approaching 3½) OF ALMOST UNREMITTING WESTERLIES

Here endeth the worst ever autumn in my almost twenty years of watching The Hill. A couple of highlights could hardly make up for the...
Forum: Norfolk Friday 3rd November 2017, 17:51
Replies: 1
Views: 496
Posted By firstreesjohn
October 2017 at Gramborough

31st 7 Snow Buntings, 2 Blackbirds. SHORELARK ↑W. 2 KINGFISHERS !

30th SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF: still present – at a location I am unable to divulge, but not a million miles from Salthouse....
Forum: Norfolk Saturday 30th September 2017, 18:49
Replies: 1
Views: 639
Posted By firstreesjohn
September 2017 at Gramborough - last week

A ♂ Stonechat (Additional birds are listed below. ‘Stumpy’ - so-named because he almost lost much more than his now re-grown tail - has bold white wing-patches and a whitish rump. Please let’s have...
Forum: Norfolk Saturday 30th September 2017, 18:38
Replies: 1
Views: 639
Posted By firstreesjohn
September 2017 at Gramborough

22nd ♂ Blackcap, Wheatear, ♀ Stonechat*.

19th Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warblers.

18th GREY PHALAROPE* on the brackish pool. As far as anyone can remember, the first phalarope of any species for this...
Forum: Norfolk Thursday 15th June 2017, 19:13
Replies: 0
Views: 841
Posted By firstreesjohn
Silver-washed appears VERY early in 2017

Let's hope that this doesn't presage yet more trampling of habitat. Last year, there was some disgraceful behaviour: www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=328083

No off-path vegetation was harmed in...
Forum: Norfolk Thursday 1st June 2017, 10:36
Replies: 6
Views: 1,666
Posted By firstreesjohn
Norfolk Dragonflies

For the second year running, and in almost exactly the same place yesterday.

Well found by Mark Clements on 30th ult.

I believe it'll take more than the one male for breeding to occur, tho'.
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 18:39
Replies: 6
Views: 2,315
Posted By firstreesjohn
I'll have to check, Dan, but I'm sure OrinocoFlo...

I'll have to check, Dan, but I'm sure OrinocoFlo deliver to the Republic of Kernow. It may take a little longer, as customs clearance has to be obtained.



A 4-foot Attack Robin (6-inch bill;...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Sunday 20th November 2016, 07:06
Replies: 6
Views: 2,315
Posted By firstreesjohn
I’m slightly disappointed that no-one has, so...

I’m slightly disappointed that no-one has, so far, posted any suggestions for further products - either, existing ones, or those for investigation, research & development.

A share in this exciting...
Forum: Computers, Birding Software And The Internet Saturday 12th November 2016, 08:47
Replies: 6
Views: 2,315
Posted By firstreesjohn
2016: Top 10 Xmas prezzies for birders

Available from the worldwide distributor OrinocoFlo.com from 31 November. Prices will be displayed, and then adjusted (upwards !), at CheckOut. Attractive credit rates are available - as is...
Forum: Norfolk Monday 17th October 2016, 10:37
Replies: 11
Views: 5,744
Posted By firstreesjohn
Nowhere near (several miles), soon. I’ve now...

Nowhere near (several miles), soon.

I’ve now been informed that a farm operative was confronted by a ‘prominent’ NORFOLK BIRDER for doing his job !

I’ve lost all hope and can only see a bad outcome...
Forum: Norfolk Saturday 15th October 2016, 17:28
Replies: 11
Views: 5,744
Posted By firstreesjohn
This could become so, so serious

I fear that common sense and care for others are in short supply on this matter.

Today, I heard that measures are being considered that would make it all but impossible for the majority of birders...
Forum: Norfolk Saturday 8th October 2016, 18:37
Replies: 11
Views: 5,744
Posted By firstreesjohn
Cars behaving nicely:

How the concrete pad should look - unlike yesterday, when cars were parked directly in front of the feeder trailers on the right of the photo.

How can anyone do this with farm equipment that's in...
Forum: Norfolk Saturday 8th October 2016, 06:42
Replies: 11
Views: 5,744
Posted By firstreesjohn
Warham Greens - parking at Garden Drove

The concrete pad needs to be kept free of cars in front of the feed trailers. This is so that large, long trucks can drive on to it, turn and reverse to refill them.

A smaller tractor regularly...
Forum: Panasonic Saturday 24th September 2016, 18:48
Replies: 7
Views: 6,898
Posted By firstreesjohn
New FZ2000

This has just been announced:
http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-digital-cameras---point-and-shoot/bridge-cameras/dmc-fz2000.html.

It is supposed to be on sale by the end...
Forum: Norfolk Tuesday 20th September 2016, 19:30
Replies: 0
Views: 1,937
Posted By firstreesjohn
Sheringham Dotterel - when West is East !

I twitched the remaining bird this morning: a strenuous walk of just over 0.2 mile from my humble abode.

I’d puzzled over some of the directions and, on ascending Skelding Hill, found the bird...
Forum: China (including Hong Kong & Macau) Friday 16th September 2016, 05:20
Replies: 1,215
Views: 367,241
Posted By firstreesjohn
That is a surreal and powerful image ! I just...

That is a surreal and powerful image !

I just wish the authors of "1066 and all that" had known of this possibility, in the process creating one of their iconic cartoons.

Or Shakespeare: "A plague...
Forum: China (including Hong Kong & Macau) Thursday 15th September 2016, 04:47
Replies: 1,215
Views: 367,241
Posted By firstreesjohn
“Although sometimes this news feed doth burble, ...

“Although sometimes this news feed doth burble,
It’s so int’resting ‘bout the Big Gerbil -
And how their pesky fleas
Brought th’EU to its knees.
In those days, just remedies herbal !”
Forum: Norfolk Saturday 10th September 2016, 08:50
Replies: 184
Views: 35,150
Posted By firstreesjohn
I'd wait for the new WILDGuide, "Britain's...

I'd wait for the new WILDGuide, "Britain's Spiders", Jim: due Spring 2017.

If it's up to the standards of their others, it'll become our standard field guide (pace the Collins, which includes...
Forum: Norfolk Thursday 8th September 2016, 03:17
Replies: 184
Views: 35,150
Posted By firstreesjohn
My bad, Peter. But we are all on the web !

My bad, Peter.

But we are all on the web !
Forum: Norfolk Wednesday 27th July 2016, 19:41
Replies: 184
Views: 35,150
Posted By firstreesjohn
Spider-napping has, happily, not occurred !

I was mistaken. She’s still there, but has moved about 0.5m to the west and more in the shade. If She'd been there originally, I'm not sure I'd've spotted Her.

Apologies, therefore, to all you...
Forum: Norfolk Tuesday 26th July 2016, 16:06
Replies: 184
Views: 35,150
Posted By firstreesjohn
Arachnids abducted !

The web, the mature female spider and her toy boy of a ‘husband’ seem to have been removed - presumably by human/s.

That is the only explanation I can furnish, as there is no disturbance of the...
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