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Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 19th September 2020, 14:16
Replies: 15
Views: 410
Posted By kb57
Indian birders certainly think Indian Bustard is...

Indian birders certainly think Indian Bustard is on its way out in a few years, current mortality rates way above what the tiny remaining population can support.
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 18th September 2020, 14:25
Replies: 3
Views: 160
Posted By kb57
A close relative is on a (non-birding) trip to...

A close relative is on a (non-birding) trip to Italy at the moment, staying in the Cinque Terre national park after getting a cheap flight to Pisa then train. Feedback is public transport is fine...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 16th September 2020, 20:56
Replies: 94
Views: 3,315
Posted By kb57
One problem we are going to find when the...

One problem we are going to find when the pandemic (hopefully) recedes is that it won't be quite as easy to get where we want to go.
A major airline has pulled out of our local airport (Easyjet from...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Wednesday 16th September 2020, 20:25
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
August additions (need to check dates) St. Abb's...

August additions (need to check dates)

St. Abb's Head

137. Great Skua
138. Spotted Flycatcher (* 2016?)

north Newcastle on Tyne

139. Tawny Owl
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Wednesday 16th September 2020, 20:18
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
Not been on Bird Forum, keeping up my list or...

Not been on Bird Forum, keeping up my list or getting out birding much for that matter - still at home working most of the time...so this may be a little incomplete, but here goes:

30th May: north...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Monday 25th May 2020, 14:22
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
23rd May: north Newcastle on Tyne My partner had...

23rd May: north Newcastle on Tyne

My partner had seen a reed warbler a couple of days ago in a wetland a short walk from her home, so I was keen to have a look myself. The wind didn't help, but did...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 22nd May 2020, 13:08
Replies: 55
Views: 2,776
Posted By kb57
Without going into whether it is preferable to...

Without going into whether it is preferable to self-find / hire local guides / join an organised local / western tour company, there is a basic point of business ethics here, and one which Andy,...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 21st May 2020, 13:15
Replies: 32
Views: 1,325
Posted By kb57
Some years ago I went to Arctic Finland and...

Some years ago I went to Arctic Finland and Sweden in late June / early July - my main interest at the time was botany for which it was obviously a great time of year, but there was plenty of bird...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Thursday 21st May 2020, 12:51
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
18th May: Druridge Bay, Northumberland We've...

18th May: Druridge Bay, Northumberland

We've been missing the sea during lockdown, but thought (probably correctly) it was best to avoid the weekends. Quite a lot of cars parked along the Druridge...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Thursday 21st May 2020, 12:43
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
15th May: north Newcastle on Tyne A new species...

15th May: north Newcastle on Tyne

A new species for both my year list and my partner's garden list, pausing briefly on the fence before heading for the more familiar habitat of a nearby hawthorn...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Thursday 14th May 2020, 09:33
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
14th May: NW Durham First thing I saw when I...

14th May: NW Durham

First thing I saw when I opened the curtains this morning was a GSW on the telegraph pole outside my house - next thing I noticed was the sunshine, so decided to go for a short...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 11th May 2020, 16:03
Replies: 16
Views: 930
Posted By kb57
I must admit that despite living in a small...

I must admit that despite living in a small village in rural NW Durham I've never birded my local patch - in my non birding years I'd explore the local footpaths and make a few casual sightings, but...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 29th April 2020, 12:26
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By kb57
This is a difficult question to answer, as it...

This is a difficult question to answer, as it presupposes that everything is going to return to normal, both in terms of opportunities for travel and the desire to do so.

I should've been in...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Wednesday 29th April 2020, 12:08
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
29th April: NW Durham Woke early after a not...

29th April: NW Durham

Woke early after a not very restful night and decided to go for a walk in the local woods - weather about to break this afternoon after a long dry spell.

Willow warblers are...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 29th April 2020, 12:01
Replies: 126
Views: 7,572
Posted By kb57
Excellent report, just what is needed in these...

Excellent report, just what is needed in these lockdown days - dreaming of albatross-filled pelagics!
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Monday 27th April 2020, 13:15
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
25th April: near Ponteland, Northumberland My...

25th April: near Ponteland, Northumberland

My weekly foray into the dangerous world of the supermarket to shop for myself and partner, this time I thought I'd give Waitrose a try and treat ourselves...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 27th April 2020, 13:04
Replies: 41
Views: 1,697
Posted By kb57
Definitely one for my bucket list (along with...

Definitely one for my bucket list (along with Kagu of course...)
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 27th April 2020, 13:01
Replies: 16
Views: 778
Posted By kb57
As a young birder in the 70s, we never recorded...

As a young birder in the 70s, we never recorded feral pigeons, they didn't 'count' on year / life lists either...yet at the same time I and my friends were happy to count pheasants, which have a lot...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 24th April 2020, 16:54
Replies: 41
Views: 1,697
Posted By kb57
31 Corvidae in total according to Scythebill, and...

31 Corvidae in total according to Scythebill, and #19 I think was Canada Jay, from a trip to Michigan & Ontario in 1987.

Only got 12 Corvus, not counting Western Jackdaw but including Northwestern...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 23rd April 2020, 14:24
Replies: 50
Views: 2,560
Posted By kb57
I've refrained from contributing to this thread...

I've refrained from contributing to this thread until now, largely because I think I've already related the story of the dead Japanese trekker on the Thorung La elsewhere on Bird Forum, and whenever...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 21st April 2020, 17:19
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By kb57
Downy birch will colonise bogs, but otherwise...

Downy birch will colonise bogs, but otherwise yes. Its a different story with trees such as Sitka spruce, which naturally occur on coastal peat bogs in Pacific NW and will readily invade bogs in UK...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 18th April 2020, 10:38
Replies: 319
Views: 16,819
Posted By kb57
Not on my garden list, but my partner just...

Not on my garden list, but my partner just messaged me a photo of a willow tit on her sunflower seed feeder today...from Wideopen, Newcastle on Tyne
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 18th April 2020, 10:19
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By kb57
Thanks for sharing - I don't know how stringent...

Thanks for sharing - I don't know how stringent the lockdown measures are where you are, but I think a lot of people across the world will be getting to know their local patches better!

I had a look...
Forum: Member's Lists 2020 Saturday 18th April 2020, 09:38
Replies: 29
Views: 804
Posted By kb57
This lockdown is really getting to me - loads of...

This lockdown is really getting to me - loads of deadlines piling up, and I hate working from home...at the same time can't feel too sorry for myself as I still have a functioning business, at least...
Forum: Conservation Wednesday 8th April 2020, 12:24
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By kb57
Indeed, in fact anything which results in peat...

Indeed, in fact anything which results in peat drying out is likely to produce increased CO2 emissions - drainage, burning, climate change itself if you get longer dry spells...

The key message...
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