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Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 3rd April 2020, 09:43
Replies: 129
Views: 2,474
Posted By James Lowther
birds missing from your list that i've seen...

birds missing from your list that i've seen :-

pheasant (heard only)
gadwall
great black-backed gull
cattle egret

all from the house or garden

cheers,
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 2nd April 2020, 15:36
Replies: 129
Views: 2,474
Posted By James Lowther
Cetti’s warbler Marsh harrier Reed...

Cetti’s warbler
Marsh harrier
Reed bunting
Peregrine

Might be new-apologies if not
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 28th March 2020, 10:41
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By James Lowther
Nice article on bats and viruses...

Nice article on bats and viruses here
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200210144854.htm

James
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 27th March 2020, 19:48
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By James Lowther
I’m not quite sure I understand the questions,...

I’m not quite sure I understand the questions, but I don’t think there is any possibility of the involvement of any non-SARS coronaviruses (eg MERS) let alone non-coronaviruses. And no reason to...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 27th March 2020, 17:48
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By James Lowther
You must do your nut when someone wins the...

You must do your nut when someone wins the lottery *every single week*

James
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 27th March 2020, 15:28
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By James Lowther
I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion...

I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion however.....

I doubt you will find more than 1 in 100,000 molecular virologists (like me) who agree with you. I just basically described the evolution...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 26th March 2020, 18:25
Replies: 23
Views: 799
Posted By James Lowther
In terms of publication, this is a complicated...

In terms of publication, this is a complicated story. 3 other groups have done phylogenetic analysis of SARS CoV 2 with public domain sequences including a single pangolin virus genome.

Probably the...
Forum: Ruffled Feathers Tuesday 24th March 2020, 21:18
Replies: 41
Views: 995
Posted By James Lowther
Whoop dee doo The last 5 years truly is the gift...

Whoop dee doo

The last 5 years truly is the gift that keeps on giving
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 12th March 2020, 13:20
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By James Lowther
neither of those, maybe greater(?) swamp...

neither of those, maybe greater(?) swamp warbler
cheers,
James
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Saturday 7th March 2020, 08:07
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By James Lowther
1. Wilson’s/Elliott’s storm petrel 2....

1. Wilson’s/Elliott’s storm petrel
2. Blue-footed (I think)
3. Belcher’s

Cheers
James
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 6th March 2020, 10:04
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By James Lowther
it's a cisticola, not sure which species but the...

it's a cisticola, not sure which species but the location and altitude should narrow it down. Check for one with a rufous cap and black lores.
cheers,
James
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 4th March 2020, 16:39
Replies: 10
Views: 279
Posted By James Lowther
begin with cisticolas! beyond that you're on...

begin with cisticolas!

beyond that you're on your own (at least until i can have a look at the field guide),

cheers,
James
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 23rd February 2020, 17:55
Replies: 97
Views: 16,629
Posted By James Lowther
Thanks for the explanation about the...

Thanks for the explanation about the homozygosity, I didn’t pick that up. I understand that the taxonomic position of peregrina wasn’t a priority for them, but it seems like a “low hanging fruit” as...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 23rd February 2020, 12:50
Replies: 97
Views: 16,629
Posted By James Lowther
Thanks Laurent, I was surprised Mason et al...

Thanks Laurent,
I was surprised Mason et al didn’t consider doing this already, it seems like quite an obvious thing to look at.
Anyway seems the position of peregrina in your tree doesn’t complicate...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 22nd February 2020, 11:27
Replies: 12
Views: 955
Posted By James Lowther
My reading of the Drovetski paper is they...

My reading of the Drovetski paper is they recommend a 6-way split of horned lark and 7 Eremophila in total, same as HBW.

“we suggest splitting the currently recognized horned lark into five...
Forum: Books, Magazines, Publications, Video & DVD Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:00
Replies: 12
Views: 955
Posted By James Lowther
Actually the new paper proposes 3 spp. of horned...

Actually the new paper proposes 3 spp. of horned lark plus temminck’s (i.e. 4 Eremophila in total)

Compared to the HBW list it lumps American, shore and steppe together (as “common horned”), plus...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 15th February 2020, 09:40
Replies: 247
Views: 18,495
Posted By James Lowther
Another joke hopefully. If you’re unaware of the...

Another joke hopefully. If you’re unaware of the difference between official comms by scientific organisations and third hand write-ups on trashy clickbait news sites maybe you should give up on your...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 14th February 2020, 12:42
Replies: 28
Views: 1,182
Posted By James Lowther
basically here 42.588957, 18.246615 and all along...

basically here
42.588957, 18.246615
and all along the minor road that leads north to the village,
plus the Ronald Brown trail that heads downhill here
42.596573, 18.244032

cheers,
James
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Friday 14th February 2020, 09:36
Replies: 247
Views: 18,495
Posted By James Lowther
you're joking surely your link is to IGN - "an...

you're joking surely

your link is to IGN - "an American video game and entertainment media website"

hard to think of a less scientific output...

EDIT: here's the official NASA output on this...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 11th February 2020, 21:11
Replies: 28
Views: 1,182
Posted By James Lowther
Maybe I was just a bit unlucky then, but only one...

Maybe I was just a bit unlucky then, but only one bird (for me) in quite a few hours over 3 days suggests they are missable. And definitely worth Larry building in a couple of attempts just in...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 11th February 2020, 13:47
Replies: 28
Views: 1,182
Posted By James Lowther
Dubrovnik rock partridge are potentially more...

Dubrovnik rock partridge are potentially more difficult than DMW says.
In 2017 I also saw one (fairly briefly) within seconds of arrival but none at all over the next few hours looking.
cheers,
James
Forum: Peru Sunday 9th February 2020, 21:05
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By James Lowther
I think you are massively overstating the case...

I think you are massively overstating the case there Jan, Cuzco for example is a nice town. Lake Titicaca/ Arequipa/ Colca canyon all nice spots also. Machu Picchu is very busy with tourists of...
Forum: Peru Sunday 9th February 2020, 20:13
Replies: 15
Views: 462
Posted By James Lowther
There are plenty of birds on the Peruvian tourist...

There are plenty of birds on the Peruvian tourist trail. But, Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu is pretty much unique in that it is an eastern slope humid montane forest site. The overwhelming majority...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Wednesday 5th February 2020, 13:25
Replies: 19
Views: 651
Posted By James Lowther
May as well stop the thread there. The high point...

May as well stop the thread there. The high point has been reached and will not be passed.

James
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 20th January 2020, 16:39
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By James Lowther
Any chance 4 is Abyssinian scimitarbill? Black...

Any chance 4 is Abyssinian scimitarbill?
Black feet, no white visible in plumage etc.
James
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