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Forum: Bird Paleontology Sunday 23rd February 2020, 12:39
Replies: 1
Views: 115
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, 15:40
Replies: 11
Views: 657
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, 15:14
Replies: 10
Views: 293
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, 15:10
Replies: 2
Views: 117
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, 06:38
Replies: 5
Views: 379
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, 12:06
Replies: 4
Views: 270
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, 13:21
Replies: 4
Views: 245
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, 14:46
Replies: 19
Views: 929
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, 15:44
Replies: 4
Views: 428
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, 10:52
Replies: 31
Views: 3,513
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, 10:49
Replies: 15
Views: 1,522
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, 06:43
Replies: 7
Views: 892
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, 11:19
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, 16:37
Replies: 3
Views: 443
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, 06:42
Replies: 12
Views: 2,525
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, 06:35
Replies: 26
Views: 1,736
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, 16:05
Replies: 3
Views: 755
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, 08:14
Replies: 2
Views: 253
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, 06:46
Replies: 9
Views: 381
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, 12:42
Replies: 98
Views: 7,368
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...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Friday 23rd August 2019, 15:52
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By WalterRayle
pop it in a killing jar, pin it when ready, then...

pop it in a killing jar, pin it when ready, then buy yourself an ID guide, that's the only way of being certain of getting a correct ID, Clicks from photos, with one or two exceptions are impossible...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 16th August 2019, 15:56
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By WalterRayle
I've even found the remains of two New Forest...

I've even found the remains of two New Forest ponies in a greatly undervisited part of the forest with cut branches of Holly 'covering' them, with clear cut marks on the bones suggesting butchery. ...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Monday 22nd July 2019, 14:35
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By WalterRayle
Well it's definitely an Andrena as can be told by...

Well it's definitely an Andrena as can be told by the wing venation, it's also a male by the antenna length.
It's not A. cineraria the markings are not bold enough black and white for that species...
Forum: Insects, Dragonflies, Arachnids, Beetles & More Sunday 21st July 2019, 06:25
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By WalterRayle
Either one of the Andrena or Lasioglossum, I err...

Either one of the Andrena or Lasioglossum, I err towards the latter, and has the overall feel of being a male. Hylaeus doesn't have the prominent pale hairs on the face like this specimen, Hylaeus...
Forum: Ireland Monday 15th July 2019, 06:48
Replies: 10
Views: 905
Posted By WalterRayle
Not all birding boat trips go out in the...

Not all birding boat trips go out in the afternoon, I did one with shearwater tours and that left first thing in the morning, we saw plenty of Stormies and a number of Wilson's too. My comments...
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