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Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 22nd February 2020, 12:17
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By pratincol
You must be thrilled! Hadn't been aware of this...

You must be thrilled! Hadn't been aware of this till I read the thread.
Remember covering this area on a visit to Dornoch many years ago and found the birdlife around Embo to Loch Fleet to be...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 17th February 2020, 16:59
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By pratincol
Only ever saw it once; approaching a tree in...

Only ever saw it once; approaching a tree in Morocco it looked like some sort of fruit tree, perhaps full of lemons. All of a sudden, the 'fruit' flew off! In fact there were around 25 Yellow...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 29th January 2020, 12:44
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By pratincol
A short trip report from a visit a few years ago....

A short trip report from a visit a few years ago. Managed with binoculars.
Hope this helps.

Just returned from San Francisco and had great holiday combined with some bird watching.

Found a great...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 18th January 2020, 15:14
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By pratincol
550 for a week is a good price and about average...

550 for a week is a good price and about average for some cruises for a week.We're paying around 900 pp for a 13 day cruise round Spain, Portugal and the Med in April, which works out at 535 per...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 16th January 2020, 15:04
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By pratincol
This report may help. If you visit the area it's...

This report may help.
If you visit the area it's on the north west coast of Sardinia with plenty of accomodation in Alghero. The airport is nearby.
Corsica is a stunning island and worth a visit for...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 14th January 2020, 14:36
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By pratincol
Remarkably good for birds and right in the town...

Remarkably good for birds and right in the town centre! Must be one of the best urban habitats for birds in the UK.
Once counted a 12 Dipper and 8 Grey Wagtail from the Natland area to Kendal town...
Forum: Lists Saturday 26th October 2019, 13:00
Replies: 25
Views: 1,973
Posted By pratincol
As you cross the Arnside viaduct and reach the...

As you cross the Arnside viaduct and reach the Grange side there's a stream running parallel with the railway on your right. it's often full of birds. A Green Sandpiper was here during for quite a...
Forum: Conservation Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 20:19
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By pratincol
Sadly I read about a similar case in the...

Sadly I read about a similar case in the Dominican Republic. Haitian wood gatherers were crossing the border to collect wood for cooking and heating, from a protected forest vital for birds and...
Forum: Conservation Monday 21st October 2019, 18:42
Replies: 26
Views: 1,710
Posted By pratincol
A local private holiday home site owner opened a...

A local private holiday home site owner opened a nature reserve next to his property
Like most of these holiday establishments its very popular with dog owners.
He's erected a huge sign at the...
Forum: Bird Behaviour Saturday 12th October 2019, 11:30
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By pratincol
I've seen a Merlin hunting for bats in Cuba. It...

I've seen a Merlin hunting for bats in Cuba. It was waiting till dusk and when the bats emerged it was an easy catch. A nightly event apparently. Another birdwatcher had seen it happening and sure...
Forum: Lists Friday 11th October 2019, 17:55
Replies: 25
Views: 1,973
Posted By pratincol
There's a few flocks of Whooper Swan passing...

There's a few flocks of Whooper Swan passing through the Kent estuary.
They eventually head towards the Arnside viaduct and will stop either side generally.
Big numbers of Lapwing between the...
Forum: Lists Monday 7th October 2019, 10:17
Replies: 25
Views: 1,973
Posted By pratincol
Look out for the Great White Egret if you cross...

Look out for the Great White Egret if you cross Arnside viaduct. Saw three near there the other day. They're still about too.
Forum: Spain including the Canary & Balearic Isles Monday 2nd September 2019, 13:06
Replies: 851
Views: 159,416
Posted By pratincol
N Might be of interest to someone who covers this...

N Might be of interest to someone who covers this area.
A copy of our approach to Gibralter and then sail- out from Gibralter on the return aboard the Aurora from my report on vacations forum.

5th...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 2nd September 2019, 11:55
Replies: 24
Views: 1,878
Posted By pratincol
I record species, number location and grid...

I record species, number location and grid reference then send them off to the County recorder at the end of the year. The submissions are collated in the county records so they can gauge numbers and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 29th August 2019, 17:34
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
Brilliant. Just shows what can be done.

Brilliant.
Just shows what can be done.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 26th August 2019, 11:10
Replies: 57
Views: 3,216
Posted By pratincol
How far do birders walk? In the case of Idle...

How far do birders walk?
In the case of Idle Jack, a local birdwatcher, not very far.
Bumped into him recently viewing a wet field full of birds, stood right next to his car. He said the adjacent...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 26th August 2019, 09:48
Replies: 0
Views: 142
Posted By pratincol
Mysterious Hawthorne bushes recovery

If there are any plant experts out there perhaps they could explain what happened to the apparently dead hawthorn bushes which came alive again this year.
They are individual bushes spread out over a...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 25th August 2019, 13:26
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
Thanks When I spoke to the Environment Agency...

Thanks
When I spoke to the Environment Agency boss I suggested it would save them money too, having less grass to cut, saving on energy and labour costs.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 25th August 2019, 11:38
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By pratincol
The Environment Agency have a listening ear

Our local estuary is defended by miles of raised bunds.
Every year the Environment Agency mow them twice.
I asked if they could leave the bottom and edges of the bunds uncut to allow them to grow...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 21st August 2019, 15:56
Replies: 4
Views: 695
Posted By pratincol
Remember being surprised to see them in the park...

Remember being surprised to see them in the park in the centre of Tromso. We were just walking around the shops and went to the park to see if there were any birds.
Thought I was seeing things and...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 21st August 2019, 15:15
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By pratincol
Willow Warblers in the North West

On another thread someone mentioned how many Willow Warblers they saw or heard on a trip up north and compared it with the apparent decrease in the south.
On my travels around my local patches I've...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 20th August 2019, 19:11
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By pratincol
'Taxonomic question - presume you are using...

'Taxonomic question - presume you are using eBird/Clements taxonomy, as IOC splits Cory's and Scopoli's?[/QUOTE]'
Pass!
Not gone into it in such greater detail.I'll look that one up.I use the older...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 18:08
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By pratincol
Good question! Sadly, didn't get a good enough...

Good question!
Sadly, didn't get a good enough view to identify, so I just recorded them as Swift species.
Yes, it was an enjoyable cruise, probably better done next month to see more birds on the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 18:00
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By pratincol
Thanks Steve. Given the dreadful weather in the ...

Thanks Steve. Given the dreadful weather in the north of the UK since we came back, I wish we were still on board!
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 19th August 2019, 16:48
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By pratincol
Cruise to Spain, France, Italy, Majorca and Gibraltar

702602 The impressive cliffs above Portovenero, Italy.Over a hundred Swifts here. Not sure if Pallid or Common.


702603 The entrance to Portovenero harbour. A lot of Yellow-legged Gull and several...
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