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    Expanding Breeding Ranges of European and Asian Birds

    Another one is Melodious Warbler which was almost unknown around Geneva 40 years ago and which now is one of the most common summer warblers. It has replaced Icterine which is now only found much further north. Zitting Cisticola is also being seen much more frequently in Switzerland and is...
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    Comment by 'bittern' in media 'A new one for me.'

    Looks to me like a male Scarlet Tanager in non-breeding plumage. Mike
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    Birding halfway up the Alps

    Great report Richard, you are certainly seeing a lot more up there than I am in Geneva. Other than a couple of Zitting Cisticolas and a solitary Red-throated Loon nothing to report from the Geneva area. However a couple of Snow Buntings reported in the Jura and a Black-winged Kite in central...
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    Birdingpal website - alive or not?

    That sounds like an excellent idea for when, hopefully, we can all start watching birds again. Best wishes to you all, Mike
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    Birdingpal website - alive or not?

    I was also a member for about that length of time and in earlier days took out quite a lot of birders every year in the Geneva region and Alps. However latterly I found many problems with messages getting lost in both directions. I finally removed myself completely as I was getting finger...
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    Birdingpal website - alive or not?

    Hi, I just checked and I can access the site from here in Switzerland. I used to take out birders here but after over 12 years I "retired" from that activity myself. Best of luck, Mike
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    Rwanda - Akagera National Park

    I was recently in Rwanda and spent a couple of days in Akagera NP. I don't have photos but I have posted a trip report on Cloudbirders, You can either find it there or PM me. Mike
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    Hi Greg, Just to be sure you are aware, there is no public transport up the Col de la Colombière. PM me when you are in the area and we can see what we can manage if you don't have your own transport. cheers, Mike
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    Please see my reply #9 regarding best birding place in the area. However the Col de la Colombière will be closed this Sunday 8th July as the Tour de France is passing over the Col. I don't have any first hand knowledge concerning Morzine/Montriond however. There are plenty of Griffons around at...
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    By the way I went up to the Col de la Colombière yesterday and it was pretty good:- 2 Lammergeiers, Short-toed Eagle, 2 Griffon Vultures, Rock Thrush, 5 or 6 Ring Ouzels, Water Pipits, Wheatear, Whinchat, Linnets, Alpine Choughs, Crag Martin, Cuckoo, etc. No Citrils however as I guess they are...
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    I haven't been up to the Col de la Colombière this year as the last time I was nearby the road wasn't open. I'm looking for an excuse to go up anytime soon so I would be happy to give you a lift up there. Let me know how I can reach you to firm things up. (e-mail address or phone number). I...
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    Mike, I'm not sure how you arrived at 150km, it is in fact 39 km from Morzine to the base of the Col at Le Reposoir. Naturally most high passes will have similar bird life and forested areas will usually have Black Woodpeckers which tend to be very shy. No White-backed in this part of the...
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    Hi Mike, In my opinion the best site for for most of the mountain birds is the Col de la Colombière which is at 1613 metres and reached either from le Grand-Bornand or le Reposoir. It is on the D4 road. At the moment the col is shown as closed as the snow and rocks have not yet been cleared...
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    Birding around Morzine, French Alps

    Birding around Morzine I live in the area and quite often spend time up in the mountains where most of those birds can be found, I can normally be found on the BirdingPal web site but I removed myself a couple of months ago due to car problems but it seems that I shall be motorised very soon...
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    Greet Grey Shrike ssp

    A fellow birder has photographed an interesting Great Grey Shrike on the borders of France and Switzerland close to Geneva. It is believed that it might be of the homeyerie sub-species from SE Russia. Other photos are available. Any comments are welcome. Mike
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    Low altitude Snowfinches

    Thanks, that's interesting so they do get about a bit more than I thought in the winter. Mike
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    Low altitude Snowfinches

    I had always believed that (White-winged) Snowfinches were never found below about 1'500 metres altitude, the Collins says 1'000. I recently saw a group of about a dozen among a mixed finch flock in a field at only about 550 metres ASL. That started me thinking and I did a search on ornitho.ch...
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    Escaped Lynx killed - UK

    Large enough, but as far as I know they don't. A free roaming heifer in the mountains is probably more dangerous as I can certify having once been attacked by one and having to wrestle with its horns to stop being gored. Mike
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    Escaped Lynx killed - UK

    As far as I know they are self sustaining, there were reintroductions in the past but not as far as I know recently. The population started from some decidedly unofficial reintroductions in Switzerland followed by some official ones. I believe that now they are doing fine on their own. I could...
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    Escaped Lynx killed - UK

    I think that no is the answer to that. Just by chance last night I was talking to some of the local Haute-Savoie (France) naturalists who keep an eye on the local Lynx population and they told me that they ignore humans in a very catlike way, just big pussycats and can appear in semi-urban...
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    French Alps August 2017

    Black would be far more likely, they can get quite high in the Alps and are usually very common. Common would be most unlikely, very different habitat. Mike
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    Pelagics from Cape Town (Simon's Town)

    Hi Rob, Yes the hake trawlers are a big plus as they throw so much back into the ocean that the birds must smell it from a huge distance. Cheers, Mike
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    Pelagics from Cape Town (Simon's Town)

    I can't really answer that Rob, we certainly did on my second trip but as the guide was moderately excited I guess it is not for every trip. You can always contact Trevor or John at Zest for Birds for more information, http://www.zestforbirds.co.za/ I think that choosing the right date is very...
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    Birdforum.net not opening in new Firefox version and in Chrome

    I have no problems with latest versions of both Firefoxx and Chrome, (Windows 10). Mike
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    Pelagics from Cape Town (Simon's Town)

    Thanks, planning is certainly necessary as there are only two companies doing trips out from Simon's Town and they are booked up a long time ahead. One was booked almost a year ahead, Zest who I went with only had one or two places. I understand from the guys that run Zest that the period when I...
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