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  1. Bismarck Honeyeater

    UK vintage mystery Phylosc challenge!

    That’s really interesting, Grahame, thanks very much. I was hoping a local would give me the inside story. I still think it’s a tricky bird (or perhaps I should invoke the ‘two-bird theory’). Interesting that PA got it right, even in the field. Just shows how much experience counts for.
  2. Bismarck Honeyeater

    UK vintage mystery Phylosc challenge!

    Thanks for the few comments. Fuller details as follows: I was twitching a Parula Warbler at Hengistbury 1st Oct 1985 when this bird was found. It was a tick for me and many others at the time. Consensus was that it was an Arctic Warbler. It was later trapped and stayed until 3rd October and was...
  3. Bismarck Honeyeater

    UK vintage mystery Phylosc challenge!

    The clue was in the word ‘challenge’ 😉 I deliberately don’t want to sway any one in any direction. Otherwise I would have said what I and others thought, and what was later considered. There is no shame in giving an opinion, based on the limited evidence presented here. There is also no...
  4. Bismarck Honeyeater

    UK vintage mystery Phylosc challenge!

    I will give more details, including photo credits, and my reason for posting, after there have been some opinions posted. This is not a trick question, though it is potentially quite tricky. I, for one, will not berate any wrong answers, in fact I was wrong at the time, as were most observers...
  5. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Ladybird transition

    This was in the garden yesterday. I only discovered last year what they were. I think also likely Harlequin.
  6. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Newton Stewart, Scotland. South American species?

    By whom, or what? (It’s clearly not any of the Catharus Thrushes)
  7. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Newton Stewart, Scotland. South American species?

    Any more pictures. Looks damp, so that’s making it look darker than life, plus colour is very saturated in the photo, so that’s distracting. It’s probably obvious but it’s not coming to me at the moment. 🧐
  8. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Tips for Birding from a Boat?

    I find it useful to anchor/wedge myself into a corner. Have three points of contact, 2 legs and a shoulder or elbow. Then you don’t have to worry about balance whilst holding bins. I like to be as high as is safe/possible and find somewhere with 360^ visibility if possible. Keep an eye on...
  9. Bismarck Honeyeater

    W&WT Gloucester UK - UK or Foreign/American ?

    All the more remarkable the expert staff didn’t know what it was.
  10. Bismarck Honeyeater

    W&WT Gloucester UK - UK or Foreign/American ?

    Did you notice any rings or whether it was wing-clipped? Bit of a coincidence on the location but a very teeny-weeny chance it’s wild.
  11. Bismarck Honeyeater

    W&WT Gloucester UK - UK or Foreign/American ?

    Just prettier I guess. It’s the same with more pictures of Male birds than females. Yes breeding colour change.
  12. Bismarck Honeyeater

    W&WT Gloucester UK - UK or Foreign/American ?

    White-headed Duck. Showing its nostrils. Presumably it was in a pen with its fellows? Strange the staff didn’t know what it was%
  13. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Whimbrel or Curlew? Smøla, Norway, 19-23 June

    The first two are clearly calling, what did they sound like? If this is all one bird, it’s a puzzle. 1 looks like a Whimbrel, possibly 2 also, assuming it's the same.
  14. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Unidentified Brown Bird with Yellow and Green Wing Plumage | South-East UK

    I have now watched the terrible, terrible video, and looked at the, even worse photographs. (No criticism implied, they are what they are) It is definitely a Greenfinch as I knew it would be before I opened the post. They breed outside my bedroom window, I see them all day everyday. (Robins also...
  15. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Unidentified Brown Bird with Yellow and Green Wing Plumage | South-East UK

    Greenfinch, but that was without seeing the video or pictures.
  16. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Phoenicopterus roseus? (Portugal - November 2019)

    I suspect you are right. Didn’t bother looking at the other images. I guess they must both be Greaters. Very late development is it not? Perhaps not.
  17. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Phoenicopterus roseus? (Portugal - November 2019)

    Surely can only be a Lesser Flamingo. By November any juvenile Greaters would be full-sized.
  18. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Latest IOC diary updates

    Apart from the number of wings.
  19. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Unidentified Nesting Bird, South-East England

    Looks good for Spotted Flycatcher.
  20. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Beautiful Demoiselle ID

    I went to Essex last week to see them. I understand they are in North London too. I wonder if they will spread to more areas where Banded Demoiselles occur? (I say that, as they are the commonest Dragonfly in my garden) 😉
  21. Bismarck Honeyeater

    Beautiful Demoiselle ID

    It may be that with the increase of observers previously little known populations of a number of species are being discovered, but also I suspect there is a genuine spread of some species. I certainly didn’t know of any London locations for Beautiful Demoiselle until a few years ago.
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