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  1. Arbu

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I think if you get 'pinged' it's only advisory, so you could ignore it, but probably better not to have the app so you don't get the ping in the first place. If you're on holiday abroad then I think you're bound to ignore it, aren't you? If you get contacted by Test and Trace while you're in...
  2. Arbu

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    I guess that if you don't have the NHS App, and don't go anywhere you might have to check in, for the ten days before your trip you should be OK.
  3. Arbu

    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Actually, I don't see where you get the requirement to be double-jabbed for the Azores from. I would have thought your friends could just get the PCR test to go out, like you, since it seems the Azores don't recognise the NHS Covid Pass. 12% risk of failing a test at the moment UK: Share of...
  4. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    8863 Violaceous Quail-Dove. A colour and two types of bird in the name. Sadly, having thought I'd won, I now have none left, and am sure that dandsblair have more birds in reserve. Perhaps they should play each other from now on.
  5. Arbu

    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    Maybe you have read somewhere that the Azores government accepts the NHS Covid Pass (in which case it would be more helpful of you if you could tell us where, rather than accuse me of scaremongering) but I can't see this on the Azores Government website at all. I see on C19's website that you...
  6. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Is that it? Am I the winner?
  7. Arbu

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    Yes, but if you're not prepared to take the risk of an orange country going red then that rules out going to any orange countries in the first place. Hotel quarantine would be hell and if I found myself in a red country I would be prepared to travel around abroad for a long time until I found a...
  8. Arbu

    Anyone else got a plan a and plan b trip?

    Surely there must be an intermediate country that's not on the UK red list and isn't too fussed about you coming from Costa Rica? Much better to spend ten days in freedom there than in hotel quarantine in the UK. Maybe Spain? We could do with a birdforum Covid travel strategy forum.
  9. Arbu

    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    I don't think the Covid regulations are simple at all. Firstly you won't have the EU COVID Digital VACCINATION Certificate because you're British. So, on this page Como Viajar? -, it seems you can go for the green category or the red one. The green one requires you to get a "Digital Test...
  10. Arbu

    Pelagics in Azores looking for Monteiro's Storm-petrel (5 to 10 Aug)

    What is your analysis of the Covid regulations? If I understand correctly, for returning to the UK, if you have had both jabs, it will be necessary to have taken a test before you leave Portugal, and then book a Day 2 test for when you get back. What about on the Portuguese side? Are there any...
  11. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Pyrrhura devillei -> Devilled Quails Eggs -> 8861 Ocellated Quail
  12. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Marc Dickinson wrote a song "Good Morning Madagascar" so 8859 Madagascan Snipe
  13. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Corvus edithae, also known as the Dwarf Raven. So add the letter "r" for raven to the scientific name, and then you'll find you have an anagram of "Acridotheres VU". My next bird is CR (critically endangered), not just VU (vulnerable), but it's a good enough fit. Yes, it's Acridotheres...
  14. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Cyanicterus cyanicterus Blue and Yellow, blue and yellow. Not bad. But this bird has three different colours in its name: 8852 Grey-Olive Greenbul
  15. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Accentor comes from "cantor", Latin for singer. So: 8850 Melodious Babbler
  16. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Crithagra donaldsoni, named after Arthur Donaldson Smith, an American who lived from 1866-1939, spent a lot of time in Africa, and after whom a number of reptiles were also named. George Latimer Bates was another American who lived at the same time (1863-1940), also spent a lot of time in...
  17. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    8846 Scarlet-tufted Sunbird. Another Ugandan bird.
  18. Arbu

    Three new London ticks

    Nope. I was once in the Altai mountains at what would have been the right time of year, but probably not the right habitat. And I see there are plenty of winter records from South-east Asia, but I've never connected with it there and it's probably not very conspicuous in winter.
  19. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Progne modesta, a modest bird. 8844 Line-fronted Canastero Asthenes, a bird without strength.
  20. Arbu

    Three new London ticks

    Grasshopper Warbler yesterday, again at Darland's Lake. I'm not that confident that I had ever actually seen one before, anywhere. I have a record from when I was at school, but I'm not sure how reliable that was. And if indeed it was the first that I have ever seen, that puts me in what must be...
  21. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    Not tenuous at all. Charles Andrews, after whom the Christmas Frigatebird was given its scientific name, was very interested in island rails, noting how a lot of them had independently become flightless. Here's another rail, not quite flightless: 8842 Galapagos Rail
  22. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    8840 White-throated Rail
  23. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    8838 White-collared Starling. Similar area of white on the chest.
  24. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    8836 Orange-breasted Thornbird Another Atlantic Forest species with a reddish throat.
  25. Arbu

    Name a Bird You've Seen 2

    8834 Brown-flanked Tanager
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