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    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker continued

    I’ll Believe When Observable The poignant hope of Sonny Boy perhaps reveals the truth of a long goodbye to a lost species from an irreplaceable primordial time.
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    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker continued

    Hello 1TruthSeeker Thank you for taking the time to respond to my earlier linking of the Luneau footage. This was in response to a request upthread: I acknowledge that video of a video isn’t the best for forensic analysis; it was the best I could find in a brief window in my lunch break. And...
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    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker continued

    Purported Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Arkansas, 25 April, 2004 (D. Luneau). Null expectation: Pileated Woodpecker...
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    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker continued

    Thanks to John (OP) for taking the time to highlight the latest in the IBWO search. Whilst I believe the IBWO (both continental and Cuban) faded away with the almost total clear-felling of its home, I, like many, have always held a flicker of hope that the species made it through the narrowest...
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi Alcina Dauke's hide provides a panoramic view of both Simmonds' Scrape (left) and Pat's Pool (right) where an assortment of large white-headed gulls (LWhG) gather on various islands toward dusk. There is often a veritable smorgasbord of LWhG for the larid aficionado to decipher age and...
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    Norfolk birding

    Thanks CB, you're welcome. I echo your sentiment on the importance of a complete and accurate county avifauna, and am confident that the Norfolk Birds Records Committee will apply a cautious approach in assessing if the threshold for tristis has been adequately evidenced (on current thinking)...
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi CB Cley’s tristis and collybita quatro provided an interesting comparative opportunity, especially since they were frequently feeding low down in the post-surge phragmites flotsam off of the East Bank. Although I didn’t hear a peep out of the bird I understand it was heard to give the...
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    Fish fry: Pembrokeshie

    They look like baby Tub Gurnards, a common species around the Pembrokeshire coast.
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    Norfolk birding

    Blakeney Point v. quiet today migrant-wise. Black Redstart, Chiffchaff and Collared Dove (a rare visitor to the Point) in the plantation were the highlights.
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    Curlew or Whimbrel, South-East Finland

    Hello Warixenjalka Both birds are Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata, probably males (females tend to have the longest bills). Good luck finding your first Whimbrel: they are now returning from their African wintering quarters to their northern European breeding grounds; listen out for their...
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi Sean Many thanks for posting your pictures of the Waxham chiffer enigma, not the easiest bird to photograph! Br, Rob
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    Norfolk birding

    Waxham Chiffchaff 22-25 October 2015 Thanks to Richard for sharing his thoughts on this interesting and educational bird - Chiffchaff taxa are truly taxing! Although abientinus / fulvescens origin is perhaps most likely, the plumage and call consistencies with Mountain Chiffchaff P. sindianus...
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    First visit to east Norfolk.

    Marsh Harriers are quite regular along the North Norfolk coast in the right habitat - Cley Marshes NWT is a great reserve for a day's birding and you have a good chance of a harrier quartering the reed beds. Minsmere is also excellent with a good chance of Bittern, too, though a longer drive...
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    Norfolk birding

    FAO Mike / Aberdeenshire #24569 Hi Mike Hope these help. Enjoy your visit, beautiful area and great birding; hopefully your visit will coincide with favourable conditions for drift migrants. Cley Marshes NWT - detailed map showing all locations and hides. Minsmere RSPB - best map I can find is...
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    Colour-marked moths

    Hi David An alternative explanation is that the Dark Arches was quietly roosting on a shed or fence when it was disturb by a large brush loaded with Ronseal One Coat in Forest Green (other makes are available)! |;| Best regards, Rob
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi Belton15 Welcome to BF. Your mystery songster sounds like a Song Thrush Turdus philomelos, a fairly common - now sadly declining - garden bird. Best regards, Rob
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    Norfolk Butterflies and Moths

    Hi, the excellent Norfolk Moths website is a great resource for all things mothy in the county, including a facility to submit sightings. The Buff-tip is a beautiful moth which mimics a broken birch twig to a quite remarkable degree, whilst the Pale Prominent is a dead wood lookalike! All the...
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    Mating Lime Hawkmoths

    Hi Paula Welcome to BF and well done on finding Lime Hawk-moths, they are beautiful creatures. It is now the main flight period for Lime Hawks and the adults will of course be focused on ensuring a new generation appears next year! Females release pheromones - known as 'calling' - which the...
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi Russ, here you go: Cley Marshes NWT Enjoy your visit, Rob
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    Norfolk birding

    A lovely day on the north coast, the highlight being a languid Balearic Shearwater slinking west past Salthouse on a mirror calm sea late morning (ten minutes earlier at Sheringham). A couple of yelping Pinkie skeins and a few Starling murmurations in off concluded a quiet day migrant-wise.
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    Norfolk birding

    A pleasant stroll along Blakeney Point 11:00-15:20 produced a sprinkling of migrants including Redstart (2), Spot Fly, Siskin, Chaffinch (c.20), Garden Warbler (3), Whitethroat, Wheatear (c.20), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (5), Whimbrel, Goldcrest and a steady trickle of swarthy continental Song...
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    July Moths

    Thanks for sharing your Phoenix, Ken, what an exquisitely-patterned moth! Cheers, Rob
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    Books about Fulmars?

    The excellent Petrels Night and Day (Robb, Mullarney & The Sound Approach, 2008) includes a chapter on the Fulmar besides the rarer and mythical tubenoses!
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    July Moths

    Garden MV trapping (Suffolk) over the weekend produced two charismatic personal firsts: Scarce Silver-lines and Pebble Prominent. A lone Elephant Hawk-moth continues the run of singles of this species over the last month, whilst the second Diamond-back Moth of the year was discovered amongst the...
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    Moth ID, please

    Hi Paul Many thanks for the ID, greatly appreciated. Having recently returned to mothing, I'd quite forgotten just how frustrating IDing moths can be! Cheers, Rob
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