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    October Moths - 2021

    Three moths only this morning, one each of Lesser and Large Yellow Underwing, but the highlight was a Sallow (tick!) John
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    Guinness Records of Birdwatching

    I'd say probably the Bempton Black-browed Albatross: long staying and seen - shown to - many members of the public this summer as well as birders. And pretty much universally appreciated by them, as well. Biggest single twitch might be either the Red-breasted Nuthatch or the Golden-winged...
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    Guinness Records of Birdwatching

    I think the question was world, not USA, they aren't the same. John
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    October Moths - 2021

    Not much last night, clear the first half of the night the problem I suspect. One Lesser YUW, two Large YUW and the saving grace a Chestnut (NFY). John
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    Rarest bird you have seen in the UK?

    They have thinned out a lot in Hampshire too. Still generally where they were but numbers way down. John
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    Rarest bird you have seen in the UK?

    Well, of the resident birds, apart from failing introduced pheasants and suchlike, naturally scarce (but perhaps near the carrying capacity of their current UK range) would be things like Golden Eagle. One of the rarest birds of prey would be the heavily illegally persecuted Hen Harrier, but...
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    Rarest bird you have seen in the UK?

    That was obvious: it begs the question why do White-tailed Plovers turn up so often that I have been able to see three in the UK? John
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    Rarest bird you have seen in the UK?

    Just so. Seen three of those here, as well, so miles off being my rarest bird seen in the UK! John
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    Rarest bird you have seen in the UK?

    I think we are dealing with poor understanding of "rare" here. Rare in the UK would presumably mean rarity down to firsts for Britain (and maybe how rare birds persist in being: Red-flanked Bluetail has lost its mega status but remains a good deal less common than Chough!) whereas Andy has gone...
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    October Moths - 2021

    Caught out by early rain this morning, but I'll get to that in a minute. Yesterday morning's small haul was a Cypress Carpet, 4 Box Moths, a Lunar Underwing, a Lesser and 2 Large YUW, 2 Red-green Carpet and a Grey Pine Carpet. Last night I looked out of the window and saw a goodie on the other...
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    Cornwall: Chuffin' heck !! Not 1 or 2 or even 3 but 4 Choughs 😀

    Nice to note the absence of bling on the birds as well from an aesthetic point of view. John
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    October Moths - 2021

    First garden trap since returning from Shetland last night: just four moths, 3 Large YUW and a Black Rustic that was NFY. Picked up Small Wainscot, Autumnal Moth and Haworth's Minor (tick) during birding in the field on Mainland Shetland over the last fortnight. John
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    I.B.W extinction latest

    Oh come on, it's only Signal Crayfish that keep our local mink going since the water voles disappeared - oh, hang on.... John
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    Wellies

    Just killed a pair of Peter Storm wellies inside two weeks, stress points discoloured then split. Fit felt good but have to say quality awful. Last year had a pair of the same, leaked also after two weeks of use but couldn't track down the problem. Luckily I have already identified an...
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    which dolphin species? | 7 march 2020 | Mikurajima, Japan

    Without checking literature no, but I think Andy is probably right. The fin is almost shark-like with no recurvature in the trailing edge such as Common Dolphin would show. Cheers John
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    which dolphin species? | 7 march 2020 | Mikurajima, Japan

    It doesn't look like Common Dolphin to me. BTW Common Dolphin was lumped recently and there is no longer a division between Short- and Long-beaked. John
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    Eurasian water shrew? Texel [Netherlands]

    I was just going to say the large ear pinna fits a Crocidura better - Greater White-toothed sounds like the job. Bravo. John
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    Not so rare bird moments

    I went up on Ben Macdui after a Snowy Owl (years ago). It's a long walk though good exercise and with a few Snow Buntings and Ptarmigan to keep the interest going. As I got towards Ben Macdui, scanning every hundred yards or so, I picked up a white blob in a sort of rock fortress. Got it! It...
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    September Moths

    Nice pic as well, good job! John
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    Walrus in Ireland

    Hurrah! Well done Wally. John
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    Black-browed Albatross - Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve - 10 September 2021

    And a second lot of five to make ten of the albatross. It really did do us a job this time after views that in 1986 I'd have killed for but in the 2021 context of others' pix instantly published left me wanting more...... John
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    Black-browed Albatross - Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve - 10 September 2021

    Thank you my friend! So here are some photos - basically selected to give different views from Paul's - of the Black-browed Albatross during my latest visit (of four this summer!) to Bempton for the Green Warbler, which I saw but photographed underwhelmingly. First five of ten. John
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    Black-browed Albatross - Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve - 10 September 2021

    These are absolutely terrific. Could I add some of mine to this thread rather than start another? John
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    The Hoverfly Thread

    I didn't suggest you did, I merely commented on a general tendency. If you care to re-read my post, you will see even the issue of photographic vs close inspection ID is attributed to the chap you mentioned and not you. Cheers John
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    The Hoverfly Thread

    Well, no it isn't actually. The truth is that some insects (and some groups are more amenable to this than others) are positively identifiable without either catching them or chopping them into small pieces after killing them. An opinion to the contrary is invalid, full stop. On the other...
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