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    Weavers - Brufut, Gambia

    Final one from Brufut. Looks bigger than the bird in my second post. Vitelline Masked?
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    Weavers - Brufut, Gambia

    Same place - a different bird (one on the left). I'm leaning towards Little Weaver due to size vs the Village Weaver
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    Weavers - Brufut, Gambia

    Hi Just back from The Gambia (trip report to follow) and have a few Weaver photos that I'm struggling with. These are front and back views of the same bird, taken at Brufut Thanks Simon
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    Latest guide recommendations

    Hi all We are hoping to do a week birding in Gambia this winter. Does anyone have any recent recommendations for guides (with transport) please? Is there anyone we should avoid? (You can message me if you would rather not put that in an open forum). A lot of the Gambian guides websites don't...
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    DIY Arizona

    Apologies I clearly can't think and type at the same time! That should have read White-Crowned not White-throated! Thanks for pointing it out
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    DIY Arizona

    Thanks Ken. I didn't think I'd ever see one so well. It may not have been the rarest bird of the trip but the views we had made it a real contender for bird of the trip!
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    DIY Arizona

    Thanks I was pleased to see get one on a Saguaro rather than a telegraph pole
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    DIY Arizona

    We started our final day in Green Valley in an area where Gilded Flickers had been reported. An extensive search brought up nothing but Gila’s on the woodpecker front but we did see our second Pyrrhuloxia, a confiding American Kestrel and a Say’s Phoebe. We then drove down to a ranch near Amado...
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    DIY Arizona

    The following day we met with Laurens for a full day in Florida and Madera Canyons. We started at Florida and began the day with a lifer in the shape of a Northern Beardless-Tyrannult. Flycatcher’s were in abundance with Western Wood-pewee, Brown-crested and Dusky-capped Flycatchers and Cassin’s...
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    DIY Arizona

    We were there from 4th to 9th May.
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    DIY Arizona

    Thanks for all the positive comments! Ken, I have seen Mountain Bluebird but only a female! I really hope to see a smart male one day. Cheers all Simon
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    DIY Arizona

    We started day 3 with a trip to Box Canyon, a known stake out for Five-striped Sparrow. It was a much cooler, cloudier day and although we welcomed this at first it was to have negative repercussions later. This was taking a bit of a chance as the road was pretty rough and we were going purely...
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    DIY Arizona

    Thanks Ken - I hope the report is of use to anyone thinking of giving this area a go.
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    DIY Arizona

    We started our next day at Sabino Canyon at the floor of Mount Lemmon for desert specialities. The car park was already quite busy as people were up early to beat the heat. The car park held a very tame Roadrunner living up to it’s name. We took a walk through the Saguaros heading for the...
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    DIY Arizona

    After successful DIY trips to Ohio and Florida, myself, Dave Rose and Simon Hitchen decided that Arizona was our next destination for “do it in half the time and a third of the price of the tour companies”. Logistics South-east Arizona was never going to be an area we could do justice to in a...
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    Guides: Paper and Human!

    Thanks Richard and etudiant - that is really useful information Cheers Simon
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    Guides: Paper and Human!

    Hi folks Paper: I am currently planning a trip to SE Arizona for me and a couple of friends next May. What do you consider is the best site guide for the region? The ABA or the Tucson Audubon guides being the two I am looking at. Is it worth getting both? Also if anyone knows where can I get...
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    Birding South Florida May 2018

    Day 6: Tuesday 8th May After our successful day yesterday we decided to start the last day by targeting Yellow-crowned Night-heron. We headed for Sanibel island and the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. Almost as soon as we turned into the wildlife drive we encountered a Yellow-crowned Night-heron...
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    Birding South Florida May 2018

    Day 5 Monday 7th June Today we had 4 big targets: Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman’s Sparrow and Florida Scrub Jay. The first 3 were all resident at Babcock-Webb WMA, just 10 minutes from our motel. After a slight kerfuffle when Simon and Dave managed to lock their optics...
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    Birding South Florida May 2018

    Thanks Mike. I think this is what is known as a "record shot", it was a lot darker than this lightened photo makes out!
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    Birding South Florida May 2018

    Sunday 6th May An early start as we headed into Everglades National Park, stopping first to look at some White-winged Doves in the hotel car park. Our first target was Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow a species which would be difficult to see once it stopped singing. We stopped at several spots in...
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    Birding South Florida May 2018

    Day Three: Saturday 5th May Today’s idea was simple, drive back down the length of the Keys to Florida City making plenty of stops to pick up the Keys specialities. We started early at Sugarloaf Key in the hope of finding Mangrove Cuckoo. Driving down Sugarloaf Boulevard we encountered some...
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    Birding South Florida May 2018

    Following a very successful trip to Ohio last year we (myself, Simon Hitchen and Dave Rose) were keen to revisit the US. This year we headed for Florida to try to get the Floridian specialities. We had no real interest in the Miami plastics so went for the Keys, Everglades and dry prairie...
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    White-rumped or Semi-p Sand? Sanibel, Florida May 18

    The bird on the right.... Thanks in advance
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    Black-footed Albatross

    Black-footed Albatross on a pelagic out of Monterey, California
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