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  1. intellectual

    Compact scope to use for garden

    I am looking for a lightweight compact scope to use from inside my house I have been looking at quite a few and the lightest one I've found that comes inside my budget of £500 is the Kowa TSN 501/502 it says it weighs 415 grams. I have never used any Kowa products. My "outside" scope is an old...
  2. intellectual

    Den by the Stream

    Can recommend the above accommodation close to the Welsh Wildlife Centre, the Teifi Marshes and the coast. Birds seen/heard include red kite, buzzard, sparrowhawk, kestrel, peregrine, tawny owl, GSW and lots of woodland birds and assorted butterflies etc. There is website at...
  3. intellectual

    Brambling 2019

    Hi, For the past 51 days I have had 1 - 3 Brambling in the garden every day consisting of two females and one male, I feel very honoured! As they are not a common garden bird, it crossed my mind if other people are getting them for this length of time. It was January 31st the snow was on...
  4. intellectual

    17" or 15" Laptop

    For the past few months I've been trying to choose a laptop [at present have a desktop with 18" screen] to use mainly for video-editing [I think] and photo editing [have read the other threads regarding the subject and gained some info]. Both online and in the stores I've looked at 400+ laptops...
  5. intellectual

    Mull and Iona in late May

    Hello, My pal and I are having a week on Mull from the 21st to 28th May and a day trip to Iona. We already know quite a bit about where to see the WTS Eagle because we had two separate day trips last year at the same time as our hols this year, but any new info would be very welcome. The only...
  6. intellectual

    Which adaptor do I need

    For the past eighteen months been digiscoping, the results are okay but I'd like them to be better. I use the original Bushnell Spacemaster scope [60mm & x25] and a Sony Cybershot W55 compact digital camera. The scope I bought secondhand about six years ago and the camera new nearly two years...
  7. intellectual

    All-in-one printers

    Hi, I am thinking of buying one of the above. I don't have a scanner and sometimes have to go to local store when I need photocopies doing. So I thought if I buy a combi printer it would be advantageous. There are that many too choose from I'm confused. I've owned a bog standard Lexmark for...
  8. intellectual

    Advice on compact digital camera

    Never owned a digi camera, yet! But require advice on buying the right one for my needs. I have a budget of about £180. It will mostly be used for landscape shots, so I don't have to buy in when I submit articles. I would also like it to have a decent macro setting, and be able to take...
  9. intellectual

    Blacktoft Sands on a very wet day

    Needed a pickme-up so decided to visit the "Sands" having not been for nine months, also took two regular birders. It was wet when we arrived, and chucked it down most of the time we were there. As we drove away the sun was coming out to the west and by the time we approached our home town it...
  10. intellectual

    A wet and misty dayon the Lincs/Notts border

    A wet and misty day on the Lincs/Notts border We set off for pastures new, in search of the Little Stint, Temminck's Stint and Black Tern, all of which had been seen within the last twenty four hours so we were told. Our first port of call was Norton Disney Quarry, it was wet and misty when we...
  11. intellectual

    Whereabouts of Optic Days...

    Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but here goes. I and some fellow birders would like to visit an Optics Day, to try out Binos and scopes... I know that they are held at RSPB reserves and other venues. I live in sunny Scunny in North Lincs and don't mind travelling up...
  12. intellectual

    North Cave Wetlands and the Wold's...

    On Sunday myself and two fellow birders called first at the Wetlands Reserve, for one of them it was his first visit. We saw the following birds: Little Egret Lapwing Tufted Duck Coot Cormorant Crow Tern [ I think it was Common] C. Dove Canada & Greylags Little Grebe Greenshank Green Sand...
  13. intellectual

    In my garden

    I was beginning to wonder why the buddleahs hadn't had any butterflies on. Maybe the two in the front garden hadn't been pruned hard back, whereas the four in the back garden had. This week the butterflies have been in attendance on the back garden shrubs, so I'm going out half an hour everyday...
  14. intellectual

    Toft Newton Reservior...

    Went to Linwood Warren, a Lincs Wildlife trust reserve near Market Rasen, it was our first visit. It was an enjoyable couple of hours even though we saw next to nothing. One Wood Pigeon, three butterflies and a few insects and that was it. Then I drove to the reservoir, on the way we saw about...
  15. intellectual

    Messingham Sand Quarries

    06:40 - 10:55. Cold and dry. Species of bird seen: Mute Swan Coot Turtle Dove Oystercatcher Common Gull Mallard Tufties Gadwall Moorhen Lesser Black-back Gull Green Sandpiper Cormorant Common Tern Black-headed Gull Dunlin Ringed Plover Little-ringed Plover Lapwing Wren Dunnock Willow Warbler...
  16. intellectual

    North Cave Wetlands & Yorkshire Wolds

    July 14th Before last week I'd never heard of the Wetlands Centre at North Cave, so yesterday we drove over the Humber Bridge to check it out. It was just over thirty six miles from where I live. We arrived about 14.30, had no problem finding it and it was well sign-posted. There is plenty of...
  17. intellectual

    North Cave Wetlands

    Hi, Can anyone tell me the whereabouts of North Cave Wetlands reserve?? I know how to get to North Cave, I think it's off the A63 somewhere near Brough on the north bank of the Humber. I live in North Lincs. I've been told it is a good site to visit. Also that there may be Red Kites...
  18. intellectual

    Blacktoft Sands

    Hello, After two weeks of inactivity due to continuing illness, thought it time to get some fresh air and try spotting the birdy. So what better place than Blacktoft Sands. Took one of my regular birders. When we arrived quite a few cars were parked up, but oddly on the way round the different...
  19. intellectual

    Blacktoft Sands

    Hi, First time out for more than two weeks. Decided to visit the above, arrived just before eleven and left about 12.30. Too say there was no action, is a slight understatement, but only only just. We went to five hides and three were deserted. For both of us the main attraction was a close-up...
  20. intellectual

    Black Tern made my day!

    Hello, On the spur of the moment I decided to have an afternoons birding, sent a text to pal asking if he wanted to come, he did. Picked him up at 3.00PM. Our first port of call was Normanby Park Industrial Estate, there are a few ponds at the northern end. Other than seeing a Green Sandpiper...
  21. intellectual

    An enjoyable 3 hours at Blacktoft sands

    An enjoyable 3 hours at Blacktoft Sands Hello, Main reason for going was in the hope I'd see either a Little Stint or Curlew Sandpiper, or better still both! The weather was sunny and quite hot with a slight breeze, thankfully. Arrived at 15:20, only an handful of cars were there, so there...
  22. intellectual

    Fairburn Ings: 27-08-04

    Called at the above on way home from Leeds. Counted 87 - Mute Swan 2 - Black Swan 3 - Ruddy Duck Plus the usual. Lots of Dragonflies, Damselflies and Butterflies. Regards
  23. intellectual

    Messingham Sand Quarries

    Recorded the most Common Snipe I've seen anywhere at one time. 17. It was late afternoon. Also saw the usual. Intellectual.
  24. intellectual

    Gibralter Point & The Wash shoreline

    Hello, An early start yesterday morning, up at 5:15 and left house at 07:05. Picked up fellow birder and then drove to Gib, except for a convoy of farm vehicles travelling along the B1225 at a snails pace we had a good run through. Arrived at 09:30, put two pound coins in the parking meter and...
  25. intellectual

    90 minutes at Blacktoft Sands

    Hello, We had no intention of going anywhere near Blacktoft Sands, when we first set off. Three places we had hoped would give a good return of species on my local patch proved otherwise. So this is why we headed for the "sands". I had hoped to see a Barn Owl, which for me would be the first...
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