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    Bald Eagle article, with proposed name change

    Oh Dan. Danny Man. Wherever would we be without you. 😊
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    Bald Eagle article, with proposed name change

    Spergs! Ha ha! Thanks for that. With only an hour to go till bedtime I was in danger of not following the sage advice to 'learn something new every day'. Will have to see how I can work that in to a sentence sometime in the very near future. (I managed to inject the word 'ameliorate' into...
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    Watch them nighthawks go

    One of the things that tickled me most when I first saw it, John, was the little random winter dispersals of half a dozen different individuals to all four points of the compass over what looked like several hundred miles - and not likely to be hard weather movements in the Central South...
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    Watch them nighthawks go

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    Best, Worst, Next! Birding days

    Not so much in accordance with the first sentence, but certainly in regards to the second one... My first trip to Israel in March 1989 was a ten-day top-to-bottom hire car affair. We'd pretty much cleaned up on most of what the four of us wanted to see, plus a few additional extras (such as the...
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    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Refined Search Techniques for 2021

    https://images.app.goo.gl/jmXAUphh4N2S7NcT7
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    Hoopoe overwintering in NE Bulgaria

    I thought I'd have a quick look in Birds of the Western Palearctic to see if I could help you with your enquiry and after wading through masses of text, I'm sorry to say I found nothing. However, a glance at the distribution map (which I don't have the capacity to reproduce here) reveals a...
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    Best, Worst, Next! Birding days

    Some of the categories are too difficult for me to pare down to a straightforward answer but a few I can perhaps manage easily. Earliest birding memory is being enchanted by the sounds of Song Thrush singing as I lay awake at 5am as a six or seven year-old child, though not sure I would have...
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    Asa Wright Nature Lodge in Trinidad permanently ceases operations

    My first encounter with an Oilbird was a rather memorable one as it flew past a full moon I was admiring from outside my digs at Bombuscaro in South-East Ecuador. Reminded me somewhat of a Pom Skua in flight, for some reason? Saw a stack of them by day in the caves at Tingo Maria, Peru later the...
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    Bird watching the lazy way

    Red-whiskered Bulbul. A pint of Guinness, please, if you don't mind. Oh no, it says 'point' not 'pint' You can keep it, thanks. 👍
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    Expanding Breeding Ranges of European and Asian Birds

    Although not everyone's cup of tea, I for one would love to see Blyths Reed Warbler take up summer residence in the UK. If this recent spring's activity were to repeat itself in the coming years, hopefully there's a chance.
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    Bird watching the lazy way

    UK based. But have spent a total of 7-8 months in Thailand over a dozen visits going back to 1988. It is by far my favourite travel destination😊 I couldn't remember seeing Sooty-headed Bulbul for years and don't have distribution maps to hand, hence my incorrect stab at them being more prevalent...
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    Bird watching the lazy way

    Nice vids, Trevor. Whereabouts in Thailand are you? I'm guessing somewhere down the peninsula, perhaps? From the other side of the World I got sent this a couple of days ago:
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    Bird species seen just the once in your yard/garden.

    Back in the days when Pine Marten was regarded as being really rare in the UK, didn't a lady in Scotland offer the opportunity for folk to see one in her wardrobe? So there's that. Smiley emoji back at ye.
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    Bird species seen just the once in your yard/garden.

    Hi Ken. As a wandering gypsy kind of birder I've tended to change gardens and addresses almost as often as I change my underpants. But since you asked... and I love a good left- field mental challenge, here's a couple that spring to mind from longer term abodes on Scilly and USA. On St Agnes...
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    Thanks, Andrea. As a wee small boy I planned on making the journey across to St Bees from Durham to see Black Guillemot, but I never did make it there. Nice to know they're still around. If anyone is ever in Oban I can recommend a stroll along the seafront there and the amazing views of...
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    I'm struggling to remember a Black Guillemot in England now some come to mention it. Certainly seen lots in both Scotland and Ireland. Where do they occur in Wales? Might I have seen them at South Stack many years ago? I also wonder how many Twite I've seen in England since someone mentioned...
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    Rock Dove! How could I have forgotten that one! Forehead slap emoji.
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    Scottish independence and your UK list....

    Now there's an interesting five minutes for the old grey matter I've never considered before. Having been brought up not that far from the border, a good percentage of my first 100 birds would have been in Scotland including things like Snipe, Wheatear, Willow and Sedge Warbler, Common Sand...
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    Rarest etc in 'Name a Bird You've Seen 2'

    From what I recall, Jacana, at least one, if not both species of Cochoa have an established pattern of coming to ground in early June to feed on some species of caterpillar or other a few km along that 37.5 jeep track, roughly where the trees end? I've seen a few Greens singing in April in that...
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    Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks...

    Can't remember now whether the above was the same year we had a presumed tundra Peregrine on Scilly and I don't currently have my diaries to hand. Same bird ended up at Walmsley, Cornwall, on-off for a few months.
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    Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks...

    A particularly small Accipiter on St Mary's for a couple of weeks sometime around October 2010 or 2011was mooted as a possible SSH by 1-2 who glimpsed it during its stay. Somewhat serendipitously it ended up in a ringer's net (he catches very few, maybe no Sparrowhawks?) and the matter was put...
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    Last bird of 2020 ... and first of 2021

    Not my first bird of the year per se (that was a Robin) but delighted to watch and listen to that most sporadic and erratic of singers, Mistle Thrush, in full song for fifteen minutes this morning. Also a snatch of Treecreeper song unexpectedly.
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    Last Swallow of the year

    Thought it would be slightly unfair of me to contribute from Scilly, since we are likely to have them until at least the first week of November. However I'd seen none in 10 days until yesterday, when 14 arrived. Today it looks like there are at least 50.
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    Does excitement hinder your ability to retain information?

    Re Paul's post above about eagles in Scotland. Back in 1984 I was in the back seat of a car of five driving through Glen Feshie looking for our first Golden Eagles. Mate sat next to me suddenly gripped my knee with one hand and gesticulated frantically with the other, his mouth agape with silent...
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