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  1. Derek Polley

    USA bird in Colorado, montana wyoming area

    Attached was sent to me by a non birding friend for id and I am struggling. Taken recently in the above states. Any help appreciated
  2. Derek Polley

    Visit to Northumberland

    Northumberland (&Durham) January 2009 Another trip to the glorious North East and another glorious bird watching adventure. This year I managed four days in the field albeit some of them were combined with family time. Thursday January 1st Drove to Wylam and walked along the riverside...
  3. Derek Polley

    UK - Northumberland - Marsh/willow tit?

    Attached taken at Thornley Woods hide in poor light. They move very fast and I was lucky to get this one - so apologies for the poor quality . I would appreciate any ID help
  4. Derek Polley

    Costa del Sol/Malaga

    Vacation trip report for Costa del Sol/Malaga from 5 – 11th October 2008 This was mainly a holiday with a bit of birding thrown in. Two friends of ours received a free holiday for attending a presentation run by Club La Costa. We were flown to Malaga and had accommodation in the Club La Costa...
  5. Derek Polley

    UK/ Northern Ireland

    UK/ Northern Ireland Pectoral or curlew sand? I thought the attached photo 1 was a pectoral sand. An expert said it was a curlew sand. Now I have been told it is a pectoral sand. Does anyone else out there have an opinion? Photo 2 is a curlew sand but they do look different and the expert said...
  6. Derek Polley

    Sea Eagle in the Danube

    Whilst traveling from Vienna to Bratislava on the hydrofoil i was birding off the back of the boat when i saw an eagle with a square white rump which i took to be a sea eagle. I was not aware that this was a bird you would find in this area, can anyone confirm that it is in the area or point me...
  7. Derek Polley

    Carolina or mandarin from Northern ireland

    Can I have a few more opinions on this duck in a river in Co Antrim which I assumed was a mandarin until someone queried it?
  8. Derek Polley

    Parrot in Madeira

    A friend snapped this in Madeira on holiday so of course he asked me what it is! I have no idea, and it is clearly an import of some sort, possibly from Africa. Does anyone have a clue?
  9. Derek Polley

    Prague in April 2008

    Czech list for Prague? Three days in Prague with the non-birding relatives produced the following list. Most of these were seen in and around the River Vltava. Anything that wasn’t seen along the river I have noted. Considering it was a tourist trip I think it wasn’t a bad achievement although...
  10. Derek Polley

    Jackdaw in Prague

    Saw a jackdaw in Prague with a very grey nape, could this be one of these Eastern jackdaws I keep hearing about which wander west now and again?
  11. Derek Polley

    Birding on Tyneside

    Trip list for Tyneside from Friday 15 – 18 February 2008 Derek Polley & David Miller Having dipped on the barn owls at the Freight Village on Thursday night, we set off early on Friday morning in cold cloudy conditions with the aim of being in the hide at Linton Lane as dawn broke. Our first...
  12. Derek Polley

    Mystery finch/bunting

    need help with a bird id. This finch/bunting appeared on and off for an hour this morning at my feeders. It is basically all yellow with olive streaking on the back and sides, all white tail and a very marked golden yellow patch on the back of its head. No obvious wingbars and bigger than a...
  13. Derek Polley

    kowa tsn 821 HELP

    ihave a kowa scope and a samsung NV3 with a flat lens. So far i am holding it to the eyepiece and getting reasonable pics. Can i clamp it on and if so how? Do Samsung do a cable release?
  14. Derek Polley

    New ulster member

    Hi - joined this to get some ideas of birding N of Newcastle. Heading there in three weeks and want some idea of what is about and what i should be looking for that i wouldnt see in NI eg shore lark, waxwing, smew, snow bunting etc. I normally work Linton Lane, Cresswell, Druridge, Hadston Carrs...