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    First Bird 2012

    Carrion Crow happy new year Nick
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    hawke frontier ed which mark

    Warren I purchased a pair of Hawke Frontier 10x43 ED three years ago, they are outstanding binoculars, if you are comparing them to other makes do it late in the day when the light is poor, I think you will find that the Hawkes outperform any other model of a similar price in poor light, you...
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    July moths 2011

    went to Dungeness RSPB reserve today, they were hosting a moth morning,highlight for me was the Bedstraw Hawkmoth in the photo, other notables included Sussex Emerald, White-banded Carpet, Scarce Chocolate Tip,Waved Black, Drinker, Sallow Kitten, Antler Moth, Archer's Dart, Pine Hawkmoth, Gold...
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    Vireo Identification

    the only species left in vermivora are Golden-winged, Blue-winged and Bachman's; is Bachman's left at all? Nick
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    ID needed please.

    it only has a latin name, Pyrausta purpuralis Nick
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    Chilling moths for drawing & photography

    Put them in the fridge for half an hour that usually calms them down Nick
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    Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers - London UK

    Chiffchaff Chiffchaff Chiffchaff Willow Warbler Chiffchaff Willow Warbler Nick
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    Optolyth 22-60x70 pull scope manual any one?

    your scope is a zoom, hence the two rings on the eyepiece, one to select the magnification and the other to focus. You should always use the scope with the drawtube fully extended; close focus would probably be better at lower magnification, hope this helps Nick
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    Ridiculously confiding Ruff

    I took these photos at the Round Pond, Kensington Gardens, London on August 12th, I've had some problems with my computer so it's taken me this long to post them. This bird showed down to inches and had no fear of people; in 35 years of birding I have never had an encounter with a wader like...
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    Worlds Funniest Bird Name?

    Drab Water Tyrant always makes me chuckle, as for Blue Tits, they are commonly encountered on naturist beaches in southern England during the winter months Nick
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    What might I see early AM in London Fields?

    Google "Hackney Wildlife Group" they will be able to help you and would also be interested in any records you generate; on the raptor front, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Peregrine should all be seen during the course of a year with a very good chance of Hobby, Common Buzzard and Red Kite, but you'd...
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    wainscot for id

    thanks Harri Nick
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    wainscot for id

    I photographed this Wainscot at Berrylands Station, Surrey; it's too small for a Common and too Large for a Small, any ideas? Nick
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    Moths of May 2010

    I found this pristine Toadflax Brocade resting on a wall at Berrylands Station, Surrey in the week, it's my 3rd record for the site in the last year Nick
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    Moths of April 2010

    Thanks Ben Nick
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    Moths of April 2010

    I photographed this dark pug at Berrylands Station, Surrey today, I'm guessing it's a Brindled Pug but I would appreciate other opinions (size and shape as Brindled), I've lightened one of the photos in an attempt to show details many thanks Nick
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    bird song, Augusta

    been watching the golf masters on the telly, they've just shown a nice bit of footage of an Eastern Bluebird, I keep hearing a bird singing that sounds a bit like the spinning coin song of a Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix), anyone else watching who knows what it is? Nick
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    Raptor ID please - London UK

    no problem Chris, most of the people who turned up for the Dusky Warbler are not birders either;) Nick
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    Raptor ID please - London UK

    you won't be inundated with twitchers Chris, your bird was just passing through as they do at this time of year, have a look on the Londonbirders wiki site to see how your sighting fits into the bigger picture http://londonbirders.wikia.com/wiki/London_Bird_Club_Wiki Nick
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    Feb Moths 2010

    I got the Berrylands Station year list started with a Pale Brindled Beauty on March 1st, a new moth for the station and the 108th macro species there since August 31st 2008 Nick
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    A choice to make... Frontier EDs, Nikon Monarchs or other options??

    I have had a pair of Hawke Frontier 10x43 for almost a year now and I cannot find fault with them, as I do a lot of my birding post work I needed a binocular that performs well in bad light, these Hawkes are superb in that respect, I paid £287 at the London Camera Exchange so they are well...
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    Poached gulls' eggs on Masterchef

    Presumably when these eggs are harvested the gulls temporarily desert the colony, given that Mediterranean Gulls often nest in BHG colonies what measures are taken to ensure that Med Gull eggs are not taken as well? Nick
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    October moths 2009

    sp = species ag = aggregate, a combination of two or more closely related species that cannot be specifically identified without dissection are lumped as ag, it's a bit like saying "commic" tern for distantly seen Common or Arctic Terns that cannot be reliably specifically identified Nick
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    October moths 2009

    hello Martin I've got Larger Moths of the London Area, published in 1989 so a little out of date as I've discovered a few times this year, I was thinking maybe Broxbourne Woods would be a good bet Nick
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    October moths 2009

    I spent five hours searching for M du J on Wimbledon Common on Saturday without any luck, there are plenty of oaks on the common, many with lichen so my hopes were high; M du J has a somewhat disjointed distribution in the London area, being absent from large tracts of seemingly suitable...
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