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    March 2022 Moths

    I had my trap on for the first time this year last night - just one moth, a Herald: the earliest date I have caught one in my 18 years trapping here, and only my 20th. I was surprised to find that nobody had set up a 'March Moths' thread so apologies if I have overlooked it somewhere. My mate...
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    World list spreadsheets

    I keep both IOC and Clements/Cornell lists on spreadsheets which I try to keep up to date with the various updates published by both bodies. I have just finished revising the C/C version after their August 2021 changes. I am quite happy to send blank copies of either or both to anyone who would...
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    Laysan Honeycreeper

    I am tidying up my word list spreadsheets and am puzzled by Laysan Honeycreeper: IOC have it as extinct, Clements/Cornell still list it with no mention of extinct, though there was no mention of it in the last printed Clements. The MG Wells bible of bird names just lists it as an alternative...
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    Global Birding weekend

    Most people must have seen the announcement of the next Global Birding event to be held over the weekend of October 8th 9th and 10th. See globalbirding.com if you have not. The basic premise is to encourage local low-carbon birding, maybe breaking a few records in the process such as the number...
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    The One Show tonight

    The Rutland Osprey Project will be featured on The One Show on BBC1 at 7pm this evening.
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    June Moths

    The first time I have ever been up early enough to start the thread! A warm but clear night here in Leicestershire yielded just nine moths of nine species but NFY were Yellow-barred Brindle, Pale Tussock and Small Magpie. Steve
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    Horsfield's Cuckoo

    Can anyone tell me what happened to what used to be called Horsfield's Cuckoo, Cuculus horsfieldi? It is listed in the last printed edition of Clements but the present versions of both eBird/Clements and the IOC list don't contain anything obviously connected. I usually take note of any...
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    Webinars and Webcams during Lockdown

    Just thought it could be worth having a central location for highlighting potentially interesting Webinars or good Webcam sites to help us all amuse ourselves during Lockdown. I don't normally bother with them but have joined two webinars recently, one about British wintering geese and one about...
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    Medium size scopes

    I am looking to buy a reasonable quality, but not too expensive, telescope for taking on foreign trips that will fit comfortably in hand baggage. I don't want a mini scope type. Something like the size of the old Nikon Fieldscope - I have a rather battered old one but it needs a new eyepiece...
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    We are looking at getting a group of either four or six together for an 'easy' (ie not much walking) trip to Tanzania at the end of October/start of November this year, about 17 days. It will be organised through a reliable UK company using a good local guide and will include Pemba island...
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    Bargain offers on books

    Bibliophile Books currently have the Van Perlo Field Guide to South American Passerines on offer at just £8 plus postage (£2.80 if you order via Amazon). It usually sells at about £27 so a good offer for a useful book. Steve
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    Cairngorm pipit

    On arriving at the Cairngorms carpark on May 1st we were told by another group of birders that there was a Water Pipit by the fenced garden. We went to check it out and indeed found a pipit but was it a Water Pipit? Despite the rich pale apricot-orange colour on the underparts surely it lacks...
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    Simple Nightjar question

    Straight to the point - Do European Nightjars normally call while on migration at night? Steve
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    Hybrid ducks

    Every now and again I come across a smart hybrid duck and maybe it is worth having a thread to draw together sightings and photos. Craig Howat and I found this one at Rutland Water yesterday - seems fairly obviously a male Pochard x Red-crested Pochard unless anyone has any other ideas. It is...
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    Any vultures around in England?

    As county recorder I have received a record of a 'possible' vulture seen high over the Leics/Rutland border on Friday. The observer is fairly sure it was a Gyps type vulture as opposed to a large eagle even though the bird was in heavy wing moult. Just wondered if there have been any vultures...
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    Big surprise this afternoon - Yorkshire birders Glyn Taylor and his mate David were one of the pairs on Pointless (BBC1 at 5.15). They got knocked out in the first round but will be on the next show too, which is presumably Monday at the same time. Steve
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    Blocking Members' lists

    I don't seem able to block (not see) Members 2014 Lists, despite re-setting the 'exclusions' on my options. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of them? By the way I do like to compare lists (still trying to live up to my name) but I prefer to do it elsewhere. And before anyone has a go at me...
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    BB Scarce Migrants

    One of the threads that disappeared yesterday. I had posted a thank you to Peter Fraser for all of the analysis of records he has done over many years. In his Scarce Migrants 2004-2007 paper in the current BB Pete announces his retirement from bird-recording. He really has done us a great...
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    Western India

    A report of a very successful trip to Gujarat and Rajasthan in February of this year has just been (or will soon be) posted on the usual websites. Worth looking at for Richard Porter's superb photographs of many of the key species (as well as my superb words of course). Steve
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    Results from colour-ring reading

    In recent years I have become a somewhat obsessive ring-reader. It started with Cormorants and Mute Swans at Rutland Water, then Pink-footed Geese in Norfolk, and now I spend ages peering through a 75x eyepiece at gulls' legs on a local rubbish tip. I am starting this thread to flag up the...
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    Ringed Plover taxonomy

    The population estimates paper in the July BB mentions Ringed Plovers of the subspecies tundrae and psammodroma migrating through Britain. To be honest I had never heard of psammodroma before - BWP makes no mention - but I have now found it on Wikepedia and on two Dutch websites (with photos...
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    Corcovado NP

    Having seen an incredibly inaccurate advert for an equally incredibly expensive trip to Costa Rica (would anyone pay £3115 for a seven night visit ??) I am wondering about some of the claims the company make. Would anyone expect to see Harpy Eagles during a three day trip to Corcovado NP in...
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    Bird sounds for the Andaman Islands

    Hi A small group of us are going to the Andamans at the end of this month. We are told that our local guide has bird recordings but we would like our own system for back up. I am a complete novice when it comes to this sort of thing, not even owning an ipod. I have found recordings of most of...
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    All three marsh terns

    At Rutland Water today we had a Whiskered (present on and off since last Tuesday), a White-winged Black (found today), and at least 16 Black Terns. Can anyone recall all three marsh terns being seen together in Britain before? Steve
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    My latest copy of BirdingASIA (Oriental Bird Club) came yesterday and since then every spare moment I have been reading it. Excellent issue - a new flowerpecker in Borneo, the new bare-faced bulbul in Laos, masses of superb photographs celebrating the club's 25th anniversary, a feature on the...