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  1. Paul Longland

    Gt northern diver tenby

    Not sure where to post this so this seemed appropriate. On holiday in tenby South Wales and have seen what seems a 2nd year gt northern diver for the last two mornings high tide off St catherines/South Beach tenby. This may well be nothing unusual as i am not familiar with the area but seemed a...
  2. Paul Longland

    The ups and downs of birding

    Sure this has been done before in various forms but after my experiences last week I thought it might be interesting to see if others had similar highs and lows of a day out birding. All started well for the first trip out of the year, January 2nd. Decided to take a run over to North Norfolk...
  3. Paul Longland

    Spotted Flycatcher populations

    Just returned from a holiday in the lake district and northern Pennines. Seemed that there were lots of spotted flycatchers around this year? As we don't get them here in Leics anymore, other than a few passage birds, I am probably not really a good judge but it appeared to me that it was a...
  4. Paul Longland

    A week in Provence

    Finally our long awaited trip to Provence in the south of France arrived. I had hoped to write this trip report as we went along but unfortunately there was no internet connection available so it had to wait until our return and will no doubt be done somewhat piecemeal. 07:45 am Saturday 11...
  5. Paul Longland

    First swift 2019

    This morning 4 may enderby Leicestershire
  6. Paul Longland

    the effect of recent weather events on breeding bird populations

    Just read a report about the effects of the beast from the east and Saharan storms on the breeding populations of uk birds. Unsurprisingly it is the smaller species such as Goldcrest, wren and long tailed tit that have suffered the most with up to 38% fall in numbers of breeding pairs...
  7. Paul Longland

    Thekla Lark in southern France

    Off to the camargue region in a few weeks. Will be planning a trip to mt ventoux region whilst there and some time ago read a report regarding the regions only site for Thekla lark somewhere and now cannot find it. I am sure that I did not imagine this as it gave the name of the village stating...
  8. Paul Longland

    Here we go again

    Why am I not surprised https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Satellite_tagged_Hen_Harrier_disappears_near_proposed_reintroduction_site_in_Wiltshire.aspx?s_id=810282064 I think the pertinent sentence in there is that the area is managed for pheasant and partridge shooting. The sooner...
  9. Paul Longland

    French alps

    Currently giving some serious consideration to atrip to the south of france probably late may next year. This will be a weeks trip split between the Camargue area and hopefully some alpine birding too. The main targets for the latter will be alpine accentor, alpine chough, citril and snow...
  10. Paul Longland

    Irresponsible gardeners

    I am currently sitting looking at a deserted feeding station in my back garden as a result of my neighbours actions. I only have a small patch of suburban garden. I live on a corner so the house to my side and rear have the large gardens and mine is the square patch between. I have a good mix...
  11. Paul Longland

    One for the crossword or pub quiz buffs

    Came across these cryptic pub quiz questions. All answers are types of birds. There are quite a few so I will put the first lot up then the answers in a few days so I don't give anything away by answering each attempt (unless someone gets them all correct straight off). Some are easy others need...
  12. Paul Longland

    upcoming holiday to mid west wales

    I will be spending the upcoming half term holiday week (13-20 oct) in New Quay Nr cardigan in wales and wondered if anyone has any tips for potential good birding spots in the area as it not a part of wales I have visited before (except for a brief school biology field trip to...
  13. Paul Longland

    Western Capercaillie

    Discussion thread for Western Capercaillie. If you would like to add a comment, click the Post Reply button.
  14. Paul Longland

    Dipping in Scotland (again) 2018

    Saturday 12 May 2018 and the morning of our latest trip to Scotland and Northumberland for a whole week of birding finally arrived. My gear was packed, birding mate Mark collected and after a bit of shuffling the kit to fit in the boot we were on the road at 0730. The weather was set fair and...
  15. Paul Longland

    bye bye bogey

    What a fantastic day. Finally laid my biggest bogey to rest. Lesser spotted woodpecker at wooloton park in notts. To top it all it was a drumming male. Back up cast of green and greater for the full set, great grey shrike and then first summer migrant of the year a pair of osprey at rutland...
  16. Paul Longland

    Yet another Goldie goes MIA in Strathdean area

    Another depressing report. https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RSPB-Another-satellite-tagged-Golden-Eagle-disappears-on-Scottish-grouse-moor.aspx?s_id=82040099 At what point is there sufficient circumstantial evidence to actually bring a case. a quick glance at the map tells us all we...
  17. Paul Longland

    Strontian Black Duck

    Does anyone know of the whereabouts of the infamous Strontian Black duck ? Planning a trip to Mull in May and was hoping for another crack at it having dipped it last year, but there does not seem to be any news of it since sometime around the end of September last year. I know it often goes...
  18. Paul Longland

    Enormous White tailed eagle

    Check out this thread http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=358230
  19. Paul Longland

    northumberland roseate tern

    Am planning a short break trip to Northumberland in May, primarily to see the Roseate terns on Coquet. Can anyone tell me when these birds usually arrive from their wintering grounds as I would not want to make the trip before they start arriving but do have work commitments which mean that I...
  20. Paul Longland

    natural england grant brood management license

    So natural England appear to have sold out to the shooting lobby despite condemnation of the scheme by RSPB and others https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Hen-Harrier-Brood-Meddling-Begins.aspx?s_id=202648007
  21. Paul Longland

    Goldcrest on feeders

    I was at home staring out of the window yesterday when I saw a Goldcrest on the garden fence. This is a rare enough occurrence on its own as I have only ever seen one in the garden twice before in the last five years. As I was watching it was joined by another one and after a short time...
  22. Paul Longland

    Here we go again

    Yet another one. https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/RSPB-Black-Friday-for-Britains-Hen-Harriers-as-another-bird-disappears.aspx?s_id=1018934132
  23. Paul Longland

    Firecrest on south west coast

    Currently holidaying in Brixham Devon and been reading some local reports of large numbers of firecrests including flocks of up to 60 birds in the area. Wondered if this was connected to the sudden influx of hawfinch, continental birds blown in by hurricane ophelia or normal for region at this...
  24. Paul Longland

    Family holiday in NW scotland July 2017

    Recently returned from a two week holiday in northwest Scotland and Skye. Although this was not strictly speaking a birding trip thought I would share a few highlights. First week was spent in Unapool a couple of miles south of Kylesku next to Loch Glencoul Cottage was in a wonderful...
  25. Paul Longland

    NW Scotland and Skye

    Spending two weeks in NW Scotland from next weekend (8 July). First week at Unapool in Sutherland and then a week on Skye. Obviously will be doing a day on Handa but other than that any information on potential birding sites in and around the area would be appreciated. This is a family...
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