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  1. Andy Thatcher

    florida at Christmas

    Took my brother 3 days to get back to the UK from Greece where he lives due to the snow. Head this way in the Spring, probably better for species anyway.
  2. Andy Thatcher

    Your Birding Style

    Apart from when my father flies over once a year for a fortnight I go alone. Have used guides but only to get specific tricky local birds on trips to Africa etc. Very long way to go to miss a bird for the sake of a few hours spent with a guide.
  3. Andy Thatcher

    Hi from Ocala, Fl

    Only 5 here. OK not as cold but it fell from 20. Phew glad my Blackberry is bi-lingual when it comes to temperatures.
  4. Andy Thatcher

    Hi from Ocala, Fl

    Ohhh a northerner ! Only kidding, hello from Orlando.
  5. Andy Thatcher

    Man V Squirrel, this time I'll win!

    I started my squirrel war about 4 months ago and while it is still early to declare victory I think I am close ! I have 2 8ft x 4 inch poles sunk 2 feet into the ground 16 feet apart with a plank between them. I have a 10 foot x 3 foot table on the plank and 6 feeders hanging from the plank...
  6. Andy Thatcher

    florida at Christmas

    Oh was watching 6 Scissor Tailed Flycatchers about 3 weeks ago about a mile before the Everglades Main Entrance.
  7. Andy Thatcher

    florida at Christmas

    There is a very accommodating male Painted Bunting that has been around the Merritt Island Visitor Center feeder for a few weeks now if you get pressed, Don't expect it to be that warm though. I would suggest 3 Lakes Management Area for the Snail Kites and Red Cockaded Woodpeckers. If you...
  8. Andy Thatcher

    Orlando Banding

    Thankyou for that John ! Anymore ideas out there ?
  9. Andy Thatcher

    Orlando Banding

    Is there anybody here that knows of any bander's/ringer's in the Orlando area ? There was a group in Apopka but the Park has now asked them to stop. Or are you a bander in the area looking for a site ? If so I know of a 3 acre site with a spring fed pond, my garden ;)
  10. Andy Thatcher

    Florida in July ?

    "Thanks Andy. I thought this thread may never get a reply!" Well I used to live just north of Bedford so keeping it in the county ! Pileated should be an easy pick up but should you struggle I get them daily in the garden. As said will be hot and humid but there is still plenty to see. Drop...
  11. Andy Thatcher

    Florida in July ?

    Are there any species that are more likely to be seen at this time compared to a winter trip for example? Swallow Tailed Kite leaps to mind as they are a summer visitor. As for specific sites there are plenty that are mentioned in the trip lists that you see online. If there is something in...
  12. Andy Thatcher

    Info on Florida Scrub Jay please...

    Have to say the Merritt Island birds have never let me down. Taken near enough everyone that has come to visit to see them and always seem to be there, I also go whenever I am on the island.
  13. Andy Thatcher

    Christmas Birding In Florida Ideas

    There is a Vermillion Flycatcher near Sanford for the 2nd year running and that is worth picking up along with the other birds that appear there. Drop me an email for instructions, if I am not working more than happy to show you.
  14. Andy Thatcher

    Great White Herons

    I took it to be about Egrets.
  15. Andy Thatcher

    Boggy Creek Area (airboats)

    Rarity Depends on where you were. If you were near the coast, no not really.
  16. Andy Thatcher

    Great White Herons

    Gt Herons I have them regularly in my garden here in Orlando. Failing that a trip out to Merritt Island will pick you up a few but don't be too surprised to see some while driving along I-4 to the place.
  17. Andy Thatcher

    What Is Your Best Bird So Far?

    Has to be Vermillion Flycatcher about 25 minutes from home a couple of days ago. Rather liked the Hooded Mergansers in the pond at the bottom of my garden, sorry yards as I am in the US :)
  18. Andy Thatcher

    Vermillion Flycatcher - Orlando Area

    Not sure if you were aware but there is a Vermillion Flycatcher near Sanford, well there was on Sunday when I saw it and it has been about for a couple of weeks now ;)
  19. Andy Thatcher

    Rare Birds in Florida ?

    Thanks for that one. Mainly covers the south of the state, which hopefully will become more useful.
  20. Andy Thatcher

    Rare Birds in Florida ?

    Thankyou ! I looked at that site too :h?:
  21. Andy Thatcher

    Rare Birds in Florida ?

    Just wondering if there is a rare bird alert service or website for Florida ? Been looking about but all I seem to find are sites that are not updated. Yes I know there are plenty of sites for IBW's !
  22. Andy Thatcher

    Ivory-billed Woodpecker (formerly updates)

    Is there an effort to see if there are still populations in Cuba ? Yes, Touche I agree I would love to try and help but even though I live in Florida personal circumstances prevent me.
  23. Andy Thatcher

    Gambia; practical help

    Guiding I would recommend Mo, especially now as alas his old mentor Mass Cham passed away last year.
  24. Andy Thatcher

    Hummingbirds and Miracle Grow ?

    Got them hanging over the Firebushes to try and get them to associate the feeders with food. As regards trying to relocate the feeders, hummer and seed, to avoid the raccoons that is sort of impossible. As I type I have 3 sitting in my garden. We have 4 dogs and after initially barking them...
  25. Andy Thatcher

    Hummingbirds and Miracle Grow ?

    We are renting so the plants are in plant pots so when we move we can just take them. Must confess I know less than nothing about plants really tend to leave that to she whom must be obeyed who has lived around here for 20 odd years. Will have a look at shrimp plants, ta muchly. As regards...