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  1. Frenchy

    ocularis White Wagtail

    Thanks Laurent. Would you say that we should therefore call it Swinhoe's? Or does it not matter?
  2. Frenchy

    ocularis White Wagtail

    Hi MJB. I can understand if you personally like the name, but i think your reasoning isn't terribly logical. Surely the term "Northern Siberian" would be just as good, simply because it breeds in the north of Siberia. To (correctly) say that it does not breed across the whole of Northern...
  3. Frenchy

    ocularis White Wagtail

    Does anyone know where the name "East Siberian" Wagtail came from for Motacilla alba ocularis? The earliest we can find is from Dutch Birding around 1998, such as https://crbpo.mnhn.fr/IMG/pdf/Sangster_et_al_1999_CSNA_1977-98_ARDEA.pdf , so does it originate there? No mention of it in Alstrom &...
  4. Frenchy

    seabirdwatching potential new ferry route between Eemshaven NL and Kristiansand NO

    Agree with Mark. You are better off watching from the coast. Boats are great when you are either in areas of large seabird density or attracting them through chumming. A ferry through the eastern sector of North Sea would be very, very dull. In fact I bet there is more potential for exciting...
  5. Frenchy

    Seabirds Harrison

    Given Harrison's career in tour leading rich Americans who may well be tipping him $850 as small change, I suspect he has priced his prints accordingly, and he'll probably sell them. He seems like a charismatic guy, and there are lots of people who will love his personality style and be happy to...
  6. Frenchy

    Latest IOC diary updates

    As far as I'm concerned, its just the name I grew up with. Even at my tender years(!), I lose track of what many species are called nowadays. So, to me, its a Rufous. Or an Oriental when I feel like it. No other agenda! I also have a vague recollection that if meena did get split from orientalis...
  7. Frenchy

    Water rail sp in Mongolia

    Well, i'll be there again in June with one of my targets being to sound record/photo the Savi's Warblers at the same site - possibly the most easterly (presumed) breeding Savi's in the World. That and seeing all the megas, obviously!
  8. Frenchy

    Water rail sp in Mongolia

    The Birdlife map shows Western as basically stopping at the Mongolian border, although they almost certainly do breed in western Mongolia, as does Little Crake. Birdlife map Brown-cheeked as entering central Mongolia from the north and extending down to the Khangai mountains. My record was just...
  9. Frenchy

    Water rail sp in Mongolia

    For info, i recorded Western Water Rail in mid-Mongolia in May this year, as well as seeing it in the same place two years ago but without documentation. See the eBird checklist at https://ebird.org/checklist/S58136449 I was kinda hoping for Brown-cheeked!
  10. Frenchy

    Getting Rare Bird News in Isolated Locations

    Whatsapp does require a mobile internet or wifi signal. If you don't have those, then you'll be stuffed. On the plus side, you may be the first person to tell me a genuine benefit of an iphone!! As soon as i went onto smartphones several years ago, i stopped being able to see the time an SMS...
  11. Frenchy

    Inaccessible Island Rail

    So is gravity. What's your point? https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin/evolution-today/what-is-a-theory
  12. Frenchy

    Getting Rare Bird News in Isolated Locations

    Not sure about all phones, but with mine there is no time of sending attached to an SMS. There is a time of sending attached to a Whatsapp though, which makes it much more useful. And Whatsapp only requires tiny amounts of signal, which is almost always available. I certainly get that easier...
  13. Frenchy

    Turdidae

    Thanks :-)
  14. Frenchy

    Turdidae

    I read that as meaning Dusky and Naumann's should be lumped. Is that correct?
  15. Frenchy

    New Adelie colony found

    Yes, i thought of that this morning with a clearer head! But then i thought, what about if this colony has recently received an influx of birds from the other (declining) colonies. I guess they know the movements of these birds and assume that they are very colony faithful.
  16. Frenchy

    New Adelie colony found

    Amazing discovery, but there is a very strange paragraph in the article: "The result is of major significance because it would appear the archipelago has somehow avoided the recent Adélie declines documented elsewhere on the peninsula, particularly on its western side." How are they assessing...
  17. Frenchy

    The last time you saw a Greenfinch

    They've declined by a huge amount following an increase in the late 90's/early 00's. Some info here https://www.bto.org/science/population-dynamics/greenfinches-and-trichomonosis and here https://www.bto.org/birdtrends2010/wcrgrefi.shtml
  18. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    That was a lot of what i based my thinking on. Plus a few waders too, the distribution of Grey-tailed Tattler is a beauty! The steppes of Kazakhstan are far more WP than eastern, and then there is a handy mountain range before you get into the Eastern Palearctic steppes of Mongolia and its...
  19. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    I'll leave the Americas up to others to discuss i think! Perhaps doing it by native American tribal boundaries would be a better approximation than modern political borders!?
  20. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Without looking at it, i would imagine that the biggest issue would be the Mexican border. How different would a Nearctic list be to the ABA list? Edit - Ok, so southern Florida is apparently in the Neotropical realm. Who knew...
  21. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    :t: I might look at it all properly at some point, i'm just surprised that so much attention has been focussed on the African and Arabian areas by recent authors/commentators, and no one really looks at the eastern boundary.
  22. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Why are the Urals better than the Yenisei? Why not include most of Kazakhstan and the lowlands of the other 'stans? I've had this debate with birders who start off saying its total rubbish, then when you actually drill down into species distributions, it gets a little harder to refute. Using the...
  23. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    The eastern boundary is better off being the Yenisei river in my view, and then down along the foothills of the major Asian mountain ranges and into Iran. Therefore including most of Central Asia (the deserts and steppes). Avifauna wise, it makes sense. In the game of WP listing, it would...
  24. Frenchy

    2017 Western Palearctic Big Year

    Over 272,000 posts on the Word Association thread on Ruffled Feathers started by Doc Martin. I'm sure he's proud!
  25. Frenchy

    Uk County Year Lists - what's the score?

    No idea, sorry. I guess it would be possible to find out by asking all the county recorders and/or bird report editors, but might be a bit of a task!
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