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  1. steve_zodiac

    Bartley reservoir

    Does anyone know if Bartley reservoir is being watched by anyone on a daily basis. Or if it is being watched regularly at all. I've been over there several times over the last couple of months and up until now I haven't encountered another birder. But anyway, Bartley this evening: 137 LBB...
  2. steve_zodiac

    Which information service

    Over the past fifteen years I've used the information services of both Rare Bird Alert and Birdnet, and their pagers. For the past couple of years, because of illness, I haven't had a pager and my birding has been very limited. However, I'm now back up and running and looking forward to adding...
  3. steve_zodiac

    Hirrundine numbers

    Is it just here in the Midlands or is there a distinctive lack of hirrundines all over Britain so far this year. Belvide, Chasewater, Blithfield, Gailey all seem to be reporting well below average numbers for the time of year. Any similar observations on your patch?
  4. steve_zodiac

    Playa Blanca, Lanzarote - 15-22/03/09

    Just got back from a week's break in Playa Blanca and was out birding everyday in the area. I tended to cover the Rubicon plain most days though one day (Fri 20th) I did try the area around the lighthouse, where half a dozen Cory's Shearwaters were just offshore prior to sunset, but apart from...
  5. steve_zodiac

    Raven status in Norfolk

    I was at Roydon common yesterday (14.02.09) waiting for the Hen harriers to appear. At about 16.45 I heard a Raven calling and subsequently flying over towards the north-east. As darkness fell I phoned the news in to Rare Bird Alert and a few minutes later had a call back from one of the team...
  6. steve_zodiac

    Las Vegas

    After years of birding while on holiday in Europe my wife has decided she wants to go to Las Vegas next year. I appreciate its a city environment surrounded by desert but what birds am I likely to see while over there.
  7. steve_zodiac

    Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

    I've just returned from a week at Playa Blanca, Lanzarote (9th-16th November 2008) and had some pretty good birding over the week without leaving the resort. It would appear that the Rubicon plain which lies either side of the main road out of the resort back towards the airport has been noted...
  8. steve_zodiac

    Newby from Staffs

    Hello everyone. Didn't even know this site existed, came across it by accident when searching for sea-watching sites on the Isle of Skye. Anyway I'm a Staffordshire based birder who has been watching the local reservoirs for the last twenty three years.