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    How difficult is it to get Capercaillie without going on one of the RSPB Caper-watches? I can easily get to Loch Garten but the chances of making it there before 11am are slim and caper-watch runs from 5:30-8am :eek!:
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    The Rite of Spring

    Spring is coming! The daffodils are above the ground and some are even flowering, the new Dobbies Garden Centre is opening soon and it's almost March! Spring is arguably the most important season for most wildlife, being the time where most breed. So get those nest boxes up! What are your plans...
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    The Weather

    Today I will rant about supposedly a very British obsession...the weather. Now I'm fine in all weathers be it rain, snow or sun but my relatives always have something to complain about. Now I don't know about you but I don't see how someone who has lived in Aberdeen for 49 years could possibly...
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    What to Plant

    I'm going to plant exclusively for butterflies and other insects this year and was wondering what was best to plant in Aberdeen? I know about the plants like Buddleja but was wondering about others and foodplants that go together nicely and look nice. I have never seen a great deal of different...
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    Blurry Ducks - Aberdeen

    Couldn't keep it still for some reason, maybe the cold amplifies the shakes? http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/7445/p1050288.jpg http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/2095/p1050277f.jpg http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7787/p1050279i.jpg
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    2009 - My First Year Watching Wildlife

    Okay, I've cheated a little bit, I actually never started until May but I'll just overlook that little fact. At the beginning of the year I was a kind of, well, gamer type person I suppose. Spending hundreds of pounds and hundreds of hours on that latest video game, almost never venturing...
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    Macbook Software

    Hi, I'm going to buy a Macbook sometime in the next few months and don't know what software to purchase, I don't normally touch up my photos much as I don't see it as natural so will only need very basic software that supports the Panasonic RAW files. What other software will I need? I can't see...
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    Illustrated Encyclopedia of European Birds

    Hi, Has anyone got any comments on the Illustrated Encyclopedia of European Birds ebook by Mobilereference? I downloaded a sample and it seemed very good to me, just wondered if anyone else has tried it.
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    Natural Looking

    Does anyone know where I could get a "natural looking" bird feeder? Nothing plastic or ceramic? Most wooden bird feeders don't look natural either, it's just for photography mainly, it doesn't look good when the bird is on something clearly not natural
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    Wasn't sure where to put this but what do you buy to put all your notes/sightings in? Is there a specific brand of notebook/diary that's good for this sort of thing?
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    Big Garden Birdwatch 2010

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/ The Big Garden Birdwatch 2010 is on 30-31 January. Will you take part? Have you taken part in previous years? Have you got a garden bird 'goal' for 2010? I'm hoping to attract a few more species this year, I'm hoping to attract more Tits (not like that!)...
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    What has been the most tiring birding session that you've been on? I walked around Gight Woods and that wasn't difficult but I wouldn't have done it again in a hurry, especially as I seen squat. Booked myself in for a guided ptarmigan/mountain hare walk next week though, looking forward to it...
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    What good birding/wildlife novels is there? The only ones I can think of are Watership Down and Tarka the Otter. What others are there? Anything more about wildlife watching?
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    Weather Forecasts

    Birding requires you to keep an eye on the weather, will that rare be blown over the Atlantic? Will the light be sufficient? But do you pay attention to the weather forecast? Right now I'm debating whether or not to set my alarm for what is forecast to be a rainy morning. Have you ever listened...
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    URGENT Anybody ordered with digitaltoyshop?

    Hi, I am looking to buy a Panasonic DMW-LA3 adapter and Raynox DCR-250 lens, has anybody ordered from http://www.digitaltoyshop.co.uk/ before? Or AVIDES Media Ltd on Amazon? Thanks
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    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Not wanting to intrude on the Highland and Moray forum but I can't personally see why there is no Highland and Islands thread on Birdforum, there is a lot of threads with queries after all. So I've decided to start one, give me a slap on the wrist if I've broken some unwritten rule :-O So...
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    TheSeagull's Quiz

    Now I thought I'd start a quiz that isn't just about birds, I mean we're all birders, we need a quiz that people find difficult ;) This will get you remembering that school lesson from long ago :-O 1. Which naturalist independently proposed a theory of natural selection that prompted Charles...
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    Skye, Western Isles, St. Kilda in April

    Trying to fit in a trip to Skye, Western Isles and St. Kilda next year, obviously the best time would be May or June but due to school that can't be done unfortunately, but I have the 27 March - 11 April free which means I can go then. Is all the wildlife about by then? Would the Corncrake have...
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    Snowy Owl in Britain

    Any breeding success recently? I heard there was a pair at Balranald RSPB last year but I'm not sure if they bred, the last success I've heard of was on Fetlar back in the 70s or 80s.
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    Scottish Bird List

    Anyone know where I could get a Scottish bird list? A list of species that are found in Scotland (i.e not Britain, just Scotland) and are not rare visitors would be nice.