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  1. DaveN

    Best Antivirus

    I recently purchased a new PC which came with a month's free antivirus with Mcafee. The free month ends tonight and I was wondering what to do. A friend who knows a bit about computers (well more than me anyway) said a free version of Mcafee or AVG should suffice. But I was wondering what others...
  2. DaveN

    My computer has wiped everything

    Last night I rebooted my computer and when it came to life I had lost everything. It's as if it has gone back to factory settings. Luckily I have backed up most of my work on to a memory stick. However, there was still quite a bit of stuff I hadn't and I fear that has been lost now. I've tried...
  3. DaveN

    PC keeps shutting down

    This problem is really starting to wind me up now. In fact it happened a few minutes ago whilst I was typing this out so I had to do it all again. Without warning the PC keeps shutting down and it's getting more and more regular. A blue screen will pop up with a load of writing. I managed to get...
  4. DaveN

    2 alarming incidents involving Peregrines

    I guess we shouldn't be surprised anymore but I found these two reports quite disturbing. The first one in Scotland . And another one today in Staffordshire .
  5. DaveN

    Charity bike ride

    This is getting a bit late in the day now as they are nearing the end of the bike ride. But a couple of Derbyshire Birders' I know....Martin Roome and Keith 'Dipper' Lyon are travelling from Lands End to John O' Groats all for charity. They plan to see as many bird species as they can on the...
  6. DaveN

    Magpie versus Bat

    Last night whilst at one of my regular birding spots, Carsington Water here in Derbyshire, I witnessed something quite incredible. I was standing there winding down for the day when I saw a Bat flying over the water around 15ft off shore. It was cold, with a cool breeze, and there was a few...
  7. DaveN

    Magpie versus Bat

    Last night whilst at one of my regular birding spots, Carsington Water here in Derbyshire, I witnessed something quite incredible. I was standing there winding down for the day when I saw a Bat flying over the water around 15ft off shore. It was cold, with a cool breeze, and there was a few...
  8. DaveN

    Little Tern colony revival

    After a disastrous year last year a Little Tern colony has had a bumper breeding season. See here
  9. DaveN

    UK Moth ID

    Could anyone tell me what this moth is please? This came into our lounge on Friday evening.
  10. DaveN

    Words fail me

    I just can not understand what goes on in the minds of some people out there. Not sure people is the right word really. I can't type what I would like to say. Let's hope they are brought to justice. Edit: sorry, posted the wrong link. Should be the right one now...
  11. DaveN

    Those sinister Red Kites

    Red Kites swoop on children! Not sure what to make of this. Like the RSPB chap said, whenever something like this happens somebody always talks about a cull. Raptors getting bad press again. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-13614326
  12. DaveN

    1st summer Arctic Tern in UK?

    I am fully aware that 1st summer Arctic and Common Terns are quite rare in Europe as most stay in their wintering grounds. However, today at Carsington Water in Derbyshire I saw this Tern and was fairly sure it was a 1st summer Arctic Tern. These photos are not the best but I think they are good...
  13. DaveN

    Ringed Barnacle Goose

    There's been a feral flock of Barnacle Geese for quite a few years now at my local reservoir Carsington Water in Derbyshire. Today there were 32 birds but I noticed that one was ringed. We've never noticed before that one was ringed so we are thinking that this could be a genuine wild bird that...
  14. DaveN

    Stranded Whale dies in Kent

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-12634910
  15. DaveN

    Amazing Buzzard migration

    Not too sure if this has already been posted but over 10'000 Buzzards passed through Falsterbo in Southern Sweden on Oct 11th. The highest day total since 1973. Just below the photo of the Buzzards is a link to a short bit of video too. http://www.falsterbofagelstation.se/index_e.html
  16. DaveN

    Caterpillar ID please (UK)

    Taken today in Derbyshire. Cheers.
  17. DaveN

    Plastic Great White Egret

    Further to the earlier report of Great White Egret in Suffolk, birders should note that the large egret viewable on a small pool from the Needham Market-Stowmarket train is in fact plastic. :-O Does it mean it's a real Great White Egret but thought to be an escape with more rings than Mr T, or...
  18. DaveN

    Beetle ID (UK)

    Seen this beauty yesterday whilst out on a local walk here in Derbyshire. Anybody know what it is? Also, does anybody know of any decent website for Beetles, Bugs etc?? Cheers!
  19. DaveN

    Filey next month

    Hi all, I'll be stopping at Filey for a few days from March 22nd and wondered where would be the best place to get a bit of birding in at this time of year. It's mainly a break with the family but I'm hoping to get a bit of birding in whilst I'm there. It's a place I'm not at all familiar with...
  20. DaveN

    Another Gull ID (UK)

    Spotted this fellow this afternoon at a pre-roost gathering at Carsington Water in Derbyshire. It initially stood out and I thought it looked good for Caspian Gull though maybe the head shape is a little off for Caspian Gull. There were quite a few Herring Gulls around which to my untrained eye...
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