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  1. david kelly

    Bewick's Swans in Scotland

    Beat me to it and your answer is better!
  2. david kelly

    Bewick's Swans in Scotland

    Our Whooper Swans mostly come from Iceland. Numbers in Lothian seem to be stable. David
  3. david kelly

    Bewick's Swans in Scotland

    Small numbers of Bewick’s Swans used to winter among the Whooper Swans in East Lothian but are now extremely rare. An excellent resource for historical Scottish bird records is https://www.the-soc.org.uk/pages/online-scottish-bird-report Bewick’s was annual in Lothian between 1978 and 1997 and...
  4. david kelly

    Musselburgh Lagoons new scrape and hides finished

    It is. But the buses are so regular you shouldn't need to. https://www.lothianbuses.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/44_210912.pdf https://www.lothianbuses.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/26_210912.pdf
  5. david kelly

    Self-sustaining Common Crane population in the UK

    They have certainly increased in this part of southern Scotland, as passage migrants. They have become annual since 2018, whereas there had been 16 records up to then. The English population is non-migratory, although it is dispersive. That does not prove the authors' speculation, but it does...
  6. david kelly

    Self-sustaining Common Crane population in the UK

    It was in a BB article on the Scottish population. They are migratory “We believe that the Scottish recolonisation is most likely linked to recent increases in the western European and Scandinavian populations, rather than from birds originating in England. The northeastern bias in Scottish...
  7. david kelly

    Self-sustaining Common Crane population in the UK

    The Scottish population is thought to be a separate colonisation. They are probably an outlier of the Norwegian population rather than originating from England. David
  8. david kelly

    Western Scotland birding

    I had a Red-throated Diver at Lochwinnoch in January 1986. David
  9. david kelly

    Fuerteventura Tips for April

    The stonechat can be seen in the Barranco del Torre which is accessible on foot from Salinas del Carmen. There is a regular bus from Caleta de Fuste to Salinas. The Barranco is over a small hill. The chats were quite a way up near the quarry. There are also Egyptian Vultures nesting in the...
  10. david kelly

    Top 5 of 2023

    Restricted to East Lothian: Storm Babet: This storm caused an precedented wreck of seabirds along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Including huge numbers of European Storm Petrels and Leach’s Storm Petrels. In the aftermath there were multiple records of White-billed Diver too...
  11. david kelly

    Hi, from Markinch Scotland. I have just seen a Crested Tit in my garden. I have a bird feeder and regularly fill it. Is this quite unusual ?

    I wouldn’t set too much store on ebird records. I use ebird and love it but it has its limitations. The East Dumbartonshire record has no photo or description attached. As I said Crested Tits are extremely rare outside of their breeding range in Scotland. Even North East Scotland, the recording...
  12. david kelly

    Hi, from Markinch Scotland. I have just seen a Crested Tit in my garden. I have a bird feeder and regularly fill it. Is this quite unusual ?

    If you look at Scottish Birds Online Online Scottish Bird Report there are no records of Crested Tit from Fife. They are very rare away from their core breeding range in the central Highlands and Moray. David
  13. david kelly

    Storm (Babet) Petrels

    Some Storm Petrels were still around yesterday but the icing on the Storm Babet cake was a rather cooperative near summer plumage White-billed Diver at Port Seton, it moved slightly farther east into Gosford Bay today. David
  14. david kelly

    Storm (Babet) Petrels

    https://x.com/kgbirder/status/1715769901141352928?s=46&t=7XUyy7hF17JWTZ0mMqoxWQ
  15. david kelly

    Storm (Babet) Petrels

    The influx is still happening this morning with more Grey Phalaropes, Long-tailed Skuas and Little Auks being seen, as well as good numbers of Little Gulls. To put this in context, up to 2020 there were 15 records of Leach’s Petrel in Lothian. Yesterday there were 70 at South Queensferry with...
  16. david kelly

    Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

    Leach’s Storm Petrel, Port Seton, East Lothian. David
  17. david kelly

    Storm (Babet) Petrels

    There’s been an unprecedented influx of storm petrels into the Firth of Forth likely as a result of Storm Babet, mostly European Storm Petrels but quite a few Leach’s too. On the Lothian side between Hound Point and Dunbar. Also Grey Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters, Little Auks, Long-tailed Skua...
  18. david kelly

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    Plumed egret is not the only species of egret which has nuptial plumes, yellow-billed egret is not the only species to have a yellow bill. It's like black-bellied plover v grey plover, all Pluvialis plovers have black bellies in breeding plumage but only one is grey. That seems to refer to the...
  19. david kelly

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    If by OD you mean original description then I agree. Wagler's original description of Ardea intermedia is on BHL at Bd.22 (1829) - Isis von Oken - Biodiversity Heritage Library and I can't see any mention of why intermedia was chosen as the specific name. David
  20. david kelly

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    Western Bonelli's warbler and Eastern Bonelli's Warbler? Western Subalpine Warbler and Eastern Subalpine Warbler? Eastern Black-eared Wheatear and Western Black-eared Wheatear? Many species of egrets have yellow bills and are plumed. David
  21. david kelly

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    African intermediate egret, Asian intermediate egret and Australasian intermediate egret? David
  22. david kelly

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    A. (i.) intermedia has occurred in Australia. https://afo.birdlife.org.au/afo/index.php/afo/article/download/2270/2293 David
  23. david kelly

    Non-Europeans what European bird would you like to see?

    For the UK established non-natives are placed on Category C of the British List. https://bou.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/BOU_British_List_10th-and-55th_IOC12_2_Cat-F-1.pdf David
  24. david kelly

    Beautiful ducks in the UK

    I read that Wood Duck is less successful than Mandarin in Britain because their brooding behaviour is adapted to warmer spring and summer temperatures. The females spend less time on the eggs and young than female Mandarins. David
  25. david kelly

    Osprey's in Burgundy

    You can’t rely 100% on an app. Merlin, for example, seems to have difficulty separating contact calls of Chiffchaff and Redstart. David
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