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    November Trip to Madrid

    I'm due out on a business trip to Madrid in November. I've never birded Spain at all and so am looking for advice on what to look out for "in passing" that might be around at that time of year. I'm also thinking of staying on an extra day in order to do some dedicated birding of the nearby...
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    Strontian Black Duck During Eclipse

    I just thought I'd share a couple of photos for good measure. In the first shot you can see how skulking it was, hiding right under a tree on the far bank. It took a bit of work to get into a position to see it. Good luck to anyone else thinking of going for it. Adam
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    Strontian Black Duck During Eclipse

    Yes indeed there was! I'm pleased to report back that I managed to see the bird though the vegetation proved somewhat problematic. For those who are interested there's a full write-up on my blog here. Someone e-mailed me after I'd seen it asking for detailed instructions so I thought I'd...
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    Strontian Black Duck During Eclipse

    Yes, thanks for that. I got in touch with the finder via Twitter and he kindly told me where he'd seen it. I'll post a screenshot below in case anyone else is interested. His instructions were: park at the church, cross the bridge and take the first left. I wasn't going to bother trying for it...
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    Strontian Black Duck During Eclipse

    I'm due to take my daughter up to Edinburgh Uni in a couple of weeks. Whilst up there I was thinking I might take the opportunity to go and see the Black Duck. However, there have been no updates for a while and I am guessing that it hides out somewhere whilst it's in eclipse. Does anyone have...
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    Bucks Souther Emerald Damselfly Info?

    Bucks Southern Emerald Damselfly Info? Saw this on BDS sightings page. "Southern Emerald Damselfly 32 on small pond and adjacent scrubby footpath just off the A40 near the reclycing centre east of Beaconsfield." Does anyone have any more info on this, specifically where the small pond is...
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    2017 UK orchids

    As I live relatively nearby in Oxon, I was wondering if someone could PM me directions to the Warwickshire Dune Helleborine site? TIA Adam
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    2017 UK orchids

    Hi all, I'm due up in the North East at the end of this coming week to pick up my daughter from Durham University so I thought that I'd take the opportunity to do more on my new-found interest and indulge in a spot of orchid'ing. I'm particularly interested in specialities that I might not see...
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    2017 UK orchids

    Hi all, I'm off to South Wales on Friday to pick up my daughter from Uni. I was thinking of stopping off en route at Kenfig Nature Reserve to have a look at the various orchids there. Will the Fen Orchid's still be in flower there and if so then where should I look? What else might I expect...
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    Norfolk birding

    OK, I went down today to try for it today so I'm going to answer my own question in case anyone else might be interested. The location "250 yards" west of the crossroads" is fairly easy to find and consists of a stretch of about 30 or 40 yards of reeds by the side of the path. Viewing is very...
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    Norfolk birding

    Hi all, I'm thinking of paying a visit to Norfolk in order to try for the Radde's Warbler at Holkham and I was wondering if anyone could fill me in on how easy it might be actually to see it. RBA reports are only being sent out a few times a day and are saying that it's generally rather...
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    Caterpillar ID

    Thanks! Much appreciated Adam
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    Caterpillar ID

    Can anyone ID this caterpillar for me, found in grass by Pendeen lighthouse down in Cornwall? TIA Adam
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    RFI Willow Emeraid

    Hi John, Well done on getting your Willows but a shame about the SMH at Wat Tyler. Can I just check on the details of where you were looking at Alton Water? When you say you went westwards from the southern car park, I presume that you mean walking along the path by the shoreline rather than the...
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    RFI Willow Emeraid

    Hi John, I tried both Thorpeness and Alton Water. Thorpeness was very windy and I couldn't see any obvious cover by the boats - I didn't have time to take a boat out. Alton Water looked good but I couldn't find any Willow Emerald - plenty of other stuff around. I did later find this article here...
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    RFI Willow Emeraid

    Perfect! Thanks very much
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    RFI Willow Emeraid

    Thanks very much for that, most helpful! Do you (or anyone else) happen to know a reliable site for Scarce Emerald somewhere near Wat Tyler CP? I thought that I'd try for those at the same time
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    RFI Willow Emeraid

    I too am thinking of combining a Minsmere Purple Swamphen visit with some dragon & damsel hunting. I was going to try Wat Tyler for the Southern Migrant Hawker and thought that I'd try for Scarce Emerald there as well. Is there a know hot-spot for them at this site? I know how to get to the SMH...
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    Shorelarks at Spion Cop Cemetery, Hartlepool

    I went up at the weekend and managed to see the Shore Larks easily enough exactly where Chris said so thanks for that. Also managed the 1w Black Redstart at the Memorial Gardens on the Headland and the Penduline Tits at Saltholme. Trip write-up here if anyone's interested. Adam
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    RSPB Saltholme

    ...and where do you view from? I've looked on Streetview and the field opposite the Fire Station seems only to be viewable from the rather busy main road, is there a side track somewhere from which to view.
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    Shorelarks at Spion Cop Cemetery, Hartlepool

    I'm posting to find out more details about the 3 Shorelarks that are currently hanging around near Spion Cop Cemetery in Hartlepool. According to RBA they are south of the cemetery but from what I remember there's just the road south of the cemetery so this seems unlikely. Are they actually to...
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    Northumbrian Birding

    Hi all, Just to let you know that I've been on my trip up to the North East. Sadly the Dowitcher went AWOL on the day I was up there though of course it was back again the next day. Still I got some nice Twite views at East Chevington. For those who might be interested I've written up my trip...
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    Durham Birding

    Just to let people know that I've been on my trip to the North East. However, since there'd been no news on the Waxwings at either site for several days in the end I decided to go and see the juv. drake Surf Scoter over at Seaton Carew. For those who might be interested you can read my trip...
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    Durham Birding

    Hi Ray, Thanks very much for that, most helpful! Adam
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    Northumbrian Birding

    Thanks very much for your help Adam
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