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  1. jpoyner

    Capers in the Scottish Highlands 26 April - 1 May 2021

    One theory is when numbers are low and it doesn’t find other male Capers to join in a lek, so diverts it’s energy to this behaviour on anything it sees. Or possibly just genetic, a product of inbreeding perhaps which again is happening as numbers are low. Whatever it’s regularly seen, not just...
  2. jpoyner

    Scotland in late august

    You'd struggle to do Nethy to Iona in day though ! It's a long slow road down the Ross plus ferries. Could I just add here that I appreciate it's meant to be helpful info, but you are publicising a couple of quite sensitive Schedule One breeding sites on a public forum that are very...
  3. jpoyner

    Scotland in late august

    I agree, especially as in August it's going to be absolutely heaving with slow moving Campers. You really need some decent time on Iona also. I'd base on Mull/Oban to do Iona in a day definitely.
  4. jpoyner

    Black Duck at Strontian, Argyll

    It was last reported on 5th January though we've been in lockdown since then so doubt it's been looked for by many.
  5. jpoyner

    Unfortunate news: WildWings apparently will be no more...

    Only for reasons such as family or business I'd think. There are still some big gaps in data which are needed, 1. How long does the vaccine actually remain effective, 2) How much does it reduce transmission as you can still carry Covid. Until these are known I can't see things changing much.
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    Unfortunate news: WildWings apparently will be no more...

    Realistically, after recent announcements I can't see the international travel market opening up at all in 2021 sadly. Quarantine is going to remain in place for a long time as nobody knows yet how much the vaccine reduces transmission. Sad times and they probably won't be the last. I can't even...
  7. jpoyner

    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    It was just seen over two days though likely it had been there longer. It was just felt that it would be inappropriate to have any further people gathering at that very public location for obvious reasons. Lucky you were passing !!
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    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    I'd like to think that things will be opened up a bit by then!
  9. jpoyner

    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Just bumping up this thread during these strange times. Open to questions, help and advice from anyone wishing to plan a future birding trip to the Highlands.
  10. jpoyner

    Holiday lets

    Always a difficult question as depends on what you really want to see. Everyone comes spring though that is the hardest time to see Crested Tits for example which are far easier in late autumn winter. Long summer days can make looking for Eagles harder, far easier again in winter with shorter...
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    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Currently only one household/family are allowed in self catering accommodation anywhere in Scotland even in tier one areas such as Highland and not sure I can see this changing by Xmas. As it stands any non-essential travel across the border is illegal under updated restrictions last week so...
  12. jpoyner

    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Hope you're keeping well too Delia. Been keeping as busy as I can in the circumstances, better times ahead I hope !!
  13. jpoyner

    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Resurrecting this old thread if anyone has anyone has any queries, sightings etc to add.
  14. jpoyner

    Scottish Crossbills sites in Speyside?

    Identification of Scotbills is now only considered possible by means of songram.
  15. jpoyner

    Scottish Crossbills sites in Speyside?

    Crossbills of any description seem few and far between at the moment here. I've had some Commons in Spruce but not many cones on the Scots Pine. Not much help really but outside of the breeding season they range widely and always just a matter of luck.
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    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Funicular Cairngorm Update for anyone planning a visit that there are currently serious problems with the funicular railway to access Cairngorm. How long it will take to rectify is anybody's guess. Cracks have been found in the concrete supports which means severly reduced operating...
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    Info required please.

    The best thing I can suggest is check out Gordon Hamlett's excellent book "Best Birdwatching Sites in Highland. There is also info on the latest sightings on the local Facebook group.....see below.
  18. jpoyner

    Cairngorm ranger guided walks

    Most birders in the UK use the BTO BirdTrack....though I thought this data was now combined with eBird data?? Though as Dotterel are a "Schedule One" protected breeding bird, sightings/location data would not be public unfortunately on BirdTrack.
  19. jpoyner

    Cairngorm ranger guided walks

    Unlikely you would get Dotterel from these, just Ptarmigan.
  20. jpoyner

    The Highlands and Islands Thread

    Cairngorm Worth noting Cairngorm Funicular railway will be closed from June 8th to July 8th for maintenance. Afraid it's a walk up if you want to see Dotterel or Ptarmigan!
  21. jpoyner

    Cairngorm ranger guided walks

    Worth noting that the walks at the top will not be available from June 8th to July 8th due to closure of the funicular railway for maintenance. I'm not sure if the rangers do any from the bottom, but for Dotterel you would be looking at around a 5-6 hour walk, climbing up to the plateau from the...
  22. jpoyner

    Scottish Crossbill - when and where?

    "Scottish Crossbill" are supposed to be resident and sedentary, so in theory there is no best time of year though Crossbills will be singing in late winter/early spring, so it can be easier to locate them. Saying that, there can be times when any Crosbbill is hard to find in the traditional...
  23. jpoyner

    Birdguides

    Ah ha.....have to untick "Use My Filters" box on the Map then the search box appears. Not obvious....to me anyway !
  24. jpoyner

    Birdguides

    Anyone know the secret of searching Birdguides' records database? You used to be able to do it by county, year, etc. Now there seems to be just the official records archive up to 2015.
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    Bwp

    Was BWP digitised and if so, can you still get copies?
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