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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Yes, the Red Kite is regarded by many to be the most handsome of all raptors. About half the world's breeding population is here in Germany, but on a trip to the UK in 2010 I saw them in South Wales and in Buckinghamshire, where I grew up. As a child I never saw raptors in the wild, but I think...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Several Short-eared owls and Hen harriers (both male and female) on agricultural land at dusk between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm. All the Hen harriers were observed in low-level flight and the best view of a Short-eared owl was of a bird sitting in the field, where my Kowa 883 offered the best...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Same here. I was delighted to see one a few days ago, my first for ages. I believe they have been decimated by Trichomonadidae. John
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    I'm green with envy. One of the most beautiful waders and seldom seen here in Western and Central Europe. John
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Hi Lee, I've just read on Wikipedia of Caspian Terns nesting in Alaska, 1000 miles further north than any previous sighting. This was ascribed to global warming. Maybe a similar situation with the Sandwich Terns? John
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A birding friend came by yesterday to demonstrate his new plug-in hybrid SUV and we drove out to the Wiebach Teich, an artificial pond laid out by the local open-cast brown coal mining company to compensate for some other ponds they destroyed years ago. This site just seems to get better and...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    At an artificial pond some 30 mins drive outside town, a Whimbrel (only my third or fourth, one of which was in Australia!), Ruffs, Common Sandpipers, Wood Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwings with chicks and several songbird species including a Whinchat. John
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    There is a tulip tree in our local cemetery, When it was in bloom about three or four years ago I spotted a male Pied Flycatcher. I had not seen another until today, and then in the very same tree! It was not the same bird. The first bird was black and white, today's bird also a male was brown...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    Male and female Kestrels in courtship? They went into a clinch and spiralled down before releasing about a metre above ground. The routine was repeated. I knew that some eagles do this but was unaware of this behaviour in falcons. Later I heard an unfamiliar call before seven or eight parakeets...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    No, Lee, definitely Viva Colonia. It's otherwise mostly heard in the fifth season (Carnival) or on the rare occasions when FC Cologne are winning. John PS:- Seriously, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper will remain an unfulfilled dream. IIRC, there's a member on the forum with a sketch of one as his...
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A birder's dream fulfilled! A pair of Spoon-billed Sandpipers landed in my garden. Their call was reminiscent of "Viva Colonia". John
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    A group of seven Ruffs foraging at the water's edge. Had to use my scope for the ID, and although I have never seen Ruffs in breeding plumage, I think, judging by the beaks, there was a male or two amongst them. John
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    What did you see in your binoculars today?

    In the space of about half an hour this afternoon saw five flocks of Eurasian Cranes migrating northeast, a total of about 800 individuals. It's still rather early for them and although the weather here has been milder the past couple of days (10°C today), they are going to encounter some bad...
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