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    Norfolk birding

    OSME Summer Meeting, Thetford Sat 1 July Free entry, programme below: 10.00 Doors open 11.00 Introduction & welcome – Rob Sheldon, OSME Chairman 11.15 Environmental education in Armenia – Charlotte Beckham 12.00 A review of illegal bird killing across the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq & Iran...
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    Gull twitching in Thetford The Thetford gull-fest features in today's EDP. As mentioned at the end of that article, some local business people are expressing frustration at twitchers parking along roads and standing in driveways / on their grass. If you come to Thetford to look for gulls...
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    Lynford Hall development proposal 68 lodges have been proposed for development in the grounds of Lynford Hall. Clearly this is an important area for a number of Schedule 1 breeding species and other scarce breeders / winter visitors. My interpretation of the (primary) area likely to be...
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    There's a full spectrum of attitudes towards BirdTrack data by Bird Report writers. This example paints a negative picture on face value, hence supports your point. Without knowing the background and context though (i.e. how much that county is using BirdTrack data and promoting the system)...
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    Definitely not suggesting or advocating that for every species; could be as simple/space-limited as a numerical metric in the header row for the majority of common species. Agree that the exemplar map provided could be misleading. As I said, we're working on accounting for the bias in observer...
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    Norfolk birding

    This week BTO launched an appeal to raise funds to help understand and account for these and other biases in the BirdTrack data set through a major research project. Needless to say (I hope!) the overall goal is to mobilise the BirdTrack data set to do more for bird conservation. Please consider...
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    Many thanks for flagging this (and for all the other sensible, reasoned points you make). I'll look into it; I'm sure there'll be a simple explanation and remedy.
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    Norfolk birding

    There are many people who gladly give up many hours of their own time for the betterment of bird recording in Norfolk, and we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude. I'm very lucky to have a paid role in the field of bird recording, and feel immensely fortunate to be in that position (most of...
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    Good point, Ryan. My big worry is the "that I deemed useful for the report" element. If the NBMR database is the database for bird records in Norfolk, it has been starved (subjectively, with the best will in the world) of 96% of your records for 2015. Even if only a small proportion of those are...
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    Norfolk birding

    No probs Mick, though I have a number of pressing commitments over the next few days so I'm unlikely to be able to keep it up. Historically, some records were taken from BirdTrack by Dave and Jacquie Bridges, via the free, unrestricted access available to all County Recorders. There was then a...
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    Norfolk birding

    The BirdTrack team are aware of these issues and have spent considerable time discussing and addressing them with the people involved in producing the NBMR, and with some of the 1,200 or so BirdTrack users with records from Norfolk. If you are a BirdTrack user with queries or concerns about the...
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    Norfolk birding

    Date for your diary 'Illegal bird killing in the OSME region' is the theme of this year's OSME Summer Meeting, to be held at The Nunnery, Thetford on Saturday 4 July. Full programme: http://osme.org/content/osme-summer-meeting-and-37th-agm Brief talk/speaker outlines...
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    Norfolk birding

    BirdTrack Understandably, the change of instruction from the Norfolk Bird Report Council (not to be confused with the Norfolk Records Committee who assess descriptions of local rarities) since earlier this year has caused confusion. It is unhelpful to speculate about the thinking behind the...
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    Norfolk birding

    Yes that's right: Great Black-backed rather than Caspian. From the angle in that photo, the best features are probably the short legs (Caspian usually looks long-legged) and the heavy bill with a prominent gonydeal angle (Caspian has a narrower bill and the gonydeal angle is often indistinct).
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    Norfolk birding

    Cuckoo! Cuckoo calling at the Nunnery Lakes in Thetford this evening: my earliest ever, anywhere in UK, by 7 days. Can't be many times I've logged Cuckoo and Brambling on the same visit. Also a 3cy Yellow-legged Gull 3:45pm, during a coffee-break dash to twitch the site's first Shoveler of 2015...
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    Norfolk birding

    Indeed...though I can now make my own case for Blackcap, at last, as of this lunchtime in the Nunnery grounds! Talking of stating it to another person... ...another person drew my attention to the attached from the RBA Gallery today. A case in point?
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    Norfolk birding

    Finally a few summer migrants at the Nunnery Lakes, Thetford in the last few days [my earliest dates 2010–14 in square brackets]: Sand Martin 31/3 (Neil Calbrade) [30/3] Swallow 3/4 [24/3] Blackcap 6/4 (Neil C) [30/3] Willow Warbler 7/4 [31/3] Still 18+ Brambling on site, though no winter...
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    Norfolk birding

    Dipper at Buxton Mill? Earlier this afternoon BTO received a report (via NWT) of a Dipper at Buxton Mill on 5 March 2015. The OS Map shows a public footpath along the west bank of the Bure for the whole Buxton stretch; worth a stroll if you're nearby?
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    Norfolk birding

    BirdTrack, Cley Bird Club 11/3/15 Thanks Chris. More on this – including how the data are being used at local, national and international scales – at the Cley Bird Club indoor meeting at Cley Village Hall, Wednesday 11 March at 8pm: http://www.cleybirdclub.org.uk/cbc/generic.asp?pageid=7...
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    Norfolk birding

    Ravens You're right to highlight the persecution concerns surrounding breeding Ravens. However, the attached map of breeding distribution change between the 1988–91 and 2007–11 Bird Atlases (with the location of Thetford Forest very roughly marked in purple) shows that they still have some...
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    Norfolk birding

    No: it takes a committee of people (who may/may not have seen whatever rarity has been claimed and submitted) to determine if enough evidence exists for the record to be considered acceptable in a scientific context. You can have a free-for-all (or a one-person 'judge and jury', for that...
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    Norfolk birding

    Had a rare week day out round northwest Norfolk today, thanks to half-term and having a lot of leave to use up; turned out to be a great day's winter birding. Snettisham: 5 (yes, 5!) Scaup on the Wash from near Rotary Hide 07:10, 4 males and a female. My previous best from 12 Norfolk records...
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    Norfolk birding

    4 Norfolk rarities in Thetford in a fortnight?! Yes you read that right: not 1 but 4 description birds in Thetford in the last fortnight! They have all been Caspian Gulls, though... An adult at the Nunnery Lakes on 12/1 was a first for the site (if accepted); since then, a 2cy on 22/1, a...
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    Norfolk birding

    Please have a look at the link below, which explains how to check if your BirdTrack account is set to allow local recorders access to your records: http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack/news-archive/2014-11/forwarding-your-records-local-recorders
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    Norfolk birding

    Mid October on Scolt For another perspective on the arrival of migrants of a fortnight ago, I've attached a very basic comparison between three mid October days on Scolt 2010–14. Grey = highest count, green = 'highlights', red font = exceptional count.
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