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  1. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Lochindorb general licenses revoked over Red Kite deaths

    The general one works as a site level license AIUI. Now they have to name each individual plus do lots of extra oversight. Full blurb is here https://www.nature.scot/doc/general-licences-birds-restrictions
  2. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Lochindorb general licenses revoked over Red Kite deaths

    Scotland's nature agency has restricted the use of general licenses on the Lochindorb estate near Grantown-on-Spey for three years - Red Kite found poisoned there in 2021 and another shot on the estate last year. Spokesman for estate said "there were significant numbers of wildlife on the...
  3. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Western Scotland birding

    Walked to Muirshiel Country Park this morning, it involves a long 2h* walk up a narrow lane and today it rained the entire morning. This is working farmland and there is almost no room to pass a pedestrian so if anyone attempts it prepare to do a lot of hopping into the ditch especially for the...
  4. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Does anyone not keep a life list?

    ebird is a US database run out of Cornell University in New York. In Britain there is BirdTrack run by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) and backed by the RSPB and (in Scotlland) the SOC. Of course you can be on both if you want.
  5. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Birding Advice - Scotland

    Yes it was just past Mill of Argaty I think. Presumably a bit of extra cash for the landowner? The noise was horrendous. Luckily I'd already seen a kite so it wasn't a total washout.
  6. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Birding Advice - Scotland

    re: Argaty I went there last Sat and the farmland had been taken over by some ghastly bike scrambling event and I gave up before getting to the centre. Not sure if it was a one-off or regular Saturday thing?
  7. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    BirdNET Settings

    BirdWeather also does this. You can use their custom device, a Raspberry Pi or their app.
  8. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    24/7 Raspberry Pi/birdNET monitoring

    I've had a near identical siutation two nights in a row. All day time birdsong had finished, even the Blackbird, when suddenly a Magpie kicked off and a Tawny Owl called in response. Both were out of sight so I have no idea what was actually happening. However the time was just on nightfall and...
  9. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Is all this bird ringing necessary?

    For the UK this is simply wrong. And besides, not all science is done by professional scientists.
  10. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Alternative to birdNET-Analyzer: Chirpity

    There is now an alternative to not just running birdNET-Analyzer standalone but maybe also using RavenPro in Chirpity which offers two models, birdNET and its own trained model 'Chirpity' which the author says is trained for nocmig analysis. Note when you install it the default model is...
  11. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    BirdNet Analyzer - Training function

    This is the directory structure I have so far but probably more config stuff is needed. Two bird species folders is a minimum. This is just proof of concept stuff, of course you will need tons of samples not 3 per species. D:\Birds\bn-train>dir /s Directory of D:\Birds\bn-train 14/06/2024...
  12. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    BirdNet Analyzer - Training function

    No and I doubt it will ever be made that simple I'm afraid. I've been having a look at using the analyzer's train.py but just getting it configured is a PITA as you have to figure out the required directory structures from the source code. I had to install TensorFlow and it uses some yucky code...
  13. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    BirdNet Analyzer - Training function

    What experience do you have in Python, TensorFlow etc, have you read the original Stahl bird.NET paper and studied train.py in birdNETAnalyzer? I'm training a network at the moment but using PyTorch which is the main TF rival. https://github.com/kahst/BirdNET-Analyzer/blob/main/train.py seems...
  14. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    What would you want in a sound ID app?

    A few of us use birdnet-analyzer, we usually post in the bird sound recording section. There is also the option of linking it into Raven Pro which I do currently, but not the free version sadly. It has the advantage you can jump to each identified sound straight away...
  15. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Tayforth Birding

    Did this walk again yesterday and was rewarded with my second sighted Cuckoo of the year (lone bird this time) and my third group of Tree Pipits of the year. Some superb parachute display singing from the Meadow Pipits and a Sedge Warbler near the Reed Buntings. There were several Ravens around...
  16. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Computer Software

    All my local county/regional recorders use the BTO's BirdTrack, some exclusively, so I use that.
  17. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    24/7 Raspberry Pi/birdNET monitoring

    Don't have a Pi myself I'm afraid. Assuming you have hardware level support it might be best to raise it on the github Issues page.
  18. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    24/7 Raspberry Pi/birdNET monitoring

    The BTO science officer gave a talk to the SOC conference in November about his audio AI work but when I spoke to him he was a bit dismissive of birdweather on accuracy grounds. That was before the January probability model release though which I think has improved things at the birdNET level...
  19. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Western Scotland birding

    The West Highland Way is great but it gets very busy around Milngavie to Carbeth unless you start very early in the day. My last birding up there I passed a group of young German lads with a blaring radio on, seems to rather miss the whole point?
  20. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Western Scotland birding

    I've PM'd further details, prefer not to post exactly where the breeding Cuckoos are.
  21. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Western Scotland birding

    Repeated last spring's visit to west Lomondside yesterday where I was delighted to find the Cuckoo pair in the same trees as before. I also counted at least three separate Tree Pipits and a Whinchat plus supporting appearences by tons of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Stonechats. A Jay flew past me...
  22. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Mediterranean Gull? Frampton Marsh

    That's what cameras are for.
  23. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Merlin Birdsong App.

    Sound ID doesn't use the data packs, it's a separate neural network. It uses your device location services so you are at the mercy of the device until they program it to cache the last good location (a pretty obvious programming technique).
  24. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Merlin Birdsong App.

    If it was me I'd ignore them although Song Sparrow is a rare vagrant to the UK. After a while you will get used to checking the location display when an odd ID comes up. Bear in mind that most IDs work regardless in my experience.
  25. LittleBitOfBreadNoCheese

    Merlin Birdsong App.

    Location is part of the ID process so typically if the app is showing your accurate location the IDs are plausible. If the screen says 'Location unknown' at the top any claim worldwide can show up. This happens to me a lot on a fluctuating basis.
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