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    Where and when for owls?

    Newbie birder here wanting to see some owls. I was lucky enough to see three baby Tawny Owls down Marriotts Way earlier in the year but so far they have been my only owls. I live in Mile Cross, Norwich (near Mile Cross Gardens) and I don't own a car so needs to be in walking distance - Marriotts...
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    That's a cool story. Also you should come to Norwich if you want to get close to a kestral - the ones I've seen perched have let me get right under the tree they were in and sat their happily preening while I circled to get a look from all angles.
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    I purchased the RSPB Handbook of British Birds a few weeks ago. Before that I was carrying around WildGuides British Birds which is about the size and weight of an Argos catalogue 😂 the RSPB guide is much nicer to take out in the field and my WildGuides stays at home. It's also nice to have the...
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    You might be right about me telling myself I have a terrible memory for sounds. With some birds I hear, I think I know what they are. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong and it's the times I'm wrong that then makes me doubt myself when I hear the next bird and think I know what it is...
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    My 200 Bird Year - Bird Watching Magazine

    It's impressive to me, my list now is 84 and I'd be happy to get 150 for the year. I'm very jealous that you've seen a shoebill, that is the bird I'd most like to see.
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough reply. I am not doing any photography but I do appreciate what you mean about spending time out watching versus spending time looking in a book and filling out a spreadsheet. With regards to the calls, I am not so concerned about being...
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    What you said about identifying new species as you come across them is actually what I have been doing so far 😊 I definitely think it is the best way to learn but I would like to try and learn (or at least become more familiar with) species I haven't seen yet so when I do see something new I can...
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    My 200 Bird Year - Bird Watching Magazine

    300 is amazing! I don't know how anyone could consider that easy.
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    My 200 Bird Year - Bird Watching Magazine

    Wow that's impressive! Do you have a goal or expected number for the whole year?
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    My 200 Bird Year - Bird Watching Magazine

    Thanks for pointing out the Members Lists, I hadn't noticed them before. I'm in Norfolk so I'm lucky but I don't have a car and a lot of the RSPB reserves are out of reach of public transport. I think next year, once things calm down and we know there isn't going to be another lockdown then I...
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    I understand, that's why I have only put the common species into the spreadsheet as ones that I want to study and really learn and after YuShans suggestion I will be able to prioritise even more. My thinking is that if I can really learn the more common species then when I see something that I...
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    That is an excellent idea! And you also gave me another - as well as highlighting common species I could mark the ones that are commonly found in my region as well so further prioritising what I'm likely to see!
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    Spreadsheet for learning progress

    As a new birder, picking up an identification guide with 642 British birds including all the rarities is pretty daunting. Especially when you consider all the different plumages for each species and then of course you want to try and learn the songs/calls as well... you start to do the maths and...
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    Birding Podcasts

    The Science of Birds - not birdwatching exactly but really interesting episodes about ornithology
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    My 200 Bird Year - Bird Watching Magazine

    Thanks David. I'm in Norwich, Norfolk which I know is a great place for birdwatching but I don't own a car, work full time and have pet birds that I don't like leaving for long periods of time so I'm limited to weekends and limit that time also so leaving Norfolk isn't really an option. I'm on...
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    My 200 Bird Year - Bird Watching Magazine

    I have been reading this years back issues of Bird Watching magazine since I only started birdwatching in February, and came across their 'My 200 Bird Year' challenge. Just wondering if any of you are taking part? If so, how are you doing? It also got me thinking, what is considered a good...
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    Marriott's Way, Norwich, UK

    I haven't been birdwatching long but today I had my best day in terms of numbers of species seen. Previously my highest number was 21, today I saw 31! Including 3 new species for me. I know it's probably a modest number for more experienced birders but for me it was a really fantastic day. I...
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    How useful are dated bird books?

    How useful are dated bird books? How old does a book have to be to be 'out of date' in your opinion? I'm new to bird watching and want to get myself a broad range of bird related books - evolution, migration, anatomy, physiology etc. anything and everything. I have an interest in science in...
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    Peregrines in a tree nest - Poland

    She just readjusted herself and I saw a third egg :)
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    What to use when your 8x binoculars aren't powerful enough?

    Thank you all for your replies. For now I'll accept that some birds are too far away to get a good look and maybe in the future I might get a small scope!
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    What to use when your 8x binoculars aren't powerful enough?

    Thanks Gerry. That's the second time I've been recommended the Nikon ED50 but it is a lot more than I'd like to spend. I have only been doing this a month and I absolutely love it so I'm sure I will eventually be happy to pay that much for a bit of kit but I'm not there yet especially since it...
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    What to use when your 8x binoculars aren't powerful enough?

    Thank you all for your responses. And jch10400 I was actually thinking of getting a compact high zoom camera for that exact reason but in the past I've not had very good luck with cameras. I don't know any other bird watchers, how many actually carry around a spotting scope?
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    Hi from Norwich, UK

    Hi Rich, thank you. No it was much smaller than a pheasant/partridge. I'd say it was midway between robin and blackbird size but I didn't have a chance to spot anything that might have identified it and at the time I wouldn't have known what to look out for anyway! I only really saw its...
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    What to use when your 8x binoculars aren't powerful enough?

    I'm a new birder and have a pair of 8x binoculars which have been really great for most situations. But every now and then there's a bird that's just too far away to see properly let alone attempt to identify. I don't want to be carrying around a tonne of gear so a spotting scope is not an...
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    Hi from Norwich, UK

    Hi, I'm Hannah, 27 years old and live in Norwich, UK. I've always loved birds and have 7 as pets but for some reason I had never taken much notice of wild birds. A few months ago I saw a small brown bird run across the path into some bushes as I was walking to work - later on I tried to figure...
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