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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

    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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    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 How old does a book have to be to be 'out of date' in your opinion?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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    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...