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Old Thursday 30th August 2018, 09:51   #1
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Fieldfares

Flocking here now in St P, ready to move, also a mixed flock of Goldfinches and Tree Pipits noted, feeding up and moving through.
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Saw a flock of Fieldfare and Redwings passing overhead as I was on the road to Stavanger airport.

I have a feeling this winter will be a bumper haul for British birders. Waxwing invasion would be great
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I have a feeling this winter will be a bumper haul for British birders. Waxwing invasion would be great
Berry crops not brilliant in Britain this year, and in many cases stunted and dried out from the summer drought - whether more recent rain will help that I don't know for sure, but unlikely.
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A lot of Chaffinches moving through today.
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And today it's Jays on the move.
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Berry crops not brilliant in Britain this year, and in many cases stunted and dried out from the summer drought - whether more recent rain will help that I don't know for sure, but unlikely.
Hips and haws seem abundant locally here in Hampshire, and two weeks ago my wife and I found some huge sloes! We picked a few for the annul sloe gin making!
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Berry crops not brilliant in Britain this year, and in many cases stunted and dried out from the summer drought - whether more recent rain will help that I don't know for sure, but unlikely.
around ours it's a great haul. The crab apples are a bit small, but hips, haws , elder etc seem better than last 2or 3 years.
Any bird wintering near us should be good.
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Hips and haws seem abundant locally here in Hampshire, and two weeks ago my wife and I found some huge sloes! We picked a few for the annul sloe gin making!
hugh sloes makes me think you may have picked bullaces always bigger than sloes in size.
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Common Crane over St Petersburg City today.
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hugh sloes makes me think you may have picked bullaces always bigger than sloes in size.
Definitely sloes, we had a Bullace tree in our garden until recently...I was exaggerating the size a bit!
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Thirty odd greater White-fronts just over the house heading West.
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Thousands of White-fronts over here (Russia) early evening heading due West to the coast.
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Cranes, Bean & White-fronted Geese and Whooper Swans over here in last days ...but biggest surprise for me was a Yellow-browed Warbler on my land today, a vocal and active bird in trees/bushes at edge of wetland! Needless to say, a new species for my plot and a very unexpected one at that!
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Cranes, Bean & White-fronted Geese and Whooper Swans over here in last days ...but biggest surprise for me was a Yellow-browed Warbler on my land today, a vocal and active bird in trees/bushes at edge of wetland! Needless to say, a new species for my plot and a very unexpected one at that!
I would assume that our Geese will follow the coast and probably cross Estonia et al, what's the hopping off point for the sea crossing, I suppose it depends which part of the UK they're aiming at.

I wonder at which point Scottish and Norfolk birds diverge or do some traverse Scandinavia?
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I would assume that our Geese will follow the coast and probably cross Estonia et al, what's the hopping off point for the sea crossing, I suppose it depends which part of the UK they're aiming at.
I think a majority of geese entering Estonia end up in the Matsula Bay area, then go southbound to the next major stopover, the Nemunas Delta in Lithuania.

But big numbers also cross eastern Lithuania, these possibly filtering through the eastern borders of Estonia and Latvia or coming straight into Lithuania from a route that passes south of St Petersburg. Here though I guess.
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I think a majority of geese entering Estonia end up in the Matsula Bay area, then go southbound to the next major stopover, the Nemunas Delta in Lithuania.

But big numbers also cross eastern Lithuania, these possibly filtering through the eastern borders of Estonia and Latvia or coming straight into Lithuania from a route that passes south of St Petersburg. Here though I guess.
Thanks, we're North of the City off the Vyborg Road, birds are coming over straight E-W toward the Gulf of Finland so not down the coast at this point..
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I wonder at which point Scottish and Norfolk birds diverge or do some traverse Scandinavia?
Geese, swans, or Yellow-broweds? Not sure which you mean there!
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Geese, swans, or Yellow-broweds? Not sure which you mean there!
Not very good at reading then, are you? Andy clearly stated.
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Not very good at reading then, are you? Andy clearly stated.
But if it's geese, which ones split between Norfolk and Scotland? The vast majority of Britain's geese come from Iceland and Svalbard so go nowhere near Russia at all; only a very small number of albifrons Whitefronts visit Britain reliably (and they're scattered along the length of the east coast of England, hardly any in Scotland) and a tiny few rossicus Tundra Beans (again, scattered on the English east coast, very rare in Scotland). The Taiga Beans southeast of Glasgow breed in Sweden, so don't go anywhere near St Petersburg either; not sure where the Suffolk Taiga Beans breed, but I'd suspect also Sweden. So I fear, with geese, the question is a non-starter. And ditto for swans; virtually all of Britain's Whoopers are Icelandic, a tiny few Scandinavian; while Bewick's only do southern England, it's a mega in Scotland.

So that leaves Yellow-broweds . . .
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If the question was beyond your comprehension abilities, so be it. Me thinks more a case, as usual, of you preferring to make smart arse comments.
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If the question was beyond your comprehension abilities, so be it. Me thinks more a case, as usual, of you preferring to make smart arse comments.
No, not at all. How about you explain it, then? None - or virtually none - of the geese wintering in Britain (and particularly not those wintering in Scotland) come over St Petersburg, so there cannot be a divergence point there relevant to Britain. So what is the question, then?
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