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Old Thursday 20th September 2018, 20:43   #151
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Just a quick catchup which has mostly been bats recently of 9 species.

Photos, Barbastelle, Brant's, Bechsteins, lesser horseshoe, natterer's.

Other, Greater horseshoe, whiskered, daubenton's and Brown long eared.

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Old Saturday 22nd September 2018, 09:43   #152
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A nice hour at Wendover last weekend with the Edible Dormice

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Old Sunday 23rd September 2018, 21:18   #153
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Drove up to Scotland the day before yesterday and scored on Beaver at Loch of the Lowes in the evening: not a long sighting of the adult but clear at the far side of Osprey bay from the hide. Two bats at dusk appeared to be a pip and a Daub but I'd left the detector in the car. Twenty plus Fallow Deer in the woods on the way back to the car.

Yesterday morning two Red Squirrels were chasing each other through the trees, chittering intermittently. I'm not sure I've ever heard a Red Squirrel call before! Up at Glen Shee we had a couple of Red Deer feeding near the Cairn Well ski lift (not running, sadly) and scope views of five Mountain Hares near the summit. However, there was no roadkill of hares: just a few grouse.... presumably the morons are culling them there as well.

No sea mammals from the boat yesterday evening but a few Common Seals around today in between twitching Yellow-breasted Bunting and missing a Barred Warbler (heard it, but it skulked: a Hawfinch flew over). Back at base an Otter showed for a few minutes before disappearing round the corner on his patrol.

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I have finally finished my trip report from Romania, some nice mammals seen.

the best Romanian hamster, but Kuhls Pipistrelle, Lesser mole rat, striped field mouse and European Sousliks (all in photos) and steppe mouse were all good to see.

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Old Tuesday 25th September 2018, 08:19   #155
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I have finally finished my trip report from Romania, some nice mammals seen.

the best Romanian hamster, but Kuhls Pipistrelle, Lesser mole rat, striped field mouse and European Sousliks (all in photos) and steppe mouse were all good to see.

Report here for those interested

http://www.hows.org.uk//INTER/birds/...a%20report.pdf


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Interesting report; couldn't help but notice though that the birds are not entirely in taxonomic order
Striped Field Mice can also be seen in Germany (the NE third or so); they seem to like hornbeam hedgerows.

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good luck to anyone going for the beluga. If you have a chance to ask it to stick around for a couple of weeks please do!
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Old Tuesday 25th September 2018, 20:02   #157
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Lucky enough to see the River Thames Beluga this afternoon. Not something I expected to see in UK waters let alone this far south. I've now seen Beluga & Northern Bottlenose Whales in this one river. Unbelievably lucky for me & hopefully a better outcome for the Beluga than for the BNW.
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Lucky enough to see the River Thames Beluga this afternoon. Not something I expected to see in UK waters let alone this far south. I've now seen Beluga & Northern Bottlenose Whales in this one river. Unbelievably lucky for me & hopefully a better outcome for the Beluga than for the BNW.
Wanted to say that it Belugas Belief (probably sounds better in my head). Nice one!!


What would the Thames River cetacean list be in recent times I wonder? How many of the general range of 'common' whales and dolphins have occurred? But what about the commoner rarities?
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Lucky enough to see the River Thames Beluga this afternoon. Not something I expected to see in UK waters let alone this far south. I've now seen Beluga & Northern Bottlenose Whales in this one river. Unbelievably lucky for me & hopefully a better outcome for the Beluga than for the BNW.
I missed the BNW, spent hours questing for it into the darkness on Friday, gave up and went for a kebab and then spent the weekend watching on tv as thousands saw it whilst I recovered from the effects of said kebab.
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Not much to report from Shetland, Grey and Common Seals daily and Rabbits for that matter: feral Ferrets so far only roadkill, ditto Hedgehogs.

Not a whole lot of rare birds either, Red-backed Shrike and a cracking Golden Oriole yesterday best for a couple of days, Southern Britain has a nerve garnering the best Arctic mammal down there while we're "stuck" up here!

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I have been busy in the last week, some small mammal trapping and some bat catching locally. Pygmy and common shrews, bank and field voles, wood mouse, soprano and common pipistrelle and brown long eared bat.

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My Beluga photos from Saturday, got some on Tuesday afternoon but not as good.

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