Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tundra Bean Goose -find

Slimbridge Ducks, Geese and Swans At Slimbridge  (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) yesterday. Had an ace day thanks to James Lees, reserve warden. Bumper year there for Russian White-fronted Geese, we saw over 600 birds, 37% of which first winters. James picked out a  Tundra Bean … Continue reading

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Reeve’s Pheasant near Harrogate

North Yorkshire Great friend of mine, Si Ross was out cycling yesterday. Not especially a birder but very keen cyclist and photographer sent me the photo below, wondering what it was. Quick eyes will recognize a male Reeve’s Pheasant. It’s not on the British list, but … Continue reading

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100,000 Thanks

Milestone passed We past 100,000 views yesterday on the Birding Frontiers blog. We started just over 4 months ago, and it’s been lots of fun. Just wanted to say thanks for tuning in and for all kinds of great feedback and input. Happy New … Continue reading

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Blue-ringed intermedius LBB Gull

From Norway   Ringed as a pullus (chick) on an island (Rauna) off southern Norway in 1999. Wintering currently in Sheffield area. More info: Thanks to Ed Mackrill, Mark Golley and Peter Adriaens. CR-Code Dark blue ring with white code: JNA5 LBBW(JNA5);RBM … Continue reading

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Caspian Gull – hybrid?

One to learn from Sometimes the most educational birds are also not straightforward to identify. Found this bird couple of days ago. Up to 250 large gull  gathered by mid afternoon on metal roofs, some bathing in the River Don. Many northern ‘argentatus’ Herring Gulls, fewer GBB Gulls … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Gulls

Blue-ringed LBB and some Argies. Here a few photos of gulls seen today near my house. One a blue-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull. White lettering on blue darvic (kind of Royal Blue). Ring number:  JNA5 Where is it from? Iceland, the … Continue reading

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Autumn 2011. Don’t Miss out! Full details of October 2010’s amazing 8 days, feedback from our group and booking information for Autumn 2011 here: or, click on the green and white Shetland Nature logo on the right…

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heinei Common Gull

Can you ‘do’ first winters? Found myself asking that question once again. Yesterday came across the bird below at Catcliffe Flash, Sheffield. It’s a first winter Common Gull- no argument. However unlike many/most first winters normally seen in the U.K. This one … Continue reading

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