Monthly Archives: June 2011

Arctic Dunlin ssp. arctica

Identification and stuff Sometimes called “Greenland Dunlin” the  breeding range of some 10-15,000 birds is often said to be restricted to NE Greenland. However the small population numbering 10-100 pairs on Svalbard seems (unsurprisingly) also to be of this form, e.g. see photos here. Dunlin are bread and butter birds. Have been for me since Frodsham … Continue reading

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Dresser’s and Northern Eiders

Some easier than others Sometimes I am delighted and other times flummoxed. It was very cool to see the Dresser’s Eider last winter off Fanad, co Donegal. The same place has been a regular spot and learning ground for vagrant ‘Northern’ Eider ssp. borealis. Some- with bright orangey bills and tall perky white sails seem obvious. … Continue reading

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New Zealand Storm-petrel

Australia’s apparent 2nd record… …of this species which still has wonderment, magic about it. You could even call it mythical! These photos were taken 2 days ago (Saturday 18 June 2011) by Paul Walbridge off Eastern Australia. There is only one previously accepted record for Australia, in March 2010. New Zealand Storm-petrel … Continue reading

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Eyed Hawk-moth

Big, Fat and Beautiful Saturday 18 June, Spurn. Not in a moth trap but emerged from pupa stage in long grass. Its body was particularly fat. Is this a female then, similar to the different body shapes of the different sexes of Poplar Hawk Moths? Oh- and how do you spell … Continue reading

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White-winged Scoter taxonomy

and vagrancy… Scoters. Painted by  Henry Thurston for Jonathan Dwight’s 1914 paper. (see below) Back then all 3 Scoters with white wings were split as separate species. This is the guts of the text from ‘Frontiers in Birding’ on the subjects of Vagrancy and Taxonomy. Vagrancy: Velvet … Continue reading

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Atlantic and Pacific Blue Fulmar

Ocean Wanderers and ID conundrums I have already flagged up the potential for Pacific Fulmar ssp rodgersii to occur in the Western Palearctic in this book. The Blue Fulmar Pelagic made me wonder if the Barents Sea might be the place the first one is found. Recently Rónán … Continue reading

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Pebble Prominent

Just because it look great! From my Moth Trap at Spurn sometime last summer. Just because its looks great! It’s a Pebble Prominent Moth Notodonta ziczac. Apparently common across Britain and it’s on the wing now.  

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