Monthly Archives: March 2012

Basalt Wheatear in Israel

A new/good species? Hope this stays. Yoav says I should look out for it from the plane window…?! More on why this bird is so interesting and on the Eilat Bird Festival here.

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Juvenile Thayer’s Gulls from breeding grounds

Wing-tips Like the teenage dream of the imaginary perfect boyfriend or girlfriend I sometimes wonder if the search image some folk have a vagrant juvenile Thayer’s Gull in Britain, is a bird which doesn’t actually exist! So to spice up the discussion here are 2 juvenile Thayer’s Gulls. The primaries are still growing, so I think its … Continue reading

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End of season: Gull Masterclass Days

Thanks! The winter season has now finished for Gull Masterclasses in the UK, though I expect plenty of learning for myself as I head off to Israel. Then of course there is Varanger and the Gullfest coming soon! Just wanted to say thanks for all those … Continue reading

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Siberian Gull in Lincolnshire?

pale heuglini/ taimyrensis or lookalike? Most gull photos I receive to comment on usually fall into one of several ‘expected categories’. Not this one. Dean Nicholson’s regular search of the gulls flocks in Lincoln’s southwest corner (North Hykeham) produced this bird. Seen briefly on 16th March 2012, very well … Continue reading

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Marsh or Willow Tit

and other fine ‘garden birds’ Nice one- all almost all who had declared were right: it was a Marsh Tit. One of at least 2 coming to feeders right outside the kitchen window of our accommodation at Minsmere RSPB reserve (9-11 March). Good chance to check … Continue reading

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Placed number 2 in UK’s top 50…

…Pet and Animal Blogs Very kind, thank you to to the folk who worked on this. One of life’s funny little surprises! Whatever next?! Press release here   or see full list here:

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Marsh Warbler in November

to compare… The Linosa acro remains a fascinating bird and one which it seems doesn’t quite resolve, either for those of us who saw it and at least some who have subsequently seen the photos. There are new comments well worth looking through… Meanwhile, in response, Paul Baxter sent an … Continue reading

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Great Grey Shrike and Red Kite Surprise

Ramsley Moor near Sheffield Went out this morning with Sheffield’s ace insect (and other animals) expert, Paul Richards. Our little plan was to try to get an early Adder. Lack of real warming sunshine prevented that. However we scored! A Great Grey Shrike was … Continue reading

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Gull Day Highlight

North Cheshire Probably the most popular bird to learn from on Saturdays’ Gull Masterclass was this 1st winter (2nd cal. year) Yellow-legged Gull seen both at the tip and Richmond Bank giving excellent on the ground and in-flight views. The full variety of gull … Continue reading

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