Monthly Archives: October 2012

Gull ID/ Masterclass Days

2  events coming up soon. All info click HERE

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Eastern Crowned Warbler in my garden

Helgoland, October 2012 by Jochen I have never been a garden lister, but I was always fascinated by the book of John Holloway: Fair Isle’s Garden Birds, published back in 1984. He recorded in 5 years 177 species in his … Continue reading

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Siberian Stonechat age and race

Hoswick, Shetland, October 2012 by Martin Stunning bird and one that has become much rarer in Britain. Only 2 British records in 2011! I saw this one 3 times and all of our 2 groups got it. It raised some question for … Continue reading

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Parallels in the Art of Identification

Guide-lines to the Identification of the two British Copper Underwings. There are occasions when it is seemingly impossible to identify a moth from a physical appearance. When faced with this situation, the scientific decision-making processes “kick-in” and a choice has … Continue reading

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Vagrant woodpeckers

Couldn’t resist a quick post on this, having seen Scotland’s first Lesser Spotted Woodpecker yesterday. Found in Scalloway (Shetland’s ‘second city’) by Rob Fray yesterday afternoon, it showed exceptionally well near the health centre yesterday evening – pics below thanks … Continue reading

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As far as I can tell, this is how a yakutensis Willow Warbler should look like. Totally grey, very long-winged, nice prominent supercilium. Ringed it this morning at Ashdod among many trochilus and acredula.

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SOME NOTES ON IRANIAN SHIKRA IDENTIFICATION Andrea Corso – MISC Very scarce information are available on the identification of Iranian Shikra Accipiter badius in the Western Palearctic with nothing reported neither on the main raptors’ book for this area, the … Continue reading

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