Monthly Archives: April 2013

Iberian Chiffchaff at Flamborough

First non singing record in Britain Martin Garner and Gaynor Chapman The Story Leader? This call  >> Listen HERE << Iberian Chiffchaff, Flamborough, April 2013. MG. It’s only ever called. Never sang. A female perhaps then? All records so far in Britain have been singing males. … Continue reading

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Camera tips for Digiscoping

Maximum Light, Maximum Speed, Minimum Touch by Steve Blain  Improving… So, what’s the easiest thing you can do to improve your digiscoping? Get to know your camera. I know it sounds obvious, but most people don’t really understand what their … Continue reading

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Baikal Teal at Flamborough. Further thoughts.

Aging and gaps in the wing by Martin G. It stayed for one day only and left with the same 2 female Eurasian Wigeon that it arrived with. By way of follow-up here are some comments on: why it’s most likely a 2nd calendar year (1st winter/summer) male … Continue reading

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British or Yellow-headed Yellow Wagtail?

On Helgoland, the British Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava flavissima) used to breed in the 1920s and 1930s, but then disappeared due to rats. Since it is a scarce spring migrant with the occasional breeding record (the last in 1977). On … Continue reading

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ARCTIC NORWAY – Land of the Eider

Along with three other friends and fellow birders, from 12th – 17th April 2013 I visited Varanger in Arctic Norway. It was a great experience and a fantastic birding destination. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the trip in March … Continue reading

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Blues, Reds,Greens

Yellows and Whites Flamborough 18/19th April Still lively here. Missed a fly through Alpine Swift  in the morning but was very pleased to find this male Blue-headed Wagtail in the afternoon. It was cavorting with 2 male Yellows, 2 male Whites and several Pied … Continue reading

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Pipit ID Challenge

Aberrant Meadow by Rune Sø Neergaard Rune is an Administrator on Netfugl, blogger on BirdingNJ and member of the Danish Rarities Committee. This pipit was photographed at Bøjden Nor on the island of Funen, Denmark on the 5th of April by local birder Klaus Schak … Continue reading

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You’re Invited: Special Digi and Photography Event

‘Getting Sharper’ This one-off event is designed to encourage and further equip anyone interested in digiscoping or digital photography. Led by Martin Garner (a learner in both fields!), Steve Race (Bempton’s renowned photographer), Tim Norgate of Swarovski Optic (bringing all the gear … Continue reading

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Bitterns and Powder Down

Explaining the Blue THIS POST on a curiously ‘blue-capped Bittern’ (blue-grey on crown and in malars and even little at the bill base) at Buckton Pond produced highly illuminating responses. So here, a follow -up bringing those comments together. Certainly new learning for me (MG). James McCallum … Continue reading

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