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Pallid Swift Identification

under pressure by Martin G. I think this is my first ever solo observer ‘rarity’ record. Of course it would go and involve a species that’s reckoned to be one of the trickiest identification challenges in British birding. A briefly … Continue reading

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Juvenile Baltic Gull candidate

at Richmond Bank, Cheshire Delighted to get an email from Ian McKerchar. It’s immediately apparent that his photos of a juvenile Lesser Black-backed type Gull are ‘of the type’. The hypothetical Baltic Gull type. Just like 2+ birds at Flamborough … Continue reading

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Seebohm’s Wheatear reaches Britain?

by way of introduction by Martin G Steve Votier is a top-notch observer; I was personally a little miffed  a few years ago when he beat me to finding Caspian Gull in Sheffield (how very dare he) even though he … Continue reading

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Britain’s Day-Flying Moths: Book Review

by Gaynor Chapman  David Newland, Princeton Univerity Press, £17.95. Paperback, 224pp. Sensibly, the authors of this field guide, produced in association with Butterfly Conservation, have adopted geographical rather than political boundaries in their book, including the Republic of Ireland. … Continue reading

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Yellow-legged Gull: first winter

with white(ish) underwings by Chris Gibbins I thought Birding Frontiers readers might be interested in this one. I saw this first winter Yellow-legged Gull (michahellis) last week (mid October) in Spain.  Normal YLG other than exceptionally pale underwing.  I think … Continue reading

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Cape May Warbler on Unst

2nd for Britain (and everywhere else) Gripping stuff. Spoke to Brydon Thomason earlier about Mike Pennington’s uber rarity find today at Alma Manse, nr Baltasound on Britain’s most Northerly Isle. Brydon’s  photos from this afternoon. BOOM! Cape May Warbler, Alma, … Continue reading

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Daurian Shrike at Flamborough

and Identification of First Winters by Martin G. It’s a privilege to live at Flamborough near some very keen and capable birders. I was reminded of this last Tuesday morning. I arrived back from Shetland on the Monday evening (14th) … Continue reading

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A Tricky Subalpine Warbler

A Subalpine Trap : an interesting “cantillans” makes things hard ! by Andrea Corso, Michele Viganò, Ottavio Janni & THE MISC The Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans (sensu latu) complex is one of the most interesting Sylvia taxa in the Western Palearctic; its variety of taxa, complicated taxonomy … Continue reading

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Icterine Warbler

in Autumn Flamborough 24 Sept. 2013 Just celebrating great birds. I have looked and listened and looked for that first Yellow-browed Warbler of my autumn. None yet, Just Chiffchaffs, fly over Lapland Bunting, odd Willow Warblers, in-off Snipes and rare … Continue reading

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