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  1. Plainsailing
    10-02-11 10:50 PM - permalink
    Plainsailing
    I posted the picture in my album and it was pointed out that it was a Turnstone.
    Thanks for asking
  2. Neil Rigby
    15-09-09 10:20 PM - permalink
    Neil Rigby
    I support Watford! So if Rovers keep it up we might see you next season!
  3. Neil Rigby
    15-09-09 10:04 AM - permalink
    Neil Rigby
    I see Bristol Rovers are doing all right.
  4. Neil Rigby
    07-07-09 10:22 PM - permalink
    Neil Rigby
    Hi Stuart, Glad to see your making use of the footie badge!
  5. Twitcheruth
    28-06-09 02:02 PM - permalink
    Twitcheruth
    Hello Stuart,I'm new here and just wanted to say hi!
    It seems like a nice and friendly site!
    Looking forward to getting to know you all.

    Ruth.
  6. astafjevs
    19-05-09 05:29 PM - permalink
    astafjevs
    Hi Amanda,

    I'm very new to this too. Until January I'd never identified a Dunnock before. Since I was shown one, they now seem to be everywhere!

    I'm currently marvelling in the fact we've got Swifts buzzing round the house. Before last Monday, I'd have sworn I'd never seen one - now there's loads. On Saturday I managed to see Swifts and Swallows at the same time, they're actually very different side by side!

    One thing you'll notice on here is any mystery picture will always be cleared up with 100% certainty. I think I'll post pictures only as a last resort cos half the fun is trying to match them to the pictures in the book!

    Regards

    Stuart
  7. amanda
    18-05-09 10:38 PM - permalink
    amanda
    Hi astafjevs,thank you for leaving a comment about my Dunnock photos.The Birding Forum has been a great help to me and everyone is realy nice.Look forward to hearing and seing about your Birding.
    Amanda

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Posted 16-05-13 at 11:44 PM by astafjevs Comments 1
Posted in Scotland
After making our way over the border after a brief morning visit to Leighton Moss, we headed north up the east coast aiming for just north of Aberdeen, the Ythan estuary and it's attendant King Eider. On arriving at Newburgh it suddenly dawned on me that we had absolutely no idea where we were looking for, and started to get the sinking feeling that we'd 'gone a long way for nothing', as the football song goes. However, using all my intuition, I reckoned 'Beach Road' might lead to the beach, and...

Posted 19-05-12 at 01:04 AM by astafjevs Comments 2
Posted in Wales
Knowing in advance that our Monday sailing for Skolkholm Island was cancelled due to the winds blowing the wrong way, we arrived in the village of Marloes on Sunday night and negotiated a room for the following two nights. It was dark when we arrived.

Being 'stranded' on the mainland and looking for things to do, I came upon the Pembrokeshire Birds blog which included places to visit; one was called Marloes Mere and had a long staying group of glossy ibises present, so it made sense...

Posted 13-04-12 at 11:25 PM by astafjevs Comments 2
I have just got back from a few days in Northern Ireland visiting the 'in-laws'. We managed to do a bit of birding in between rounding up sheep, electrifying fences and all the other farming jobs I get to watch when I'm out there.

On day one, we headed to the RSPB reserve at Portmore Lough in County Antrim and the first birds we saw in the trees in the car park were my first tree sparrows of the year, I've never seen them in a big group before. When we got to the hide I immediately...

Posted 10-10-11 at 10:34 PM by astafjevs Comments 3
Posted in Norfolk, England
Our first stop on arriving in Norfolk on a very warm October lunchtime was Weeting Heath to look and see if there were any lingering stone curlews; there were not, only lapwing. We moved on to nearby Grimes Graves where the main interest is archaeological but we also saw our first wheatear of the trip and lots of meadow pipits.

From here, we headed back across the border to Lakenheath Fen in Suffolk. Unfortunately, the cranes weren’t at home although the person manning the visitor...

Posted 25-09-11 at 09:35 PM by astafjevs Comments 5
Posted in Lancashire, England
This is a long one!

Our journey up North was uneventful apart from a closure of the M5 which sent us on a round the houses trip around Worcestershire. Undaunted, we arrived at Mere Sands Wood near Rufford at lunchtime in the hope of seeing some tree sparrows as they’re rare where we’re from and were missing from my year list. We asked in the visitor centre where the best spot might be and I think the warden was a bit amused to be asked about sparrows! He suggested the feeders at the...
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