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    The Birds of Durham

    A new county avifauna has just been published, covering County Durham (VC66, between Tyne and Tees).

    The book has been completed as part of a non-profit making project - the "Birds of Durham...
  2. Gavin - If you're struggling to get copies, drop...

    Gavin - If you're struggling to get copies, drop me a line as I'll be able to send you scans of mine.

    Got to admit, I don't pay as much attention to immature 'probable argentatus' as I should do....
  3. There have been a couple of papers in Birding...

    There have been a couple of papers in Birding World which may hold some answers:

    Golley, M. , (1993), Identification of argentatus Herring Gull., Birding World, 6: 32 - 38.
    Chylarecki, P., K....
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    Martin, I really didn't want to post on this...

    Martin, I really didn't want to post on this thread again, but here goes. The evidence is that the following birds were rang in/texted to various bird info services all from the same mobile phone...
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    This reminds me a bit of when Woodstork and...

    This reminds me a bit of when Woodstork and Rokermartin started replying to each other on Birdforum to back up each other's statements - when in fact they were the same person...

    Entertaining...
  6. A little more explanation here:...

    A little more explanation here:
    http://www.birdforum.net/showpost.php?p=2316938&postcount=12

    And photos here:
    http://www.cbwps.org.uk/images%202011/Lesser%20K%20St%20Ives%20054%20-%20Copy.JPG...
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    It's always going to be hard to determine sold...

    It's always going to be hard to determine sold facts and have evidence which could be tangible and accurate when the (alledged) perpitraitors are committing a crime; by the nature of it, evidence is...
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    A brief overview of the situation in County...

    A brief overview of the situation in County Durham, bordering the county mentioned in the report.
    Peregrines are virtually non-existent in the uplands, despite a large number of very suitable...
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    I suppose its all about the birds being in the...

    I suppose its all about the birds being in the right place at the right time. How many times do you look at the weather and think 'it'll be a cracking skua passage, strong northerlies coming from...
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    I too had been enjoying the petrel spectacle...

    I too had been enjoying the petrel spectacle earlier this week, but saw no similar behaviour. All the petrels seen did exactly what they do best - very low flight with limited feeding behaviour and...
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    Maybe a Peacock? There are a few around the...

    Maybe a Peacock? There are a few around the Sunderland area in various housing estates and farmyards.

    Mark
  12. To be fair, it was Hartlepool resident ringer...

    To be fair, it was Hartlepool resident ringer Chris Brown who first saw the bird and who trapped it. Tom was perhaps first to suffer from heart failure at the ID though...

    Mark
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    Superb photos Martin. It's criminal that birds...

    Superb photos Martin. It's criminal that birds like this aren't even subspecies. Fantastic birds which deserve full species status!

    Mark
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    I beg to differ Michael... It's like seawatching...

    I beg to differ Michael... It's like seawatching at any time of year - you can't expect to see that much with only one or two attempts. Time invested = results. I had a fly-by White-billed Diver last...
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    I'll have a root around in the mass of photos...

    I'll have a root around in the mass of photos from Rainton Meadows this winter, see if there are any fitting the bill. Some of the male Mealys there this winter have had large unmarked rumps but have...
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    Islandica? - we're all too scared to think of how...

    Islandica? - we're all too scared to think of how we'd start to back up a claim of islandica.... :err:
    It's been hard enough work with the possible/probable/definite Arctic Redpolls, never mind...
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    Discussing the appearance of this bird with 2...

    Discussing the appearance of this bird with 2 ex-BBRC members and a knowledgeable Finn all came out with the same conclusion - not really able to call the bird 100% but features are more pro-Mealy...
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    Hi Lee, Good to see that another site has...

    Hi Lee,
    Good to see that another site has impressive numbers of Redpolls. I've found Redpoll ID quite an eye-opener this winter, each visit to Rainton Meadows throwing up new interesting birds, as...
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    Thanks Lee. Blimey - that would really throw a...

    Thanks Lee. Blimey - that would really throw a cat amongst the pigeons. It'd be very interesting to see if photos surface and how closely the bird resembles the Durham individual, only a relatively...
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    Lee, I'd not seen mention of a claim of a male...

    Lee,
    I'd not seen mention of a claim of a male from Lothian. Are there any photos, or do you know the date? It'll be interesting to compare it with the Durham individual.

    Even though the IOC...
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    We're heading off topic a bit here, not a lot to...

    We're heading off topic a bit here, not a lot to do with Dusky Thrushes or Wigan back gardens, but I think the problem is much more than the mentioned two sides of birders/birding. As well as money,...
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    I think its easy to underestimate the 'power' of...

    I think its easy to underestimate the 'power' of bird related websites on the Internet and the effect this can have on people travelling to see individual birds. I have had several people in the...
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    Just to resurrect a bit of Redpoll talk. The...

    Just to resurrect a bit of Redpoll talk. The first 2 pics linked to above are still confusing me and I wondered if anyone had answers to:
    1. - can a 1st winter male exilipes ever show any pale pink...
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    Looks like a nice collection of Mealy images. Pic...

    Looks like a nice collection of Mealy images. Pic 5 (hanging upside down) still looks good for Mealy - 3 fine undertail streaks and continuous prominant dark flank streaks. Hard to say to much...
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    I'm finding Coues' Arctic Redpoll very...

    I'm finding Coues' Arctic Redpoll very confusing... A site close to me (Rainton Meadows, Co Durham) currently hosts a wide ranging loose flock of Redpolls, a high proportion of which are Mealys (50+,...
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