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RE: Birds On Television


I agree Sid.

I'm all for raising awareness, and although tapping is conducted by a currently small number of experienced ornithologists every year, I question the need to attempt to popularise to such a large extent this rather specialised activity.

The BTO had this to say on twitter in response to the issue raised:

"disturbance is always concern for us but if people follow basic guidelines it can be done safely & data extremely valuable"

Are all the potentially millions of people going to follow the 'basic guidelines' tomorrow when out on a walk, doubt it...
Henry.

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Just been watching a man with a stick "gently" tapping bushes on Springwatch to help to find nests. What about the illegality of disturbing nesting birds? - which seemed to be the object of the exercise - they did disturb a Dunnock.

Not a good idea to encourage the general public to whack bushes to find nests I think. Quite irresponsible of the programme to do this I'd say disbelief

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David Walsh wrote:

Little bit of bread and no cheese





But not always cry

There's a project comparing Yellowhammer dialects in different areas - including New Zealand, where British settlers imorted them to make them feel at home!

see: http://www.yellowhammers.net/

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Funnily enough, I spent some time sound recording Yellowhammer song a couple of days ago and the distinct variation in 'phrases' within the same individual's song is surprising. The alleged repeated 'little bit of bread and no cheese' from field guides is certainly not doing their song justice. It misses the long, drawn-out, downslurred thin whistle often given after the end of the song (after the 'cheese' bit if you like) for starters smile


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Little bit of bread and no cheese

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Pleasure.

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Craig Higson wrote:

Only birds I can hear are Yellowhammer and a very distant Willow Warbler. Is it one of these you're meaning?





Ah, then it would be the Yellowhammer: still a bird that I have not heard sing before! I'll keep that in mind next time I venture out into Yellowhammer territory.

Cheers for the ID smile

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Only birds I can hear are Yellowhammer and a very distant Willow Warbler. Is it one of these you're meaning?

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Now, usually I'm not that bad at identifying bird songs (if I do say so myself), but a song heard on the Springwatch of Thursday the 6th (episode 8) has left me completely clueless. You can hear it in the background on the iplayer from 51 minutes 20 seconds onwards. Can anybody point me in the right direction? The beginning of the song reminds me of something, but I don't know what. confuse

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.......and tonight's Springwatch deliberate mistake, written this time.......... CHIFF CHAFF no

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OKOKOK I'm beaten! What's a Springwatch error or two when I can't even get the name o't'Forum right? no

I did notice a "Great Spotted Woodpecker" from Michaela tonight though! smile

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biggrin that was always the consideration when deciding on the name...

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

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GM Birding! biggrin





What's GM Birding? Do I have I new competitor...smile



No, Ian, you don't have a new competitor - you've just been genetically modified biggrin

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Paul Richardson wrote:

GM Birding! biggrin





What's GM Birding? Do I have I new competitor...smile

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Literally what I was shouting at the screen (and whinging about to Joe Wynn, sorry Joe) get's annoying very quickly. But some interesting stuff about kingfishers not having blue pigment (the electric blue colour is just due to refraction of light on their slate-coloured back feathers) made up for that. :)

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Haha! Just what I was telling my Mrs, Nick! At least I've learnt SOMETHING from GM Birding! biggrin

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Come on Springwatch. It's GREAT Spotted Woodpecker not Greater!!

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Michael Willett wrote:

It was fella called Paul Brewster who posts on the North West Birding page on facebook.





Love it; Chinese whispers obviously been in effect somewhere along this line...b







Not actually Chinese whispers but my dodgy eyesight (and mind) mis-reading his post 'contestant on mastermind tonight - specialist subject birds' as meaning it was him that was on the show.

My bad nb

-- Edited by Michael Willett on Sunday 24th of March 2013 10:17:05 AM

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Some cracking footage of Red Kites in falling snow on BBC 4 tonight (as I typeb) Britain's Natural World on the Wye Valley. Plenty of other snippets of birdlife through it as well. Should be on iplayer until next Saturday (March 30th)

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Mike hirst wrote:

There was a few years ago, a small resident flock of emperor geese on Walney island. The ranger told me they originated from escapee's. I have no idea if they are still there. Does anyone else have any more recent info.
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Possibly off thread, but 8 Emperor Geese still present at Walney when we visited in September 2012.
See my Walney Island Post.

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Michael Willett wrote:

It was fella called Paul Brewster who posts on the North West Birding page on facebook.





Love it; Chinese whispers obviously been in effect somewhere along this line...b

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Michael Willett wrote:

It was fella called Paul Brewster who posts on the North West Birding page on facebook.





It was actually a Mr Paul Whittaker (from Bournmouth) and not our very own Doc Brewster

Cheers, John

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It was fella called Paul Brewster who posts on the North West Birding page on facebook.

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According to the tv magazine, someone is answering questions on the birds of Britain on Mastermind tonight. It's on at 8.00pm on BBC2.

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Red-billed Gull next to the square leg umpire at New Zealand vs England test match.

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New Zealand Shelduck fielding at square leg currently in the New Zealand v England test match !!

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Am listening to the radio commentary and "Aggers" says it's a Paradise Shelduck...

just checked - they're alternative names - Tadorna variegata

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There was a few years ago, a small resident flock of emperor geese on Walney island. The ranger told me they originated from escapee's. I have no idea if they are still there. Does anyone else have any more recent info.
regards
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There is a collection of fully winged exotic geese at Grange-over-Sands park including snow geese and I think emperors. I wonder if the snow geese seen at Leighton Moss over the past year or two originated here?

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Martyn Jones wrote:

Of course they could have been escapees but I'd like to think not - anyone know anything about them being at Leighton Moss?





Emperor Geese are well and truly BOU category E in the UK Martyn; escapees from captivity

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I quite enjoyed the Great British Winter series this week, especially the program on Estuaries with a feature on the founder of Leighton Moss. However one pair of geese shown at the Eric Morecambe
Hide did puzzle me for a while until I managed to find them whilst browsing a 'Birds of the World' book in Aldi of all places! They turned out to be Emperor Geese and were nonchalantly just shown in amongst the Wigeon and Pintails as if they were a common sight - I'd have loved to have been there on that day. Of course they could have been escapees but I'd like to think not - anyone know anything about them being at Leighton Moss?

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There was some nice footage on 'Wild Arabia' tonight. Hen Harriers, Lesser Flamingos, Blue headed Wagtails, etc.

On iplayer if anyone's missed it.

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Thought I heard Curlew calling just before Tyrone's arrest on Monday.



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His dad posted on the British Facebook Birders group yesterday:

Fair Isle: Henry & the Waxwings

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Martyn Jones wrote:

Incredible Waxwing shots feeding out of a young lad's hands on a Scottish Island (can't remember which one but perhaps Shetland) on Winterwatch tonight. Also fighting Robins - catch it on iplayer if you missed it.

-- Edited by Martyn Jones on Monday 14th of January 2013 09:27:44 PM





It was Fair Isle Martyn. Not quite as far up as Shetland. Cracking bit of film though. Don't think the Warrington Waxwings would have fed out of your hand.

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Incredible Waxwing shots feeding out of a young lad's hands on a Scottish Island (can't remember which one but perhaps Shetland) on Winterwatch tonight. Also fighting Robins - catch it on iplayer if you missed it.

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http://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/illegal-raptor-poisoning-on-bbc-countryfile-tonight/

Country file tonight.

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Cheers Ian.

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Nick Isherwood wrote:

A news item BBC North West news tonight about the American Mink at Pennington Flash. In particular, Leigh Ornithological Society encouraging reporting of any sightings. No details though of how we might do this.

Penny's Embden Goose got a little cameo appearance too.





Please see the sticky post at the top of the county wildlife forum...

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A news item BBC North West news tonight about the American Mink at Pennington Flash. In particular, Leigh Ornithological Society encouraging reporting of any sightings. No details though of how we might do this.

Penny's Embden Goose got a little cameo appearance too.

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Boozy Cedar Waxwings and Blackbirds briefly on Nature's Weirdest Events.

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Ray Mears new series on this Friday the 4th. First show is in the Isle of Mull looking at White Tailed Eagles and other wildlife.

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Anyone else see the Blackbird that got flushed at the New Year fireworks display in London?

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The constant sound of Swifts calling on Antiques Roadshow tonight.

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I was watching a Christmas Carol the other day (the one with Patrick Stewart) and in one winter scene, in the snow, they had common swift calling. Sounded like a summer day at Pennington Flash!

Amazing how sound directors can get things so wrong.

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Barn Owl sat on a wing mirror on the car-park at Kempton Park Racecourse. Camera-man zoomed in on it. Channel 4 racing @ 13-40 hrs.

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Sky Movies showing The Big Year at the moment. Good cast, good birds and not a bad movie.

Cheers
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Nick Isherwood wrote:

Matt Potter wrote:

There was a Song Thrush calling next to the Tomliboos house, On In the Night Garden the other day!





Not to mention the Hoopoes that are on every night.



And various other bits and bats!

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Matt Potter wrote:

There was a Song Thrush calling next to the Tomliboos house, On In the Night Garden the other day!





Not to mention the Hoopoes that are on every night.

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There was a Song Thrush calling next to the Tomliboos house, On In the Night Garden the other day!

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