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Simon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:50 am    Post subject: "Top Tips" section? Reply with quote

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and Mike’s (Darth) comment yesterday about Sycamores reminded me of it.
How about an area (or just a thread), to collect all those tips that the field guides just don’t tell you so we can build up a reference for new birders (or just those of us that need a little help!)

I’m thinking that it could include things like “Top Tips” for finding/ID-ing certain birds (like Mike’s Sycamore/YBW connection), to basic tips on better field craft, through to tips for garden feeding etc.

I thought the bird finding “articles” could all follow the same format, something like:

Bird Lesser spotted thingamy-jig

When Autumn – (Sep-Nov)

Where East coast – scrub areas with discarded traffic cones

What to look for Small, non-descript bird, always hiding. Normally associates with Hoodlum birds in loose flocks

Other useful info Any other information (preferably personal observations) that would prove useful to somebody looking to find their own Lesser spotted thingamy-jig. Things like “jizz”, crucial diagnostic features, weather conditions likely to produce sightings, favoured trees, known sites (if any – probably not a good idea for breeding birds though!) etc, etc. Try not to quote directly from field guides, cos we’ve all got them!

Any other tips could be presented any way that suits.

I have a couple of species finding “articles” in mind plus one dodgy tip for a home made seed scoop for garden feeding already to go, so what do others think?

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dave



Joined: 02 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea Si!

I shall don my thinking cap forthwith. Smile

dave...

p.s. Why don't folks post questions about what birds they'd like to see?
and hopefully we all can help them track down the blighters! Smile


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Simon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dave wrote:
Great idea Si!

I shall don my thinking cap forthwith. Smile

dave...


OK, cool, but I've got dibs on Waxwing! Wink

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Simon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had another thought (I ought to be careful - I might overdo it!)
If it was a seperate forum for tips, it could include a "sticky" for people to request bird finding articles for birds they'd like to see?

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Corinna



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon wrote:
Just had another thought (I ought to be careful - I might overdo it!)
If it was a seperate forum for tips, it could include a "sticky" for people to request bird finding articles for birds they'd like to see?



Are you supposed to be working Simon...blimey...your ideas button is on mega!!
Great ideas!!

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Simon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corinna wrote:
Are you supposed to be working Simon...


Nah! I'm only here out of some mis-placed sense of loyalty! Only a week today before I'm officially redundant - and I've had nought to do for weeks!

Corrinna wrote:
blimey...your ideas button is on mega!!
Great ideas!!


Cheers, Hope others think so too, it could be a good little info source!

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Darth Vader



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This means I've got wrack my feeble brain to extract some piece's of information that of absolutely no use to 99.99% of the general population.

Good idea Simon. Laughing
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Corinna



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darth Vader wrote:
This means I've got wrack my feeble brain to extract some piece's of information that of absolutely no use to 99.99% of the general population.

Good idea Simon. Laughing



Whose talking about the general population......its for us birders!!!! Rolling Eyes

Get your feeble brain going...you know loads more than me! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon wrote:


Nah! I'm only here out some mis-placed sense of loyalty! Only a week today before I'm officially redundant - and I've had nought to do for weeks!



Hope you've got a reasonable redundancy package.
So you can do a little birding before the next job.

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Tricia



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon wrote:
Nah! I'm only here out some mis-placed sense of loyalty! Only a week today before I'm officially redundant - and I've had nought to do for weeks!

Corrinna wrote:
blimey...your ideas button is on mega!!
Great ideas!!


Cheers, Hope others think so too, it could be a good little info source!


Simon - Brilliant idea; I know I would benefit Smile
Any plans yet for gainful employment?

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Dawn



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really would like some ideas on seeing Hawfinch - the little blighters have eluded me for months. I've been to the places in Cromford suggested by Timmee Allwood, tried different times of the day, and scanned the tree tops - any ideas anyone??
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Simon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dawn wrote:
I really would like some ideas on seeing Hawfinch - the little blighters have eluded me for months. I've been to the places in Cromford suggested by Timmee Allwood, tried different times of the day, and scanned the tree tops - any ideas anyone??


Hawfinch will probably be one of the first to be covered if we get the go-ahead.

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Dawn



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Simon,

I've just read the Sycamores section Embarassed

goes off to check what Hornbeams look like

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Simon



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TriciaR wrote:
.....Any plans yet for gainful employment?.....


My CV is doing the rounds, I've had a few interesting "nibbles" just a case of waiting to see wht (if anything) develops and keep looking.
To be honest, anything would probably prove more gainful than here, so I'm not too worried as yet..............ask me again around Xmas time and the story might be different! Shocked

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Tricia



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon wrote:
TriciaR wrote:
.....Any plans yet for gainful employment?.....


My CV is doing the rounds, I've had a few interesting "nibbles" just a case of waiting to see wht (if anything) develops and keep looking.
To be honest, anything would probably prove more gainful than here, so I'm not too worried as yet..............ask me again around Xmas time and the story might be different! Shocked


Fingers crossed for you Simon - I've been on both sides of the desk (in my job) in your situation so empathise with you.

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