Lots of Birds Being Killed in Ireland and the UK

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It's just weird how many birds are being killed in England, Scotland and Ireland. A horrific total of 6 eagles, 10 buzzards, 3 red kites, a Peregrine falcon and a sparrowhawk have all been poisoned in recent weeks across Ireland, England and Scotland. Tags: wildlife crime UK Ireland May 2010. And these are just the ones that we know about and have been discovered.

Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review

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It also makes it a little intimidating to be doing a review of Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland. The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland (PUP, 2014) covers 314 birds that reside in or migrate regularly through England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and a few rare birds. birders visiting Great Britain and Ireland stick with Collins. Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland.

Sneak Peaks at Crossley ID Guide for UK and Ireland

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Richard Crossley has posed a couple of plates from his forthcoming UK and Ireland Crossley ID Guide on The Crossley ID Guide Facebook page. Check ‘em out ! Asides

Win a Book From Across the Pond – The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland

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Welcome to day six of the “ Crossley Britain and Ireland Blog Tour ,” otherwise known as the American stop. The latest offering, The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland , has been released and you probably want a copy. We’ll save a full review for another time but it is probably accurate to say that if you liked the previous books you will like this one, especially if you want to get to know the birds of Britain and Ireland better.

The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland — A Review of the Book

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Fortunately, I had T he Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland by Richard Crossley and Dominic Couzens on my desk. Conceived and authored by Richard Crossley, birder, traveler, and photographer, The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland is the third book of the series. The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland, covers 314 birds (I counted) that reside in or migrate regularly through England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. I needed a book showing a Linnet.

Irish Senator Complains of Animal Welfare "Cabal"

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This complaint is the result of proposed legislation to ban puppy mills in Ireland. Tags: Ireland legislation puppy mills dogs Legislators are being contacted by people around the world to support the legislation. They are blaming the dastardly Green Party whose leader proposed the legislation. The dog breeding legislation, intended to outlaw “puppy-farming”, was prepared by Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment John Gormley.

Postcard From ‘Eirene’

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As Irene passed through Ireland depositing waders hither and thither, it was Tacumshin in County Wexford that hit the jackpot as it was transformed into a small corner of the US with Nearctic Waders appearing from every puddle. Birding Britain Buff-breasted Sandpiper hurricanes Ireland Irene migration Pectoral Sandpiper Semipalmated SandpiperIrene sends her love.

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From the Animal Rights Action Network re: Greyhounds

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Brief commentary follows this e-mail I received regarding greyhounds, animal rights and Ireland. But yet every single day in Ireland there are greyhounds all over the country been dumped into rivers with rocks tied to their little feet and their ears cut off so that they are non identifiable, this is the Irish greyhound racing industry at it's best when they no longer want the ones who are 'useless' or 'unwanted'. Also, John Carmody is PETA's spokesperson for Ireland.

Painted Ladies

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These individuals were seen during a cliff walk in Northern Ireland during August. My cliff walk took me up the Red Trail from the Giant’s Causeway (an outcrop of hexagonal, basaltic columns on the north coast of Northern Ireland). Perhaps just once in a decade, the UK experiences an invasion of Painted Ladies , Vanessa ( Cynthia) cardui. Painted Ladies are part of the Aristocrat group of butterflies.

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On "Discarded" Greyhounds

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The modern day racing greyhound's life is conditioned purely by economics - if it’s too old or slow to compete as a gambling medium - it will be disposed of as cheaply as possible and swiftly replaced with one that can, from endless supply which are bred in Ireland with the aid of EU funding.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of September 2013?

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Portstewart may be considered one of the finest bird watching points in Northern Ireland, but visitors will find crane flies more prominent this time of year! This weekend, at least for those of us in the United States, takes us across the threshold from symbolic summer to fall. Ignore those inconveniently sweltering September days: the next three days are your last this year to wear white pants. Live it up! Corey and I will both be birding locally. How about you?

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The Feast of Stephen

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And in Ireland, well… In Ireland they killed Wrens. It’s Christmas Bird Count season, and if you know Christmas Bird Counts you have probably heard the tale of how Frank Chapman invented this winter tradition to replace the older and considerably less optimal for birds tradition of the Christmas side hunt. Of course, that’s not the only Yuletide ritual with uncomfortable implications for the Class Aves. Or specific members thereof.

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5 great Irish pets

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Medium, 8-10 pounds) This cat originated on the Isle of Man, an island off the coast of Ireland. Happy Saint Patrick’s day! Here is a fun bit of trivia for you, 5 great Irish pets. The 5 great Irish pets are: 1. Irish Setter. Large, 60-70 pounds) This popular bird dog is best known for its flowing red hair. A high energy dog, the Irish Setter requires lots of room to run, but its sweet, stable personality makes it a great family pet.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2012?

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Enjoy gorgeous vistas like this exquisite cloudscape over Dunfanaghey, Ireland (Find out what Alan spied under those Irish skies …). I’m on the move this weekend. With hope, some interesting birds are as well. How about you? I’ll be in NYC but unlikely to be birding this weekend. With hope, rare raptors will attend my passage along the highway. Corey will mostly be watching Cardinals this weekend but may find time for more natural bird watching! How about you?

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The Famous Grouse: Smoky Black Blended Scotch Whisky

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But seeing as the month is also bookended by Hogmanay and Burns Night, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to visit– in spirits, at least – the rugged Celtic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where whisky was born and – with luck – have a look at the birds that inhabit them.

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Guinness Brewery: Guinness Draught

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Food Birds and Booze Ireland toucansYes, I know: I went out of my way to avoid the predictable Guinness review before Saint Patrick’s Day last week. But while that holiday has come and gone, 2018 remains the bicentennial year of the first export of Guinness to the United States, an anniversary the brewery is commemorating with a special release of Guinness Draught in cans decorated with its famous Guinness “Zoo” advertising art from the 1930s.

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Whooper Winterland

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Whooper Swans ( Cygnus cygnus ) The Whooper Swans of the UK and Ireland generally come from Iceland. It’s Christmas Day and all through the house people are eating and lounging about. So a long detailed post on the second part of my day in Bangkok will have to wait, but a post still needs to be written. Fortunately this weekend I was lucky enough to visit Martin Mere in Lancashire, a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve.

Irish Travel Agency Removes Matador from Advertising

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Britain’s Dragonflies & Britain’s Butterflies: A Review of Two Field Guides

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Which is the story of how I ended up using Britain’s Dragonflies: A field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland, 2 nd edition, by David Smallshire & Andy Swash to successfully identify my French dragonflies and damselflies. Britain’s Dragonflies: A field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland. Britain’s Butterflies: A field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland.

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Glendalough Distillery: Double Barrel Irish Whiskey

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Food Birds and Booze blackbirds booze Eurasian Blackbird IrelandTomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day, a holiday that offers plenty of excuses for drinking, but few prospects for straying from the well-worn celebratory routines. For most, it’s a day for swilling cream-and-whisky liqueurs, Irish stouts, and – less credibly – emerald-tinted American macro-lagers. And while the brewery at St.

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Green Woodpecker

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They range across most of Europe and into the southern parts of Scandinavia, but, like all other woodpeckers have shunned Ireland (Ireland does however have Guinness and the Irish, so there is some justice in the world). Picus viridis , the European Green Woodpecker is a bird that I longed to see during my early days as a feeder watcher. They never visited my little sack of nuts however and I had to venture beyond my bedroom window to find one.

Linkwood Distillery: 15 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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But seeing as the month is also bookended by Hogmanay and Burns Night, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to visit– in spirits, at least – the rugged Celtic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where whiskey was born and – with luck – have a look at the birds that inhabit them.

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“Valley of the Wild Geese”: Glengoyne 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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But seeing as the month is also bookended by Hogmanay and Burns Night, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to visit– in spirits, at least – the rugged Celtic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where whisky was born and – with luck – have a look at the birds that inhabit them.

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Things I didn’t know that I didn’t know about British bees

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Steve Falk gives authoritative accounts and Richard Lewington provides the detailed illustrations in the Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland (a British Wildlife Guide published by Bloomsbury ). Those with a warm month trip to Great Britain and Ireland will find immediate relevance, but even if you have no intention of visiting the isles, this field guide still contains enough significant information to be applicable beyond its intended range.

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Early Movers

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Whilst the southern coast of Britain and Ireland have been on the receiving end of the first ‘proper’ spring migrants with several Sand Martins and Wheatears this weekend just a few hundred miles further north it’s waders like the Eurasian Oystercatcher and Northern Lapwing that are showing up in numbers ready for the short move back to their inland/upland dance floors cum breeding grounds.

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The Truth About Jizz

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We have not coined it, but how wide its use in Ireland we cannot say; it may have origin in this one fertile Celtic brain, or it may have been handed down from father to son for many generations. The concept that bird watchers can accurately identify birds by their general aspect and behavior rather than by any specific field marks has not only long been accepted, but is actually gaining greater popularity every year.

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Grifalco: Aglianico del Vulture “Gricos” (2016)

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Remarkably, al-Maghrib’’s Kitab al-Juhrafiya ( Geography ) even makes mention of Ireland and Iceland, islands at the edge of the known world at the time, and identifies these places as sources of this coveted falcon. The Gyrfalcon ( Falco rusticolus ), the largest falcon in the world, is as sought after by falconers as it is by birders – and for many of the same reasons: namely, the rarity with which these imposing raptors of the Arctic visit us residing in more temperate climes.

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Missing Mojo

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Perhaps the biggest event of this winter has been the late winter occurrence of hundreds of ‘white-winged gulls’ from Shetland to Dover and seemingly at all points in between we, in Britain & Ireland, have been inundated with Iceland Gulls and Glaucous Gulls in recent weeks. I’ve been struggling for a post topic this month.

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The true “Mediterranean” Gull

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The coast of the Mediterranean Sea is used mostly as a wintering ground, with just a handful of breeding colonies between Greece, northern Italy and eastern Spain (and recently through central Europe all the way to Ireland). It has come to my attention that this blog needs more gulls.

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The Cattle Egret Expansion

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The species spread north to the Mediterranean, reaching parts of Spain and southern Europe, spread along the Atlantic coast of France and, at times, even reaching Britain and Ireland. Will Raup is a birder from upstate New York who helped Corey learn a lot about birds when Corey was first starting out as a birder.

Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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Graham Clarke liked Dotterel , a bird he needed for Ireland. Dotterel are not exceptionally rare in Ireland occurring during both spring and autumn migration. On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Well, actually, your Best Bird of the Year will only be shared here if you took the time to respond to the post in which we here at 10,000 Birds shared our Best Birds of the Year.

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Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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A housecat in Buenos Aires got its start in Africa, a sheep in Australia to the Middle East, a chicken in Ireland can trace its origin to the jungles of Asia. New Zealand has a very odd biota these days. There are the endemics, which are odd in their own way, and then there introduced species, which are so varied in their type and origin that you get the feeling you’ve arrived at the aftermath of a small zoo that escaped. In many ways, that is exactly what happened.

Adonis Blue

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I have invested in a book, “The Butterflies of Britain and Ireland” by Jeremy Thomas and Richard Lewington, from which most of the information above has been transposed. First let me put forward my credentials for writing about butterflies. This is the second time that I have been butterfly watching and….well, well, actually, that’s about it.

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Hoemunsan Recreational Forest

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Jason is a young American teaching English in Busan and Mike is a retired teacher originally from Ireland and we were soon talking all things birds as we drove into the countryside from Jinju, which was a 2 hour bus trip after a 45 minute train trip from the port area of Busan… so we are really leaving the city! After my first post on arrival in Busan I had a new friend to go birding with when Grant is at work!

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Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (12-Year)

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But seeing as the month is also bookended by Hogmanay and Burns Night, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to visit– in spirits, at least – the rugged Celtic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where whiskey was born and – with luck – have a look at the birds that inhabit them.

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Oban Distillery: 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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But seeing as the month is also bookended by Hogmanay and Burns Night, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to visit– in spirits, at least – the rugged Celtic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where whiskey was born and – with luck – have a look at the birds that inhabit them.

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Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars-Henrik Olsen

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More importantly however, there used to be a time when identification guides were published that focussed entirely on the British Isles, leaving out many species of “continental” Europe, and these were labelled “of Britain and Europe” to promote sales outside the UK and Ireland. I am a birder, and I love birds.

The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors – A Book Review

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A Crossley ID Guide to birds of Britain and Ireland is due out this fall, to be followed by a guide to Waterfowl and, finally, the ID Guide to western birds. What is it about raptors that fascinates so many people? My work colleague Jim stops me at least once a week in the hallway to ask, “See any interesting hawks lately?” Sometimes, I’ll reply with a story about the sparrows found in a local grasslands preserve. Or, I’ll wax poetic over a Hooded Warbler.

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Collaborative list – August 2019

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12 beats visited 12 countries (USA, UK, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nigeria, New Zealand, Serbia, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, China and Argentina), sharing 148 lists along the way and noting 844 species (old and new). eBird have applied their new taxonomy as of July/August 2019. What a boon for listers. Desk-top birders have been anxiously awaiting the new catalogue, hoping for splits to boost numbers rather than lumps to reduce them.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl–A Book Review

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Karlson, 2006, HMH), author of T he Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds (2011, PUP), and co-author of The Crossley ID Guide: Britain and Ireland (with Dominic Couzens, 2013, PUP) and The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors (with Jerry Liguori and Brian L. There is no mistaking a Crossley ID Guide.

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Killingholme Haven Pits

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Wexford, S Ireland. This is dedicated to “Daddy” who sadly slipped away from us in the evening of November 27th. He will be sorely missed by his loving wife of over fifty years, myself and my sister and of course his two grandsons. He was the most loving father you could wish for and life will never be the same for any of us now, but we treasure all of the time we spent together and especially when we could all be together at the family home for a few days that one last time.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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A new country, Ireland, was added to bring the total countries list to 48. Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single.

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