Grand River Brewery: 313 Polish Lager

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My good college friend Luke was originally from Poland and our friendship was fueled greatly by a shared interest in whatever esoteric music we fancied ourselves connoisseurs of at the time: Krautrock, obscure psychedelia, dub reggae, free jazz, etcetera. And more importantly for us, unlike Zywiec, 313 Polish Lager features a bird: the orzel bialy , the white eagle that adorns the national coat of arms of Poland.

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Borderline of Countable

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Valentine’s Day , one of them visiting Poland and Germany in the meantime). As usual at this time of year, I visited the city landfill to look for gulls. To be honest, mostly to look for one gull, the European Herring Gull Larus argentatus. I have observed it before in East Anglia, but never in Serbia and recently it was confirmed from a photo taken in Belgrade. Last but not least, there are only two or three conformed sightings of this northern species, rare in Serbia.

2017 63

The Ruddy Shelduck Twitch

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Further north, in Poland, they used to write off all Ruddy Shelducks recorded, assuming they were escapees, until they found one ringed in Kazakhstan! One of those mornings that somehow let the light in, but without a trace of sun. I leave tarmac behind, entering a dirt track with my low clearance hatchback, carefully avoiding the trenches deeply rooted by combine harvesters. Going over the side corrugations, I wonder if they have used the snow groomer to flatten this section of the track?

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Crossbill Guide to Extremadura: A Review

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The Crossbill Guide Foundation is a publishing NGO, founded by Dirk Hilbers, and they currently have 10 Crossbill Guides for great European birding/nature areas, including the Finnish Lapland, Hungary’s Hortobagy, France’s Loire Valley and the Biebrza Marshes in Poland. The second edition of the Crossbill Guide to Extremadura has just been released and – to my delight – a copy arrived in the post for me the other day.

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Mediterranean Gull – Coming to a Coast Near You Soon?

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To date individuals have been recorded from nine different countries in Europe; our Med Gulls are coming from Germany, Holland, Poland and other countries as far east as Serbia. July, as all northern hemisphere birders appreciate, is the month when the egg timer flips and everything starts pouring back out again in a steady stream south.

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Birds and People: A Book Review

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and also Modern Iraq, Egypt, Albania, Mexico, Poland and the Philippines. It took me a while to wrap my mind around the concept of Birds and People , Mark Cocker and David Tipling’s book that, in 592 pages, explores the intersection of just that—birds and us. I’m not sure why. It’s not like I had forgotten lists created with friends of ‘songs with birds in the lyrics’, my personal favorites being Sondheim’s Green Finch and Linnet Bird and the Beatles’ Blackbird.

2014 78

What happened with Archaeopteryx?

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You and your colleagues are experts on the history of France, Poland, Spain, all those European countries. Imagine you study history. And one of the things you do is to study old documents, and you have this old book, this very very old book, that chronicles the life and times of some historic people in some historic period, but you don’t know exactly when it is from or where it was written.

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