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Julian Thomas (⧖)
Birder based in Somerset. Tern freak. Professional pedant. Bit of a lefty but non-aligned. Views v def my own.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) 16m
Excellent comparison pics of these two v similar spp. Note the 'tomato' red eyes of the Small Red-eyed, and the more extensive blue near tip of abdomen.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) 4h
Replying to @docmartin2mc
It sounded so good at 3 nil! But then Scotland...
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Crane Country 12h
Some good curlew news from the Somerset Levels and Moors for 2019. At least 21 pairs of curlews nested on RSPB West Sedgemoor Reserve this year, with a min of 8 (max of 12) busy rearing broods in the hay meadows at the moment Photo from nest-camera.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 18
No pics, I'm afraid, but the vision of arriving at the hide at Dawlish Warren for the Semipalmated Plover, in full suit, sweaty, and with sand-covered trouser bottoms, still lives with me 22 yrs later.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 18
Replying to @CarlBovisNature
'Nigel realised when he turned up to meet his friends for fancy dress day that he might have missed an email.'
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 18
Majorities of Tory members polled are prepared to risk the Union, the economy and even their own party to achieve Brexit. Disturbing...
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DanHawk Artwork Jun 17
Her shadow turned and said "soon"
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 17
Replying to @DHelliar
Still seeing my fledgie Nuthatches occasionally. Newly fledged Blue and Great Tits and House Sparrows coming to feeders too, and the young Swallows in the nest in the open barn are now getting quite noisy.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 17
Yep, and thanks for checking Mike. Similar case near here last yr, but similar result too, sadly. Escaped White-fronted Bee-eater might fit description too, but I would be v happy if there was another twitchable Blue-cheeked sometime soon.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 15
Spent an hour wandering around that area 5-6pm without any joy. Needle in haystack without more precise gen.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 15
Suspect it will always be an issue for women naturalists alone in the field, sadly. Would like to think no male birder would behave like that, but like any hobby it attracts all sorts. I try to be aware of body language etc. so I don't accidentally present a potential threat.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 15
That's horrifying Amy. That women birders are often not taken seriously enough by some male counterparts is enough of an issue to contend with - most women birders I know have tales to tell on that - but goes to show that more serious personal safety issues can come into it too.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 14
A1 for me too. My Welsh aunts would say that 3C/D and all of row 4 had 'seen a policeman' (i.e. gone very pale).
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 14
Replying to @StephBirdArt @ddbirder
Yep. If I were the WI bowlers I would avoid bumping into Sir Curtly later - he does not sound impressed!
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 14
Replying to @theboygriffin
Getting close now then Steve - looking to complete this summer?
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 14
Impossible to comment sensibly without correct data on mortality, and similar data from other reintro projects for comparison. Great Crane Project reported quite a few losses in first couple of years in particular, but within expected mortality limits.
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 14
Replying to @StephBirdArt
How big a sigh of relief do you reckon Mark Wood has just given out?
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Iolo Williams Jun 14
Every council in the UK should be doing this
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Julian Thomas (⧖) Jun 13
All valid concerns, which may indeed turn out to be true in time. But do those risks outweigh trying in this case? Potentially more worth investing time/effort in GBs than in other 'charismatic' spp with much wider global ranges.
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