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Kiteman recommends... birding websites. Answered

Just thought I'd share some websites I use as part of my hobby.  They are mainly UK-specific, but could be of interest to overseas birders:
It costs to get the detailed content, but they have a free sightings list and weekly newsletter.  Plenty of links to other sites as well.
"The" birding website.  Plenty of identification help, including recordings of calls and videos of birds in motion.  Not very interactive, though.
More specialist website, home of the UK bird surveys.  Site seems broken at the moment - homepage is blank, as are several others.  Link given is to BBS, you can explore from there.
New to me, aimed at a mix of amateurs and pros - forums and advice, but the biggie is uploading photos of your sightings with a facility for members to agree with your identification or discuss it.  Also has sections to cover all other aspects of wildlife, even fungi and lichens.  I've just joined - care to guess my user name?
Update: SITE IS NOW LIVE!  Go see.


Hope these are of interest - maybe you'd like to share sites that are as useful in your area or country?



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KitemanKoosie

Reply 9 years ago

Wow.  That looks fun.

My parents have been to the Cape, but the closest I got was Kenya, and I wasn't a birder then.


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KoosieKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Hey, I live in the Cape!
Oh well, maybe we'll see you soon, our borders are always open for your money, I mean, open for you. ;->

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Goodhart

9 years ago

In the weather we've been having,  I am presently content with watching my Bugies  inside where it is warm :-)    But will be checking into these in a few months if they are not geographically limited.

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Unfortunately (for you) they mainly focus on UK & NI, although the species-lists on BirdGuides are useful elsewhere.

It's rather cold and windy here today, not bird-friendly weather, but I did spot a Grey Partridge, Common Gull and Greater Black-backed Gull sheltering behind hedges as I drove home.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Oh yes, while driving on the weekends, my wife gets such a thrill out of seeing some of the local birds of prey that she never saw much of when younger.   Lots of hawks, falcons,  and an occasional eagle (the one I posted about a year or so ago, the young one we got to watch only a few feet away, eating a vole).  And she even gets a bit of a thrill when we come across a roosting vulture :-) (one time, we saw like 10-15 of them on a fence row.....we never did see what they were waiting for to die....probably an undescovered calf {cow} that was not going to survive).

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Ohh, vultures!  I've only seen them captive, but I may (crosses fingers) see them in the summer.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, it is not uncommon here outside the city to see them circling about in the air waiting for something to pass;  but to see them so close and so many just sitting there on that fence was both awesome and a bit eerie (ominous ?) :-) 
 
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stephenniall

9 years ago

ooh some good links ! 

i havent been bird watching in months ! ill have to wait till the kingfishers are out and get my camera !