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Haggis Hunter
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:43 pm    Post subject: What Was It? Reply with quote

I think this is going to test you now?

Whilst I was in Dollar Glen today, a bright yellow bird with a bright red head, flew up out of the grass and into a tree. It happened really fast and I only got a quick look at it. I tried to see if I could see it in the tree but it blended in fantastically.

I thought I had seen a parrot, perhaps one that had escaped? Can anyone enlighten me to what it may have been?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You shouldn't have taken that swig from your hip flask before commencing your walk Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

allieballie wrote:
You shouldn't have taken that swig from your hip flask before commencing your walk Wink

I shouldn't have emptied the flask before searching for caches yesterday!!
Out of 8 caches I got 3 DNF's, the worst days caching I have ever had. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
I am fairly confident that 2 of them have been muggled, and I have said so in my logs.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A rare sighting of the male Western Tanager?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HighlandNick wrote:
A rare sighting of the male Western Tanager?

Thanks Nick, that is what I seen, but appears to be a Western American bird, is it unusual to actually see one in the UK?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haggis Hunter wrote:
HighlandNick wrote:
A rare sighting of the male Western Tanager?

Thanks Nick, that is what I seen, but appears to be a Western American bird, is it unusual to actually see one in the UK?



Very unusual, that's why it's a rare sighting!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Actually, I haven't a clue what it is (if it is a UK bird) - it's just that the Western Tanager fits your description nicely!! It might need its internal GPS resetting to get it back on track.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being slightly more realistic - and bating any possible tanagers, orioles, hoopoes, or red-crested bee-eaters, just for the moment...

The most likely thing for DL to have seen is a Green Woodpecker.

The article explains why.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildlifewriter wrote:
Being slightly more realistic - and bating any possible tanagers, orioles, hoopoes, or red-crested bee-eaters, just for the moment...

The most likely thing for DL to have seen is a Green Woodpecker.

The article explains why.


-Wlw.

I can go with that, it certainly does fit the description and was on the ground when I disturbed it. It was also a large bird probably the size that is described in the article.

Thanks Wlw
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