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Tommy Pedersen
Nov 17, 2020
In UAE - general birding
I would like to invite you to participate in a new bird monitoring program to be carried out from January 2021. The program uses eBird. This is a great opportunity to grow our network. The program is for monitoring migrating shorebird populations in the Eurasian and North African region. This voluntary based citizen science program will give us a better picture of the directions of shorebird population changes. Simply use the eBird username worldshorebirdsday (without spaces) to share checklists with us. You can share checklists in the field directly from the eBird mobile app. World Shorebirds Day needs to be added to your contacts. Please consider helping us with your regular counts on one or more locations. Find more details under this link and register your site today to know where we stand. https://www.worldshorebirdsday.org/eurasian-shorebird-survey This is a different level of program to the Global Shorebird Counts. The more sites we can involve, the better. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions. Very best wishes, Szimi ______________ Gyorgy Szimuly World Shorebirds Day Organiser https://www.worldshorebirdsday.org https://www.facebook.com/worldshorebirdsday/ https://twitter.com/ShorebirdsDay
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Tommy Pedersen
Aug 12, 2020
In UAE - general birding
Hello fellow birders. OSME welcomes you to their online summer meeting via Zoom: https://www.osme.org/2020/07/osme-online-summer-meeting-programme-registration/
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Tommy Pedersen
Dec 30, 2019
In UAE bird sightings
Simon discovered it at 12 noon today
Breaking News;
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Tommy Pedersen
Nov 25, 2019
In UAE on eBird
As many of you are aware, the EBRC is maintaining an offline Bird Database with records going back to 1949. Each record is stored on a date, a site, a count, notes if applicable, and with the observers name. The UAE Bird Recorder (currently that is me) will typically download a full month worth of records from eBird on the 15th of the next month, giving Observers ample time to submit and edit out any mistakes or omissions. So, as an example; on December 15th, I will download the November records. So, there is no longer a need to share your own eBird checklists with the eBird user UAE Bird Database. Thank you all for having done this in the past. This is a huge step forward. If you as a visiting birder want to share a particularly interesting checklist with us, we are ALWAYS happy to see a link to that checklist shared here, under UAE Bird Sightings. Example of a Database report, October 2019
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Tommy Pedersen
May 01, 2019
In Worldwide birding stories
And a video: I must say, a better work-day, fully paid by your employer, is hard to come by. I was guided in a forest in north-east Algeria by top man Karim, and it was a morning I will never forget. Absolute magic! This species was discovered in October 1975 by a young Belgian birder, which is exactly 6 months before I recorded my first bird, an Eurasian Jay at our cottage in Norway. This was the start of a hobby that has lasted a lifetime. My friends and I were looking at this species in our books for years, a bird restricted to a few mountain-tops in far-away Algerie, as one of the very few IMPOSSIBLE birds to see. A difficult to visit country, combined with the Black Decade in the 1990's meant this bird was off limits. Big time. I'm happy to tell you that this is true no more. As the first Norwegian to see this bird, ever, (that is HUGE!) I can tell you that if you fly into Constantine, stay in one of the 4 star hotels there, hook up with the amazing gentleman named Karim, start at 4am and drivetwo to three hours to the north while enjoying an Algerian breakfast , you are almost guaranteed this gem of a bird. A HUGE thank you to Karim that really went out of his way to help me enjoy the Algerian Nuthatch today. He started at 4am, and will be home around midnight, meeting two Swedish birders 4 hours later to do it all over again.
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Tommy Pedersen
Mar 28, 2019
In UAE on eBird
To have eBird mobile display the names you know, and not the USA ones, as well as showing the UAE subspecies-groups like: Great Grey Shrike (Arabian) Great Grey Shrike (Steppe), follow these steps: You now have Turkestan Shrike displayed (not Red-tailed Shrike) And the subspecies-groups are displayed
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Tommy Pedersen
Feb 25, 2019
In UAE bird sightings
A nice ESC seeking shelter under a bush during the strong wind in the Qudra area this afternoon. Released or genuine migrant, now THAT is the question...... Unringed.
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 31, 2019
In UAE on eBird
Sometimes it's hard to see if there is already a Hotspot existing for the area you are birding, being it in the UAE or abroad. I use two apps on my iPhone: BirdsEye Hotspots (iPhone only I think) http://nemesisbird.com/reviews/apps/birdseye-hotspots/ Or, BirdsEye app that will also tell you of species you need nearby, for iPhone & Android: http://www.birdseyebirding.com/shop/apps/birdseye-for-android/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/birdseye-bird-finding-guide-global-birding-tool/id324168850?mt=8
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 24, 2019
In UAE bird sightings
Nick Moran and his team report a Little Gull today: Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus Vagrant. 1. One Khor Kalba 11-28 Mar 1996 (H de Haag, M Dryden). 2. One first-winter in Sila’a Harbour 3 May 1996 (SL James). 3. One Fujairah Port Beach 13 Nov 1997 (J Reynolds). 4. One Umm-al Qaiwain Tip 4-5 Mar 1998 (C Richardson, SJ Aspinall). 5. One Emirates Golf Club 11-21 Apr 1998 (C Richardson et al). 6. One first-summer Al Wathba Wetland Reserve 30 Apr 1998 (SL James). 7. One Kalba Corniche 19-20 Jan 2000 (C Richardson). 8. One Kalba Corniche 15 Oct 2000 (C Richardson). 9. One adult Sharjah Rubbish Tip 21 Jan 2006 (T Pedersen, OB Hansen, MR Engebretsen). 10. One first-winter Kalba Harbour 18-23 Feb 2006 (T Pedersen et al). 11. One second-winter Al Wathba Wetland Reserve 3 Jan 2007 (SL James, SJ Aspinall). 12. One immature Sharjah Rubbish Tip 5 May 2007 (J Buckler). 13. One immature Khor Kalba Harbour 12-15 Sep 2008 and again 20 Sep (SL James et al). 14. One immature Khor Kalba 11-20 Mar 2010 (N Tovey et al). 15. One second-calendar Fujairah Port Beach 6 Mar 2013 (M Ullman et al). 16. One first-winter Fujairah Port Beach 15-21 Nov 2015 (R Walker, D Jackson, A Pavlushkin). 17. One juvenile Khor Kalba 3-4 Oct 2018 (R Khan, M Smiles). 18. One Fujairah Port Beach 24 Jan 2019 (N Moran et al).
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 24, 2019
In UAE on eBird
Two good features to note with eBird is: eBird alerts - under Explore (top left), scroll down to Alerts and set it up as needed. Target species: I use this a LOT when visiting new countries
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 24, 2019
In UAE on eBird
If you, like me, enjoy uploading photos to eBird, you can view them & sort them in the Macaulay Library: http://tinyurl.com/ycjknmmb On your profile page, the number of species you have photographed also show:
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 24, 2019
In UAE on eBird
So, how tired are you of seeing Black-bellied Plover and Red-tailed Shrike? It's easy to change it to the English names we often use in the UAE: 1. Click on your username (top right) 2. Click Preferences 3. Select as shown below:
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 24, 2019
In Birding site updates
Hi guys & girls I have been frustrated by not getting emails for new Forum posts (I use the Forum entries to add records to the UAE Bird Database for those of you not sharing via eBird). So, I looked into this just now: https://support.wix.com/en/article/customizing-notifications-in-wix-forum In short, make sure (from the main Forum page) that you are 'Follow Category' for the themes that interest you, and in your Notification Settings you activate the Follows slider.
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 06, 2019
In Worldwide birding stories
Silent Acro in Kerala, anyone? content media
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Tommy Pedersen
Jan 06, 2019
In Worldwide birding stories
I had a 24-hour layover in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 5-6 January 2019 and decided to head to Arippa, 65 km with car north-northeast of downtown Trivandrum. A nice walk was had, the results can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51337179 I photographed 3 species of Phylloscoups, one which seems straight-forward, and two that I would like to get some input on. Apparently, 6 species winter here regularly, and listed here in what I feel is in order of greatest likelihood looking at eBird: Green Warbler, Phylloscopus nitidus Seems abundant in the whole w and sw India. Greenish Warbler, Phylloscopus trochiloides viridanus Seems abundant in the whole w and sw India. Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Phylloscopus magnirostris Seems common in w and sw India. Western Crowned Warbler, Phylloscopus occipitalis Seems fairly common in w and sw India. Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Phylloscopus affinis Seems scarce in the Trivandrum area, more common further north Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Phylloscopus tytleri Seems scarce in the Trivandrum area
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Tommy Pedersen
Dec 18, 2018
In Identification problems
An interesting thread on BirdForum regarding egrets from Dubai: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=371024
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Tommy Pedersen
Dec 03, 2018
In UAE bird photos
Checking out the image sizes available on this new Forum
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Tommy Pedersen
Dec 02, 2018
In UAE bird sightings
Mark and Simon reports of an adult male Violet-backed Starling at Al Dhafra Beach Hotel. 2nd UAE record, first recorded in 2000.
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