Fighting Identity Amnesia

Taking a small break. Back on 21 July 2018.

Here's looking at you ... This whole blog started because I was getting fed up with a repetitive pattern of looking up a specific bird that I didn’t know, identifying it through a variety of means, and then forget all about it, and having to do it all over again the next time round. At the same time I became aware that DNA studies had upset the apple cart of bird classification in a big way (see the Nature and Science articles), and I wanted to capture my pictures in that new framework. That’s what I’ve done in the Galleries (#1, #2, #3 and #4). At a later stage I became aware of the existence of the official British bird list, and thought it would be nice to see how it matched up with my own life list. So here it is. Enjoy!

!!NEW!! Latest Somerset Levels visit added to the list of Hot Spots. !!NEW!!

Latest blog entry : SOUTH COAST BLACK-TAILED GODWITS (16 July 2018)

Some recent blog entries :

15 June

Tawny Owl
14 July

13 July

Great Spotted Woodpecker
12 July


After a while, I realised that some of my trips abroad could be grouped together in what I call Hot Spots, with entries for the Galapagos archipelago, Botswana and Argentina & Brazil. Somewhat later I reckoned that hot spots did not have to restrict themselves to places abroad, but suited some of the British island nature reserves such as Lundy, Skomer and Skokholm very well, or other reserves such as the Somerset Levels or the nearby Forest Farm nature reserve. Only as an afterthought did I add the birds seen in or near my front and back garden in an entry called Garden Ticks. As a further after-afterthought I started collating my RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch contributions as of 2018 onwards.

Coming Soon:

  • 21 July – Arctic Skua
  • 22 July – Great Northern Diver
  • 23 July – Yellowhammer
  • 24 July – Goldeneye with Chicks
  • 25 July – Tree Sparrow

Some more pages :

Note: All the photographs as well as the YouTube videos in the blog are mine. Still, I don’t mind if people want to use them elsewhere (you’ll find a small number of the pictures in Wikimedia Commons).

On a number of pages I have embedded bird sounds which come from Xeno-Canto’s sound library, and the UK distribution maps on some pages come from the Bird Atlas Mapstore. If anyone has any problems with this, please contact me, and I’ll see what I can do.

P.S. With special thanks to the Bird Identification Q&A part of the Bird Forum for helping me out on several occasions. Their comments have always been concise, spot-on and courteous.


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