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Phil Grice (guest) 03 Dec 2020 12:17
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I have tried to join this website.
I created a Wikidot account and was avidsed that I would receive a confirmation email - but this didn't arrive!

by Phil Grice (guest), 03 Dec 2020 12:17

Early this week seen a Hobby perched and preening at top of the dead tree near the main lake at Mere farm chelford. Brilliant view through scope. After some time it flew off but returned to its perch. First time seen by me at this site and first time ever a stationary Hobby. No doubt hunting dragonflies as the Sand Martin colony has departed.
Also 6 Egyptian geese feeding in the field by the track from the road - another first for me at this site.
The water levels on both lakes have been considerably reduced, thank goodness. So there are lots of shores now for waders (including round the island in the main lake), etc. Vast numbers of Greylag geese also present, as well as lots of Lapwings and the usual ducks, cormorants, grebes, etc..

Hobby etc by phalaropephalarope, 27 Aug 2020 22:27
PETER MORGAN (guest) 21 Apr 2020 17:41
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Male Mandarin duck in full breeding plumage on the Black Lake in Lindow Common. Today 21st April at around 2 pm we watched a male Mandarin in plain view traversing the lake and entering the shrubbery on the Wilmslow side of the lake. First time ever that I have seen one on this lake. Could there be a female incubating eggs?
Lots of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers now calling on the Common. Also heard a Blackcap singing. So difficult to see these small birds because of all the tree leaves but did spot one of the Willow Warblers.
One great Crested Grebe doing a lot of fishing. One pair usually nest on the lake but the bird's partner was not evident - maybe incubating eggs on the nest?
Also saw for the first time a female Mallard deliver an egg - which the attendant male tucked beneath its body between its feet.

by PETER MORGAN (guest), 21 Apr 2020 17:41
Tom Gordon (guest) 22 May 2019 12:23
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Hi I just wanted to say thank you. I am heading to Dubrovnik in early July and have really struggled to find any information about birding in the area. It makes you appreciate how much information there is available in the UK. Peter M has provided details of a great potential birding location in the Konavle Valley which by chance is very close to where I will be staying. He has also provided some excellent tick list targets for me to research before my trip.

Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards
Tom Gordon from Kent

by Tom Gordon (guest), 22 May 2019 12:23
Hilary Wightman (guest) 10 Sep 2018 14:53
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Just joined the group, thanks very much. Hilary

by Hilary Wightman (guest), 10 Sep 2018 14:53
Cassidy (guest) 30 Dec 2017 03:57
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We will be traveling to Grand Cayman in a couple of weeks and wondered how you got in touch with your birding guide on the island back on your trip in March of 2017? We keep finding awesome reviews of Geddes' birding skills but unsure how to contact him to see if he is available. Thanks for any help you can provide.

by Cassidy (guest), 30 Dec 2017 03:57

I have just moved to the area and would like to join the club - can you let me have details of where you meet etc? Thank you, Paul Davies

Joining the Club by Paul DaviesPaul Davies, 13 Sep 2017 15:24
sandpipersandpiper 01 Sep 2017 01:06
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Hello Denise. Apologies for the very tardy reply. I think you mean the owl in the fir tree in Sandpiper's Pages. Yes, it would be no problem for you to paint it.

by sandpipersandpiper, 01 Sep 2017 01:06
Denise (guest) 12 Apr 2017 09:25
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Please may I have permission to use the photograph of the oil in the fir tree to paint. I am an amatuer painter.
Many thanks,
Denise Lincoln

by Denise (guest), 12 Apr 2017 09:25
ruth daw (guest) 20 Jan 2016 14:48
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My husband and son would like to come along to the talk at the guild on the 29th of January. My son is developing a keen interest in birds and bird watching. Your website seems to suggest this is possible, even though we are not members. Could someone please let me know?
Many thanks.

by ruth daw (guest), 20 Jan 2016 14:48
Smithd746 (guest) 13 Sep 2014 22:30
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by Smithd746 (guest), 13 Sep 2014 22:30

Drew – thank you for visiting Wilmslow Birders 2 which is part of a suite of websites for people interested in birds and birding. You were actually just one click away from where you needed to be. You were on Wilmslow Birders 2 and you needed to be on Wilmslow Birders 1. The blue link on the first two lines of the Welcome module would have taken you to it.

Click on it now You will see a green navigation bar – click on the WGBG module and you will find blue links to the programme and activities of the WG Birdwatching Group.

You are not the only one to have had this problem. Unfortunately the current Wilmslow Guild brochure and website contain quite a few errors and omissions, not just in relation to the bird group. I have no direct involvement in the Guild website but I understand that the BG Committee are taking this up with the Guild.

Meanwhile the information system set up three years ago continues to operate without these difficulties. This provides information which supports the activities of this Bird Group. I am dependent on BG Committee members for the input, updates and accuracy of this information. Updates tend to be announced in monthly newsletters but so far the information appears to meet the needs of website visitors.

Please feel free to contact me again if necessary.

Drew <moc.liamg|pxwerd#moc.liamg|pxwerd>
7 Oct (2 days ago)

Please can you tell me whereabouts I can find a list of "full details and activities" for the Wilmslow Guild Bird Watching Group, as advertised in the Wilmslow Guild Prospectus.
Many thanks,

Robert – thanks for sharing your thoughts with me – I think we both see it much the same way. I assume you will select one or the other for your Bempton page.


Hi Bob,
Technically there is no reason against adding long comments on the photos, you just have to add a big enough text area to accommodate what is required. First I copied each photo into a new blank canvas that had extra space for the text, then added the text using the T tool as you say. I decided to keep it simple and just add names for ID. I'm with you on preferring to add a bit more but I think it could be rather impractical. Also, I wouldn't have both the long gallery and the lightbox slideshow on the same page but I left both on the Bempton page for now.

I did have a look at the Syntax page (rather unintelligible) but I couldn't see any obvious way to use an attribute to hold a caption or define, say, the file-name as a caption (which would have been ideal). Hence Plan B and Photoshop.

In the future I think the best method would depend on the content of the webpage. For a lot of discussion and comments then simple embedded pictures are probably best, but for just an exhibition of photos then the gallery slideshow is perfect.


Robert - re image size - you can have square, thumbnail, small or medium. Default is thumbnail. I used small for Bempton gallery.

To learn more about this facility - after sign in click on down arrow to right of my account:-

Click on Settings, select Full Syntax, Go to Table of contents, select Gallery of images.

You may spot something that helps us to make the desired improvements.


Hi Bob,

The slideshow gallery is ok and you can leave it in. Two comments to make about the slideshow.

First is that the photos are a bit small and there seems to be no way to get a full size view.

Second is that there are no captions associated with each photo. Other websites with similar slideshows eg Naturetrek have a caption on each photo. It just makes it better for id purposes. However there may be a way to do it within Wikidot. I can think of one alternative way to do it that would mean extra work in Photoshop.


Hi Robert – I have taken the liberty of adding the “gallery” facility at the end of your piece on birds at Bempton. Let me know if you like it and want to proceed with it. If not I will delete it.


Just to complete this thread - nobody should feel any embarrassment if they get a bird ID wrong - how else do we learn? In my own case I freely admit that my ID skills are poor - I am much more interested in why the bird is present in the particular habitat, how does it behave and how does it react to other species in the same habitat.

Getting help from more experienced people is what birding is all about. It can also encourage people to visit Forum in this website so perhaps I should get a few more wrong. This month is heading for an all time high in terms of visitors and depth of interest.


By email - I'm glad someone else agreed with me ………..It's ok to use any photos you want. Let me know if you need any originals.


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