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  • Web | Writing, life and other animals
    and posting business related topics over on my web content consulting business site Here are a few recent posts you might enjoy 5 Key things to remember when creating your Digital Marketing Strategy Why your small business should follow social media s rising star but not get blinded by it Top tips for writing compelling web content You ll find plenty more good stuff over on the business blog If you like what you see please share it with your friends colleagues and online connections and don t forget to stay tuned here for sundry bits and pieces on writing wildlife and life in beautiful if occasionally soggy West Cork Related articles Social Media for Small Businesses Is Anything But Small blogs constantcontact com How Can Small Businesses Leverage Social Media Marketing Cast hubspot com Social Media Q A at Small Business Technology Tour Atlanta Video businessinsider com Posted by Calvin at 12 22 Tagged with content strategy Digital Marketing Internet web Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire

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  • Mealy Redpoll / Lesser Redpoll spot the difference | Writing, life and other animals
    birds that in Ireland are still considered sub species of the common redpoll but in the UK are split into different species The Lesser Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret Carduelis cabare t is on the top the Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea is on the bottom Click on the pic to see a larger version Related articles Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork cjwriting com Tips for saving Britain s birds guardian co uk Great Backyard Bird Count 2011 Takes On More Serious Tone Following Mass Animal Deaths huffingtonpost com Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 12 06 Tagged with birding birds Ireland lesser redpoll mealy redpoll Redpoll ID Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email This is not

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  • Mealy Redpoll (Carduelis flammea flammea) in West Cork | Writing, life and other animals
    Confusing isn t it But wait it gets better worse er There are also two other sub species of common redpoll that could conceivably occur here Carduelis flammea icelandica Icelandic birds strangely enough and Carduelis flammea rostrata birds from Greenland and the vicinity which vary in things like size both larger subtle plumage differences and general jizz or feel of the bird It s unlikely that either of these would be in my garden but given the harsh winter anything s possible Apparently there is considerable overlap and telling them all apart can be tricky You don t say The lightness of mealies and the darkness of lessers is also very variable throwing more confusion into the conundrum You get less brown lessers and browner mealies but can tell the difference apparently by looking closely at features like the under tail coverts and the degree of primary projection Which is fine but the birds they keep a movin And then there are Arctic redpolls At one point I half convinced myself that the paler bird I d seen could be a candidate for a Coues Arctic redpoll Carduelis hornemanni exilipes there s also the nominate Arctic subspecies Carduelis hornemanni hornemanni but it definitely wasn t one of those For those interested here are a couple of links I used to help me unravel the mysteries of redpoll identification in some ways I m more confused than I ever was but at least now I know what it is that s confusing me A fairly comprehensive post on redpoll identification with lots of comparison photos on the Worcester Birding blog You can download a comprehensive PDF on the separation of lesser and mealy redpolls on the UK400 bird club website Some mealies may not actually look that much like mealies says Martin Garner in the UK in this post about browner mealy redpolls getting overlooked There s plenty more out there but the above is plenty to get started It will leave your head spinning Suffice it to say that I ve spent a fair amount of time looking at redpolls of late and I still can t readily distinguish between them It s only when you see different flavours side by side that the variations become obvious and even then it s a case of degrees of difference rather than absolutes Whether you re looking at different sub species or just plumage variation in a group of lessers is difficult to establish It s all very subjective Most of the redpolls I see are of course lesser but in amongst them are a couple of suspect mealies and one almost definite mealy I guess practice and perseverance is the key Now where did I put those bins Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 12 51 Tagged with Ireland mealy redpoll

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  • Birding | Writing, life and other animals
    ID This is not a birding blog honest Birding Blog Environment West Cork Wildlife Writing No Responses Feb 22 2011 No really it isn t although in all fairness you could be forgiven for thinking it was morphing into one of late That s just a reflection of me rekindling an interest that s been there since I was a wee nipper Inevitably life gets busy and things fall by the wayside but they re always there to be picked up again when time allows That s what s happening now I m enjoying re acquainting myself with the common and not so common birds around me brushing up very rusty fieldcraft and ID skills and generally re calibrating the bird radar It s also seems to be rekindling my enthusiasm for this blog which is no bad thing Where am I finding the time for this real life stuff To be honest I m mostly slotting it in around all the other stuff It s amazing what you can do with a spare ten minutes here quarter of an hour there So I hope you re enjoying the wildlife and birding related posts and I will get back to writing about other things soon Posted by Calvin at 0 08 Tagged with birding birds blogging Swarovski birding game fun for birders and great marketing Birding Digital Marketing social media No Responses Feb 09 2011 If you are a birding enthusiast this new online birding game by Swarovski Optilk is great fun and a useful way to keep those ID skills finely honed It s been developed to help promote the brand new Swarovski EL50 Swarovision the latest addition to the thoroughbred Swarovski Optik binocular range There are currently three habitats to choose from Lake Neusiedl in Austria Swarovski Optiks

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  • Birds | Writing, life and other animals
    Tone Following Mass Animal Deaths huffingtonpost com Posted by Calvin at 12 06 Tagged with birding birds Ireland lesser redpoll mealy redpoll Redpoll ID This is not a birding blog honest Birding Blog Environment West Cork Wildlife Writing No Responses Feb 22 2011 No really it isn t although in all fairness you could be forgiven for thinking it was morphing into one of late That s just a reflection of me rekindling an interest that s been there since I was a wee nipper Inevitably life gets busy and things fall by the wayside but they re always there to be picked up again when time allows That s what s happening now I m enjoying re acquainting myself with the common and not so common birds around me brushing up very rusty fieldcraft and ID skills and generally re calibrating the bird radar It s also seems to be rekindling my enthusiasm for this blog which is no bad thing Where am I finding the time for this real life stuff To be honest I m mostly slotting it in around all the other stuff It s amazing what you can do with a spare ten minutes here quarter of an hour there So I hope you re enjoying the wildlife and birding related posts and I will get back to writing about other things soon Posted by Calvin at 0 08 Tagged with birding birds blogging One swallow does not a summer make Animals Birding Wildlife 1 Response Feb 21 2011 but hey it s a start Just spotted this on the Birdwatch Ireland Facebook page It s a post from the warden of the Cape Clear Bird Observatory Steve Wing confirming that they saw the first swallow of the summer pass by yesterday 20 February Typing

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  • Ireland | Writing, life and other animals
    sightings around Ireland here Posted by Calvin at 19 10 Tagged with Ireland IWDG Killer Whale Orca West Cork whales Funding Humpback Whale Research in Ireland Animals West Cork Wildlife No Responses Jan 31 2010 In the wake of the spectacular humpback whale encounters off the Wexford coast recently and the incredible footage shown on the RTÉ news the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group IWDG is calling for funding to help them find out more about the humpback whales that visit Ireland s coastline every year We re incredibly lucky to have these amazing animals and other large whale species as regular visitors to our shores and finding out more about them is a crucial step to the conservation of these magnificent animals I ll let Dr Simon Berrow of the IWDG explain I hope you have all got to the see the amazing images and footage of the humpback whale off Co Wexford Hopefully too some of you will be able to go and see this magnificent creature for yourselves It might not breach but humpback whales are still one of the most enigmatic and popular species on the planet This is the 11th individual humpback whale the IWDG have recorded in Irish waters All previous whales have been photographed in more than one year and although this is the first time we have recorded this one we fully expect to see this whale again This shows that humpback whales are returning to Ireland each year where they are spending a considerable period of time but we do not know if they are passing through on their way to somewhere else or where they go when they leave Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 1 30 Tagged with humpbakc whale Ireland Irish humpback Irish Whale and Dolphin Group whale watching West Cork Pot holing Evening Echo Column Politics Rant West Cork No Responses Jan 29 2010 Image via Wikipedia I ve never really understood the attraction of intentionally putting yourself into a damp cold dark place to defy death in pursuit of fun and discovery Call me boring but I can get all the damp cold and dark that I m likely to need in a lifetime on a typical winter s day down in West Cork The prospect of gearing up from head to toe in an array of protective clobber donning a headlamp and descending into the bowels of the earth for the privilege doesn t exactly fill me with glee But it does some people evidently like the members of the Speleological Union of Ireland SUI or cavers to you and me These are people who routinely give up their weekends to go pottering about underground voluntarily for enjoyment On their very impressive website www caving ie they court potential recruits with this enticing opening gambit Caving is the exploration of natural underground spaces It is an adventure sport with inherent risks many caves are cold or wet or muddy or all three Sorry you haven

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  • Lesser Redpoll | Writing, life and other animals
    the recent spell of decent weather I managed to get these shots of first a lesser followed a few seconds later by the mealy on the same station at the seed feeder Identical light identical camera settings etc make for an interesting comparison It highlights the significant differences between two birds that in Ireland are still considered sub species of the common redpoll but in the UK are split into different species The Lesser Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret Carduelis cabare t is on the top the Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea is on the bottom Click on the pic to see a larger version Related articles Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork cjwriting com Tips for saving Britain s birds guardian co uk Great Backyard Bird Count 2011 Takes On More Serious Tone Following Mass Animal Deaths huffingtonpost com Posted by Calvin at 12 06 Tagged with birding birds Ireland lesser redpoll mealy redpoll Redpoll ID Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out

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  • Mealy Redpoll | Writing, life and other animals
    common redpoll but in the UK are split into different species The Lesser Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret Carduelis cabare t is on the top the Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea is on the bottom Click on the pic to see a larger version Related articles Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork cjwriting com Tips for saving Britain s birds guardian co uk Great Backyard Bird Count 2011 Takes On More Serious Tone Following Mass Animal Deaths huffingtonpost com Posted by Calvin at 12 06 Tagged with birding birds Ireland lesser redpoll mealy redpoll Redpoll ID Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea in West Cork Birding West Cork Wildlife 2 Responses Feb 08 2011 Once upon a time not very long ago I used to be content with the notion that a redpoll was a redpoll was a redpoll All that changed just over a month ago when a mealy redpoll Carduelis flammea flammea joined the gang of lesser redpolls Carduelis flammea cabaret visiting my garden bird feeders I get lesser redpolls in the garden every winter and lovely little birds they are too But back in early January I was casually watching a few of these charming little finches jostle for position on the feeder when I noticed one bird in particular that looked very different It was noticeably chunkier and much paler in appearance more of a frosty grey brown than the usual warm brown and buff tones of the lessers I dived for the books and opened up a real can of worms Redpoll identification it turns out can be a real NIGHTMARE After a bit of reading comparing and some more watching followed by more reading and head scratching I was convinced that the paler bird was a mealy redpoll the nominate sub species of the

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