Mammalwatching Reboot …. new forum/blog

Posted August 19, 2016 by Jon Hall
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Greetings from the British Bird Fair where there is a surprisingly large interest in mammals and mammal watching.

As some of you have noticed, the new – rebooted – is now up and running.  It officially passes my kids’ “doesn’t look like its from the olden days” test, even though – as Richard Webb pointed out – its not them that uses it so who cares.

There is still work to do of course.  And my trip to the Bird Fair means I haven’t managed to test everything.  In particular the new community forum – which replaces this blog – still needs some work.  I hope everyone who is a member of this forum will be able to use their same login details to post on the new forum here (if not then let me know!).  In particular I am not sure that the automatic emails that alert people to a new post are working properly yet.  But please bear with me on that.  And please start posting on the new forum from now on as this one will soon be shut down.

Please do take a look at the new site and let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and what can be improved or added (preferably as a comment on the new forum!).

Thank you





Posted August 19, 2016 by vdinets
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Here is the illustrated answer to last week’s quiz.

… and a good place to see flightless scalytails

Posted August 18, 2016 by vdinets
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A good place for greater noctules

Posted August 17, 2016 by vdinets
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I’m visiting my in-laws in Slavutych, Ukraine (it’s the town built to resettle Chernobyl Power Plant workers after the accident). The first time I visited in 2011, I noticed that greater noctule was exceptionally common there. This year it’s again the most common bat in the outlying parts of the town. You can see up to six at a time flying around, they show up just before dark and you can actually observe them scoop up small birds if there are any still flying around.

The place is 3 hours by car from Kiev. There are northern white-breasted hedgehogs running around even in the central part of the town, and a few km away is Dnepr floodplain, great for birding.

Vladimir Dinets

Mongolia Mammal Trip – last minute availability

Posted August 17, 2016 by Jon Hall
Categories: Europe and the Palearctic, Uncategorized

Phil Telfer, Paul Carter and I are heading to Mongolia at the start of September for a couple of weeks.  A last minute cancellation means we have one space available. Desperately short notice I know but if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the world’s last wild Camels, some of the crazy looking Long-eared Jerboas and maybe a Gobi Bear or a Snow Leopard then now is your chance.  We leave Ulaan Bator on Saturday 3 September for 2 weeks.

Richard Webb’s report from 2015 gives you an idea of how great a destination Mongolia is.


easy location for Botta Pocket Gopher

Posted August 16, 2016 by charleswhood
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Interstate 5 is the usual north / south connector from San Francisco to L.A.

About an hour and a half N of L.A. (45 minutes from Bakersfield), the Lebec Rest Area on the east (northbound) side has had Botta’s Pocket Gophers three out of three stops this summer. I would assume Fort Tejon State Park (3 miles away) would be good too, but at the rest area they’re mildly habituated to foot traffic.

Other than that, nothing else is there (other than American Crows, Brewer’s Blackbirds, and English Sparrows).

I cannot guarantee they’ll be there when you want to visit (!), but I know I have had them there at least one previous summer.

Charles Hood, Palmdale, CA

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Island Fox Delisted

Posted August 15, 2016 by mattinidaho
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Three subspecies of Channel Islands fox were delisted last week. It is the fastest mammal recovery in U.S. conservation history. Conservation writer Ted Williams has an in-depth story on what it took to achieve this success.