My decent(ish) finds in Feb 2012: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler Carnon Downs 04/02, 1 Water Pipit Carnon Downs 04/02, 1 Smew Loe Pool 01/02

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Iberian Chiffchaff?

I popped down to see whether the Iberian Chiffchaff that Mark and Tony found at Soap Cove yesterday was still around. I bumped into this in the fading afternoon light in more or less the same place as it was first found yesterday, and managed to reel-off a few poor shots. Unfortunately, it wasn't singing (just calling like a Chiff), and I'm not entirely sure it was the same bird. It looks pretty good for Iberian, long primary projection, yellow vent, yellow for-supercillium etc, but I'd welcome any thoughts. There are some photos of the singing bird seen yesterday here (scroll down the page a bit).

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Cornish Suppression

Apparently, following the Tudor accession, the number of Cornish speakers was greatly reduced following the brutal repression of several popular uprisings when a significant proportion of the Cornish speaking population were exterminated. Only during the 20th century did Cornish undergo a significant revival. Nevertheless, the government and state education system provided no support for Cornish language learners until 2002 when the European Union granted Cornish official Ć¢minority languageĆ¢ status under Part II of the 1992 Council of Europe Charter for Regional and Minority Languages.

On a completely unrelated note, of course: here's a few photos I took in California, which explains my recent absence from the Cornish birding scene.

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