Some Ornithological Chat with Ryan Irvine

Mark talks to Ryan Irvine about patch birding, and getting involved with Patchwork Challenge – a friendly competition that aims to inspire birders to bird (and record) more locally. Ryan decides he’d like to be reincarnated as a Sooty Shearwater, and fly past Girdle Ness while someone other than Mark finds Scotland’s first Eastern Crowned Warbler there. Charming!

All your Patchwork Challenge info here:



SOC website -

Branches – what’s going on near you?

What’s coming up at Waterston house?

Online Scottish Bird Report -

Where to watch birds in Scotland app -

Scottish Birds -

Intro – Nuthatch – a relatively recent colonist to Scotland. Outro – Marsh Tit – the latest breeding species we have lost?


Many thanks to Xeno Canto for allowing access to the library of recordings, and in particular, the following recorders whose Dipper and Mistle Thrush songs, and thrush calls were used.

Irish Wildlife Sounds – Fieldfare -

Christophe Mercier – Ring Ouzel -

Lars Edinius – Dipper -

Romauld Mikusek – Mistle Thrush -

Xeno-canto -

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