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RE: THE GREATER MANCHESTER 200 CLUB.


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Don't apologise, love your sense of humour, keep birding as you keep doing and stay MADbiggrin.gifwink.gifblankstare.gifweirdface.gifevileye.gifyawn.gif
What is saneconfused.gif
Cheers Ian

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WHOOPS! TIME FOR A LITTLE APOLOGY.

It appears as if I have over stepped myself, and if I have caused any offence believe me none was ever meant.

Imitation is the sincest form of flattery, and to imitate is to pay the person a genuine compliment, and this is all I meant by my wild maddness.

I am a very avid reader of all sorts of books ranging from the classics Dickens, Bronte,
Shelly through to Dan Brown, Scarlett Thomas and Jasper Fforde, it is perhaps the last author which is reponsible for some rather odd quotes, for believe me if you google any names in my links it will be from a book somewhere( even the toast bit )

Forgiving the pun but when I poached the bits from Ian tournament rules I meant no offence,merely a little jest.

My comic heros are Monty Python, Spike Milligan, Rippling Yarns, Peter Cook,Eddie izzard etc, warped sence of humour has always followed me.

Therefore massive apology to all who took it the wrong way, it was never meant to be like that. I will refrain from any further tangents in regards to this thread, and can only encourage you to have fun and.


KEEP BIRDING.






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Met Paul in the Summer looking for Quail, at the time he seemed quite sane, am beginning to wondersmile.gifcry.gifbiggrin.giffurious.gifashamed.gifwink.gifblankstare.gifaww.gifhmm.gifyawn.gif
What is sane???smile.gif
Cheers Ian

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Mark Rigby wrote:


Whilst myself and Mr Chorley looked skywards in vain during todays gales at Top Hill Low in the hope of seeing the Red Footed Falcon for over 4.5 hours,said Warford was sent a text "not looking good, pi55ing down now", we waited in earnest for a vote of encouragement or a 'Gee Up'-after several minutes we received our reply-"try looking harder"blankstare.gif


He did. It just scared the rest of the birds!


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Gentlemen.
I recently attended an extraordinary general meeting of the 200 club, where quiet a few members have been concerned about allegations made that they are not real.

The meeting was well attended by members of the Manchester Geographical society and The Manchester Pedestrian club ( go on I dare you to google them they exist )

It has been decided that the currently premises are too small, so for the next week we will have the builders in. The club and library will be closed, and I intend to take a small break in my cabin on St Agnes isles of Scilly, where I am hoping to relocate the American Flycatcher and a Nighthawkbiggrin.gif

A full report will be forwarded to the club upon my return, please enjoy birding while the work is in progress MR Adderely will be in over-seeing the work and will not have time to get out birding.

It only remains for me to say eat more Toast its tasty and nutritious and


KEEP BIRDING



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Ian McKerchar wrote:

i thought you might have pointed out by now paul that the alleged 'manchester 200 club' is of course fictitious and purely a product of your imagination, just to avoid any confusion that it could (and indeed) has caused?

As for the dig at the website and tournament (?), i'll take that in my stride,

I dont know what you mean Ian, when have we ever had a dig at the wonders of the Website and tournament,

The 200 club prides itself on the close working bond between the webmaster and the hallowed halls of fame that have become the 200 club.

As for my imagination you only have to view it from time to time I have to live with itbiggrin.gif

Stay away from places that are not really, and dont talk to strangers but,


KEEP BIRDING



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Just for you Mr Heaton, I will refuse to see a ROCK PIPIT as my 200 GM bird. Even if I am lucky enough to find my own at Castleshaw(fat chance!) I will simply dismiss it as a dark Mipit with dark legs.smile.gif

I will wait instead till next week when Mr Warfy(legend, ex legend???) finds our GM mega.biggrin.gif

Whilst myself and Mr Chorley looked skywards in vain during todays gales at Top Hill Low in the hope of seeing the Red Footed Falcon for over 4.5 hours,said Warford was sent a text "not looking good, pi55ing down now", we waited in earnest for a vote of encouragement or a 'Gee Up'-after several minutes we received our reply-"try looking harder"blankstare.gif

Just you wait-next time I wont keep quiet when I see an Osprey flying overhead,biggrin.gif so you can claim the pointswink.gifbiggrin.gif

-- Edited by Mark Rigby at 22:06, 2008-10-07

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i thought you might have pointed out by now paul that the alleged 'manchester 200 club' is of course fictitious and purely a product of your imagination, just to avoid any confusion that it could (and indeed) has caused?

As for the dig at the website and tournament (?), i'll take that in my stride (no smileys etc as i'm at work and my phone cant cope with them!)

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ROCK PIPIT, How very dare hesmile.gif
What does he think the 200 club is a joke, it,s for serious Gentlefolk birders.

Why only this morning as breakfast was been served in the Pennington suite ( named after the elite 200 member of said site) Colonel Richard Meinertzahgen was complaining about the standard of recent recruits and members.

I was ordered to go to the 200 club library and find the rule book, the head librarian Mr Quaverley was already polishing it after complaints of pies been left on the same shelf,it appears the Wigan members had a party last night.

A wonderful book it is with the embossed label on the front of the box in Gothic print.

This club is owned designed built and maintained by the ruling council, (rings a bell that does).biggrin.gif

Rule one. Birders must have found 200 birds in Greater Manchester, the person claiming this amount must have seen or been involved in seeing the birds within the county boundaries. In the event of discovering a countable list of 200 you must endeavour to make sure you submit it to the club.
Any decent count over 200 is likely to have already been achieved by half a dozen birders before you. Honesty is paramount other wise we will be reduced to letting anyone in, which would be a shame.
KEEP BIRDING.

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Paul, i think we will need a couple of extra chairs for the 198 and 199ers, tartmiester Rigby apparently needs Rock Pipit giggle.gif, so he may be joining us at Christmas smile.gif

-- Edited by Simon Warford at 17:06, 2008-10-07

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So there you go Boys straight from the Bosses quill,biggrin.gif

No segregation no elitism, and no bugger in the 200 club on Christmas day, its an open invite round to Ians,

No been honest if you make your way to the main door and you can show your notebook proving you have been birding in the GM area all year, the you can come in out of the cold.


keep counting ( but its not the size that matters)

Keep birding





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fortunately boys, the whole manchester birding ethos is no segregation and no elitism, so all are welcome to the manchester birding christmas table regardless of list totals, as if that really matters anyway. Pig in a blanket anyone!

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Gentlemen Gentlemen, the rules are quiet strict, if your names not on the list you cant come insmile.gif I believe this is the correct expression.

Its called the 200 club therefore even the 199,ers cannot come in.

Yes we will give some scraps out on Boxing day, but thats all, the Car-park is also out of bounds for anyone who has not got the 200 tag,biggrin.gif


But dont dispair Mr Collins MR Cliff or MR McDonald we will raise a glass and have a toast to you all.

see you soon.


Keep counting to that wonderful number.

Keep birdingsmile.gif

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dean, that,ll be me taking your ticket and shuffling off into the cloakroom it,s the closest i,ll get this year.

cheers geoffbiggrin.gif

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I'll just get my coatwink.gif

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should those us around the 150 mark just come a loiter in the car park?

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Can those of us in the 180's come for the pre-dinner drinks and leave before the food?biggrin.gif
I'll try to get to the table for the year aftersmile.gif
Steve

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Ordered massive table for the yuletide feast, as Mr Riggers Mr Winnard Mr Hammond and a numbers of others appear to be knocking at the door,

Keep at it lads the more the better .

Keep birding.

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Well we are going to need a bigger christmas tablebiggrin.gif

What a day Mr Ian Woosey fought through the undergrowth and trees to clinch White Winged Black tern as his 200th bird for his county list, well done that man!

And theres no stopping Mr Fielding a dawn patrol at Elton left him still on 199, but a mad dash this afternoon had had county list on 200 as well.

So come on you 196 lads what are you waiting for?

It was good to be part of the GM Birders today, and a turning point in my twitching antics, glad i never went for the shrike now, loads more fun in GM.

keep stalking Elton Warfysmile.gifif you wait it will come.

keep Birding



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Had a great albeit brief view of the Cetti's perched in brambles on 26th April. I even saw it again on Monday a couple of times on the way back from seeing the Cattle Egret. It's definitely much easier to see now it's at Hawkley, rather than Pearson's.

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Congratulations Sonia on reaching the milestone.

Btw did you get good views of Cetti's?

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Yes congratulations Sonia. biggrin.gif
I was just typing when Paul posted his message! A great week-end to hit the magic number!
Cheers
Steve

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A very warm welcome to Mrs Adderley who has just made the cattle egret her 200th bird for the county. Congraulationsbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

I still cannot believe your other half has left you in the cold for so long, but he did say dinner was on him tonight.biggrin.gif

Hope you enjoy the 200 club.

Now who next to join Mr Fielding stop taking hoildays in wales GM birders no longer leave the county boundaries.

keep birding

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Steve Suttill wrote:

I don't know which I'd prefer to join - the Greater Manchester Lunatic Fringe or the Lunatic Fringe of Greater Manchester!
- I won't join any group which would have me as a member!




therefore you cannot be a member of the 200 club, but look forward to you submitting your list.
keep birdingbiggrin.gif

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I don't know which I'd prefer to join - the Greater Manchester Lunatic Fringe or the Lunatic Fringe of Greater Manchester!

Then again I'm a Marxist (Groucho, that is) - I won't join any group which would have me as a member!

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can anyone join or will they be forced to form anarchic breakaway groups?

also, does pennington have the highest density of hides per land mass in the UK?

east did have three in a very small space altho I suspect these have all been burnt donw now!!

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Due to recent events on the forum,( sadly missed as I was out of county) it has been agreed that MR Simon Warford will be allowed to bring a guest, One, Mr Ian Woosey to the Pennington suite to discuss the formation of the Greater Manchester Lunatic Fringebiggrin.gif
Gentlemen your views on the Hides of Manchester will be a revelation, and could result in a new trophy for the best hide in Manchester.
Horrocks I hear you say, or I think that what you saidbiggrin.gif
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The Club is proud to announce the grand opening of the new PENNINGTON SUITE, which is opened in honour of Mr Ian McKerchar grand achievement of reaching the 200 species seen solely at Pennington flash today with the Brent geese becoming his 200th bird at this site alone.

We would like to thank Mr McKerchar for his grand efforts with his website and the improvements in everyones lists in GM.

Well done that manbiggrin.gif
Keep birding.


-- Edited by Paul Heaton at 18:29, 2008-03-26

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About time you made it Paul and that avatar is classicbiggrin.gif

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PIRATES AND PREDATORS, what have we become, a few of the birds i have found myself others are stolen from others, so am I a better birder for seeing 200, well yes and no, Feel pleased to have reach a milestone,improved some of my fieldcraft met loads of new birders and been to some great sites in Greater Manchester.
But I take my hat off to all those that year list the dedication it takes is amazing, I need a rest nowsmile.gif
I have a tretrad to work on now and I wonder how many birder have a GM self found list maybe thats what I need to work on nowsmile.gif oh yes as soon as I have caught up with my buddy warfybiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
So many thanks so the GM band of birders and to Mr McKerchar.
Keep Birding

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well done to paul heaton on becoming the latest birder to see 200 species in the county

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JUDITH SMITH The lastest member of the GM 200 club, just sneaked in, smile.gif
is this so you can take my place on the christmas dinner list,
how many other secret member are out thereconfused.gif will i become the tenth member or will others show their colours.
just two to go for me I am sure i could find a couple of dodgey records but hopefully the county will supply two good ones soon.biggrin.gif
just out of interest MR Warfords 200 bird was bittern can the other members remember what their 200 bird was, if so they can claim a GM200 club certificatebiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Keep birdingbiggrin.gif

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

The current systematic list on the website is my 'winter project' and entails more work than you might imagine so please bear with it. It will also feature some truely user friendly and rather impressive items once they are all complete but this will take some time more! Either way the systematic list will be one of the main features on the website in the future, very interactive and comprehensive but the potential work involved (research, information gathering, rarity reviews etc) will take time and unfortunately in the process may even see some species on the list removed!

Stick with it, because in the end it'll be worth it. Anyway, I think if you have another look Common Teal is indeed there...now anyway wink.gif.






So, it is!
The reason I was looking at the list was to print it off and work out my personal GM tally (somewhere in the 160s). In it's current format, it's not that 'printer friendly', so I'm really looking forward to an improved version.smile.gif


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The current systematic list on the website is my 'winter project' and entails more work than you might imagine so please bear with it. It will also feature some truely user friendly and rather impressive items once they are all complete but this will take some time more! Either way the systematic list will be one of the main features on the website in the future, very interactive and comprehensive but the potential work involved (research, information gathering, rarity reviews etc) will take time and unfortunately in the process may even see some species on the list removed!

Stick with it, because in the end it'll be worth it. Anyway, I think if you have another look Common Teal is indeed there...now anyway wink.gif

If anyone finds any other errors etc could they let me know by email please as often it's the only way I'll ever find out and always appreciated.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 20:03, 2007-12-07

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Gentlemen Gentlemen The GM200 club cannot be held accountable for the county systematic list but is concerned with members personal list, I am sure Mr Mc Kerchar will sort it out.biggrin.gif

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I saw a common teal at elton recently, is this yet another 1st for Manchester?!?!biggrin.gif
Just wondered because of previous postconfused.gif

-- Edited by Ian Campbell at 17:34, 2007-12-07

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I've just been perusing the Systematic County List on the main web pages. Common or Eurasian Teal seems to be missing, Green-winged Teal is there, but not its commoner relative!weirdface.gif

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Well I did go for the Mandarin Duck and picked up the long-tailed duck on the way and 6 crossbills at walker fold wood too! I've been a few times and places for the crossbills so very pleased about them. Also went looking for the cetti's warbler too trying to be greedy. Great to put faces to names at the flashes. Great day-just another 36 and Ill be there!
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a few others i need include curlew sandpiper, black-throated diver, marsh tit, spotted crake and ring-billed gull. even on 194, 200 seems a long way off.

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Well done Alan. Still a bit of a way to go yet myself to reach 200. Hoping for Bittern myself by end of year. Only one I've ever seen in Manchester was also on Bryn flash on my first ever visit to Wigan flashes.

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Well done Alanbiggrin.gif What a great bird to mark the occasion, took me 20 years to see a Bittern at Leighton Moss !!!

I'm with Geoff, it'll be a long time before i reach 200hmm.gif


Cheers Dean.

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brian fielding wrote:

i dont think i have many easy birds left to see but still need bewicks, quail, osprey, water pipit, barnacle and brent geese, red-crested pochard, leaches petrel, pec sand , richards pipit, yellow browed warbler and great grey shrike.






So no easy one's there either then! Anybody actually claiming a genuine Barnacle in the county? Come on own up...evileye.gif

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the 200 club???,i can only dream and keep on looking,warfy noticed your avatar thingy changed
is that a wigganer??

cheers geoffbiggrin.gif

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welcome to the Premiership Dadbiggrin.gif your in danger of leaving me Heaton behind unless he pulls his finger out, he isnt going to be on the top table at Christmasbiggrin.gif

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i dont think i have many easy birds left to see but still need bewicks, quail, osprey, water pipit, barnacle and brent geese, red-crested pochard, leaches petrel, pec sand , richards pipit, yellow browed warbler and great grey shrike.

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Yes well done Alan on the 200. I've a bit of a way to go so I'll have a piece of that luck if you are handing it out, but will certainly be making an effort to add a few. I've been after the crossbills a few times but with no luck yet- think I'll get over for one of them Mandarins to speed me up a bit!
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Thanks for that guys, Nice to get excellent views Bittern as my 200th bird, it took a lot of persuading "Doubting Thomas" Warford Junior to go to Wigan Flashes today, he was saying things like we might see one after our 10th trip sometime in feb 2008 and we get one within 20mins of arriving at WF !!! Good bird for 200th, now switching my attention to my tarts tick of Merlin + both Harriers. Good luck to all those in the 190's. will watch with interest.


-- Edited by Alan Warford at 18:01, 2007-11-25

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well done mr warford on the 200 species milestone. i wonder who will be next to break into the gm200 club, i still need 6 so probably wont be me.

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What a way to gain access into the GM200 CLUB well done the Warford duo, as for me supplying all the info and leg work yesterday made it easy for you.idea.gif

The pressure is on for me now to try and get on the GM200 christmas table.

Mr warford senior enjoy the pride of finding your GM 200 bird yourselfbiggrin.gif
keeping birding

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