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Amazing day at spurn again (unfortunately not for me) even more amazing is that the rock thrush and caspian tern were both found by Adam hutt!

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Chatted to Tanmay about this as we were en route to this mega bird smile

A brief hesitation turned into solid plans early afternoon and a short while later a car of four Cheshire listers was wending its way across the Pennines towards the hallowed East Riding of Yorkshire!! Myself, Dave Robinson, Mark Payne & Malc Curtin were a little slow off the mark but it was to prove very fortuitous later on in the twitch. After a nailbiting 3 hours we arrived at Spurn to find a good number of birders watching from the Bluebell car park. On getting out we were invited straight to the scopes of fellow NW birders and within a few seconds had ticked a superb female Rock Thrush. We then watched it for the next 20 minutes at mid range giving fantastic scope views as it fed along the fenceline, flaring its redstart-like tail every time that it flew. Three Wheatears and a Yellow Wagtail accompanied it in its feeding routine but soon we were having to turn straight round due to some members of our team having prior engagements.

I dragged it out as lons as I could persuading the guys to stay an extra 10 minutes and boy, were we glad that I did!! Just as we were about to get in the car we overheard a nearby walkie-talkie crackle into life with the message of " Caspian Tern flying north past seawatching hide now!". Racing back up to the edge of the beach we watched in disbelief as a summer adult Caspian Tern lazily flapped its way past us only 30m or so offshore giving stunning scope views of this huge rare tern species. Everything had fallen beautifully into place & all we could do was laugh in amazement at our good fortune, our timing had been absolutely perfect.

The final 'good' bird of the day was a Short-eared Owl by the road as we headed away from Spurn, all too soon we were back in Cheshire and it was day over, back to work tomorrow!!

What a day, a bit of a dash & tick but two great birds in about half an hour at Spurn, as they say, if Carlsberg did Birding Days................ wink

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Rufous tailed rock thrush at Spurn

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Birdguides report no sign of Baikal Teal at Flamborough Head North Marsh up to 7am

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Info for Baikal Teal, flew in off sea this morning, still present 7:30pm (according to birdforum), pics on surfbirds

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Baikal teal around Flamborough Head today. No more info but I believe it is a confirmed report!smile

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The Alston Wetlands Killdeer was only present briefly this afternoon and hadn't reappeared up to just before 5 o'clock

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Can't believe it... Hopefully Phil can get down this evening!

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Killdeer again on Alston Wetlands from central screens on Pinfold Lane at 14:25 today. Please drive through gateway on right past first viewing screen along Pinfold Lane and park in field then walk back to view from screens.

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I think the Killdeer was confirmed at the time of the finding by the finder himself (and not via photos)



This story gets better. As I understand it the finder of the recent Killdeer in Donegal went and refound what was probably the same bird on his local patch. Remarkable if true.

Cheers, John

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Myself and Ollie Wright were actually en-route for the Killdeer when unfortunately negative news came through.

A great bird and especially for the North West of England. Let's hope it gets re-found again.

A truly impressive bird and record but on a separate note, I couldn't quite understand why RBA decided to give it a "mega" status with 55 previous UK records for the species?
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Take nothing away from it however, just a thought and nothing more!



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spent 2 hours there today hoping for it to return, 12.30 till 2.30 ish, no sign, what a cracking bird, would be good to see one in this country, lots of birders up there hoping for a sighting, smile

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Killdeer at Alston Reservoirs (Lancs) on Birdguides; confirmed with photos.

If only I could get there, easter hols now over...cry





I should have added that the Killdeer was last seen at 11:50am flying off NE as I understand.

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No worries Tanmay, I see what you were trying to say smile. As you say though, a set of photos doesn't necessarily confirm it either nowadays
no. Fortunately the finder was highly reliable either way wink

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Tanmay Dixit wrote:

Killdeer at Alston Reservoirs (Lancs) on Birdguides; confirmed with photos.





Tanmay, sorry, I can't resist not commenting on this but I think the Killdeer was confirmed at the time of the finding by the finder himself (and not via photos)wink . Or are we now not believing anything until 'we' (birders in general) see a photo of it confuse



Fair point, but what i meant was that I'd only seen it on birdguides (don't even know who found it, great find though!), and as we all know that's not always reliable (despite being a useful resource in my humble opinion), so i was just saying that it had been confirmed; was not just a 'probable birdguides report'!

Obviously no offence meant to the finder, all I wanted was to assure people on the forum that it had been confirmed (whether from photos or not, doesn't matter) and was not a questionable sighting at all.

Hope that's ironed out any misunderstanding or anything...I certainly believe people when they say they've seen something...but often that's a risk for people if they want to travel to see something (a comparatively inexperienced birder -such as myself!- may have made an honest mistake, or it could be a rare instance of someone not telling the truth...a sad occurrence and thankfully not common, but as you know it does happen) so, like i say, just to reassure people. All I knew was that there were photos which clearly showed a killdeer and that's why i posted what i did.

hope that's ok!

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Tanmay Dixit wrote:

Killdeer at Alston Reservoirs (Lancs) on Birdguides; confirmed with photos.





Tanmay, sorry, I can't resist not commenting on this but I think the Killdeer was confirmed at the time of the finding by the finder himself (and not via photos)wink . Or are we now not believing anything until 'we' (birders in general) see a photo of it confuse

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Killdeer at Alston Reservoirs (Lancs) on Birdguides; confirmed with photos.

If only I could get there, easter hols now over...cry

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Harlequin Duck up on North Uist, Western Isles. Went up midweek to see this cracking 1w drake, which has lingered off Balranald RSPB for the last week. A brilliant trip, albeit a long, long way, to watch this bird for 1.5hrs and then to have a guided tour around all the hotspots of the island with ex-Inner Marsh Farm RSPB Warden & now Balranald RSPB Warden Stuart Taylor. We caught up with White-tailed Eagle, Ring-necked Duck, Richardsons Canada Goose, 2 white Snow Geese & Glaucous Gull, as well as great views of numerous scarcities. Long drive to Uig on Skye, ferry over to N.Uist & then a night on Benbecula before retuning on the 1st ferry back the next day. All worth it for such a fantastic bird and not too expensive as we did it with a crew of five of us in one car


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Hugh's photos on Surfbirds are truly drool-makers!!!

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News from the pagers - PINE GROSBEAK on Tuesday in Shetland at Collafirth, this bird's ID was clinched from photos.





Now presumed present for the last 3 months !!!, from a photo taken of a 'Crossbill' in a Shetland mainland garden on 2nd November 2012 (there for 2 days) identical to photos taken yesterday. It could be a second bird of course.

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News from the pagers - PINE GROSBEAK on Tuesday in Shetland at Collafirth, this bird's ID was clinched from photos.

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Yesterday in Berkshire 1 Buff-bellied Pipit still at Queen Mother Reservoir, showing very well

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Mega News

Chestnut-eared Bunting Shetland still present Wednesday (24 October)
Siberian Rubythroat Fair Isle on Tuesday (23 October)
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Portland on Monday (22 October)

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Good views of the Eastern Olivaceous Warbler yesterday at Kilminning Castle, Fife for myself, Jason Atkinson and Alex Jones.



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Not one to rush for as there has been a relatively recent NW record - Blackpoll Warbler on Scilly today, on Bryher, which mega alerted on RBA Pager. The NW record, by the way, was at Seaforth NR in Liverpool on June 2nd 2000.

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Great views on Tuesday 2nd October of the Short-billed Dowitcherat RSPB Lodmoor, Dorset, for myself and Henry Cook.

Details under "all other counties and regions"

-- Edited by Phil Owen on Saturday 6th of October 2012 07:01:44 PM

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From birdguides, Belted Kingfisher Galway but no sign of Eastern Kingbird !

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For those now making plans...........

still there at 2.50pm at Inishmore on wall at Kimurvey, it's a trip over to Ireland & then a charter boat to Inishmore, good luck

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Eastern Kingbird in County Galway, Ireland

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Even slower, Ian, but I waited a day in case it turned up in another Geo - but no sign at all yesterday of the Magnolia Warbler, despite extensive searches for it. Many very keen twitchers had planes booked & were waiting pacing around airfield departure lounges - ah well you win some, you lose some

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News broke two hours ago and for those involved those two hours mean everything

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News just broken via Rarebirdalert - There's a Magnolia Warbler, on Fair Isle, Shetland. Most recent and first for UK record was Scilly, 1981. Now that's mega!



-- Edited by John Doherty on Sunday 23rd of September 2012 09:11:26 PM

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Popped down to rainham Marshes RSPB to try for the Baillon's Crake that is there at present. A bit of advice to anyone going:
Get there early, best views seem to be first thing & the reserve seems to be letting folk in before opening time at present. The walk to the hide is over a kilometre, so those with walking difficulties beware. The hide is up several steps so wheelchair access would be difficult. The bird is usually very elusive & views are through reeds and for a couple of seconds at a time only, not everyone in the hide gets the bird each time it shows. The hide can hold lots of people but gets packed, over 50 birders were in there when I was there! This can make it up to 6 deep so viewing can be hard!

I luckily got one view of the crake, as I say through reeds and for about 2 seconds. This was in a total of 6 hours in the hide & just over 6 hours travelling time. But as they say - that's twitching!!

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There has been a dowitcher species at Lodmoor NR in Dorset for a bout a week now & it has been IDed finally as a Short-billed Dowitcher from photos. My last UK one was in Cleveland so I don't think I'll be rushing all the way to Dorset for this one, but it's a great bird It was present this morning but has been missing since late am, almost certainly turn up later today.

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Anyone been for the Hudsonian Godwit?
I know its been said that its possibly not actually this species but from photos I've seen (& its only photos, haven't heard any news) it looks good... doesn't it?
& I have no experience with Hudwit so wondered if anyone - who dose, could elaborate on what we [were] looking for.


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Also check Ian Mck's informative comments on the Frodsham Marsh/Weaver bend thread under Cheshire and the Wirral for additional information.


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Anyone been for the Hudsonian Godwit?
I know its been said that its possibly not actually this species but from photos I've seen (& its only photos, haven't heard any news) it looks good... doesn't it?
& I have no experience with Hudwit so wondered if anyone - who dose, could elaborate on what we [were] looking for.


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Jamie,

Although news was originally put out as a probable Hudsonian Godwit, white on the underwing was evident yesterday which ruled this out unfortunately.

It has been re-identified now as a Black-tailed Godwit but still a very interesting bird nonetheless though and certainly one which myself, Jason Atkinson and Henry Cook made the dash over to Frodsham for on Sunday night.

-- Edited by Phil Owen on Tuesday 17th of July 2012 07:32:24 AM

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Anyone been for the Hudsonian Godwit?
I know its been said that its possibly not actually this species but from photos I've seen (& its only photos, haven't heard any news) it looks good... doesn't it?
& I have no experience with Hudwit so wondered if anyone - who dose, could elaborate on what we [were] looking for.


-- Edited by JamieDunning on Tuesday 17th of July 2012 12:27:27 AM

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and now over the river in Bootle...

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The Little Swift was still pleasing the crowd when I left at 6.30 - by that time it had moved a couple of 100m down the prom towards Wallasey

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22/06/2012 - A final hurrah for the spring in the form of a wonderful LITTLE SWIFT at New Brighton, round the corner from the floral pavillion this afternoon. At times it flew within a foot of those assembled as it scythed through the air with Common Swifts and House Martins; an incredible experience and lots of smiles all round.

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Who Dares, Wins! -No sign of the beastie today.

Well done Henry and Co. - Yes, the Headland does haves its share of goodies.

How about a Rufous Bushchat for next year's bird (May /June time seems to be a magic period).
Perhaps just down the coast a few miles in more suitable habitat for it, say on Seaton Common?

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Myself, Mike Duckham and Phil Owen twitched the 1.s male Western Orphean Warbler yesterday. We were on a Cheshire day race but when the text came through there was simply no choice to but abandon the challenge mere hours into the day.

It took a while to find the warbler on site, but when it did show, although sluggish, it eventually did some fly catching, finally giving better views in the open of it's dusky cap, blackish face mask, plain utc's, buffish underparts and dull eye ring. The most impressive feature for me was it's bill, particularly large.

Another top bird for the headland, anyone taking bets for next spring there?

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With my gardening plans severely disrupted this morning, I set off for Hartlepool, a bit disgruntled that another one of my old blockers was letting me down so soon after the Cream-coloured Courser had pulled the same stunt.

On arrival at 9.45 am, there were only about 40 people there, all looking expectantly towards the bowling green perimeter bushes/trees into which the bird had disappeared on its release an hour previously.
Remarkably this was only a yard or two from the section of turf where the White-throated Robin had been on show some 51 weeks earlier.

I feared that to see this bird would prove more challenging, tucked away in cover; and so it proved.
After some anxious 40 minutes, during which time the gathering was in danger of becoming another of those "social occasions," ( one birder whom I'd not seen for some time told me - "I thought you were dead"), someone picked out the target bird perched in a leafy sycamore through a gap in the foliage.
Soon, via a process of sharing peeps through his 'scope, helpful directions, and pleasingly, good cooperation all round, everyone was relieved and we all focused (literally) on enjoying what views we could.
All that was visible was a front on/ side on head view, (showing the blackish crown and ear coverts of a male bird cleanly contrasting with white below the rest of the face and throat), some upper mantle, and a bit of upper flanks. The bird was notable for its inactivity, and seems not to have flown for some 2 hours at least as I type this.

According to the ringers, this was judged to be of the Western form, though from the views in the field, (with no sight of the vent or undertail
coverts available whilst I was there), I could not have formed a view as to "Eastern or Western" from what I saw, other than an obvious smudgier buffier contrast along the upper flanks. I could barely see a hint of a pale eye and speculated that this might be indicative of a first summer bird.

This might be a hard bird to see tomorrow; it's inactivity may be some indication of exhaustion (I should have enquired as to its weight, but I had to get home and the ringers were not to hand when I was leaving). If anyone is tempted to go for this, it may be critical to get there today therefore if possible.

At the time I saw the Scilly bird of 1981, (hard earned, as I went to Scilly that year on crutches with a broken ankle), the species had not then been split. I have heard various comments that the Scilly bird was of the Eastern form and others confidently saying it was judged to be of the Western form.
I myself have no up to date reference source as to which it was and so have no firm view on the matter. I did look at the latest "Collins" of a friend which does show the main distinction as being the duskier underparts of the Western birds, with mention of relative bill dimensions and of course different vocals.

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Now reported as Western Orphean Warbler.

Before strapping a bag of frozen peas to my back and heading NE I've studied some checklists.

The BOU 2011 checklist only states Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis for Britain. A previous Bubo 2007 list states 'BOU currently accepts records as "race undetermined"'.

The BG's BOURC rarity archive states 4 previous records (none assigned to a particular race), whereas RBA state 5 previous. I assume that all these are now considered as Western Orphean (including my Scilly '81 bird)

Mindboggling considering that most of Bonelli's Warblers are Western and all Olivaceaous are Eastern and Desert Warblers are Asian.

Still present at 09.20.

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Damn Looks like my biggest remaining blocker is about to become unblocked

Hartlepool Headland strikes again with an Eastern Orphean Warbler trapped and ringed this morning due to be released in 10 minutes, so you'd better move fast.

Having suffered a back spasm a couple of days ago I won't me moving anywhere - not even to the doctors garden !, which should be fun if it dissappears in there like the White-throated Robin did and all the mayhem that ensued . That was almost a year ago to the day and was my last UK tick.



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It was seen I believe by just one person this morning at about 5am from a lofty vantage point.

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Thought I'd share this one, as it's not far from Greater Manchester - male BAILLON'S CRAKE singing yesterday S.of Llangefni at Malltraeth Marsh late evening, from A5 W.of Gaerwen turn L.beyond Holland Arms Garden Centre & use car park on R.by minor road beyond bungalow & follow on-site directions SH464725.

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Still singing this morning. May never get seen but you can hear it clearly on a video on Youtube....

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Thought I'd share this one, as it's not far from Greater Manchester - male BAILLON'S CRAKE singing yesterday S.of Llangefni at Malltraeth Marsh late evening, from A5 W.of Gaerwen turn L.beyond Holland Arms Garden Centre & use car park on R.by minor road beyond bungalow & follow on-site directions SH464725.

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Just in case there's folk that haven't heard, the Cream-coloured Courser flew off high west today late morning & hasn't been seen again by late aftrenioon. Nice to bump into fellow forum member Rob Smallwood for the 2nd time in 4 days, although this time we didnt get time to chat other than later on the phone!!

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21/05/2012 - An adult Cream-coloured Courser showed well today, down in Herefordshire at Bradnor Hill having been found late yesterday. A real beauty and the first spring record for the UK as far as i'm aware. Considering it's only the second record in the last 30 or so years it was pretty quiet at the twitch this morning with approx 40 people there. Easy parking beyond the golf club and then a short walk up to the top of the hill.


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