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Crippling views from inside the house as Phil said. A good day out with an American Wigeon aswell which he forgot about!

Pictures of the Dove here.

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Crippling views from inside the house as Phil said. A good day out with an American Wigeon aswell which he forgot about!

Pictures of the Dove here.

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Decided to have another go this morning for the Oriental Turtle Dove along with Jason Atkinson.

On arriving at 7.45am, only a few birders were present when the owner of the house - Steve, kindly invited us in.

After 30 minutes or so of seeing some great action on the feeders with Brambling, Siskin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Wooodpecker, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove and Jackdaw all noted, along came the Dove landing at first on the trellis and straight onto the lawn giving us unbelievable views down to just 12 feet and definately a case of the "Wow" factor!!

After 5 minutes the bird then walked to the side of the garden and out of sight, giving a few more birders their turn to see such a magnificent bird for the UK.

From there we headed to Rainham Marshes for the Slaty Backed Gull but despite continuous searching, unfortunately the bird did not show to those present with a couple of Yellow Legged Gulls being the highlights amongst the usual commoner Gull species.

Still, we went home really pleased after a great day out!! biggrin.gif


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An interesting day today, beginning with a ridiculous 03.30 start, found Mr Rigby and myself in Chipping Norton at 06.15, an hour before dawn. There were already about 60 birders before us in the queue at no. 41 The Leys and it was raining quite heavily. Not a good start. Dawn broke and one of us (OK me) even managed to fall asleep crouching under an umbrella whilst leaning against a low wall. Young local entrepreneurs were out in force selling cakes, biscuits, tea and coffee to raise money for the local swimming baths and any money raised by entry to no. 41 was to go to Birdlife International and Birdlife Malta. Unfortunately the Rufous Turtle Dove did not show on cue and a great fund raising opportunity was almost missed. The crowd grew to around 400, which could have been a problem in a quiet suburban street but birders and residents got on very amicably. When the Dove did eventually show it could first be seen from the road by a fortunate group and later by everyone as it preened in an Ash tree across a field. Easy public viewing here which rather thwarted charity fund raising. However, some hundreds of pounds have already been raised for worthy causes so everyone is a winner smile.gif

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Several people attempted the double yesterday, scoring the OTD in the morning (decent prolonged scope views from 3 doors up smile.gif) though the SBG failed to show in the afternoon no.gif. I've just noticed my boat-race in the BGs weekly review picture of the crowd from last Tuesday, I'm stood infront of the black car outside the house (in a static queue for 8 freezing hours disbelief.gif).

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Slaty-backed Gull back on Rainham tip today. Could make a good double with the Oriental Turtle Dove for a twitch were both much more showy, as it is it's a highly risky journey at the moment.

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Frustratingly it's there today but no access, other than for a TV crew who were able to broadcast live images this morning. It has just been reported from the trees by the garden.

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Not long back from Chipping Norton where Henry Cook, Phil Owen and myself made an unsuccessful attempt to find the Rufous Turtle Dove. We arrived late morning having found out on the journey that the bird had not been seen since 08.45 ish, despite this we took our places in the queue which was at that stage some 300 folk strong. The theory being that it would return to the private garden where it has been feeding for the past 3 or 4 days. With that many birders ahead of us in the line we quickly calculated that for us to get a chance to hand over our 5 entry fees the bird would need to be back in the garden by 2pm. This of course didn't happen and like many others we took turns at walking around the surrounding area trying to locate the bird - all to no avail. We did find a Peregrine on the local mill chimney but that was about it.We left as evening came in after checking the possible local roost sites but still no sign.

Nevertheless an interesting day in good company - Henry and Phil were OK as well biggrin.gif



Typical, the bird is reported as being present this morning no.gif

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John Rayner E-mailed to me a photo of people queuing to see the RTD.




I wasn't one of those queuing I hasten to add - I too was accumulating many brownie points by decorating. I understand only the first 15 or so out of a queue of some hundreds actually saw the bird. A shame for the birder in whose garden the Rufous Turtle Dove had settled for the previous 3 days. Having made the brave decision to open his house at a fiver a time (proceeds to Birdlife International and Birdlife Malta) he deserved to make a bit more for charity.

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John Rayner E-mailed to me a photo of people queuing to see the RTD. It made me feel quite fulfilled that I've spent the last few days decorating and watching a few old films on tele.
I think the dip on the Slaty-backed Gull last month (at that incredibly depressing rubbish tip) has actually done me a power of good, as I'm feeling refreshingly sane and well adjusted.

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Not long back from Chipping Norton where Henry Cook, Phil Owen and myself made an unsuccessful attempt to find the Rufous Turtle Dove. We arrived late morning having found out on the journey that the bird had not been seen since 08.45 ish, despite this we took our places in the queue which was at that stage some 300 folk strong. The theory being that it would return to the private garden where it has been feeding for the past 3 or 4 days. With that many birders ahead of us in the line we quickly calculated that for us to get a chance to hand over our 5 entry fees the bird would need to be back in the garden by 2pm. This of course didn't happen and like many others we took turns at walking around the surrounding area trying to locate the bird - all to no avail. We did find a Peregrine on the local mill chimney but that was about it.
We left as evening came in after checking the possible local roost sites but still no sign.

Nevertheless an interesting day in good company - Henry and Phil were OK as well biggrin.gif

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According to Birdguides and RBA, it flew off around 11am this morning and had not returned by late afternoon.

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Tis only a bird Rob... I am in the same boat... also I hate queuing and paying to see a bird, it somehow feels wrong,.


Remember thou shalt always bird...( on u tube.)

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5.00 entry to the garden tomorrow (Tuesday) but no access Wed or Thursday. Guess which two days I can take off this week... disbelief.gif

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Rufous Turtle Dove - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

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Probable Slaty-backed Gull - Rainham...

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Cancel that. Looks like it might not stay now, what with anecdotal evidence from the site suggesting tick-hungry twitchers flushed the poor bird repeatedly all morning.
Henry.

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Makes you feel so much bettercry.gif when you come off the Isles of Scilly, and drive past a mega.

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AMERICAN BITTERN present south of Zennor, Cornwall - been there at least 5 days already so looks to be quite settled in and given the pattern of recent records it might stay around a fair while yet!

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Gentlemen, never give up! remember its in your local patch, look at last years beauty

Eastern Crown Warbler, or Kents handsome Golden-winged warbler in tesco's car park, found by a birder going to post a letter.

History is made by looking at every bird.biggrin.gif

But it is nice to be on St Agnes in October.

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John Barber wrote:

Paul Heaton wrote:

Well well things are picking up don't you knowsmile.gif

Solitary Sandpiper
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Black Eared Wheatear
Red Flanked Bluetail
Hermit Thrush
Isabelline Wheatear

Red Eyed Vireo
Raddes Warbler
Blackpoll warbler among others, so where do you go.......









Helps a bit if you are in Shetland, Cornwall, the Scilly Isles or on the East Coast !




Or the west coast of Ireland ( if you do BOU / IRBC )

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Sunday 10th of October 2010 08:12:51 PM

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Paul Heaton wrote:

Well well things are picking up don't you knowsmile.gif

Solitary Sandpiper
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Black Eared Wheatear
Red Flanked Bluetail
Hermit Thrush
Isabelline Wheatear

Red Eyed Vireo
Raddes Warbler
Blackpoll warbler among others, so where do you go.......







Helps a bit if you are in Shetland, Cornwall, the Scilly Isles or on the East Coast !

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Well well things are picking up don't you knowsmile.gif

Solitary Sandpiper
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
Black Eared Wheatear
Red Flanked Bluetail
Hermit Thrush
Isabelline Wheatear

Red Eyed Vireo
Raddes Warbler
Blackpoll warbler among others, so where do you go.......

Anywhere cause they were found by birders out in the field, so stop reading this and get out there.

Ps anyone on Scilly oct 18th-25th I will be in the cabin, please call in for a whiskey or two.


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I'm surprised no one has mentioned it but despite the Rufous-tailed Robin found on North Ronaldsay, Orkney today being discovered deceased it's still an amazing bird no less. Surely a sign of what might be lurking out there somewhere.

Either way, the Manchester Birding website has some pretty exclusive photos of the unfortunate vagrant.

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The Wigan Parula now lives in Liverpool Museum if anybody fancies twitching it...
I think it's probably stored in collection rather than being displayed.

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Mike Passant wrote:

Play it cool... Parula Warbler is overdue nearer to home (maybe sooner than you might suppose).

November 2nd 1982 Wiganconfuse.gif now that would be nice if it happened again

It looks likes it may be a good Autumn.

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Now the Empidonax sp. that's a different matter....perhaps once in a lifetime in Europe?






What with two empi's in the UK in just the last 3 years, they are slowly becoming the new Blackpoll Warbler or Red-eyed Vireo to British birders. No doubt there will be more to come. At this time it is still a staggering find though, now someone's just got to i.d. it!

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Saturday 25th of September 2010 10:28:38 PM

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Play it cool... Parula Warbler is overdue nearer to home (maybe sooner than you might suppose).

If you were to go up to Tyree, that might be the best way to guarantee one turning up again in Gr. Manchester. (That plantation by Castleshaw looks tailor made for a Parula).
I recall going for a certain Short-billed dowitcher in N. Scotland only to see it again shortly afterwards on Teesside

Now the Empidonax sp. that's a different matter....perhaps once in a lifetime in Europe?





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Really would like to see a Parula, was tempted enough to look at the logistics of getting there, 604 mile drive, 4 hour ferry trip from Oban at 16 return foot passenger, taxi to the bird, 6 mile from ferry, 1 nights b&b, then all the way back! Fancy it Riggers?wink.gif

Think I will have to stick to the big vis mig up on moorshmm.gif.

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It's all kicking off now! Pics of Empidonax sp on Surfbirds stop-press gallery.
Some great looking winds crossing the atlantic over the next week too with fairly calm conditions on the coasts at times to search out those megas.

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Putative Yellow-bellied Flycatcher found this afternoon on Blakeney Point, Norfolk; if i/d is correct, - a first for the West. Pal. Also, as support evidence it seems to have arrived in good company; a Parula Warbler is on Tyree, (Argyle and Bute).

I wonder if on its way south, the Flycatcher flew over Co. Durham....?

Info. thanks to John Rayner.

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Update re Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
The bird has been showing well through mid-morning period but has moved from last night's site by about 3/4 Km. inland, (apparently it was flushed by someone at about 7.15!)

Amended directions are :

From the car park, proceed 300m. to the bridge over Greatham Creek, not now crossing the road, but cross the bridge instead and take the signed footpath just after (north of) the bridge walking inland some 200 metres. If still in the same spot you should see a huddle of birders. The bird this morning was feeding on exposed mud of the north side of the creek with 5/6 Dunlin and Bl. H. Gulls. If not here, just look for any local birders for info.

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The Sharpie was found by north-east birding legend Dave Britton. Just a few weeks ago he found a White-rumped Sandpiper at South Gare. Amazingly this is Dave's second self-found Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, after one he bagged in Cleveland in 1977.

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I'm not quite sure if Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (on Teesside) counts as a "Mega" these days, (though apparently Rare Bird Alert so considers it).

I have put details earlier of where to go on the "North East Invaded" thread for any Mancy birders who might venture forth.

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BOBOLINK present in Glamorgan at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir.
Would be nice for a mainland bird to stick about for a few days.

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- Sad to say it's tea time and no sightings today of the Sykes's Warbler. There is a thick belt of large bushes on the landward side of the dunes up at Druridge Bay Country Park and we speculated yesterday that if the bird got into that lot there would be little chance of further sightings.
Having said that, it could still be lurking somewhere close by....

Interestingly, another was found yesterday on Shetland.

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Thanks Mike

Anyone thinking of going during the week or on Saturday (assuming still around)? Would be happy to car share or organise a car load.

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Sykes's Warbler - Druridge Bay Country Park. 16/08/2010

Directions for anyone interested:

Head north up the A1, exiting east (some 10 kms north of Morpeth) heading to Widdrington, there or just before there head north up the A1068 about 4 kms.

It is best to ignore the brown "Druridge Bay Country Park" sign, instead carry on another 600 metres or so and take the next right (east, directly towards the coast).
The sign here has disappeared but it does take you to Hadson Carrs at the northern end of the bay. Once you hit the coast after barely a minute, the narrow road takes you south. After several hundred metres look for cars parked on the verge.

This morning we arrived to find about 70 N. E birders some 40 metres off the the left seaward (dune) side all focused on an isolated Hawthorn. The bird gave jigsaw views but occasionally popped out into full view, though patience was needed to get it "full scope".
After 20 mins. it flew into a lower more open bush and provided an opportunity to see it almost continuously, though generally against the light and at the back of, or low down, in the bush. I managed about 20 seconds in full view at the front of the bush through the 'scope in a total of 50 mins.

As for the bird itself, its upperparts appeared as a quite uniform "milky tea" (with no contrast discernible in the tertial edgings or tips) and with silky whitish grey underparts. Legs darkish (apparently greyish, but not particularly noted by me as I was more focused on head and plumage during the brief opportunities afforded).
Its face had a mildly surprised look, - rather blank looking, but on a subsequent view possibly due to a change of viewing angle, it had a discernible supercilium, stronger before and to just above the eye. Its bill was slender, and longer than what I recall of Booted Warbler's bill (which also seems to me to generally suggest a hint of "upturn" which really isn't thereonce you check it critically). Also, its forehead was always seemingly flatter than my impressions of Booted warblers with their generally steeper look to the forehead.
Whereas of the Hippolais genus, Booted is often said to slightly recall Chiffchaff rather more than its congeners, there was no similarity at all to any phylloscopus with this bird. I felt it was more like a miniature Acrocephalus if anything.
Its carriage seemed consistently horizontal, with no tail cocking or flicking. At no stage whilst I was there did I hear a call.

My only experience of Sykes's Warbler is virtually worthless, - India in Feb 1996, when it was probably still regarded as "Rama" race of Booted Warbler.

As regards the identification, this should be confirmed with a series of photos, a factor which is becoming increasingly useful (Olive Tree Warbler and Amur Falcon spring to mind!) I suggest that it would still take a "bird in the hand" or much more field experience across the general body of British birders for a lone observer with no camera or previous field experience to get one of these past a rarities committee presently. Nevertheless it is probably one of those species which has been overlooked here in the past, and with 10 or a dozen British records (half of these from the northern isles), its field identification may well evolve in the way it did for Blyth's Reed warbler.
In many ways it is a parallel to Garden Warbler, a species with little by way of distinguishing features, but in this case there are a great many confusion species in several genera to be eliminated to arrive at a safe i/d.

- A good instructive bird, and if you go; -good luck!
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It's on tour like a rock band or a comedian! Let's hope it adds some new dates and does a gig in GM. I was away for its Seaforth appearance and away for the previous bird at Leighton Moss.

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Monday 12th of July 2010 04:09:29 PM

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White-tailed Plover

My history with this species is not good - never seen one anywhere in the world.

Mostly they are 1 day birds in UK, although one was in Warwickshire in 1984 for 2 days, but that was before my twitching days. After that there was a gap of 23 years till 1 appeared in 2007, first at Caerlaverock, then much nearer at Leighton Moss. I was well out of touch being away on holiday. cry.gif

I expected another couple of decades or so till the next one, so it was some surprise when an even more accessible one turned up at Seaforth in May this year. I was on holiday again. cry.gif

Since then what is probably the same bird has done the rounds, being seen for 1 day in Holland, 1 day at Rainham Marshes in Essex then 2 days at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire (where at last, and with some relief, I caught up with it smile.gif) and finally Dungeness today.

It travels so far each day who knows where it will turn up tomorrow. Back to Holland or up to GM?? Keep a special eye out at the GM wader hotspots - you just never know.

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Thanks Rob. As the Chiffchaff has not been mentioned on Birdguides, either yesterday or today ( so far ), it is probable that it 'disappeared' also as soon as it realised that I was coming! However, manged to get some fairly good photographs of both a Winchat and the Tree Pipit. I was lucky with the Pipit as having spent hours singing, flying and descending to one of two trees, which were fairly distant, it decided to land on a bush right next to the car park before carrying on with its routine. It did, from time to time, fly straight into some bracken, feed on the ground and then ascend at great speed and sing before going back to its favourite tree. I still really enjoyed the trip especially as my parents live in Newport so I stayed the night at my 'home'.

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Sorry Jon - and despite claims on other Websites I did not smuggle it back to Manchester in my boot!

Never seen such accomodating Whinchats, and had fun seperaiting the genuine Tree Pipits from tree perching Meadows!

The Iberian site was odd, you needed to take the path south parallel to the road for about 100 - 150 yeards then left in to the wood for a dozen yards or so.

We only found the spot thanks to someone being on site and even then more by luck than skill.

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It's alright for some Rob! Went down yesterday and arrived at 6.30am. Typically, the Warbler had decided to leave during the night. Spent 8 hours there but already knew it was a waste of time because I had met, on my arrival, someone who had been every morning at dawn and it had, up until yesterday morning, been roosting in a holly bush and then singing before doing its circuits. However, the Winchats were lovely to see and watching the Tree Pipit in front of the car park was a delight. Had a look this morning for the Iberian Chiffchaff in Wentwood Forest but although I found the right car park, got completely lost in the woods with nobody else around to guide me.

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Succesfull trip to Gwent, both Marmora's and Iberian Chiffchaff performed well.

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Made the trip down to Blorenge for the Marmora's Warbler on Saturday leaving Ashton at 4am yawn.gif Both legs of the journey took about 2 3/4 hours.

Well worth it though as the bird showed brilliantly and has a cracking song, a descending scratchy rattle - quite distinctive.

Also present were Tree Pipit, also displaying at close range, Whinchat and a cuckoo (heard only).

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Macaronesian (Barolo's) Shearwater on Lundy. First heard Saturday night and again last night, but it's extremely unlikely that it will be seen. After the brilliant Petrels Night and Day book, I wonder how many more are going to be found in the future?

You can hear the Lundy bird here:

http://www.lundybirds.org.uk/audio/B00h26m11s07jun2010.mp3

-- Edited by Tom McKinney on Monday 7th of June 2010 08:15:35 PM

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Our longest "twitch" ever. Got the bird eventually when it did a quick tour of the car park! Unfortunately it didn't stay perched long enough to get a photo - but at least Warfy got some pics yesterday. Well done that man.

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Damn ......

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It's been reported again this morning

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Tom McKinney wrote:

Sure is worth it Jase. Actually I was Norfolk at the time, and it took just under 7 hours to get from Stiffkey to Blaenavon in scorching sun - nice. Though at least the new twitch-mobile has a/c. Home to Glossop was just over three hours.

With your driving you could probably do Aberdeen to Blaenavon and back to Aberdeen in just over five hours and still have an hour at the bird smile.gif






Ah well looks like its gone, thank god!! No thinking about planning a raid. I'll settle for the Long-tailed Skua again i think, cant get enough of a good thing.

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