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On the way to not seeing the Little Bustard yesterday, on the A614 near to Great Driffield had the unusual sight of a Red Kite flying over the road and a Red-legged Partridge risking its life scurrying across the road in front of the car at the same time biggrin

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Mixenden reservoir
As I was heading over the border to hopefully see the Blyth's Pipit at Calder Industrial Estate Wakefield, I went via Halifax to Mixenden res where a Great Northern Diver had been present for several days, which didn't disappoint.
Also present a herd of 6 Whooper Swans.

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A rendezvous at Filey for our usual group of 5 failed to produce any Twite (Purple Sandpiper was our best bird there) but did get us information about a Rough-legged Buzzard just to the south east near Grindale. The bird had just dropped out of sight as we arrived at East Leys Farm but after about an hour's wait (enlivened by a fly-through ring-tailed Hen Harrier) the bird reappeared and showed very well for several minutes both perched and in flight before the local crows mobbed it back into the wood. Viewing from one of the other roads showed it was back in the tree it had been using all morning and it was back out again fairly quickly perched in the same dead tree to the left of the wood before flying off to drop into a dip in the surrounding fields.

Finished off the day at Flamborough with a Snow Bunting in the fog horn compound together with Barn Owl and Black Redstart at Thornwick Pool, courtesy of Martin Garner.

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper not seen between 13;15 and 15:45 whilst I was there. The guy who found the Sandpiper had a Dotterel over with Golden Plover via photograph

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Buff Breasted Sandpiper at 12:55 on ploughed field to W of Ringstone Reservoir

Dotterel flying around too, calling, with ~25 Golden Plover but unclear if it landed

2 Buzzard

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper reported again this morning. These things are sent to try us...

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Had a drive up with Mum to try for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Ringstone Reservoir. Nice to chat with Holly Page up there who informed us that unfortunately the bird was last seen flying off towards the M62, and she'd been there 40mins and had no sign. Oh well that's birding for you!

Other birds seen en route over the moors:
Buzzard - 2
Kestrel - 1
Raven - 2
Carrion Crow - 4
Robin - 1 singing in bushes at side of the road
Mallard 4

A few Finch types flew across the road up on the moors but impossible to ID as they were against the sky so only got a brief view of an outline, more than likely Goldfinch or/and Linnet
Also a large gathering of Gulls were put up in the air over the res probably numbering 100+ birds, we gave it a quick check for anything different to a Gull in the flock but they seemed to be mostly Black-headed with a few larger Gulls in there too.

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pete berry wrote:

There's a report on Birdguides today of A Buff Breasted Sandpiper at Ringstone Edge Reservoir which is only a few miles n.e. of jnctn 22 M62(Saddleworth turnoff)





Read it on Twitter earlier Pete, what's the likelihood of this species hanging around for an hour or so...or is it impossible to say?
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There's a report on Birdguides today of A Buff Breasted Sandpiper at Ringstone Edge Reservoir which is only a few miles n.e. of jnctn 22 M62(Saddleworth turnoff)

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Huge numbers of Red Kites over Leeds festival at Bramham Park over the weekend, sometimes upwards of 10 in the air at once.

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Weds 25th June. 20.00 - 22.30 hrs.

Had a ride over to Wharncliffe Heath at Deepcar.

Nightjar. Flying and churring and also gave two great 5 minute perched up views on a stump.
Plenty of Woodcock flyovers.
Tree pipit.
Linnet.

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Did the Three Peaks yesterday and was cheered up at various stages by Dipper [Horton], Grey Wagtails [a few], Red Grouse on Pen Y Ghent and Whernside, Cuckoo in the valley before Ingleborough and the birds that surprised me most - calling Common Sandpipers [resumably breeding] on one of the streams off Whernside. Also many Skylarks, Swallows and Meadow Pipits to keep me going :)

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Had drive out to Ladyfield Lake. Sands Lane, Mirfield yesterday to see the Great Northern Diver. Turned out to be a pretty decent location. The diver was really easy to spot on from the road just up from the pub. There were also a number of domestic Chinese Goose on the river.

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Managed an early morning visit to Broomhead Reservoir this morning. Plenty of Red Grouse on the tops as the sun rose and then excellent views of Two Barred Crossbills on two occasions - around 8.30 and then 10.45 in the larch clearing 100m east of the road junction and also drinking from the lake at the same location. I think at least four males and one female but the bigger earlier flock had more like 7 or 8 birds but didn't hang around. Still showing well when I had to leave to get home before I was missed :) Supporting cast of Siskin, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, common Crossbill, Fieldfare and Redwing over.



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Adult Great Northern Diver still on Ladyfield Lake. Sands Lane, Mirfield in torrential rain but showing well (from my car!) biggrin

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I also saw 2 Red Kites between Wetherby and my sister's in Knaresborough. More Buzzards than ever by the M1 and A1. Healthy numbers of Kestrels too.
A good raptor spotting trip smile

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Christmas Day trip to family near Wetherby and had 3 separate sightings of red kites by the A1. These are the kites from the Harewood House breeding programme but it was great to see them away from the house itself. Great Christmas treat for me!

Look out for them if you're ever driving that way.

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A late report from Saturday 21 December - an amalgamation of several sites visited in the North East

Paul Wren, Dave Robinson, myself and Alex, a young birder made the trip to Patrington Haven where upon arrival our quarry the Ivory Gull was showing on the rocks. The Gull spent most of the time preening while we were present, flying occasionally. Good scope views were obtained despite being constantly buffeted by the wind. A long-awaited lifer for me, the last bird I twitched (and dipped was in 1986)!

We then moved on to Spurn. Some of the freshwater pools are now what can only be described as saline lakes, the canal scrape being particularly badly affected. There were very few birds present, apart from a few Blackbirds and Reed Buntings, but on the way back from the canal scrape hide, we were fortunate when a crest in the bushes revealed itself to be a cracking Firecrest, the surprise bird of the day!

Our final stop was North Cave Wetlands for the Green-winged Teal. Upon entering the Turret Hide we were told it had gone behind the large island. Fortunately, instead of going to sleep out of sight, it swam out briefly before disappearing again. Eventually it flew out onto the main lake, where it proceeded to swim towards the hide, giving excellent comparison views with its Eurasian cousins.

Not a lot of species seen over the day, but some great birds!

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great northern diver showing very well on the larger fishing pool on sands lane, mirfield. it did not dive much while I was there so great prolonged views to get some decent pics in the sunshine smile
had a little walk around the area, other birds seen...
4 goosanders flying onto the river calder
2 grey herons
7 tufted ducks
2 great crested grebes
1 great spotted woodpecker
1 treecreeper with tit flock & did something I have not heard of or seen before, it actually went down the trunk of a tree hmm I thought only nuthatches could do this !
1 nuthatch
2 kestrels

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The Great Northern Diver was still at the fishing pools on Sands Lane, Mirfield this morning.
The first Diver I've seen and it was certainly a good one - seems close to summer plumage. Appears nice and healthy - lots of long dives, successfully catching fish.
The pool itself is not that large so even if the Diver doesn't come very close to shore you can still get good views.
Also:
Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw and Long-tailed tits.


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Good trip across the border this morning getting both target birds of Great Northern Diver at Mirfield which showed nearly as well as the Castleshaw bird in 2011 and the Two-barred Crossbill (1m 2f) at Broomhead Res.

Plenty of other good birds about including
2 Red Kites
1 Fieldfare
large mixed flock of Blue,Great, Coal, Long Tailed Tits Lesser Redpoll, Siskin
20 plus Common Crossbill
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

-- Edited by Jon Bowen on Saturday 14th of December 2013 03:43:15 PM

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A morning on Filey beach produced the usual shoreline birds, taking me back to my youth, 60 or so miles further up the coast.

Redshank
Turnstone
Oystercatcher
Sanderling
Curlew
Dunlin
Knot
Cormorant
Shag
Highlight was a small flock of twite on the clifftops.
Plus common, black-headed, herring, and lesser black-backed gulls

Interesting to read of the Brunnich's Guillemot this afternoon. We left at noon and there were noticeably more binoculars around than yesterday, including a tight-lipped group gathered on the Brigg.

Be interesting to see if they are still there tomorrow. Would be nice to see the guillemot.

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Belated report of visit to East Riding (Flamborough Head, Scaborough, Bridlington, Filey areas)
8th Nov-15th Nov; Not ideal weather with westerlies mainly.

Black Redstart
Black-Headed Gull
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Brambling
Brent Goose
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Common Gull
Common Scoter
Cormorant
Curlew
Dunnock
Eider
Fieldfare
Gannet
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Northern Diver
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Guillemot
Herring Gull
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Lesser Black-baked Gull
Magpie
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Merlin
Moorhen
Oystercatcher
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail
Pink-footed Goose
Purple Sandpiper
Red Kite
Red-throated Diver
Redshank
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Robin
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) - Apparently purported to be Rock Doves but I doubt they're genuine
Rock Pipit
Rook
Sanderling
Serin
Shag
Short-eared Owl
Skylark
Snow Bunting
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Teal
Tree Sparrow
Treecreeper
Turnstone
Twite
Whooper Swan
Woodpigeon
Wren
Yellowhammer
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Yesterday, four Red kites soaring together over fields near to the Wetherby Services beside the A1.

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Good views for Mike Ausberger and I of the 1st winter male Siberian Stonechat at Scalby Mills this afternoon, fly-catching from bramble bushes along the stream.

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Territorial Red Grouse coming off Pen Y Ghent on Friday - acting like a rogue Capercaillie. It appeared to be trying to stop people using the new section of path! Cheered up an otherwise bird free Three Peaks walk [unless its just cause I had my head down]smile

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Walked Whernside and Ingleborough yesterday - wasn't expecting to see much as its so busy but was pleased with several flocks of up to ten Meadow Pipits, lots of juvenile Pied Wagtails and two Grey Wagtails, a Spotted Flycatcher exactly where I saw them last May, a pair of Raven, six Red Grouse seen and more heard and an owl pellet. The pellet looked fresh and was the only one round a post right where the path to Whernside leave the Dent path so a very busy area. Given the area - open moorland no trees for a few miles I'm guessing Short Eared or maybe passage Long Eared Owl - if anyone's an expert on pellets let me know and I'll send photos/dissect it!

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I watched a Red kite fly over Wetherby services on the A1 for over 15 minutes this evening at 18.05.

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Bird reported again at 10am today on the main fishing lake. Someone's taking the ****

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Bad luck, John, a very similar experience to mine the day before. At least 10 birders that day, all putting in long hours only to find single observer sightings appearing on the pagers from folk just turning up & leaving less than half an hour later, but somehow connecting with a bird that failed to show at all to everyone else over several hours. Scepticism was in the air Wednesday too form most of the birders present, even if the target gull wasn't :) That's my lot for Sands Lane GPs too, after only 1 visit this year!!

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I now know how indigestible hats are ! Another fruitless visit to the Mirfield suburbs for me and Dave Hughston unfortunately.

On arrival at the weir our hopes were briefly raised by a bird in the air, chasing other gulls before it disappeared. We thought it could have been the target bird for a moment, but an almost certain black eye eventually ruled it out.

Eight birders were around the area today. Some, like us, on their third visit to try and see this bird. Stake outs of the Biffa compound and the fishing lake again proved negative. Lots of Black-headed and a few Commons and that was about it. Even my ace card the chicken carcass - failed to produce a result.

I have to say, I think a few of the birders had become increasingly sceptical about the accuracy of all those recent reports no one we spoke to, even those on second and third visits had seen the bird or knew anyone else who had seen it recently. So quite where all the reports were coming from, Im not quite sure.

Anyway, Ill wait for a bird closer to home now. Three visits to Mirfield is enough for anyone !



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Heading over to Yorkshire shortly - waiting for the rush hour traffic to subside. Will we finally find this Gull, or will we die of hypothermia first !

Hopefully, I'll report back later.

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That's good advice Pete. When we were struggling on our first visit to find this bird we did actually buy a loaf from a nearby garage to try and encourage some action, and then took half a loaf on our second trip - not that it did any good on those particular occasions. But at least the Canada geese enjoyed eating it ! Local asian people also occasionaly came down to the weir and tipped bags of waste food into the water for the geese and black-headed gulls to eat. No wonder plenty of birds hang around there. Tomorrow I just might try an old chicken carcass ( guaranteed not to fail !! )

-- Edited by John Barber on Wednesday 13th of March 2013 09:15:29 PM

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Buy a loaf of cheap white bread on your way :)

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You will prob get it within 5mins & be looking for more sites to visit!! Birding's a funny old game to paraphrase Greavesy Will reply to the PM asap but the short answer is it's a good idea

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Hmmm ! I've said I would 'eat my hat ' if I didn't see this bird tomorrow. After your experience today Doc, I think I'd better take something to make a large sandwich !



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Ring-billed Gull reported at the weir again at 5.10pm, poo!!

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A sighting (not me) at 7.45am & then from 8am constant observation by lots of birders at the lake, the weir & the Biffa site without any confirmed sighting by about 2.45pm when we all left. One guy did arrive & within 5 mins had a flyover at the weir when he was the only person there, which he put on the pager, but no-one present could verify this report, but of course that's not to say that it was not 100% kosher. Good luck tomorrow John & wrap up very very warm

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Two trips over from Cheshire in the last few days have failed to locate this long staying bird. Two other Manchester birders last Saturday ( sorry, didn't get your names ) had the same luck as we did. So a third trip is planned for later this week to try and get this life tick - lets hope it's third time lucky !





Today saw the Ring-billed Gull being reported out three times over q.a lengthy period. First at 10.17am on the spit on Sands Lane GPs, then next at 11.43am at the pits on the Biffa Waste Unit and again at the same place at 2.25pm. Having seen this bird in 2011 & 2012 I may venture over again tomorrow as it seems to maybe have found a food source at this waste unit - fingers crossed. In both previous visits it has shown well for me for photos, so hope that is the case again

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Yes, saw those reports on RBA. I think we've just been unlucky so far. We covered all it's favourite spots several times but it managed to elude us by 15 minutes on one occasion. We are planning to go on Thursday morning for our third attempt. Hope you manage to see it if you go tomorrow Doc .



Thanks John, I will report back on here if I do make the journey over, combining it with a visit to my sister in York, otherwise prob wouldn't go, given the price of petrol & me travelling alone. So all dependant on my sister being free!!

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Two trips over from Cheshire in the last few days have failed to locate this long staying bird. Two other Manchester birders last Saturday ( sorry, didn't get your names ) had the same luck as we did. So a third trip is planned for later this week to try and get this life tick - lets hope it's third time lucky !





Today saw the Ring-billed Gull being reported out three times over q.a lengthy period. First at 10.17am on the spit on Sands Lane GPs, then next at 11.43am at the pits on the Biffa Waste Unit and again at the same place at 2.25pm. Having seen this bird in 2011 & 2012 I may venture over again tomorrow as it seems to maybe have found a food source at this waste unit - fingers crossed. In both previous visits it has shown well for me for photos, so hope that is the case again

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Yes, saw those reports on RBA. I think we've just been unlucky so far. We covered all it's favourite spots several times but it managed to elude us by 15 minutes on one occasion. We are planning to go on Thursday morning for our third attempt. Hope you manage to see it if you go tomorrow Doc .

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Two trips over from Cheshire in the last few days have failed to locate this long staying bird. Two other Manchester birders last Saturday ( sorry, didn't get your names ) had the same luck as we did. So a third trip is planned for later this week to try and get this life tick - lets hope it's third time lucky !





Today saw the Ring-billed Gull being reported out three times over q.a lengthy period. First at 10.17am on the spit on Sands Lane GPs, then next at 11.43am at the pits on the Biffa Waste Unit and again at the same place at 2.25pm. Having seen this bird in 2011 & 2012 I may venture over again tomorrow as it seems to maybe have found a food source at this waste unit - fingers crossed. In both previous visits it has shown well for me for photos, so hope that is the case again

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Hello John - must be two years since I saw that gull but when I did it was on the river near the weir and then flew to the pond a few 100m away - just in case you hadn't been told about both spots? Peter

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Two trips over from Cheshire in the last few days have failed to locate this long staying bird. Two other Manchester birders last Saturday ( sorry, didn't get your names ) had the same luck as we did. So a third trip is planned for later this week to try and get this life tick - lets hope it's third time lucky !

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three waxwings at castleford in a tree opposite diggerland this morniing

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Sunday 10/6

Decided I couldn't miss out on this stonking bird, and having been kind enough to wait around a whole week so that I could twitch it, I thought I'd better not let the poor bird down.

Arrived with Phil Owen at 9am and the bird was immediately visible in the field at Aldbrough. after a few short flights it perched up on its favourite pole and gave us and the dozen or so gathered birders excellent views of its gorgeous plumage. Even the local constabulary pulled up at one point to see what all the fuss was about.

We then moved on to Spurn for reported Bee-eater and Rosefinch. (See Spurn thread).

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Roller still showing very well this morning - it was on its normal post for around twenty minutes and then flew into the field to the north where it appeared to be hunting - it flew in short 3-4m bursts around the field every few minutes. For such an amazingly coloured bird it did take a while to find it again on the ground if you missed a flight or two! It was still being mobbed by a Meadow Pipit both on the post and on the ground.

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Roller still present at lunch time. Absolute stonking bird!

Even little Riggers was impressed and hogged the scope

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looks like 2 rollers present between aldbrough and hornsea. one flew north over hull road towards hornsea mere 2.40pm whilst the "usual" one was still present and correct near bewick hall!!

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After a rather wet start in GM, Iain Johnson and myself decided to make a trip to see the Roller. It looked thoroughly fed up in the rain, perched on its favourite post, but eventually it decided to shake the rain off and flew into the field to feed, when we were able to see the spectacular mixture of colours.

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After our 2 hours of watching the fabulous Roller at Aldbrough, Alex Jones and myself decided to head off to Flamborough to try and find the Icterine Warbler, as Alex was particularly keen to see it as a UK first.

This was my second visit in 4 days there having already seen the Icterine Warbler on Tuesday via Hartlepool, and it certainly gave me a sense of "deja-vu" as we pulled up in the same parking spot.

Despite our efforts and those of other birders, the Icterine Warbler was not around.

We headed to the cliffs where a quick scan of the rocks and sea produced:

10 Puffins
100's of Guillemots on the sea (including one bridled individual with the distinct eye ring and stripe)
Also lots of Razorbill, Kittitwakes, Fulmars, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls and some great views of Gannets close-in.

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