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THE GREATER MANCHESTER 200 CLUB.


Noooooo you can't close it now. I'm only one away. I want to come to the Xmas party!


Personally I've found the 'club' a bit of inspiration. I'd never really considered my GM total before the GM webiste came along and the '200 club' was (for me) a tongue in cheek challenge almost. It's got me out in parts of GM I would never normally visit and I've discovered new sites as well as self finding some rather nice birds. Yes, it's always been a bit of fun, but I've enjoyed watching people move up to the magic number and its nice to be able to congratulate those that do make it. If the thread closed it wouldn't bother me particularly, but surely as long as everyone recognises that it is just a bit of fun......

-- Edited by Craig Higson on Tuesday 4th of November 2014 08:53:20 PM

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Bernard Hooley, did we meet at the weekend at Binn Green

Sir I am happy you have considered signing up, however I must point out that the whole idea of the GM 200 Club started out as a practical joke between friends, and it has got out of hand, the Club is a imaginary one , a piece of my odd, off the wall sense of humour, I have asked Ian to perhaps close this thread, but as happened on Saturday, fellow birders, encourage me to continue, however please accept my apologies if anyone thinks its real, I am happy that people find it a challenge and a target to see 200 birds in GM, thats got to be good for the county.
I know of one birder taking it to the extreme and trying to see 100 species in each borough, now that a real challenge.

Please keep in touch private message me, as for everyone else, do we continue with the allusion or do we close the doors.

Stay real and as sane as you can, but

keep Birding.

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Hi Paul I am one of the so called secret members of the 200 club.quite some time ago Keith mills advised me to. Join but I never quite got around to it.the rough legged buzzard was number191 in greater Manchester so I think it is time I signed up.

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A truly excellent day out today to Dovenstones /Binn Green, many thanks to Steve for alerting us to a wonderful bird, seeing a Rough legged Buzzard, against the craggy backdrops of the dark hills was just splendid. As was meeting Mr Passant in the field, or actually by the side of the road, So nice to finally put a face to the name. I met many other members adding to their list, and a few new members, methinks?

Plus the odd secret member adding the bird as well,

We do have a few secret members, shame really its a proud club.

Sorry the the birders I met today if I fail to mention your names, I am just rubbish with names, again thanks go to Ian McKerchar for putting the news out, and we hope the extra work updating all our list makes you smile.

Keep Birding.

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Thanks David.

For Durham listing purposes we count that area between the R.Tyne and the R. Tees; - this overlaps with Cleveland which straggles the R.Tees.

South of the Tees, (i.e. S. Cleveland) I only venture for a British tick, hence the 2nd cal. year Ivory Gull at Saltburn, almost 29 years ago on 01/02/1986, which I twitched from Bramhall where I lived at the time.

It was such a great bird I went back again the following day with a relatively new friend who needed it; -a certain John Rayner!

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Mike Passant wrote:


These last two Fridays have produced for me a satisfying "double whammy" in terms of pipits and milestones.
Last weeks Rock Pipit at Audy was of course my no. 200 for GM, and todays superb tail wagging Olive-backed Pipit at Sunderland my no.300 for Co. Durham.





My birth certificate states "Sunderland, Co Durham" - then I woke up on 1st April 1974 in a different county. Good to see them re-united, and interesting that Durham listing is the pre-1974 boundary. I suppose that coastline between South Shields and Ryhope is useful for keeping the numbers up biggrin

Well done

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Mike Passant wrote:


These last two Fridays have produced for me a satisfying "double whammy" in terms of pipits and milestones.
Last weeks Rock Pipit at Audy was of course my no. 200 for GM, and todays superb tail wagging Olive-backed Pipit at Sunderland my no.300 for Co. Durham.







Congratulations Mike - Well deserved.

Well, 200 GM, 300 Durham !

Madrid 350 and Canton Zurich 375??..........

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Another down, two to go. What chance before the year is out I wonder.

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Keith, it has been noted you are putting in that extra effort, look forward to you becoming a member,

keep adding to your list.

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Cheers Paul.
I was happy with the Phalaropes this week, but now the whip is out I suppose the Marsh Tit beckons...

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Keith Mills, your only a tad light of ticks for membership, come on lets see a bit of an effort biggrin

keep Birding

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Belated congratulations, Mike. I look forward to hearing from you, about this special club, when next we meet
at Rumworth.

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Well done Mike!

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These last two Fridays have produced for me a satisfying "double whammy" in terms of pipits and milestones.
Last weeks Rock Pipit at Audy was of course my no. 200 for GM, and todays superb tail wagging Olive-backed Pipit at Sunderland my no.300 for Co. Durham.

I really must thank all my friends (both old and new) in Greater Manchester for your many kindnesses, including information passed on, hospitality provided (even running to accommodation and food) since my quest was ignited in Nov. 2008 by Ian's inspirational superb website.
I should also acknowledge a debt of gratitude to all you patchworkers, finders of birds, and of course the phographers, whose talents grace the galleries on the site, as well as Ian's identification articles which I enjoy and often peruse as "refreshers."

Of all the members of the 200 club, I am now very much the humblest and most junior, (and arguably the one who has taken the greatest span of years as a birder to actually arrive here). On that basis, at the Christmas hoot, I shall be content to sit in a corner of the dining hall sipping soup with a large WOODEN SPOON!

Many Thanks,
Mike



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congratulations Mike a fantastic achievement with you living reet up north



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Well done Mike. I thought I might catch you a few weeks ago, but everything that came in that you came down for, I already had!


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Congratulations Mike a really superb achievement.

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Well done Mike!!

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Well done to Mr Passant. I just saw this post from Mr. Heaton. So sir we are level! May the race to 210 begin!

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Its is a huge honour to announce that our fellow birder Mr Mike Passant has today, joined the 200 club, in proper style, with I suspect a tad bit of trespass to see a Rock Pipit

I know ian would never agree with the following poem ,but regarding pipits, it has been said


Its a pity that the pipit have no diagnostic features specifically they are the least distinctive of gods creatures
For the naming any one you need five measurements together with a drawing of the wing tip and the length of every feather
Count the spots on breast and back be the sure of which sex is, make a picture of the pattern of the one but outer rectrix
Pay extravagant attention to the hind claw's conformation, none 'weak and long' or curved and strong (or snapped in preservation)
and when you're marshalled all the facts no matter what their sense is if the bird was caught in Europe its ten to one, Pratensis....
B P Hall 1961.

Yet Mr Passant your was not, the mighty Rock Pipit, bagged today, means the next time you go out "a-birding together" as Mr Page said in the Merry wives of Windsor. you can proudly say your a member of the GM 200 Club.

I doff my cap to you sir, your effort have been outstanding.

Well done that man.


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Mr Tim Wilcox, please accept a full apology for the lateness of this message, our secretary has been out of sorts and I have only just today, had confirmation of your fantastic news.

Therfore let it be known that the Greater Manchester 200 Club is proud to announce that after a Little Stint Mr Timothy Wilcox is accepted as full member of the Club.

As from today he may hold his notebook and head up high, and boast at the next big twitch, of his achievements in the fields and puddles of Manchester.

The Christmas doo is going to be a hoot. I do hope Mr Passant, can find it in himself to push across that final lonely hurdle, and get his just reward.

The Club is very pleased to have such a dedicated new member.

Well done that man..






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Many thanks one and all for your kind congratulations on my milestone however I do not wish to also presume membership of the 200 Club as I have not been confirmed by the Chairman!

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Saturday 20th of September 2014 08:45:45 AM

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Congrats Tim,is Mike just 1 short?

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Tim Wilcox wrote:

Today I saw my 200th species for GM - Little Stint at Pennington Flash biggrinbiggrin

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Well Done Tim smile

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Well done Tim. Be joining you soon I hope.

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I've already congratulated Tim via P M on entering the hallowed portals and in winning our own little race which has been great good natured fun at every twist and turn. Nevertheless, a resounding "well done" to Tim; - I'm just sorry I arrived too late to share the moment with you.

Regards,
Mike

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Well done Tim....it was nice to be next to you in the hide and to see you enjoying the moment.
The Little Stint was also a GM tick for me but I've a long way to go yet to join 'the club'.
I do hope that Mike Passant also saw it....I know he was on route.


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Well done Tim, shame it wasn't the overflying Red Kite that you fancied but Little Stlnt will do nicely smile

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Tim Wilcox wrote:

Today I saw my 200th species for GM - Little Stint at Pennington Flash biggrinbiggrin

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 18th of September 2014 05:42:09 PM





Well done Tim, now all you need to aim for is 200 at penny :)

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Today I saw my 200th species for GM - Little Stint at Pennington Flash biggrinbiggrin

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 18th of September 2014 05:42:09 PM

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Sorry for the late welcome, but Mr Gary Crowder, has become the newest member of the Club, well done and welcome to the Club

Well done that birder

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Very well done Simon. Myself and Mr Passant will hopefully be following closely. I failed to get there trying to get Quail and Sandwich Tern on one day and got neither

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Thank you. Glad to have the Egret finally accepted.

Hopefully there will be a few more entries not long behind me now!

Let's hope the autumn brings some good birdingbiggrin

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Well done Simon. Hopefully I won't be too far behind you.

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-Well done Simon Johnson, upon entering the club in style!

You were my top tip to reach the mark in my post on this thread of May 30th;- I should have put a tenner on you!

Regards,
Mike P.

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Mr Simon Johnson, Congratulations on becoming a Member of the Greater Manchester 200 Club, and what a entrance, a record submitted to the Rarities Committee, of a Great White Egret flying over Elton Res, has been accepted, thereby, giving you full credit for your talents and finally allowing you membership to the Club.

It is so good to have you as our newest member, and the drinks will be on Simon Warford....


Hope the forthcoming weather blows a few goodies into the county.

Well done.

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Hi Dave,

For someone who has never met me, you do indeed read me like a book!
I certainly would come down; not particularly to get a G. M. hat trick, (though that would be nice ) but to pay due homage to such a great species, and to enjoy sharing the experience with others down there (for most of whom it would likely be a stunning new G M tick).
I think that one of the nicest aspects of birding is to enjoy being with birders for whom a species is new, and sharing the thrill and elation with them; - (almost like seeing it yourself again for the first time).

Having said that, if a Pratincole did turn up again in G.M. I should of course prefer it to be one of the other two!

I've yet to catch up with any Pratincole species in Durham, missing the Black-winged Pratincole on July 5th (which was readily available) by being away in Madrid visiting family, but that's all part of the fun of course.

Cheers,
Mike





Rather hoping nothing much new turns up till after 11 October! Massive work project on and only brief days off seeing relatives. So it goes...Roll on retirement

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Hi Dave,

For someone who has never met me, you do indeed read me like a book!
I certainly would come down; not particularly to get a G. M. hat trick, (though that would be nice ) but to pay due homage to such a great species, and to enjoy sharing the experience with others down there (for most of whom it would likely be a stunning new G M tick).
I think that one of the nicest aspects of birding is to enjoy being with birders for whom a species is new, and sharing the thrill and elation with them; - (almost like seeing it yourself again for the first time).

Having said that, if a Pratincole did turn up again in G.M. I should of course prefer it to be one of the other two!

I've yet to catch up with any Pratincole species in Durham, missing the Black-winged Pratincole on July 5th (which was readily available) by being away in Madrid visiting family, but that's all part of the fun of course.

Cheers,
Mike

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Eastern England presently has some outstanding wader rarities; - it just needs one of them to have a rush of blood to its little head and turn up at Rumworth, Elton, (or similar) to bring jubilation to all of us waiting patiently; I don't mind which of course, (though knowing my luck, it would perhaps be a Collared Pratincole).

Regards,
Mike






If it was a Collared Pratincole at Rumworth or Elton, would that tempt you down for your hat-trick of this species in three different Greater Manchester boroughs? The thought of the Collared Pratincole at Scotman's in the 70's sends me deep in to daydream mode...I don't know whether any photos of it exist

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I hear you Tim;- it rather adds to the fun having 9 of us now all in a bunch with the milestone within reach of the leading 3, (one of whom surely will get there within a few weeks?)

Eastern England presently has some outstanding wader rarities; - it just needs one of them to have a rush of blood to its little head and turn up at Rumworth, Elton, (or similar) to bring jubilation to all of us waiting patiently; I don't mind which of course, (though knowing my luck, it would perhaps be a Collared Pratincole).

Regards,
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- Just back from one of my regular family visits to Madrid only to find that quite a few people have disappeared suddenly from the G M listings; - I find myself rather missing them, (almost like a bereavement).

I can understand that people enjoy the competitive element of being involved (I myself fall into this category), and that some lists understandably become dormant if people either move away from the area, or indeed pack up birding altogether, but essentially it's a FUN thing, not a "life and death" struggle (in the way that our poor deprived Brazilian friends seem to view football).
I'm puzzled then that some listers (who were also regular contributors to various threads), have just sadly "vanished."
I myself have no expectation of ever getting to say 220 or more, (I'd need more years than are probably still available!) but mediocre though my ultimate effort might be compared to those in the 240 plus bracket, just for the record, I'd like to keep my listing for so long as there exists a list, and I've had the good fortune to make many new friends amongst you during my visits when pushing along not just my county list, but also lists for G M's 10 constituent boroughs.

For those few of you who suspect I'm a little screwy, taking such an interest in G M birding yet living in Co. Durham, having retired from very serious "World Birding" some 6 years ago, the discovery of such wonderful sites in G M via this website (flashes, reservoirs, lakes, reedbeds, and the moors and mosses) has come as something of a revelation, and this has given my birding a new injection of pleasure and enthusiasm. I have spent 2/3rds of my life in G M, yet never suspected the existence of places like Wigan Flashes and Lightshaw.
In short, I guess I still regard Greater Manchester (my birthplace) as my real home, despite having lived in the N E for the last 22 years.

Regards,
Mike P.





Dunno about people leaving Mike. All I noticed was Gary Crowder storming the charts on 199 with only a Woodcock to stumble over the line!

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- Just back from one of my regular family visits to Madrid only to find that quite a few people have disappeared suddenly from the G M listings; - I find myself rather missing them, (almost like a bereavement).

I can understand that people enjoy the competitive element of being involved (I myself fall into this category), and that some lists understandably become dormant if people either move away from the area, or indeed pack up birding altogether, but essentially it's a FUN thing, not a "life and death" struggle (in the way that our poor deprived Brazilian friends seem to view football).
I'm puzzled then that some listers (who were also regular contributors to various threads), have just sadly "vanished."
I myself have no expectation of ever getting to say 220 or more, (I'd need more years than are probably still available!) but mediocre though my ultimate effort might be compared to those in the 240 plus bracket, just for the record, I'd like to keep my listing for so long as there exists a list, and I've had the good fortune to make many new friends amongst you during my visits when pushing along not just my county list, but also lists for G M's 10 constituent boroughs.

For those few of you who suspect I'm a little screwy, taking such an interest in G M birding yet living in Co. Durham, having retired from very serious "World Birding" some 6 years ago, the discovery of such wonderful sites in G M via this website (flashes, reservoirs, lakes, reedbeds, and the moors and mosses) has come as something of a revelation, and this has given my birding a new injection of pleasure and enthusiasm. I have spent 2/3rds of my life in G M, yet never suspected the existence of places like Wigan Flashes and Lightshaw.
In short, I guess I still regard Greater Manchester (my birthplace) as my real home, despite having lived in the N E for the last 22 years.

Regards,
Mike P.

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I know it is really wink

Hope we have an autumn like last year and it will get a few more of us past that 200 mark!



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Simon Johnson wrote:

Sure I've seen a few others add the RC pochard too!

Competitors? Is this a competition now? Better get my finger out!! biggrin.gif





Only in a friendly sense. I think we're all keen to share our GM birds Simon...

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I've heard the RC Pochards at Wigan may not be allowed - so I wouldn't go rushing off for them Simon.


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Sure I've seen a few others add the RC pochard too!

Competitors? Is this a competition now? Better get my finger out!! biggrin.gif

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Craig Higson wrote:

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Fingers crossed it won't take me too long to get into the club, work and not driving is a big hinderance though!

Red-crested pochard, Marsh Harrier and Little Tern all seen this year are birds I need and not had chance to go for them!





Was (is) the Red-crested Pochard countable? I didn't bother because I presumed it would be a Cat D at best if not a full blown escapee.



Suddenly Craig all your competitors are throwing you tips on nailed on birds!

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Simon Johnson wrote:

Fingers crossed it won't take me too long to get into the club, work and not driving is a big hinderance though!

Red-crested pochard, Marsh Harrier and Little Tern all seen this year are birds I need and not had chance to go for them!





Was (is) the Red-crested Pochard countable? I didn't bother because I presumed it would be a Cat D at best if not a full blown escapee.



The one I had at Penny didn't seem to create any bother. Cat C isn't it?

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Simon Johnson wrote:

Fingers crossed it won't take me too long to get into the club, work and not driving is a big hinderance though!

Red-crested pochard, Marsh Harrier and Little Tern all seen this year are birds I need and not had chance to go for them!





Was (is) the Red-crested Pochard countable? I didn't bother because I presumed it would be a Cat D at best if not a full blown escapee.

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