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Greater Sand Plover Yorkshire Easington Beach early morning

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Mega time on the Shetland Islands with Crag Martin and Song Sparrow on Fair Isle today, Black-faced Bunting and Mamora's Warbler on Unst on 14th May

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The North American Horned Lark was still present at Staines Reservoir in Surrey on 13th April 2018, showing very well along the causeway

For those interested in the taxonomic status of this bird, Martin Collinson tweeted on 14th April 2018 "DNA from moulted feather supplied by Graham Jepson has confirmed Staines Horned Lark is definitely of Nearctic origin, possibly one of the western populations"

This bird was first located in November 2017, and according to Birdguides was still present on 14th April, but no sign 15th April so it might have moved on after a stay of almost 5 months





This bird has gone AWOL before. It was not seen between 30th November 2017 and 22nd January 2018. Alpestris has 30 different sub-species, so I was surprised the DNA wasn't more specific and also the claim of a western origin.

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The North American Horned Lark was still present at Staines Reservoir in Surrey on 13th April 2018, showing very well along the causeway

For those interested in the taxonomic status of this bird, Martin Collinson tweeted on 14th April 2018 "DNA from moulted feather supplied by Graham Jepson has confirmed Staines Horned Lark is definitely of Nearctic origin, possibly one of the western populations"

This bird was first located in November 2017, and according to Birdguides was still present on 14th April, but no sign 15th April so it might have moved on after a stay of almost 5 months

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Sunday 8th October 2017

Male Siberian Blue Robin North Ronaldsay

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I am on hol so only reporting all this second hand! I now know that Sid is spot on, the original message was put as possible on some sites and as 100% on others!!! Oh the politics of birding! The later claim that I heard of after the high tide I now hear has been withdrawn & isn't on info systems any more! There's some pictures floating around somewhere so it would be nice to see them! If it was one it would be nice if it had the decency to turn up again, preferably at Burton Mere RSPB, not for me as I'm away, but for all those who need it!

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The original report was by a reliable observer & looking at Richards's Dee Estuary site I don't think that is questioned at all, it is still 100% There was however a second claim late in the day which my sources tell me was unconfirmed, so I think that one was the doubted one. it was also put as just possible by all the pagers etc. They all still have the original sighting as definite.

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Report on my pager today of a Greater Yellowlegs on Hilbre Island, Cheshire on the incoming tide at midday. No access until late afternoon, gonna be like whacky races!


†Now downgraded to a "possible" on Dee Estuary:-

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Report on my pager today of a Greater Yellowlegs on Hilbre Island, Cheshire on the incoming tide at midday. No access until late afternoon, gonna be like whacky races!

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Brilliant find Eugene, well done! No twitch beats my few minutes down the road twitch, but don't think either of us had a very large carbon footprint on this one!

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Very nice Doc!

Even better when you find your own Yellow Warbler though, here's the one my Dad and I found on the Mizen head co.cork a few hours before the dorset bird was reported! It was 5th record for Ireland!

No twitch necessary ;)

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My fabulous SW holiday gets even more surreal. I went butterflying on Portland, Dorset today only for a massive national mega to break 5 minutes away from where we were. Soon we were watching a stunning bright, first UK mainland, Yellow Warbler. It is at Culverwell near the ins and given patience shows fabulously well. What a bird, what a holiday, what a 5 minute twitch!!!

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Phil Owen wrote:

Good close up views of the Blue Rock Thrush yesterday afternoon at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.

The rest is up to the committee but insurance tick in the bag....watch this space!†

Smart bird whatever the outcome.


Martin Collinson has tweeted today to say that the DNA of the Stow-on-the-Wold Blue Rock thrush was consistent with a Southern European/Middle Eastern race of the species, rather than that of far-Eastern/South-East Asian races



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***Black-Browed Albatross***
Currently sat on cliffs near Gannet Colony at Bempton Cliffs and has been giving unprecedented views from Staple Neuk viewpoint as of 2.40pm
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Doc Brewster wrote:

A huge Mega has broken today - a singing male Myrtle Warbler on Skokholm Island in Pembrokeshire. The pictures coming out are stunning, with the bird in cracking plumage. A boat departs from Martin's Haven at 2pm tomorrow and is £27.50, so those folk not at work could be in for a real treat............ needless to say I'm working and first day I can get off is Thursday!


†No sign yet today...... and a mate reminds me I had the one in Co.Durham a few years ago!! Phwew, so I can now chill†



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A huge Mega has broken today - a singing male Myrtle Warbler on Skokholm Island in Pembrokeshire. The pictures coming out are stunning, with the bird in cracking plumage. A boat departs from Martin's Haven at 2pm tomorrow and is £27.50, so those folk not at work could be in for a real treat............ needless to say I'm working and first day I can get off is Thursday!



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Saturday 17th June 2017 Elegant Tern Pagham Harbour

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Blue Rock Thrush Stow-on-the-Wold Gloucestershire still present this afternoon

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Good close up views of the Blue Rock Thrush yesterday afternoon at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.

The rest is up to the committee but insurance tick in the bag....watch this space!†

Smart bird whatever the outcome.



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Great views of the Dusky Thrush at Beeley this morning. Showing nicely in the orchard feeding on the ground with several Blackbirds before disappearing for about 30 minutes. As we'd all had good views and needed to be elsewhere, Riggers, Karen and I set off (after a cuppa and a sausage butty courtesy of the hospitable locals) and then got even better views from the other side of the orchard as it fed in the branches of one of the apple trees. A nice bird for the tail end of the year, thanks again to Riggers for the invite. If the Eastern Black Redstart gets an upgrade that will be five lifers in a yearbiggrin

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Just in case folk haven't heard, a Dusky Thrush has been found in Beeley, near Matlock, in Derbyshire. It is mobile and only seems to be giving views for a few seconds at a time. It favours the area near the church at DE4 2NT.



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Siberian Rubythroat on Fair Isle today

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The Eyebrowed Thrush has been looked for extensively and the finder is on site, but no sign up to 10.10am at least.

The Cliff Swallow on the last report was lingering around the Sand Martin colony area near the Visitor Centre at 11.10am. It has been pretty mobile but also seen perched. It has ranged all the way to the Sluice Gates near the coastal dunes and then returned to the Visitor Centre area. It was seen going to roost at Minsmere last night and so fully expected to be there today, time will tell whether it does the same this evening! (All info courtesy of RBA, thanks )



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On Birdguides Cliff Swallow still present at Minsmere 0930

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Reports today suggest there is an Eye-browed Thrush in Northumberland at Bolam Lake Country Park and a Cliff Swallow in East Anglia at Minsmere RSPB

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The Mega Alert has just gone off on the pager again and as expected (at least in the last fortnight!) it is a Siberian Accentor. This time it's on Fair isle, at Troila Geo for those heading up to twitch it†wink

Other news is that so far, by 10.30am at least there has been no sign of the Siberian Accentor at Easington today.



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Holy Island, Northumberland - Siberian Accentor number 5 in the UK biggrin Read yesterday that one birder had seen the first 4, wonder if he'll go for 5?!!



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I noticed that a lot of the pictures of the Sunderland bird were perched in trees, unlike the Easington individual. The Yorkshire one did flush to trees occasionally but spent 95% of the time on the ground. Just an additional bit of information, from pictures and other evidence the Sunderland and Cleveland birds seem to be differerent individuals, so making 4 definite Siberian Accentors in the UK so far this autumn with another 2 possibles reported at least.



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The Sunderland Siberian Accentor was on show again this morning in the same scrubby trees, so we drove over to pay our respects (as it had gone to great lengths of course to get here).

It was more arboreal than the very confiding "point blank" Easington bird, and after a couple of frustrating "flight only" views it perched obligingly on a wood pile for 8 seconds or so. (It did take some 50 mins to obtain a tickable look).

By delaying our visit until today, we avoided a potential madhouse of hundreds jockeying for position within a relatively small viewing area.

Everyone was well behaved, viewing from about 60 feet. It looked well settled in its little circuit when we left at 11.00.

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My mates who bird up there & keep lists (like Andrew Kinghorn who found the Bee Eater in Sunderland a few years ago) record Durham as a birding county. Tyne & Wear just doesn't exist as an official recording/Bird Report area as far as they're concerned. I record other taxa & we use Vice Counties & 10km squares across the board. Only birding that is different! But who cares, the showy Easington Siberian Accentor is still showing fabulously well today, so for all the GM Members that is the closest & showiest one still smile



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And now the fourth Siberian Accentor, at South Docks, Sunderland, co.Durham, in Hendon Docks, but no general access (possibly viewable from outside the dock!). Glad I don't need to see that one, sounds a nightmare!!





Always seems a strange one, given that our recording area of GM is purely within the newly (1974) formed county, that Durham and Northumberland birders ignore the existence of Tyne and Wear (no bad thing!). Sunderland is, of course, part of Tyne and Wear.

If my memory serves, that dock is accessible if you know where to look wink

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And now the fourth Siberian Accentor, at South Docks, Sunderland, co.Durham, in Hendon Docks, but no general access (possibly viewable from outside the dock!). Glad I don't need to see that one, sounds a nightmare!!

p.s. just on RBA that seen outside the dock briefly on Town Moor!



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And now the third Siberian Accentor has turned up in the UK - one at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, E.of the Ship Inn at Huntcliff, this morning, but not seen since earlier on.



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Thought you might have been around Mike - was looking for you but failed miserably!

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The Accentor was too close to focus my bins on it at one point!!

Well organised, good to hear GM was represented in the organising of parking, well done Monsieur Higson. I hope the collection buckets were as well-filled as they ought to be. When you consider what prices are routinely paid for football or rugby matches, theatre/cinema visits, etc, a one-off bird like this should be reciprocated by generous donations to what is after all a good cause.



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Siberian Accentor still showing very well until at least 14.35 when we left; everyone well disciplined and I suspect a lot of money raised for Spurn Obs.- (petrol company sales have probably done extremely well over the last 6 days?).

Nice to bump into the G M gang of 4.

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Siberian Accentor still present at Easington this morning showing to 10 yards

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Siberian Accentor at Spurn today! Brilliant views down to about twenty feet or less

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Another first for Britain in this crazy Autumn with a Siberian Accentor on the Shetlands. It's on Mainland for its second day (found yesterday). For anyone with several hundred quid spare there are charter flights heading up there, but lots are full until late tomorrow! Me, I'd rather spend it on a wildlife holiday†smile†.... and relax†smile



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Things have gone a bit ballistic on the East Coast today (& from yesterday a bit!).

At Bempton Cliffs RSPB there is an Eastern Crowned Warbler (luckily I saw the first for Britain in Durham!) that was found yesterday but is still there today. Offshore at Bempton & seen elsewhere there is/was a Black-browed Albatross!!! I have seen the pictures and it showed ridiculously well. Up on Holy Island, Northumberland there is a White's Thrush (I need!!). Also supporting cast of Red-flanked Bluetail at Spurn, Red-breasted Flycatchers, Yellow-browed Warblers, Barred Warbler and even a Pallas's Warbler yesterday†smile

I'm off tomorrow - anyone fancy a trip over?!



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Of interest: a Red-footed Booby has been taken into care in East Sussex after being found washed up on a beach at St Leonards, info here (if you can access Facebook):

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifeambulance/posts/1241690462542521


†The latest news is that this bird is responding to treatment and is feeding well. There has been an announcement that plans are being made to fly it to Florida for release. So a lot of UK Twitchers are disappointed that they won't see a release at a headland in the UK.



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Cliff Swallow on Saint Mary's on the Isles Of Scilly, present from Tuesday 6th September

A very decent find from my birding colleague Graham Flash Gordon

Scilly season might be on!


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Of interest: a Red-footed Booby has been taken into care in East Sussex after being found washed up on a beach at St Leonards, info here (if you can access Facebook):

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Apologies for double posting but some people just look at certain threads and won't see this in the Woolston Eyes thread.

I had a phonecall from a ringing pal of mine at Woolston Eyes this morning. They have trapped & rung a White-crowned Sparrow this morning. It has been released at the John Morgan Hide (the large hide with feeders at either end). Access has been granted for non-members of this Permit only site. The barriers off Thelwall Lane have been left open. You can drive along the entrance track to the parking area on the left. Walk to the bridge and access is possible for a £2 donation today 10am-4pm. It may be granted tomorow if the bird is still seen. The Grid Reference is SJ649882 and the postcode is WA4 2HZ.



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Crag Martin present for 3rd day in Chesterfield, mornings seem to be best, around the crooked spire of the St Marys and All Saints church



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Good views of the Citril Finch on Sunday at Holkham Pines, Norfolk.

Moltoni's Subalpine Warbler reported nearby at Blakeney yesterday.

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Sid, sorry to hear that so many had a fruitless journey over cry

I too wonder that if after dark the farmer carried the threat out, I wouldn't be surprised and given the parking all over his verges that he had asked to be kept clear I can understand but not condone his actions if he did flush it. It was cold and blustery on 1st Jan there but I think it got colder & windier overnight, so just as easily it could have left the area. Either case would mean that it may be found again, so there may be another chance to get it smile

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..........The numbers there throughout today must have easily topped the thousand mark and it was really busy, one of the biggest twitches I have ever seen. It was pretty muddy too so wellies are recommended. I think it will stay and the next few days will be quieter so not a bad option. There were postings on another forum that the landowner threatened to go into his field and flush the bird if his requests not to park on his verges were ignored, this is the only threat I can see to it not sticking around. But I feel that this was a heat of the moment threat and hopefully will not be acted upon. biggrin


There was no sign of the bird in the kale field today Paul so perhaps the threat was carried out or maybe it was the extremely strong wind that had swept it away before I got there hmm - didn't realise that there was so much kale in the world !!!


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News broke yesterday that there was a Little Bustard in a farm field in Yorkshire, sounded too good to be true and being out birding a long way from my car I just didnt fancy the rush over to try to get there before dusk so left it until today. I nervously waited on news as I had alternative plans if it had moved on, but around 8am news came through that the bird was still in the same field, so off we set!

A nervous 2.5 hr journey saw us sail across the Pennines with little traffic about as all the revellers were still in bed leaving the roads for us Jan 1st birders! We rolled up in Fraisthorpe near Bridlington and as directed on the pager and the web, at the request of the landowner, we parked in the village and began our short walk. Many birders had still parked on the verges where the landownder had asked cars not to be parked but at least I did my bit!! As we walked up I was q.glad I'd parked way back as it was single track (due to the parked cars!!) and vehicles were frequently backing up & down the track trying to pass eack other.

On arrival a birder from Durham let me have a quick look through his scope to get my 'tick' and then I got on the bird myself. It showed quite distantly and was frequently hunkered down in the kale (previously mis-reported as a rape field in earlier pager messages!). We had what could best be described as adequate views but then moved round to the top of the field where it was less windy and the bird could be seen along a furrow in all its glory. Excellent scope views were had of the bird feeding, preening and even wing-streching, showing all the features including the stunning wing pattern of a bird which from head views only could look like a female Pheasant!! I even got a few presentable record shots, so came away very happy.

The numbers there throughout today must have easily topped the thousand mark and it was really busy, one of the biggest twitches I have ever seen. It was pretty muddy too so wellies are recommended. I think it will stay and the next few days will be quieter so not a bad option. There were postings on another forum that the landowner threatened to go into his field and flush the bird if his requests not to park on his verges were ignored, this is the only threat I can see to it not sticking around. But I feel that this was a heat of the moment threat and hopefully will not be acted upon.

I ended up with my lowest New Years Day total ever today but with a Little Bustard lifer under my belt I don't care, the yearlist will take care of itself, it's a marathon not a sprint biggrin

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Blyth's Pipit still resent this morning, although the views were brief the bird did fly up into the strand of Willow trees that border the small pool several times, but mainly out of view hunkered down in long grass, Due I guess to the very blustery conditions

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