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Dropped off to Bowness-on-Solway on my way up to Scotland on the chance of seeing the Snow Goose reported yesterday. Motorway delays meant I did not get there until dusk and most of the Geese had flow ... so no luck. But as I left the village heading inland in the fading light a Bittern flew above the car - not a bird I expected today - if only it had flown out across the Solway I could have got it on my Scottish list !

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14/12/2013
Bowness
Ringed Plover 20+
Turnstone 3
Greta Black-backed Gull
Common Gull
Curlew
Redshank


Up towards the old viaduct;
About 850 Barnacle Geese smile
No red-breasted geese seen in the throng!!

Campfield Marsh RSPB
a gale and rain
Whooper swans 10+
Wigeon galore
Curlew
Teal
Sparrowhawk along the lonning
Bullfinch
Fieldfare
Redwing
Pintail
Shoveler
Mute Swan

mudand more rainfantastic!



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1045-1230 Saturday
Bowness-on-Solway ' Bus station'
300+ Golden Plover smile
23 Ringed Plover
4 Dunlin
Gulls galore..but nothing out of the ordinary (to me at least!)
Little Egret
Redshank
Cormorant
...great until around high tide, then everything flushed by a Sparrowhawk, which then flew over my head, winked,... and flew off!biggrin

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Nick Isherwood wrote:

I was up this way at the weekend staying at the 'in laws' caravan near Silloth.

Paid a visit to Herdhill Scar on Sunday in the really strong westerly wind but I was really unlucky as I turned up too late to see the big passage of Long Tailed Skua that had taken place just an hour before. An incredible 125 birds and a record by all accounts. I was also unlucky enough to miss out on the 20 or so Pomarine Skuas that had passed through too.






Nick, That must be some kind of a record dip ! Can anyone beat that ?

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I was up this way at the weekend staying at the 'in laws' caravan near Silloth.

Paid a visit to Herdhill Scar on Sunday in the really strong westerly wind but I was really unlucky as I turned up too late to see the big passage of Long Tailed Skua that had taken place just an hour before. An incredible 125 birds and a record by all accounts. I was also unlucky enough to miss out on the 20 or so Pomarine Skuas that had passed through too.

Managed a quick 45 minute watch from the scar though and in this time I saw a good passage of Gannet heading west along with good numbers of Kittiwake. A few Common Tern also put in an appearance and I nice Lesser Whitethroat near the road.

I managed to persuade the wife to allow me to pay another visit on Monday morning but as Monday arrived, the wind had dropped drastically. A 2 hour watch produced only one dark phase Arctic Skua plus 3 fly over Great Northern Diver which were good to see. We also got treated to very close views of a male Cuckoo as it flew right in front of us being chased by some Meadow Pipits and also a stunning Spotted Flycatcher that sat right on the end of the scar on the ironwork. A nice Garden Warbler on the way back to the car completed my stay up here.

Will definately have to visit this area again next year in May for the Skua passage.

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According to people I know in the Solway Skua Group the best condions to see the skuas are 2 hours either side of high tide on a south westerly wind.These produce optimum conditions but even then there's no guarantee of a decent passage.Quite often the Skuas sit on the water and let the tidal flow push them up the Solway.As the winds for the past two to three weeks have been prodominantly easterlies passage has been very poor.There's still time as the skuas can come through to the end of May,check out the weather forecast for s.w. winds,you might be lucky!!

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2 nights camping on the viaduct (why didn't we realise that getting tent-pegs into an old railway viaduct may be a problem?!?) and all we had to show for it was 3 Arctic Skuas doh.gif
A bitter disappointment after last year's Skua fest!
Maybe we'll get better luck (and better winds in the Atlantic) next year...

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