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I know I should be pleased just to have seen such an amazing bird but I just double checked my hopeful shots from tonight and I even got a passable [just] record shot!

-- Edited by Pete Welch on Thursday 7th of May 2009 09:55:06 PM

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I went across tonight - left it far too late but it was showing against the grey storm clouds and the sides of the warehouse well from 8.25pm until I gave up at about 8.45pm. Spoke to a couple of chaps who'd been watching it since 6pm so you were unlucky Sid.

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Couldn't resist another chance of the Pallid Swift today - we had previously organised a visit to Seaforth so it was a good opportunity for the one member of our party who hadn't seen the bird to get on to it. Despite two visits 07.30- 09.30 and 16.30 - 18.00 we didn't manage it. However when we first arrived this morning we had the amazing experience of "flying with Swifts" - there were dozens in the marina car park flying really low and close to us, amazing. Oh, we also had an Osprey flying over heading North.

-- Edited by sid ashton on Thursday 7th of May 2009 10:06:39 PM

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Eventually managed to get over to Crosby this afternoon - good views of the Pallid Swift at the Northern End of the marina and then over the reserve- strange to see a "brown" Swift to start with but then able to distinguish the diagnostic features. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Also several White Wags, Wheatear, Black Redstart(f) and one of those little birds that we don't mention for now - all on the grass safely "behind bars" on the reserve and Little Gulls and Common Tern over.

-- Edited by sid ashton on Wednesday 6th of May 2009 06:43:34 PM

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monday 4.05.09
We got the palid swift liferbiggrin.gif at 3.00pm from the car park after just arriving.apparantly it had just been over tother side of fence but greatfully came right over our heads and all the twitchers came running.Great views of a very rare bird for merseyside.
oh and almost forgot a little gull also over the marina.biggrin.gif

-- Edited by Gary Gorner on Tuesday 5th of May 2009 06:56:52 AM

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Present fot it's 5th day, a record in the UK (for a healthy bird, ie. not taken into care). Get down there, only 40 mins from Chorlton, it wont be around forever. It came so close you couldn't focus your bins at times and could be picked out with the naked eye. It almost knocked my hat off and parted my hair after Rob & Sonia left this morning biggrin.gif.

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Monday 4th of May 2009 11:38:06 PM

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Paul Wilson wrote:

Rob Thorpe wrote:

Great views of the Pallid Swift at 11:40 today near the marina wink.gif




You must have been there when Sue F and I were there. They were good views - much easier to find our first Pallid Swift than I thought it would be!





I was the one sat in my car with the heaters on, waiting for all the twitchers (i'm definitely not a twitcher wink.gif) to get on to the Pallid. It was very cold out there today, it felt more like January than May!

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Rob Thorpe wrote:

Great views of the Pallid Swift at 11:40 today near the marina wink.gif




You must have been there when Sue F and I were there. They were good views - much easier to find our first Pallid Swift than I thought it would be!



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Great views of the Pallid Swift at 11:40 today near the marina wink.gif

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I too caught up with the Pallid Swift yesterday around 7pm (I must have just missed you Rob!!)

As Rob says, it did exactly the same for me by following the Common Swifts around the Marina and then following them towards Seaforth where it gave great views as it almost hung overhead.

You really need to go and see this bird to appreciate the difference as there really is no comparison when seen well!!!

It stood out like a "sore thumb" with it's sandy brown plumage and shows much more white on it's face than a Common Swift.



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Still present and showing well this morning. Well worth the trip if anyone is kicking their heels his damp BH.

(PS - Andy - this one will change your mind - it is really distinct, and gives great views overhead. A tip for anyone going, yesterday the bird was nearly almost always the last bird in the group, it seems to follow the group it is with rather than lead or be in the pack)

-- Edited by Rob Smallwood on Monday 4th of May 2009 10:06:18 AM

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Caught up with this bird this afterrnoon/evening at the second attempt - awesome views of a cracking bird, and distinguishable at long range whilst loosely associating witha bout 10 - 15 Common Swift.

A UK first for me, and I'd always imagined my first would be a dodgy fly past at some east coast site!

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You're right of course Andy, it is a matter of taste. That said I find the subtle (sometimes not so subtle!) plumage and structural features that can seperate it from Common Swift to be very satisfying indeed and a pleasure but then again I'm strange that way! And I've never seen one in the UK but finding one would be extremely memorable

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It's all down to the individual point of view obviously, but when I saw a pallid at Spurn a few years ago (not twitched as I was on an RSPB trip) I wrote in my notes that it was
'Britain's most unwanted' and a bird 'indentified mostly by the calendar' (it was 30th October). There was nothing to distinguish it from 'common' swift, no amusing behaviour, no spectacular colours, no remarkable calls. If it had not been seen from above (a small cliff) by a few people at the same time, it could well have been unacceptable to the rarities panel.

I suppose there is also a subtle difference between a memorable sighting and a memorable bird. Pallid swift is certainly not in the latter class you must admit. Alpine swift: now that's another thing altogether.

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Got a phone call off Ian Woosey
Pallid Swift at Crosby Marina fancy going
when we got there it was about 1/2 mile off so quick scoot round to the other side

Where we had cracking views of it flying just above our heads at times also flying with Common Swifts for comparison so could pick out all the subtle differences to the Common Swift
Lifer for me biggrin.gif and also for Ianbiggrin.gif

One of those memorable sighting for me which will live long in in the old memory banks

Cheers Jimmy



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