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Posted by meg33 on October 29, 2011 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

SEEING AS IM HAVING ISSUES WITH HOW MANY PHOTOS I CAN DOWNLOAD TO THIS SITE I SHALL BE SETTING UP A NEW BLOG HERE ......http://craigshawsbirdingblog.blogspot.com/

THIS WILL BE MY LAST BLOG POST ON THIS DOMAIN NAME.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CHANGE YOUR FAVOURITES TO MY NEW BLOG WEBSITE...THATS IF YOU HAD IT AS A FAV IN THE FIRST PLACE. THANKS FOR LOOKING.

 

28th October North east.

Posted by meg33 on October 29, 2011 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Well the day before's reports boded well for today Saltholme and St Marys Island with a few Rarities. First stop was for a purple heron at Saltholme... Dip! grrr Semi P Greetham Creek Dip grr. Birds we did see were 40 Barnacle geese plenty of Little Egrets, Dunlin, Grey plover and plenty of Ducks. A calling Water rail.

Keith did extremely well to spot 2 very distance Short-eared Owls sat on a Rock.

Next stop was Teeside for a reported Black Redstart..... Dip grrrr but Purple Sand...

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27th Soddy Gap

Posted by meg33 on October 29, 2011 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A Couple of Trips to Soddy today.

1 Adult med gull with 24 Black headed Gulls1 Argantatus Herring gull a very small individual with 20 Agenteus Herring Gulls.

Argantatus

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35 Skylark

15 Longtailed tits, with Goldcrest, Blue, Great and Coal tit.

4 Bul...

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24th October Short-eared Owl

Posted by meg33 on October 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Keith and I had a quick look around St bees and saw only a Northern Wheatear and when we got back to the car a Dark Arctic Skua flew over our heads heading back towards the Sea!!!

Then an Hours Seawatch Produce a Short eared Owl heading South over the sea being Mobbed by Gulls and a Distant Dark Arctic Skua flew South downing a Herring Gull.

The Snow Bunting from Yesterday had done a bunk!

Cumbria W/E 23 October

Posted by meg33 on October 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well a trip to Workington and Siddick Ponds produced very little, a shag was the only thing of note at Workington really.

Soddy Gap

Early Morning at Soddy had 3 Jack snipe with 97 Common Snipe. 1 Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, big group of Long-tailed Tits, and Fieldfare, 3 Reed bunting and a Heron.

Last night 8 Goosander, 3 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 300 Greylag Geese with 3 Pinkfeet. 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel

Plenty of Redwing and Fieldfare...

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16th October 2011 North East

Posted by meg33 on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well Keith fancied a trip over to the North East and he twisted my arm to go ;-).

And boy what a day we had. I picked Keith up at 7 and were then on our way to our first stop Saltholme pools, as we drove past one of the pools we saw 4 white geese, we new there had been 4 snow geese reported.. Wow what a start.... Ah wait a min on closer inspection 4 farmyard geese DRAT!. So onto the Saltholme car park and straight into the hide where a Glossy ibis was showing exceptionally well, althoug...

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14th October North East

Posted by meg33 on October 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Well ive had a major building project on the go in the house so no birding till today, (need a break and Leave stuff to Dry).

So decided id head over to Northumberland and Durham. Headed for Marden Quarry where a 1st winter Lesser Scaup had been present. It took me Bloody ages to find the site. A birder was already on site but had not been able to find it. So i moved around the small pond a little to find the LESSER SCAUP smack bang in the middle of the pond. It gave nice scope views an...

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Cumbria and Scotland's LB Dowitcher

Posted by meg33 on October 8, 2011 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Well this week Ive had a few site visits and have been able to fit in a bit of birding.

Monday

250+ Pinkfeet south over Maryport this morning 10-45

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Wednesday

Sea watch from 8-15 to 10-30

1 Pom for 30 min harassing gulls and gannets.

2 Sandwich tern

Few Gannet, Kittiwakes and Cormorant.

10 Red Throated Diver

Guillemots a few.

1 Golden plover and 1 Purp...

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Lesser Black backed Gull Ringing return.

Posted by meg33 on October 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A quick update of the rings i sent off for the 2 Lesser Black backed Gulls from Spain last week.

Lesser B B Gull Black 9P1 Larus fuscus Jersey D6403 19/05/2011 adult

male Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

27/08/11 Malaga Port, Malaga, SPAIN - Salva Garcia

17/09/11 Malaga Port, Malaga, SPAIN - Salva Garcia

23/09/11 Fuengirola Beach, Andalucia, SPAIN - Craig Shaw

24/09/11 Malaga Port, Malaga, SPAIN - Salva Garcia

Reported just 4 times since May 2011 when i...

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Solitary Sandpiper 2nd October

Posted by meg33 on October 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Well Keith picked me up at half seven for day in South Cumbria, Firstly trying for Hawfinch at Sizergh Castle with no luck, Although Marsh Tit was nice. So we moved onto Carr Bank to see if the Buff breasted Sandpiper was still around, unfortunately it wasn't but 2 Pec Sand a Curlew Sand and 2 Little Stint were giving good Scope views. Then it Came on someones Pager that a Solitary Sandpiper had been found at Nateby in Lancashire, seeing as this was a lifer for us both and only...

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