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Old Wednesday 19th August 2015, 06:46   #51
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23rd July 2015

Weather warm and sunny.

A planned visit to Norfolk with Alan was taken today.

Weeting Heath Norfolk Wildlife Trust

179 Stone Curlew

UK List 281 Stone Curlew

A great day out

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31st July 2015

A sunny day not too warm with no wind.

News came out on the RBA alert that there were breeding Bee Eaters in Cumbria.

No Brainer had to go , myself and Alan made the journey.
A 1 mile round trip walk was a killer but well worth the effort and pain.

Brampton ( Lower Gelt Quarry ) RSPB Cumbria

179 Bee eater

Latest Lifer 304 Bee eater

UK List 281 Bee eater

It was a excellent day we saw three birds in total, there are two nest with young, although only one nest was at the location we were at, the other is not available due to the still working quarry.

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Weather sunny and dry with a gentle breeze at times

A trip to Spurn with Alan for another fabulous bird , hope the Autumn migration is going to be good this year. Started Well !!

Spurn East Yorkshire

180 Black Stork BBR

181 Sandwich Tern

The bird was located in Bluebell pond and dyke. The canal bank was the only place which afforded any views . For 3hrs we saw occasional glimpses of its head,
thankfully it took to the air and flew around the assemble birders at 30 yards distance. Great views of a fabulous bird , the second for Spurn Bird Obs in its history.

Latest Lifer 305 Black Stork BBR

UK List 282 Black Stork BBR

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Another pleasant day with sunshine and little wind.

Another visit with Alan to Blacktoft sands for another fabulous bird.

Blacktoft Sands RSPB

182 Spotted Crake

183 Green Sandpiper

The bird was located at the first hide and was showing very well.
When we arrived it had flown to an area where it was not viewable.
However it did return to its favoured spot along the reed bed opposite and gave some fantastic views.

Latest Lifer 306 Spotted Crake BBR

UK List 283 Spotted Crake BBR

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Marching relentlessly towards my UK 300 list, will it be this year ? who knows
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A visit to Spurn

Spurn Peninsula

184 Yellow - browed Warbler
185 Barred Warbler
186 Jack Snipe

A good day at Spurn with Alan

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Spurn Peninsula

187 Ring Ouzel

188 Stonechat

189 Yellow legged Gull

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Spurn Peninsula

190 American Golden Plover

191 Red -flanked Bluetail BBR

192 Fieldfair

193 Richards Pipit

194 Brent Goose

Another day at Spurn with Alan

Latest Lifer 307 Red-flanked Bluetail BBR

UK LIST 284 Red flanked Bluetail

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A day out at the coast with Alan , weather very mild but blowy.

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195 Turnstone

196 Little Auk

197 Black-necked Grebe

Had a very good day finally saw a Little Auk swiming in the harbour near to the lighthouse for around 3 minutes , dived never saw it again .

Latest Lifer 308 Little Auk

UK LIST 285 Little Auk

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2015 Review

This has been a mixed year for me a good start then had problems with mobility
a scooter was aquired which helps now to get to places Alan and myself cannot walk too

I'm very pleased that I saw many fabulous birds and a good number of new birds.

Year Total 197

New Lifer birds

23 Lifers 10 being British Bird Rarities

15 Birds still needed for my 300 UK maybe next year, although anything can happen.

Good Birding have a great 2016 Regards

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