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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 17:07   #10426
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Pic taken today whilst on Bluethroat lookout duty!
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 17:32   #10427
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Up the mecca for my token few hours on the all dayer Whimbrel at both the Flashes and the Moors possibly the same bird as it flew off calling from the Flashes. Little Gull and Black Tern performing well at the Moors still, good to see them braving the cold wind.Did get Jay as I left car park. Got my copy of the 2011 Bird Report excellent as usual with the bird of the year the Bluethroat on the front cover. Loads of stats to take in with 155 birds for the year. Bargain for 2.50
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 19:36   #10428
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Finally #84 Short-eared Owl
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 20:14   #10429
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Finally #84 Short-eared Owl
Nice one, gutted I've missed it again though.

Enjoyed my few hours at the alldayer today, it was nice to get out and about, cheers to all the guys for a great few hours
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 21:53   #10430
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Some images from today: Whimbrel calling.
Lesser Black Backed Gull
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 21:56   #10431
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Little Gull
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At the Moors today.


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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 22:02   #10432
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I'm heading down to the reserve tomorrow for a few hours see what photos I can get. John, will you be onsite for us to get a day pass from matey?

Will look out for you, more than likely down at the flashes hide
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 22:03   #10433
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Hi all,

First time on the all dayer and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.The company and banter at the various location was fantastic.Thanks to everyone i met today.

The start of the photo`s begins with a few of the scarcer species.
Best i can do on the Black Tern. It was quite content working the middle of the Moors.

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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 22:05   #10434
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Spent a great morning on the Reserve today. The place looked great with some sunshine on it at last. Great to meet some great characters with funny banter. Black Tern highlight for me.

Well done to the hardcore who were doing the full shift....
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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 22:35   #10435
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Hard core all off to bed. I'm sure we will put some sort of report together tomorrow.
Belvide 88
Middleton 95
Marsh Lane 83
Upton 84.
Great effort by all teams
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cheers for the cake Rob (forgetfulelephant) - chocolate, hazel and courgette nice

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Old Saturday 5th May 2012, 23:19   #10436
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Had Atlas Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher and Merlin this evening...at Flamborough Head.Sorry I wasnt at Upton today. Well done all.
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So it is an 'Atlas' then?

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Old Sunday 6th May 2012, 07:36   #10438
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Hard core all off to bed. I'm sure we will put some sort of report together tomorrow.
Belvide 88
Middleton 95
Marsh Lane 83
Upton 84.
Great effort by all teams
John

cheers for the cake Rob (forgetfulelephant) - chocolate, hazel and courgette nice
Well done guys sorry not to be part of it but home duties call !!!!!! looks like you had a great day and we came third not bad for a small reserve shows all the hard work done by you guys is paying off keep it going
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Old Sunday 6th May 2012, 08:31   #10439
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So it is an 'Atlas' then?

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Sorry, I should have put "possible"!
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Old Sunday 6th May 2012, 09:36   #10440
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Spring All-Day Birdwatch - Saturday 5th May

The full species list was as follows:

Mute Swan (2 Moors, 2 Sailing Pool), Canada Goose, Greylay Goose (2 mobile birds), Barnacle Goose (1 on Moors mid morning before flying south over the Sailing Pool), Shelduck (3 at the Flashes), Mallard, Gadwall (male Moors, pair Flashes), Teal (2 female Moors), Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (2 Moors), GC Grebe, Cormorant (1 Moors briefly), Grey Heron (3 Moors), Coot, Moorhen, Water Rail, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine (2 on masts), Hooby (seen twice at Moors), Pheasant, Avocet (10 Flashes), Oystercatcher (5 Moors), Little Ringed Plover (6 Flashes), Lapwing, Common Sandpiper (3 Flashes + 3 Moors early morning), Whimbrel (Flashes before moving to the Moors mid afternoon), Black-headed Gull, Common Gull (2s on Flashes, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Gull (1s on Moors all day before roosting at the Flashes), Mediterranean Gull (2s on Moors midday then seen at the Flashes), Common Tern (2 Moors), Black Tern (Moors from mid morning), Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, GS Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Short-eared Owl, Swift, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail (3 or 4 birds over the day, including a male in Amys Marsh), Skylark, Swallow (up to 150 at Moors), House Martin (up to 150 at Moors), Sand Martin (up to 30 at Moors), Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler (near the chestnut tree at the end of the causeway at Moors), Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (notable influx with 5 birds around the Sailing Pool / Flashes), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Blue Tit, Great Tit, LT Tit, Starling, Raven, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

In the circumstances - no wader passage and a very cold N/NE wind) - the total of 84, slightly above average, was very commendable. It was nice to have a few "headline birds" in the shape of Little Gull, Whimbrel, Black Tern and Med Gull and even better that all but the last one lingered for the majority of the day, affording everyone good views. The ultimate highlight however was the Short-eared Owl which quartered the crop field behind the Sailing Pool from around 7:30ish before moving over to hunt at the Flashes giving great views to the ten or so of us still standing at that point! SE Owl and Little Gull were new for the Spring All-Dayer whilst it was only the second time Med Gull had been recorded and third for Black Tern.

Species that remained missing for the day included Little Owl, Tawny Owl, House Sparrow and Cuckoo together with a whole host of waders that might potentially be expected (Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank etc).

Many thanks for all the observations and banter throughout the course of a long day from John (Upstarts), Daniel (Whoever), Peter E, Tony H, Paul A, Paul M, Terry H, Phil Q, Graham LaB, Mike (Wheatearlrp), Gavo, Paul C (Oriole Boy), Stuart C, Paul (Beyonder), Chris (Cooky), Gert (Gertatron), Trevor (Discors), John R, John C, Mark (Woodwolf), Steve W, Gary (Biking Birder), Dave (Woodchat), Tim & Mary, Phil & Lyn, Phil Q, Rob (Forgetful Elephant), Jared, Claudy, Shaggy Bob and anyone else I may have overlooked.

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Old Sunday 6th May 2012, 09:53   #10441
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Other species managed yesterday by our rivals (Marsh Lane, Belvide and Middleton Lakes) but not recorded at Upton included:

Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Red-breasted Merganser, Black-necked Grebe, Red-legged Partridge, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Whinchat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer

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Old Sunday 6th May 2012, 10:31   #10442
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First summer Little Gull still at the Moors Pool
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Old Sunday 6th May 2012, 10:58   #10443
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Hi all,

First time on the all dayer and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.The company and banter at the various location was fantastic.Thanks to everyone i met today.

The start of the photo`s begins with a few of the scarcer species.
Best i can do on the Black Tern. It was quite content working the middle of the Moors.

Chris
I'm liking those images Cooky. Worth waiting for eh!

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Other species managed yesterday by our rivals (Marsh Lane, Belvide and Middleton Lakes) but not recorded at Upton included:

Wigeon, Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Black-necked Grebe, Red-legged Partridge, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Whinchat, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Tit, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Yellowhammer
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what did we get that the other teams didn't.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the day yesterday thanks to all those involved. Pleased with my own total even though I could only tick chaffinch from a song I know that breaks the rules for cloth-eared novices but I did get independent verification (Phil) before I put it down.

The quality of the birds definitely made it for me - black tern, a textbook med gull and whimbrel would have made ti a good day on any day but to get them in an all-dayer was special. Bird of the day was undoubtedly the SEO - stunning views of a great bird.

Thanks to all those who shared their knowledge and pointed out the birds I'd otherwise have missed - even sitting there with them right in front of me!!.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the day yesterday ...

Thanks to all those who shared their knowledge and pointed out the birds I'd otherwise have missed - even sitting there with them right in front of me!!.

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Yes, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I too would like to thank both the organisers and those individuals (sometimes the same people) who generously guided me towards new birds.

Thanks also to the obliging Garden Warbler who sung out in the open for about 5 minutes.

Are you listening, SEO?

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Odonata and Lepidotera

At the reserve today were 2 fresh male Beautiful Demoiselles, which took me by surprise. A couple of Peacock's , quite a few Orange tips ( 4 females ) and 2 Common White Wave Moth's

..and a friendly Blackcap
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All dayer

Just to add to the comments above, A great day - started at 4 am, faded at 6.30 (thanks I think to the Starling Black Label!) As a result missed the SEO again! There's a moral there somewhere..
Anyway, I got 78 species, my personal best for a one day list at Upton so well chuffed. And good to meet people and put names to avatars and dodgy names on this forum

I have created my own set of pictures of birds seen on the day which is here;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...7629612045224/

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Just to add to the comments above, A great day - started at 4 am, faded at 6.30 (thanks I think to the Starling Black Label!) As a result missed the SEO again! There's a moral there somewhere..
Anyway, I got 78 species, my personal best for a one day list at Upton so well chuffed. And good to meet people and put names to avatars and dodgy names on this forum

I have created my own set of pictures of birds seen on the day which is here;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...7629612045224/

You kept your day list quiet! Think Paul C and Mike ended up on 79; I was on 78ish. Shows that Paul's record day list of 81 is certainly beatable with a fair wind.

Perhaps on the next All-Dayer you could have a competition between you togs to see who can recognisably photograph the most species in one day.
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Just to add to the comments above, A great day - started at 4 am, faded at 6.30 (thanks I think to the Starling Black Label!) As a result missed the SEO again! There's a moral there somewhere..
Anyway, I got 78 species, my personal best for a one day list at Upton so well chuffed. And good to meet people and put names to avatars and dodgy names on this forum

I have created my own set of pictures of birds seen on the day which is here;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...7629612045224/

Pretty potent stuff Gert but certainly helped me sleep for an hour or so yesterday afternoon
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