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Old Sunday 5th April 2015, 19:13   #1
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Dawn Chorus Meet 2015

I'm going to kick this one off as it appears the only Sunday between now & then end of May I would have free is Sunday 17th May.

Are we up for another stupid o'clock meet at Strid Woods/Bolton Abbey?

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As always I am up for these things. 17th is as good a day as any.
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Old Sunday 5th April 2015, 22:32   #3
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I'm in as always. It'll be interesting to see if going a week earlier than last year makes any difference.
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Cutting it a bit fine for me, I'm only just back from hols but I may be able to make it.
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Can't go any later as we'll be on holiday so 17th is top date for me.
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Old Sunday 19th April 2015, 16:15   #6
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Just bumping this back up the lists.
1. Anyone else interested?
2 Is everyone okay with the 17th?
3 Start time 05 30 at Barden Bridge Car Park
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Old Monday 20th April 2015, 18:46   #7
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You beat me to it Keith, just come back on the thread to bump :-)

Still good for me.
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Just bumping this back up the lists.
1. Anyone else interested?
2 Is everyone okay with the 17th?
3 Start time 05 30 at Barden Bridge Car Park
You don't take part in WeBS counts then Keith?
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No Richard no WeBS counts but I do survey a YWT site every year, Hetchell Woods. Used to do BTO BBS surveys.
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I'm always up for these things just bloody transport, got let down the last time on the said weekend and I'm away in May and dates haven't been clarified yet for that trip. I want to get down to see the Madrins and hopefully get a snap, shame ill make it one yr. ��
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I'll be going there in the days leading up to that weekend while on annual leave so I can give a heads up if there is anything interesting knocking about.
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I'm always up for these things just bloody transport, got let down the last time on the said weekend and I'm away in May and dates haven't been clarified yet for that trip. I want to get down to see the Madrins and hopefully get a snap, shame ill make it one yr. ��
Try and make it ! I've spent hours at Adel Dam , trying to get a better shot than this - /www.flickr.com/photos/ptd/17025627766/ -2 weeks ago at stone hut . Bit too close for the big lens however!
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Nice one Dave, any nuthatches coming to the stone hut when you were there?
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Unfortunately I can't make the 17th but hope you all have a great day
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Nice one Dave, any nuthatches coming to the stone hut when you were there?
There were some yesterday when I was there Keith. Must remember to bring seed this year :-)
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Nice one Dave, any nuthatches coming to the stone hut when you were there?
4-6 nuthatches , 3 tit sp, mallard! , finches usual , 3 mandarins.
No Bank voles at the site but plenty within 100 m.
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You'd be very welcome Cuddy. Unless there are any late changes the details are in post #6.
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Bumping this up again for any more takers?

Sunday 17th - 5.30 a.m. at Barden Bridge.

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Had my visit there today, no sign or sound of wood warblers but I was told there are some around. Lots of redstarts, a few pied flycatchers and the usual supporting cast. Took myself up to Simon's seat and was rewarded with a pair of ring ouzels. Couldn't find any whinchat in the two places I'd seen them previously.
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Thanks for that Chris, might just have a walk up to the seat myself on Sunday
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Ring Ouzel is something missing from my list, so would be good to catch up with one.
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My flight is rescheduled so won't be back in time for this. Good luck
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Last call - anyone else joining us tomorrow?
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The Report

Only 3 of us made the day but what a fun day was had by all. Ken and I met up with Richard at Barden Bridge at 0520, after coming along the Storiths road and scoring with singing redstart as we passed Laund House. The walk downstream netted us all the usual suspects, common sandpiper, dipper, madarin duck, grey heron, mallard, pied flycatcher, more redstarts, 4 species of tit, chaffinch, nuthatch. This year though we took a different route after the stone hut and made our way up through the Valley of Desolation and on to the moor and the way to Simon's Seat, as hoped we bagged ring ouzel - 2 males, along with red grouse, lapwing and curlew. The conifer plantation was alive with goldcrest and I managed to find treecreeper on 2 occasions on song, not something I could do last year, hearing aids are wonderful things. Whilst on the moor I received a phone call to alert us to there being a report of a chough just up the road by Settle so we made the decision to become naughty twitchers. The yomp back down to the cars was 'fun', on the way we added spotted flycatcher and sand martin to the day list, having added house martin and swallow earlier on the way up. Sadly the report of chough would seem to have been erroneous as we were on site within 3 hours but could find nothing more than jackdaws and a couple of carrion crows, the site itself being hardly the safest for birdwatching as it was a field by the A65, fast traffic and narrow verges not being helpful.
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An enjoyable morning as ever despite the unpredicted drizzle. The Redstarts and Pied Flys seemed especially obliging today. The usual Blackcap/ Garden Warbler conundrum was helped by both giving themselves up easily. A comprehensive haul all told.

Find of the day has to go the pair of ladies pants hanging from a fence post where we pulled in at Hellifield Flash. Make of that what you will.
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