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Old Sunday 11th January 2015, 21:16   #1
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BF Meet 8 February 2015

For the last couple of years we have had a meet down on the LDV during January. Anyone up for it this year?
As per normal I am a Sunday man - can't get Saturday off work too easily.
Thoughts on which date etc welcomed
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Old Sunday 11th January 2015, 22:23   #2
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I'm away now through January so will have to pass on this one.

Available in Feb if it suits anyone better.
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Old Monday 12th January 2015, 07:56   #3
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Old Monday 12th January 2015, 08:13   #4
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Ken weres this at, be good for a meet my good friend.

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Old Monday 12th January 2015, 12:23   #5
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Ken weres this at, be good for a meet my good friend.

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They usually start at Wheldarke Ings then go onto Bubwith all in the Lower Derwent valley (LDV)
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Old Tuesday 13th January 2015, 20:15   #6
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January - February - who's arguing. If it works better in February for people then so be it.
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Old Tuesday 13th January 2015, 20:41   #7
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I'm in of course but Feb will probably be better for me. NDC is as good as I've ever seen it at the moment but water levels are dropping. Stick some dates down and let's see what's best for everyone
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9th Feb is the first Sunday I can do.
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Old Wednesday 14th January 2015, 19:36   #9
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Sounds good to me as it should be an easy day pass as I go to Scotland on the Tuesday 11th with my wife
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Old Thursday 15th January 2015, 09:09   #10
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The 9th is a Monday :-)

I can only do 8th or 22nd in Feb, so are we going for the 8th??
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I'm easy about dates, just trying to sort a lift out Keith, staying over, crashing on Kens soffa, so dnt have to rush back and public transport to that area ain't easy Sunday mornings, looking forward to it, it will be the first BF meet I've been too, feel a bit nervous when I say it outloud lol.

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I'm easy about dates, just trying to sort a lift out Keith, staying over, crashing on Kens soffa, so dnt have to rush back and public transport to that area ain't easy Sunday mornings, looking forward to it, it will be the first BF meet I've been too, feel a bit nervous when I say it outloud lol.

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Old Thursday 15th January 2015, 20:28   #13
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8th is good with me. Will have to make a plan this time as just about everything we normally chase about is at NDC, 88 whoopers, 200 or so Dunlin, 300 goldies, 80+ ruff on my visit yesterday. Today reported same but also redshank curlew snipe 1600 wigeon 115 shelduck 40 pintail 30 shoveler. Also been some good raptors about so many be worth returning later. Will check out the local areas before the 8th if I can.
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The 9th is a Monday :-)
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8th is good with me. Will have to make a plan this time as just about everything we normally chase about is at NDC, 88 whoopers, 200 or so Dunlin, 300 goldies, 80+ ruff on my visit yesterday. Today reported same but also redshank curlew snipe 1600 wigeon 115 shelduck 40 pintail 30 shoveler. Also been some good raptors about so many be worth returning later. Will check out the local areas before the 8th if I can.
Hoping for Corn bunting if there are any around too.
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Sorry didn't pick on date as I still have last year's year planner on my wall. So Sunday 8th February is the date - Meet at North Duffield Carrs car park as per usual then.

Damian - will be good to meet you.

Sandra - hope you and Bob are well, shame you can't make it.
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Old Friday 16th January 2015, 19:56   #16
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Tried to persuade Dom but he was having none of it.

Did say he'd do the Dawn Chorus meet, but I won't be holding my breath..... :-)
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Not surprised after last year Richard! What time shall we say? I know a couple of corn bunt sites we can check.
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Andy I would suggest first light on the day but don't what time that would be.
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Sunrise on the 8th is 7.39. Meet at 8?
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Seems like a plan
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Old Tuesday 20th January 2015, 18:44   #21
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Sounds good to me!
Trying to come up with a plan as everything we normally look for is currently at NDC and looks like staying that way, other places we normally do are dry. Was thinking the following but any other suggestions welcome :

Start NDC
Bubwith bridge depending on water currently dry
Skipwith common visit?
bank island or Wheldrake ings
Melbourne for corn bunting roost (122 birds tonight!) Or back to NDC for 3pm ish in hope of catching any raptors or owls which have been showy recently.

Parking at Melbourne is very limited only really room for a couple of cars so not sure about that one. Will keep an eye on local news to see if anywhere else is worth visiting. Not sure what's at Wheldrake at the moment but it's usually heavy going this time of year so that might be out too, but stuck for ideas for early afternoon unless we spend a good amount of time at skipwith common.
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Raptors & owls would be good for me (especially showy ones :-) ). Isn't a bit early for anything decent at Skipwith??

Will go with the flow whatever's decided.

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Possibly early but wasnt too early last year when I visited. I've asked NE staff to update me nearer to time but they confirmed only water is at NDC + Wheldrake ings. Suppose we could try Castle Howard again or perhaps some woodland, or even North cave if anything about.

When I say showy it's usually too dark for photography!

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When I say showy it's usually too dark for photography!
Worth a try though!!
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Liking your plan Andy, if Aughton and Ellerton are dry then Castle Howard is possibly a good second choice, what would you expect at Skipwith in Feb? We could car share to the bunting roost from NDC.
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