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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 06:52   #14726
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Cheers Mike, looks like I've got 2 locations to try for the partridges now after seeing David's photos.
I've seen more grey partridge this year round our way than I have in years.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 07:09   #14727
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Spent yesterday up on Ilkley Moor. Plenty of these around just at the moment.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 07:23   #14728
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Have seen red legged partridge more this year than any other, I only have one 'reliable' site for grey partridge.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 08:42   #14729
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2 Wood Sand still present this morning at Hes East
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 14:02   #14730
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Whitby

Going to the East coast with the girlfriend tomorrow. I would prefer Flamborough but I have a feeling we may well end up in Whitby. Does anyone know if there are any decent seabird colonies near Whitby for me to entertain myself with whilst the girlfriend does the shops? Would welcome anything with decent photo opportunities.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 15:05   #14731
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Hi Secret Twitcher,
As a regular visitor to Whitby I cant think of anywhere that would satisfy you. You will just have to put up with the unique charm of Whitby and photograph the gulls nicking your chips. You could always suggest that the next day out could be to Bempton or Flamborough.


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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 17:05   #14732
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Good views of the Woodchat Shrike at Filey, at dinner time, Osprey still at Wykeham Lakes been mobbed by a Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, Grey Wag and Dipper in Forge Valley on the river Derwent http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/a...tShrike001.jpg

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 17:19   #14733
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Deeply envious Andy, whereabouts in Filey is the shrike. Just investigating travel options.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:01   #14734
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Hi Ken the Shrike was in the grass field that is known as Filey Tip, next to the parish wood, i cant find a map to post but the footpath through the wood and to the field is just off Sycamore Avenue Y014 9NU

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:08   #14735
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:17   #14736
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Many thanks Andy. fbog have a map on their website http://www.fbog.co.uk/ although it doesn't appear to show the tip. I'll try google maps
No problem Ken parish wood nature reserve website with map is www.fbog.co.uk/site%20details/parish%20wood.htm
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:21   #14737
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Thanks again Andy. I hadn't looked at the map carefully enough. Doh!
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:24   #14738
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No worries Ken, ive never visited the sit before today, but was easy enough to find the footpath to the wood
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:30   #14739
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Right. I've set auto-refresh to a sensible time. Rather than one than wipes out my posts

Found Sycamore Ave easily enough and then looked at Google maps. The wood became pretty obvious and by process of elimination the grass field was equally obvious. Nice to know my satellite interpretation skills are still up to scratch. On looking back at the fbog map I quickly found the areas clearly labelled. Marks out of 10 for observation, 3
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:32   #14740
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Out of county today for 8 singing Nightingales with 2 being pretty confiding, for those who still want to see them - pics on the blog!
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:36   #14741
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Nosterfield proved to be very productive today:

Nosterfield Quarry:
Lingham Lake - 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Avocets, 3 Ruff, 1 Med Gull, 3 LRP
Kiln Lake - 1 Ruff, 3 LRP
Flasks Lake - held nothing of note
Neighbouring field by Freemasons Arms - 1 Little Owl

Nosterfield NR:
Main Lake - 1 Whimbrel, 1 Knot (winter plumage), 2 Egyptian Geese, 23 Pinkfeet over, 3 Med Gulls (2 Summer plumage, 1 coming in), 1 Yellow Wagtail, several LRP (possibly 5)
North Lake - 2 Avocets, 2 Grey Partridges

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:39   #14742
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Badly need Woodchat for the Yorks list, however they are notorious single day birds around here. If the bird is still there tomorrow there's every chance I will be going to Filey. Stick a gallon of juice in my car and you can come too Ken.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:47   #14743
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Keith, two gallons is yours. Still cheaper than the train option. Last reported on birdguides 16.45, nail-biting time. Correction; that was the time of the report. Bird seen at 15.15
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:48   #14744
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Anybody visiting Wheldrake Ings YWT in the near future please do not use the Tower Hide as it has been badly smashed up by idiots on Easter Sunday. It is, therefore, unsafe at present, with all handrails and the entire south side smashed off and burnt. Very upsetting for some of the Trust staff and volunteers who had only just fixed the damage caused to the same side of the hide last year, possibly inflicted by the same people. If you want to share my anger, check out the photos on my blog. Really unbelievable that anybody could do this.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 19:00   #14745
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Words fail me Jono.
Even if the culprits are found, they will get away with a gently slapped wrist and a non-confrontational telling-off, instead of the freakin' thrashing they deserve.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 19:03   #14746
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Yer on Ken,
Normal Wednesday am stuff first but I'll be ready to go at 9.30 ish.

Anyone who visits Filey early doors tomorrow and sees the bird please ring it in to Birdguides so we know before we set off.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 19:05   #14747
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That is awful Jono. I can think of many responses. Unfortunately on one is printable. The police have presumably been informed. Car access is required to access the site. Lets hope the police monitor cars using that road...
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Cut hide at Fairburn Ings was burnt down earlier this year too.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 19:50   #14749
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If you mean the bird in the second picture, that's a mistle thrush Zing. Are they not that common out your way?
Cheers Chris it was the odd light colour that threw me, mistle thrushes near me are very few and far between.
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