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Old Tuesday 20th September 2011, 17:25   #1401
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For a 30 year old scope that was full of moss it was still bright, has a great field of view. There was a slight vagueness to the image, which I put down to the various things growing in it and was why I replaced it originally.

If I had to I could use it, which is more than I can say for the old Kowa that I left off my list of optics! That went the way of the charity shop.
i've heard of people lining them with velcro to soak up stray light but growing moss in it, is taking the principle to a whole new level
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Shipping Forecast - Issued: 0405 UTC Wed 21 Sep

Wind: West or southwest 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later.
Sea State Moderate or rough.
Weather Rain or squally showers.
Visibility Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

No wind at all just now. Can't see there being much action for at least 36 hours.and even then its looking like there is too muchS in the wind for Wirral.
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Two species added today and another one messed up.

The highlight was an apparent passage of Grey Phalaropes. I had 6 sightings, including several prolonged ones of birds feeding and generally messing about in the tide edge. I had two in one sweep, so I know there was more thanone, and I think therte may have been 4-5. 3 is probably the safest number.

Other seabirds included a Fulmar, 7 Manxies, an Arctic Skua acting like a migrant as opposed to the usual 3-4 birds that have been mugging the terns for weeks. 350+ Sandwich Terns passedwith 10 Arctic Terns (60+yesterday evening). Many more auks than recently, 70 Guillemots, 12 Razorbill and another 100 Auk spp.

Waders were passing through too - Black-tailed Godwit was new for the year. A Curlew Sand went west too. WhenIwas watching the 1st Phalarope a Golden plover type flew over it. It appeared to have no contrast between the belly and the auxilliaries,mind I couldn't see any contrast between the auxilliaries and the rest of the the underwing. However even Euopean GP would have been new for the year!


Also a biggish Pipit pasage - 120 Meadows and my first Rock Pipit of the autumn (unless it was a BBP!)
138spp for the year
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Two Curlew Sandpipers and an intriguing plover on the tide today.
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three Curlew Sandpipers (2 juvs and an adult before the tide)and at least one juv and the adult during the tide. The bulk of the waders left before the tide, though they did come back quite early after it. Another Semi-P headed Ringed Plover - a different one to yesterdays too.
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139 for the year..... but can anyone tell what it is from the photo?

Juv Curlew Sandpiper and a notable influx of Robins - 10or so in the garden.
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139 for the year..... but can anyone tell what it is from the photo?

Juv Curlew Sandpiper and a notable influx of Robins - 10or so in the garden.
common sandpiper ?
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139 for the year..... but can anyone tell what it is from the photo?

Juv Curlew Sandpiper and a notable influx of Robins - 10or so in the garden.
Thought you'd already have had them if I'm right and its a Golden Plover??

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Got to be either AGP or PGP for you eh Jane?

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im blaming the man flu i thought they was ringed plovers it was with not lappies lol ok yeah american or pacific golden plover
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Just a plain old Goldie....despite it being quite big and very golden, there was a valiant attempt to make into a Lesser - after all it was on the beach. However it had the most brilliant white of armpits as well as being stumpy legged and fat!

And its with Oinks! Lapwing is a mega here... though I think its on the year list.
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Old Thursday 6th October 2011, 13:20   #1412
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Westerly passage in 10.5 hours...with breaks for squalls, lunch and a bath to get warm again.
Northern Pintail 12, Scoter 98, Red-breasted Merganser 10, Red-throated Diver 8, Great Crested Grebe 60, Northern Fulmar 3, Manx Shearwater 14, Leach’s Storm-petrel 8, Northern Gannet 93, Great Cormorant 200, Eurasian Oystercatcher 20, Ringed Plover 54, Grey Plover 70, Knot 380, Sanderling 100, Dunlin 530, Curlew 70, Arctic Skua 46, Black-headed Gull 60, Common Gull 60, Lesser Black-backed Gull 70, Herring Gull 60, Great Black-backed Gull 40, Kittiwake 26, Guillemot 32, Meadow Pipit 40, Golden Plover 12, sabine's gull 1, pomarine skua 3, great skua 10, long-tailed skua 2, tunstone 5, grey phalarope 1, curlew sandpiper 3, razorbill 13, arctic tern 4, little gull 1, sandwich tern 11, black-tailed godwit 1, common tern 4


9 unidentified skuas, 50 Auk spp.

2 juv Pomarine skuas, one on the beach with 4 Bonxies 1st light, another one powered west a little after one and finally a darkish spooned adult. (new for the year). A presumed intermediate darkphase juv Long-tailed skua was confirmed on Hilbre -Ihave trouble getting enough plumage detail on the darker ones,though the jizz was bang on. Later a classic white-headed juv went through. The Grey Phalarope was early in the morning, intially out towards Dovepoint, then on pools on the beach. The Sabines Gull[ was about much of the day, a lovely juv, which spent most of the day dip feeding between the buoys. (New for the year)

The highlight of the day was the darkest Blue Fulmar that I have ever seen (at least I hope it was a Fulmar because I couldn't see the primary bases on the all dark big headed shortish winged tubenose that powered past a careening Arctic Skua like the latter was in treacle - it looked less brown but as dark as the Skua (on which I could see flashes easily)

141 for the year from the house
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Old Thursday 6th October 2011, 17:16   #1413
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Looking very good. It's squally enough inland, it must be dire at sea!
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SHocking.... I'll upload a video shortly just shy of 11 hours seawatching today. Itwas time tostopwhen Icouldn't decide if birds were Kittiwakes or Arctic Skuas!
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What a cracking day up there. The pom on the beach is a cracker Now the dilemma miss a days work tomorrow and get there for around 10am or hope winds continue into Saturday and get there for dawn
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Here is a measure of the weather.

Glad this guy got soaked... he flushed the waders that I was using to kill time between squalls...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YErEjUvSs0Q

And if you have seen one of these up close, you'll realise that the swell is 20ft+

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-r22IIdA2g

Taken when Icouldn't tell if the shapes were Kittiwakes or skuas any more and was losing Gannets!
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Hadn't realised how rough it's been round your way today. Some impressive birds though.

Nice collection of 78s too .
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They are mostly for sale, though Billy Fury has gone. Don't they sound great on an old Dansette!
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Final totals
meadow pipit 285, shelduck 36, Kittiwake 38, Scoter 79 skua spp 18 Birds mostly very distant, picked up careening almost straight at the shore before turning west, presumably as they saw land. Arctic Skua 11, Leach's Petrel 19 moving all day, but mostly close to the tide edge (Ifound I m1ssed them when looking out for skuas/shearwaters) Manx Shearwater 39, Great Skua 12 including an epic dogfight with first a GBBG and when that failed a Herring Gull. Gannet 7 - very few today! Common tern 6. rent goose 5 Fulmar 7, peregrine 4, ad m, imm m imm f ad m, Goldeneye 3 1st of the winter, Red-throated Diver 7, Merlin 3 passage w, Long-tailed skua 3 0820 palish juv over the beach west, well tailed adult east at 10.37 and west at 12.20 in the company of a sunning white headed juv. The adult landed on the sea and the juv carried on towards Hilbre. Greylag 3 (new for the year) Guillemot 20, Razorbill 16 Arctic tern 2, RB merganser 2, big shear water spp 2 1 e then w 10.20 presumed sooty, later a possible Cory's at 10.50 though the briefest of views - I'd tracked a partyof Kittiwakes as far west as I could see though the window, when an apparent Fulmar dropped down low in myview,as it came over the wave trough Isaw a brown head and mantle... and it went out of view. It would have been seen on Hilbre so I'll chalk it up to wishful thinking! Teal 1, Sooty shearwater 1 7.55 taking the same line as the skuas and rather distant! New for the year

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In the end bad visibility ended my3 day seawatching marathon

Arctic Skua 6 Great Skua 4 Leach's Petrel 9 common tern 1 grey phalarope 1 making slow westerly progress with much landing on the water and wave dancing at first light. little egret 1 west, Mediterranean Gull 1 ad W west at sea! Skua spp1

In other news there was a Grey Wagtail West and two Goldecrests in the front garden. The first migrants in the garden for some time!
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Final totals - 1st light to 12:30 then 13:30 to 15:00, bad visibility hampering much of the time. This was frustrating because the brief clear paches were punctuated with groups of Kittiwakes and skuas!


Scoter 266 - westward passage, in addition there were several rafts - so >500 I would guess, Kittiwake 109, steady passage, after the tide mostly frustratingly on the limit of viision (which wasn't very far out much of the time) skua spp 9 including a probable intermediate juvenile long-tailed skua at 09.44 - too far to see any useful plumage to go with the jizz. Arctic Skua 19 mostly before the tide, including a party of 7 and a party of 3. Leach's Petrel 15, with 5 on view when I came back to sea watching after the tide,suggesting I'd probably missed a good few. Guillemot 14, Golden plover 13 in 3 small groups. Wigeon 9, Barnacle Goose 9 along the tide edge - presumably feral birds, but would be an addition to the house list. I'll probably add it when I get to 199 properly. Auk spp 8,Arctic tern 4 Razorbill 3, Sandwich tern 17, Long-tailed Duck 2 west at 8.45, one appeared to be adult male. Razorbill 2, Gannet 2, Common Tern 47 strong passage after the tide, Great crested Grebe 40, PUFFIN 1 west 8.45 close in. Had to lookhard to make sure it wasn't a Little Auk - but it was too long winged. Great Skua, 1 early. Velvet Scoter drake west at 9.30 - on its own rather than associated with the 100s of Common SCoter that were flooding through. Black-tailed godwit 1, Manx Shearwater 1 red-breasted merganser 1 , red-throated diver 1, Sabine's gull 1 juv at10.30 picked up feeding by he3 then flew out out into mist - I didn't see it arrive from the east, so it was either on the sea or came from the west. Little gull 1 juv, Fulmar 1
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Perfect conditions for overhead passage this morning. Unfortunately the birds did not agree. 3 Siskins north, 4 Meadow Pipits south and a flock of Chaffinches that I couldn't see were the result of 45mins on the balcony with a cup of tea.

I did however smash the existing Little Egret record (2) with a flock of 5 followed shortly by a flock of 2, all flying NE. There was also a Grey Heron in off a Chiffchaff in the garden and a raptor which I failed to see since it went behind the house (but caused pandemonium in the Starling and Blackbird populations). I'm guessing Merlin or Sparrowhawk.
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what's the chances of something decent, in the form of skua or petrel from the prom outside your area, as it comes light tomorrow morning,

i'm trying to decide what to do tomorrow as i have a days licence to go out to play
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Almost none its light Easterlies at the moment - more chance of a Great Grey Shrike or Yellow browed Warbler at Red Rocks! (or at least a big vis mig
movement)

Also the tide will be 2.5 miles out!
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thanks jane you're always a mine of info, looks like a morning mooch round red rocks then for me
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