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Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 9th November 2018, 15:42
Replies: 78
Views: 5,721
Posted By John Watson
Confession: I once threw some bread to some...

Confession: I once threw some bread to some Herring Gulls, to draw in an Iceland Gull that had been a couple of miles down-river. The trick worked, but I've now got this huge mantle of guilt
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 9th November 2018, 15:36
Replies: 88
Views: 7,372
Posted By John Watson
What, no fish or loaves of bread ?

What, no fish or loaves of bread ?
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 9th November 2018, 10:22
Replies: 78
Views: 5,721
Posted By John Watson
Have you noticed how the Pied Wheatear always...

Have you noticed how the Pied Wheatear always gets too close to the photographers ? ;) :-O
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 9th November 2018, 08:17
Replies: 88
Views: 7,372
Posted By John Watson
Oh, the stories of hitch-hiking in the '70s when...

Oh, the stories of hitch-hiking in the '70s when I was a teenager, before I went twitching. Such a risky thing to do

Big lorry drivers who persistently turn the conversation towards sex & with...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 9th November 2018, 07:46
Replies: 78
Views: 5,721
Posted By John Watson
If people are moving too close to the bird or to...

If people are moving too close to the bird or to its favourite spot, then it's up to everyone else to politely mention it. If that doesn't work, then impolitely mention it

If it's the bird that...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Saturday 27th October 2018, 23:05
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Keep an eye open for sub-tropical storm "Oscar",...

Keep an eye open for sub-tropical storm "Oscar", currently faffing about mid-Atlantic. Forecast to drift W, then change to fast NE. Could be useful next Saturday

Or not. Watch the Met Office SPC
Forum: Rare Bird Information Thursday 25th October 2018, 08:41
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Decent Easterlies forecast for Sunday & Monday, E...

Decent Easterlies forecast for Sunday & Monday, E Anglia & SE only though
Forum: Rare Bird Information Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 09:11
Replies: 5,322
Views: 735,608
Posted By John Watson
Dipped because of bad weather ? "Hail to thee,...

Dipped because of bad weather ?

"Hail to thee, Blyth's Pipit!
Bird thou never wert"

* With apologies to Shelley
Forum: Rare Bird Information Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 08:55
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
I think Hurricane Willa is very, very unlikely to...

I think Hurricane Willa is very, very unlikely to get this far

Hurricanes need 1) sea temp >27C, 2) plenty of humidity, 3) weak vertical shear (ie, mid-level cross-winds)

When Willa hits dry land,...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 22nd October 2018, 09:30
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Yes, the Polish Baltic coast & neighbouring...

Yes, the Polish Baltic coast & neighbouring states should be good for sea-watching Tues & Weds - but as this storm drifts SE don't forget to look for passerines in the aftermath
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 19th October 2018, 16:35
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Posted By John Watson
Corrupt pager alerts

In the same vein as other reminiscent threads, it might be interesting (or maybe not) to report some of the corrupt pager alerts, caused by poor signal, pager next to PC, etc

One rule - must be...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Thursday 18th October 2018, 19:39
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Can't suggest much beyond the official forecasts,...

Can't suggest much beyond the official forecasts, which seem to have it nailed for now

W Ireland, W Scotland should benefit from strong Westerlies from Canada; may affect Cornwall, but not likely to...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Sunday 14th October 2018, 19:24
Replies: 55
Views: 2,565
Posted By John Watson
First visit to Cley - had difficulty identifying...

First visit to Cley - had difficulty identifying a Ruff 20 feet away. Then someone kindly mentioned the Little Whimbrel behind me in a field
Forum: Rare Bird Information Sunday 14th October 2018, 18:54
Replies: 59
Views: 5,727
Posted By John Watson
Amur Falcon, North Cave (or Tophill?) - yes, same...

Amur Falcon, North Cave (or Tophill?) - yes, same story here

Also, RBA some years ago reported a BB Albatross lingering close to shore at Penrhos (as we heard it) on Anglesey. We were nearby, so...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Friday 12th October 2018, 08:01
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
And you'll wear the face mask ? The exact route...

And you'll wear the face mask ?

The exact route of the ex-Hurricane is hard to predict once it's started interacting with European weather systems, but it will be somewhat fierce. More obvious in a...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 10th October 2018, 23:06
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Hurricane Leslie seems to be faffing about off...

Hurricane Leslie seems to be faffing about off the coast of Africa - unlikely now to be useful up here, though the forecasters themselves seem uncertain about where it's going. Quite an oddity

As...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 8th October 2018, 17:47
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
VATH, I was thinking more of that infamous...

VATH, I was thinking more of that infamous Michael Fish moment; also, many Leach's, Sabs, etc being wrecked everywhere
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 8th October 2018, 14:34
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
That developing Atlantic Low is going to have...

That developing Atlantic Low is going to have competition

The rather odd ex-Hurricane "Leslie" is currently mid-Atlantic and forecast to drift SE, then turn NE and accelerate between Azores &...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 8th October 2018, 08:44
Replies: 53
Views: 3,163
Posted By John Watson
There's plenty of good habitat in the Brecks, so...

There's plenty of good habitat in the Brecks, so maybe there's an undiscovered population there? Maybe an individual has been drifting about ?

They're not easy critters to spot even if you know...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 07:51
Replies: 13
Views: 1,741
Posted By John Watson
It was yet another internet misunderstanding....

It was yet another internet misunderstanding. We've all done them. Move on, nothing to see ...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 1st October 2018, 18:54
Replies: 13
Views: 1,741
Posted By John Watson
Just repeated what was on RBA at 15:36 to stop...

Just repeated what was on RBA at 15:36 to stop people wasting their money. The correction was reversed by RBA, and the 15:36 message isn't on their webpage any more

But it's still on my pager....
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 1st October 2018, 16:41
Replies: 13
Views: 1,741
Posted By John Watson
Apologies, it seems to be River Warbler after...

Apologies, it seems to be River Warbler after all. I'll go & sulk
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 1st October 2018, 15:43
Replies: 13
Views: 1,741
Posted By John Watson
Savi's

Savi's
Forum: Rare Bird Information Monday 1st October 2018, 10:03
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Well, there's a NE breeze briefly running down...

Well, there's a NE breeze briefly running down Norway Tue/Wed this week. I guess some birds might sneak across the water to Shetland ...

This weather pattern is well & truly locked in, as was the...
Forum: Rare Bird Information Thursday 27th September 2018, 15:20
Replies: 352
Views: 34,332
Posted By John Watson
Nutcracker - for the SE & S coast only, it could...

Nutcracker - for the SE & S coast only, it could be very good. Tomorrow & the weekend
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