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  1. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    I am off the ship tomorrow for the last time this year. So the total ends on a poor 58. Next year I intend to do two lists, my local patch and my deployment to the Mediterranean. Who knows what 2011 will bring ? Happy New Year to you all Mark C. Three Amigo's Blog...
  2. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Somehow I had missed off a common enough bird that I see often from the ship. We were at the ammunition bouy yeasterday and I had quite a few 58 - Oystercatcher feeding on a patch of mud that completly dissapears at high tide Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  3. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    I am now back in the Uk but towards the end of the deployment we didnt have any internet connection so i have a few birds to add seen from the ship in the last month or so. We docked in Fort Lauderdale on the 27th of July and immediatley i noticed that a small tern was present throughout. These...
  4. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    A long time has passed since I had a new bird but it is summer in the Northern Hempishpere. Last night whilst transfering stores from ship to ship, I caught sight of a small passerine, afetr a chase, thsi turned out to be a 54 - Brown-headed Cowbird I think its probably a juvenile or a...
  5. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Not seen any birds for a few days now, but today we had a single 53 - Wilson's Storm-petrel Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  6. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Finally abroad in Mayport, Florida. The waether is extremely hot and we are in the middle of a large naval base. I immediately spotted some reed beds and water just a little way from the ship. I will list the birds seen from the ship, with a little detail on each. 45 - Brown Pelican Four birds...
  7. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    A few days have gone past without any sightings as we have been extremely busy and the weather hasn't been great. A couple of days ago I did sight a single bird flying away from the ship and camera in hand took some shots. Once downloaed I was pleased to find that it was a 44 - Brown Booby...
  8. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Yesterday was a beautiful day in the sun but very quiet on the bird front, in fact in the whole day I only saw two birds, both within a minute of each other. The first was a Storm-petre sp. and the second was a 43 - Sooty Shearwater which took flight as the ship approached. Unfortunatley no...
  9. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    I had heard reports of some small black birds flying in front of the ship and had some idea what they might be. This was confirmed when I spotted a small bird flying adjacent to the ship and in an hour I eventually saw five individuals including this group of three. 42 - Leach's Storm-petrel...
  10. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    This morning whilst having my morning cuppa on the flightdeck, I noticed a group of Shearwaters and was delighted to see a group of 20 or so 41 - Great Shearwater This is a gorgeous bird and one that I was hoping to see Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo Mark C.
  11. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Once again up with the birds to see what was accompanying the ship as we crossed the North Atlantic. The odd Cory's Shearwater would keep pace with the ship then suddenly I saw something different. Two smaller, all dark, pointed winged shearwater type birds, with immediatley gave me an...
  12. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Today I got up early once again and after a slow trickle eventually I saw over 100 Cory's Shearwater as we drew closer to Sao Miguel, part of the Azores. I also saw two shearwaters that were probably Little Shearwater but they were way off so I cannot be definate. As we came alongside a single...
  13. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Today a few people onboard had said that they had seen birds and one described his sighting as a large brown seagull. I suspected a certain species and was pleased when eventually at 19:50, I saw in the distance a 37 - Cory's Shearwater soaring above the waves. Tomorrow I will be up early...
  14. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    The ship entered the eastern edge of the Atlantic this morning so I got up early with the hope of finding some evidence of migration. I wasn't dissapointed as I found not one but two, 36 - Northern Wheatear These proved to be a male and a female, both looking tired but hopefully ok. Three...
  15. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Today we left Portsmouth Harbour for our deployment. I took 20 minutes prior to sailing to scan across the harbour. A large group of gulls and terns were feeding along a channel and I picked up the two most common terns that visit our shores in the summer. I also saw a single hirundine which...
  16. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    I had a call today telling me that a little birds was in the ship's hanagar. I arrived to find a 32 - Willow Warbler Flying up and down the lengt of the hangar, constantly calling. Eventually it flew off to the North. Three Amigo's Blog http://www.surfbirds.com/blog/amigo
  17. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Today we are off Northern Scotland and the weather has changed a little for the worse after some glorious sunshine and calm seas last week. This week has been about Guillemots and Fulmars (see blog below) but today I had the fantastic sight of a 31 - Puffin on the sea and then later another...
  18. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    Yesterday we spent the early evening at anchor just off the coast of North-west Scotland, as we were only 300 metres or so from shore I had an excellent opportunity to add a few birds. In the end I had five new species for my Ship List. 26 - Greylag Goose two pairs seen flying over...
  19. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    The internet has been down for a few days so I have two new birds seen over a couple of days. The day before yesterday I was talking on my mobile when a 25 - Eurasian Starling flew over my head, I could not locate the bird again. The next morning a 26 - Common Blackbird was onboard but...
  20. Matelot birder

    Slash's Ship List 2010

    My early morning walk around the upper deck with cup of tea in hand prodcued a few Gannets and eight Guillemots. Also heard before seen were a couple of Warblers. Eventually one decided to fly into the ship's hangar and a few quick snaps were taken. The tired but otherwise ok bird turned out to...
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