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Old Sunday 6th April 2014, 21:07   #3376
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There can be a problem with using "Birdguides" as your reporting process. Furthermore if a description is required, the observer will be far better placed to provide one immediately after the record is made, rather than 12 - 18 months later.

The procedures which I would recommend are:
1) Advise any significant, confidential obsevations to the county recorder by private e-mail. If further info. is required, he will let you know.
2) Input selected, non-confidential, records which may interest other birders on the EBwS website.
3) Keep a log of your records and input them to the recorder annualy.

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I am sure that the EBWS doesn't use the Birdguides data now as the observer is not traceable. It may be that some of the 2011 records that need more identification emanate from Birdguides.

All the recommendations are excellent. However, I would add one more:-
Become a member of the Essex Birdwatching Society

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Old Tuesday 8th April 2014, 02:45   #3377
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I am sure that the EBWS doesn't use the Birdguides data now as the observer is not traceable. It may be that some of the 2011 records that need more identification emanate from Birdguides.

All the recommendations are excellent. However, I would add one more:-
Become a member of the Essex Birdwatching Society

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Best thing I've done for my birding. I'd hunted around for help with RSPB local groups, wildlife trusts, Field groups etc -- all good concerns but for me the EBwS membership was the best move and connected me with some great experienced birders. Can't recommend it highly enough. Regular Bus trips if you lack transport too with some really nice folk.

Gotta say the Bird of Prey conference they held a few weeks back was exceptional. Great speakers and one of the most informative days I've spent out of the field.
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Old Friday 11th April 2014, 12:38   #3378
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A couple of Black-winged Stilts have been found on Bowers Marsh RSPB this afternoon which are apparently viewed distantly on the freshmarsh from the benches.

The gate will be locked today at 5pm as Marc, outgoing reserve manager, is leaving today. If you go today make sure you are out of the car park before 5pm. You can park outside the gate and walk in, this will add quarter mile or so to your walk.

Hopefully I will get there this evening.
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Old Friday 11th April 2014, 16:13   #3379
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Still there at 1635, a lifer for me :-)))))
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Old Friday 11th April 2014, 20:57   #3380
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Didn't get there tonight and won't be able to go tomorrow as got work and then off to wembley grrrr
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Old Saturday 12th April 2014, 10:49   #3381
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A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Abberton causeway this morning. Early morning, it frequented the area behind the concrete wall near the Layer Breton causeway. It was consorting with around 8 Pochard and, at 10.30, it flew with those birds towards the main part of the reservoir. However, it seems that it didn't go far and (after I'd left) was reported as still viewable from that causeway.

Always the risk of Tufted x RND hybrids, but this drake was in perfect pukka plumage.

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Old Saturday 12th April 2014, 21:25   #3382
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Hmm, a trip for LBC tomorrow it seems.

Red kite, over sheering passed me as I drove home from devon, m11, past the turn off for harlow, yet before the turn off for sheering at 1410
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Old Saturday 12th April 2014, 21:25   #3383
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Excellent morning out locally with a fine Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Hockley Woods, 3 Bullfinch that included a nice showy male at Ferndale Road in Rayleigh, there Garganey at North Bowers Marsh, willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Yellowhammers at Bowers Down. At least 6 year ticks today
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belated image of the stilts from Friday at Bowers
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Old Sunday 13th April 2014, 19:54   #3385
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Evening all. Just passing on a message from Jason Ward who isn't a member of BF. Some serious kit stolen from Harlow yesterday. Keep your eyes open if you would,

"Hi All,

Ive had my Swarovski ATX 95 Scope and Canon 100-400 lens stolen from my vehicle yesterday. The scope was on a Manfrotto 500AH head with Swarovski digiscoping rail and a Velbon carbon fibre tripod. Also a Scopac was attached. I would be grateful for news of any for sale in unusual circumstances/places/cheaply. It's been reported to the police and I have the serial numbers of the items.

Thanks very much

Jay."
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Old Sunday 13th April 2014, 20:35   #3386
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Evening all. Just passing on a message from Jason Ward who isn't a member of BF. Some serious kit stolen from Harlow yesterday. Keep your eyes open if you would,

"Hi All,

Ive had my Swarovski ATX 95 Scope and Canon 100-400 lens stolen from my vehicle yesterday. The scope was on a Manfrotto 500AH head with Swarovski digiscoping rail and a Velbon carbon fibre tripod. Also a Scopac was attached. I would be grateful for news of any for sale in unusual circumstances/places/cheaply. It's been reported to the police and I have the serial numbers of the items.

Thanks very much

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Sorry to hear that and noted! Checked all the selling sites?
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 01:19   #3387
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Good weekend for me too. Uk lifer with the 2 stilts at Bowers. First 2014 nightingale on patch Saturday, followed by GW Teal, Yellow wag, and whitethroat and an Essex tick sand martin.

Encouraged to see a new scrape being created by the sea wall, already holding a smart male wheatear (my 2nd of 2014) on newly pushed banks. Informed of another new extensive NR being constructed on Tilbury PS land too. Future looks good for S Essex

2nd nightingale found this afternoon at Stanford Wharf.
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 14:21   #3388
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The stilts are back eh...
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 14:36   #3389
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Stilts in Bale Field at Old Hall Marshes
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 14:42   #3390
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Where's Bale Field? Hopefully nice and close to the carpark?

Edit - yes, apparently nice and close (PDF).
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 18:32   #3391
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They flew to another, was seen by quite a few people, including me...

Updated my essex list on bubo now, was missing things like yellow wag, coot, godwits, little owl etc, so chucked them in too, 112 now with a year total of when I started the hobby (june the first, England list at 145)

Here is my finest photographic hour of the black winged stilts...
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 18:36   #3392
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Nice bunch of Yellow Wags. on LBC this evening. Something I look forward to seeing each Spring.

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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 21:38   #3393
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Didn't manage to catch up with the Stilts this evening but an enjoyable couple of hours all the same. A few shots from Old Hall Marshes this evening.

I would appreciate ID help with the first and Curlew or Whimbrel? (I have added a tighter crop just in case it helps!)

Thanks in advance.

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Whimbrel.

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Old Tuesday 15th April 2014, 15:45   #3396
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[quote=Weatherloach;2968281]Didn't manage to catch up with the Stilts this evening but an enjoyable couple of hours all the same. A few shots from Old Hall Marshes this evening.

Update on the Stilts:

At Old Hall, the birds were first spotted by Colin Mackenzie-Grieve at about 12:20, during a WeBS count. They were then in field 1/8. The birds disappeared but were later found in Bale Field, where several people observed and photographed them. They were definately a breeding pair as they copulated on a couple of occasions. The birds finally flew off north over the Salcott Channel at about 15:30. I am not aware of any subsequent sightings. They could be miles away now.

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Didn't manage to catch up with the Stilts this evening but an enjoyable couple of hours all the same. A few shots from Old Hall Marshes this evening.

Update on the Stilts:

At Old Hall, the birds were first spotted by Colin Mackenzie-Grieve at about 12:20, during a WeBS count. They were then in field 1/8. The birds disappeared but were later found in Bale Field, where several people observed and photographed them. They were definately a breeding pair as they copulated on a couple of occasions. The birds finally flew off north over the Salcott Channel at about 15:30. I am not aware of any subsequent sightings. They could be miles away now.

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I had them at sunset yesterday at about TL973130. Unless you're talking about no subsequent sightings after 15.30 today...?
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I had them at sunset yesterday at about TL973130. Unless you're talking about no subsequent sightings after 15.30 today...?
No. I was referring to MONDAY. I had thought that they were just passing through. Perhaps they will stick around. Here's hoping.
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A big thanks to pete triston for his time and help, colin too and a few names I was unable to learn! A great help!
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Stilts are apparently still at Old Hall, c500 yards east of the north east corner of the "short walk". So here ish, I guess.

Was kinda surprised they were still there yesterday - very surprised they're there today.
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