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Old Tuesday 14th September 2010, 09:50   #51
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Shorebirds. Every one except the Masked Lapwings (which isn't even a shorebird in my eyes). Been to countless locations when Red-kneed Dots, Curlew Sands, Red-caps etc. have been seen in hundreds yet when I go there the next day there is nothing. What is this about 40~ relatively common shorebirds? They all hate me.
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Old Tuesday 14th September 2010, 17:15   #52
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Mine in UK/Europe are Barred Warbler and White Stork with Northern Flicker in North America, three visits and still not seen one
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Old Thursday 16th September 2010, 20:42   #53
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Little Shearwater - hundreds of hours at sea in their range and still waiting.
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Old Monday 20th September 2010, 19:23   #54
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Originally Posted by hollis_f View Post
You probably don't want to hear this, but I was going to have Hoopoe on the 'Birds you've seen in most countries' thread (seven, including UK).
Er, I've managed 17 countries. But then I've never seen a dotterel or a roseate tern.
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Old Thursday 23rd September 2010, 22:12   #55
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Originally Posted by gus guthrie View Post
can I swap you a redstart for a black redstart !
When I first started birding in Liverpool the Albert Dock was a dead cert for black redstart, then the area got redeveloped. The old lighthouse at Flamborough used to be a shoe-in as well.

As for redstart, I'm afraid must confess to being a little blase having lived in the Yorkshire Dales for several years.

My bogey has to be Sabine's Gull. Lost count of the hours of seawatching I did off the northwest coast (Hilbre, Red Rocks, Seaforth). I think they are just aberrant kittiwakes
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Old Wednesday 29th September 2010, 12:23   #56
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Mine's to see an osprey in Sussex (I have seen them in Scotland and Wales), every time I get to the spot they have been reported I am greeted with the expression "oh yes, it was here earlier" aaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhh!

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Old Thursday 30th September 2010, 05:35   #57
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I'll bet the close focusing on those is superb!
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