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Old Wednesday 5th May 2010, 22:27   #26
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And a Cape Petrel reported in the North Sea today (in a Norwegian oil field). Maybe I should do some seawatching in the coming days.
A what ? A Cape Petrel you say?
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Old Wednesday 5th May 2010, 22:29   #27
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Apparently so. A bit crazy.
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Old Wednesday 5th May 2010, 22:30   #28
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Apparently so. A bit crazy.
That is far out.
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Old Wednesday 5th May 2010, 22:31   #29
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That is far out.
Although it would be even more far out if it comes close in. Preferably to Girdle Ness.
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Cape petrel well documented in Norway!!

Check this link..
http://www.feltornitologene.no/index.htm

Or this link:
http://www.artsobservasjoner.no/artp...?obsid=7158725

Truly a lifetime mega for the lucky observer! It was found by the chef on the oil rig, identified via telephone and photographed with a borrowed camera this evening at approx. 21.30. It had then been feeding outside the oilrig with kittywakes..

Does anyone know the WP-status of this species? Any confirmed records?
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Old Thursday 6th May 2010, 12:18   #32
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Long-billed Dowitcher 14th Danish record, if accepted, at Lille Vildmose was killed and eaten by a Sparrowhawk today
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Old Thursday 6th May 2010, 15:34   #33
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Long-billed Dowitcher 14th Danish record, if accepted, at Lille Vildmose was killed and eaten by a Sparrowhawk today
Ah well, that would account for the decline of the Long-billed Dowitcher population in Denmark.

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Old Thursday 6th May 2010, 15:43   #34
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Ah well, that would account for the decline of the Long-billed Dowitcher population in Denmark.

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Those that believe the Sparrowhawk is the servant of the devil will no doubt ascribe some importance/conspiracy theory to this event ocurring on a day when 40% of the UK population are looking elsewhere. A good day for bad news.
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Old Thursday 6th May 2010, 15:53   #35
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Long-billed Dowitcher 14th Danish record, if accepted, at Lille Vildmose was killed and eaten by a Sparrowhawk today
Weirdest Sparrowhawk I've ever seen
http://www.netfugl.dk/pictures.php?i...cture_id=33552
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Old Thursday 6th May 2010, 19:32   #36
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Well, first a Sparrowhawk killed the Dowitcher, only to have a Fox steal away it's prey a few minutes later! It's pure Darwinism.
Wasn't there a story a few years ago from Finland, where a Hen Harrier killed a Cream-coloured Courser (or some other rare wader)?
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Wasn't there a story a few years ago from Finland, where a Hen Harrier killed a Cream-coloured Courser
Yes, if almost 21 years can be considered to be a few years... Twitchers interfered and scared the Harrier away, but the Courser died in the hands of the rescuers, picture on page 14 (267):
http://www.birdlife.fi/havainnot/rk/...20LM25-254.pdf

There are a few other similar stories from Finland as well, in 1993 a Pygmy Owl killed a Blyth's Pipit and the same year a Sparrowhawk killed a wintering Calandra Lark. In 2005 a Siberian Rubythroat was found dead in a nestbox that a Pygmy Owl used as a food storage:
http://www.tarsiger.com/gallery/inde...47399&lang=eng

The best story that I've heard is from Sweden, where a Grey Phalarope was apparently eaten by a Pike in front of the eyes of the twitchers...
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Old Thursday 6th May 2010, 23:38   #38
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The best story that I've heard is from Sweden, where a Grey Phalarope was apparently eaten by a Pike in front of the eyes of the twitchers...
Same thing happened with an RN Phal at Swithland, Leics (UK) some years ago...
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Same thing happened with an RN Phal at Swithland, Leics (UK) some years ago...
Phalaropes don't seem to fare too well. Remember this terrific sequence of shots from Cornwall last year?.....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...ture=341867980
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Pygmy Cormorant today in The Netherlands just east of Nijmegen c. 4th Dutch record - continuing a good year for the Nijmegen Vogelwerkgroep area (with Black-winged Kite and Long-billed Dowitcher already this year, plus a flock of up to 18 Whiskered Terns),

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Long-legged Buzzard (buteo rufinus) at Mortagne-sur-Gironde, SW France yesterday. The white/pale brown version. Watched it through scope at 60x for good 15 mins, but too far away for my camera lens.
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Old Tuesday 11th May 2010, 19:17   #42
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Sociable Plover (Vanellus gregarius) just north of Uppsala, Sweden today! Skipped uni and drove there, beautiful bird. Here's a (very bad) video that I recorded through the scope...

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a buff-breasted sandpiper in Belgium today (8th Belgian record and 5th for the harbour of Zeebrugge area)
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Old Friday 14th May 2010, 16:15   #44
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@Francois, Enji and all others: Thanks for contributing. Didn't expect this thread to take off the way it has.

Some Recent Sightings:
-Germany: Barrow's Goldeneye still pesent near Kiel, apparently the same bird that was seen in February.
-Azores: Rose-breasted Grosbeak and another Trinidade Petrel.
-Italy: Blue-cheeked Bee-eater on Lampedusa
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-Italy: Blue-cheeked Bee-eater on Lampedusa
Lampedusa scored again a few days later with a Red-necked Nightjar caught by the same ringers who photographed the bee-eater. They also trapped Italy's 3rd Western Olivaceous Warbler (the first two were both in 2009, the first on Linosa, the smaller island about 40km north of Lampedusa and Italy's premier vagrant trap. No birders are there at the moment, so who knows what is showing up!).
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the Pygmy Cormorant in the Netherlands reappeared again today for some lucky observers...hopefully tomorrow for me. Photos here http://waarneming.nl/soort/photos/24...&to=2010-05-14

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the Pygmy Cormorant in the Netherlands reappeared again today for some lucky observers...hopefully tomorrow for me. Photos here http://waarneming.nl/soort/photos/24...&to=2010-05-14

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And James was lucky: http://waarneming.nl/waarneming/view/47981829
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I thought I'd give a mention to the Great Reed Warbler that was found here in Derbyshire on May 12th and still remains. It's a first for the county and the first for Britain this year.
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A King Eider at Mar Menor,Murcia on the 16th is a 5th for Spain and first for Med??? Pictures at - http://www.aquilabirdtours.blogspot.com
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