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Old Wednesday 18th August 2010, 21:14   #101
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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater continues to be seen on and off in the Netherlands.
Only once (for a few minutes), now just northwest of Rotterdam, before flying south again. It would be nice if it'd settle in the southwest this weekend!
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Old Wednesday 18th August 2010, 21:42   #102
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@Xenospiza: Thanks for adding that info. Hopefully it will settle at some site.
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Old Sunday 22nd August 2010, 22:24   #103
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From Finland today (22.8.);
Presumed Greater Yellowlegs in Åland (SW archipelago), seen by single observer (no pics...), would be first for Finland.
Fulmar in Lappland, only 30th for Finlad, the single twitcable was 20 years ago. Also very good numbers of Great Snipes with up to 12 (!!!) in many places, probably the best ever autumn for this species going on. Three Red-footed Falcons reported today making this autumn total 14 individuals (probably many more to come).
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Old Friday 27th August 2010, 19:52   #104
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Just back from successfully twitching an adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Espoo S-Finland, only second for Finland.

Today's S-t Sandpiper was twitchable only for about 25 minutes before flying and landing into the tall grass at about 5:30 p.m. and did not show up again during the evening. There were about 300 hungry twitchers so let's hope that it will be back tomorrow morning feeding in an open area.

I must say that I am extremely happy as 26 years ago I went for the first Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and dipped it. The bird was feeding until dusk but was gone cold and clear next morning.
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Old Saturday 28th August 2010, 09:19   #105
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Just back from successfully twitching an adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Espoo S-Finland, only second for Finland.

Today's S-t Sandpiper was twitchable only for about 25 minutes before flying and landing into the tall grass at about 5:30 p.m. and did not show up again during the evening. There were about 300 hungry twitchers so let's hope that it will be back tomorrow morning feeding in an open area.

I must say that I am extremely happy as 26 years ago I went for the first Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and dipped it. The bird was feeding until dusk but was gone cold and clear next morning.
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The bird is still present and there's some recordshot in tarsiger.com. Seems like i have to wait for another 26 years before ticking this fella, weddings (not mine ) and stuff... :/
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Old Saturday 28th August 2010, 12:04   #106
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The bird is still present and there's some recordshot in tarsiger.com. Seems like i have to wait for another 26 years before ticking this fella, weddings (not mine ) and stuff... :/
I do not know where weddings come in to it, but if you get off to Cairns (Australia) in the northern autumn (and winter?) you will see hundreds of them (sharp-tailed sandpipers, that is) along the Esplanade!

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The island Holmögadd in Västerbotten, northern Sweden, is the place to be... yesterday Pied Wheatear and Red-flanked Bluetail, and today a White-winged Lark! Also apparently several Yellow-browed Warblers...

EDIT: A picture of the lark: http://www.artportalen.se/birds/gall...obsid=20073487
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Old Tuesday 5th October 2010, 17:19   #108
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Chestnut Bunting trapped in Norway earlier today:

http://www.dutchbirdalerts.nl/report.action?id=23624

5th for Western Europe (second for Norway if I'm right).

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Old Tuesday 5th October 2010, 18:45   #109
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A very nice picture of an Upland Sandpiper in Portugal: http://www.dutchbirding.nl/gallery.p...id=3634&page=1
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Old Wednesday 6th October 2010, 18:32   #110
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A busy couple of days rarity-wise in Europe

-Germany: The long-staying White-crowned Wheatear and Great Black-headed Gull remain in Lower Saxony (Wremen) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Kummerower See) respectively. Also, at least two Sociable Lapwings have been present (Thuringia and MVP).A Hooded Merganser of unknown origin was present on 2nd of October in Schleswig-Holstein.

-Iceland: WP rarities included single Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (30/09 to 05/10) and Buff-bellied Pipit.

-Finland: Olive-backed Pipit at Ulkokrunni today.

-Azores: Interesting WP species seen in the last few days include Semi-palmated Plover (Corvo), Black-and-White Warbler (singles on Corvo and Flores), Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Northern Waterthrush (all Corvo), Upland Sandpiper (Flores) and Belted Kingfisher + Western Sandpiper on Terceira.

-Spain: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper near Valencia from 29/09 to 1/10 at least. Also, at least 4 Rueppell's Vultures passed over Cazalla bird obs on the 1/10.
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Moustached Warbler (adult) caught & ringed in Luxemburg (http://www.netfugl.dk/observations.php?id=wp).
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Another Marsh Tit in Finland today


(39 now recorded in the last month, versus a total of 40 ever seen in the country before!)
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Ukraine

Western Palearctic News. Birding World 23(9): 380-385.
"A juvenile Spoon-billed Sandpiper was reported (and apparently well watched at close-range) at Stanycho-Luganske fish farm, Lugansk, on 4th September; there are said to be two old records from Ukraine: one from Chernihiv Oblast and one shot at the Molochniy Liman, Zaporozhye, on 20th August 1952 (although the specimen is lost)."
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Intriguing sighting, Richard! Any mention in BW of the source of this claim?
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Intriguing sighting, Richard! Any mention in BW of the source of this claim?
Not explicitly, but Paul Bradbeer is credited with contributing to the Ukraine news.

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Old Saturday 9th October 2010, 00:01   #117
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Western Palearctic News. Birding World 23(9): 380-385.
"A juvenile Spoon-billed Sandpiper was reported (and apparently well watched at close-range) at Stanycho-Luganske fish farm, Lugansk, on 4th September; there are said to be two old records from Ukraine: one from Chernihiv Oblast and one shot at the Molochniy Liman, Zaporozhye, on 20th August 1952 (although the specimen is lost)."
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I remember seeing a field guide to the Birds of the Ukraine a few years ago, which included an illustration of SBS. Unfortunately the text was in Cyrillic, so the details behind the inclusion of the drawing remained obscure to me. Thanks for solving that particular mystery

I can only imagine the twitch this bird would have generated if it had stayed a few days.....
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Next for Ukraine - Hooded crane!
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I can only imagine the twitch this bird would have generated if it had stayed a few days.....
I don't think easyJet or Ryanair fly to Luhans'k (...yet).

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http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=182995
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Just back from successfully twitching an adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Espoo S-Finland, only second for Finland.

Today's S-t Sandpiper was twitchable only for about 25 minutes before flying and landing into the tall grass at about 5:30 p.m. and did not show up again during the evening. There were about 300 hungry twitchers so let's hope that it will be back tomorrow morning feeding in an open area.

I must say that I am extremely happy as 26 years ago I went for the first Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and dipped it. The bird was feeding until dusk but was gone cold and clear next morning.
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1st cy demoissele crane migrating SW in the Netherlands. Apparently unringed, after a prolongued period of easterlies along the continent ...
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1st cy demoissele crane migrating SW in the Netherlands. Apparently unringed, after a prolongued period of easterlies along the continent ...
Let's hope the Easterlies crank up a bit more then!
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