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Old Tuesday 21st January 2020, 15:14   #551
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A pretty decent list that Paul. Excellent work laddie.

Can you remind me what the asterisks denote? I'm sure you've told us before, but my memory... well... ummmm.
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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 03:48   #552
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some nice additions there paul love to see an orca as well
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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 14:50   #553
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Can you remind me what the asterisks denote?
Asterisks denote birds seen on the platform by others, but not observed by myself. I get lots of reports in from other guys, but am pretty conservative as to what I list. Case in point would be last year's Waxwing. Although seen by a non-birder, who had to look the bird up on the internet, he had a clear unobscured view at close (10ft) quarters. Based on that, plus there is not really anything he could confuse it with, I accepted the sighting. On the other hand, if he came to me and said that he had seen an Eastern Olivaceous Warbler; that would not be making the list.
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Ah of course. Thanks Paul.

Any of them you feel a bit miffed as to having missed?
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Any of them you feel a bit miffed as to having missed?
Probably the Waxwing, but the dead Nightjar was the most disappointing thing of last year.
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Yeah, I can imagine Paul. A very sad sight that must have been.

So sad. I've never seen one up here, though have both in England and Wales.
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2020

Not surprisingly for the time of year; there are few birds about. This is the mildest and wettest offshore winter I can remember, so maybe it should be no surprise that we have had no white-winged gulls this season. There is still time, but it is looking unlikely.

So, to kick off the 2020 list, we have the expected few, plus our still resident Carrion Crow.

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1. Great Black-Backed Gull
2. Carrion Crow
3. Herring Gull
4. Kittiwake
5. Fulmar
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A welcome winter visitor today. I seem to get one or two a year in recent times, but they are still surprisigly uncommon here.

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1. Great Black-Backed Gull
2. Carrion Crow
3. Herring Gull
4. Kittiwake
5. Fulmar
6. Shag
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Nice one Paul... and a super picture that too lad.
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First Gannet of the year passed by this morning.

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1. Great Black-Backed Gull
2. Carrion Crow
3. Herring Gull
4. Kittiwake
5. Fulmar
6. Shag
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Last minute bird.

Due to the high winds, and accompanying trigger lightening that we had on Tuesday, from whichever storm (Ciara?) that was that passed through, I had to stay an extra day on the platform.

Yesterday morning however, the winds were down, and despite an initial short delay for more trigger lightening, my chopper home was soon on its way. I headed up to the waiting area under the helideck, arriving there before anyone else. With three weeks of very few birds behind me, I was not actually looking for anything. Leaning on a handrail and looking south, my eye was attracted to a Kittiwake passing close in below me, but almost instantly, a bird that was flying behind the Kittiwake really grabbed my attention. Finally, a White-winged Gull!

A juvenile Iceland Gull in my last unscheduled minutes onboard. Almost made the delay worth it.

The bird did not linger,, but just casually flew west towards Scotland. I'm guessing it had been blown out to sea by Tuesday's storm, and was now making its way back. A very welcome sighting though, whatever its origination/destination.

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1. Great Black-Backed Gull
2. Carrion Crow
3. Herring Gull
4. Kittiwake
5. Fulmar
6. Shag
7. Gannet
8. Iceland Gull
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