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A Lifer,2 Year Ticks and 2 B.F.Ticks in the N.East

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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 20:53   #1
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A Lifer,2 Year Ticks and 2 B.F.Ticks in the N.East

Had a trip up to St.Mary's Island,Northumberland today.Arrived about 10am,parked in the pay and display and had a walk down to the sea front.Plenty of Terns about mainly Common and Sandwich but there amongst them yes a lifer Roseate Tern.No sign af the Black Terns but a few Arctic Terns about.Plenty of Golden Plover about with Knot,Dunlin,Sanderling,Turnstone and Ringed Plover foraging amongst the rocks.
Had a walk out across the causway to the island to try a bit of sea watching but very quiet so had a walk back to view the Roseate's again.It was at this point we were approached by another birder asking if the Black Terns were about,who turned out to be Cuddy(BF tick No.1 for the day).
Our next target was the R.B.Shrike at Newbiggin.If it hadn't been for Cuddy giving us directions of how to get there I don't think we'd have found it,so a big thankyou Cuddy .Bird was where he said,we even managed to walk right past it without noticing,and was giving good views.Managed to get some half decent pictures of it before leaving for the next target bird.
Down to Marsden Old Quarry next for the Wryneck and the recently reported Barred Warbler.No sign of the Barred Warbler,but did pick up BF tick No.2 for the day in the shape of IanF who told us where to look for the Wryneck before leaving for the Roseates I think.This too was giving good views and again managed to get some decent shots.
The weather was great,the birders we met were friendly and helpful.It was nice to be able to put faces to 2 more BF members.will definitely visit there again and I hope you managed to get a Wryneck the right side of the Tyne Cuddy.All in all a great day out.


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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 21:11   #2
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Hi Geoff, nice to meet you and so glad you had a nice day, Black Terns showed briefly later on i also managed a few pics of RB Shrike then on to Creswell pond and i saw 2 Wood Sands, Male Merlin, Little Stint, then back to ST Marys to add Med Gull.

But the highlight was yet to come i received a text at 1400 to let me know that a Wryneck had been found at East Chevington so off i raced and at last ending 15 years of hurt and pain i saw my first Wryneck, and it was well worth the wait .

Relaxing now with a G & T cant get the grin off my face.

Chilled out Cuddy : )
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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 21:16   #3
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Very nice. Sounds like quite the day. Great birds.
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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 21:30   #4
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A good result!

I too had a lifer today, three Black Terns and met devon.birder but he wasn't a lifer. He actually spotted the first Black Tern of the high tide roost at Northam Burrows!
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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 21:36   #5
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Great shots Geoff,

Nice to meet you too

After leaving you I headed up to Newbigign again. The RBS was about but wasn't so compliant with me today. I spent too long on the bushes further along with the Stonechats and Wheatear and then got waylaid talking with several other birders. By the time I reached St.Mary's Island the tide was in and the birders not to mention Terns, gone. Maybe next week again.

I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit to the area. The Northeast has a lot to offer. Northumbria is an exceptional birding area, though further south around Teesmouth is pretty good - usually more species too!

Congrats on the Wryneck Cuddy

Maybe next week I will make East Chevington and Creswell too - depending on what is around!
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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 21:56   #6
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Relaxing now with a G & T cant get the gin off my face.
Aww man you've spilled it again!!

Nice one Cuddy, thought I was the only one collecting life ticks - brought you luck I did, I'm claiming an assist.

So when's the next one Michael
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Hi Geoff, nice to meet you and so glad you had a nice day, Black Terns showed briefly later on i also managed a few pics of RB Shrike then on to Creswell pond and i saw 2 Wood Sands, Male Merlin, Little Stint, then back to ST Marys to add Med Gull.

But the highlight was yet to come i received a text at 1400 to let me know that a Wryneck had been found at East Chevington so off i raced and at last ending 15 years of hurt and pain i saw my first Wryneck, and it was well worth the wait .

Relaxing now with a G & T cant get the grin off my face.

Chilled out Cuddy : )

I'm pleased you got it. Good bird. It was still there this evening.
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Hi Alan,

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Old Sunday 15th August 2004, 22:47   #9
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Two birds I've wanted to see in the UK since I was a youngster. Lucky you. A marvellous day indeed - and good shots to remember it by.
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Sounds like a good day, Geoff, and great photos, too. I've never seen either of these birds.
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Please could someone explain (I am obviously an ignoramus) - what is a lifer, 2 year ticks and BF ticks?

I assume a lifer is possibly the first ever sighting of a particular bird in your life?

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Please could someone explain (I am obviously an ignoramus) - what is a lifer, 2 year ticks and BF ticks?

I assume a lifer is possibly the first ever sighting of a particular bird in your life?

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a lifer is the first time you've ever seen that bird.
a year tick is the first time you've seen the bird this year
a BF tick is the first time you've seen a particular member of Bird Forum. You should get some of these at Birdfair
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Thanks Pete, now I know.

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