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Old Thursday 8th May 2014, 16:01   #1551
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The second Black Redstart of the year is by the Pirate ship

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The second Black Redstart of the year is by the Pirate ship

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Arr, he be shipwrecked.
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Old Thursday 8th May 2014, 19:35   #1553
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oooh aaaaar Jim lad

My house in the background

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Old Thursday 8th May 2014, 20:05   #1554
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Every beach should have a pirate ship. I'm surprised we don't have one in Torry.
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Old Thursday 8th May 2014, 21:16   #1555
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There was another one at New Brighton....

but 1st the scallies set fire to it
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/i...IU1BGkIO9uutpg

then it was rebuilt and was taken by the Dec 4th storm surge

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Old Friday 16th May 2014, 21:42   #1556
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A rather lovely Little Stint on the beach today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJGN...ature=youtu.be

I do have a photo with the Black Pearl in the background
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Old Wednesday 25th March 2015, 16:07   #1557
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After a lot of searching, I managed to see the drake Surf Scoter this pm.. that would be a house tick.

I'd actually given up - the combination of 15000+ Scoter (and a 2nd flock of 5000+ out west), distance and heat haze was quite disheartening. Most of the birds were so far out they looked more like an oil slick than birds. About 200 were closer in - but they were all asleep. Then a Seal swam through which unsettled them and I saw a flash of bright orange on the bill a bird facing me... I had time to think bums - its too far to be able to do anything useful with a putative Black Scoter - even though it looks stocky and a bit "stiff tailed" but upped the mags on my observation binoculars anyway. I was more than a bit relieved to that the bird had swung round see a massive white nape patch!
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Old Monday 28th September 2015, 12:54   #1558
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4th for the garden this morning, plus a lovely overhead SEO
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Old Monday 28th September 2015, 13:48   #1559
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Probably the same YbW at Red Rocks @ 1300hrs, in the Hawthorn opposite the large Alder, plus 2 Water Rail.
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What's the story with the harrier?
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Old Thursday 1st October 2015, 16:45   #1561
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Its a frustrating story. As you may know, I can't get out birding at all at the moment. Even birding in the garden is restricted timewise. There were a lot of migrants about this am - Chiffs and Blackcaps, and even more butterflies. A clouded yellow flew clean through and a steady stream of Admirals were accumulating on the Ivy flowers. I' was trying to get a photo of 18 together when the Runner Ducks kicked off - they were all looking up to the East. I couldn't see what they were looking at until rather suddenly a Harrier came into view in the gap between my house and my neighbours. The Ducks were at the far end of the garden and had a less cluttered view. I had no bins, but did have a camera in my hand. I managed one in focus shot before the camera decided to focus on the roof/chimney instead.

I got nothing on the Harrier other than it looked rather orange. I dived into the house for bins and out into the front - where I failed to see the bird. I think it cut the corner and went up the Dee. The photo certainly looks more than promising for Pallid. (Juv fem).

Pushing the picture well beyond its limits its hard to be sure what is real and what could be artefact.
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Old Thursday 1st October 2015, 16:50   #1562
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Hmm, does look promising but hard (for me at least) to be sure. It's a shame no one else picked it up.

Sorry to hear that you're not able to get out at the moment. I hope that changes in the near future!
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Old Thursday 1st October 2015, 21:49   #1563
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In other news there were 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a big increase in Blackbirds today, whilst Coal tits are everywhere
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Old Thursday 1st October 2015, 22:10   #1564
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Hmm, does look promising but hard (for me at least) to be sure. It's a shame no one else picked it up.
It was picked up high over Crosby 15 min earlier.
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Old Saturday 31st August 2019, 08:18   #1565
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its only 1430 days since I updated this - must do better.


I've started retraining to ring birds, and am using the garden as my ringing site. Totals so far 896 of 20 species.

Yesterday there were a few nice waders about - 2 Whimbrel and 2 Juv Curlew Sandpipers being the highlight.
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Thanks Jon

Big tide today - plenty of waders about, inc 2-3 Curlew Sandpipers before the tide. % or so Arctic Skuas and a small skua spp that had promise for LTS based on flight, but needed to be a lot closer to see anything useful. Also a Bonxie.


Lots of variation in the waders and it looks like Sanderling and Knot have had a good breeding season, a high proportion of juveniles. Looking hard at the ringed plovers for SPP - 1st bird is the closest I got
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3 Great Skuas, 15 Manx Shearwater a Fulmar and 5 Arctic Skuas today at sea. I missed a Leaches Petrel.

4 Curlew Sandpipers flew through before the tide.

One Bonxie was in so close it appeared to be over the garden - I only got a camera on it after it went back out to sea. I caused total panic in a huge gull flock - which up until I saw the Bonxie, I'd assumed was down to wind surfers
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A fabulous 3 hour seawatch today produced 62 Arctic Skua and adult and subadult Pomarine Skua, 4 Great Skua and a very light and stunningly grey 1st summer Long-tailed Skua It was pleasing that the Poms and LTS were picked up on Hilbre. Also 19 Manx Shearwater, 15 Leach's Petrel a Fulmar and 2-300 Kittiwakes
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Links to the Long-tailed Skua
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Steve Williams

Phil Woollen below

and one of the Poms
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EDop2PNX...name=4096x4096
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Merlin and Peregrine yesterday, but only 5 Dunlin, which took the fun out of looking for a peep.

The drinking pond in the front garden is pulling a lot of birds
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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 08:25   #1572
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Trail cam list

On camera
Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Blue tit, Wren, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch House Sparrow and now #10 Chiffchaff

https://twitter.com/i/status/1172892572152475648

Off camera, sound only another 9, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Raven, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Oystercatcher.
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Added #11 Goldcrest to the trailcam seen list

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and the 10th extra sound only record [Pink-footed Goose]

A small arrival of migrants 1st thing, Crest, Chiffs and a Blackcap. 35 ringed and a Goldfinch controlled.
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Sound only record of Yellow-browed Warbler this morning and 10+ Chiffchaffs. It rained just before dawn. I must have been so close to hearing the YBW myself, since it called 10 seconds before I turned off the Mic.

45 birds ringed
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Feeling slightly cheated since we trapped a Willow Warbler in the garden on Saturday.
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