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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 15:20   #7226
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From Birdguides: 13:57 09/08/11 Spotted Redshank Northumbs Earsdon the bird here is a juvenile Common Redshank

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Had a quick look at the photo on someones blog, different bird to the bird i saw last night....

Had a longer bill with darker under belly.

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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 15:40   #7227
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From Birdguides: 13:57 09/08/11 Spotted Redshank Northumbs Earsdon the bird here is a juvenile Common Redshank

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Hi Mark

I was with Middy24 and another birder yesterday evening and we all believed we had seen a Spotted Redshank. I continue to believe we did.
I saw what I think was probably the same bird at Holywell Pond on 5th Aug and this bird has been reliably identified by numerous birders as Spotted Redshank and it is known to have been flying between Holywell Pond and the Bee-hive flash at Earsdon.

I reported the spotted Redshank to Birdguides last night. I won't be revising my judgement of what I saw last night. I've spoken to the other person with Middy and I last night and he confirms that there is a Common Redshank at the flash today and no Spotted Redshank, but he also remains confident that he saw the Spotted Redshank last night.

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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 15:45   #7228
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Shows how different birds on different days can cause people to jump to conclusions. But I suppose the bird info services just go by whatever users ring in, and they obviously can't cross-check info for local scarcities.

Seems like a few Spotted Reds are on the move at the moment. Nice birds.

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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 16:00   #7229
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Here are a few shots I took at Druridge Pools today.

I believe the Moth is a Gold Spangle. I'm not sure of there status in Northumberland but was nice to see feeding on the Teasel.
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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 16:04   #7230
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Here are a few shots I took at Druridge Pools today.

I believe the Moth is a Gold Spangle. I'm not sure of there status in Northumberland but was nice to see feeding on the Teasel.
Hi Gary

Check the status of Gold Spangle here: www.northumberlandmoths.org.uk

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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 16:17   #7231
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Check the status of Gold Spangle here: www.northumberlandmoths.org.uk

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Thanks Tom! I've just had a look. I'll have to put that site in my favorites.
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Old Tuesday 9th August 2011, 20:37   #7232
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Excellent photos, Gary, and the moth is a cracker. Nice one!
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Old Thursday 11th August 2011, 21:07   #7233
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forgot to mention, I had a probable cettis warbler a few weeks ago.....

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X...3955&A=Y&Z=115

saw it for a couple of seconds in flight before it diappeared into the reeds. If its not a male, it could be very hard to dig out, as there is large block of reeds there.
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Old Friday 12th August 2011, 13:15   #7234
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Shows how different birds on different days can cause people to jump to conclusions. But I suppose the bird info services just go by whatever users ring in, and they obviously can't cross-check info for local scarcities.

Seems like a few Spotted Reds are on the move at the moment. Nice birds.

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With this particular incidence it wasn't even different days. The 'Spotted Redshank' was put out via RBA late morning on Tuesday, a call was subsequently made to me from a birder arriving at the site 40 minutes later to report that the only wader present was a 'Common Redshank' so the earlier report was corrected.

And Mark is right, impossible to cross-check everything and in this instance, on the day in question, there was an unnamed report via another info service versus a report from a known experienced birder.
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Old Sunday 14th August 2011, 17:38   #7235
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No sign of the spotted redshank at Druridge Pools between 2pm and 3pm. Three ruff and a common sandpiper at Cresswell Pond.
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Old Sunday 14th August 2011, 21:16   #7236
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Just moved back to Tyne and Wear.

Last tuesday I was at St Mary's for low tide.

North beach had sanderling, ringed plover, redshank, curlew. Rocky patch south of the island had turnstones and hundreds of gulls, some of which were common gull.

Field by the coastal path had about 40 more curlew and starlings running amongst them.

Freshwater pool by carpark had blackheaded gulls, house martins, sand martins, and for about ten seconds a green sandpiper!
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Old Monday 15th August 2011, 11:24   #7237
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Just moved back to Tyne and Wear.

Last tuesday I was at St Mary's for low tide.

North beach had sanderling, ringed plover, redshank, curlew. Rocky patch south of the island had turnstones and hundreds of gulls, some of which were common gull.

Field by the coastal path had about 40 more curlew and starlings running amongst them.

Freshwater pool by carpark had blackheaded gulls, house martins, sand martins, and for about ten seconds a green sandpiper!
If you can manage another trip to St Mary's this week it's probably a good time to catch Roseate Terns. Best seen maybe two hours before the highest tide as they land on the rocks south of of the island along with Sandwich and other terns. Black Tern has also been around in recent days.
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Old Tuesday 16th August 2011, 09:16   #7238
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Thanks for that Brian.

About 10-12 mistle thrushes in a single berry tree in Jesmond this morning, surely more than one family party will be making up that number!
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has anyone been to Linton lately??....it seems to have fallen off the bird map
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Old Tuesday 16th August 2011, 17:19   #7240
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has anyone been to Linton lately??....it seems to have fallen off the bird map
The birds think so too.
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Old Tuesday 16th August 2011, 20:43   #7241
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Old Wednesday 17th August 2011, 15:06   #7242
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A dark juvenile marsh harrier (probably one of the locals) drifted over Cresswell this morning. It was shown the door by a flock of lapwings that got up and pestered it until it left.

They aren't so pushy when a peregrine turns up.
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Old Wednesday 17th August 2011, 16:41   #7243
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St Mary's Island today PM

Juvenile Roseate Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper ,Knot & Bar-tailed Godwits amongst the Golden Plover ,Lapwings,Redshanks etc:
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Bittern at Cresswell

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Old Thursday 18th August 2011, 19:47   #7246
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Osprey at Derwent Reservoir around 11am today. Flew off East from where the River Derwent enters the reservoir, towards opposite end (dam/sailing club) and out of sight. No idea which county it ended up in by the end of this brief flight!

Also 1 greenshank, 15 curlew and a peregrine all flew over during the morning.

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I went down to Druridge this evening for a hirundine roosting spectacular that failed to materialise. The light was atrocious and the dull overcast might have had something to do with the no-show.

This little chap put on a display that took some of the pain away. He was hunting gnats in front of the hide, running, jumping and catching them in mid-air. Pity the light was so dull. I had to set the camera on ISO1000 just to get a sensible shutter speed.
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Thanks for that Brian.

About 10-12 mistle thrushes in a single berry tree in Jesmond this morning, surely more than one family party will be making up that number!
I also see such "family parties" passing through Jesmond/Sandyford, though ten is good number. Helpfully they make a fair bit of noise. I saw around fifty in late summer in the Black Wood of Rannoch in the '80s.
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Holywell Dene

Visited Holywell Dene and St Mary's Lighthouse today for the first time since 1974 it certainly brought back happy memories. Nothing exciting but 49 species seen the highlight was two Roseates at the Lighthouse. Also excellent view in front of the public hide at the pond of a Greenshank, Dunlin Ruff and Common Sandpiper. It won't be as long till I'm back again.

Thanks to Gill and Middy and most recently Brian for their helpful advice.

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Visited Holywell Dene and St Mary's Lighthouse today for the first time since 1974 it certainly brought back happy memories. Nothing exciting but 49 species seen the highlight was two Roseates at the Lighthouse. Also excellent view in front of the public hide at the pond of a Greenshank, Dunlin Ruff and Common Sandpiper. It won't be as long till I'm back again.

Thanks to Gill and Middy and most recently Brian for their helpful advice.

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Pleased to hear that you had a good day Paul, and that a few waders put in an appearance at the pond and that the Roseates obliged. We may be bumping into you if you keep returning.

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