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Old Saturday 3rd September 2011, 17:29   #7276
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Yes, that could work if folk don't mind giving up a day's birding to do some maintenance work. I'd be game if it was on a day I'm not working ie usually Tuesday or Thursday....tho' getting everyone together on the same day IS often the problem!
Not everyone can turn up on certain organised occasions to carry work out Gill thats a fact of life with work/family etc. But even a handfull of like minded folk can make a difference.

Don't think the newt situation this time of year will be affected by any type of work undertaken here. Maybe in the Spring or mid summer months yes.

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Old Saturday 3rd September 2011, 18:44   #7277
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I've just taken a phone call from a friend of mine who has just picked up a white tailed sea eagle from the police in bedlington. It's a fife bird, not in the best condition but is eating well so fingers crossed.
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Old Saturday 3rd September 2011, 21:43   #7278
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Anyone got a view as to which is the best autumn sea watching point between Church, Beacon or Snab?
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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 07:12   #7279
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IMO Church is the best because it's usually better populated by birders as it is nearer a car park and has that 'bijou residence' that adds that touch of luxury.

More birders = more pairs of eyes and more expertise = better results too.

Beacon is a walk, no shelter and so is less attractive.

Snab has a car park, a seat (there's that luxury aspect again ) and to its and Beacon Point's credit, it is raised (as Whitburn is) and so gives better views over the waves as opposed to Church where you often have to look 'through' them, so to speak.
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I've just taken a phone call from a friend of mine who has just picked up a white tailed sea eagle from the police in bedlington. It's a fife bird, not in the best condition but is eating well so fingers crossed.
Please keep us posted - especially as/when/if it gets released locally. Good luck!
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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 08:51   #7281
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I am under the understanding that the trusts don't just cater for birds and birdwatchers, rightly so as biodiversity is key to "bringing the birds in". A bird will choose a habitat where the food supply is plentiful.

However in this case the trust doesn't seem to care less about Cresswell Pond, however I did hear that some species of rare newt has found the pond to its liking and if waters levels were lowered could this effect the species? Just a question to those in the know, haven't got a clue about newts.
I don't think there are any newts to worry about. Your post is the first I'd heard of anything of the sort. There are lots of red herrings, though.

The pond is a designated SSSI because it's a brackish lagoon (that's why flounders live in it).
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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 11:42   #7282
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Great eight hours yesterday spent on the waves with http://www.northernexperiencewildlifetours.co.uk/

I had thought that eight hours might be a bit long for me, but in the event it wasn't long enough. Perhaps a fairly quiet day as far as the birds were concerned, but very little beats being out on the water. Birds seen included blue Fulmar.

Thanks guys.

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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 15:53   #7283
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Please keep us posted - especially as/when/if it gets released locally. Good luck!
I will do. It's my understanding that the bird will transported back to fife for release.
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East Chevington this morning.

The north pool looks ideal for throwing balls into for your dogs to retrieve.

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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 17:46   #7285
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I will do. It's my understanding that the bird will transported back to fife for release.
I best get a bigger scope then!
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Old Sunday 4th September 2011, 19:02   #7286
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IMO Church is the best because it's usually better populated by birders as it is nearer a car park and has that 'bijou residence' that adds that touch of luxury.

More birders = more pairs of eyes and more expertise = better results too.

Beacon is a walk, no shelter and so is less attractive.

Snab has a car park, a seat (there's that luxury aspect again ) and to its and Beacon Point's credit, it is raised (as Whitburn is) and so gives better views over the waves as opposed to Church where you often have to look 'through' them, so to speak.
Thanks for the advice. All I need to do now is hit the right day!
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Today's journal ran the white tailed storey.

http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-29364832/
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Old Tuesday 6th September 2011, 19:57   #7288
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Today's journal ran the white tailed storey.

http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-29364832/
Fantastic - was up looking for white tails in Fife last weekend and all the while one was sat here in my home town!

Hope it makes a full recovery and gets re-released OK.
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Old Wednesday 7th September 2011, 08:54   #7289
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Female Teal on Paddy Freeman's Boating Lake yesterday, among all the Mallards. A common bird, but not in the Dene.
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Old Wednesday 7th September 2011, 21:15   #7290
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anyone know more about the bluethroat at east chev?
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Old Wednesday 7th September 2011, 21:34   #7291
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Old Wednesday 7th September 2011, 21:56   #7292
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So has the Bluethroat been present there for about 6 weeks? Has anyone seen it during that time or just when its been trapped?
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Old Thursday 8th September 2011, 10:25   #7294
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So has the Bluethroat been present there for about 6 weeks? Has anyone seen it during that time or just when its been trapped?
Impression I get is:
-Trapped
-Ringed
-Suppressed
-Trapped again
-News released
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Impression I get is:
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-Ringed
-Suppressed
-Trapped again
-News released
Well that was my impression too.
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Old Friday 9th September 2011, 08:18   #7296
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Impression I get is:
-Trapped
-Ringed
-Suppressed
-Trapped again
-News released
You've missed a couple of things Andrew. It should have read:

-Trapped
-Ringed
-Photographed
-Suppressed
-Trapped again
-Photographed again
-News released
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Old Friday 9th September 2011, 10:16   #7297
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just to add a bit of fan fiction to the story....

-Trapped
-Ringed
-Photographed
-Suppressed
...migrated
...got the brush off from the lasses
..migrated
-Trapped again
-Photographed again
-News released

version 2

-Trapped
-Ringed
-Photographed
-Suppressed
...held territory @ chev
...failed to find any lasses
-Trapped again
-Photographed again
-News released

version 2 might explain the suppression...or just blame it on the personalities involved....not that i know who they are ofcourse....
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Much more likely that it arrived in spring, and wasn't found. Then either hung around quite lonely or settled down with a female and bred. Stayed put into July as it was moulting, when it found itself tangled up in a mist net. No migratory urges, so stayed put through August. Probably headed off south by now.
Whether it was the right decision to suppress depends on where the bird was on the reserve. Having heard about the idiots regularly tape-luring the Welney Bluethroat during its extended stay (when the bird was easily visible with patience), would you take the risk of ending up with a reedbed full of brain-dead birders splashing about with MP3 players?
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Having heard about the idiots regularly tape-luring the Welney Bluethroat during its extended stay (when the bird was easily visible with patience), would you take the risk of ending up with a reedbed full of brain-dead birders splashing about with MP3 players?
Nope! Welfare of the bird has to come first.
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Wow! Bluethroat! Brill!

But, as someone who did not have his copy of Now That What I Call Bluethroat at Welney in June, and did not see the bird there, and as someone who has never seen one and would love too, especially on home turf, has it been seen again since the re-release and where was it trapped?

Surely every reasonable bird cannot be suppressed in the event that there may be one or two birders with misplaced tactics. Surely it's upto those with ethics to 'police' those who do not otherwise we would never get to see anything 'rare'.
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