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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 08:43   #1
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Great Knot

Got an early morning call to tell me there was a Great Knot round the corner at Skippool. Dashed there before the hordes descended, as they surely will for a third for Britain.

If you live anywhere near Lancs and don't mind big crowds go and see it - it is in partial summer plumage and very distinctive. Tides may be awkward for the next few hours.

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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 08:47   #2
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Newsflash, it has flown off high to the south west. Let's hope it comes back!
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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 09:25   #3
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Lets hope if it comes back it does not become another Great Dot like the Teeside bird.


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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 09:45   #4
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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 09:59   #5
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Hi Stephen,

Do you know if it was found last night and kept hushed until confirmed this morning? There's no way I can get there until tomorrow morning!!!

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Tom - not as far as I know. One of the birders present said he was there last night and it wasn't there then. To be honest it is unmistakable.

John - if it returns the estuary is relatively narrow there so views would be passable at worst and probably excellent. So no 'Great Dot'.

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Stephen many thanks I was fortunate to have seen the Teeside bird before it became a complete Great Dot.

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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 10:51   #8
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Nice one, Stephen - I'm jealous. According to Rare Bird Alert "it flew off high SW at 8.12 a.m. leaving estuary", so sounds like it's done a bunk. Perhaps to be refound on the Ribble?
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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 10:55   #9
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Jason,

Yeah, Fairhaven must be a good bet though there are plenty of places on the Ribble where it would never be found.

If it is the bird reported near Dublin last week then I suppose it could turn up anywhere over the next week or so.

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I should have added that the former County Recorder was arriving as I left, I stopped the car and told him it was showing well and where it was. As he walked towards the group watching it the bird had taken flight and they shouted frantically at him but he didn't get on it.

Sometimes being helpful doesn't always help!

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Tide times:

Todays next low is at 5.13pm.

If it flew south west it could simply have gone further down stream. Looking at an OS map the whole area is riddle with hiding places. I remember last years White-r.Sand could go missing for hours as well...

See you at first light!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tom,

Optimism is always best on these occasions, but on the one occasion the WR Sand was seen to fly high to the south I am afraid it was Goodnight Vienna!

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I`ll be there at first light too...if its seen again today
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Stop Press - Bf 200 Club Members Advised To Be At Skippool Creek, Lancs Tomorrow Morning For Several Possible Ticks!
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I should have added that the former County Recorder was arriving as I left, I stopped the car and told him it was showing well and where it was. As he walked towards the group watching it the bird had taken flight and they shouted frantically at him but he didn't get on it.

Sometimes being helpful doesn't always help!

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seen lots abroad but none here yet, missed last being on my travels somewhere .....as you probably guessed I won't be going but if it were in Norfolk I'd be severely tempted..... Nah....I would go if it was Norfolk!

good luck people - hope the dudes don't scare it off.......

might be a good time to get up the coast today/tomorrow - Norfolk will be emptier than usual i suspect....
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Oops. Sorry, Stephen - I should read posts properly!
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seen lots abroad but none here yet, missed last being on my travels somewhere .....as you probably guessed I won't be going but if it were in Norfolk I'd be severely tempted..... Nah....I would go if it was Norfolk!

good luck people - hope the dudes don't scare it off.......

might be a good time to get up the coast today/tomorrow - Norfolk will be emptier than usual i suspect....
Tim,

I wouldn't go to Norfolk for one (admission - never went for Black Lark) but it is absolutely fantastic to see one on the doorstep.

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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 11:21   #20
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Black Lark was my only twitch of late Stephen

doorstep is always best - takes off all the pressure......

not been seen for a while gents - getting shaky?
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Nah - I'll wait for it to turn up at Dawlish.
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I'd love a Great Knot and I'd go anywhere for one, don't know why but it has a definite appeal for me. I can't remember why I didn't go for the Cleveland one. Was it 96? I think that may have been the start of my slightly crazy years!

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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 11:26   #23
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to mix threads.....

I'm sure we've all seen some great knots...

think it was 98/99 Tom - I was definitely in Indo and remember reading it in my school and had been hoping for one on my local patch there. B*astards I thought as i read it.

They are one of those special birds though i agree, along with things like Nordmann's Greenshank and Asiatic Dowitcher.....something about them. Remember seeing a large group of them on a beach in Darwin - managed to get very close.....coming into summer plum - just magic and one of those moments you remember for ever and make a big impression on you.....

come to think of it same thing happened when i was living in northern Greece - was looking for Slender-billed Curlews on my local patch there when one turned up in UK....

so be on your toes as i am off again on Monday - eith er this Knot was a day early or something else rather nice is due......

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Cleveland bird was 13 October - 5 November 1996.

I reckon I was definitley in my crazy period. Infact the picture I once posted of myself outside Twatt Post Office on Orkney was a few weeks before that and the last twitch I went on for quite a while.

Ahhh Great days!
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