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Old Monday 18th June 2012, 09:01   #1
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Rose-coloured Starling influx

At least 15 Rose-coloured Starlings have been reported around the country since the start of June, so all indications are that we're in for a good early summer period. Still plenty of time for more arrivals.

But has anyone heard anything from the eastern Med/elsewhere in Europe? Has there been a larger than average build-up in numbers at sites where they are more regular - eg Turkey, Greece. Are there decent numbers on the near continent, just waiting to come across the North Sea?

Keep checking those local suburban Starling flocks!

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Old Monday 18th June 2012, 09:51   #2
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But has anyone heard anything from the eastern Med/elsewhere in Europe? Has there been a larger than average build-up in numbers at sites where they are more regular - eg Turkey, Greece. Are there decent numbers on the near continent, just waiting to come across the North Sea?

Keep checking those local suburban Starling flocks!

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Old Monday 18th June 2012, 19:52   #3
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There's a cracking adult at Rhos on Sea, North Wales at the moment! Well worth seeing. More details, information and images on here: http://birdingnorthwales.blogspot.co...os-on-sea.html


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Old Tuesday 19th June 2012, 06:35   #4
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That Welsh adult bird is stunning. Having only ever seen a single grotty juvenile I am quite gutted not to have been able to go for this yet.

Strange there has been a mini influx.

Hope it lingers but unlikely!
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Old Tuesday 19th June 2012, 08:54   #5
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But has anyone heard anything from the eastern Med/elsewhere in Europe?
There was a pretty good influx into Italy at the very end of May. As usual, most birds were in the north-east, and records were highly concentrated in a narrow window of a very few days around May 29-June 1. A few stragglers are still being seen.
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The Welsh bird is really stunning and very confiding. Its worth trying to get there if you can.

Its amazing N Wales have had 7 -8 over the last few years along the same area of coast yet in Cheshire we've not had one twitchable one. One day........

Mark - it might be coincidence but it seems the adults I've seen are always on their own (and on feeders!) and juveniles quite often with a flock of Common Starlings. Anyone else noticed this?
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I wouldn't be surprised if that extensive high pressure system last month has a lot to do with it, as it stretched all the way into central Asia, and would also explain the good numbers of Red Footed Falcons in W Europe too. In fact it could have helped the Great Knot on its way for part of its journey.
Cracking bird hope it lingers.


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That Welsh adult bird is stunning. Having only ever seen a single grotty juvenile I am quite gutted not to have been able to go for this yet.

Strange there has been a mini influx.

Hope it lingers but unlikely!
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The Welsh bird is really stunning and very confiding. Its worth trying to get there if you can.

Its amazing N Wales have had 7 -8 over the last few years along the same area of coast yet in Cheshire we've not had one twitchable one. One day........

Mark - it might be coincidence but it seems the adults I've seen are always on their own (and on feeders!) and juveniles quite often with a flock of Common Starlings. Anyone else noticed this?
Managed to get there yesterday Phil..........stunning bird!

Yes i know what you mean about the habits - altho it favoured the same areas and rooftops, it never flew with the other Starlings.

This was a beauty, not just the obvious black and pink plumage but the crest on the nape, a feature i had not previously noticed. In my travels in europe this species has always eluded me, so I really enjoyed seeing this fantastic bird.
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It's funny as its the second record these gardens have had a adult RCS! There was another super adult 7 years ago exact same place! Still present today but seems a lot more elusive than previous days.
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Old Thursday 21st June 2012, 14:12   #10
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Poss 3 adults reported together this morning in Norfolk, although no sign lunch time.
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Rhos bird missing..
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Old Thursday 21st June 2012, 18:45   #13
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Poss 3 adults reported together this morning in Norfolk, although no sign lunch time.
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Mike.
Possible, but it wouldn't be the first time three adult Rose-coloured Starlings together in Norfolk. A few years ago there were 3 at Sheringingham, unfortunately in an area deemed not suitable for the release of news (but there were some great photos, although not of all three together)
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Are there decent numbers on the near continent, just waiting to come across the North Sea?
I am afraid not!
Five in the Netherlands this year, but none in June, one in Belgium (pretty much on the Dutch border) yesterday, none in Germany.
However, Austria had a group of ten in early June: http://www.club300.at/watchings?filt...ilter2=**ALL**

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I had on on Korcula, Croatia in early May so presumably that ties up with what's now going in further west
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However, Austria had a group of ten in early June: http://www.club300.at/watchings?filt...ilter2=**ALL**
I arrived in Burgenland on the date of the observation there, but the birds had gone by the next morning...
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My summary was redundant as I typed it, because today it became known that there was one in the Netherlands yesterday.
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Just had a report through that at the same time of an adult in Rhos-on-sea last weekend there was also another adult in Pensarn (near abergele) and this week there's another (different looking) adult on anglesey near Valley. So that's 3 in North Wales alone in a space of a week! Not bad!
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