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2014 Anniversary Red Kite Roost Watch


It would be good to welcome you to our Roost Watch on Saturday 8 November. Attached files give the details. Do come!

Could you possibly print off the poster at A5 or A4 to display at DBC?

Many thanks
June Atkinson Press & Publicity



Nice video June. I didn't know there were Red Kites at Derwent Reservoir. We saw plenty of spotted flycatchers when we went though.
 

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It would be good to welcome you to our Roost Watch on Saturday 8 November. Attached files give the details. Do come!

Could you possibly print off the poster at A5 or A4 to display at DBC?

Many thanks
June Atkinson Press & Publicity

I think I'm free for the afternoon. The only issue is how to get there. I am in Durham without a car. What would you recommend?

Unrelated, I saw two Stonechats at Blackhall Rocks today. They're certainly fairly rare in the Midlands, not sure about the north east coast.
 
Friends of Red Kites Roost Watch

From Durham it's possible to take the bus to Consett, where you can pick up a Red Kite Bus - they run every ten minutes. This would take you direct to Winlaton Mill, the starting point for the Roost Watch walk.

Stay in touch - there is just a possibility that another BF member would like to go and at our Committee meeting on Monday, we shall see if we can help with lifts.

I think I'm free for the afternoon. The only issue is how to get there. I am in Durham without a car. What would you recommend?

Unrelated, I saw two Stonechats at Blackhall Rocks today. They're certainly fairly rare in the Midlands, not sure about the north east coast.
 
From Durham it's possible to take the bus to Consett, where you can pick up a Red Kite Bus - they run every ten minutes. This would take you direct to Winlaton Mill, the starting point for the Roost Watch walk.

Stay in touch - there is just a possibility that another BF member would like to go and at our Committee meeting on Monday, we shall see if we can help with lifts.

June will discuss this at the committee meeting but I can pick up from Durham.

James if you want to PM me your location in Durham I should be able to help
 
So a bus to Durham then on to Consett, i boxed there years ago in my younger days, then get the Kite bus to the roost, sounds like a plan, have to make sure there's a late service back to Middlesbrough though. Hope i get to see this one.

Damian
 
So a bus to Durham then on to Consett, i boxed there years ago in my younger days, then get the Kite bus to the roost, sounds like a plan, have to make sure there's a late service back to Middlesbrough though. Hope i get to see this one.

Damian

Damien If you can get a bus to Durham I can pick you up from there. We have a committee meeting tomorrow can you let me know by then if you can get to Durham? As for buses back you should be back in Durham by about 18.00.
 
Roost Watch Transport for BF members

If Paul is willing to pick you up, I'd be happy to lift you back - I'll see Paul tomorrow...................stay in touch please.
June
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Damien If you can get a bus to Durham I can pick you up from there. We have a committee meeting tomorrow can you let me know by then if you can get to Durham? As for buses back you should be back in Durham by about 18.00.
 
A few grouse shots from our trip over the Dales, yesterday.
 

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If Paul is willing to pick you up, I'd be happy to lift you back - I'll see Paul tomorrow...................stay in touch please.
June
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Hi June, thankyou so much, I'm trying to find out how much its going to cost to travel from Middlesbrough to Durham return, married with 2 Children and my Granddaughter living at home, moneys a bit tight, especially with Xmas next month, however i should be able to sort something out, another BF member (Danny Boy) has also offered me a lift there as you know so if you can bring me back and if the bus service has a late service, i should see youse both on Monday. Ill ring you with all the details if i can make it, thankyou so much for your kind offer.��

Damian
 
Hi June, thankyou so much, I'm trying to find out how much its going to cost to travel from Middlesbrough to Durham return, married with 2 Children and my Granddaughter living at home, moneys a bit tight, especially with Xmas next month, however i should be able to sort something out, another BF member (Danny Boy) has also offered me a lift there as you know so if you can bring me back and if the bus service has a late service, i should see youse both on Monday. Ill ring you with all the details if i can make it, thankyou so much for your kind offer.��

Damian


I think you have your days wrong, the Roost Watch is on Saturday.
 
Roost Watch Saturday 8 November 2014

Damian,
I spoke to Paul (Dannyboy) on Monday. He lives in Durham and says he is happy to lift you and one other BF member from Durham.
Could you please contact him direct now to ensure you have the arrangements. You should be back in Durham about 6-6.30pm so hopefully buses won't be a problem.

June


Hi June, thankyou so much, I'm trying to find out how much its going to cost to travel from Middlesbrough to Durham return, married with 2 Children and my Granddaughter living at home, moneys a bit tight, especially with Xmas next month, however i should be able to sort something out, another BF member (Danny Boy) has also offered me a lift there as you know so if you can bring me back and if the bus service has a late service, i should see youse both on Monday. Ill ring you with all the details if i can make it, thankyou so much for your kind offer.��

Damian
 
Teesdale

A visit in not the best of conditions, rain, mist poor light to Teesdale. The good side was little traffic and good close views of Black Grouse (M+F) Grey Partridge and Red Grouse.
 

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A visit in not the best of conditions, rain, mist poor light to Teesdale. The good side was little traffic and good close views of Black Grouse (M+F) Grey Partridge and Red Grouse.

Beautifully composed photos Michael. You'd never have guessed it was raining. Great birds too.
 
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Surprised that there hasn't been a post about the Isabelline Wheatear on the Durham thread.

I've been keeping an eye on sightings, but haven't been able to get down to Teeside this week. I'm able to get down the tomorrow.....so sensible bets would be that it's disappeared by then.... as sod's law dictates !

I rarely see any mention of rare bird sightings, even a few days after them being found (or even gone), here on the Durham or Northumberland threads( Hume's Yellow Browed being one example) Is there a 'closed shop' mentality between birders 'in the know' ? Things just seem less informative these days ! Maybe not as many birders bother with Birdforum nowadays.

I would love some feedback on how the Rainton Meadows site is coming along. I went there in the summer and it was in the middle of massive landscaping works.....lots of mud, no birds. I saw my first Bittern there, from the 'freezer'. Hope it's going well down there :)


All the best folks,

Richard :)
 
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Isabelline Wheatear

Surprised that there hasn't been a post about the Isabelline Wheatear on the Durham thread.

I've been keeping an eye on sightings, but haven't been able to get down to Teeside this week. I'm able to get down the tomorrow.....so sensible bets would be that it's disappeared by then.... as sod's law dictates !

I rarely see any mention of rare bird sightings, even a few days after them being found (or even gone), here on the Durham or Northumberland threads( Hume's Yellow Browed being one example) Is there a 'closed shop' mentality between birders 'in the know' ? Things just seem less informative these days ! Maybe not as many birders bother with Birdforum nowadays.

I would love some feedback on how the Rainton Meadows site is coming along. I went there in the summer and it was in the middle of massive landscaping works.....lots of mud, no birds. I saw my first Bittern there, from the 'freezer'. Hope it's going well down there :)


All the best folks,

Richard :)

Called at Seaton Snook 27-11-2014. Weather rain in the morning stopped by midday but dull and overcast for rest of the day then more rain in the late afternoon. The Isabelline Wheatear showed well all day looking very bedraggled in the morning but by noon was in good condition feeding well. Have not heard if it is still around today, worth checking Teesside website or twitter for info. A couple of photos taken yesterday.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/trampsandhawkers/
http://www.trampsandhawkers.co.uk/gallery/
 

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The presence of the bird was reported promptly on Twitter the same day it appeared and regular updates were available on TBC website. A few of my photos are attached.
 

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