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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:03 pm
by Clive60
Pacific Golden Plover?

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:22 pm
by Conifers
Clive60 wrote:Pacific Golden Plover?
Nope!!

It's the one remaining choice in the genus, American Golden Plover :lol:

at St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay, Northumbs (and still there today, with about 2,000 Goldies).

How about this one?

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:42 pm
by Clive60
Pectoral Sandpiper

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:11 pm
by Conifers
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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:07 pm
by kata
Not UK, what is it called,

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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:21 pm
by Conifers
Beach Stone-curlew Esacus magnirostris. From Australia.

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:49 pm
by kata
:lol: :lol: :lol: No kiddin you eh Conifers.... :lol: :lol:

Was it the my?

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:18 pm
by Conifers
Just looked it up in one of my books icon_thumright

Today's piccy . . . saw two of these this afternoon icon_thumleft

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:13 pm
by Clive60
YBWs arriving in numbers now but not down here yet, do they come to the same spot up there each year?
Cornwall seems to be the place to see them in the South but the odd one could turn up anywhere along the coast here. With the trees in leaf they must have been hard to find or did you hear them first?

I saw my first Whinchat this morning, haven't seen one for two or three years now.

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:29 pm
by Conifers
Clive60 wrote:YBWs arriving in numbers now but not down here yet, do they come to the same spot up there each year?
Cornwall seems to be the place to see them in the South but the odd one could turn up anywhere along the coast here. With the trees in leaf they must have been hard to find or did you hear them first?

I saw my first Whinchat this morning, haven't seen one for two or three years now.
Yes-and-no, YBWs often turn up in the same sites every autumn, but not necessarily the same individual bushes. But there's so many of them that just about any coastal shrub could get one. There's a dozen been found in Northumbs this afternoon (including 6 on the Farnes alone), which given the few % of the coast checked, probably means there's hundreds actually arrived. The two I had today were both on the very first shrubs from the sea, pretty small, wind-blasted shrubs without a lot of cover, so they were fairly easy to find; one was vocal, the other rather less so. I'd not be surprised if several others are found at the same place tomorrow when the denser shrubberies are checked over.

Nice on the Whinchat; they're still breeding in good numbers up in the Cheviots so not too difficult to see them up here (yearticked mine this year on 1 May).

PS for those not familiar with birder speak, 'YBW' = Yellow-browed Warbler. They breed in Siberia, and mostly spend the winter in southeast Asia, but a small (and increasing) number head west to winter in W Europe instead, passing through Britain in late September and October. They're one of the autumn 'must-sees' for lots of birders.

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:31 am
by flounder
YBW. I got the yellow and the warbler bit, but opted for breasted!
I love seeing all the different birds but tend to hear them rather than see them. It's only when a different song rings out, I really try and discover what has made the noise. You get used to your own areas population.
The commotion yesterday of every bird in the neighbourhood led me to viewing a sparrow hawk loitering around. Of course, by the time I grabbed my camera it was gone

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:02 pm
by Conifers
Conifers wrote: I'd not be surprised if several others are found at the same place tomorrow when the denser shrubberies are checked over.
Well it's been YBW-crazy today - saw at least 6 myself out of 10 at the same site, and around 40 reported in Northumbs today! Sadly though, also one found freshly dead right on the coast - reached land, but too weak to feed.

Also saw this cracker . . . juvenile Bluethroat

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:28 pm
by kata
Lovely Images from all,

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Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
by Conifers
With late reports for today, seems the Northumbs total for YBWs has moved up to 54, on just one day! Includes 17 on Holy Island (Lindisfarne), 10 at St Mary's Island (Whitley Bay), 9 on the Farne Islands and 5 at Low Newton.

The previous Northumbs record was 52 for the whole year 2011.

Record well shattered!

Re: Unexpected Garden Birds

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:57 am
by Clive60
I am waiting to see the first reports here on the South coast, might be a week or so depending on how fast (or slow) they move.