Friday, 12 September 2014

Chat double

Looked at the cracking Yellow Wag flock on Biggy Common this lunchtime - its up around the 55 birds mark!  As I was there I thought I'd just check the fencelines for errant chats.  BOOM!  A Whinchat and a Stonechat together.  Nice.  I think I can claim the Whinchat as 'new' as none have been see there for the last couple of days according to my sources.

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  1. I think that is an extremely cheeky claim. However, I suppose I would resort to similar tactics if I were desperate. :-)

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  3. No birds there for the two days previous - or only negative news at least from several people who looked. And after all I have been looking in that spot for them this autumn anyway ref Lesser Spot in Pegnut! ;0)

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  4. There is a world of difference between LS and WC but I sort of get your point. Anyway, I don't care, as you are no bloody competition this year. ;-)

    I'm going to Marston Vale and Stewartby on Tuesday, so I hope that no one reports the Caspian Gull before then. ;-)

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  5. Which Caspian Gull are you talking about - the probable adult or juv/1w MJP had over the weekend...

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  6. Mate...come on. Have you read the Punkbirder rules (to which we adhere?)

    The only people in the known universe who think that your Whinchat is fair game as a self-found tick are you and Emily, and she only nods because she hasn't got a fucking clue what you are on about. Frankly, neither do we! ;-)

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  7. As far as I knew there were NO Whinchats left on Biggleswade Common - two separate people told me they'd been down there and looked for them without success. That is two days of NO Whinchats being seen there. Therefor I go down there to look for Yellow Wags on the Friday, just so happen to peer across to one of the fence lines and see a chat. It was too far off for me to id so we walk round the side of the farm for a better view - it was a Stonechat. Lovely. However then another bird pops up next to it - a Whinchat. That, in my book, is a self-found bird.

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  8. Another thing - Whinchats, when they are at a place are pretty easy birds to see don't you think? So if someone goes to look for them, especially where I saw mine, they would certainly see it - its not a huge area after all, its the size of a football pitch. So I am pretty confident the bird I found was a 'new in' bird, especially as a Stonechat was with it and hadn't been seen previously either. Any other holes you want to try and pick?

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