Chough hidy hole

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The reason why birders this last couple of days have not been able to find the Chough by concentrating on the horse paddocks and the headland.  It has been feeding below the under'cliff' just to the south of the tall steps leading down to Half Moon Bay and accessible from the Half Moon Bay café end.  Thanks Malcolm for sorting this out (pics taken today).   Obviously please don't 'park the bus' on its feeding area if its not there when you arriveStonechat - one female same general area...
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Monday

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OffshoreEider - lots!RB Merganser - 5Great crested Grebe - 3North wallMed Gull - TWO adults patrollingHeysham HeadStonechat - 2Chough - only seen around paddocks at 1130 otherwise several people couldn't find itMiddletonFrozenTeal - 35Water Rail - 2Common Snipe - 2Cettis singing western marshGoldcrest - 1...
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Eider hit a new high but not a lot with them today

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ChoughAlong the footpath fence at SW corner of horse paddock at least just before 10amNorth wallNothing doing on sandworks circuit (16 Linnet)Eider - 1710Common Scoter - 1 poss 2 femaleGreat-crested Grebe - 2Outfalls areaGrey Seal - 1

Nice selection on a quick trawl round

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Nowt seen yesterday, with the reason being the tide was half way in and the Chough wasn't in easy to watch locationsChoughAlong the fence in the horse paddock about 1000hrsNorth wall offshoreEider - 1675Scaup - ad m, 1CYm, 2 fGoldeneye - 2fRed-breasted Merganser - 6Great-crested Grebe - 3distant unidentified black things x 5 were probably Common ScoterRed NabMed Gull - large bird - not the Czech ad...

Chough back with the horses

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Horse paddock knowlys roadChough - about 1130 at leastFishers RoofMed Gull - one ad, prob Czech birdMiddleton NRJack Snipe - 1Tufted duck - 1 maleSingle Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler (central marsh)Gate 38 areaWoodcock - one flushed from scrub by south quay!  First record for SD35ZSong Thrush - as above...

Heysham Bird Observatory 2017-12-07 01:27:00

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Coastal or near coastalChough - seen by dogwalker at horse paddock c0900, then flew towards church.  Seen distantly along the cliffs on south side of head about 0930Shag - 1CY quite mobile (assuming just one!) around harbour mouth/wooden jetty/north wallMiddleton NR (thanks Malcolm)Mute 2 pairs, 1 single adult & 1 1cyMoorhen 9Gadwall 1Teal 18Mallard 12Water Rail 2 Common Snipe 2Jack Snipe 1Pheasant 2Pinkfoot 112 eastCetti's Warbler - two bursts of song from western scrape. A few contact calls from east of Fence pondMothsQuite a few were disturbed retrieving the hibernacula set up in the Forest School as these had been 'moved' by an unknown miscreant, including the only one identified, this Agonopterix arenella...

A bit of culture on Heysham Head

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Some nice diverse entertainment on Heysham Head today:  Thanks to Malcolm and Pete Cook for todays sightings.This is not a foretaste of the post-Brexit return to the Stone Age, but some land art known as 'rock balancing'.  Looks pretty impressive with the singletons looking like they have been photo-shopped - but they managed to stay put even in a brisk windNext up was a juvenile Shag close inshore along the rocksNext up a female Stonechat:Finally the Chough was out of the stronger wind today spending more time around the horse paddocks on the north side, at least when it was reported during the mid-late morning.  NNEW this afternoon....

Chough changes sides

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The Chough spent most of the day along the cliffs at Half-Moon Bay, including what seemed to be the whole of the afternoonThe Morecambe Bay Partnership Natural Ambassadors team was out in force today although some non-forecasted rain was a bit of a pain.  They have done exceptionally well raising awareness of eg the nearby heliport seawall wader roost, especially at the Half Moon Bay café area, a thriving hub of dog walker and visitor activity.  I didn't have time to ask what the counts were today but it certainly included the highest recent Knot gathering and what seemed to be a decent Redshank roost but fewer Oystercatcher than yesterday's five-figure mass (probably due to lack of anglers on Sunny Slopes groyne roost)Chough - mainly along the cliffs at Half-Moon BayMed Gull - ad fisher's roofKnot - 2000 at heliport seawall...
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Green Woodpecker

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The first sighting of Green Woodpecker for some time at lunchtime as it flew over the office from the tank farm towards the main reserve.  The Chough was very elusive for people searching in the usual horse fields area today with a sighting in the morning and a sighting at 1300hrs and other sightings later along the coast.  This does suggest that it is spending time on the Barrows to the south of the churchyard and accessible following the path past the churchyard and through the two arches.  Likely to be mobile over quite a large area.  Ian had it feeding along the cliff edge on this side of the Head yesterday afternoonThanks Jim CliftRed-throated Diver - two together offshore towards Walney just after HTMed Gull - Czech adult north wall railingsChough - report from horse fields in am then another sightin...
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