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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:28 pm 
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I saw a female wheatear along by Rhyl Golf Club on the beach this morning, quite happy but must have been pretty cold for her! Is this very unusual so late in the year, or just quite unusual? I always see them in October but never this late.

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 Post subject: Re: Late Wheatear
PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Pretty rare for a Northern Wheatear to still be about Laurence.
It's a better time of year for a rare relative to turn up such as Isabelline, Black-eared or Desert Wheatears.
Out of interest did you grab a photo?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:54 pm 
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Afraid not. I'll keep a look out for it though. Thanks for the info. It was about halfway down the golf course along the front if anyone is down there.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:56 am 
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Reidentifited as a female Desert Wheatear this morning! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:41 pm 
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That's great, thanks Henry. I saw Pete W's tweet today confirming it too.

I was out running yesterday when I saw it, hence no camera! I often see wheatears at splash point but this one is a bit special.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:43 pm 
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I had the bird early morning on the roof of the Golf Club house but it got disturbed by the golfers wacking balls,it flew east were it started feeding on the path along the sea wall giving some great views,great find Laurence.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:09 pm 
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The Desert Wheatear showed very well along the seawall during my visit. Top bird!
Also 30 Waxwings just south of the golf course flew west towards Rhyl town center at 1pm


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:04 pm 
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Some images here of the bird... Here's to more rareities in Rhyl! :D

http://birdingnorthwales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/desert-wheatear-in-rhyl.html

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:37 pm 
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Isn't this the second Desert Wheater in Rhyl in the last 3 years or so? Seem to remember the last one was around this time of year, but I might be wrong.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:44 pm 
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two years ago at nearby towyn,same time of year,november.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:59 pm 
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Great find Laurence, hats off to you!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:35 pm 
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Thanks to all involved in getting the news out!

I saw a few photographers who were regretting bringing the big lenses :)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:37 pm 
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Time flies by Ralph - it was 5 years ago!
November 20th, 2007 at Towyn.

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I sooooo badly want to twitch this bird…come on little fella and stay the week! :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:54 pm 
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Headed for Rhyl this morning. Target bird ... Desert Wheatear.
Saw a group of birders watching our bird and latched on to it immediately. It didn't seem to care about being watched and just carried on moving about the sandy beach. Also nice groups of Sanderling and Ringed Plover.
Moved on to Little Orme in hope of seeing the Black Redstart, but no luck today. Saw Peregrine and Ravens.
Next Llandullas to look through the raft of Scoter. had good views of 2 Drake Surf, 4 Velvet Scoter. Also Red Throated Diver, RB mergansers, GC Grebe and Guillemot.

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