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1  General Category / General Discussion / River Tees Rediscovered Volunteer event at South Gare on Weds 24 April 2019 on: April 08, 2019, 07:41:21 pm
As part of their project activities, the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership is holding a Volunteer action day at South Gare on Wednesday 24 April 2019, 10:00 to 15:00 hours.  Please see attached flier for further information and contact details for Christine Corbett.  There will be a tern fencing task and a beach clean.  Please contact Christine if you are interested, so that she has an idea of numbers.
2  General Category / Teesmouth Bird Club Announcements / January 2019 TBC Records sub-committee minutes on: January 25, 2019, 08:19:50 pm
Attached are the latest Records sub-committee meeting minutes.
3  General Category / Teesmouth Bird Club Announcements / December 2018, TBC Records sub-committee, notes of recent decisions. on: December 28, 2018, 01:48:23 pm
The Records sub-committee has reviewed outstanding records to the end of 2018 via email, and this set of notes acts as the 'minutes' recording the decisions.  It also lists the records currently with the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC).  The minutes note changes to the sub-committee membership, including thanking Tom Francis and Graeme Joynt who are stepping down, and welcoming the Club's new recorder from Jan 2019 - Alan Crossley.
4  General Category / Teesmouth Bird Club Announcements / Most recent TBC Records sub-committee minutes on: July 20, 2018, 07:54:10 am
Please see attached minutes, including details of new Recorder and Bird Report Editor (from 1st January 2019).
A huge thanks to Tom Francis and Graeme Joynt for years of dedicated work.
5  Galleries / Non birds / Re: octopus on: November 27, 2016, 08:07:50 pm
Great record - I think both lesser octopus and common octopus occur in North Sea.  The red colour suggests lesser.  Divers might know better than me - I know they are rarely washed up.  I work for Hartlepool Council so will add the record to our database - thanks. Graham
6  Galleries / Rare Birds / Re: Hartlepool White-winged Gull Fest on: February 06, 2012, 02:00:25 pm
Superb - thanks.  Good to have seen the bird and such instructive images
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: County life lists update on: January 17, 2012, 09:44:15 pm
Thanks Jamie. You are right there is no doubt an awful lot of work goes into managing the tables so thanks to Graeme et al who do this.  I guess an unavoidable aspect of county life lists is that they don't change much, so newcomers to the Club have no realistic chance of having their tally recognised.  That's not to say birders couldn't do a yearlist or similar - I was astounded to see how many different lists were on surfbirds.  Not that I fancy a carbon neutral county yearlist attempt.
8  General Category / General Discussion / County life lists update on: January 05, 2012, 02:12:13 pm
Good to see the updated county life list - though it is a shame that only 23 birders are represented. Is there an opportunity to lengthen the list?  I see that the Yorkshire birding league includes 58 people (I believe all who have submitted their list).
9  General Category / Identification Tips and Questions / Re: 1st winter Caspian Gull -- what to look for. on: December 16, 2011, 11:50:02 am
Thanks Toby - still trying to secure my first sighting!
10  Galleries / Rare Birds / Re: Humes Warbler - South Gare on: November 23, 2011, 12:47:26 pm
I missed this on my local patch!


… and the Sun's photo is a yellow-browed and not a Hume’s - poor editing!

11  Galleries / Rare Birds / Re: Red Breasted Goose - Scaling Dam on: October 05, 2011, 09:17:44 pm
Regardless of what the BBRC might subsequently rule, this will always be an escape in my book.  Not that it's in my book as I haven't been to see it.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Doug Cowton on: December 19, 2010, 06:45:20 pm
I am very sad to hear this news - my greatest sympathy Keith. The two of you were always a pleasure to bump into on South Gare and elsewhere.
Best wishes
Graham Megson
13  Galleries / Common Birds / Blackbird with deformed bill on: July 05, 2010, 09:42:51 pm
This male blackbird was of interest as it had a seriously deformed bill, with what appeared to be new growth upper and lower mandibles coming through. It came to my garden to take raisins put out on the window ledge but was usually chased off by a dominant male. I was surprised when it carried off raisins in its bill indicating that it was feeding young. Obviously unable to preen properly its plumage was scruffy. While I have seen blackbirds with broken bills before I have never seen one with new mandibles growing nor one that appeared to be nesting successfully. I took the photo in my garden in Saltburn by the Sea, Cleveland on 19 June 2010.
14  General Category / General Discussion / China trip to Inner Mongolia & Happy Island on: March 01, 2010, 09:54:17 pm
In case anyone is interested there are two places left on a trip to China this May.
I am flying to Beijing with 2 friends on 3 May 2010, where we will have half a day birding in the Botanical Gardens. The next day the tour starts with a visit to the ibisbill site near Beijing. We then go by train to Manchuria (Inner Mongolia).

The trip is organised by a Danish birder living in China, called Jesper Hornskov and is a repeat of a trip he has run 2-3 times before. The focus of the trip is to look for the critically endangered Jankowski’s bunting, although there will be many other birds. The Manchuria trip lasts until 11 May, but a few of us are spending some time on Happy Island (near Beidaihe) to experience spring migration of Sibes, etc.

The cost of the 8 day Manchuria trip is $1,358 which is about £891, but does not include international flights (I have paid £459 with Etihad Airways). The Happy Island extension is extra. The group size is 12 and there are currently 2 spare places. If anyone is interested then I would be happy to pass on the details provided by Jesper.

Regards, Graham Megson. graham.megson@northyorks.gov.uk

15  Galleries / Rare Birds / Re: South Gare Pipit on: October 15, 2009, 09:22:31 pm
Looking at the literature to hand and the photos posted so far, I agree with Richard that it looks okay for Blyth's pipit, thouh I won't have seen it in the field until tomorrow (!). GX Megson
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