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Oct 4, 2017

DBC Co-ordinated Migrant Watch


Edited: Oct 7, 2017

DBC Migrant Watch

Who would be interested in taking part later this month ?

1 pre-arranged Oct day, on a weekend.



Cover the Durham coast with birders

Record all grounded birds & visible migrants that day


Possibly meet up towards end of day ?

Collate data & produce results ?


Rares found on previous Migrant Watch days include:-

Hobby, Broad billed Sandpiper, Woodchat, Long tailed Skua, Red backed Shrike, Glaucous gull, Jack Snipe etc.


Interested ?


Please register your interest on the Clubs Surveys Group account on Twitter @DBC_Surveys


We'll all find something that day i'm sure :-)

Oct 5, 2017

23 people expressed an interest in the first few hours.


date to be confirmed - possibly 1 day of the weekend 21st/22nd Oct - this month.

Oct 6, 2017

Quite by chance I managed to post the above message on 4th Oct.....


Twenty Five Years TO THE DAY that we carried out the first ever DBC Co-ordinated Migrant Watch.


Quite a coincidence ;-)

Oct 7, 2017

Please register your interest on the Clubs Surveys Group account on Twitter @DBC_Surveys

or contact Evans, Elliott or Kinghorn.

Oct 10, 2017

Promotional image created by Sacha Elliott



Oct 16, 2017

a good taster of what we can hope to expect next weekend, with GGShrike, YBWarbler Crossbill, Little Gull, Jack Snipes, Water Rails etc etc having been noted this weekend just gone.....

Roll on Next Week !

Oct 22, 2017Edited: Oct 22, 2017

Well, despite the wind conspiring to work against us, I think we can quite safely call that a Success !

FULL coverage of 40km coast, all planned, set up & completed within 17 days !

The majority of results are ALREADY in !

What a phenomenal achievement by DBC members & the Projects & Surveys Team.


Initial suggestions are pointing at around 120-130 species being noted on the day

with highlights being :-

SEVEN species of Raptors including Hobby & Rough legged Buzzard, visible migrants including Skylarks, finches including Twite, Great Northern Diver, Grey, Pied & alba Wagtails and Scaup.

Species seen coming straight off the North Sea were Woodcock, Mistle Thrush, Snipe & Rock Pipit.

A decent selection of wildfowl & waders were noted in & around Seal Sands with Brent Goose, Avocet, Curlew Sand, Ruff, Little Stint, Grey Plover & Greenshanks.

Scarcer grounded migrants were noted, being Water Rail, Pied & Spotted Flycatcher, Ring Ousel, Yellow browed Warbler, Little Gull , Slavonian Grebe, Merlins etc.

All these backed up by our excellent supporting cast of residents with Willow Tit, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Pochard & Grey Partridge.

A top morning on the coast.


Roll on Tuesday evening when the Projects & Surveys Group meet at chez Sowerbutts......




Oct 23, 2017

One DBC Members feedback on the Co-ordinated Migrant Watch :-

Any further feedback or ideas for any future Projects or Surveys can be fed into the Club at any time. ALL Suggestion welcome.



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