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Old Friday 13th April 2012, 21:39   #276
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Hi djaphoto,
Nice picture of the Buzzard, I look forward to more photos on this thread.
I'm new to photography but recently bought me a Nikon Coolpix P500 so I'll have to try it out over the reserve one of the days ( I did put a picture of a Smew on here some time back).
We could also do with some shots of the reserve itself.
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Cheers Geoff,

It's only the second time I've been so still finding my feet there, but definately like the wetlands trail and woodland.

Got a few images to go through so will share anymore that have turned out good tomorrow

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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 13:15   #277
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 13:16   #278
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:39   #279
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Took a trip to Middleton today and really enjoyed myself.

Only being the second time visiting I managed to see:

x3 Buzzard right from the off
Wrens
Redstart's heard all over the reserve
Willow Warbler galore
Great Crested Grebes
Tufted Duck
Black Headed Gulls
Kestral
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Blackcap/Willow Tit (picture to follow which will confirm for me)
Long Tail Tit's

I spent a good 4 hours round the reserve today and rounded the day off by taking a look at the big fallen tree near the carpark, nothing, then headed back to the car. Put the lens away, camera away, and what landed...Kestral perched above where I had just been standing haha.

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Hi DJ,
Redstarts are very rarely seen on the reserve I have only ever seen one in Spring on the now private section it would appear your confusing Willow Warbler/ Chiffchaff call which is similar to Redstart.

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John,

Thanks for the correction - the call of a Redstart & Willow Warbler is what confused me, they do sound very alike.

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Old Sunday 15th April 2012, 15:31   #281
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Hi DJ,
Redstarts are very rarely seen on the reserve I have only ever seen one in Spring on the now private section it would appear your confusing Willow Warbler/ Chiffchaff call which is similar to Redstart.

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2 Redstart were today reported along the entrance road by the Villa training ground (SC per TP)
Also reported today by the breeding birds survey team were 2 Grey Partridge and a Cuckoo.
I saw 1 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern and a Swallow was back at the farm.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 18:28   #282
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Morning visit, mainly to the Dosthill side of the reserve.
3 Common Tern were in a courtship chase (the front runner carrying a fish). A Cuckoo was calling, a Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Warbler were singing.
There was no sign of any Redstarts on the RSPB road but 2 Meadow Pipits were there. JH reported 2 Ruff on the north pit so the year list rises to 121 species.
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Old Tuesday 17th April 2012, 13:29   #283
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Morning visit, the 2 Ruff were still showing well on the north pit with 6 Common Tern and a Wheatear. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing by Fishers Mill Pool, now 122 species for the year.
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Old Tuesday 17th April 2012, 21:06   #284
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First of the year for me - I dont get out much
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 20:08   #285
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Afternoon visit, 2 pair of Red-legged Partidge were seen, a Black-tailed Godwit was on Fishers Mill Pool. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the middle section at 4:30 and 2 Wheatear were on the north pit.
I noted that the sponsored bird watch on Saturday 5th May is being promoted on the notice board, all welcome to see how many species can be found from dawn to dusk.
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 20:57   #286
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Afternoon visit, 2 pair of Red-legged Partidge were seen, a Black-tailed Godwit was on Fishers Mill Pool. A Short-eared Owl was hunting the middle section at 4:30 and 2 Wheatear were on the north pit.
I noted that the sponsored bird watch on Saturday 7th May is being promoted on the notice board, all welcome to see how many species can be found from dawn to dusk.
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should that be 5th May Geoff
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should that be 5th May Geoff
Sshhh John - thats how we will beat them at Upton!
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should that be 5th May Geoff
Thanks John,yes your probably right.
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Had a quick walk down to the fishers bridge last night -took a few shots of some seriously good flying ability from the lapwings, very impressive. Was going to head up to the north pit, but as it was looking pretty grey over head, I made a quick retreat back to the car park.
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It's not much fun birding in drizzle but it can be if you see Osprey and Little Gull.
Afternoon visit to the Dosthill side of the reserve, 2 Wheatear were by Dosthill Lake, 3 Little Gull were on the lake hawking insects and suddenly all the Black-headed Gulls took flight and I looked up to see an Osprey flying over, it crossed the river and hovered briefly over Fishers Mill Pool before continuing north.
There was just 1 Common Tern but a good selection of hirundines and a Cuckoo.
Yesterday a Black-tailed Godwit was on FMP and a Common Sandpiper on the north pit but with the water levels very high there many birds have lost nests including Ringed Plover, LRP and Oystercatcher. I did see my first Swift, House Martin and Sedge Warblers of the year.
The year list now stands at 130 species.
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No sign of any Little Gulls today but 70 Black-tailed Godwit were reported on the north pit, they disappeared into the distance just as I got there. The only other waders noted were 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Lapwing and 2 Snipe, also around were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail,several Swift, Swallows and a House Martin. 8 Hares were in adjacent fields
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No sign of any Little Gulls today but 70 Black-tailed Godwit were reported on the north pit, they disappeared into the distance just as I got there. The only other waders noted were 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Lapwing and 2 Snipe, also around were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail,several Swift, Swallows and a House Martin. 8 Hares were in adjacent fields
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70 Blackwits? That must be a site record! Other than 172 at Belvide on the 11th May 1999 I cant find reference to a larger flock in The new Birds of the West Midlands
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No sign of any Little Gulls today but 70 Black-tailed Godwit were reported on the north pit, they disappeared into the distance just as I got there. The only other waders noted were 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Lapwing and 2 Snipe, also around were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail,several Swift, Swallows and a House Martin. 8 Hares were in adjacent fields
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Are you nervous for next week's 'All-Dayer' Geoff
Upton v Belvide v Middleton v Marsh Lane ?
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Are you nervous for next week's 'All-Dayer' Geoff
Upton v Belvide v Middleton v Marsh Lane ?
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Hi John, Not nervous, it's just a bit of fun, however I'll be surprised if we do as well as last year as then we managed to see nearly all the regulars plus some goodies.
Regarding Phil's comments about the Blackwits, I think 70 would be a site record, I hope the 2 birders who saw them will submit the record. Previously we have had 14 on 19/7/11, 16 29/3/10, 21 5/6/09, ca.35 10/5/08 and 26 7/7/06 otherwise just single figures (records taken from RBA records).
No birding for me today, I bet the reserve is flooded out again.
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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 15:17   #295
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'' UW's year list now stands on 117 with 103 species recorded so far in April; many migrants and waders are still outstanding (Cuckoo, Gropper, Whitethroat, Dunlin, Greenshank, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier etc etc).

Middleton Lakes has 130 whilst Belvide is top of the pops with 139.''

I believe the winner of the bird race on my 5 th May will depend on the best flush of waders which reach a reserve on that day.

I don't believe Belvide would be beaten on a year list, they have a good Gull roost, Middleton lakes, Dosthill Lake (RSPB manage an area of this lake) the nearby tip is closed. So Glaucous, Iceland, Caspian and even Yellow-legged Gull are not on the Middleton lakes list, I believe (Geoff Williams keeps the list). The larger Reservoir Belvide pulls in Kittwake, Merganser, Scoters and White-fronted Goose this year from the large areas of arable surrounding, throw in Pallid Harrier also. Middleton lakes bonus bird is Cetti's Warbler Upton Warren's is Avocet ( although a regular migrant at Middleton lakes we may see one). Belvide is closer to the large Welsh Kite population which is now doing well in neighbouring Shropshire (details Shropshire Ornithological site)
However if you widen the area more I don't believe Belvide's list would increase greatly, but to encompass the mid Tame Valley then Shustoke Divers, Phalarope, Grebes, merganser, Scoters. Ladywalk Spotted Crake some years. Coton Gulls and local farmland small population of Corn Bunting and Grey Partridge.
Belvide also takes the birding professionaly under Steve Nuttall and his team.

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No sign of any Little Gulls today but 70 Black-tailed Godwit were reported on the north pit, they disappeared into the distance just as I got there. The only other waders noted were 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Lapwing and 2 Snipe, also around were 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail,several Swift, Swallows and a House Martin. 8 Hares were in adjacent fields
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Hi Geoff, good to see you on Saturday. As I said I missed the Black-tailed Godwits but got the Yellow Wagtail, Redshank, Swift, Lapwing, Common Tern and Cuckoo. I'm new to BirdForum and a fairly new Birder - only serious for about a 12 months. I've been following the Middleton Lakes thread for a while and I've found your posts and 'JHDraytonbassettpits' really helpful. Keep up the good work!
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Hi Geoff, good to see you on Saturday. As I said I missed the Black-tailed Godwits but got the Yellow Wagtail, Redshank, Swift, Lapwing, Common Tern and Cuckoo. I'm new to BirdForum and a fairly new Birder - only serious for about a 12 months. I've been following the Middleton Lakes thread for a while and I've found your posts and 'JHDraytonbassettpits' really helpful. Keep up the good work!
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Hi Steve, It was good to see you again also, I look forward to your future reports.
Today much of the reserve was flooded and impassable in parts, the spit on the north pit was completely underwater. 10 Redshank were noted, presumably birds who have lost nests. Other waders included 4 Oystercatcher still, 1 Ringed Plover and a Common Sandpiper, also around were 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear.
JH told me there was a Whinchat and 3 Wheatear by Dosthill Lake so I drove round to see them, they were still there plus 2 Artic Terns, a total of 10 Common Tern were also seen around the reserve.
The year list now stands at 132 species.
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Hi Geoff - can you put the list on here to see if I can spot any gaps?
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Hi Geoff - can you put the list on here to see if I can spot any gaps?
Hi Tom, It might take me a couple of hours, or days but I'll give it a go.
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Had a quick lunchtime trip down to Middleton yesterday - guess who forgot to take wellies :( It will be even worse today as its raining again
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