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Old Friday 24th November 2017, 18:59   #6026
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Mealy Redpoll
It was with some sadness that I realised that this would be the last time I could tick these birds on my year list as in just 37 days they will become the nominate form of the complex and our resident Lesser Redpolls will be relegated to sub-species status once again. I still find this quite hard to accept, as most Lessers show a much darker, sometimes almost a mahogany brown tone of plumage and a much slimmer structure which contrasts markedly with the type of birds I was looking at today - still, I suppose that you cant argue with D.N.A. (well not so far at least) although I suspect that this complex will merit further review before too long? per Chaz Mason
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So far this Autumn we have recorded 27 Brambling the best year in the Valley for many years
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Yellow Legged Gull still on Swan Pool and female Goldeneye per Mel Jones
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Mealy Redpoll
It was with some sadness that I realised that this would be the last time I could tick these birds on my year list as in just 37 days they will become the nominate form of the complex and our resident Lesser Redpolls will be relegated to sub-species status once again. I still find this quite hard to accept, as most Lessers show a much darker, sometimes almost a mahogany brown tone of plumage and a much slimmer structure which contrasts markedly with the type of birds I was looking at today - still, I suppose that you cant argue with D.N.A. (well not so far at least) although I suspect that this complex will merit further review before too long? per Chaz Mason
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Chaz is a little out of the loop - IOC has changed its position and the split of Lesser and Mealy is retained come 1st January 2018.
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Old Saturday 25th November 2017, 09:41   #6031
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Chaz is a little out of the loop - IOC has changed its position and the split of Lesser and Mealy is retained come 1st January 2018.
Thanks for that Phil that's good news
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Had some Hawfinch over centre got Andy onto them who got a few poor shots in snow. Not sure how many as there were some Greenfinch as well. Hopefully Andy will send me some pics to have look at. Will let you know per Pete Hackett
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Hawfinch x7 over rspb per Mel Jones
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Hawfinchs Autumn 2017

8th October x1 PH
11th October x1 probables RP
15th October x2 probables PH
16th October x1 MH
20th October x1 DS
21st October x5 PH
21st October x1 MH
21st October x1 MJ
26th October x1 probables DS
28th October x12 probales TCH
29th October x6 PH
29th October x1 JC
31st October x1 PH
1st November x1 RP
2nd November x9 PH
3rd November x2 MH
4th November x3 SH/ DS
6th November x6 MJ
7th November x3 MH
7th November x2 probables MH
11th November x9 DS/MJ
18th November x5 MI
21st November x17 SR
25th November x7 MJ
25th November x1 MJ

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PH - Pete Hackett
TCH - Tim Hextell
RP - Rob Preston
MH - Matt Hadlington
DS - Dave Saunders
MJ - Mel Jones
JC - John Clarke
SH - Steve Hextell
MI- Mike Ixer
SR- Steve Roper

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Birders on site since 10:30 negative news so far per Chris Vaghela
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Hard work with 4 year old but got short glimpse firecrest just before 10:00am per (Glen) via Phil Andrews
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The Firecrest / Firecrests have clocked up 3 weeks in the Valley today
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Late news yesterday Goldcrest c30+ per Birdguides
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Also seen today Little Egret, Jack Snipe x2 news from Hide per Mel Jones
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Thanks to Janet for calling me down to the track by the signpost on Friday to nab the Firecrests......I was stationed half way up the this track where they appeared last week....but drew a blank on Friday......popped over to Swan pool for the Goldeneyes but only got the female - and then only for 3 secs as she spent most time under the water.
3 Kingfishers and the Kestrel made up for the earlier misses.
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Thanks Keith for sharing your photos
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The Brambling Tally is now up to 29 birds this Autumn
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Two Nuthatch caught at the Ringing demo this morning at the rspb male and female per Pete Carless
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Mediterranean gull flew through FML also Common gull around 930 this morning per John Clarke
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