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Old Sunday 12th November 2017, 10:09   #34926
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From the Moors Pool Dave J reports:

Whooper Swan, Black-tailed Godwit, Garden Warbler, 20 Pochard, 3 Wigeon, Redpoll, Siskin
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Old Sunday 12th November 2017, 14:00   #34927
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Work party this coming Tuesday

This Tuesday 14th November. We will be working out on Amy's Marsh opening up the southern end of the Lagoon. The contractor will be spraying the crassula in the Broadmeadow pool, so we might as well join him in the same area.
Disturbance will be high so most birds will be in the North end of the Moors or on the Flashes.
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Late morning visit on a bright, crisp and damn cold day (especially in the breeze!). Garden Warbler still around and a Chaffinch and Blackcap were sharing the same tree too.
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First brief visit to the new hide today - VERY NICE!!

11 Curlew in the farm field by the car park and a POSSIBLE Red Wing (Could of been a thrush though)
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Old Sunday 12th November 2017, 23:16   #34930
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...and more...scraping the barrel now.
Keith, You are doing yourself an injustice here: your first photo of the egret in flight brilliantly reveals the hidden structure of the wing.

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Old Monday 13th November 2017, 07:53   #34931
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Andy A reports from the Moors Pool:

24 Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Black-tailed Godwit , 24 Teal, 23 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, Snipe
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Garden Warbler still at the Moors Pool as per Phil W
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Old Monday 13th November 2017, 09:45   #34933
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Late morning visit on a bright, crisp and damn cold day (especially in the breeze!). Garden Warbler still around and a Chaffinch and Blackcap were sharing the same tree too.
What amazing pictures! Wow. Pam
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Old Monday 13th November 2017, 13:43   #34934
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Steve Taylor was watching a Hawfinch at the FLASHES in a tree left of Sagebury Farm with other finches and Redwing until 1pm at least.
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Whooper Swan, Black-tailed Godwit and Jack Snipe at the Moors Pool as per JTB
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Work party at Amy's Marsh today

A very productive day well attended even with several of the crew on Holiday.
19 of us Andy A. Alan D. Bob O. Bob R. Charles. Dave H. Graham L. Ian Joh. Ian Jos. Janet H. Jim B. John C. Paul M. Ray C. Steve T Sue T. Terry W. Tony B and me.

The main task was to open up the southern shore of the Lagoon. This area was completely covered by a large thicket of Bramble with most of it interior dead and impenetrable. Also within it was a stand of willow and alders. The bramble was strimmer and hacked out. This enables us to get the trees . Once all this was cut back the brash was burned.
The result was a completely open southern shore line( the two sides will be sorted next week)
This will hopefully attract more waders and duck to the Lagoon and in time grazing duck will feed on the grassland.

Some of the straight 3 inch diameter willow branches 5 feet long were then planted in the SW border. These were literally hammered into the ground between the stock fence and the river. This will serve two purposes. Firstly to screen off the footpath and also to help staberlise the bank and limit erosion.
The majority of the willows along the southern shore were planted this way 25 years ago.

A couple of the border willows were pollarded. This prolong their lives and ultimately provide nesting cavities as they age.

The cattle had broken through te stock fence next to the East hide . The fence was repaired albeit temporarily until the new posts arrive.

Contract work

Neil sprayed large Read of crassula and some of the shingle islands.

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Old Tuesday 14th November 2017, 21:35   #34937
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Birding Moors Today

Even before work the duck numbers were lower than the weekend.
A few passerines went over namely redpoll, redwing, grey wag and chaffinch. A group of 4 dunlin flew around the pool briefly 3 pmish but that was it really. Mute swan moved up to 27 and tufted increased slightly at dark.
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Little grebe 2, Little egret overhead late on, mute swan 27, whooper swan, cormorant 20, greylag c40, shoveler 23, teal 35, wigeon fem, pochard 17, tufted 18, coot 175, water rail 5,
snipe 22, jack snipe, black tailed godwit, dunlin 4, curlew 12, lapwing 120 overhead,
herring gull 3, LBBG 5, BHG 56,
kingfisher 2, rook,
redwing c50, song thrush 3, skylark,
grey wag 2,
redpoll 18, garden warbler, cetti's w 2
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Old Tuesday 14th November 2017, 21:38   #34938
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26 Mute Swans have now been recorded on 3 dates this autumn - will the total increase further?
The answer didn't take long to come back as "yes"!
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Garden Warbler still at the Moors Pool in the spindle as per Des. Also Red Admiral still on the wing!!
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Whooper Swan and Black-tailed Godwit at the Moors Pool as per Des
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The answer didn't take long to come back as "yes"!
Peak count of Mute Swans for the year (and second ever largest count) increases again this morning with 28 at the Moors Pool as per Des
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Today's highlights:

MOORS:[b]
Garden Warbler. Still feeding well on berries of Spindle tree.
Black Tailed Godwit. Also seen at the Flashes.
Whooper Swan.
Mute Swan (28). Second highest count on record.
Blackcap (m+2f)--------------------Little Egret (1)
Mistle Thrush (2)--------------------Song Thrush
Fieldfare (15)------------------------Redwing (30)
Kingfisher----------------------------Sparrowhawk
Teal (20)-----------------------------Shoveler (14)
Pochard (10)-------------------------Wigeon (f)
Gadwall (m+f)-----------------------Snipe (21)
Lapwing (c40)------------------------Little Grebe (2)
Herring Gull (2)----------------------Cormorant (27)
Cetti's Wabler (2)

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Green Sand (1)-----------------------Lapwing (min 220)
Teal (15)------------------------------Shoveler (2) (6)*
Moorhen (21)-------------------------Water Rail (1)
Greylags (57) in fields---------------Cetti's Warbler singing from third flash.
G C Grebe (8)*-----------------------Curlew (12)
Snipe (8)------------------------------B H Gull (10) remaining at dark from c 80

+ a Red Admiral flying at 08.00 at the Moors and 2 Daubenton's bats feeding at the Flashes this evening.

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At the half way point of November the monthly list stands on 86 species - potential additions in the remaining 15 days include (year ticks in bold):

Shelduck, Goldeneye, Mandarin, Scaup, Bittern, Red Kite, Merlin, Golden Plover, Woodcock, Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Short-eared Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat, Waxwing, Mealy Redpoll, Brambling
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From the Moors Pool this morning Phil W and Janette report:

Jack Snipe, 22+ Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Black-tailed Godwit, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Little Egret, 30+ Greylag Geese, Peregrine Falcon
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Andy P reports from the Moors Pool this morning:

Whooper Swan, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe and 1 Little Egret. No sign of the Garden Warbler.
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3 Shelduck new for the month at the Flashes this morning as per JTB
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I have now managed to condense the "Birds of Upton Warren" opus that I compiled back in 2008 into an email-able PDF document. If anyone who bought a hard copy now wants a PDF version please email me on pmandrews1973@googlemail.com with a photo of the front cover as proof (I didn't keep a record of who I sold copies to) and I will email it to you.

For those who are more recent to the Upton Warren scene, the opus is a complete history of the 235 species that had occurred at Upton by the end of 2007, running to some 245 pages. Whilst its now 10 years old and in need of an update (when I get time), I can send out a copy in return for a donation that will go direct into the reserve's local fund. Again email me on pmandrews1973@googlemail.com for more details.
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