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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 07:43   #35126
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At the half way point of December the monthly total stands on a meagre 75 species, no doubt added by the lack of coverage of the last week due to the adverse weather. The immediate target is the lowest ever monthly total for reserve (81 species). Possible additions in the next 16 days include (year ticks in bold):

Pintail, Mandarin, Goldeneye, Bittern, Red Kite, Peregrine, Merlin, Jack Snipe, Redshank, Woodcock, GBBG Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Brambling, Linnet, Yellowhammer
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At the half way point of December the monthly total stands on a meagre 75 species, no doubt added by the lack of coverage of the last week due to the adverse weather. The immediate target is the lowest ever monthly total for reserve (81 species). Possible additions in the next 16 days include (year ticks in bold):

Pintail, Mandarin, Goldeneye, Bittern, Red Kite, Peregrine, Merlin, Jack Snipe, Redshank, Woodcock, GBBG Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Brambling, Linnet, Yellowhammer
Linnets were seen at Flashes by a birder I spoke to yesterday
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Barn Owl perched on the main hide at the Flashes as per Matt Smith
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At the Moors Pool this morning Lloyd Evans reports:

Whooper Swan still, 31 Mute Swan, c90 Teal, 34 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, c120 Coot, just 4 Cormorant, 4 Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 77 Mallard, 2 Coal Tit
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Just been contacted by Phil and Marjo Lewis who recorded Woodcock at the Moors Pool at dusk last Monday (11th December). One flew along the Salwarpe then veered off into Education Reserve. Two minutes later, 2 more Woodcock flew up from the Moors Pool sluice area / overflow channel and flew off towards north east corner of main pool.

Makes you wonder how more regularly they would be encountered if access was permitted into the Education Reserve.
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Just been contacted by Phil and Marjo Lewis who recorded Woodcock at the Moors Pool at dusk last Monday (11th December). One flew along the Salwarpe then veered off into Education Reserve. Two minutes later, 2 more Woodcock flew up from the Moors Pool sluice area / overflow channel and flew off towards north east corner of main pool.

Makes you wonder how more regularly they would be encountered if access was permitted into the Education Reserve.
Was checking around the North Moors plantation and seasonal pool for woodcocks yesterday. Ironically I started to walk up the Salwarp but the track was pretty treacherous so gave up so spent the evening hoping to see a Bittern
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The long tailed tits did it again today!!!!

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From the Moors Pool this morning Dave J reports:

Whooper Swan, 15 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 35 Mute Swan, 47 Shoveler, 55 Teal, Little Grebe, Skylark, Redpoll, Siskin, Linnet
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Last Work Party of Year

On Tuesday 19th December we will be concentrating all our efforts in and around the North Moors.
Main work will be clearing an area within the plantation for the new feeding station. The idea is to create it in an area that can be viewed from the north side of the hide and be approached from Arthur's bench for topping up the feeders.
There are other jobs we can tackle such as plugging the gap in the causeway hedgerow with hawthorn and willow. Repairing the dead hedge where the old hide used to be. It has collapsed due to the weight of the snow. Time and people allowing we will clear in front of the viewing screens. A bit more scrub management in NW corner. Also shovelling the leaf litter along the road from causeway to east gate... during the snow this area was very sloppy and was quite dangerous. We can push it on to our new hawthorn saplings and act as a mulch.
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40 Teal and 8 Curlew at the Flashes as per Andy A
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An evening stake-out for Woodcock yesterday by Andy A and JTB produced none of the target species but the following:

Shoveler 52, Gadwall 4, Little Grebe 3, Coot 180, Greylag Geese 2 flocks totalling 80+ birds.
Singles of Siskin, Redpoll & Goldcrest. Fieldfare 3.
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GREY PARTRIDGE in the A38 field at the Moors Pool as per Phil W and Andy P
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GREY PARTRIDGE in the A38 field at the Moors Pool as per Phil W and Andy P
At least 80 Grey Partridges were released by a syndicate of farmers in the Droitwich area this autumn - just to provide some context.
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At least 80 Grey Partridges were released by a syndicate of farmers in the Droitwich area this autumn - just to provide some context.
Was they released for shooting purposes?
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Was they released for shooting purposes?
I have spoken to one of the people who were responsible for one of the releases and she said they only target the Red-legged Partridges in the shoot. They released the Greys mainly as an attempt to reintroduce them to the area - although they understood that the habitat and food requirements (especially insects) are more demanding for Greys (one of the reasons RLP's are more 'popular' these days). She mentioned providing 'game crop' set-aside strips and even 'beetle banks' on their land - so, even if they do shoot a few by mistake, hopefully there could be some good environmental side-benefits for a wider range of species. She also said that none of the game birds they shoot are wasted - they all get eaten. Not that much different to any other kind of livestock farming IMO - although others might judge it to be cruel - I, personally, like to take a balanced view on these things.
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At the half way point of December the monthly total stands on a meagre 75 species, no doubt added by the lack of coverage of the last week due to the adverse weather. The immediate target is the lowest ever monthly total for reserve (81 species). Possible additions in the next 16 days include (year ticks in bold):

Pintail, Mandarin, Goldeneye, Bittern, Red Kite, Peregrine, Merlin, Jack Snipe, Redshank, Woodcock, GBBG Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Brambling, Linnet, Yellowhammer
Treecreeper along the Salwarpe this morning.
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Todays work party at MOORS

I wasn't expecting the large turn out that we had today,
21 of us !!!. And 6 lots of cake
Many thanks to the crew, we achieved a massive amount considering the conditions and the inability to do any of the planned work in the water (iced over). With so many people present and all eager to get on with it... apologies for the slow start I get there in the end.
Thanks to Andy A. Bob O. Bobby P. Bob R. Charles. Graham L. Ian Jon. Ian Jos. Janet H. Jim B. John C. Julie W. Keith M. Kim W. Nick F. Paul M. Ray C. Steve S. Terry W. Tony B and me.
Once again thanks for cakes and pork pie.
I have had more varities of cake than birds this year.
Another 3 today Banoffee. Orange cake and raspberry and white chocolate . Also stolen two varieties and a selection of mincepies
Thanks to Julie, Ian , Bobby, Jim , Paul and Janet. This was obviously the reason why we achieved so much today ...burning of the excess

Work
1. Created a new feeding station in the plantation of the North Moors. This will be viewed from the north side of the new hide. It will take time to be used but hopefully will adds a new dimension to the new hide and the North Moors in general. The newly cut area was covered in bramble and old brash.. this was then used to screen off the dead hedge along the NM trail
2. Cleared in front of the North Moors viewing screens. The approach to the screens has been heavily planted up with willows. Today several more were woven to form a covered screen ( see photos). The other screen approach was again planted up with willows and woven as a living hedge . When it grows sufficiently we will create the canopy.
In the same area willows were coppiced and the brash was planted between the two screens.
3. The road from the causeway to the East gate was covered in leaf litter and had become very wet and slippery to walk on. Today we scraped this off to make walking easier and also to help our neighbour's from having any misfortune in their car's.
4 we also planted a handful of Hawthorne along the causeway and two large Spindle trees along the west track.
5. cleared around all the saplings planted last year in the NE corner of the North Moors
6. cleared bramble in front of AFJ's bench at the North Moors.

Contractors today cut back some of the large horse chestnut tree opposite the new hide. The reason is that it has some kind of disease that could kill the outer branches, for health and safety reasons they have been cut back. The wood chippings have been used as mulch around our new plants. Some of the larger branches have been used to create log piles.

Pics 1 to 4 show how the area to the right of the new hide has been transformed since early October. The bramble has been cut in the plantation and in the foreground . Spindle and hawthorn saplings have been planted and today (last pic) shows the feeding station as viewed from the right side window.
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Birding the Moors today

The work went on a bit longer than normal so only birded for the last 2& half hours. With the North Moors frozen solid there wasn't a lot going on during the work. Water rail were regularly heard from all the reed beds and some were coming out of cover to feed including one on the edge of the A38 field and another in front of the new hide. Nothing different on the Moors pool but it was nice to have a Barn Owl fly over the hide late on - 4.44pm.
Species Count:
Mute swan 30. Whooper swan. Greylag 40. Canada geese 80. Shoveler 30+. Teal 51. Gadwall male paired of with a female mallard. Pochard 14. Tufted 15. Little grebe 2. Grey heron. Coot 205 . Water rail c 10. Curlew heard. Lapwing c10 over. ( 200 reported at Flashes). BHG 120. Herring Gull 3. LBBG 5.
Kestrel. Buzzard. BARN OWL.
Green woodpecker. Stock dove.
Skylark. Mistle Thrush 2. Redwing. Fieldfare. Pied wag 2.
Bullfinch. Chaffinch 5. Goldfinch 20. Redpoll. Siskin. Goldcrest 2. Reed bunting 2.
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The North Moors screens

Today we opened up the area in front of the viewing screens at the north end of the area. This was completely overgrown it is now cleared and hopefully once the ice has been cleared birds will arrive. The approach to the viewing area has now been planted up with willows and we plan to grow a willow thicket and keep it relative short. This will screen anyone approaching the viewing zones. It will probably take another year to be completed. We will also modify and repair the actual the viewpoints.
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other work today

1. Planted 2 large spindles donated by Tony B .. these were planted along the west track
2. cleared all unwanted vegetation around the plantation in the NE corner of the North Moors .

3. Contract work on the horse chestnut tree at east end of causeway
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Today's highlights:

MOORS:
Whooper Swan----------------Curlew (10)
Snipe (7)------------------------------Lapwing (75)
Shoveler (39)-------------------------Pochard (13)
Gadwall (m)---------------------------Teal (51)
Mute Swan (31)-----------------------Cormorant (22)
Little Grebe----------------------------Herring Gull (3)
L B B Gull (10)------------------------B H Gull (c100)
Sparrowhawk--------------------------Mistle Thrush (2)
Song Thrush---------------------------Cetti's Warbler
Redwing (7)

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Lapwing (387)-------------------------B H Gull (37)
Teal (37)-------------------------------Moorhen (11)
Kestrel----------------------------------Tufted Duck (15)*
Kingfisher*

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Whooper Swan still at the Moors Pool as per Andy A
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An all-dayer for me today 07:45-16:45 across Moors and Flashes.

Nothing new but noticeable that Mute Swan numbers have dropped to 28. Other counts are for Moors unless otherwise noted.

Whooper Swan (1)
Greylag (35)
Teal (c60... c30 at flashes)
Shoveler (30)
Pochard (10)
Tufted (c12.. also 15 on SP)
Cormorant (22)
Little Egret (1)
Little Grebe (2)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Coot (c160)
Lapwing (30... c370 at flashes)
Curlew (10)
Snipe (1)
Green Woodpecker (2)

and...possible WOODCOCK by Salwarpe. Bird was already in low, fast flight across path and river heading towards Ed. Reserve as I approached the same area where I stood on Sunday (The wide flat area between the 2 telegraph poles as approached from the west hide). No positive ID from 30 yards, but overall colour was brown. Time was 15:30 and light was poor. Might be worth checking over next couple of days.
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