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Old Saturday 2nd December 2017, 11:05   #6076
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Had a second hand report that a firecrest was seen on the river bend at the west end of Forge Mill Lake. I had a quick look with no luck per Mike Ixer
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Two Common Gulls on Forge Mill per Jason Davis
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Still 3 Pintail on Forge Mill by North island per Jason Davis
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Reported Firecrest was seen by Matt Fletcher
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2017, 14:03   #6080
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Water Rail x2 showing well in Marsh this AM per Jason Davis
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2017, 15:12   #6081
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Someone saw a female goldeneye on Swan but I didn’t see it per Mike Ixer
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2017, 15:13   #6082
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Waterfowl levels are at their highest for quite a while. 40+ teal, 26 gadwall, 30+ shoveler, 16 wigeon and good numbers of mallard and tufted per Mike Ixer
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Late news yesterday : No sign Firecrest Forge Mill but 2 Goldcrest west corner. 22 Goosander, 41 Teal, 40+ Gadwall, 21 Wigeon, 50 Tufted, 90+ Mallard, 10 Pochard, 3 Pintail, 36 Shoveler, 3 GCrest, 2 Little Grebe roosted per Rspb
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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 17:42   #6084
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Only news recieved so far today
Nuthatch x2 and Willow Tit at Feeders per Pete Carless
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Old Monday 4th December 2017, 19:25   #6085
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37 Wigeon Ice House, 5 Forge Mill. 2+ Pintail still. Adult GBB Gull Swan Pool per Rob Preston
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 09:00   #6086
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Raven Handsworth wood flying towards Hilltop per Steve Lilly
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 14:12   #6087
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The first controlled Snipe count of the autumn/winter produced 39 Common and 3 Jack Snipe in Marsh. We also did the island which produced 35 Common and 2 Jack Snipe per Pete Hackett
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 14:16   #6088
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The first controlled Snipe count of the autumn/winter in 2016 produced 60 Common and 14 Jack Snipe .
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Old Tuesday 5th December 2017, 16:21   #6089
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The last confirmed record for the Valley was of seven birds in February 2005 and the last confirmed breeding was in 2000.

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When I posted this back in October I missed a record of a bird seen on the 24th January 2011

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Nuthatch x2 and Willow Tit still coming to Feeders per Pete Carless
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Goldeneye fem, 13 Great Crest Grebe, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Goosander Swan Pool. 32 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 2 Goosander Ice House per Rob Preston
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68 Goosander at dusk (53 drakes ), 27 Shoveler, 25+ Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 3 Wigeon, female Goldeneye Forge Mill per Pete Hackett
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Yearly maximum counts on Common and Jack Snipe, some years no controlled counts where done so most years don't give a true picture of birds present on Reserve 1988 being our best year.


Year. Common. Jack

1985. 45. 7
1986. 60. 22
1987. 65. 16
1988. 150. 35
1989. 60. 16
1990. 140. 29
1991. 120. 11
1992. 25. 27
1993. 30. 6
1994. 21. 3
1995. 19. 4
1996. 41. 8
1997. 50. 4
1998. 15 2
1999. 30. 5
2000. p. 3
2001. 29. 6
2002. 100. 12
2003. 60. 3
2004. 35. 4
2005. 54. 5
2006. 37. 4
2007. 30. 10
2008. 30. 3
2009. 45. 6
2010. 66. 12
2011. 13. 1
2012. 65. 8
2013. 20. 12
2014. 65. 12
2015. 125. 15
2016. 125. 17
2017. 90. 12

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RSPB/FML- ad Common Gull, 26 Goosander, 13 Teal, 17 Snipe, 25 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 22 Gadwall per Craig Reed
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Adult Common Gull joined us briefly this afternoon. Despite its name, they're surprisingly uncommon around here! per Craig Reed
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68 Goosander at dusk (53 drakes ), 27 Shoveler, 25+ Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 3 Wigeon, female Goldeneye Forge Mill per Pete Hackett
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The first record was a male on Swan Pool on the 20th January 1979. Between 1979 and 1992 there was only a handful of records. Then during the winter of 1993 we had up to eight birds, then every winter their numbers began to increase slowly, by the winter of 1998 we had a flock of 66 birds. The max count to date being 106 birds.
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17 -20 Siskin in alders Forge Mill Lake. 3 Pintail ( 2 drakes ) north island per Rspb.
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Female Goldeneye, Kingfisher Swan Pool per Rspb
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Pair of pintail on Forge Mill still. Only a quick scan this morning per Mike Ixer
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