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Old Saturday 20th August 2016, 20:39   #31676
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Hi folks,
Pleasant couple of hours at the Flashes this PM.

A couple of photos from today.
Green Sands, The three off Curlew Sands which always kept their distance and our juv LRP who will be moving on very soon. Lets hope he/she makes it.
They were finding some nice juicy grubs in the mud. Any ideas to what they are anyone?

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Old Saturday 20th August 2016, 22:32   #31677
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Just back from a 15 hour all-dayer. Heavy rain throughout the morning and a strengthening S/SW wind. During the morning a small group of hirundines moved south as did swifts. In the hedgerow along the footpath a few passerines sheltered on the lee side of the wind. This included a spotted flycatcher and the juv redstart. But generally passerines were and far between. The roosting birds had moved out by 7am but not before some good counts of duck and geese. At this time of year it's all about waders and today we had 10 species. The arrival of 2 curlew sands at 11am ish and 3 at 2.50 pm made the day worth while and great to see many people 'twitch' them successfully. Also of note was the sheer volume of birds feeding in the recently harvested North field. This included hundreds of Mallard, geese, pigeons/ doves, gulls , lapwing, corvids and starling. Behind them fed a large flock of house martin.
This evening's highlights were roosting terns, masses of waterfowl piling in and the curlew sands were still present at dark.
Species count Flashes :
Teal 67. gadwall. Shelduck 7. Shoveler 10. mallard 560. Greylag 35. Canada geese 315. Egyptian geese 2.
Coot 33. water rail juv.
Avocet 18 (11 juvs ). Curlew 16. LRP 3 (ad 2juv - 1 ours). Green sand 6. Common sand 4. Dunlin. Curlew sand 5. greenshank 2 juvs. Snipe 5. lapwing 65
Common tern 11 roosted (4juvs). BHG 650. herring gull 5. LBBG 12.
Kestrel. Stock dove 85. Green woodpecker. raven 2. Swift 6. sand martin 6. swallow 1. house martin 110.
spotted flycatcher. redstart. Whitethroat. lesser whitethroat. chiffchaff 2. Linnet 8. goldfinch 25. greenfinch 3. pied wag 4. starling 180.

One of the juv Greenshank
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 07:18   #31678
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Early morning update from Dave J at the Flashes:

3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 19 Avocet (6 adults + 13 juveniles), Greenshank, 2 juvenile Ringed Plover, 2 LR Plover (adult + juvenile), 5 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 19 Curlew, Little Egret, 8 Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 juvenile Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, juv Redstart, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat

Looks like a juv Peregrine flushed the Curlew Sand and Ringed Plover as at 08:10
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 08:33   #31679
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The Curlew Sand re-appeared at 8:27am.
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 12:45   #31680
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Yellow Wag south-west over the Sailing Pool at 1130 as per Dave J.
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 13:22   #31681
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From the Moors Pool Dave reports:

Swift, 2 Mute Swans (+ 5 cygnets), 17 Little Grebe (10 adults, 7 juveniles + 4 chicks), Treecreeper.

Full WeBS counts to follow.
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 17:54   #31682
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Curlew sands still present 4.45pm as per Matt S (Fuzeare)
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 20:56   #31683
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quiet evening 18.30 - 19.30 showers
3 Curlew sandpiper, 15 Avocet,Greenshank,18 Curlew LRP+juv ,Common sand,Green sand,Snipe,Lapings ,all in front of the hide at one time or another,BHG 500c,LBBG 3.
pic 3. Four waders in one photo.
Challenge for the week for all the Togs out there,how many waders in one photo can you get?
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Old Sunday 21st August 2016, 21:18   #31684
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Results of today's WeBS count courtesy of Dave J:

2 Mute Swan, 362 Canada Goose, 26 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 Shelduck, 19 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 517 Mallard, 73 Teal, 73 Tufted Duck, 3 GC Grebe, 17 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 184 Coot, 38+ Moorhen, Water Rail, 19 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew Sand, 5 Green Sand, 5 Common Sand, 78 Lapwing, 2 LR Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 19 Curlew, 1160 BH Gull, 14 LBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 8 Common Tern, Kingfisher
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Old Monday 22nd August 2016, 06:35   #31685
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Bar-tailed Godwit reported yesterday by Malcolm Spriggs via BirdTrack. If anyone knows Malcolm could they get confirmation of the sighting - been a couple of inland records in recent days.
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Old Monday 22nd August 2016, 07:13   #31686
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3 Curlew Sand still at the Flashes as per Andy Ambrose, also one Greenshank.
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Old Monday 22nd August 2016, 17:43   #31687
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A few pics of the Curlew Sandpipers....0645-1030

Other highlights...

Peregrine (2)
Snipe (1)
Green Sandpiper (5)
Common Sandpiper (3)
Avocet (14)
Lapwing (40)
BH Gull (200+)
Greenshank (1)
LRP (1+1 juv)
LBB Gull (3 + 6 juv)
Redstart (1)
Jay (2)
Spotted Flycatcher (3)
Lesser Whitethroat (2)
Shelduck (7 juv)
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This morning at the Flashes as per Terry Hinett:

3 Curlew Sand, Greenshank, 17 Avocet, 4 Green Sand, 2 Commom Sand, 3 LR Plover, 7 juv Shelduck, 60 Teal, 2 Snipe, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart
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Where were the three Spot Flys Andy?
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Tuesday work party

Paul and the crew will be finishing off strimming in front of the west hide ( sluice channels) and if time allows in front of concrete hide
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Meetings tomorrow

The Trust will be visiting tomorrow at both the Flashes and Amy's Marsh du ring the morning. They will be taking a contractor to look over the areas for possible future remedial work. They won't be going out on to the Flashes but might go out into Amy's Marsh as there aren't too many birds there .

At 7pm the management committee will be meeting in the Avocet hide, to discuss the way forward in tackling the reeds problem and water levels. Hopefully this won't cause any inconvenience to anyone.
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Flashes this evening pretty much per Terry. 3 Curlew Sands and Greenshank still present. Juvenile Common Gull in roost. 18 Curlew and Water Rail.
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Where were the three Spot Flys Andy?
In the hedgerow where the redstart is usually seen, along with the lesser whitethroats...all species present at same time...seen from the hide steps by a few of us...
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Autumn All-Dayer

I have just confirmed with Steve Nuttall at Belvide that he is taking part . He informs me that Graham Mant at Blithfield might also be getting a team together. I will try and get a few others up for it . Put it in your diary
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I have just confirmed with Steve Nuttall at Belvide that he is taking part . He informs me that Graham Mant at Blithfield might also be getting a team together. I will try and get a few others up for it . Put it in your diary
Just a reminder that the Autumn All-Day Birdwatch is Saturday 3rd September from dawn (and before) to dusk. As usual bacon sarnies - and hopefully cake - will be available on the day. Sighting sheets will be at the main hide at the Flashes and at the west hide at the Moors Pool. Mike will hopefully post details of previous years' performances before he goes on holiday. Hope to see as many of you as possible on the day.
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This weeks weather conditions

I am jumping in before Phil on this subject but only this once.
I have browsed through many weather forecasting sites and from all accounts Thursday and Saturday could be the day's .

Check these sites links below

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/w...ime=1472083200

http://magicseaweed.com/UK-Ireland-S...chartType=WMAG
https://www.wunderground.com/q/locid:UKXX7966
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Sunday isnt looking too bad either - southerly winds and further rain. However even on a small reserve like Upton the key is constant coverage - if I hadnt have taken Friday afternoon off those Little Terns would have passed through unnoticed. Big wader numbers massing on the east coast eg 220+ Curlew Sand at Frampton Marsh plus a steady stream of drift migrants reaching these shores.
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3 Curlew Sand still this morning at the Flashes as per JTB.

No Greenshank but 14 Avocet (just need them to hang on another eleven days for the All Dayer), 3 Green Sand, 2 Common Sand and Snipe.

Will check out stats for long-staying Curlew Sand this evening.
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We at Sandwell Valley will have a team out on the 3rd September not sure how many people yet .
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We at Sandwell Valley will have a team out on the 3rd September not sure how many people yet .
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Nice one Dave.

Think we have a couple of regulars missing with Messrs Wakeman and Corfield already filing their excuses.
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