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Old Friday 3rd February 2017, 20:02   #32926
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There was a definite feel of Spring in the air at the Flashes this morning. A Kingfisher flew from the west bank of the Sailing Pool and was joined by another as they made their way across the water. A Song Thrush sang from a perch along the path to the Flashes, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker could be heard drumming from the orchard beyond the 3rd flash. There was also a Skylark in song flight - although I couldn't hear it above the calls of the Lapwings - over the fields of Hobden Hall Farm. The shape of a Little Owl perched on the roof of the barn at Sagebury Farm in the sunshine then caught my eye, it's identity being confirmed on closer inspection via my scope.

I then went over to the Moors Pool to view the pair of Pintails that had turned up this morning. There were also several Snipe on view on the Promontory, but no Jack Snipe was seen. A final highlight of the morning came when another Kingfisher perched up on a bullrush on the Northern edge of the North Moors Pool.
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Old Friday 3rd February 2017, 22:17   #32927
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A few action shots for the day.

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Old Friday 3rd February 2017, 22:23   #32928
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And a few, Not so much action Shots.
Pair of Pintails spotted by Bob this morning, keen-eyed as ever.
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Old Saturday 4th February 2017, 02:49   #32929
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Andy's Skylark takes the reserve on to 86 for the year.
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Old Saturday 4th February 2017, 10:26   #32930
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Today's sightings so far courtesy of Gert and Mike W:

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No sign of Pintail, 10 (possibly 14) Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 45 Shoveler, 54 Teal, 5 Shelduck, 12 Snipe, 1 (possibly 2) Little Egret, 2 singing Song Thrush.

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400 Lapwing, pair of Raven, Skylark, Meadow Pipit over, Linnet, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler.
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Old Saturday 4th February 2017, 12:03   #32931
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Today's sightings so far courtesy of Gert and Mike W:

MOORS POOL
No sign of Pintail, 10 (possibly 14) Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 45 Shoveler, 54 Teal, 5 Shelduck, 12 Snipe, 1 (possibly 2) Little Egret, 2 singing Song Thrush.

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400 Lapwing, pair of Raven, Skylark, Meadow Pipit over, Linnet, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler.
Only increases on the above were Lapwing 900-950 & Little Owl at flashes and T.Duck 34 at Moors. Also at least 20 Robins across the reserve & 4 singing Song Thrushes (3 M, 1 F).
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Old Sunday 5th February 2017, 09:08   #32932
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Dave J reports from the Moors Pool this morning:

2 Little Egrets, Wigeon, 8 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 11 Pochard, 61 Shoveler, 620 BH Gull over, 13 Curlew

Also an anser goose sp south over the reserve - either a White-front or a Bean.
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Old Sunday 5th February 2017, 12:31   #32933
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Old Sunday 5th February 2017, 18:48   #32934
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quick hour this afternoon good see not only the usual Sunday crew but a fair few new faces including some children with parents.
first and last difference of a hour..lots going on with the birds too.
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spoke to the chap and wife who spotted the Golden Plover.He said it was there for 20 mins before being spooked with the Lapwings (workers over on water treatment area) Bird was then heard in the transmitter field after but didn't return with them later, all before I turned up several scopes scoured the flock for some time but with no luck. Poor photos of flock returning one of the times from the field taken from cuckoo hide.hope someone got it later
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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 09:11   #32936
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Had a nice sunny visit on Saturday. Highlight was a Red Kite flying over the Flashes car park. A first for me at UW.
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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 09:26   #32937
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Had a nice sunny visit on Saturday. Highlight was a Red Kite flying over the Flashes car park. A first for me at UW.
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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 15:14   #32938
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Just a brief visit to Moors (5% frozen) and SP this morning 0800-1100

COMMON GULL (1st winter)
Coot (c90)
Cormorant (7)
Curlew (13)
Gadwall (8)
Greylag (1)
Herring Gull (1)
Lapwing (c110....increasing to c250)
Litte Egret (2)
Little Grebe (3)
Pochard (5m, 2f....+ 1f on SP)
Redwing (1)
Shelduck (7)
Shoveler (c40)
Snipe (c25)
Teal (c30)
Tufted (c30)
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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 18:26   #32939
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work party tomorrow

We will be 'opening up' Swampy bottom at the causeway . By that I mean we will be building a dead hedge , to replace the log/brash pile that is currently in situ. We will maintain the 'swamp effect' of the area that is so attractive to little egret and water rail.
The weather looks good apart from early mist, so we should get a full morning in. The dead hedge line will ultimately run the whole length of the East Marsh.

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Old Tuesday 7th February 2017, 13:15   #32940
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This morning around 8'ish three Otters were on the Moors pool near the north end for a good five minutes. Watch for the ducks and coot scattering.
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Chiff Chaff by the steps to the Flashes today. Flashes very quiet.

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Old Tuesday 7th February 2017, 19:20   #32942
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Today's work party at MOORS

16 of us worked around the East Marsh border today.
We created 3 sections of dead hedging.

1. Swampy Bottom
The thick log/brash pile along the causeway was dismantled and the branches were used in all three of the new dead hedges.
After removing the large pile the ground instantly became wet and boggy. In the middle of swampy bottom we cut the emergent willows and these were treated by Andy Harris from the Trust - so they won't regrow.
This area is now getting wetter and hopefully will hold water all year round. After the work several reed buntings appeared as well as a little egret in the channel.
2. Between chestnut tree and Lifestyles.
Here we incorporated living blackthorn and hazel which were layered amongst the dead branches. As with the other 2 sections half round posts were used to intertwine the branches. This will prolong the life and make it a more robust and sturdy feature.
3. The side of the chestnut tree.
A section already existed here before, so we extended its length and shored up the week points.

Thanks to all the crew a brilliant effort.
Bob O, Bobby P, Bob R, Charles, Graham L, Jim B. John C, Keith M, Paul M, Peter E, Ray C, Roger, Terry W, Tony W, Andy Harris and me.

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Birding Moors Today

The early fog lifted and a very spring like day resulted and Amy's marsh was literally covered in birds. A large flock of lapwing covered the arms of the Broadmeadow and promontory along with many snipe. With good numbers of geese and duck scattered all over the place, this was by far the best day of the year so far.

Species Count MOORS:
Little grebe 2, Little egret 2, grey heron 2, cormorant 20+, greylag 50+,
Shoveler 56, gadwall 11, teal 60, shelduck 7, pochard 13 (10 males), tufted 22+, coot 100+, water rail 3 heard,
Lapwing 900 - 1000, snipe 25, curlew 13,
BHG 350,
Buzzard, Peregrine, sparrowhawk 2,
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winter thrushes c60 late on, song thrushes 3 singing,
bullfinch 4, chaffinch, goldcrest 2, cetti's w 3, reed bunting 4 singing
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/N MOORS*
Little Egret (2)------------Oystercatcher (1). Also seen at the Flashes.
Shelduck (5) (2)*-------- Pochard (16). Inc 12 males.
Shoveler (56)-------------Teal (c40)
Tufted Duck (22)---------Gadwall (13)
Snipe (23)----------------Curlew (14)
Greylag Goose (40)------Lapwing (c300)
Grey Wagtail--------------Kestrel
Water Rail-----------------Cetti's Warbler (2)
Cormorant (13)-----------Mute Swan (4)
Herring Gull (2ad)+ c15 large gulls through.

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
G C Grebe (5)*-----------Tufted Duck (12)*
Kingfisher*----------------Teal (8)
Redpoll (14) (JS)---------Goldcrest (JS)

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Sailing Pool & Flashes - am

Flashes were extremely quiet and very poor light:-

coot 12
moorhen 1
lapwing 6 very briefly
a few teal scattered about
flock of c40 fieldfare in trees in front of railway line
buzzard 2, one attempting to steal the other's kill

Sailing pool:-

Great crested grebe 5 (2 pairs - one dancing)
Little Grebe
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Canada geese 65
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Still poor light, but decidedly busier:-

Little egret 2
Gadwall 4 pairs
Shoveler 58+ mostly in pairs when not gyrating in large groups
Green woodpecker
Great spotted woodpecker
Snipe 40+
Pochard 11 (5m, 6f)
Little grebe
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Greylag 6
Mute swan 2
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Canada Goose 3
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Curlew 15 (1 only for a long time, then 14 more came in)
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When visiting the Moors Pool please be VERY CAREFUL on the approach road to our car park from A38. Today a dustbin lorry slipped off and damaged the surface on right side of track en route to the car park half way down. john.
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All day at the reserve

Cold sleety morning 2 degrees. Afternoon sunny but still cold wind NE.

MOORS :
Little egret 2. little grebe . Cormorant 23. mute swan pr. greylag 40.
Shoveler 65. gadwall 9. teal 35 .Shelduck 7. pochard 20 (14 males). tufted 18. coot 70.
snipe 52. lapwing 450+. Curlew 15 feeding in A38 crop field. Oystercatcher.
BHG 150. Herring gull. LBBG 5.
kestrel . Buzzard.
kingfisher . Green woodpecker. great spotted w. stock dove 4. raven 2.
Cetti's Warbler 2. lesser redpoll.

Sailing pool :
GCG 6. little grebe . gadwall pr. tufted 12. coot 10.

FLASHES :
Gadwall pr. greylag 40. over. coot 12 a sign of spring is on its way...only 2 wintered.
Lapwing 620. snipe 7. Oystercatcher (from Moors ).
BHG 550 roosted with herring gull 3 and LBBG 12.
Buzzard 2. kestrel. Little Owl on Sagebury farm barn roof.
Raven 2. rook. fieldfare 10. redwing 5. grey wag

#Patchwatch 2017. 4 new species today Oystercatcher, Collared dove, Jay and Little Owl. 74 species so far.
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Dave J reports at the Moors this morning:

Little Egret, 15 Curlew, 24 Pochard, 71 Shoveler, 7 Shelduck, 3 Redpoll

Both Shoveler and Pochard numbers have been steadily rising during the week.
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From the Flashes Gert reports:

Oystercatcher, 250 Lapwing, Chiffchaff, pair of Raven and 5 Bullfinch
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