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Old Monday 19th June 2017, 21:31   #33926
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Sunday highlights… very young Reed Warbler calling for and being fed by the parents.
A busy bee and Tern were also viewed around the Moors pool.
The heat then had the better of me and lunch called.
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Old Monday 19th June 2017, 22:39   #33927
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Andy P reports 3 White-letter Hairstreaks in the usual spot along the River Salwarpe path
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Old Wednesday 21st June 2017, 09:46   #33928
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First returning Green Sand of the "autumn" at the Flashes this morning as per Des
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Old Wednesday 21st June 2017, 12:19   #33929
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Des further reports a Shoveler brood with 6+ young on the third Flash.
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Old Wednesday 21st June 2017, 13:55   #33930
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Drake eclipse Red-Crested Pochard at the Moors Pool
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Old Wednesday 21st June 2017, 21:09   #33931
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a few from a hot few hours today

ladybird pupae, mating spiders, ladybird larvae, comma and ants milking black flies.
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Old Wednesday 21st June 2017, 22:01   #33932
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/ N MOORS*
Red Crested Pochard (m) JS------Common Tern (9) + 1:1 chicks
Oystercatcher (3) + 2:1 chicks---Shoveler (1) + 6 chicks
Coot (43)---------------------------G C Grebe (1)
Gadwall (4) + 3 chicks-------------Med Gulls. Well hidden in vegetation.
Common Whitethroat*-------------Lesser Whitehroat* ( 2 young birds)
Teal (pair)---------------------------Swift (c20)

FLASHES/ ED RES*
Green Sand-------------------------LRP (4)
Lapwing (27)-----------------------Oystercatcher (2)
Curlew (1)--------------------------Raven
Teal (f)------------------------------Shoveler (3) + min of 6 chicks
Med Gull (2) + chick---------------Shelduck (2)
Lesser Whitethroat*---------------Avocet (40+) + 20 chicks/young.

SAILING POOL:
Egyptian Goose

+ White LetterHairstreak (4), Painted Lady, Scarlet Tiger and Emerald Damselfly.
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2017, 06:41   #33933
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Des - with the Oystercatcher, were the two young from the Broadmeadow and one newly hatched in Amy's Marsh (or the other way around)?

How many Common Tern chicks have hatched to date - is it just the initial 3?
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2017, 09:47   #33934
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Des - with the Oystercatcher, were the two young from the Broadmeadow and one newly hatched in Amy's Marsh (or the other way around)?

How many Common Tern chicks have hatched to date - is it just the initial 3?
Two Broadmeadow chicks and one Amy's Marsh.

I would say the current chicks are two of the. original three.

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Old Thursday 22nd June 2017, 13:42   #33935
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Red-Crested Pochard still at the Moors Pool

Black-tailed Godwit new in at the Flashes
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2017, 21:28   #33936
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lovely couple of hours at upton today 1700 -1900. lots going on,nice just to sit and watch. 2 first times for me.
1st Red Crested Pochard.
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2017, 21:38   #33937
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turned up at the Flashes and so did a heron putting everything up.
2nd 1st time didn't realise it a MED GULL CHICK.
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2017, 22:17   #33938
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Mike W reports 12 Curlew in the Flashes roost this evening and a second summer Med Gull (presumably one of the breeding pair from the Moors). Also Redshank, Common Gull and Barwit still.
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Old Friday 23rd June 2017, 07:43   #33939
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Red-Crested Pochard still at the Moors Pool as per Sue Hyde - can't remember many / any birds lasting into a third day.

Green Sand at the Flashes as per Gert
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Mike W reports a second summer Med Gull (presumably one of the breeding pair from the Moors).
With reference to the Med Gulls, the evening of Sunday 18th June had 3 Adults (the breeding pair and Billy no mates) at the Flashes and a pair of second summer also. The second summer birds were displaying/pair bonding and I wondered if they were the Moors birds or a new pair?

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Few photos from Wednesday: Eclipse Male Red-crested Pochard: White Plume Moth: Med Gull pair feeding chick.
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With reference to the Med Gulls, the evening of Sunday 18th June had 3 Adults (the breeding pair and Billy no mates) at the Flashes and a pair of second summer also. The second summer birds were displaying/pair bonding and I wondered if they were the Moors birds or a new pair?

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Interesting. The Moors birds could not be seen on Wednesday. The vegetation is now very thick, but I would have expected to see some activity given that there are two young to feed. I wouldn't have thought that both parents would leave the young birds and fly to the Flashes.

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Good news from Andy P at the Moors Pool with a family of 3 young GC Grebes.

Also the first returning Common Sand as per Sue Hyde.
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Tawny Owl calling from south of the Flashes in the vicinity of Sagebury Farm late afternoon as per Andy P / Pete Johnson
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JTB reports from the reserve yesterday evening:

MOORS POOL
1 GC Grebe young, 3 Little Grebe young, 2 Common Tern young (1:1), eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard, Common Sandpiper, 140 Swift, no sign of any Med Gulls, Red Kite at 3pm as per Tim Rowlands

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4 LR Plover, 14 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Med Gulls +chick, 41 adult Avocet and 13 broods of 24 young (new broods of 1:3), 2 Shelduck, 2 female Shoveler (no sign of any young), 2 Greylag with small gosling in sewage meadow (different pair to Sailing Pool - first time two pairs have bred on the reserve)

No Lapwing observed across the reserve!
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This week's Red-crested Pochard is the eighth record for the reserve which has involved a total of ten birds. Recent birds have only stayed for single or a few days but the first two sightings remained for seven days and ten days (split over two periods) respectively.
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Red-crested Pochard still present this morning at the Moors Pool as per Andy Thomas
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Pics from last night

Hi

I also saw the red crested pochard last night - thanks guys for letting me know. And my first green sandpiper. A great couple of hours.
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This morning at the Flashes Matt Smith reports:

2 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 22+ Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher
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One of the sandpipers

Just saw one last night.
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