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Old Wednesday 2nd August 2017, 20:56   #34126
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/AREA BETWEEN HEN POOL AND SAILING POOL*
Green Sand (6)-------------Wood Sand. Still present this evening
Common Sand (3)----------LRP ( 1 juv)
Snipe (1)--------------------Avocet (5 ad+ 9 juvs)
Lapwing (108)--------------Curlew (11)
Hobby-----------------------Swift. c 400 moving south.
Cormorant (2) over---------Gadwall (1)
Shoveler (3)-----------------Teal (5)
Sparrowhawk----------------Common Tern (ad + juv)
Garden Warbler* (JS)-------Whitethroat*
Willow Warbler*-------------Goldcrest*
Chiffchaff*

MOORS:
Little Grebe (10)-------------G C Grebe (1)
Teal (1)-----------------------Shoveler (3)
Lapwing (5)------------------Green Sand (1)
Common Sand (1)-----------Common Tern (6)+2 juvs+chick
Water Rail--------------------Cormorant(1)
Swallow(3)-------------------Greylag Goose (11)
Sparrowhawk-----------------Mute Swan (11)

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Old Thursday 3rd August 2017, 08:22   #34127
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Old Thursday 3rd August 2017, 09:29   #34128
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Flashes - low water

The pics were taken on Tuesday 1st August
The level was at approx 0.35/36.
A present the main wader feeding area is shown in red.
Here the water is a maximum of 2 inches deep. The area this side of the red line is known as the 'saucer' and during spring it is by far the most productive feeding area for waders when the water level is at approx 0.45 - 0.5. However we are in the process of adopting a new 'lower' water regime. This will hopefully help expand the salt marsh plants. This spring the level was set at 0.44 5cm lower than normal . Unfortunately this years dry spring/summer caused the level to drop by 10 cm. due to evaporation. As can be seen the saucer is now totally dry and 'birdless'. This emphasises the need for a thorough understanding of where the prime feeding sites are and how water manipulation can affect these areas. A precise control of the levels is imperative as just a few centimetres variation in water level can be the difference between ideal and poor feeding conditions, ultimately this could lead to the success or failure of our Avocets.
Next year the starting level will be even lower at 0.40. If that had been the level this year the 2nd Flash would have dried out which would have been a disaster for the Avocets.
To compensate for this we will be scraping and de-silting the prime feeding zones. If the plan works, the Flashes could be even better than we have at present. But we don't really know for sure, suffice to say something will be happening this Autumn as far as I am aware.
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Wood sand still at FLASHES 12.18 per Steve Davis 👍
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Andy and Sue Gibbons just phoned me
...9 Blackwits just dropped into Flashes. WOOD SAND still present.
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Must have been a lot of rain at the flashes,hardly any mud showing from this hide.
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Jarad informs me that 8 of the Blackwits are juvs. He also had a juv Yellow Wag amongst linnets. Wood sand still present at 6.30pm but feeding amongst reeds at times
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Old Thursday 3rd August 2017, 18:58   #34133
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Today's visit

Moors...0630-0915

Canada Goose (c140)
Common Tern (6 + juv)
Green Sand (1)
Cormorant (4)
Common Sand (1)
Kingfisher (1)
Jay (1)
Lapwing (4)
Greylag (c30)
Sparrowhawk (2)
Water Rail (1)
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler

Flashes...0930-1145

Avocet (13)
Wood Sand
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Old Friday 4th August 2017, 05:31   #34134
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Adult Yellow-legged Gull in the Flashes roost last night as per Mike W.

Also Wood Sand and 9 Blackwits till dusk, juvenile LRP, 4 Green Sand, 2 Common Sand, juvenile Dunlin, 600 BH Gull, 16 Curlew, Egyptian Goose, 11 Greylag Geese, 11 Avocet (4 adults + 7 juvs)
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5 Blackwits over the Moors Pool then headed towards the Flashes as per Tim O
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Wood Sand still at the Flashes as per Bob Oakley
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Still 9 Blackwits and juv Dunlin at the Flashes as per Bob O

Egyptian Goose and Redshank at the Moors Pool as per Andy P
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2 Little Egret north over the Moors Pool as per Bob O and Andy P
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Ringed Plover and Whimbrel fresh in at the Flashes
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Wood Sandpiper ...distant views now from Cuckoo hide on shoreline in front of reeds behind the posts.
Also 2 / 3 Green Sandpiper
Avocet
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Wood Sand still at Flashes (best viewed from Cuckoo Hide) plus the obliging Whimbrel, 9 Blackwits and Ringed Plover
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Not sure I had seen the Wood Sandpiper....the one(s) that were being pointed out as the one always looked to me to have the white "cut in" on the Breast / Wing area as a Common Sand !!....2 very bad distant pics show this......at the time it was the only bird that kept popping in and out of the reeds so I hadn't snapped the wrong one(s). Granted there was NO bobbing up or down from them........Later on we had at least 4 different birds on the same stretch for a few moments before a squabble broke out and everything went missing for a while.
Had at least 2 Green sands close in and a Common coming in and out in one movement so all the suspects were on site...lol.

1 and 2...suspect Wood Sand
3 Common Sand
4 and 5 Green Sands
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Very enjoyable 12 hours at the reserve today,good to see so many people,good to see so many butterflies etc,good to see so many birds,I think the sun bought us all out.
please note another quality photo of the Peregrine.
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More pics. 71 birds in 12 hours missed two and didn't see some I was expecting to see. 12 waders total Lapwing, Ring Plover, Little Ring Plover, Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe, Common Sand, Green Sand, Wood Sand, Curlew and Whimbrel.
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More pics. 71 birds in 12 hours missed two and didn't see some I was expecting to see. 12 waders total Lapwing, Ring Plover, Little Ring Plover, Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Snipe, Common Sand, Green Sand, Wood Sand, Curlew and Whimbrel.
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Friday 4th August 2:20-6:30pm

Great to be back on the reserve today with some fantastic birds to boot.

MOORS POOL
Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 12 Lapwing, 10 Mute Swan, 110 Canada Geese, 21 Greylag Geese, Egyptian Goose, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 GC Grebe, min of 8 adult + 5 juvenile Little Grebe, 3 Gadwall (2 adults + 1 juvenile), 5 Shoveler (including female + 2 juveniles on North Moors), 24 Tufted Duck, 122 Coot, 14 Moorhen, Water Rail, 1 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 10 Common Tern (7 adults, 2 fledged juveniles + 1 chick), Swift, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker, first summer Hobby performing very well - perching up in trees on southern boundary and sallying forth across Amy's Marsh / Broadmeadow / lagoon / south west marsh hawking for insects

SAILING POOL
3 Common Tern, 6 Canada Geese, 9 Coot, 4 GC Grebe + 1 young, 1 Moorhen, 1 Tufted Duck

FLASHES
Wood Sandpiper (mostly in the bay behind the first flash reedbed - best viewed from the Cuckoo Hide), 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, juvenile Dunlin, Snipe, 11 Avocet (4 adults + 7 juveniles), 12 Curlew, 9 Black-tailed Godwit (1 adult + 8 juveniles), 107 Lapwing, Whimbrel (often the closest bird to the hide), 10 Canada Geese, 11 Coot, 19 Moorhen, 2 Raven, c50 Stock Dove, Jay, 2 Buzzard, 3 LBB Gull (2 adults + 1 juvenile), 2 Common Tern (adult + juvenile)

Other reports included Treecreeper and Coal Tit at the Moors Pool.

Hopefully the run of decent birds will continue into the weekend - I would put my money on Arctic Tern tomorrow.
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Not sure I had seen the Wood Sandpiper....the one(s) that were being pointed out as the one always looked to me to have the white "cut in" on the Breast / Wing area as a Common Sand !!....2 very bad distant pics show this......at the time it was the only bird that kept popping in and out of the reeds so I hadn't snapped the wrong one(s). Granted there was NO bobbing up or down from them........Later on we had at least 4 different birds on the same stretch for a few moments before a squabble broke out and everything went missing for a while.
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1 and 2...suspect Wood Sand
3 Common Sand
4 and 5 Green Sands
Bird 2 is a Common Sand but suspect that Bird 1 is the Wood; has that rakish look about it
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Bird 2 is a Common Sand but suspect that Bird 1 is the Wood; has that rakish look about it
Thanks Phil....problem was a bird would be on view then go into the reeds and then one would pop up again and could have been a different bird.
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