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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 12:20   #21676
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Female goosander just dropped into moors.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 12:29   #21677
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Goosander now flown south. Wind freshening SE. . Different bird from Tuesday . This bird adult female.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 16:17   #21678
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Two pics taken in front of the new hide at Moors yesterday.
They show a white spot on either side of the upper mandible - or is this just something it has picked up ie a speck of droppings. Just had a quick look through a few recent pics of this species and only one shows it. It would be interesting to know how many individuals there are on site.
I've just came from over the moors and saw two kingfishers, one did have the same white spot on him as the one spotted above.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 16:28   #21679
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I've just came from over the moors and saw two kingfishers, one did have the same white spot on him as the one spotted above.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 16:45   #21680
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There we go.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 17:03   #21681
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Today at the Moors

A full hide late morning with plenty of the work party crew, from both past and present. Good banter and a nice selection of 'brand new scopes and bins courtesy of http://www.birders-store.co.uk/. on show.

Both the Flashes (Bob O) and Moors (Clive L)were covered from before first light.
Andy P took over the Flashes and plenty of people were scattered about most of the day.

A quiet start at the Moors, but by 10am there was plenty to see.
The snipe numbers have very obviously increased. With at least 30 on 'snipe island' At 9.10 a flock of birds from the Flashes dropped in, this included many shoveler and the avocet. Good numbers of duck were present, mostly concentrated along the southern end of the Moors and Amy's marsh. A bit of Vis Mig involved small numbers of skylark, meadow pipit and redwing.
Species counts for Moors
GCG 5, little grebe 7, cormorant 11, greylag 28, gadwall 5 (2prs + male) same as last years early autumn birds. wigeon 2 fems, shoveler 58, teal 6, Pochard 14 ( 8 males + 6 fems included the fem with the blue 'saddle' on its bill), tufted 20, GOOSANDER female arrived at 1.18pm and flew out 20 mins later - this was an adult female as opposed to the imm fem at the Flashes 15th Oct. coot 90, water rail saw 3 heard 6 others. Snipe 45, jack snipe, Avocet, lapwing 40, common gull 1st winter, herring gull 8, LBBG 5, BHG 250, kingfisher 2, great spotted woodp, grey wag 3, cettis warbler 2 singing,

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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 17:17   #21682
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Flashes first thing.

Arrived at the Flashes while it was still dark. Emerging from the gloom were 18 Curlew, 1 Avocet, 1 Common Snipe, lots of Shoveler who were starting to 'circle feed', Teal and loads of BHG. 25 Starling lined the wires at the back.
All was well until some clot over at the sewerage works slammed a metal door, which sounded like a rifle shot, and off went the birds, with most of them relocating to the Moors.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 17:17   #21683
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 18:12   #21684
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Arrived at the Flashes while it was still dark. Emerging from the gloom were 18 Curlew, 1 Avocet, 1 Common Snipe, lots of Shoveler who were starting to 'circle feed', Teal and loads of BHG. 25 Starling lined the wires at the back.
All was well until some clot over at the sewerage works slammed a metal door, which sounded like a rifle shot, and off went the birds, with most of them relocating to the Moors.
Ex pics from the new 'tog' Upstarts
This afternoon at the Flashes.
First thing I noticed and heard was a murm...... of starlings, I don't use that silly word, so I will call them a load of starlings or a massive flock. Well there wasn't that many, but between 400 and 500 were perched around the sewage works and in the north fields. Many of these are probably fresh in, arriving with redwings over the last week or so. The Avocet and several shoveler had returned from the Moors.
With the recent rise in water by about 6 - 8 cm in a few days, the Teal and now gyrating shovelers are spending more time on the 2nd Flash. Small numbers of snipe and a flock of lapwings were the other notable species.
Species count at Flashes
counts earlier from Andy P were :Teal 87 (+6 Moors = 93), Shoveler 3 (+58 Moors = 61).
Snipe 3, lapwing 45, Avocet, Coot 9 almost certainly increased with the increase in water level to 0.4
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 19:11   #21685
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Nice picture painting John, I can imagine it perfectly.
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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 21:57   #21686
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Moors East Hide 17:10 - 18:30
Four cattle were on Amy's Marsh and one in front of the hide which eventually splashed her way across to snipe island and beyond, so nothing there. The islands and central water was full of Canada and Greylag Geese.

Final count at 18:20
Barnacle Goose 1; Canada Goose 138 (more may have been lurking behind reeds);Greylag Goose 29; Little Grebe 3; Great Crested Grebe 7; Shoveler 9 (4 male 3 female); Grey Heron 3; Teal 2; Lesser Black-backed Gull 1; Black-headed Gull; Cormorants 5 (missed them off the hide book); Coots; Call Duck 1; Mallards (various!!)

We were told that the kingfisher had been passing the concrete hide regularly but only alighted on a post once, and that the water rail was performing well.
By the time we arrived at the hide the ones opposite were apparently empty and stayed that way and the car was alone when we returned to it.

Two more pics of the Barnacle Goose with a Canada Goose for comparison.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2013, 07:44   #21687
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Live update.
Moors. Rock pipit. . Wigeon3. And 3 cettis singing
Flashes. Teal 123. Shoveler 50. Wigeon. Green sand. Snipe 5.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2013, 09:50   #21688
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Update.
Flashes; swallow moving south. Fieldfare 70. Skylark 14. . Mistle thrush. . Mipits 5.
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moors: siskin redpoll and 3 goldcrest Dave j at moors.

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Old Saturday 19th October 2013, 12:55   #21689
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Final update.
Yellowhammer over the sailing pool car park Dave J.
At Moors. (me)
Wigeon 10. Gadwall 5. Pochard 12 min. Barnacle. Shoveler and teal were mostly from Flashes - disturbed by walkers on footpath.
Jack snipe between 2 and 3 present. 1 below hide. I am sure Cooky1 will be posting later
snipe c40. Lapwing 137.
Redpoll 4 over. Redwing 60 . Starlings small groups moving over from NE , not sure if these are migrants.
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Isn't it sad that the report of a Yellowhammer is so significant, these days.
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Old Saturday 19th October 2013, 15:28   #21691
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Live update

Moors pool

Heron x5
Kingfisher x2
Jack snipe x2
Snipe x3
Grey lag goose x5
Canada goose 50+
Lapwing 50+
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Barnacle Goose and 7 Wigeon on moors
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Old Saturday 19th October 2013, 18:04   #21693
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Moors pool

Heron x5
Kingfisher x2
Jack snipe x2
Snipe x3
Grey lag goose x5
Canada goose 50+
Lapwing 50+
Thanks for updating Sam, this could catch on
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Stunning views of a Jack Snipe on the near bank in front of the East hide this evening untill dark. Barnacle Goose untill dark when flew out East with all other geese. 9 Wigeon at dusk. 5 Gadwall. Lots of Snipe dotted everywhere, 31 Greylag
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Hi Gang,

Couple of pics of the Jack Snipe in front of East hide this PM. and a juv Water Rail from the concrete hide.

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Chris I was going to the build up to your Jack snipe pics by putting mine on first.

totals for the Moors
GCG 6, little grebe 7. cormorant 15, shoveler 50+, teal 30, wigeon 10 (2 from yesterday and 8 fresh in), pochard 12, snipe 40+, jack snipe 2 or 3, lapwing 137, herring gull 10 all 1st winter, grey wag, cettis warbler 3 , meadow pipit c10, grey wag, redpoll 4, redwing 70 over lifestyles.
Totals for the Flashes
Teal 127, shoveler 50, wigeon fem, snipe 10, lapwing 35, curlew 18, green sand, BHG 800+ first light, LBBG 10 roosted overnight. coot 9.
'vis mig'
skylark 14 moved south after spending time in north field. mistle thrush , redwing 10, fieldfare 70 west, meadow pipit 10, SWALLOW arrived from over north field , lingered a while around 3rd flash and moved south - quite sad to see this lonely individual playing catch-up.

70 species recorded on the Reserve today.

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1 is the jack on snipe Island
2. jack snipe in front of hide - see bazooka boy Chris's after looking at this one.
3. No apologies for showing wigeon, unlike many sites in the Midlands we just don't get them that often.
4. For anybody not familiar with the reserve this is a picture of 'snipe island. Today there were 14 species seen on it.
5. This shows the southern part of Amy's marsh. Snipe island is at the front right. Snipe are now gathering on the island in front of the sand martin bank.
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Woodchat

For all those that know Dave W (woodchat) - and those that don't know him, I am sure you will wish him all the best. He has had to go into hospital for an operation, on a burst appendix, no mean thing. He did say he probably wouldn't be able to make the November work party - not much of an excuse .
Joking apart get well soon mate. john
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Couple of pics of the Jack Snipe in front of East hide this PM. and a juv Water Rail from the concrete hide.

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Pretty average compared to the geazers pics in the post following yours john
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Pretty average compared to the geazers pics in the post following yours john
Can`t argue with that May have to bin my equipment and by a "bridge" camera and play spot the bird

PS Get well soon Dave.

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