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Old Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 19:33   #2801
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Looks like it's been a good day at Middleton today. unfortunately my 4 hours tonight only returned 1 Green Sandpiper, single Pintail and 3 GWE in the roost again.
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Old Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 19:39   #2802
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Looks like it's been a good day at Middleton today. unfortunately my 4 hours tonight only returned 1 Green Sandpiper, single Pintail and 3 GWE in the roost again.
Yes, I see two year ticks reported per Twitter, Redstart and Curlew Sandpiper takes list to 158.
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Old Friday 6th October 2017, 20:39   #2803
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This afternoon was my first visit for October and managed 59 species highlights being 1 Great White Egret, 8 Egyptian Geese, 2 Shelduck, 1 hybrid Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover flew into JWs, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker flew out of tree in farm paddock, 18 Swallow, 2 House Martin and 2 Cetti's Warbler singing.
Yesterday I checked out the new hide at Upton Warren, they now have 7 on their small reserve, this one paid for by Tesco and 5p plastic bag charges I believe. Why can't we have at least one hide overlooking Jubilee Wetlands?
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Old Saturday 7th October 2017, 18:05   #2804
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Not much change today, best being 1 Great White Egret, 1 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Stonechat at north end of JWs.
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2 Great White Egret briefly today on JWs but one seen off by the regular. 1 Water Rail by the feeders and 4 Coal Tit on feeders, 1 Stonechat, 4 Raven together.
8 Egyptian Geese, 1 Mandarin Duck NP and a Snipe were reported.
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Old Sunday 8th October 2017, 19:28   #2806
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Tonight. Cracking drake Mandarin on the river - completely out of eclipse. About 500 yards upstream of the bridge viewed from the waterski side. Wouldn't come out the trees for a photo though. On JW Pintail and 4 Stonechat (2m, 2f) between the screens. Just the 2 GWE in the roost with 22 Little Egret. Not a wader on the reserve not even a Lapwing.
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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 18:51   #2807
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The 2 Great White Egret were still around (1 JWs and 1 NP), 7 Egyptian Geese between JWs and NP (SA had 15 later), on JWs were 1 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank. Other highlights were 1 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 3 Stonechat, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Tit between FMP and canal and 1 Redpoll.
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Old Tuesday 10th October 2017, 07:41   #2808
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The 2 Great White Egret were still around (1 JWs and 1 NP), 7 Egyptian Geese between JWs and NP (SA had 15 later), on JWs were 1 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank. Other highlights were 1 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 3 Stonechat, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Tit between FMP and canal and 1 Redpoll.
The Egyptian Geese flew south towards KWP about 3pm in two flocks of 7 & 8. Two of them were Juveniles. I don't recall seeing that many on Middleton before, what are previous numbers like Geoff? Also a lone female Goosander on the river.
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The Egyptian Geese flew south towards KWP about 3pm in two flocks of 7 & 8. Two of them were Juveniles. I don't recall seeing that many on Middleton before, what are previous numbers like Geoff?
I don't recall any large numbers, the most I've seen were 2.
Not much change today best being 2 Great White Egret, 12+ Egyptian Geese, 1 Pintail, 2 Snipe and 1 Kingfisher HL, a passage of Skylarks in groups of 2s and 3s and 6 Stonechat around JWs.
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Not much happening, 1 Great White Egret, 15 Egyptian Geese and 6 Stonechat still.
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Old Saturday 14th October 2017, 14:36   #2811
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A flyover Hawfinch per KT puts the year list up to 159.
All I managed today were a Great White Egret and a Stonechat.
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Old Sunday 15th October 2017, 08:33   #2812
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There's a new blog covering Middleton Lakes and the other Tame Valley sites. It's called Mercian Birding. Here's a link http://mercianbirding.blogspot.co.uk/

Got to say a big thank you to Tom Perrins for his Tame Valley Birding blog that's kept so many of us informed for so long though.
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