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Old Sunday 19th March 2017, 14:47   #33251
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Thanks for posting ...this a different bird to the pair on Tuesday 14th. The head is much more advanced than the duller bird which wouldn't have become that black in 3 days. But more obvious is the gonys angle on the bill. This bird has a long straight narrow bill. The Tuesday bird had a short stubby bill ..note the sharp angle from the tip of lower mabdible this is the gonys - to those that don't know. john
How about this one John ?...(from last Thursday)
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Old Sunday 19th March 2017, 17:21   #33252
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just some pics from the moors today.
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Old Sunday 19th March 2017, 22:21   #33253
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In front of the hide at the Flashes about 2.30 yesterday (Sat) afternoon
Looks like the same bird I photographed on Friday morning.
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Old Monday 20th March 2017, 07:40   #33254
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How about this one John ?...(from last Thursday)
Same as Friday and Saturday Andy...in my opinion
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Old Monday 20th March 2017, 08:07   #33255
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Adult Med yesterday evening as per Mike W
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Old Monday 20th March 2017, 12:16   #33256
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Work party Tuesday Moors

We are coming to the end of the work for this season, just 2 possibly 3 left now.
Tomorrow will be the final one out on Amy's Marsh so there will be disturbance.
Tasks will include - shoring up the pool banks on pool island. Strengthening the east border fence. Lowering the bramble hedge along east bank of scrape. Readying site for breeding season. john
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Old Monday 20th March 2017, 20:02   #33257
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Droitwich camera club
Several members of the Trust also belong to the Droitwich camera.
One of our wardens/work party colleagues and Droitwich camera club member would like to invite you to a Wildlife photographic evening with Mark Hamblin, on 25th March at Droitwich High School.

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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 21:23   #33258
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Tuesday work party Moors (penultimate)

Today 13 of finished off the work in Amy's Marsh.

The bramble hedge running south from the East hide is mostly dead and spindly and also too high. This limits views into the seasonal pool and meadow.
Today we heavily pruned it and the views from the hide are now much improved.

In the SE corner of the meadow the power company pollarded several large willows underneath the cables. Unfortunately they left all the brash in the meadow and on the stock fence today we removed it and burned it.
In conjunction with the bramble clearing the whole area is now open and ideal for ducks and waders.

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Bob O, Bobby P, Bob R, Charles, Dave H, Ian, Janet H, Jim B, Keith M, Paul M, Ray C, Roger and me

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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 22:02   #33259
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Birding the Reserve Today

The moderate cold SW wind made it feel it more like winter, even in the sun this morning.
The afternoon sleet and rain curtailed the thought of spring.
The duck numbers have certainly declined as per normal, but snipe too seem to have moved on from Amy's marsh. Passerines were very few and far between only siskin moved through.

Species count MOORS:
GCG 2, Little grebe 8, Little egret 2, mute swan 2, greylag 2, Shoveler 31, teal 6, gadwall 4, shelduck , pochard male, tufted 60,
Oystercatcher 4, lapwing 2, curlew, redshank,
BHG 60,
Peregrine, buzzard,
green woodp, cetti's w 2, siskin 3.

Sailing Pool : GCG 19 (21 in total),

FLASHES: All alone from 3.30pm till 7pm, plenty of action though. The BHG's have declined a little, thinking the same with the large gulls until they dropped in late on. I would expect the numbers to start going down as the breeding season gets underway. Lapwing were in fine voice with at least 7 flight displaying and 'singing' ( well its music to my ears), Avocets too were going through the motions. The cattle are really doing the business, creating some great muddy, short grassy feeding areas. I will close the gate to the right of the hide as soon as the waders settle down . But it is important to get the grass as short as possible , but keeping some longer areas for the hopeful return of redshank. At 6.55pm 2 green sands came into roost, but too wet for any chance of Barn owl.

Species Count FLASHES:
Teal 6-8, Gadwall 17 (7prs + 3 males), Shoveler 27, shelduck 7, mallard 51, tufted 4, mute swan pr, coot 46, little egret 2, grey heron,
Avocet 32, curlew 7, oystercatcher 4, snipe 1, green sand 2, lapwing 37, redshank was seen earlier
Med Gull adult, BHG 1600, LBBG 360, Herring gull 35.....99% of large gulls were adult.
kestrel, peregrine,
raven, rook 12 on north fields, stock dove 10+,
starling a lone bird feeding in front of the hide.
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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 23:26   #33260
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Spring is in the (COLD) air.
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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 23:31   #33261
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Two fairly fleeting visitors to the flashes (flushed and not seen again!)
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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 23:34   #33262
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1. Last Thursday - gulls

2. Today - rooks & jackdaws
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Unusual for the spring there were a few Rooks on the field. Not normally seen until the Autumn. Has anyone seen activity on the raven nest, maybe the female is sitting pretty tight up there
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Second summer Med Gull reported at the Flashes yesterday in addition to the adult bird.
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Med hybrid?

This is the same bird that Janner Falcon posted for yesterday at the Flashes. There was some discussion in the hide when she found it and it was felt that it was the hybrid med gull because of the beak size and colouring and that of the leg colouring. Whilst we were there in the morning nobody apparently mentioned seeing a 2nd summer med gull.

This one was hiding up in the first flash so was quite a distance away. Put up along with the other gulls we couldn't re - find it.

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Should mention that the hood stood out as very black but there were some white smudges behind the left eye.
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