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Old Monday 29th January 2018, 08:30   #1826
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Pleasant, spring-like conditions on Friday and Sunday made it far more enjoyable.

Skylarks becoming territorial
4+ Yellowhammers near Knight's Grove - one was singing.
Large flock of Fieldfares near Salwarpe (c300) plus more elsewhere
30+ Meadow Pipits near Hawford
3 Grey Wagtails chasing each other around near Ladywood

Cormorants, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Ravens, Goldcrests, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Redwings, Linnets, Canada Geese, RL Partridges, Stock Doves, Mute Swans, reed Buntings, etc.

67 species recorded by me so far this year.
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Old Sunday 4th February 2018, 19:49   #1827
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Woodcock again this evening following the same pattern of behaviour as last week.

Two Peregrines around Coney this evening - one had a go at the Starling flock.

Five Snipes flew out of the reedbed at dusk.

Cetti's Warbler and Water Rails calling.

Little Owl calling between Salwarpe and Ladywood on Friday.

Female Blackcap showing well and at least one male sub-singing between Ladywood and Salwarpe on Friday. A female near Hawford lock this morning

Two Coots on Tapenhall pool.

Other species recorded this weekend included Mistle Thrush, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, winter Thrushes, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Reed Bunting.
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Old Friday 9th February 2018, 17:57   #1828
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Woodcock again this evening and a few Snipe.
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Old Sunday 11th February 2018, 22:05   #1829
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My first ever Woodcock this evening a very brief encounter ,while waiting by the picnic bench next to the canal the bird flew so close it was nearly missed it must of been flying low to the water seen me and then flew up, in doing so making it self visable against the sky line before carrying on its fight towards Salwarpe. Thanks Dave for all the info.
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Old Monday 12th February 2018, 08:24   #1830
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Nice one Tim!

Other news from the weekend:

Tawny owl calling around Salwarpe church yesterday evening.
Water Rails called from Coney reedbed.
Yellowhammer and plenty of Skylarks around Knight's Grove.
Decent flock of Linnets (50+) around Mayhouse farm fields
Grey Wagtails
2 Coots on Tapenhall Pool
plenty of Meadow Pipits around Tapenhall and Hawford areas

Canada Geese, Cormorants, Reed Buntings, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Coal Tits,
Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Goldcrests, etc.
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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 20:48   #1831
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yesterdays report .Standing by the picnic bench F,P heard cettis warbler, plenty of song thrush, plus Water Rail calling. Woodcock flew directly over our heads at 17.51 (did video did catch bird flying but could not id as clear as seen)
Today stood at the bottom of the church path looking down the canal. Tawny Owls called from somewhere in the village,5 Herring gulls flying westwood way,Wren and Pheasant calling. Woodcock 17.56 flew reed high over bench area, half way towards me turned right, over the garden behind the trees gaining height looked like it was heading over the trees over the war memorial .
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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 08:28   #1832
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There's a real challenge for the keen 'togs' out there:

Although it regularly flies the same route, the Woodcock flies at variable height in poor (or very poor) light and you get a maximum of about 5 seconds to nail it!

Good luck to anyone who tries
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 19:48   #1833
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Woodcock flew pass at 17.59 tonight best showing so far alittle higher above the reeds on approach to the bench,managed to catch it on video again still not clear enough compared to seeing. Tawny calling from church wood as we left.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 10:16   #1834
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Just flushed a Teal from the canal near Salwarpe. An irregular visitor on the patch - I didn't get one at all last year.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 18:00   #1835
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Woodcock timed at 17:56 this evening flew along canal then around back of Salwarpe Court.

Several Snipe flying out of reedbed.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 19:49   #1836
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Woodcock stakeout

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Woodcock timed at 17:56 this evening flew along canal then around back of Salwarpe Court.

Several Snipe flying out of reedbed.

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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 19:51   #1837
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Many thanks for the info and company tonight
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My pleasure Alan - glad u saw it.
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Old Saturday 17th February 2018, 16:50   #1838
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Seven Teal (4 drakes) just circled low over Coney before heading over to Westwood.
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Old Saturday 17th February 2018, 18:03   #1839
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Woodcock again a few seconds before the six o'clock bells rang from the Church.

11 Greylags earlier.
Probably 2 Cetti's on site.
Water Rails and Snipe.
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Old Monday 19th February 2018, 08:11   #1840
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The Woodcock appeared at c17:55 and flew around the back of Salwarpe Court again.

A Peregrine attacked the starling flock and a small explosion of feathers suggest it hit one of them although I don't think it was successful. This may have been the same Peregrine that was perched on a Pylon near Salwarpe earlier yesterday morning. A peregrine also flew over Hawford on Saturday.

A Little Owl showed well in the Oak tree in Linacres horse paddocks on Saturday morning.

Tawny Owls calling around Droitwich Community Woods.

4+ Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane on Friday and 2 around Chatley also on Friday/Saturday.

A Siskin flew over Hawford on Saturday - they are scarce on the patch at the moment.

2 Coots still on Tapenhall Pool.

A Blackcap in virtual full song near Salwarpe on Friday and showing well yesterday. Other singing birds include Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Dunnock and Mistle Thrush.

Other species seen include lots of Skylarks, 30+ Linnets, Grey Wagtails, Cormorants, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, winter Thrushes, Ravens, Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings, Grey Herons, etc.

Good views of a Brown Hare at Knight's Grove and a dead Roe Deer at Harford Hill.
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Old Friday 23rd February 2018, 18:13   #1841
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Woodcock over at 18:09 this evening plus 4 Snipes.

Peregrine over earlier.

Water Rails calling.
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c70 Lapwings over Hawford.
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