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Old Tuesday 20th December 2016, 13:08   #776
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Hi Josh....there was one Egret on its usual tree at end of pool about noon....only had time to park up and look...lol....great that Goosanders are around.
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Old Tuesday 20th December 2016, 14:00   #777
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Saw the smallest Thrush ever at the pools as well as this white Fungi.....
Lovely pics, the fungus is Xylaria hypoxylon. Better known as Candle Snuff or Stag's Horn fungus.

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2 Egrets showing on Lower Bittell and 2 female Goosanders at Upper Bittell at around 12:30
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Think they were Shoveller on the far bank.

EGRETS......https://www.flickr.com/photos/684597...posted-public/.....poor video.....must be flickr that has b******* it up...lol
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2 Egrets high in trees at far end of Shrub Mill and 2 Kingfishers chasing around.
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2 pics of the male that chased the 2nd one around Shrub Mill....
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Old Saturday 24th December 2016, 16:10   #782
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SHRUB MILL...Xmas Eve....10 am
Bit wild and windy but bet it was calmer than Yesterday though.
Apart from a few of the usual Mallard,Coot Moorhen and Tufteds it was so quite bird wise...all the Gulls that have been here for a couple of weeks were gone...as were the 2 Egrets.

I had only sneaked here for a short time as I was supposed to be getting some bread and as I turned to leave an Egret came over the far trees and landed in one of it fave trees.....so happy at least one was still here I got to my car and then the other Egret came over the trees almost by the road before turning to fly down the far end .....both of them then flew into the far corner as I drove off.

On the way home I stopped to look into Micks Wood...aka the Shrike Field...well you never know lightning MIGHT strike again.....but all I got was a Male Kestrel and a very distant pair of Buzzards.....all of them mimicking the Shrikes method of hunting...from the top of saplings.
No idea how the pics came out as good as the Kestrel was almost to the big Oak with the Buzzards much further to the right.

Returned to Shrub Mill at 3pm and again no Egrets until one again flew into far trees before coming up the pool and drop behind the closest reeds..into the River Arrow....I walked to around the gate and saw it feeding and then spotted the other one just as the both of them flew up again back down to the far end...ready to roost I suppose as it was getting a bit dark then.
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The view from the causeway at Lower today @ 4pm...the 2 Egrets on their fave perches....phone snaps in the gloom..at least the rain had stopped.
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About a dozen Gadwall...M and F...on Lower earlier. .....9.30 AM.

Update....4pm.....Only a few Gadwalll but about 30 Teal now.
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Old Tuesday 24th January 2017, 23:00   #785
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Lower and Mill Shrub......Monday 22nd....

Lots of both frozen but there were around 20 Cormorant on Mill Shrub in a sliver of clear water to the right.

2 Kingfishers flew right to left across Lower with in a few minutes.....
1st went down onto the Arrow the 2nd around the corner towards the canal.
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Old Saturday 18th February 2017, 16:57   #786
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Mill Shrub had 2 Red-Crested Pochards (1m+1f) at 4:30. Also 2 Kingfishers, 1 little egret and 1 gadwall.
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Old Sunday 19th February 2017, 17:39   #787
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Brilliant Josh...was there around 1.30 and only had the Gadwall.
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Old Tuesday 21st February 2017, 21:06   #788
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Reports on 'Worcester birding' of a crossbill at Upper this morning... I was around the reservoirs at 3:30-5:30 but only managed about 30 Wigeon on Upper and around 30 Teal on Lower with 3 Gadwall on mill shrub.
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Quick visit....Mill Shrub.
I pair of Gadwall and a pair of GC Grebe building nest.
About a dozen Teal dabbling on the edge of water on Lower.

In fields behind Fishery a lot of GS Woodpeckers drumming.
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2 small waders feeding separately in the shallows on Lower at about 5pm. Sandpiper like but impossible (for me) to be certain of which species, if a sandpiper at all with only my binoculars. Bird seemed to have white underneath and brown back, and in flight (left to right) displayed a white fan tail. Upon landing, the bird proceeded to bob up and down before continuing to feed. Any ideas??? Possibly green sandpiper, may be worth returning tomorrow with the scope.

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1 Green Sandpiper on Lower confirmed with scope
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Small wader still on Lower. ..half way along left shore at 5.30 and Pair Gadwall up corner by white posts on Mill Shrub.
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5pm....No sign of the wader today.
2 PAIR of Gadwall on Mill Shrub
Warbler in mess of trees by bridge under the road.
Buzzard in large tree on left of Lower then doing a couple of fly overs and returning to tree.Mobbed by a couple of Large Gulls.
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Nice pics Kieth, Warbler likely to be one of the ChiffChaffs I heard around the area the other day.
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Lots of shore line with potential on Lower Bittell.
Buzzards displaying well over Shrub Mill wood as shown in Keith s pics Male bird I saw yesterday (from close winged stooping display ) had white patch to upper coverts on right wing.
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Swan on Mill Shrub and Chiffchaff and a pair of Buzzards around the Rugby Clubs.
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2 Male Shoveler at far end of Mill Shrub.
Now another Male and a female showed up but all flew off.
Ha ha...not flew off....playing hide and seek...back again now.
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2 of the Shoveller but what is the one on the right......could it be a Scaup ???????
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2 of the Shoveller but what is the one on the right......could it be a Scaup ???????
Looks like a 'scaup-faced' female Tufted. Small bump on back of head will be the tuft.
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