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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 21:09   #33776
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bit of a quiet evening for Upton standards.still lots going on.
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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 21:15   #33777
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A new brood of 4 lapwing hatched on Meadow today ..and LRP chick now 7 days old ...per Phil W
Mike reports one was taken by a Buzzard this evening
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 07:41   #33778
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From the Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

48 Avocet (+ 7 broods with 16 young), 4 Med Gull (3 adults & a second summer), 5 LR Plover (+ 1 young), 15+ Lapwing (+ 2 young), 2 Redshank, 2 Teal, 7 Shelduck

Also a Teal at the Moors Pool as per Andy P.
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 20:23   #33779
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Spotted Flycatcher reported today from one of the traditional spots, along the Salwarpe at the Moors Pool.

Andy P reports yet another Lapwing chick was taken by a Buzzard today.
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 23:11   #33780
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From the Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

8 Avocet (+ 7 broods with 16 young), 4 Med Gull (3 adults & a second summer), 5 LR Plover (+ 1 young), 15+ Lapwing (+ 2 young), 2 Redshank, 2 Teal, 7 Shelduck

Also a Teal at the Moors Pool as per Andy P.
Add Redshank 3. lesser whitethroat singing. . shoveler 5
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A few pics from Friday.

Couple of shots from yesterday. The med gull is one bird not three.
Treated to the Otter on the Moors for at least 15 min until it caught a big Eel and retired for breakfast.
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Old Saturday 20th May 2017, 08:11   #33782
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Couple of shots from yesterday. The med gull is one bird not three.
Treated to the Otter on the Moors for at least 15 min until it caught a big Eel and retired for breakfast.
Eels are certainly on the menu at the mo - Mike W reports a fox with one at the North Moors this morning.
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Eels are certainly on the menu at the mo - Mike W reports a fox with one at the North Moors this morning.
East Marsh at Moors, walked from first gate northwards until I lost sight of it about half-way towards secret garden.
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Old Saturday 20th May 2017, 17:55   #33784
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Red Kite over the Flashes at c6pm as per Craig
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Artic tern sailing pool 10.50am after first heavy rain and was still there at 11.20am
Willow Warbler by gate from Sailing pool towards Hen Brook
Also in this area Chiffchaff, Blackcaps, Whitethroat and a few fledgling Blue Tits.
Many Swallow, House martin, Sand martin and swifts over moors pools
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Old Saturday 20th May 2017, 21:50   #33786
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Saw a photo of the Red Kite that I missed tonight,looking rather in poor shape in fact looked similar to the one I saw over Redditch recently.
here's a puzzle in the last photo there is a small young rabbit in the middle of the island,so how did it get there?
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Saw a photo of the Red Kite that I missed tonight,looking rather in poor shape in fact looked similar to the one I saw over Redditch recently.
here's a puzzle in the last photo there is a small young rabbit in the middle of the island,so how did it get there?
Bunny hopped?
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Old Sunday 21st May 2017, 06:31   #33788
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A flock of 24 Black-tailed Godwit have just dropped into the Flashes as per Paul Croft
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Early morning at the Flashes as per Dave J:

24+ Black-tailed Godwit briefly then flew south-east, 48 Avocet + 15 young (3:2:1:2:1:2:4), 3 adult Med Gulls, 5 LR Plover (+ 1 young still), 2 Redshank
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A summary of sightings across the various sites that participated in the West Midlands All-Day Birdwatch on the 6th May.
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A summary of sightings across the various sites that participated in the West Midlands All-Day Birdwatch on the 6th May.
A great piece of work Phil..I'm sure the stats reflect the countrywide status of many species...ie very poor show of curlew and cuckoo. The very patchy distribution of willow tit and tree sparrow. I'm sure if you analyse the lists lots of conclusions can be drawn. Suffice to say it was a ood day for passage waders john
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A friend of mine has found 2 dead Bullfinches in his garden (1 male Fri & 1 Female Sat) with no visible signs of predation, This morning a Juv. Bullfinch in a state of distress, with what appears a wollen claw.

He is an avid garden bird watcher/feeder, all other birds Green finches, Gold Finches appear OK, but is concerned that maybe they have been poisoned. I know that his feeders are regularly cleaned.

As far as I am aware there are no reports of diseases affecting Bull Finches, does anybody know if this is correct?

He has preserved the birds for an autopsy, if necessary. He has phoned Sandwell RSPB but got no proper response. Does anybody know who/where is the best to contact?

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Tuesday work party Moors

This coming Tuesday morning we will be re-floating the Tern Rafts. So anyone birding on the reserve on that day I would suggest birds at the Flashes from 9 till 11am.
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Old Sunday 21st May 2017, 13:25   #33794
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A flock of 24 Black-tailed Godwit have just dropped into the Flashes as per Paul Croft
Interestingly the same sized flock of Black-tailed Godwits was at Belvide Reservoir for approx an hour early afternoon yesterday and flew west south west over John Bennett Reserve (Nafford) mid morning today.
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Old Monday 22nd May 2017, 13:15   #33795
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Help please
A friend of mine has found 2 dead Bullfinches in his garden (1 male Fri & 1 Female Sat) with no visible signs of predation, This morning a Juv. Bullfinch in a state of distress, with what appears a wollen claw.

He is an avid garden bird watcher/feeder, all other birds Green finches, Gold Finches appear OK, but is concerned that maybe they have been poisoned. I know that his feeders are regularly cleaned.

As far as I am aware there are no reports of diseases affecting Bull Finches, does anybody know if this is correct?

He has preserved the birds for an autopsy, if necessary. He has phoned Sandwell RSPB but got no proper response. Does anybody know who/where is the best to contact?





All help would be much appreciated

Thank you

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Here's some info on possible cause:
https://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wi...5/t/20464.aspx
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Here's some info on possible cause:
https://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wi...5/t/20464.aspx
Thanks for the info, will pass it on
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Help please
A friend of mine has found 2 dead Bullfinches in his garden (1 male Fri & 1 Female Sat) with no visible signs of predation, This morning a Juv. Bullfinch in a state of distress, with what appears a wollen claw.

He is an avid garden bird watcher/feeder, all other birds Green finches, Gold Finches appear OK, but is concerned that maybe they have been poisoned. I know that his feeders are regularly cleaned.

As far as I am aware there are no reports of diseases affecting Bull Finches, does anybody know if this is correct?

He has preserved the birds for an autopsy, if necessary. He has phoned Sandwell RSPB but got no proper response. Does anybody know who/where is the best to contact?

All help would be much appreciated

Thank you

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There's also this survey ongoing. http://www.gardenwildlifehealth.org/
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Old Monday 22nd May 2017, 19:42   #33798
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Monday 22nd May 0815-1300

A lovely warm sunny day which seemed more like early July than the end of May; despite a lot of activity (especially at the Flashes) the birding also had a mid summer malaise feeling about it.

SAILING POOL
4 Mute Swan, 20 Greylag Geese, 6 Canada Geese, 1 Egyptian Geese, 10 GC Grebe, 1 Shoveler (male), 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Coot, 1 Moorhen, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, Skylark

FLASHES
20+ Lapwing, 46 Avocet + 15 young from 7 broods (4:3:2:2:2:1:1), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 LR Plover + 1 young, 1+ redshank, 2 GC Grebe, 12 Canada Geese, flocks of 11 + 2 Greylag Geese over, 15 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 1 Teal (male), 3 Shoveler (all males), 24 Tufted Duck, 24 Coot, 1 Common Tern, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Med Gulls (both adults), 1 LBB Gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Green Woodpecker

MOOR POOL
2 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 68 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler (all males), 8 Gadwall, Water Rail, 48 Coot, 8 Common Tern, 3 LBB Gull, 3 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow calling from the residencies
Cuckoo calling from the Education Reserve as per Andy P
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Standing in the Moors car park this morning I heard my first reserve Cuckoo of the year just to the North.
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work party Today

Today 9 of us refloated the tern rafts and cut the salwarp and North Moors path...well Paul actually strimmed the paths alone
Thanks to Bob O. Bobby P. Bob R. Graham L. Ian. Keith M. Paul M. Ray C. and me
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