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Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 22:22   #2726
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10 Blackwits were on Jubilee North when I arrived at 8pm but by the time I had walked up the river path they had disappeared. May have gone to roost or headed on their way. On my return loop there was just a single bird on East Scrape. Looks like we are now down to 5 Avocet (4 chicks + 1 Adult) although I didn't check Hall Lake. Groppers still singing his heart out on Fishers Mill and almost showing well.
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Old Monday 3rd July 2017, 15:32   #2727
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61 species were seen today including Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Water Rail, 5 Avocet which flew out, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank young still, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing.
96 species were seen in June.
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Old Tuesday 4th July 2017, 21:37   #2728
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Tonight 2 Med Gulls on the gravel bar Jubilee North. Still 5 Avocet, at least 8 Redshank, 1 Common Sand and increasing numbers of Ringed Plover. I still haven't seen a Hobby on the reserve this year. 3 Little Egret Young on KWP Cliff Pool tonight - possibly come from the Heronry.
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Old Thursday 6th July 2017, 14:44   #2729
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3 Black Terns seen by others over Dosthill @1.30pm. ( And apparently photographed) Grasshopper Warbler reeling, LR Plover & Ringed Plover, Common Sand, Redshank+ Juv. And 2 Summer plumaged Black Tailed Godwits East Screen. -------y hot!

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Old Thursday 6th July 2017, 17:42   #2730
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3 Black Terns seen by others over Dosthill @1.30pm. ( And apparently photographed) Grasshopper Warbler reeling, LR Plover & Ringed Plover, Common Sand, Redshank+ Juv. And 2 Summer plumaged Black Tailed Godwits East Screen. -------y hot!

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I can add a Hobby over Dosthill NR to that list. The 5 Avocet (1 ad 4 juv) are still there too.
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Old Thursday 6th July 2017, 20:48   #2731
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3 Black Terns seen by others over Dosthill @1.30pm. ( And apparently photographed) Grasshopper Warbler reeling, LR Plover & Ringed Plover, Common Sand, Redshank+ Juv. And 2 Summer plumaged Black Tailed Godwits East Screen. -------y hot!

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I didn't go over the Dosthill side unfortunately but in the morning a Greenshank flew over calling and on JWs were a Little Grebe, 1 Snipe and a Dunlin. On the hall lake were 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Ring Plover and 2 Green Sandpiper.

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Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 08:17   #2732
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I was surprised at 5:45 this morning to see 2 family groups of Avocets on Jubilee Wetlands. The usual group were feeding on the east scrape (1 ad & 4 juv) when I saw another group of 5 (1 ad & 4 juv) take to the air from the middle of JWs and fly to Fishers Mill. By the time I got to Fisher's Mill they had gone.
I wonder if the second group are the older brood that I haven't seen since they were on the Hall Lake on 22nd June (someone may have seen them over a couple of days after that I think, but not for 2 weeks now?) or are they an entirely different group moving through? If the former, I wonder where they've been hiding out?
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Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 08:34   #2733
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Numbers lower at Upton Warren this morning
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Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 20:57   #2735
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Saturday evening

Black-Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 5 Avocet - JW

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On the Gravel spit on JW North there were 12 Ringed Plover 5 LRP and a Dunlin. More LRP & RP elsewhere on JW including many young. 5 Avocet, 7 Redshank and a Green Sandpiper East Scrape. Young Little Egret West Scrape. Hall Lake 3 Green Sandpiper and a Redshank.
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Old Tuesday 11th July 2017, 21:34   #2736
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East Scrape was the place tonight - 9 Black-Tailed Godwits, 5 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper with a strange white panel in one wing and a mixed group of 17 RP and LRP containing several juveniles. In the middle of JW was a Med Gull. On Hall Lake 2 Green Sandpiper and a Redshank.

What was noticeable was that no Avocets were present. Looks like they've all gone. 50% breeding success is not bad - 8 fully fledging from 16 eggs.
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Old Friday 14th July 2017, 21:41   #2737
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Final count of 19 Black Tailed Godwits tonight when they all took to the sky. 11 headed off south and 8 dropped back onto JW. Also on JW were 2 Dunlin and a Med Gull. On East Scrape - Green and Common Sandpiper. 20 plus Little Egret in the Riverside Roost.
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Old Saturday 15th July 2017, 18:26   #2738
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Very quiet this afternoon. JW - 2 Blackwits, 6 Redshank (including the last brood of 3 that can now fly), 7 Ringed Plover & a LRP. North Pit - Green Sandpiper and the Common Sandpiper with the white wing.
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Old Monday 17th July 2017, 20:06   #2739
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Very few birds around, 1 adult and 1 juvenile Egyptian Goose on DNR, 1 Oystercatcher and 4 Redshank were the highlights, 13 Common Tern were fishing on DNR but no sign of the Bittern reported there on the 7th July.
A Ring-necked Parakeet was reported on the 15th July (150th species for the year).
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 13:38   #2740
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Highlights today were 1 Black Swan, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 LRP, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 3 juvenile Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper.
Yesterday a Black-tailed Godwit was on JWs.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 20:50   #2741
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Tonight not much change - East Scrape 4 Dunlin, 3 Redshank and 2 Ringed Plover. 4 further Ringed Plover on JW & a LRP. 28 Little Egret in the riverside roost including a group of 10 that came in together from the North end of Dosthill NR.
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There was a Hobby over Dosthill NR this afternoon and a small increase in wader activity on Jubilee Wetlands with 3 Common Sandpipers - 2 on the West Scrape and 1 on Jubilee North near the 2 benches - and 4 Dunlin out in the middle. There were 5 Ringed Plover (1 of which was a juv) and 2 LRP around with another 3 juv Plovers that were too far out to see if they were Ringed or LRP because of the heat haze.
Additionally 2 Egyptian Geese were on the island on Dosthill NR and a Black Swan was on Jubilee Wetlands.

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Old Saturday 22nd July 2017, 13:14   #2743
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It was fairly quiet this morning. 8 Dunlin that were feeding on JWs flew off south about 9:30. The Common Sandpiper with the white patch on it's left flank was on the river scrape. 1 ad and 2 juv LRP and 2 Ringed Plover were around. The only other thing of note was an apparent increase in Lapwing with a flock of 60+ on JWs.

BTW Geoff - coincidentally after our conversation re Lesser Whitethroat for this month, there was one this morning by the 2 benches on Jubilee north as well as the one on the 6th.
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Golden Welly 2016 competition

https://grumpyecologist.blogspot.co....lies-2016.html

I see from the above blog that we got 27 species of waders in 2016. This year so far we have again recorded 27 species the best being Red-necked Phalarope. There is still time for a few more species.
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It was fairly quiet this morning. 8 Dunlin that were feeding on JWs flew off south about 9:30. The Common Sandpiper with the white patch on it's left flank was on the river scrape. 1 ad and 2 juv LRP and 2 Ringed Plover were around. The only other thing of note was an apparent increase in Lapwing with a flock of 60+ on JWs.

BTW Geoff - coincidentally after our conversation re Lesser Whitethroat for this month, there was one this morning by the 2 benches on Jubilee north as well as the one on the 6th.
The only other birds I can add are 2 Redshank JWs, 2 Green Sandpiper HL and a Garden Warbler between FMP and the canal.
Thanks for the info about the Lesser Whitethroat, other species not recorded so far this July as far as I know include Pochard, Goosander, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper and Raven, can anyone add these to the list?
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Old Saturday 22nd July 2017, 21:33   #2746
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...... other species not recorded so far this July as far as I know include Pochard, Goosander, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper and Raven, can anyone add these to the list?
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I've had both Barn and Tawny Owl in the last 2 weeks.
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Old Sunday 23rd July 2017, 15:07   #2747
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I've had both Barn and Tawny Owl in the last 2 weeks.
Thanks, I see KS had a Barn Owl yeserday by NP as well.
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Thanks, I see KS had a Barn Owl yeserday by NP as well.
There was a Barn Owl hunting from the roof of the hide at 4:45 this afternoon - must have been hungry after last night's rain!
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Water levels were high after the recent rain so not many waders seen, circa 300 Lapwing flew up off JWs and a Green Sandpiper was on the west scrape. 6 Raven flew over calling.
98 species were seen in July.
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Old Thursday 3rd August 2017, 20:04   #2750
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Juvenile Med Gull on West Scrape tonight at 8pm. I suppose the million dollar question is - did they or didn't they breed at Middleton this year. Perhaps the RSPB know more. Not much else about but then I had to take the wife instead of the scope.
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