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Old Yesterday, 17:28   #34976
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Tuesday's work party Tuesday Amy's Marsh

We will be continuing the opening up of the Lagoon tomorrow.
Also a bit of tree management if time allows.
The contractor is also scheduled to be spraying the crassula in the Broadmeadow pool.
Meet at 9 in MOORS car park if can spare a couple of hours ... all comers welcome
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Looks like the Water Rail likes having its photo taken Lee.

Water Rail and Little Egret from Friday, Black Cap from earlier in the week.
Definitely not camera shy!

Lovely pics Tony.
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Short visit on a dismal afternoon. This sparrowhawk nipped out of the rushes twice and disappeared around the back of the hide towards the Salwarpe, but obliged us with a stop-over at 4pm. Very poor light by then... 1/20th second shutter!
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From the Moors Pool early morning JTB reports:

Mute Swan 29 (second highest count ever), Whooper Swan still, Shoveler 27, Teal 34, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 1, Pochard 10, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew 12.
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From the Moors Pool early morning JTB reports:

Mute Swan 29 (second highest count ever), Whooper Swan still, Shoveler 27, Teal 34, Gadwall 2, Wigeon 1, Pochard 10, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew 12.
Mute Swan numbers increasing even further with 32 birds (28 adults and 4 juveniles) present early afternoon at the Moors Pool as per Andy A.
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Today's work party at AMY's Marsh

Brilliant effort from all 22 of us today...
Thanks to Andy A, Alan D, Bob O, Bobby P, Bob R, Charles, Dave H, Graham L, Ian Joh, Ian Jos, Jim B, Julie W, Kim W, Nick F, Paul M, Ray C, Roger S, Steve T, Sue T, Terry W, Tony B and me.

The main task of the day was the continuing work on opening up the Lagoon in Amy's Marsh.
Today we removed willows and rank vegetation on the west side of the lagoon (known as the Lagoon spit). This area has never been cut before and the two channels within it were completely clogged with leaf litter. So this meant nothing has been cut here for 24 years since the creation of Amy's Marsh in 1993. The cut rank vegetation was piled up in the water off the west side of the spit. This will form temporary vegetated islands, ducks will loaf on these and invertebrates and fish will shelter in and around it.
THe main reason for cutting the spit is to create habitat for wintering snipe and teal. When we allow the water to rise back up to the winter level, the area will become very wet and boggy. There are however high sections where snipe will roost and lower areas will provide feeding zones for teal and snipe. The north tip of the lagoon was left untouched as this is where the snipe roost.
Other tasks included :
cutting back the bramble on the southern shore bank of the Broadmeadow.
cutting back bramble, willows and rank vegetation in the SE corner of the lagoon.
Julie cleaned out the hides.
raked up all the leaf litter, old bramble debris and years of dead branches on the southern bank of the lagoon.
Thanks to Sue and Andy for the cakes much appreciated
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5. the Lagoon spit as viewed from the West hide after work
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Birding the Moors Today

Nothing different to recent times.
Counts:
Little grebe 2, little egret overhead,
Mute swan 31 (Andy A had 32 later), Whooper swan
Shoveler 27, Teal 34, gadwall male with fem mallard, wigeon fem, shelduck 3,
Pochard 17 (12 m + 5 f), tufted 11,
coot 202, water rail 5,
Black T Godwit was feeding around snipe island at dark. Snipe 35, lapwing 60, curlew 12,
LBBG 30, herring gull 20 both species were on the water mid afternoon, BHG 120,
Tawny Owl called 4.55 from southern end of reserve, Buzzard 2,
green woodp, great sp woodp,
Fieldfare 15, redwing 20,
cetti's w 2, goldcrest,
bullfinch, chaffinch 5, goldfinch 20, siskin 5, redpoll 12,
meadow pipit, coal tit 2,
reed bunting 5.
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Winter All-dayer

This Saturday 25th November I will be doing an all-dayer. Nothing too formal ie no sarnies or cake.....unless someone wants to bring some
But if you want to come along and add some species, that'll be good.
I will be at the Flashes first light I think Crofty and Graham L will be around at the Moors. Text me if you can make it.
At least we have only a max of 10 hours light and it promises to be cold so wrap up warm and bring a flask.
Northerlies who knows what could be aroundJohn
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Green Sand and Black-tailed Godwit at the Flashes this afternoon as per Sue Hyde
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