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Old Saturday 26th November 2011, 21:14   #7726
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and here's the second video clip - John - did you put the phone down on Dave?!

http://youtu.be/-GDExKypLnU
Ha, nice one Gert. Very entertaining.

John's a git isn't he?
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Old Saturday 26th November 2011, 21:18   #7727
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Ha, nice one Gert. Very entertaining.

John's a git isn't he?
A bit tame for you Dave..that's not what you usually call me and you don't say that when your drinking my Tea
I think you should be bringing cakes to the work party, to celebrate the record
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Old Saturday 26th November 2011, 21:24   #7728
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A bit tame for you Dave..that's not what you usually call me and you don't say that when your drinking my Tea
I think you should be bringing cakes to the work party, to celebrate the record
Ok big bro - you know I don't mean it!

Got a few cakes packed for the work party tomorrow.
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Congratulations Dave on breaking the record. What a bird to do it with?

Well done to Sy for finding it. All those early mornings have paid off at last.

Thanks Gert for texting me. Unfortunately it had flown by the time I got there; it's been that kind of year for me at UW! If only I hadn't gone to a Gentlemen's Curry Club in Luton and a subsequent Beer Festival on Friday I might have risen from my bed earlier and seen the bird. Still, had the compensation of seeing the Desert Wheatear (a lifer) at Titterstone Clee Hill.
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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 08:43   #7730
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Congratulations Dave on breaking the record. What a bird to do it with?

Well done to Sy for finding it. All those early mornings have paid off at last.

Thanks Gert for texting me. Unfortunately it had flown by the time I got there; it's been that kind of year for me at UW! If only I hadn't gone to a Gentlemen's Curry Club in Luton and a subsequent Beer Festival on Friday I might have risen from my bed earlier and seen the bird. Still, had the compensation of seeing the Desert Wheatear (a lifer) at Titterstone Clee Hill.
Andy why don't you Gert and Mark organise a beer festival at Upton
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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 09:18   #7731
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Also on the reserve today
Moors:
Shoveler 15, Teal 70, Snipe 8, redpoll 9

Flashes (water level 0.28) - still very dry around periphery.
Teal 2, Lapwing 400, Snipe 12, Linnet 20+, Lesser Redpoll 7

I must admit I didn't do the usual counts today, for some reason
In addition to the above and the GWE, in the morning I had:

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46 Teal, 21 Tufted Duck, 202 Coot, 5 Pochard, 3 GC Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 19 Curlew, 24 Canada G, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Grey Heron, 23 Cormorant, 14 Greylag Geese over

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30 Teal (so a miniumum of 76 on the reserve), 1 Grey Heron
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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 14:45   #7732
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Work Party

As per John's recent note a good turn out for some bramble management on the 'Sandy Heath' at the Education reserve today. We made a good impact in a couple of hours or so.
Pics show one of the areas tackled and the merry band of Bramble pickers by the mound we managed to remove! Better quality pics per Flickr link below
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Nice one Des, it was good to see you earning that tick.

For me, it was a great way to break through to 143 species for the year. My first GWE for the reserve and my 3rd for Worcestershire. My photo attached (not as good as Sy's, but he deserves it more than me). Cheers.
Nice one Dave. Congratulations on taking the new record - I know how many fruitless visits it takes to get such a total! Fully deserved after all your efforts over the last couple of years. And what a bird to take it with. I'm sure you won't stop now - 150 beckons!
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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 18:42   #7734
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Enjoyed bamble de-rooting today

I enjoyed my first volunteer day at UW. nice bunch of guys. well sort of.

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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 19:09   #7735
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have a look at these

can you check these for me, wondering with the swift because of pale throat and i think the other is a juvi wheatear could someone confirm either way, cheers in anticipation.
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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 19:13   #7736
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Nice one Dave. Congratulations on taking the new record - I know how many fruitless visits it takes to get such a total! Fully deserved after all your efforts over the last couple of years. And what a bird to take it with. I'm sure you won't stop now - 150 beckons!
Cheers Stu, I reckon 145 is do-able and is a realistic target for the end of the year - also a nice challenge for someone to have a crack at in the future. Think I'll give it a rest next year, though - it has been great but, as you rightly say, it's a hard slog.
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can you check these for me, wondering with the swift because of pale throat and i think the other is a juvi wheatear could someone confirm either way, cheers in anticipation.
Yep, look like Common Swift and juv Wheatear (very young bird) .
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I enjoyed my first volunteer day at UW. nice bunch of guys. well sort of.

Barry (cockney)
Nice one Barry, thanks for helping us out mate..like being at ome with all the other 'cockney' boys with us today innit..well Gert and Gav anyway.

Glad you didn't suffer too much. Just a warm up for next weeks session at the Flashes.John
ps we get biscuits as well as squash.

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Nice one Dave. Congratulations on taking the new record - I know how many fruitless visits it takes to get such a total! Fully deserved after all your efforts over the last couple of years. And what a bird to take it with. I'm sure you won't stop now - 150 beckons!
Hi Stu, well your record stood for a good few years mate. You can hand the trophy over boxing day or when you next come up. I think the cake that crofty junior brought today will suffice.
Dave what was it?

see you soon Stu, let us know when you are coming up.John
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Yep, look like Common Swift and juv Wheatear (very young bird) .
cheers dave just looked light under chin so i thought i'd better check it.
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Gert has already alluded to it , but thanks to everyone for a great job. John H at the education centre was well pleased. I think we have now opened the door to have a say in how the reserve looks in the future.
Thanks to all 10 of us
Gavo, beyonder, woodchat, gert, puckle, graham, binus1963, wheatearlrp, and special thanks to Geoff williams for abandoning Middleton for the day.
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The 3 pics show before and after the work and a bit of action.
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cheers dave just looked light under chin so i thought i'd better check it.
No probs mate - the pale patch is pretty typical. Worth taking photos of Swifts though (especially at Upton) as Pallid is probably an overlooked species inland in the UK. Features to look for are contrasting dark around eye, giving a 'masked effect', subtly broader head, body and wings with bluntish tips. Photos taken in good light may show paler ground colour with pale feather fringes giving scaly appearance to body and two-tone overall effect. You need to be really lucky to get views showing all these features though and there are some pitfalls with pale Common Swifts in the autumn (eg. ssp. pekinensis)
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Old Sunday 27th November 2011, 20:12   #7743
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Gert has already alluded to it , but thanks to everyone for a great job. John H at the education centre was well pleased. I think we have now opened the door to have a say in how the reserve looks in the future.
Thanks to all 10 of us
Gavo, beyonder, woodchat, gert, puckle, graham, binus1963, wheatearlrp, and special thanks to Geoff williams for abandoning Middleton for the day.
John
The 3 pics show before and after the work and a bit of action.
Hi John, It made a nice change, your all doing a good job on the reserve. It was also good to talk to Arthur Jacobs over at the Moors earlier.
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Birding today at the Moors
a bit quiet on the duck front. Shoveler 23, Teal 70 ish, NO Pochard at all
Tufted c30, Little grebe 2, GCG 4 also a few birds were feeding on the apple tree nest to the large horse chestnut, including redwings and a male Blackcap
Snipe 12
At Flashes: water looks great but from low down you get a totally different perspective of the area and the birds looked crammed in.
The staling flocks circled and performed a few 'bee swarming motions' 2000+( I don't know if that's what I mean , but aho ere we go ). They were also taking evasive action at times which split the flock up, with half of them moving to the Moors.
The BHG's streamed in late on, with at least 1000 looking like a giant sheet of snow. Also 18 curlew and 400 lapwing roosted. & lesser redpoll fed in the hen pool silver birches.
The hide will hopefully be open in two weeks
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Birding today at the Moors a bit quiet on the duck front. Shoveler 23, Teal 70 ish, NO Pochard at all
Thought I mis-counted when I only found 5 yesterday!
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Thought I mis-counted when I only found 5 yesterday!
I don't know what is going on with the pochard Phil...perhaps they have all gone to Slimbridge.
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can you check these for me, wondering with the swift because of pale throat and i think the other is a juvi wheatear could someone confirm either way, cheers in anticipation.
Yes look's likes juv Wheatear, not long fledged and what I can see from the pictures suggests common Swift.

Where did you see these birds and date.

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Jack Snipe on second island to the left of the East Hide at the Moors Pool mid-morning.
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Jack Snipe on second island to the left of the East Hide at the Moors Pool mid-morning.
Nice one Andy - sounds very similar to the location Alan H had one last week. Very thin on the ground this autumn.
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Flashes work party - Sunday 4th December

Building on the fantastic turn-out to November's work party and the additional event undertaken yesterday in the Education Reserve, next Sunday's work party will concentrate on some further scrub management, building on our success from earlier in the year.

First tasks will being shingling the islands / spits / delta area with our remaining shingle (this shouldnt take too long) and checking the channels to ensure they have all been dredged / dug out.

In terms of scrub management the areas to be reviewed are the scrub around the feeding station, the large willows by the hide, the hedge line between the feeding station and Hen Pool hides, possibly the "hidden triangle" set back from the Hen Pool and, if the Sailing Centre are OK about it, the bramble scrub by the steps.

The aims will be very similiar to last year - removing leggy / woody growth that is preventing light getting in at low level and promoting new growth at a variety of heights. This will assist with Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Common and Lesser Whitethroat etc but will also be a benefit to insects (esp butterflies) and flowers.

Usual 10:00am start - please bring old clothes, boots / wellies and a pair of gloves. Light refreshments (squash and a selection of superior biscuits) will be provided by the catering department

Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

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