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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:13   #10051
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Images from today:
Swallows making good use of the dead tree.
Todays Little Gull.
Oystercatcher seeing off Carrion Crow.

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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:20   #10052
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Heard news the Stilts at Clayhanger have just flew, keep watching the pools lads!

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Now if you were a stilt where would you prefer - the Flashes or Brownhills?
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:23   #10053
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Now if you were a stilt where would you prefer - the Flashes or Brownhills?
IF i were a Stilt i'd prefer Spain Tbh, or the Beachside pool where i saw them in Turkey. But im sure the f;ashes will do for the time being
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:39   #10054
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:44   #10055
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I dont know if its just my laptop but today's Little Gull looks less advanced than yesterday's bird??
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:46   #10056
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Hi John - do we know its a different Little Gull to yday?
I think it is a different bird, no sign of a little gull up to 3pm when I picked this bird up. There seems to be quite a through put of birds at other sites, so no reason to believe yesterdays bird would have disappeared and then come back. Today's bird was heavily mottled on the forehead and front crown, the photo of yesterday's bird looks more 'full' hooded. Paul Anthony said it was different, having seen the one yesterday as well as today's.
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:55   #10057
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Now if you were a stilt where would you prefer - the Flashes or Brownhills?
I'd have to say the Flashes but then if I WERE a stilt I wouldn't be able to type this answer or join a forum!

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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 19:57   #10058
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I think it is a different bird, no sign of a little gull up to 3pm when I picked this bird up. There seems to be quite a through put of birds at other sites, so no reason to believe yesterdays bird would have disappeared and then come back. Today's bird was heavily mottled on the forehead and front crown, the photo of yesterday's bird looks more 'full' hooded. Paul Anthony said it was different, having seen the one yesterday as well as today's.
I think you are right John having looked at both lots of my pics yesterdays seemed to have less mottling on the head.

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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 20:41   #10059
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Little Gulls

I probably posted this chart last year but thought it was worth emphasising the increased occurrence of Little Gull in recent years; always a very welcome sight on spring passage.
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 21:06   #10060
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Arctic Terns

Arctic Terns and Little Gulls often associate together on spring passage. As with the latter species, Arctic Terns have also seen an upturn in records in recent years, boosted by several large flocks passing through in 2010 and 2011:
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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 21:40   #10061
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Think this image of todays LG shows the more mottled head better.

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Old Thursday 19th April 2012, 21:44   #10062
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The two Black-winged Stilts flew off south-west from Clayhanger (Brownhills, West Mids) at 6:50pm; I am hoping for a early morning call tomorrow to tell me they are on the Flashes (dont let me down Mr Jackson!)

There is one record of this elegant and distinctive wader at Upton Warren. One bird was present at the Flashes on the 21st and 22nd May 2006, found by Clive Lee first thing in the morning which then stayed for the remainder of the day and also for the following day. This individual was thought to have been one of three Black-winged Stilts that had been present for several weeks at Martin Mere WWT in Lancashire; the other two birds remained there and attempted to breed. With Avocets also present, the Flashes looked more like the Camargue than Worcestershire! This represented only the second county record for Worcestershire, the first being a bird which spent three days at Larford in June 1986. There is also an unsubstantiated report of a Black-winged Stilt referred to in Bill Oddie’s “Gone Birding”.

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Old Friday 20th April 2012, 12:32   #10063
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Adult Little Gull reported still at the Moors Pool and three Arctic Terns through

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Old Friday 20th April 2012, 13:01   #10064
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Food shortage at the Flashes?

One aspect of the spring that some of you might not be aware of, is the daily arrival of Tufted duck from the Moors. They usually start appearing from late March and continue into June. They spend much of the day feeding in the 1st Flash and occasional incursions on to the 3rd Flash. When not feeding they loaf around on the islands or grassy margins. On one occasion they did actually breed on the Flashes. Like many other species of waders and duck they were probably taking advantage of a seasonal glut of food, to supplement their 'insufficient' diet at the Moors pool. The flock at the Flashes would vary from 10 to 40 at times and the night time was when the bulk of the flock would arrive. However birds could be seen moving between the two sites throughout the day. Unfortunately this year this event has not materialised, a few birds have been reported but I personally have not seen 1. The numbers at the moors are as normal, so I can only conclude that at present the food supply has not yet appeared, if at all it will this year. Neither the 1st or 3rd Flash dried last summer/autumn in fact the 3rd flash stayed as high as ever. The 1st Flash did however drop considerably, so whatever the tufted feed on in is missing. Unless there is another factor at play, maybe the strange weather patterns over the last few weeks has changed something we are unable to detect.
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Could this phenomenon be looked at another way? Perhaps the Tufted Ducks haven't had to move (from their previously "insufficient" diet at the Moors) on to the Flashes.

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Old Friday 20th April 2012, 13:43   #10066
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Could this phenomenon be looked at another way? Perhaps the Tufted Ducks haven't had to move (from their previously "insufficient" diet at the Moors) on to the Flashes.

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You could look at it that way Sy, but it would be the first time in 30 years that it has happened. I will dig my notes out to see how the spring, that followed the drought year affected the birds at the Flashes.
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At the Moors this pm: LRP 2, C. Sand 2, Gadwall 2 males, C. Tern 1, Little Gull 1, Oycs 4, Avocet 4, Buzzard 1, C. Snipe 1, Cormorant 1, Starlings 12, possible Common Gull & possible White Wagtail reported.

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Old Friday 20th April 2012, 18:03   #10069
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Spent an enjoyable hour at the Moors this afternoon, among the highlights were little gull, common tern, common gull (over) and a kingfisher catching a fish then sitting on the sluice gate and bashing it to death (not so enjoyable for the fish), would of made for some awesome photographs had I had any interest in photography
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At the Moors this pm: LRP 2, C. Sand 2, Gadwall 2 males, C. Tern 1, Little Gull 1, Oycs 4, Avocet 4, Buzzard 1, C. Snipe 1, Cormorant 1, Starlings 12, possible Common Gull & possible White Wagtail reported.

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Hi Rob - same Little Gull as yesterday?
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anybody been to the Flashes , if so 'out about'
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Hi Rob - same Little Gull as yesterday?
Not sure Phil, se what you think. First pic is todays, 2 & 3 are yesterdays.

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anybody been to the Flashes , if so 'out about'
I didn't but think Spoonbill Finder was going over.

To add to earlier sightings: Male Kingfisher, Female Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler, Kestrel.

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Not sure Phil, se what you think. First pic is todays, 2 & 3 are yesterdays.

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Thanks for putting the photos alongside each other; the head markings (although held at different angles) appear to be similar.
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anybody been to the Flashes , if so 'out about'
I was at the Flashes at 6am hoping to beat Dave Jackson in finding the Black-winged Stilts. I beat him there...just - but the Stilts failed to show. The highlights are as follows:

8 Avocets, 7 LRPs, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank (flew in at 0640 and left 10 minutes later), 1 Common Sand, 2 Gadwall (pair), 2 Shelduck, 1 Common Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 LBBGs, 250+ BHGs, 2 Stock Doves.

There were 6 GC grebes on the Sailing Pool plus 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Kingfisher.

I returned to the Flashes later in the afternoon where a Green Sand had dropped in. Incidentally, there were 40+ swallows over the Sailing Pool at 1730 plus a single Sand Martin
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