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Old Friday 20th April 2012, 22:42   #10076
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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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In addition to Rob's sightings I also noted 3 Teal (1male) and 3 Snipe in total.
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Old Saturday 21st April 2012, 11:17   #10077
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Went to the Moors yesterday evening.

reed warbler singing and showing well by the causeway. Otherwise as reported earlier - ad. little gull, 2 sedge warblers, 3 snipe, 2 common sand, 1 LRP, 4 oyks, etc
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Old Saturday 21st April 2012, 12:20   #10078
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Saturday 21st April

Both the Flashes and the Moors were covered from 06:15 today when there was still a frost on the ground; sightings so far:

MOORS POOL
6 Oystercatchers, 1 lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Gadwall (m), 4 Teal (pairs + 2f), 6 Greylag Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 5 Herring Gull, 5 LBB Gull, 1 Common Tern (seen earlier at the Flashes), 40 Tufted Duck, 7 GC Grebe, 44 Canada Geese, 4 Moorhen, 34 Coot, 10 Mallard, singing warblers - 7+ Blackcap, 1 Willow W, 3 Sedge W and 1 Reed W, Kingfisher, Jay, Buzzard hunting around the Broadmeadow Pool (often perching on the fox fencing), male + female Sparrowhawks, Peregrine, Ringed Plover / LRP flew south, good numbers of Bullfinch.

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13 Avocet, 7 LRP, 10 Lapwing, 10 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 14 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 LBB Gull, Reed and Sedge W singing at the Hen Pool.

SAILING POOL
2 GC Grebe, 9 Mallard, 15 Canada Geese

This afternoon's showers will hopefully see something of interest drop in.

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Old Saturday 21st April 2012, 21:45   #10079
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Both the Flashes and the Moors were covered from 06:15 today when there was still a frost on the ground; sightings so far:

MOORS POOL
6 Oystercatchers, 1 lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Gadwall (m), 4 Teal (pairs + 2f), 6 Greylag Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 5 Herring Gull, 5 LBB Gull, 1 Common Tern (seen earlier at the Flashes), 40 Tufted Duck, 7 GC Grebe, 44 Canada Geese, 4 Moorhen, 34 Coot, 10 Mallard, singing warblers - 7+ Blackcap, 1 Willow W, 3 Sedge W and 1 Reed W, Kingfisher, Jay, Buzzard hunting around the Broadmeadow Pool (often perching on the fox fencing), male + female Sparrowhawks, Peregrine, Ringed Plover / LRP flew south, good numbers of Bullfinch.

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13 Avocet, 7 LRP, 10 Lapwing, 10 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 14 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 LBB Gull, Reed and Sedge W singing at the Hen Pool.

SAILING POOL
2 GC Grebe, 9 Mallard, 15 Canada Geese

This afternoon's showers will hopefully see something of interest drop in.
To add to Phil's list
Moors: at least 10 herring gulls either 1st or 2nd summer. c150 hirundines (mostly swallows) after heavy rain. Reed warbler at least 2 north moors. Grey herons catching loads of fish in the scrape section of Amy's marsh.
Flashes:greylag, Tufted 2 on 1st Flash (1st I have seen there this year), Green sand, sedge w to south of new hide, rook,
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This was a warm up for the 'all-dayer' (only 12 hours though) scoring 64 species. Missing , little grebe, sparrowhawk, mistle thrush, treecreeper, goldcrest and a good few migrants. I think Paul H (beyonder) also had 64 on his trial run.
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Old Saturday 21st April 2012, 21:49   #10080
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Went to the Moors yesterday evening.

reed warbler singing and showing well by the causeway. Otherwise as reported earlier - ad. little gull, 2 sedge warblers, 3 snipe, 2 common sand, 1 LRP, 4 oyks, etc
I think Gaz also had 2 water rail in swampy bottom.
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Old Saturday 21st April 2012, 22:27   #10081
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...This was a warm up for the 'all-dayer' (only 12 hours though) scoring 64 species. Missing , little grebe, sparrowhawk, mistle thrush, treecreeper, goldcrest and a good few migrants. I think Paul H (beyonder) also had 64 on his trial run.
Yep, I missed the Common Tern and Curlew and Water Rail but got Little Grebe and Goldcrest, also Raven in Amy's Marsh. Can't trust myself yet with song ID so I had to sit in Hen Brook hide and wait for the Reed Warbler to show

Looking forward to the real thing.

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Old Sunday 22nd April 2012, 07:26   #10082
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Two Whimbrel just flown north over the causeway at the Moors Pool
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2012, 10:24   #10083
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http://www.xcweather.co.uk/FR/forecast
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/..._pressure.html
and click on T+72
some links showing high pressure over southern Europe and North Africa

Real spring should start soon
John...this week it will happen
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To any photraphers at UW, do you have some images of redshank I could use for a presentation that I'm doing on the species? I would much prefer to use images taken by people I know at UW than use random ones from the internet, if anyone can help I would be eternally grateful
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2012, 12:48   #10085
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Sunday 22nd April

MOORS POOL
2 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 LRP, 2 Whimbrel flew north calling at 7:20am, 1 Gadwall (m), 2 Teal (ff), 34 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 34 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron (one took a Mallard duckling), 2 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 31 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Mute Swan (pair + 2 first year birds quickly chased off by the resident male), 7 GC Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, notable increase in the number of Reed and Sedge Warblers singing from the causesway, 2 Stock Doves, Peregrine on the masts, 3 Avocet dropped in for ten minutes from the Flashes.

FLASHES
11 Avocet, 5 LRP, 5 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall (m+f), 9 Coot (+2 on Sailing Pool), 3 LBB Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Moorhen, 1 Shelduck, Common Gull, 5 Linnet.
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Pics from Friday.

Some pics from Friday. This is my second go at bird pics so please be gentle!
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To any photraphers at UW, do you have some images of redshank I could use for a presentation that I'm doing on the species? I would much prefer to use images taken by people I know at UW than use random ones from the internet, if anyone can help I would be eternally grateful
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I have several taken at the Flashes. File sizes are too large to attach.
If you could give any guidance on how to transfer the files you are welcome to use them.

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Old Sunday 22nd April 2012, 16:37   #10088
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I have several taken at the Flashes. File sizes are too large to attach.
If you could give any guidance on how to transfer the files you are welcome to use them.

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Hi Alan
I think you can send up to 10meg by email, I will text Gav to contact you, unless he already has.
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To any photraphers at UW, do you have some images of redshank I could use for a presentation that I'm doing on the species? I would much prefer to use images taken by people I know at UW than use random ones from the internet, if anyone can help I would be eternally grateful
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There are a few Redshank pics on the Upton Warren Flickr group page..You have an account so you are able to contact other users...
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Looks like you have got a proper camera there Bob
with a bit of luck see you on Friday.
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with a bit of luck see you on Friday.
Looks like Thursday for me this week John. it's a proper camera but it's only as good as me!
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I have several taken at the Flashes. File sizes are too large to attach.
If you could give any guidance on how to transfer the files you are welcome to use them.

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Hi Alan, I have sent you a pm. offer much appreciated thankyou.
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There are a few Redshank pics on the Upton Warren Flickr group page..You have an account so you are able to contact other users...
Ok cheers Mark, I was'nt aware of that at all, such a technophobe.
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There are a few closeups on my Flickr site that I took at Slimbridge if they are of any use Gav. Copy & paste this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/forgetf...th/6522300279/

in to your browser address bar to get to the set then click on any thumbnail image to see larger image.

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Good looking images Bob, getting the Swallow in flight is no mean achievement. Just a suggestion, maybe lighten the Swallow & the Coot chick a bit to bring out more detail.

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Good looking images Bob, getting the Swallow in flight is no mean achievement. Just a suggestion, maybe lighten the Swallow & the Coot chick a bit to bring out more detail.

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Thanks for the tip, will give it a try. Next time I try Swallows etc in flight I will try some exposure compensation. It was a bit of a fluke!
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At the Flashes this afternoon with Andy Pitt and we got caught in the mother of all hail and thunderstorms. I can confirm the hide roof leaks !

Anyway, a Common and Green Sandpiper were the only other highlights. Some interesting behaviour when the hail came though. The LRP's flew under the metal sheeting and stuff to the right of the hide. The BHG sat it out, pointing bills into the air. The Avocets also sought shelter.

It was all pretty spectacular and when it ended everything carried on as normal

Below are some images of birds in the storm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
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At the Flashes this afternoon with Andy Pitt and we got caught in the mother of all hail and thunderstorms. I can confirm the hide roof leaks !

Anyway, a Common and Green Sandpiper were the only other highlights. Some interesting behaviour when the hail came though. The LRP's flew under the metal sheeting and stuff to the right of the hide. The BHG sat it out, pointing bills into the air. The Avocets also sought shelter.

It was all pretty spectacular and when it ended everything carried on as normal

Below are some images of birds in the storm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
Really interesting shots showing the birds behaviour Gert. Over at the Moors pretty much everything disappeared until the storm ended. Another birder mentioned whether it was a good place to be in a metal roofed hide during a lightening storm!

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Really interesting shots showing the birds behaviour Gert. Over at the Moors pretty much everything disappeared until the storm ended. Another birder mentioned whether it was a good place to be in a metal roofed hide during a lightening storm!

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Might be worth checking if the roof is earthed. If so, it could actually offer some protection to the occupants - not exactly a full 'Faraday Cage' though.
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At the Flashes this afternoon with Andy Pitt and we got caught in the mother of all hail and thunderstorms. I can confirm the hide roof leaks !

Anyway, a Common and Green Sandpiper were the only other highlights. Some interesting behaviour when the hail came though. The LRP's flew under the metal sheeting and stuff to the right of the hide. The BHG sat it out, pointing bills into the air. The Avocets also sought shelter.

It was all pretty spectacular and when it ended everything carried on as normal

Below are some images of birds in the storm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildger...in/photostream
Gert, after that lot did the water level come up, I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't as it has actually dropped in the last 2 weeks
. As the sluice is closed, I wonder if the water table is being topped up, can't think of any other explanation..... can anyone explain
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