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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 19:41   #10126
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Started at the Moors where I missed the Black terns by a minute. After we shored up the eastern boundary fence. Did some birding from the east hide, then had a walk around the north moors trail.
Species count. GCG 4, Teal 2 fems, Gadwall 5 males, Snipe 3, oystercatcher 4, common sand, common tern 3, kestrel, buzzard c10, hirundine c100 mostly swallow, Reed warblers 5 only a single sedge and no willow warblers today at the Moors. Skylark over, a pair of Raven displayed above the pool.
The pair of LBBG took a coot chick.

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Gadwall pr (7 on the reserve), shelduck male, Avocet 11, lapwing 6, LRP 6, common gull, common tern, reed warbler 3, sedge w 1,
there are now 26 BHG nests (14 on Sunday 22nd)
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I forgot to add a curlew arrived at the Flashes mid afternoon , this could well have been a migrant rather than one of the local breeders. they only appear at night to roost and are gone at first light

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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 20:39   #10127
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Any idea who found todays Black Terns?
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 20:43   #10128
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Any idea who found todays Black Terns?
Terry Norledge

also water level has gone up at the flashes to 0.46
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 21:33   #10129
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Glen H has photographed Large Red Damselfly at The Warren today.. first odonata record I am aware of here this year...not seen any records anywhere locally either to be honest

nice one mate

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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 22:20   #10130
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Belated news

the 4th Osprey of the spring was seen at the Moors on 19th April seen by Terry Norledge.
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 22:25   #10131
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If we don't get passage this week, I will pack up birding
Trust me it will happen

Des please find something Tomorrow.

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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 22:28   #10132
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the 4th Osprey of the spring was seen at the Moors on 19th April seen by Terry Norledge.
Or even the fifth!
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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 23:06   #10133
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Glen H has photographed Large Red Damselfly at The Warren today.. first odonata record I am aware of here this year...not seen any records anywhere locally either to be honest

nice one mate

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Large Red recorded and photographed on the 11th April (not by me).

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Old Wednesday 25th April 2012, 09:24   #10134
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Just had text from Nik B at Marsh lane this morning 10 little gulls just dropped, the reason for my post , is that there is linkage between the two sites at migration times. I can't get to the mecca before this afternoon, so hopefully the Wednesday crew will score.
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Trust me it will happen

Des please find something Tomorrow.
Famous last words John, I'll give you a tenner for your bino's!
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Large Red recorded and photographed on the 11th April (not by me).

Des.
For those interested in Dragonflies...

There is a new web page run by Mike Averill about the dragonflies of Worcestershire. There is a page to submit sightings, this is the last year to submit sightings for the National Atlas.

http://dragonfliesofworcestershire.weebly.com/

Des, I have sent you a PM
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Famous last words John, I'll give you a tenner for your bino's!
put two 0's on and you can have em
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Old Wednesday 25th April 2012, 12:22   #10138
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Some big movements today - 1000 Whimbrel at Exminster Marshes, 300 Arctic Terns north through Slimbridge, 120+ Arctic Terns at Cotswold WP.

Surely Upton must see some action?
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Some big movements today - 1000 Whimbrel at Exminster Marshes, 300 Arctic Terns north through Slimbridge, 120+ Arctic Terns at Cotswold WP.

Surely Upton must see some action?
200+ Arctic Terns thru Blithfield; Little Gulls at both Blithfield and Belvide; wheres our slice of the action?
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200+ Arctic Terns thru Blithfield; Little Gulls at both Blithfield and Belvide; wheres our slice of the action?
The Wednesday crew have migrated as well. I will be down by 5 hopefully. Not sure who is on site.
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2 C. Terns on the Moors.
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Little gull on the Moors now.

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Old Wednesday 25th April 2012, 15:14   #10143
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alot of tern and liltte gull movemnet in good numbers today but mostly at much larger sites than upton
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Little gull on the Moors now.

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I'll be down in a bit, see you before the meeting at the Flashes
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Swift on the Moors.
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Old Wednesday 25th April 2012, 15:48   #10146
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I'll be down in a bit, see you before the meeting at the Flashes
Ok Im going to flashes shortly.
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Tim and Mary Owen texted to say there's an Osprey on the moors
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Old Wednesday 25th April 2012, 18:29   #10148
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Tim and Mary Owen texted to say there's an Osprey on the moors
Only the sixth of the year! JTB reports that the Little Gull flew off NE from the Moors at 5pm

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Old Wednesday 25th April 2012, 21:31   #10149
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Arrived at the Moors east gate at 5pm to catch the Little gull gaining height and then flew off NE. After another 5 minutes 4 ravens (2 prs) engaged in a territorial skirmish.
From the east hide there was a very large group (c250) of all 3 hirundines including 150 swallows. At 5.35 a commotion amongst the BHG drew my attention to my 3rd Osprey of the year, coming over the Education reserve from the west. I looked across to the west hide to see if the birders had picked it up, but it hadn't come into their view when it was attacked by LBBG's, luckily it was not put off and started hovering , by which time the 3 people in the hide managed to see it. It stayed in view for 10 - 15 minutes finally catching a smallish fish.
other species seen included: GCG 4, Teal 2 fems, gadwall male, shelduck 2 males (in addition to the pair at the Flashes). Snipe 3, LRP, common sand, lapwing 2, oystercatcher 4, common tern 3, herring gull,
Not a bad 45 minutes before the management meeting, which also went well.
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Many thanks for the tips with the Sandpiper. Managed to catch one tonight at the moors.

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