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Old Sunday 20th November 2016, 00:45   #32501
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"it looks like the little owl is on top of the barn"
It did look like a little owl - then we decided it was a pigeon! The offending creature .......

............ever been had?!!!!
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Goldeneye

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First observed at Upton Warren on the 17th November 1946 (A.J. Martin) when a pair was present, Goldeneye is a northern breeder from Scandinavia and Scotland that winters further south in Britain. The species regularly winters at Westwood Pool near Droitwich and at Bartley Reservoir but is relatively scarce on the reserve with a few brief records each year, virtually always on the Moors Pool.

An average year nowadays currently comprise two records, as opposed to four or five records back in the 1990s. 2003 was the most productive year of recent times with several multiple records, including a peak count of three females on the Moors Pool on the 22nd October. However as the first chart below illustrates, the species is now notably scarcer than in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The maximum count for the reserve is nine birds seen on the 12th November 1983; other sizeable counts include five birds (a male and four females) on 1st January 1984 and four female / immature birds on various dates in November 1993.

The majority of records coming from the first half of the winter, with an obvious peak in November, as illustrated in the third chart. The only record outside the main period of occurrence relates to a female seen at the Flashes on the 26th May 1996. Despite breeding far to the north, a male Goldeneye was seen displaying to a female at the Moors Pool on the 5th March 1988.

The vast majority of records relate to birds staying for just the day, as amply demonstrated in the fourth chart (John - is this the graphic you were hoping to see?). However there have been several records of birds remaining consistently on the Moors Pool for well over a week. These include an immature male present from the 23rd November to the 31st December 1994, a female seen between the 1st January 1990 and an unknown date in February 1990, a female between the 31st October and 22nd November 1987, and most recently a female present on and off at the Moors Pool between the 24th November and 29th December 2013.
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Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

First observed at Upton Warren on the 17th November 1946 (A.J. Martin) when a pair was present, Goldeneye is a northern breeder from Scandinavia and Scotland that winters further south in Britain. The species regularly winters at Westwood Pool near Droitwich and at Bartley Reservoir but is relatively scarce on the reserve with a few brief records each year, virtually always on the Moors Pool.

An average year nowadays currently comprise two records, as opposed to four or five records back in the 1990s. 2003 was the most productive year of recent times with several multiple records, including a peak count of three females on the Moors Pool on the 22nd October. However as the first chart below illustrates, the species is now notably scarcer than in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The maximum count for the reserve is nine birds seen on the 12th November 1983; other sizeable counts include five birds (a male and four females) on 1st January 1984 and four female / immature birds on various dates in November 1993.

The majority of records coming from the first half of the winter, with an obvious peak in November, as illustrated in the third chart. The only record outside the main period of occurrence relates to a female seen at the Flashes on the 26th May 1996. Despite breeding far to the north, a male Goldeneye was seen displaying to a female at the Moors Pool on the 5th March 1988.

The vast majority of records relate to birds staying for just the day, as amply demonstrated in the fourth chart (John - is this the graphic you were hoping to see?). However there have been several records of birds remaining consistently on the Moors Pool for well over a week. These include an immature male present from the 23rd November to the 31st December 1994, a female seen between the 1st January 1990 and an unknown date in February 1990, a female between the 31st October and 22nd November 1987, and most recently a female present on and off at the Moors Pool between the 24th November and 29th December 2013.
Yes Phil the 4th chart is roughly what I expected. Although surprised at the number of long stayers. I have seen at least one on Flashes but wouldn't expect any these days.
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yesterday Green woodpecker eyeing up the Sand martin box.
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Dunlin and Redshank at the Flashes as per Gert; also 300 Lapwing, 100 Teal and 46 Moorhen. Goldeneye has relocated to Westwood Pool as per Wayne D.
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4 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 156 Teal, c300 Lapwing, 24 Snipe, Kingfisher, Buzzard at Flashes this morning.

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Drake Goldeneye at North east end of Moors Pool. Also 37 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 1 Gc Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret.

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Work party Tuesday

Due to weather conditions predicted for Tomorrow we have called OFF the Work Party. I will however be birding all day from 8.30 am.
The following Tuesday weather permitting we will be returning to the FLASHES. Where we will be finishing off the desilting and cutting a swathe in the sedge on the south side of the temporary fox fence.
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Old Monday 21st November 2016, 17:00   #32509
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Drake Goldeneye at North east end of Moors Pool. Also 37 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 1 Gc Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret.
Presumably the same drake Goldeneye as was present last week Andy?
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Presumably the same drake Goldeneye as was present last week Andy?
One is inclined to presume so Phil. Interestingly the bird was feeding in a completely different area of the pool from that which it was favouring last week. I had been there for some time before I found it, happening upon it while counting the Pochard in the murky gloom.

I notice that there was no report on Worcester Birding of a Goldeneye at Westwood today, which would strengthen the case for it being the same bird. But then again, given the horrible weather conditions, did Wayne or anyone else visit Westwood today? I was alone at the Flashes for the first hour and a half this morning, until Phil Wood came along, and when I arrived at the Moors Pool after 10 o'clock there was no one there. In fact the only other person I saw whilst at the Moors was a chap, who is a regular but whose name I don't know, who I encountered whilst walking back down the East track just before midday.
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Drake Mandarin at the Moors Pool as per JTB.
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One is inclined to presume so Phil. Interestingly the bird was feeding in a completely different area of the pool from that which it was favouring last week. I had been there for some time before I found it, happening upon it while counting the Pochard in the murky gloom.

I notice that there was no report on Worcester Birding of a Goldeneye at Westwood today, which would strengthen the case for it being the same bird. But then again, given the horrible weather conditions, did Wayne or anyone else visit Westwood today? I was alone at the Flashes for the first hour and a half this morning, until Phil Wood came along, and when I arrived at the Moors Pool after 10 o'clock there was no one there. In fact the only other person I saw whilst at the Moors was a chap, who is a regular but whose name I don't know, who I encountered whilst walking back down the East track just before midday.
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Flashes Tomorrow

Tomorrow between 10 am and 3pm there will be disturbance at the Flashes. ..This is to retrieve data loggers and plan out a grazing stockade.
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MOORS this Morning

The heavy rain yesterday had increased the water level by about 35cm. This meant that most of the scrape was flooded. Our work on the Pool island has paid dividends, the two new 'spits' were proud of the water as were the western extension and pool embankments. The seasonal pool was full and 250 ducks dabbled in it. When the cattle grazed the promontory they flushed most of the snipe. During my usual count of the waterfowl I picked up a drake Mandarin in the reeds at the north end of the pool. Again the secret garden and the adjacent scrub held most of the passerines with 5 species of thrush bagged in the 5 minutes after I arrived.

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Little Grebe 2, GCG, Little egret, grey heron 3, cormorant 41, mute swan 8, Teal 82, Mallard 165, Mandarin male, shoveler 17, Wigeon male, gadwall fem, Tufted 21, pochard 11 (8 male), Coot 95, water rail 2 calling, snipe 21, lapwing 3, curlew 12, BHG 110,
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The Flashes this afternoon

The Hen Brook was about 2 feet (60cm) higher than normal but surprisingly the Flashes had only risen by 15cm. This means that the new sluice will hold back some of the floods that would have previously back-flowed into the Flashes. The water-logged Meadow was alive with feeding dabblers and lapwing.
The lapwing flock was the largest of the autumn and good numbers of teal, snipe and others made for a pleasant evenings birding for the time of the year.

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Teal 155, Wigeon 2, shoveler 3, mallard 30, greylag 45, canada's 110, mute swan overhead, coot 3, moorhen 35,
Snipe c25, Lapwing 447, green sand 2 came into roost, curlew 14,
ROOSTING - BHG 65, herring gull 9 x 1st winter, LBBG
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Fieldfare 40, redwing 50, starling 30,
cetti's w singing.

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GCG 6, Little grebe 5, tufted 6, coot 22.

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Last weeks desilting

Wendy from the WWT filmed the work last week
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yesterday Green woodpecker eyeing up the Sand martin box.
It might start boring out a bigger hole and nest
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Female Goldeneye at Moors Pool. Also Jack Snipe, drake Wigeon, Little Egret.
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Cold and damp at the moors with water level very high. No sign of male Goldeneye or male Mandarin (that's 3 times this year I've dipped on this species)...so just had to sit it out...highlights were

Cetti's (3 heard)
Coot (c70
Cormorant (29)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Jack Snipe (1 showing and 'bobbing' well)
Snipe (6-8 visible...but cattle ventured out onto islands and an estimated 35-40 were flushed!)
Kingfisher (1)
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Lapwing (c200...presumably from flashes)
Pochard (11-13...8m)
Teal (c70)
Tufted Duck (c20)
Water Rail (2)
Little Egret (1)
Wigeon (1m)

...left at 11:30 for lunch...then a female Goldeneye was reported...so returned for that
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Cold and damp at the moors with water level very high. No sign of male Goldeneye or male Mandarin (that's 3 times this year I've dipped on this species)...so just had to sit it out...highlights were

Cetti's (3 heard)
Coot (c70
Cormorant (29)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Jack Snipe (1 showing and 'bobbing' well)
Snipe (6-8 visible...but cattle ventured out onto islands and an estimated 35-40 were flushed!)
Kingfisher (1)
Jay (1)
Lapwing (c200...presumably from flashes)
Pochard (11-13...8m)
Teal (c70)
Tufted Duck (c20)
Water Rail (2)
Little Egret (1)
Wigeon (1m)

...left at 11:30 for lunch...then a female Goldeneye was reported...so returned for that
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Today on the Moors: 12.00-16.00: Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch 1F, Buzzard 1, Carrion Crow, Cetti's Warbler 2H, Chaffinch, Coal Tit 1 on feeders, Common Gull 1w flew through, Coot 84, Cormorant 28, Curlew 10 at dusk heading to flashes, Dunnock, Fieldfare25+, Gadwall 1F type, Goldcrest, Goldeneye 1F, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker2 , Great Tit, Greenfinch3, Grey Heron2, Grey Wagtail1, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull2 , Jack Snipe1, Jackdaw, Kestrel2, Lapwing22, Lesser Black-backed Gull2, Little Egret 1, Little Grebe2, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan 1, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)2, Pochard 5F 8M, Redwing 20+, Reed Bunting3, Robin, Shoveler 3F 1M - rising water levels have obviously caused the Shoveler flock to move on, Snipe perhaps 40+ flushed by boisterous cattle, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk 2, Starling 30+, Teal75, Tufted Duck18, Water Rail 2, Wigeon 1M, Woodpigeon, Wren.
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Reports so far today of 2 Dunlin and 375 Lapwing at the Flashes (Andy A) and Jack Snipe, Wigeon, Shelduck and Common Gull at the Moors Pool (Trev J).
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Flock of 17 Bar-tailed Godwit flown over the Moors Pool early morning as per Alan H - believe this to be the second largest occurrence for the reserve without checking the records.

Will be interesting to see if this flock is picked up elsewhere or indeed if there is a general overland movement today.
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Now 4 Dunlin through the Moors Pool this morning as per Alan H; Phil W has a further 3 Dunlin at the Flashes plus a Shelduck and 300 Lapwing.

Looks like some wader movement today.
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Now 4 Dunlin through the Moors Pool this morning as per Alan H; Phil W has a further 3 Dunlin at the Flashes plus a Shelduck and 300 Lapwing.

Looks like some wader movement today.
Now 5 Dunlin and 53 Greylag Geese at the Flashes as per Phil W.
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