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Old Sunday 15th April 2012, 22:13   #9976
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Hi Rob,

Great pics of the heron feeding
Look forward to meeting up with you again
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Old Sunday 15th April 2012, 22:20   #9977
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I've just spoken to Steve Poole. He said he hasn't released any Grey Partridges for at least a couple of years.
Thanks for doing that Dave. I guess I can put that down as a UW life tick then.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 06:50   #9978
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Just a quick message to the chap I met up with at the reserve over the weekend ( Mike? sorry please correct me if I have your name wrong next time we meet.) I forgot to mention had to take the name of g.h.2012 on the U.W.W. flicker site (g.h.1 allready taken.)
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 07:40   #9979
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Thanks for doing that Dave. I guess I can put that down as a UW life tick then.
Hi Andy, it's probably as good as any Grey partridge you're likely to see in these parts these days - nice find. Let's hope it's still around for the all-dayer.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 07:52   #9980
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Forgot to mention the 2 possible 3 grey wags on the sandy shore in the SW corner of the sailing pool. This is only my 2nd sighting of this species on the reserve this year.
Also the 1st of brood of Mallard seen in SE corner of sailing pool.
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weather watch for the next 5 days.
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/...t_weather.html
could be interesting

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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 08:12   #9981
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Great pics of the heron feeding
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Thanks Stephen.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 09:07   #9982
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Can someone point me at Phil's March report please? Disregard - found it.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 10:26   #9983
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Reference your recent visit to Upton Warren. Would you have benefited from having one of these (see attachment) pre-visit?

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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 11:17   #9984
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I downloaded some more weather data this morning. Dave Jackson (on his first day of a fortnight off) was in the Avocet hide accompanied (figuratively speaking) by 10 Avocets. Saw both Sedge and Reed Warblers in the 1◦’clock main channel from the Hen Pool hide, but I need to hone my reaction times before images are forthcoming.

Here are a couple of graphs from the data to date. I guess the last one shows why Worcestershire has just been included as a drought area...
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 11:37   #9985
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Simon,

Yes that would have been very usefull prior to arriving. I did pick one up the moors pool when i arrived,
but yes definately usefull for people to have before visiting.

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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 11:57   #9986
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Thanks, Dan. Noted.

Just perusing the data and in the dark hours (14/15 March) preceding the first 2 LRPs arriving, there was negligible wind (no gust >1.1m/s) but what there was was Southerly.
When the Ruff appeared the wind overnight on (1/2 April) was again negligible (again, no gust >1.1m/s) but North or North Westerly
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Bit of a belated post I know but spent an enjoyable (but rather chilly) few hours at the flashes on Saturday. Is it me or has the downstairs part of the hide got a chiller unit built in?

Sadly missed the Yellow Wagtail (I always seem to) Nothing much to add apart from this Linnet, one of five that briefly passed through.

Nice chatting to Wheatearlp and Forgetful elephant, keep up the good work guys.
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Bit of a belated post I know but spent an enjoyable (but rather chilly) few hours at the flashes on Saturday. Is it me or has the downstairs part of the hide got a chiller unit built in?

Sadly missed the Yellow Wagtail (I always seem to) Nothing much to add apart from this Linnet, one of five that briefly passed through.

Nice chatting to Wheatearlp and Forgetful elephant, keep up the good work guys.
Stonking Linnet picture - shows what the ground floor can produce for photographers with a more favourable angle than has traditionally been available. Think the chill factor can be attributted to the unique well-ventilated design ....
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 18:12   #9989
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Thanks, Dan. Noted.

Just perusing the data and in the dark hours (14/15 March) preceding the first 2 LRPs arriving, there was negligible wind (no gust >1.1m/s) but what there was was Southerly.
When the Ruff appeared the wind overnight on (1/2 April) was again negligible (again, no gust >1.1m/s) but North or North Westerly
Hi Sy,

I downloaded the back-up data you sent me, as you requested earlier.
Also, I took the liberty of doing a bit of analysis of the wind direction for the period you've monitored so far - see pie chart below:

From this it can be seen that winds generally considered unproductive for spring migration (northerly elements and straight westerlies) have predominated (60%) cf. generally-held more productive winds with southerly elements and straight easterlies (40%). Cheers.
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 18:25   #9990
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Stonking Linnet picture - shows what the ground floor can produce for photographers with a more favourable angle than has traditionally been available. Think the chill factor can be attributted to the unique well-ventilated design ....

Cheers Phil, despite the new hides well documented shortcomings, the ground floor is certainly an asset.
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Had a text from Dave J who said that Andy P (spoonbill finder) had a yellow wag this am on the Moors.
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Hi Sy, ...Also, I took the liberty of doing a bit of analysis of the wind direction for the period you've monitored so far - see pi chart below:

From this it can be seen that winds generally considered unproductive for spring migration (northerly elements and straight westerlies) have predominated (60%) cf. generally-held more productive winds with southerly elements and straight easterlies (40%). Cheers.
Dave, I've been trying to depict this very data since I started logging. I kinda hoped you'd step up to the mark - thanks. Can you tell/show me what/how to do it?

BTW I've amended the way that the Temp is shown _I'll post a graph tomorrow). I wanted to show min and max by day. I can now and I can add a polynomial too. Now if that doesn't get your vote, nothing will!
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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 18:33   #9993
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Dave, I've been trying to depict this very data since I started logging. I kinda hoped you'd step up to the mark - thanks. Can you tell/show me what/how to do it?
I'll send u an email or pm.
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Bit of a belated post I know but spent an enjoyable (but rather chilly) few hours at the flashes on Saturday. Is it me or has the downstairs part of the hide got a chiller unit built in?

Sadly missed the Yellow Wagtail (I always seem to) Nothing much to add apart from this Linnet, one of five that briefly passed through.

Nice chatting to Wheatearlp and Forgetful elephant, keep up the good work guys.
Cracking Linnet pic CB. Good to chat.

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Passage Waders

One notable feature of the year so far is the lack of passage waders*. To date we have only had three: Knot (24th January), Ringed Plover (16th March) and Ruff (2nd April). In comparison the last 5 years have produced the following by today's date:

2011 - 16 (Ringed Plover 1, Dunlin 4, Black-tailed Godwit 11)
2010 - 12 (Ringed Plover 1, Dunlin 3, Black-tailed Godwit 7, Greenshank 1)
2009 - 5 (Ringed Plover 1, Dunlin 2, Whimbrel 2
2008 - 2 (Black-tailed Godwit 1, Ringed Plover 1)
2007 - 9 (Ringed Plover 5, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Dunlin 2)

* the above analysis excludes LRP, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Avocet, Green Sand and Common Sand)

Hopefully the predominately northerly / westerly winds have surpressed any movement rather than a far more fundamental issue with the availability of food at the Flashes following last year's drought.
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Nothing really to add to the notes in the hide books from today except: Jay flew across N. Moors & Kestrel caught a vole? in the field next to the car park & flew off across the N. Moors with it. Very poor pics of Kestrel. Great Crested Grebes fighting.


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Really like that grebe one Rob
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Really like that grebe one Rob
Thanks Dan, they put on a real display in front of the hide.

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Wader passage starts here - JTB reports a Black-tailed Godwit on Amys Marsh at the Moors Pool

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