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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 11:16   #10026
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Oh, I see what you're doing Phil. You're using your Roseate-tinted spectacles to Sandwich in another Tern species - al Little known but un-Bridled tactic!

I'll get my coat...
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 11:53   #10027
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Oh, I see what you're doing Phil. You're using your Roseate-tinted spectacles to Sandwich in another Tern species - al Little known but un-Bridled tactic!

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A cringe-worthy pun from the Whiskered one.
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 12:24   #10028
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A cringe-worthy pun from the Whiskered one.
Which should bring this topic to a Sooty-able end
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 12:53   #10029
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A cringe-worthy pun from the Whiskered one.
Could be worse - you could've called him a Fairy.
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 13:04   #10030
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Could be worse - you could've called him a Fairy.
But not a very Elegant fairy!
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Dave & Phil, you know I only do that sort of turn on a weekend!
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 13:06   #10032
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... in fact a Fairy that's drunk too many Forster's!
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 13:13   #10033
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... in fact a Fairy that's drunk too many Forster's!
Too many Forsters? No wonder you were looking a bit White-cheeked after eating one of Colonel Saunders fried chickens
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 13:19   #10034
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Too many Forsters? No wonder you were looking a bit White-cheeked after eating one of Colonel Saunders fried chickens
How common you all are .....pretty rich coming from me
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 14:09   #10035
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These puns are all a bit too 'Noddy' for my liking.....
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 14:17   #10036
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I can add at the Moors: Little Grebe, C. Snipe, 2 Kingfishers Chasing each other, at one stage there were 5 Oycs one of which was chased off. Starlings 3, Treecreeper.

Images of: Black Tailed Godwit. Heron with sizeable catch (Roach?) which was pinched off it by a Carrion Crow!
Evidence that Sy V's Yellow rain warning was accurate! I haven't added any Saturation! (Photographers Joke )

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Nice pics Rob, best for me clearly the bright Godwit pic.
And I always thought you'd use a prime lens...
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 18:15   #10037
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Pete Johnson reports 2 Otters on the moors late afternoon.
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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 19:50   #10038
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Notable on the Moors today besides already mentioned L. Gull, A. Terns 3 & C. Tern 1 which had increased to 3 as I left. Sedge Warbler in Front of Water Rail & Bittern hides. Water Rail flew right across all the reed beds in front WR hide. 5 Greylag. C. Snipe. Green Woodpecker. Buzzard 2. Male & female Blackcap showed in front of Bittern hide.

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Old Wednesday 18th April 2012, 19:57   #10039
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Record shot of little Gull & one of the Arctic Terns alighting.

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Notable on the Moors today besides already mentioned L. Gull, A. Terns 3 & C. Tern 1 which had increased to 3 as I left. Sedge Warbler in Front of Water Rail & Bittern hides. Water Rail flew right across all the reed beds in front WR hide. 5 Greylag. C. Snipe. Green Woodpecker. Buzzard 2. Male & female Blackcap showed in front of Bittern hide.

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5 of the six Terns on the rail.
Nice shot Rob - good to see the comparison of the leg length between the 3 Arctics on the left and the two Commons on the right. Shame you couldnt have had the Little Gull sitting between them!

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Nice shot Rob - good to see the comparison of the leg length between the 3 Arctics on the left and the two Commons on the right. Shame you could have had the Little Gull sitting between them!
Thanks Phil. It did but was chased off by BHGull before I could react. Next time!
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Nice pics Rob, best for me clearly the bright Godwit pic.
And I always thought you'd use a prime lens...
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Arctic Tern

Today's Arctic Tern was the joint second earliest record alongside 2006; the earliest record was on the 17th April in 2008 and 2009 - clearly a species that is now arriving much sooner in the spring. It would be interesting to know if they are returning earlier to their breeding colonies in Britian.
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Finally managed some quality time at the reserve despite the rain and hail and connected with the Terns, the Little Gull (thanks to a team effort in the East hide) and with ForgetfulElephant (good to meet you Rob).

Then managed a couple of hours at the Flashes. While I was there late afternoon, amongst the usual suspects, there were at least 13 Avocet - two looking particularly settled until chased from their island by BHG. One oyc, one very territorial shelduck, a couple of LBBG and at least four LRP (I think there were 7 recorded in the log).

Green Sand dropped in at 4pm for 20mins.

Paul Curry reported siskin by the bridge.

So much better than the bad day I should have been having in the office

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Finally managed some quality time at the reserve despite the rain and hail and connected with the Terns, the Little Gull (thanks to a team effort in the East hide) and with ForgetfulElephant (good to meet you Rob).

Then managed a couple of hours at the Flashes. While I was there late afternoon, amongst the usual suspects, there were at least 13 Avocet - two looking particularly settled until chased from their island by BHG. One oyc, one very territorial shelduck, a couple of LBBG and at least four LRP (I think there were 7 recorded in the log).

Green Sand dropped in at 4pm for 20mins.

Paul Curry reported siskin by the bridge.

So much better than the bad day I should have been having in the office

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I think we should be selling therapeutic sessions on the reserve, mind you not when its raining, especially at the Flashes if you know what I mean.
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Just back from a 3 hour session and again heavy rain and hale. winds moved from west to almost north in that time.
Flashes (where the water level has not risen 1mm in 5 days of heavy rain )
maybe the water table is filling up ?
Avocet 9, LRP 4, green sand - looks like a different bird ie less summer plumaged. Lapwing 7, Oystercatcher 2, common gull 2nd sum, Herring gull 2 1st summers LBBG several on the deck and a small northerly movement. Gadwall pr, shelduck pr, Peregrine pr soaring above the Flashes.
swallow c10 moving north. linnet 5, goldfinch, pied wags still going into ground nest. At Hen pool 2 reed warblers and a sedge w singing.

Moors lots of hirundines feeding low over pool and another adult little gull appeared . also GCG 6, little grebe, Teal 4 (pr + 2 fems), tufted c30, common sand, oystercatcher 4, lapwing 1, snipe 2,
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I think we should be selling therapeutic sessions on the reserve, mind you not when its raining, especially at the Flashes if you know what I mean.
We already are-it's called membership! I've saved myself untold thousands in psycho-analysis fees already!

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Just back from a 3 hour session and again heavy rain and hale. winds moved from west to almost north in that time.
Flashes (where the water level has not risen 1mm in 5 days of heavy rain )
maybe the water table is filling up ?
Avocet 9, LRP 4, green sand - looks like a different bird ie less summer plumaged. Lapwing 7, Oystercatcher 2, common gull 2nd sum, Herring gull 2 1st summers LBBG several on the deck and a small northerly movement. Gadwall pr, shelduck pr, Peregrine pr soaring above the Flashes.
swallow c10 moving north. linnet 5, goldfinch, pied wags still going into ground nest. At Hen pool 2 reed warblers and a sedge w singing.

Moors lots of hirundines feeding low over pool and another adult little gull appeared . also GCG 6, little grebe, Teal 4 (pr + 2 fems), tufted c30, common sand, oystercatcher 4, lapwing 1, snipe 2,
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Hi John - do we know its a different Little Gull to yday?
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FWIW Phil, there was no sign of any Little Gulls early am and a mid-am update was negative too.

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Heard news the Stilts at Clayhanger have just flew, keep watching the pools lads!

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