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Birder Gladys Tuesday 18th September 2012 20:01

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quick 1/2 hour 18.30-19.00 along canal and meadow
Collard Doves and Jackdaws in church grounds,
Robin,Wren and Wood Pigeon in wood,
around meadow,Blue tit,Blackbird,Long Tailed Tit,Crow,Raven,juv Green Woody,Cormorant flew up from reeds,
100s gulls flying high and west,

Woodchat Sunday 23rd September 2012 12:21

A flock of six Redpolls over this morning was the first of the autumn. Also, increasing numbers of Siskins and Meadow Pipits over plus a Skylark. Three Yellowhammers were in the setaside area plus several Reed Buntings. A flock of 15 Mistle Thrushes is probably the largest recorded this year. Still a couple of Reed Warblers, plenty of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and loads of Swallows and House Martins over in a steady stream. Also recorded today: Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and Grey Heron.

Woodchat Sunday 7th October 2012 16:31

I've just had four Hawfinches fly out of an Oak tree on the eastern border of Coney meadow - they circled then flew over the canal roughly due south. Will check out the trees in that area of Droitwich Community Woods.

Phil Andrews Sunday 7th October 2012 17:05

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Originally Posted by Woodchat (Post 2557295)
I've just had four Hawfinches fly out of an Oak tree on the eastern border of Coney meadow - they circled then flew over the canal roughly due south. Will check out the trees in that area of Droitwich Community Woods.

Great sighting Dave - would be nice if another wintering ground was discovered

Woodchat Sunday 7th October 2012 19:28

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Great sighting Dave - would be nice if another wintering ground was discovered

Cheers Phil - they certainly took me by surprise but I had great views as they circled low calling before flying off. I checked nearby woods but no further sign. It would be great if they did winter in the area. They were a patch tick for me but there is one previous record - in Salwarpe churchyard in December 2005 IIRC.

Other birds recorded today: 7 Redwings, 5 flyover Redpolls, 4+ Siskins, Goldcrests, 6 Mistle Thrushes (14 yesterday), 1 Yellowhammer, Cormorant, dozens of Meadow Pipits, 24 Linnets, Coal Tit, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Buzzards, Grey Heron, loads of Jays, 2 Ravens and Nuthatch. At dusk, a Water Rail called from the reedbed and a Little Owl called near Salwarpe village. A few Pipistrelles were flying about.

Yesterday a Sparrowhawk was noted plus a few lingering summer migrants - Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 20+ Swallows and one or two House Martins still.

Attached are photos of 2 Grass Snakes - taken recently by Canal and River Trust ecologist, Mark Robinson - plus a photo of a Southern Hawker taken yesterday.

Quite a few insects still around, including lots of Red Admirals, Commas, Small Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Common Darters and Hawkers.

Phil Andrews Sunday 7th October 2012 19:31

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Originally Posted by Woodchat (Post 2557509)
Cheers Phil - they certainly took me by surprise but I had great views as they circled low calling before flying off. I checked nearby woods but no further sign. It would be great if they did winter in the area. They were a patch tick for me but there is one previous record - in Salwarpe churchyard in December 2005 IIRC.

One bird in Salwarpe Churchyard on the 29th and 30th December 2005 according to the West Midland Bird Club annual report.

Brian Stretch Monday 8th October 2012 11:48

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Originally Posted by Phil Andrews (Post 2557515)
One bird in Salwarpe Churchyard on the 29th and 30th December 2005 according to the West Midland Bird Club annual report.

Yes, I found that one while looking for a reported Firecrest in the churchyard (which was never seen again or submitted to the recorder).

That was during the infux winter of 2005/06 so lets hope we're in for a repeat.

Brian
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Woodchat Monday 8th October 2012 15:17

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Originally Posted by Brian Stretch (Post 2558059)
Yes, I found that one while looking for a reported Firecrest in the churchyard (which was never seen again or submitted to the recorder).

That was during the infux winter of 2005/06 so lets hope we're in for a repeat.

Brian
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I remember spending a lot of my Christmas break looking for that reported Firecrest but no sign. Didn't realise the record was never submitted though. Any idea of the finder?

The habitat looks ideal for them it has to be said - loads of Ivy plus evergreens like Holly and Yews that they often favour in the winter months.

Brian Stretch Monday 8th October 2012 17:18

Don't know who the finder was. It isn't in the report for that year, so I assumed it wasn't submitted, don't recall seeing a description.

Must be a realistic contender for your patch Dave. Hopefully this winter.

Brian
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Woodchat Saturday 13th October 2012 09:39

Just seen two Hawfinches flying around the eastern end of the meadow

Woodchat Saturday 13th October 2012 17:30

The Hawfinches proved to be extremely elusive for the rest of the day. One of them was seen to drop into a thick hedgerow in the meadow. However, it remained hidden within the hedgerow for nearly two hours before it flew out and headed over the canal into Droitwich Community Woods. No sign after that.

Lots of Skylarks over this morning plus several small flocks of Redpolls and Siskins and the odd Meadow Pipit. Also recorded: 2 Redwings, Raven, 3 Grey Herons, Grey Wagtail, loads of Jays and many Mistle Thrushes. ~250 Starlings, Rooks, Jackdaws and 20 odd linnets in the nearby fields. Just one Chiffchaff seen but lots of Goldcrests. Water Rails calling.

One Weasel seen chasing a Wood Mouse and lots of Hornets flying around.

Birder Gladys texted to say there's a Tawny Owl hooting and showing well this evening. :t:

Birder Gladys Saturday 13th October 2012 18:06

saw large owl on dead tree to the left of house on hill,heard TWO screeching down by bridle path, one sounded like it was inside a building? as we walked by church we heard hooting from same lane direction.

Woodchat Monday 15th October 2012 12:29

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Spent most of yesterday looking around various adjacent areas but no further signs of any Hawfinches. There seem to be very healthy populations of Coal Tits and Goldcrests in nearby woods. One Sparrowhawk was seen plus Nuthatch, a few Redwings, Mistle Thrushes and a few flyover Siskin flocks. The 'setaside' field was full of feeding birds - a big flock of Starlings, lots of Rooks, Jackdaws and over 50 Magpies plus about 20 Linnets and a few Meadow Pipits, Pied wagtails, Greenfinches and Reed buntings. Jays continue to be very conspicuous - at one time a 'flock' of seven were in the air at the same time. A couple of Ravens were still hanging around and plenty of Buzzards were knocking about. A Kingfisher was heard along the river, a couple of Grey wagtails flew over and one or two Grey Herons perched up in the riverside trees. Several Cormorants flew over (from westwood).

The morning frost gave way to a bright, sunny afternnon and this tempted out a few insects - including a Brimstone butterfly, Commas, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshell, several Hornets and a couple of Migrant Hawkers. A Scorpion Fly was seen in one of the hedges - I'll attach a photo later.

Also 2 Blackcaps seen.

Woodchat Sunday 21st October 2012 18:32

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A Crossbill flew over calling early this afternoon. Regular flocks of Siskins (up to 11 birds) and a few separate flocks of Redpolls (up to 6 birds). Increasing numbers of Redwings and a few Meadow Pipits. One late Swallow this morning between Salwarpe and Ladywood plus a couple of Blackcaps. Good-sized flocks of Skylarks over the weekend - one flock yesterday contained 13 birds. Two Sparrowhawks soaring together today. Jays still very conspicuous - often carrying acorns. Other species recorded this weekend: Water Rail, Nuthatch, Goldcrests, Linnets, Ravens, Rooks, Greenfinches, Bullfinches, Starlings, Mistle Thrushes, Song Thrushes, Grey Herons, House Sparrow, Kingfisher, Long-tailed Tits, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Reed Buntings, Buzzards, Coal Tits, Herring Gull, LBBGs, Black-headed Gulls and Cormorant (picture below).

Woodchat Sunday 28th October 2012 16:36

Birds recorded this weekend:

Mallard, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Moorhen, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark (25+), Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Redwing (100's), Fieldfare (100+), Mistle Thrush (10+), Blackbird, Blackcap (1 male), Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (10+), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin (30+), Lesser Redpoll (10+), Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer (4).

Birder Gladys Saturday 3rd November 2012 15:39

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just some Autumn photos from gladys from a brisk walk around 15 to 16.00hrs

Birder Gladys Saturday 3rd November 2012 15:44

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grave yard fungi.
Bolletus aerreus

Birder Gladys Saturday 3rd November 2012 15:59

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bird count for a quick hour.
church yard;C,Crow,20+ Jackdaw,Long tail Tits.green woodpecker
fields down farm track,4 Mallards,magpies,Jay,wood Pigeon,Herion,
50+meadow pepit
flying over.B H Gulls, Blackbirds,Redwing
by canal. Wren,Robin

photos Jay on top of tree
spot the Herion

Woodchat Saturday 3rd November 2012 16:21

Excellent work, Gladys.:t:

Two Bramblings flew over calling this morning. Lots of winter thrushes, Siskins a few Redpolls plus Skylarks, Goldcrests, Raven, Water Rail and a flock of 20 Linnets.

Birder Gladys Sunday 4th November 2012 10:40

just found this on youtube,posted 5 days ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hw0xlWQIWw

Woodchat Sunday 4th November 2012 16:38

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Originally Posted by Birder Gladys (Post 2580892)
just found this on youtube,posted 5 days ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hw0xlWQIWw

Interesting piece - thanks for posting it. Opening up the reedbed, especially, would be great for providing open water for ducks, herons and perhaps the odd wader as well as improving the viewing. I'll be helping Mark put up a few nestboxes in mid-December - hopefully we may even be able to get Redstarts breeding on site!

Managed a couple of hours this afternoon / evening after leaving the Upton work party early. The 'setaside' field was full of birds - a Common Snipe was in one of the flooded corners and the Linnet flock had increased to more than 150. Plenty of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails in there too plus Starlings, Thrushes and Corvids. More Redpolls, Siskins, Green and Great Spot Woodpeckers, 2 Ravens and a Sparrowhawk over the meadow plus a constant stream of Gulls towards Westwood.

upstarts1979 Sunday 4th November 2012 21:40

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Originally Posted by Woodchat (Post 2581208)
Interesting piece - thanks for posting it. Opening up the reedbed, especially, would be great for providing open water for ducks, herons and perhaps the odd wader as well as improving the viewing. I'll be helping Mark put up a few nestboxes in mid-December - hopefully we may even be able to get Redstarts breeding on site!

Managed a couple of hours this afternoon / evening after leaving the Upton work party early. The 'setaside' field was full of birds - a Common Snipe was in one of the flooded corners and the Linnet flock had increased to more than 150. Plenty of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails in there too plus Starlings, Thrushes and Corvids. More Redpolls, Siskins, Green and Great Spot Woodpeckers, 2 Ravens and a Sparrowhawk over the meadow plus a constant stream of Gulls towards Westwood.

Dave
There must be a lot of linnets around today.B (:john,

Woodchat Sunday 4th November 2012 22:06

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Originally Posted by upstarts1979 (Post 2581552)
Dave
There must be a lot of linnets around today.B (:john,

Exactly what I was thinking - far more in this field today than yesterday - I counted 150 on the wires when they were spooked but there were also more still left on the ground - don't know exactly how many but there could have been closer to 200 in total. :t:

Woodchat Sunday 11th November 2012 17:42

A Brambling was in trees along the eastern boundary of the meadow today. Other birds recorded this weekend:

Mallard, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Pheasant, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Moorhen, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Redpoll, Siskin, Reed Bunting.

Woodchat Saturday 17th November 2012 15:35

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Bird of the day was a Green Sandpiper which was feeding in the flooded area of the 'setaside' field, north-west of the village. It was a bit distant (viewed from the bridle path) - so the record shots attached are very poor. This is the first record this year for the patch. They have become less common in the area in the last few years.

Other birds noted today were Teal, Raven (3), Mistle Thrush (6+), lots of Redwings and Fieldfares, Siskins, Lesser Redpolls (5), Nuthatches (2), Coal Tit, Water Rail, Cormorant, Common Buzzards, Kingfisher and Grey Heron.


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