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Ian Byrnes Thursday 25th June 2020 18:23

Worcestershire- Ripple & Clifton
 
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Both Riplple & Clifton were worth visits over the last few days. Good numbers of Egyptian Geese at both. Little Egret, Redshank, LRPloverrs, Oystercatchers with young....etc

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wheatearlp Thursday 25th June 2020 19:35

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Originally Posted by Ian Byrnes (Post 4022336)
Both Ripley & Clifton were worth visits over the last few days. Good numbers of Egyptian Geese at both. Little Egret, Redshank, LRNPlovers, Oystercatchers with young....etc

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Ripple ??

Ian Byrnes Friday 26th June 2020 19:45

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Ripple ...sorry....spell check !

Few more pics from last few days. Great Crested Grebe, Redshank & Black Tailed Godwit (not good photo)

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rollingthunder Saturday 27th June 2020 07:23

Red Crested Grebe?

Sounds an excellent patch if there is a species new to science lurking there:eek!:;)

Laurie:t:

Ian Byrnes Saturday 27th June 2020 11:50

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Hi ya Laurie....i must learn to read these back ! Oh well....it was close...it had a bit of red somewhere I'm sure.
Few more pics from today at Clifton. Weather much cooler, wet and windy....bit like the LYE !

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Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Common Shelduck juvenile, Pied Wagtail, LRPlover & Coot

Cuckoo flew low over fields.

rollingthunder Saturday 27th June 2020 14:39

Only been half a dozen times, nice place, best sighting was a stonking Tornado ca200 feet (the lowest they can go unless loaded for Bear) at about 600mph blasting across the water:eek!:

Good birding -

Laurie:t:

Ian Byrnes Saturday 27th June 2020 15:22

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Originally Posted by rollingthunder (Post 4023357)
Only been half a dozen times, nice place, best sighting was a stonking Tornado ca200 feet (the lowest they can go unless loaded for Bear) at about 600mph blasting across the water:eek!:

Good birding -

Laurie:t:

Well that's a bit quicker than the Cuckoo....!

Ian Byrnes Sunday 28th June 2020 14:15

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Ripple....this morning, bright but very windy.

Lapwing & chick....L Egret, Cormorants & Heron all together

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Ian Byrnes Thursday 2nd July 2020 13:42

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Clifton Worcestershire this morning....blustery.

Oystercatcher mum with 3 young getting bigger.
Cormorants drying out in the sun.
Redshank with Swallow dive bombing.
Group of Canada,Greylag, Egyptian Geese with Coots, Mallards, Tufted Ducks and Gulls
Redshank and Pied Wagtail

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Ian Byrnes Saturday 11th July 2020 12:29

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Clifton early ......cloudless beautiful morning.

One Greenshank, Pied Wagtail x10, LRP X 5, Shelduck, Egyptian Geese

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Ian Byrnes Saturday 11th July 2020 12:53

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Starlings, Little Egret & Cormorant, Greenshank & LRPlover

Phil Andrews Monday 13th July 2020 06:52

Green Sandpiper rather than Greenshank

Ian Byrnes Monday 13th July 2020 12:06

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Thanks....i tried to verify it from an app. Is it the turned down beak and eye flash?

Today at Ripple......a few Egyptian Geese. A good number of Canada & Greylag Geese.

Pics...Redshank, Reed Bunting, Great Crested Grebe, Heron & Skylark

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Ian Byrnes Monday 13th July 2020 18:04

Ripple....just read on Twitter that this GCGrebe nest has been pulled apart by a dog later today......its a shame. It was empty luckily but it's the owners not the dogs who are to blame. Unfortunately this is a big dog walking area and most people let them swim in the lakes. There are virtually no waders left when a place of this size should be ideal for many different species, especially being up stream from Slimbridge and the Severn Estuary. I'm a dog owner and lover but think dogs should be on leads at such a cherished spot.

wheatearlp Monday 13th July 2020 19:56

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Originally Posted by Ian Byrnes (Post 4032060)
Ripple....just read on Twitter that this GCGrebe nest has been pulled apart by a dog later today......its a shame. It was empty luckily but it's the owners not the dogs who are to blame. Unfortunately this is a big dog walking area and most people let them swim in the lakes. There are virtually no waders left when a place of this size should be ideal for many different species, especially being up stream from Slimbridge and the Severn Estuary. I'm a dog owner and lover but think dogs should be on leads at such a cherished spot.

100% agree, but try telling that to your average 'out-of-control-dog' owner and all you'll get is abuse... or worse.

Phil Andrews Monday 13th July 2020 22:10

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Originally Posted by Ian Byrnes (Post 4032060)
Ripple....just read on Twitter that this GCGrebe nest has been pulled apart by a dog later today......its a shame. It was empty luckily but it's the owners not the dogs who are to blame. Unfortunately this is a big dog walking area and most people let them swim in the lakes. There are virtually no waders left when a place of this size should be ideal for many different species, especially being up stream from Slimbridge and the Severn Estuary. I'm a dog owner and lover but think dogs should be on leads at such a cherished spot.

The footage clearly shows two eggs being eaten :-C:C

https://twitter.com/Jeremysquire/sta...688205829?s=19

Andy Warr comments on the wader breeding this summer that at least 3 broods of hatched Oystercatcher only have one young left, 3 broods of Redshank have just 1 chick surviving and no Lapwings.

Ian Byrnes Tuesday 14th July 2020 09:36

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Originally Posted by Phil Andrews (Post 4032190)
The footage clearly shows two eggs being eaten :-C:C

https://twitter.com/Jeremysquire/sta...688205829?s=19

Andy Warr comments on the wader breeding this summer that at least 3 broods of hatched Oystercatcher only have one young left, 3 broods of Redshank have just 1 chick surviving and no Lapwings.

It certainly looks that way....terrible. Whilst I was viewing the Grebe, she appeared to be sitting behind the nest at first then got on it after and at a distance the nest looked empty. Unfortunately this particular lake has little vegetation and is open to abuse by dog walkers. The successful breeding (if you can call it that) is on the larger southern lake where the island sanctuary is further in to the lake and better protected from swimming dogs. Yesterday I only saw one adult Oystercatcher and one adult Redshank....no sign of any young waders and the Lapwings were no where to be seen. There is a very healthy number of GC Grebe... I saw about 10 and large numbers of Greylags and Canada Geese, although the Egyptian Geese seem to much fewer than 2-3 weeks ago.

rollingthunder Tuesday 14th July 2020 18:55

Filming the incident without confronting and venting one’s spleen to me is not acceptable. The person/people responsible must be made to feel irresponsible. Forget about personal safety issues fisticuffs rarely happen and the discomfort they will experience will possibly mean that they will/might not transgress again. Do not be a shrinking violet - i say this because it does not sound like an isolated incident.....

Call them out because their behaviour is in no way acceptable. The Dog is not at fault as Ian has stated - i have one myself:t: Doing or saying nothing makes them think it is. I will refrain from detailing numerous incidents and run-ins over the years from egg thieves on Blakeney Point to dogshit in plastic bags suffice to say that confrontation, in my experience, works:t:

Good birding -

Laurie:t:

Ian Byrnes Tuesday 14th July 2020 20:50

Totally agree Laurie they must be made to feel that this is shameful and unacceptable. I'm sure that Jeremy Squire would have said something.... all birders would have been outraged.

My dog accompanies me on most of my trips but is always on a lead, well behaved and is never allowed to go near Swans, waders, ducks etc. A lot of dog walkers are oblivious to birds and their nesting behaviour and just don't realise the damage and trauma they cause. The Tweet from the Worcs WLT shows that Ripple can't be managed and similarly to advise calling the police would solve little. Unfortunately the lockdown has increased the number of adventurous dog walkers and am sure that this has had a knock on effect on breeding birds.

As I said, I love dogs....but it's the irresponsible owners who are to blame.

Phil Andrews Tuesday 14th July 2020 21:18

Jeremy did advise further on the twitter thread that he did confront the owner but was simply shrugged off.

It should be pointed out that Ripple is not a nature reserve and simply the by product of gravel extraction restoration. Management by WMBC or WWT might bring some positives were it to occur but I doubt it would happen.

rollingthunder Wednesday 15th July 2020 10:19

Thanks for the update Phil and well done Jeremy:t:

Shrugs or worse often belies guilt and a good chance they will think twice.

I have a particular issue with regard to Dog crap over at the West Hagley Fields. Instead of kicking it out of site (as i do) or bagging it in a public place (as i do). One or two idiots (2 to be exact) hang it in a bag on the farmer’s barbed-wire fence for all to see like some gamekeepers gibbit for scat:C There it will hang until it is usually bagged with others and actually put in the dedicated bin provided by the car park - what could be simpler?

It has not been easy catching this pair as i have been an infrequent visitor over Summer months. Being in possession of binoculars i can clock ppl with dogs that stop at a distance. Last Summer i nailed them but said nothing but followed them back to their car and warned them. The next time i saw the cars i hung the offending bags from door handles, windscreen wipers etc. I also pinned a note to the effect that i would up the ante if they kept it up:t:

They did not, altho there is a ‘newbie’, the next phase was ramming a few down the exhaust pipe with a broom handle - there are sooo many ways in which to punish transgression.

Superglue is a wonderful invention;)

I do actually bird as well:t:

Laurie:t:

Ian Byrnes Wednesday 22nd July 2020 13:39

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Ripple this morning.

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Ian Byrnes Sunday 2nd August 2020 17:04

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Clifton this morning. Usual suspects...7 x Little Egret, 2 x Eygptian Geese, 10 x GC Grebe, 2 LR Plover, numerous Canada & Greylag Geese, P Wagtail, Greenfinch etc and 100 + Starlings. Few pics....

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Ian Byrnes Friday 14th August 2020 12:41

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Ripple this morning.....

5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Heron & 1 Little Egret on south lake.
2 Common Tern on car park fishing pool and high numbers of Goldfinch, Green Finch, Tits and Warblers (various) on surrounding trees

Glad to see RSPB have put up nesting bird signs....
Quite a few dog walkers this morning and none had heeded the notice to keep their dogs on leads. My dog was with me, well behaved and on a lead.

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Ian Byrnes Saturday 29th August 2020 12:31

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Clifton this morning......Cold.

One solitary Common Sandpiper on small pit

Good numbers of Pied and Yellow Wagtails in horse paddocks. 100+ Canada Geese, 20+ Greylags, 3 Grey Herons, 15 GC Grebe, 100+ Swallows & Martins.

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