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    Hunting Hobby.

    JGYR ... At Middleton Lakes recently and Sudbury Hall Lake (just over the Staffs border in Derbyshire) this week, I've again had good views of Hobby doing what they do so impressively ... catching and eating dragonflies, and making it look so easy. Hope this helps..
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    goyt valley nr buxton

    Hi All Re my post 348, Costa del Derbyshire of course. Senior moment ! AR
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    goyt valley nr buxton

    PS: I meant to mention a small lizard (or lizard look-alike ) near the metal gate scuttling across the path from that small pool ... saving the life a frog about to be run over near the Errwood car park ! ... and seeing two stoats (each crossing the road on separate sides of Buxton). AR
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    goyt valley nr buxton

    Hi All First ever time birding in the valley yesterday ... Very enjoyable, but helped of course by the weather and by connecting with several of my favourite species... Redstart, Dipper, Tree Pipit, Red Grouse, Curlew and Wheatear ... but no sign of any Pied Flycatcher. My wanderings started...
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    Ideas on places to visit near Lichfield

    Hi BB Only just seen your post, but if it's not too late, you would find it very useful to keep looking at two key blogs/websites .... StaffsBirdNews and Tame Valley Birding, both of which are included in an all encompassing Midlands birding link birdingtoday.co.uk , which is where I would...
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    Short-eared Owl in Coleshill

    Hi Rob Not sure which side of Brum you would be coming from ... but an easy way to reach the site is to leave J9 of the M42 heading down the A446 towards Coleshill. After less than 5 minutes you will have gone over a roundabout, the River Tame and TWO railway lines. As soon as you see some...
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    Derbyshire County Birding

    Willington Gravel Pits Hi All My first visit to WGP for some time, and although the 3 Bearded Tit had moved on by 10am this morning, the Bittern showed well at various times this afternoon, giving very decent views from Platform 4 to several observers during the two hours I was there. In...
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Nice set of photos there Neil ... and what a confiding, showy bird it was today, when it came down on to that bank in front of so many birders and photographers. Andy R.
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    Interesting warbler

    Now that's really rubbing it in, Dave, with your cracker of a photo ! Well done that man.
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    Interesting warbler

    Agree with all of that Laurie, except in my book we're all in the Midlands round here ... and for the time being, so is that stunner ! Andy
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    Interesting warbler

    Hi All A first for me, so in my excitement please go steady on reactions to this record-shot ... showing the bird deliberately hiding behind the proverbial small branch. Well, it was windy this morning ... it was only a digibinned shot ... and, er, I can't think of any other excuses ! Trying to...
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    Mallorca 2015

    That ticks a lot of boxes Martin ... very small bill, broad and regular streaks to breast and underside etc. Thanks. Andy
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    Mallorca 2015

    Any thoughts ? Hi All Back a week or two ago now, but I am still reflecting on what this little youngster could be. It was waiting to be fed in the canalside reeds along the main approach path at S'albufera, but after a few minutes flew off into a nearby hedge. Any thoughts please, from this...
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    Highnam Woods

    If it's any help Phil, there is a Nightingale at Slimbridge today, just down the road. Cheers Andy R.
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    Hill Hook Nature Reserve

    Hi All Just back from an hour or two strolling around the reserve ... nothing out of the ordinary ... the best being a Chiffchaff singing for 10-15 seconds out of sight near the stream beyond the first wooden bridge, a drumming GSW, also out of sight, and a single Grey Wagtail 50 metres...
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    Sandwell Valley

    Glad you posted this YamYam ... now I know what flew directly overhead yesterday morning around 11.30, when I was near the bend in the river thinking "what the heck was that ?" ! Cheers AndyR.
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    West Midlands/Warwickshire local patches.

    Hi Nick An (the ?) Alpine Swift was reported in Hertfordshire today. Cheers Andy R.
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    Sandwell Valley

    Hi All Saw 11 possibly 12 Ring-necked Parakeet today, plus 2+2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and a Fox next to the riverside ditch. Cheers Andy R
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Chasewater GNDiver ... and free bird books ! Hi All The Great Northern Diver was showing quite well at Chasewater this afternoon, on a chilly but blue-sky day. The bird was coming quite close to the south shore at times, midway between the Innovation Centre and the Waterski Club, making...
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    Birds of Warwickshire

    Ladywalk Hi All First visit yesterday for many months and, whilst there was nothing 'rare or scarce' around, a very pleasant sunny day made for an enjoyable few hours. Straightaway at mid-day in the car park, I joined a number of other birders watching a Peregrine feeding on a pigeon on the...
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    Whitmore Haye of A38

    The Snapper, Nick Moss and others will probably know this by now, but for any others interested ... 15 Whooper Swan have been feeding in the crop-field next to Sittles Farm for a few days now, as per the Rare & Scarce thread, but you need your scope ! Cheers Andy R.
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Whitemore Haye Hi All The group of 15 Whooper Swan were still present yesterday afternoon, feeding near the back of the large crop field north of the entrance to Sittles Farm. The single Black Swan was also still amongst the large number of Mute Swan spread widely across the field ... and...
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Hi Keith You may have not read it yet, but Chaz Mason's blog that I mentioned confirms today that the Great Northern Diver is back on Ryder's Mere, via another stop-off at Chasewater earlier on ! Cheers Andy R.
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Hi Keith Thought it would help for you to know the GND has not been seen today by all accounts. In particular, the excellent blog by Chaz Mason ... clayhangermarsh.blogspot.co.uk ... reports no sighting today. There is no mention either on Birdguides or the Chasewater Wildlife Group site, the...
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    Rare and Scarce Birds in Staffordshire

    Thanks Phil ... uum, the plot thickens ... one diver or two ? If one, then breakfast at Chasewater and back over at Ryders Mere for lunch. Sorted ! Andy R.