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Old Monday 9th September 2013, 22:28   #526
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A record flock of Mistle Thrushes - 28 near Salwarpe late afternoon. A few Meadow Pipits over, a juvenile Willow Warbler, a Coal Tit, 5 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and plenty of Swallows and House Martins.
Dave are there many rowan trees/bushes around your place.
We used to get good numbers, ie 45 at Upton when the NM plantation was in its infancy and the rowans were ladened with berries. I will check out the few remaining trees tomorrow. John
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2013, 22:27   #527
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Dave are there many rowan trees/bushes around your place.
We used to get good numbers, ie 45 at Upton when the NM plantation was in its infancy and the rowans were ladened with berries. I will check out the few remaining trees tomorrow. John
Not that many Rowans but plenty of other berry-bearing shrubs and trees - including lots of cherry trees.

Only 7 Mistle Thrushes seen today. The best bird was a Little Owl being mobbed by passerines at Harford Hill this morning.

Also, 1 Grass Snake and a Bank Vole.
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2013, 17:19   #528
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Fairly constant movements of Meadow Pipits this morning - several small flocks up to 8 or 9.

Also 2 Lesser Whitethroats.
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Old Sunday 15th September 2013, 10:22   #529
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Two Siskins over this morning - the first of the autumn. Several flocks of Meadow Pipis also - the largest flock around 30 birds. Flocks of Swallowsand House Martins over appeared to be on active migration. Mistle Thrushes still very conspicuous - 25 birds in one flock plus others in smaller groups. Also seen today were Kestrel, Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, Raven, Linnets, Blackcaps, Starlings, Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrests, Nuthatch, Great Spot + Green Woodpeckers, Reed Buntings, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Stock Doves and Reed Warblers. Common Whitethroat seen yesterday.
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Old Sunday 22nd September 2013, 16:32   #530
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Little Egret just flew over Tapenhall Farm, Porters Mill heading along the Salwarpe Valley towards Grimley
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Old Sunday 22nd September 2013, 20:10   #531
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A pretty good day.

My first Snipe of the autumn this morning - flew out of one of the fields near Salwarpe. A Spotted Flycatcher along one of the hedges by the set-aside strip was the first I've seen on the patch since July. Most of the Reed Warblers seem to have departed but there was one present this morning in a field of forage maize. Still loads of hirundines present - especially around the fishing pool at Porter's Mill - mainly Swallows and House Martins but also one or two Sand Martins too. A Common Whitethroat was seen near Ladywood yesterday and still several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs (some singing). Nine Mistle Thrushes around High Park this morning, lots of Meadow Pipits, a few Grey Wagtails and Pied Wagtails over plus various finch flocks. Male and female Kestrels seen, one Sparrowhawk and a few Buzzards. Two Coots present on the fishing pool. Four Cormorants over yesterday. The Little Egret was the first record for the patch this year.

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1. A Small Copper - seen yesterday. Still a few Butterflies about, including Commas, Whites, Small Totoiseshells and Speckled Woods. Plus a few Dragons - Southern and Migrant Hawkers

2. Heartsease (Viola tricolor) - an attractive agricultural weed from which garden pansies are derived. Present around the edges of the crop fields - all the ones I found were the white variant.

3 and 4. A possible Short-winged Conehead - unfortunately the photos are terrible (overexposed and out of focus) but it can be seen the the ovipositor (shown by arrow) is curved. If it is one it is probably the first record for this area.
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just a late post.had a small goose flying over to westwood friday night with a flock of Canada's possilbly Ross it looked right size and shape.
Been for quick walk the last 2 evenings, most of the standard birds seem to be around, 2 buzzard making a bit noise,also large numbers of jackdaw up and down salwarpe lane.only 4 martins seen up very high.Best bit today watching a spider frantic to release a wasp from its web neither very happy.
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Old Sunday 29th September 2013, 20:42   #533
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Pretty quiet on the patch this weekend.

Much fewer hirundines - just three Swallows yesterday and similar numbers today. Singing Chiifchaffs still and several Blackcaps. A flock of ~20 Meadow Pipits yesterday feeding in the fields near Salwarpe. Also seen - 2 Grey Wagtails today, 2 Snipe near New Mill Farm yesterday, Grey Heron, several Jays, Linnets, Reed Buntings, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards and good views of Kingfisher yesterday.

Attached are photos of Common Darter and a moth species - any ideas as to the id??
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Pretty quiet on the patch this weekend.

Much fewer hirundines - just three Swallows yesterday and similar numbers today. Singing Chiifchaffs still and several Blackcaps. A flock of ~20 Meadow Pipits yesterday feeding in the fields near Salwarpe. Also seen - 2 Grey Wagtails today, 2 Snipe near New Mill Farm yesterday, Grey Heron, several Jays, Linnets, Reed Buntings, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards and good views of Kingfisher yesterday.

Attached are photos of Common Darter and a moth species - any ideas as to the id??
Mike and Des are stumped without the appropriate literature (and fuddled by the wine and beer) but suggest John S would be the quickest ID.

Fairview's garden list increased today with a female Pied Fly
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Old Sunday 29th September 2013, 21:06   #535
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just some phots from the last few days.
1.few over the cuckoos nest
2.All hail the mushroom king
3.disturbed a sparrowhawk from its tea, it must have gone back no sign of the pigeon later.
4.a Coma today
5.kelly in field black gold?
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Old Sunday 29th September 2013, 21:18   #536
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Mike and Des are stumped without the appropriate literature (and fuddled by the wine and beer) but suggest John S would be the quickest ID.

Fairview's garden list increased today with a female Pied Fly
Nice addition.

Just the one lifer so far for you and Mike I take it (Pechora)? Des probably 2 if he needed the Brown Shrike and if the Sprosser showed (?). Unlikely Rob will have added any to his list so far I guess.

Definitely better than having to go to work tomorrow, though.
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Old Sunday 29th September 2013, 21:20   #537
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Nice addition.

Just the one lifer so far for you and Mike I take it (Pechora)? Des probably 2 if he needed the Brown Shrike and if the Sprosser showed (?). Unlikely Rob will have added any to his list so far I guess.

Definitely better than having to go to work tomorrow, though.
Des is on two; the second being Subalpine Warbler (still discussing which race). The nightingale has shown for about 15 seconds over two days
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tuesday evening very windy full cloud,only note large Heron flew up from river Salwarpe in the dusk frighten the life out of me.
wed evening full cloud all very quite green woodys flying around.
tonight 18.30 to 19.25 not a cloud over coney clear skies for this hour,19 magpies flew up from same area in cow field as if disturbed by something?no sign of any Bitten or snipe .Good numbers of duck,gulls going to roost.
others blue &long tailed tits, blackbirds,robins, mallards,morhen,coot,linnet,green & G S woody,buzzard,LBBG,BHG,Herons,wood pigeon, magpie, C crow,raven,chiff chaff

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Female Wheatear on mound of earth by green barn just north of Ladywood. A patch tick for me.
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When I said female Wheatear I should have said 'female-type'. On closer inspection (the bird was quite confiding), it was clear that it was in fact a first-winter. A few record shots are attached (photographed through my binoculars).

Also today, the first flyover Redpoll of the autumn, Siskin, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, 2 Skylarks, Grey and Pied Wagtails, Raven, Linnets, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrushes, Starlings, Bullfinch and three Chiffchaffs plus most of the usual species. Still plenty of insects too - Hornets, Commas, Speckled Woods, Whites and Common Darters, for instance.
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nice photos of the Wheatear Dave.
last night, 3 large flocks of Jackdaws,canada geese flew over to westwood with a white goose in tow,tonight Water rail calling from two places in the reeds and Snipe flew out calling after dark,no sign of anything major here's hoping

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this evening
Buzzard,sparrowhark & kesteral seen about 10mins apart,Water rail calling from two postions west end and north side.only other thing of note was a Weasel (homework confirmed) spotted on canal towpath.
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last three evenings

on average 1800hrs - 1915hrs
heron seen twice monday flew out of community woods over canal frighten me again I think its doing it for fun,Water rail calling every night, seen the noisey juv Buzzard looks a bit tatty,only other note very small bat littlest I ever seen long tow path flying just by main gate.
still no mr or mrs B
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When I said female Wheatear I should have said 'female-type'. On closer inspection (the bird was quite confiding), it was clear that it was in fact a first-winter. A few record shots are attached (photographed through my binoculars).

Also today, the first flyover Redpoll of the autumn, Siskin, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, 2 Skylarks, Grey and Pied Wagtails, Raven, Linnets, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrushes, Starlings, Bullfinch and three Chiffchaffs plus most of the usual species. Still plenty of insects too - Hornets, Commas, Speckled Woods, Whites and Common Darters, for instance.
Dave what's the blue piping for are draining more land in worcestershire.
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Dave what's the blue piping for are draining more land in worcestershire.
The water board seem to be upgrading the infrastructure around the villages of Salwarpe and Ladywood this year - digging up roads and burying pipes. I think these blue pipes are part of that scheme. The area where they are is already pretty well drained - being on top of a bank.
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mon & tues

two different evenings 24 hours apart.
monday all very vocal robins ,blackbirds wrens,wagtail,water rail,mallards,crows and gulls but not much actually seen.untill grey heron flew over squawking
tuesday 2 foot mist over canal fields and coney,1300+ gulls flew over twards westwood mainly LBBG,mallards flying around,snipe flew out calling.pied wagtail came into roost
unable to go down today
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Get well soon, woodchat. Hope you'll soon be out & about.
Thanks Mary, I'll still be in hospital for a few days yet. Slowly improvong though I hope.Cheers
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A speedy recovery Dave - will surpress all the local rarities until you are back on your feet again
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