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Old Thursday 13th April 2017, 07:15   #1601
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This morning from 05:25

Coney Meadow: Barn Owl, singing Reed Warbler amongst the dawn chorus

Porter's Mill: Singing Willow Warbler and Reed Warbler, 2 Greylags over.

Tapenhall area: Singing Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler, 2 Yellowhammers over, 2 Coot

Copcut Lane (bridge over railway): Singing Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat.

Today is my last day at work for a couple of weeks so I should be able to cover the patch more extensively. Hopefully, the migrant floodgates are just about to open - we will see. ;-)
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Old Thursday 13th April 2017, 17:07   #1602
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Old Friday 14th April 2017, 15:10   #1603
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Thanks Mary.

Unfortunately, no rush of migrants this morning - just a very modest sprinkling.

Reed Warblers at Coney Meadow, Porter's Mill and Mildenham.

Sedge Warblers at Tapenhall and two near Linacre bridge.

Willow Warblers at Mildenhan, Linacre and Tapenhall.

Two Common Whitethroats near Tapenhall and one at Middleton Bank.

A few Swallows

A pair of Mandarins, a pair of Gadwalls, Coots, Skylarks, a few Meadow Pipits over, Goldcrests, Coal Tits, etc.

When the sun came out so did the butterflies whoch included Orange Tips and Speckled Woods.
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Old Saturday 15th April 2017, 08:48   #1604
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My first visit to Coney meadows yesterday 3pm-5pm. INteresting site, nice variety of birdlife. Singing blackcaps, common whitethroat, chiffchaffs. Red legged partridge and swallows in field west of river. Goldcrests, nuthatch, possible reed warbler, green woodpecker, kestrel, buzzard and one unidentified raptor, ravens, grey wagtail, possible redwing.
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Old Saturday 15th April 2017, 10:40   #1605
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Cuckoo Coney Meadow - new for the year. Singing from High Park area.

Cuckoo showed well a while later in dead trees along the river after being chased by a Magpie.

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Old Saturday 15th April 2017, 20:24   #1606
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The Cuckoo was heard a couple of times this evening.

A flock of hirundines over Westwood but none roosted at Coney.

A slight increase in Reed Warblers and Willow Warblers today. Both present at Coney.

Mandarin drake at Mildenham. A pair of Gadwall at Tapenhall.
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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 05:37   #1607
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Lesser Whitethroat singing near Tapenhall farm - new for the year.
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Old Sunday 16th April 2017, 10:50   #1608
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Good numbers of Willow Warblers this morning - 13+ singing between Porter's Mill and Hawford, 2 singing near Martin Brook farm and one singing along Copcut Lane.

Sedge Warblers at Coney Meadow, 3 between Tapenhall and Mildenham and two near Linacre bridge.

Several singing Reed Warblers at Coney Meadow with others at Porter's Mill, Mildenham and Hawford.

Two Common Whitethroats at Tapenhall and one at Middleton along the railway still.

Swallows widespread.

Little Owl between Egg Lane and Jacob's Ladder and 3 Yellowhammers in the area.

4 Gadwall (3 drakes) over Mildenham plus Tufted Duck.
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Old Monday 17th April 2017, 06:05   #1609
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Grasshopper Warbler singing in scrubby area between the river and canal at Tapenhall - same place as last year. New for the year.

Cuckoo Porter's Mill singing and showing well in tree on terraced pasture by car park.

Lesser Whitethroat behind Tapenhall farm still.

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Old Monday 17th April 2017, 08:13   #1610
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Three Wheatears (2 males) in sown field just north of Knights Grove woodland. This is a new site I've only just started doing because it looked so promising.
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Old Monday 17th April 2017, 10:20   #1611
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Great Crested Grebe on river Severn at Hawford. Two Mandarins over.
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Old Monday 17th April 2017, 13:46   #1612
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Three Wheatears (2 males) in sown field just north of Knights Grove woodland. This is a new site I've only just started doing because it looked so promising.
Couldn't find the Wheatears but plenty of Yellowhammers and Skylarks.

Also noticed a Larsons Trap complete with Magpie in the far corner of the unploughed maize field next to Tapenhall Pool.
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Old Monday 17th April 2017, 13:52   #1613
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Hi Phil,

When I left the Wheatears were mainly around the large dung heap / soil heap at the far end of the field but near the road giving good views.

Saw a Mink at Salwarpe - could do with someone trapping those!
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Old Monday 17th April 2017, 20:15   #1614
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Cuckoo recorded today at Ladywood, Salwarpe and Porter's Mill.

One male Wheatear still present this evening in sheep field acrss the lane from where they were earlier.

Also recorded today:

5 Greylags, 4+ Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Ravens, Grey Wags, a few Meadow Pipits, Willow Warblers, Swallows, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Goldcrests, lots of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, Grey Herons, Cormorants, Skylarks, 5+ Yellowhammers.
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Old Tuesday 18th April 2017, 07:48   #1615
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Yellow Wagtail over Egg Lane calling - new for the year.

Three Lapwings earlier. Yellowhammers and Linnets.

Two Great Crested Grebes and drake Mandarin at Hawford on the river still plus a few Sand Martins with the Swallows.
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Old Tuesday 18th April 2017, 09:20   #1616
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Just one Wheatear in field north of Knight's Grove - a female, near the dung heap.

Sand Martin over.
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Old Tuesday 18th April 2017, 17:43   #1617
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Swift over towards Westwood - new for the year.

Things seem a little mixed up this year as I haven't even recorded House Martin on the patch yet!
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Male Redstart in my daughters garden .... Ivy Lane, Fernhill Heath
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Old Tuesday 18th April 2017, 21:16   #1619
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Just a few very brief bouts of gropper reeling this evening but it seems a lady birder who was leaving as we turned up had better luck (about 7:30 pm).

Tawny and Little Owls calling around Porter's Mill as we left.
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Female Wheatear still near the dung heap.

Lesser Whitethroats at Coney Meadow, Tapenhall and Egg Lane.

Cuckoos at Tapenhall and Salwarpe.

Pair of Mandarins over Tapenhall plus pair of Gadwall.

Newly fledged Grey Wagtail yesterday evening at Salwarpe being fed by parent.
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Old Thursday 20th April 2017, 16:22   #1621
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Few signs of any movement this morning. An increase in Common Whitethroats with my first one in Coney Meadow and 5 near Tapenhall.

Cuckoo noted at Ladywood and Salwarpe.

Lesser Whitethroat Tapenhall and still quite a few Willow Warblers in various places. Sedge and Reed Warblers becoming more numerous and widespread.

Pair of Mandarins again plus pairs of Gadwall and Tufted Duck.

Unfortunately, contractors are currently carrying out work to restrict the growth of reeds into the canals. This involves using a large water-borne mechanical cutter - it looks pretty brutal. I questioned them about it and they presented me with papers showing it has been signed off by the Canal and River Trust ecologist. I doubt it will impact the birds so much but it may have a direct effect on the amphibians which are currently spawning in the margins. They said it was an experimental scheme but they were doing it along the whole canal on both sides. I question the timing of it and I fear it is just another case of them appeasing the boating lobby at the expense of the wildlife.
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Few signs of any movement this morning. An increase in Common Whitethroats with my first one in Coney Meadow and 5 near Tapenhall.

Cuckoo noted at Ladywood and Salwarpe.

Lesser Whitethroat Tapenhall and still quite a few Willow Warblers in various places. Sedge and Reed Warblers becoming more numerous and widespread.

Pair of Mandarins again plus pairs of Gadwall and Tufted Duck.

Unfortunately, contractors are currently carrying out work to restrict the growth of reeds into the canals. This involves using a large water-borne mechanical cutter - it looks pretty brutal. I questioned them about it and they presented me with papers showing it has been signed off by the Canal and River Trust ecologist. I doubt it will impact the birds so much but it may have a direct effect on the amphibians which are currently spawning in the margins. They said it was an experimental scheme but they were doing it along the whole canal on both sides. I question the timing of it and I fear it is just another case of them appeasing the boating lobby at the expense of the wildlife.
After the last episode you told us about, I got in touch, and was told that someone from the appropriate 'team' would contact me. Needless to say, they didn't. At that time I said we were thinking about cancelling our membership ( we joined solely to support the conservation aspect). I've just cancelled the DD, and told them why.
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Old Thursday 20th April 2017, 18:05   #1623
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Hi Mary,

I don't blame you. Unfortunately, in my honest opinion, the Canal and River Trust are a dishonourable organisation and can not be trusted. They like to portray themselves as an ecologically responsible outfit and they cynically milk any opportunity for positive media representation. In this respect, some things they have done over the past few years have turned my stomach. This latest episode has made me realise that we are probably going to witness a progressive reduction in the wildlife value of the Droitwich canal over the forthcoming years. It is very depressing.
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Peregrines all over the patch this morning - one over Tapenhall, 2 (male and female) perched on pylons near Knight's Grove and one over New Mill. They could, of coirse, be the same birds milling about.

Cuckoo Egg Lane plus 2 Yellowhammers. Yellowhammers widespread now which is good news as they were quite scarce over the winter.

Common Whitethroats increasing and now seen around several field hedges around Chatley.

Lesser Whitethroats Ladywood and Coney area.

2 Greylags over Tapenhall. Pair of Gadwall there also.
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Female Wheatear north of Knight's Grove.
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