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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 08:00   #2026
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Spotted Flycatcher still in Knight's Grove this morning just before the heavy rain started.

5 Lapwings near Tapenhall and a drake Gadwall on the pool.
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Old Saturday 26th May 2018, 10:28   #2027
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Cuckoos around Tapenhall - Mildenham and Hawford this morning.
Willow Warbler still singing around Linacre bridge plus it or another carrying food.
4 Lapwings between Tapenhall and Chatley.
Little Grebe again between Chatley and Hawford.
18+ House Martins around Hawford plus more around Copcut.
4 Sand Martins around Hawford plus a few Swifts.
Many more Swifts around Salwarpe, High Park and Westwood.
A few Gadwall around Hawford.
Yellowhammer near Chatley.
Lesser Whitethroats at Mildenham and Coney Meadow.
2+Juvenile Treecreepers with adult at Salwarpe.

A live Mole was showing well above ground at Coney yesterday - quite an unusual sight.
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Old Sunday 27th May 2018, 11:22   #2028
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Peregrine over Mildenham.
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Old Sunday 27th May 2018, 20:39   #2029
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A Grasshopper Warbler sang a couple of times in Coney reedbed around 9:15 pm. Male Cuckoo calling and catching Drinker caterpillars. Cuckoos also at Porter's Mill - Tapenhall. Lots of Swifts and House Martins around earlier. Little Grebe and 4 Lapwings still present in same areas as yesterday.

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Old Monday 28th May 2018, 14:31   #2030
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This morning on the patch:

Little Owl in usual tree at Linacres paddocks.
Little Grebe carrying nest material on the small farm pond near Chatley.
4 Lapwings still in bare flax field and 2 Gadwall feeding there in a large puddle.
2 Cuckoos at Tapenhall- Mildenham and one at Linacre bridge.
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Old Monday 28th May 2018, 20:07   #2031
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Grasshopper Warbler singing well this evening at Coney.
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Old Friday 1st June 2018, 10:39   #2032
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2 Spotted Flycatchers in Knight's Grove this morning - performing a wing-flicking courtship display.
1 Common Tern flew over Coney Meadow and then down the valley.
Cuckoos at Coney Meadow and Tapenhall.
4 Lapwings in flax field between Tapenhall and Chatley - now not so bare.
Little Grebe still on small pool.
Yellowhammers and Linnets near Knight's Grove.
Lesser Whitethroats at Ladywood and Coney Meadow. Reed, Sedge, Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Swallows, House Martins and a few Swifts.
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Old Friday 1st June 2018, 21:39   #2033
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Two things, where is Knight's Grove please?

Secondly, House Martins started nest-building on the front of my house today!


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Old Saturday 2nd June 2018, 06:01   #2034
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Knight's Grove is the large block of mature woodland that you can see from Coney Meadow looking north-west. It is easily accessed by driving through Ladywood, past the Hadley 'Bowling Green' pub and following the small Lane that is signposted 'Sinton'. Park in the double gateway and walk 100 metres into the wood and look up. Good luck.
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Old Saturday 2nd June 2018, 10:38   #2035
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This morning Tapenhall - Chatley - Hawford (Linacre bridge):

2 + 3 Gadwall
3 Lapwings
Drake Tufted Duck
2 Greylags
Male and female Cuckoos
Singing male Willow Warbler and a female feeding young
Reed and Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Reed Buntings, Bullfinches, Green finches, fledgling Pied Wagtail and Long-tailed Tits.
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Old Sunday 3rd June 2018, 03:41   #2036
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Coney Meadow early morning:

Grasshopper Warbler singing
Hobby perched in tree then flew
Lots of Cuckoo activity - at least 2 males and a female.
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Old Sunday 3rd June 2018, 05:41   #2037
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Spotted Flycatcher singing along the river Salwarpe at Hawford Mill.
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Old Sunday 3rd June 2018, 08:02   #2038
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A few more items from this morning:

Great Crested Grebe near Hawford Lock.
2 Common Terns along the canal between Mildenham and Hawford.
2 Cuckoos near Linacre bridge, one at Tapenhall and one near Hawford Lock.
A Hornet caught and killed an Emperor Dragonfly and started to eat it. Broad-bodied Chaser and lots of Beautiful and Banded Demoiselles.
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Lunchtime walk down the canal to just beyond Porters Mill. 2 Cuckoos heard, one on either side of the canal. Lots of Reed Warblers. Whitethroat, Swallows and Swifts. 2 Grass Snakes seen swimming the canal.
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Old Sunday 3rd June 2018, 21:23   #2040
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A pair of Grey Partridges between Chatley and Hawford this afternoon.
A Little Owl flew across he canal near Lock Cottage, Ladywood this evening and then flew back again after being mobbed by a Blackbird.
Male and female Cuckoos at Ladywood.
The Grasshopper Warbler started singing at 9:20 this evening at Coney. 2 male Cuckoos calling and showing well.
1 Sand Martin at Hawford this morning. Several Blue-tailed Damselflies over the last few days.
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My son who lives near Droitwich canal and the by-pass described a little Gull pretty well flying over yesterday
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Old Monday 4th June 2018, 06:07   #2042
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My son who lives near Droitwich canal and the by-pass described a little Gull pretty well flying over yesterday
What time Tim? There was one at Upton yesterday.
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What time Tim? There was one at Upton yesterday.
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My lad said it was about 3.30ish heading towards Worcester from Droitwich high school area. He describes it as 2/3 smaller than lbbg short tail and black on its wing tips
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Old Monday 4th June 2018, 12:19   #2044
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My lad said it was about 3.30ish heading towards Worcester from Droitwich high school area. He describes it as 2/3 smaller than lbbg short tail and black on its wing tips
Hi Tim,

That description probably rules out the Upton bird which (I was told) was an adult and, therefore, should have no black in its wing-tips - but should show very distinct dark underwing contrasting with white trailing edge and tips. I believe the Upton bird was present from 1:40 pm till at least mid afternoon (relocated to moors).

Also, I assume you mean 2/3 size of BHG? 2/3 size of LBBG isn't small enough.

I'm not saying it wasn't one but I'm afraid the description given is lacking in key ID features of a Little Gull. Sorry
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Old Monday 4th June 2018, 19:29   #2045
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I'm not saying it wasn't one but I'm afraid the description given is lacking in key ID features of a Little Gull. Sorry
don't say sorry. he didn't have any bins and he just mention it ,so I stuck it on just in case. we might get one right one day
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don't say sorry. he didn't have any bins and he just mention it ,so I stuck it on just in case. we might get one right one day
No problem, Tim.

Apparently, Upton's bird on Sunday has now been re-identified as a second summer - which can show some black in the wing-tips and have less contrasting underwing.

However, LBBG is still an unusual starting place for LG description - it reminds me of the old tale of a tourist asking one of the locals for directions in Ireland - he got the reply "if that's where you want to go, then I wouldn't start from here"

Don't worry - I think you meant Black-headed which makes far more sense. Could've been one.
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Hi Dave , finally found the Little Owl at Linacre Paddocks tonight. Thanks for the text the other day , unfortunately I didn't have my phone at the time, so didn't pick up your message until much later.
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Old Friday 8th June 2018, 07:35   #2048
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MARSH TIT showing well and calling in Knight's Grove - plus another calling - the first I've seen on the patch since about 2005 - clearly I haven't been looking hard enough! Absolutely chuffed. :-)

Edit: 2 now showing together.

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Now Spotted Flycatcher near the entrance - the morning gets even better!
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Red Kite circling just to the east of Coney Meadow.
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