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Old Yesterday, 08:26   #36076
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Ruff at the Flashes this morning; also Cuckoo calling again.
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Bit late getting to flashes this morning but expecting another hot quiet day, although I was already aware of the Ruff on the flashes which showed nicely. The 3 LRP chicks looked healthy and Avocet chicks were coming on nicely with at least another 8 or 9 birds appearing to be sitting... but you have to be 'in it to win it' as the saying goes and so you have to make the effort or you'll miss the birds...and the first good bird was a cuckoo calling around east shore of sailing pool (however not seen)... then a call from John Belsey to check out a tern on the moors which had been spotted by Keith Moore...turned out to be a Black Tern...and whilst watching the tern a Hobby circled overhead!... 4 year ticks in the space of an hour.

Weather conditions now humid/overcast and so an early morning visit planned tomorrow... some pics of tern and Hobby...
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On paper the weather was broadly similar to my visit last Monday morning but as soon as I got out of the car and felt an easterly breeze on my face my expectations were heightened, for once not to be disappointed:

SAILING POOL
2Mute Swan, 5 Greylag Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Coot, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 2 LBB Gull, Cetti's Warbler

FLASHES
Male Ruff, 31 Avocet +5 young (4:1), 3 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Little Ringed Plover + 3 young, 25 Tufted Duck, male Gadwall, 6 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 6 Moorhen, c275 BH Gull chicks, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo calling from old orchard, male Redstart on old barn roof
Little Grebe on Hen Pool

NORTH MOORS
1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Coot + brood, Jay

MOORS POOL
4 Oystercatcher (family party out of sight by the seasonal pool), 3 Lapwing, 2 Shoveler (both males), 60 Tufted Duck, 4 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall (5 males + 1 female), 8 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag Geese, 31 Canada Geese, 3 LBB Gull, no terns, 3 Swift, Raven, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler on east track, GS Woodpecker.
Also present along the east track was an interesting mixed singing phyllosc warbler with a song started tentatively as a Chiffchaff but the finished strongly as a Willow Warbler.
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New for the year - #130 - Ruff
New for the year - #131 - Black Tern
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also had 4 year ticks this evening which took me up to the hundreth bird for the year. But seeing JTB face when he heard the Cuckoo for the first time in four years at Upton beats all
anyway here's 4 rubbish photos. the challenge is name them.
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also had 4 year ticks this evening which took me up to the hundreth bird for the year. But seeing JTB face when he heard the Cuckoo for the first time in four years at Upton beats all
anyway here's 4 rubbish photos. the challenge is name them.
3rd pic looks like something from Area 51...
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