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Old Wednesday 14th September 2011, 18:14   #1
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Grimley and Holt

Some superb pictures of the Grey Phalarope at Holt now online here.

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Old Wednesday 14th September 2011, 21:21   #2
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Showed really well, and a lifer
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Superb is the word - well done Carl

Is this the start of a Greater Grimley thread Brian?
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Superb is the word - well done Carl

Is this the start of a Greater Grimley thread Brian?
Could well be......

Like all wetland sites in Worcs this autumn, it has been a fairly lacklustre time at Grimley/Holt. This past week though has really seen things crank up a few gears.

Highlights have been a very confiding Grey Phalarope, the first Grey Plover since April 2000, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Arctic Tern, 2 White Wagtails, several Wheatear and 2 Little Egrets. The first Marsh Tit for at least a couple of years was also encouraging.

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Could well be......

Like all wetland sites in Worcs this autumn, it has been a fairly lacklustre time at Grimley/Holt. This past week though has really seen things crank up a few gears.

Highlights have been a very confiding Grey Phalarope, the first Grey Plover since April 2000, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Arctic Tern, 2 White Wagtails, several Wheatear and 2 Little Egrets. The first Marsh Tit for at least a couple of years was also encouraging.

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Phil, forget scillies v Shetland: start another thread - Grimley v upton
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Hoopoe, 2 Spoonbills, 2 Red-necked Phals, Bluethroat, countless Wood Sand - dont want to be that cruel to Brian and co.
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ouch be careful Philip
you know what happened after your spring announcement
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There's no denying Upton had an amazing spring, but other sites such as Bittell and Grimley have done better during the autumn.

Anyway, this thread isn't about whether one site is better than another. All local patches have quiet times and can then suddenly become really good again. That's the nature of local patch birding - getting through the quiet periods is what sorts the men from the boys

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There's no denying Upton had an amazing spring, but other sites such as Bittell and Grimley have done better during the autumn.

Anyway, this thread isn't about whether one site is better than another. All local patches have quiet times and can then suddenly become really good again. That's the nature of local patch birding - getting through the quiet periods is what sorts the men from the boys

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A Grey Plover and Spotshank certainly arent to be sniffed at! A shame there arent more watchers across Grimley as I suspect stuff slips through unnoticed.
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A Grey Plover and Spotshank certainly arent to be sniffed at! A shame there arent more watchers across Grimley as I suspect stuff slips through unnoticed.
Me too! With only three competent birders visiting the site on a regular/semi-regular basis I hate to think what passes through. If it had the intensity of coverage that Upton gets we would be alot closer to finding out.

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A Grey Plover and Spotshank certainly arent to be sniffed at! A shame there arent more watchers across Grimley as I suspect stuff slips through unnoticed.
Absolutely - the first two-day birds we've ever had of either species. Also present this morning were 2 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers and Turtle Dove along with some overhead movement all heading SW: Yellowhammer, a few Redpoll and Chaffinch and well into double figure counts Siskins and Meadow Pipits.

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Took a trip to Grimley today, Grey Plover still present. Despite repeated scanning from the top road, couldn't see the Spotted Redshank, even thou the word was it had been seen again at that spot. 3 heavy duty vehicles were landscaping, so that might have encouraged it to relocate.Turtle Dove feeding on the floor between the pools was a first Midland tick for me. Kingfisher showing well and fishing in exactly the same place as when i visited this time last week. The place is really taking shape now, will be improving all the time as things mature.
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Absolutely - the first two-day birds we've ever had of either species. Also present this morning were 2 Little Egrets, 5 Green Sandpipers and Turtle Dove along with some overhead movement all heading SW: Yellowhammer, a few Redpoll and Chaffinch and well into double figure counts Siskins and Meadow Pipits.

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Nice selection of birds, especially the dove.
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Any news either way on the Grey Plover today folks ? was hoping it might stick til tomorrow
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Highlights at Grimley so far this month included the first Hen Harrier since 1998, a superb adult male that arrived from the north-west over Camp Lane Pits and departed high to the south-east on 3rd. Seven juvenile Wheatear together at Camp Lane Pits on 6th arrived following strong north-westerly winds so presumably originated from Iceland/Greenland while the 2 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpiper all remained.

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The second week of October ended in style today with the discovery of Worcestershire's first ever Barred Warbler! Pictures here.

Other highlights from the past week include 6 Crossbills, Rock Pipit, Merlin, Jack Snipe, 9 Goosander, 2 Pintail, 2 Wheatear, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Green Sandpipers and Brambling.

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Congrats to all involved with the Barred Warbler - the Grimley area's recent run of County Firsts (Glossy Ibis, Lapland Bunt, Lesser Scaup) continues.
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I'm passing Grimley and Holt tomorrow as have to work that way. Can any one have any good places to park and watch please. Very little information on the Trust website.

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I'm passing Grimley and Holt tomorrow as have to work that way. Can any one have any good places to park and watch please. Very little information on the Trust website.

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Easiest places to park and watch are here and here (park carefully by black barn at latter point). Both these points offer views of the Camp Lane Pits which is often the most productive area and there are more pools here than the maps suggest. Good chance of Goldeneye, Pintail, Peregrine and Merlin around here. There is also a regular flock of Golden Plover (upto 70) opposite the Top Barn Farm entrance in fields on west side of A443 here. Hope this helps.

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Thats wonderful. Seriously many thanks that is a great help.
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Great visit to Grimley today, Grey Plover and Red crested Pochard both lifers. Will post any pics that come out on my blog/ Flickr later
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Glad you got them both.

The Grey Plover disappeared later but may still be in area. Probably too many dogs and their walkers around for its liking.

Duck numbers had been disappointing until this recent cold snap, but have been steadily rising with 95+ Gadwall, 110+ Teal, 30+ Wigeon and 30+ Shoveler. Diving duck numbers are still low with c10 Pochard and c70 Tufted Ducks about as good as it gets.

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Glad you got them both.

The Grey Plover disappeared later but may still be in area. Probably too many dogs and their walkers around for its liking.

Duck numbers had been disappointing until this recent cold snap, but have been steadily rising with 95+ Gadwall, 110+ Teal, 30+ Wigeon and 30+ Shoveler. Diving duck numbers are still low with c10 Pochard and c70 Tufted Ducks about as good as it gets.

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Thanks for the info Brian
I saw your car parked on the North side when I was heading for the Causeway. Got the Pochards first, you had gone when I swung back round for the Plover
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A Ruff was a welcome and unexpectedly early addition to the patch year list today.

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Any idea what the Grimley year-list is Brian?
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