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Old Sunday 4th May 2014, 19:40   #101
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Ladywood, near Droitwich
Wheatear - 04/05/14 - female
Hobby - 04/05/14

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Old Tuesday 6th May 2014, 21:33   #102
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A flurry of activity in the last few days at Upton warren
3rd May: redstart,
4th May : greenshank, whimbrel, wood sand, whinchat.
5th May: Ruff 3
6th May: common sand 3, dunlin 3
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Old Thursday 8th May 2014, 19:40   #103
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Coney Meadow, Salwarpe
Turtle Dove - 08/05/14 - 2 flyover birds reported (per Worcesterbirding) - a highly significant / unusual record for this area.
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Old Friday 9th May 2014, 16:54   #104
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Maybe you've pinched ours from Alcester! Sadly, they didn't show up last year.
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Old Tuesday 13th May 2014, 13:22   #105
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Ex-Worcs birder Geoff Laight now lives in Serbia and has set a up a blog listing his recent sightings: http://englishbirderinserbia.blogspot.co.uk.

As our spring migration hits the buffers both in terms of number and species, its good to see a local birder has struck patch gold. Just a pity our birdlife isn't in such good shape.

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Old Monday 19th May 2014, 06:23   #106
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Spotted Flycatcher - 19/05/14 - not as late as last year!
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Old Sunday 20th July 2014, 16:14   #107
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A male Redstart this morning near Porter's Mill (Tapenhall fishing pool) marks the start of return migration on my patch.
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Old Sunday 31st August 2014, 19:47   #108
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A good weekend for returning passerine migrants on my patch:

2 Whinchats 30/08/14 Porters Mill
3 Yellow Wagtails 31/08/14 Coney Meadow
1 Common Redstart 31/08/14 'Copcut Rise'

Hopefully, just the start of the autumn passage....
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Old Sunday 31st August 2014, 20:02   #109
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2 Spotted Fly on my patch on the 23rd

3 Yellow Wagtails on the 24th

A Hobby over my house this afternoon ( garden lifer )
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Old Monday 1st September 2014, 16:03   #110
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Good numbers of migrants moving through the patch throughout August. (Lickhill meadows/quarry area)

First Redstart on the 9th, with 2 on 16th, then 5 (!) on 17th, 4 on 18th, dropping to 1 by the 20th and non since. 5 Wheatear have moved through, 1 on 21st,, 1 on 25th and 3 on 31st. Lesser Whitethroats peaked at 4 on 24th, but there has been a continual presence on patch all month. Vismig has been quiet so far, but hundreds of hirundines moving through almost every day, 2 Tree Pipits over, 1 on 16th and 1 on 24th, with single Meadows on a few dates, increasing to 6 on 31st. Yellow Wagtails moving over regularly, with peaks of 3. Little Egret flew over on 25th which made for a surprise.
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Old Sunday 7th September 2014, 19:44   #111
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A great weekend for migrant passerines on my patch this weekend:

1 Whinchat, 'Copcut Rise' Saturday 06/09/14
1 Wheatear, Salwarpe Sunday 07/09/14
4+ Wheatears, Porters Mill (Tapenhall area) Sunday 07/09/14
1 Tree Pipit, Porters Mill (Tapenhall fishing pool) Sunday 07/09/14
1 Wheatear, Ladywood Sunday 07/09/14
2 Whinchats, 'Copcut Rise' Sunday 07/09/14
1 Stonechat, 'Copcut Rise' Sunday 07/09/14 (Patch tick!)
1 Yellow Wagtail, Salwarpe 07/09/14

In addition, a group of 3+ Spotted Flycatchers on Monday 1st September near Salwarpe were probably passage birds as there has been little indication of breeding in the village this year.
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Old Tuesday 9th September 2014, 21:24   #112
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Two Whinchats still present on my patch this evening:

Great birds!
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Along the river Severn (Cherry Orchard NAture Reserve area) this morning there were 2 Redstarts. I was out for my morning run, they very nearly stopped me in my tracks!!!!
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A summary of further passage migrants on my patch recently:

Wheatear - Wednesday 10/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Whinchat - Thursday 11/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Tree Pipit - Saturday 16/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Spotted Flycatcher - Tuesday 16/09/14 - Between Porter's Mill and Hawford
Fieldfare - Wednesday 17/09/14 - Copcut Rise (very early one - not far from where a late bird lingered in the spring)
Wheatear - Thursday 18/09/14 - Tapenhall, Porter's Mill
Yellow Wagtail - Thursday 18/09/14 - Ladywood
Wheatear - Saturday 20/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Whinchat - Saturday 20/09/14 - Tapenhall Fishing Pool
Golden Plover (2) - Saturday 20/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Whinchat - Saturday 20/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Spotted Flycatcher - Saturday 20/09/14 - Copcut Rise / Droitwich Community Woods
Whinchat - Sunday 21/09/14 - Copcut Rise
Stonechat - Sunday 21/09/14 - Tapenhall Farm, Porter's Mill
Whinchat - Sunday 21/09/14 - Tapenhall Farm, Porter's Mill
Spotted Flycatcher - Sunday 21/09/14 - Copcut Rise

In addition, Meadow Pipit numbers steadily rising with flocks >20 now regularly encountered. Skylarks and Grey Wagtails on the move overhead.
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Four juvenile Wheatears on Worcestershire Beacon this morning and a Tree Pipit flew south.

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Old Thursday 25th September 2014, 16:11   #116
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Juvenile stonechat At Windmill Hill Stoulton on the 23rd and 2 whinchats on private land
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Old Tuesday 7th October 2014, 08:07   #117
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Two Fieldfare over Lydiate Ash at 08:07 this morning.
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Old Saturday 1st November 2014, 15:11   #118
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01/11/14 Swallow, near Tapenhall, Porter's Mill - flew west along the Salwarpe valley.

- a late straggler.
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Old Wednesday 5th November 2014, 20:29   #119
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A late late Whinchat at Lower Smite as per Steve Bloomfield via WorcesterBirding
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All three hirundines now recorded on my patch this year:

Swallow - an early one reported at Salwarpe on 12th March. I got my first near Porter's Mill on 4th April.
Sand Martin - 5 over Coney Meadow, Salwarpe on 4th April
House Martin - 1 at Tapenhall, Porter's Mill on 6th April.

Apart from Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, other summer migrants are yet to appear.
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Swallow and Wheatear today north of Redditch along Brockhill Lane
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A Chiffchaff was singing when I got out of the car at work this morning. Given the setting (semi-urban part of Barnard's Green, Malvern), it is highly probable that this is a fresh migrant.
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