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Old Monday 13th February 2012, 19:04   #26
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Any idea what the Grimley year-list is Brian?
It's 87 Phil. All recorded at Camp Lane and Wagon Wheel Lane Pits.

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Old Monday 13th February 2012, 19:09   #27
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I knew that Upton had had a poor start to the year (85) but hadn't realised it was that bad
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It's 87 Phil. All recorded at Camp Lane and Wagon Wheel Lane Pits.

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I knew that Upton had had a poor start to the year (85) but hadn't realised it was that bad
Well, we're still missing some of the regular winter visitors, ie Merlin, Pintail, Goldeneye, Barn Owl and Chiffchaff although these will all turn up at some point. But these have been more than compensated for by Grey Plover, Kittiwake, 2 Red-crested Pochard and Ruff. Up to eight wintering Green Sandpipers have also been notable.

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Old Monday 13th February 2012, 19:24   #30
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Grimley Camp Lane Pits

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Old Monday 13th February 2012, 19:32   #31
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Well, we're still missing some of the regular winter visitors, ie Merlin, Pintail, Goldeneye, Barn Owl and Chiffchaff although these will all turn up at some point. But these have been more than compensated for by Grey Plover, Kittiwake, 2 Red-crested Pochard and Ruff. Up to eight wintering Green Sandpipers have also been notable.
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That's interesting as we have had only one bird this year at Upton which flew out of the Flashes at first light on New Year's Day.
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[quote=Brian Stretch;2362623]I've no idea what the total number of different birders would be that visit Upton in an average winter week but bet it's considerably more than Grimley which is no more than five./QUOTE]


As I've now got more birding time I am often tempted to call into Grimley either on way to or from Upton.

With the changes to parking / access over the last 12 months or so, I'm deterred due to uncertainty of access.
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I've no idea what the total number of different birders would be that visit Upton in an average winter week but bet it's considerably more than Grimley which is no more than five./QUOTE]


As I've now got more birding time I am often tempted to call into Grimley either on way to or from Upton.

With the changes to parking / access over the last 12 months or so, I'm deterred due to uncertainty of access.
Hi Alan,

Camp Lane Pits is accessible by the various public footpaths which have all now been reinstated following the landscaping of the wader scrapes. Parking is either along the lane here, at the end of Camp Lane here or in the field by the black barn here. Parking at the latter point is at the discretion of the farmer so does change from time to time depending on whether there is livestock in the fields.

Wagon Wheel Lane Pits are not on any public rights of way but the farmer seems fairly relaxed about access via the concrete track to the sewage works.

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Old Tuesday 14th February 2012, 10:12   #34
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First Oystercatcher of the year arrived this morning.

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thanks for that, I have seen that on your website but unfortunately I am still unable to locate the precise entrance, I always end up at the Camp House pub
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I am still unable to locate the precise entrance, I always end up at the Camp House
Newly weds eh ?

Anyway mate, the offer stands to guide you in
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Newly weds eh ?

Anyway mate, the offer stands to guide you in
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Hi Brian,

thanks for that, I have seen that on your website but unfortunately I am still unable to locate the precise entrance, I always end up at the Camp House pub
Hi Gavin,

Strange that .

Each of the parking points mentioned in post #33 have stile or gate access to the footpaths.

Oystercatcher still present today and 4 Green Sandpipers.

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Strange that .

Each of the parking points mentioned in post #33 have stile or gate access to the footpaths.

Oystercatcher still present today and 4 Green Sandpipers.

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Hi Brian,

thanks for that, hopefully it will help, will try and find it next week
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Droped in for an hour this afternoon and viewed from the top road. Passing through were 1 Common Tern followed soon after by an Artic Tern also of note 2 Redshank.
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The 18th species of wader at Grimley for 2012 came in the form an unseasonal Curlew Sandpiper this morning.

The recently landscaped north end of the Camp Lane Pits and subsequent flooding have created what is probably the best habitat for breeding and passage waders in the county at the current time.

Grey Plover, 2 Avocets, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover have been the highlights amongst the commoner species so far this year. With the main passage period yet to commence hopefully many more will be recorded.

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The 18th species of wader at Grimley for 2012 came in the form an unseasonal Curlew Sandpiper this morning.

The recently landscaped north end of the Camp Lane Pits and subsequent flooding have created what is probably the best habitat for breeding and passage waders in the county at the current time.

Grey Plover, 2 Avocets, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 3 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover have been the highlights amongst the commoner species so far this year. With the main passage period yet to commence hopefully many more will be recorded.

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Looking good Brian, was delighted with the Grey Plover, Curlew Sand I would have come running for but work would not allow, nevermind, as you say, sure there is more to come
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Looking good Brian, was delighted with the Grey Plover, Curlew Sand I would have come running for but work would not allow, nevermind, as you say, sure there is more to come
Still present this evening and looking settled. A video clip of it here .

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4 year firsts today. A Hobby showed well flying past at 10.10am, Reed and Sedge Warbler showing and singing, a Swift and c15 Yellow Wagtails on the causeway.
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The best site count of Yellow Wagtails at Grimley for many years today. At least 21 were noted: 17+ at Camp Lane Pits and 4 at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits. Other migrants in the area included 3 White Wagtails, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and 13 Wheatear.

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There was a good selection of waders here this afternoon .. Sanderling and Greenshank were welcome year ticks !
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The Grimley 'waderfest' continues with the past week producing a Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, 6 Sanderling, 3 Greenshank, 7+ Dunlin and 5+ Ringed Plover.

Pictures and a video clip of the Little Stint now online here.

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Hobby at the Retreat pools today at about 1.30 pm today.
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A new Flickr group has been set up collecting photos of the various fauna and flaura of Grimley and Holt.

It can be visited by clicking on the below link:
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Old Saturday 14th July 2012, 21:17   #50
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Congratulations to Roger Maskew for digging out an adult White-rumped Sand at Wagon Wheel Lane Pits today, only the second for Worcestershire. Also present this evening were 2 Green Sand, 5 Common Sand, 4+ Common Tern, 4+ Oystercatcher and a female Mandarin.

For those wishing to make a comparison, please find attached a link to photos of the White-rumped Sand that was present at Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincs up to Thursday: http://www.lincsbirds.co.uk/album/di...?album=1&pos=4
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