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Old Sunday 19th November 2017, 15:43   #951
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Sunday morning sunny and calm for a change ,camp lane pits fairly quiet with only water rail calling in a few locations and kingfishers on northern causeway worth mentioning . Walking back through the village the yew trees were busy with various thrushes and finches ,but the berries are now getting harder to see. Wagon wheel ,southern pit 4 little egrets, northern pits American wigeon still .
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Old Sunday 26th November 2017, 17:14   #952
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Sunday morning clear frosty,slight breeze, at first camp lane pits appeared quiet with only 2 lapwing ,normally 50+ and the main pit with lower numbers of teal and shoveller. Then at 8:50am half down-west shore a marsh harrier gave splendid views for about 1/4 hour flying over east shore and north/hippo pools. Then drifted off northwards towards top barn farm. I was in this area about an hour and half later but saw no further sign . A first at grimley for me.
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Old Sunday 3rd December 2017, 13:39   #953
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Sunday morning,mild overcast, poor light,a possible hawfinch in grimley village but didn’t get chance to scope it for conformation. A Male blackcap was in a garden hedgerow and keeping with the warbler theme at least 3 chiffchaff were in alders and bullrushes along south west shore of camp lane pits. Looking across to east shore in water logged alders a group of pochard and wigeon with the American wigeon still. A female goldeneye was also in the same area but on crossing over southern causeway for a closer view could no longer locate it. Wagon wheel pits were busy with well over 100 wigeon and 4 other species of duck but nothing unusual.
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Old Sunday 17th December 2017, 13:24   #954
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Sunday morning after a stunning sunrise the morning quickly deteriated with poor light drizzle which turned into continuous heavy rain . At first disappointment as most of camp lane pits were covered in ice. A pair of stonechat and a brief sighting of a female goldeneye as it took off and headed to the south end all that was on offer ,but on reaching the southern causeway f. Goldeneye,7 pochard 50+ teal, shoveler, mallard , tufted and gadwall all in view. Water rail walking on the ice with at least 3 more calling . An unexpected female goosander flew over heading south the first I’ve seen at grimley this year. Didn’t get chance to visit wagon wheel as rain stopped play.
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Old Sunday 24th December 2017, 12:11   #955
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Sunday morning breezy but mild,the flooded area at the end of wagon wheel lane held 100+wigeon and a few teal,a Male peregrine sitting on a fence post was watching proceeding and on taking off the ducks remained but all other species ,corvids and wagtails took flight soon to return as the peregrine headed off north. Camp lane pits 485 Canada geese ( I need to get out more) with a single grey lag goose ,the first I’ve seen since July ,feeding on the east shore. From the southern causeway 13 pochard /2 female, and the best sighting of a water rail down to 12 feet I’ve seen this year, others calling. Stonechats feeding in bulrushes and the long staying f.goldeneye with a group of tufted duck.
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Old Wednesday 27th December 2017, 19:59   #956
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Wednesday morning,cold and blustery wind, Holt water levels have risen giving multiple small flashes away from the normal pool but little of interest except 2 raven displaying overhead. Camp lane pits very choppy making it difficult to see birds clearly,I could find neither American wigeon or goldeneye. About to leave this area at 11:50 when a Male pintail landed on the hippo pool but stayed very alert and after less than 5 minutes took off first east and then headed north . Took the car down to the river flash at the end of wagon wheel lane to see if it had landed there but the water almost gone and the only bird of interest amongst the corvids , a lone egret.
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Old Friday 29th December 2017, 21:30   #957
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Friday morning changeable weather, after missing both goldeneye and American wigeon on the last visit the first was quickly spotted by the part submerged metal bridge. It was not alone a second another female goldeneye close by . The American wigeon took another 3/4 of an hour but eventually found on the west shore. Well over a 100 shoveler and 30+ teal along with a LOT of Canada geese. Akingfisher on hippo pool probably from the coloured flooded river. A group of about 30 shooters were in the fields adjacent to wagon wheel pits and these were deserted apart from coot.
A review of the 2017 year ,l thought I’d challenge myself and try to see 100 species throughout the year. 122 species seen ,American wigeon,common scoter, jack snipe, avocet ,black tern and marsh harrier all firsts for me taking my grimley total to 142. Birds missed there has been many but the most obvious is little owl which I’ve tried on numerous occasions to track down ,but had to admit defeat. The resident bird most at risk though must be red legged partridge 1 sighting of a single bird all year normally a regular multiple for me.
I will try to again see over 100 species for 2018 ,for those reading this have a happy new year and good birding.
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Old Sunday 7th January 2018, 19:18   #958
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Sunday morning cold and sunny sling pool and surround, water levels have risen so a second flash has appeared behind the fence as last year nothing on this but a pair of swans. I hope it will stay and be as productive as last year . On sling itself only mallard and coot, and some lapwing . Close views of winter thrushes in horse paddocks by church. Moving onto grimley camp lane pits . The star of the day was in the village a Hawfinch perched near yew, a first for grimley for me. The pits held the usual ducks and although great conditions I failed to find the American wigeon ,nothing new there,and the goldeneye were not on show either. 6 stonechat 3 separate pairs along eastern shore. 59 species seen a good start to the year
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Old Sunday 14th January 2018, 14:58   #959
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Sunday morning overcast cold ,poor light ,camp lane pits quiet all the usual species on show but most of the ducks asleep and difficult to see under the alders. However the 2 female goldeneyes missed on the last visit were towards the south end. 2 great crested grebes the first of the year were also here . Along the river a female goosander , flying towards worcester and the the end of wagon wheel lane a green woodpecker. 49 species seen .
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Old Sunday 28th January 2018, 16:13   #960
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sunday morning 14c cloudy sling pool not much happening here but a pair of ravens and 2 treecreepers along the lane . Song thrushes and dunnocks singing and generally a bit more activity . Camp lane 2 female goldeneye, 2 snipe the first ive seen this year single skylark another first. Good numbers of wigeon shoveller teal including 20+ pochard. Southern causeway a small group of goldfinches and lesser redpoll in alders and on the ground. River flash at the end of wagon wheel lane common gull among the black heads,oystercatcher, probably my earliest ever sighting , could be very interesting here in the next few days . Back towards the main road up to a dozen skylark with a group of 50+linnets and 130+ lapwing over. 59 species seen 6 new for the year.
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Old Thursday 1st February 2018, 14:30   #961
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January turned out to be great on the patch and I finished the month on 80 species. Highlights were American Wigeon, Black-throated Diver, Hawfinch, Goldeneye, Golden Plover, Egyptian Goose and Goosander.
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Old Sunday 4th February 2018, 15:41   #962
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Sunday morning 3c cold but dry cloudy clearing , Holt good numbers of lapwings and also teal but little else to raise the heart beat . Camp lane 2 female goldeneye still present along with plenty of pochard the later huddled in under shrubs east bank. Female mandarin flying up river and a very green and yellow/buff chiffchaff along wagon wheel lane new for the year.
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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 20:20   #963
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Quick recap Sunday morning beautiful day although cold wind , at holt heard my first singing chaffinch of the year, everything else little change .Camp lane pits the oyster-catcher has been joined by a second, could only see 1 goldeneye , and pochard numbers were down although on reaching wagon wheel pit there was at least a dozen there along with 70 wigeon and my first hare of the year.
Tuesday evening ,i would like to thank Mike Bourne for delaying my walk with a our birder chat as 3 minutes after he'd left 5;30pm BARN OWL quartering east shoreline/fields for about 5 mins until 2 crows started harassing it and it flew off south. Tawny owl seen hunting in dutch barn at the back of village 3/4 hour later.
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Old Sunday 18th February 2018, 15:18   #964
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Sunday morning,having seen yellowhammers from the house across in a field hedge i was eager to see if any were passing through Grimley and although i looked in all the likely areas no luck. They were in a banked hedge with small ditch ,not many of these at Grimley although the new pools between the road and Grimley village with the hedge planted along the path will be similar in a couple of years.
I digress back to what I saw, camp lane pits not much change didn't see any goldeneye but after hearing jays mobbing, and suspecting a buzzard in the dead oak half along wood ,west side , it was far better,1 peregrine falcon fantastic bird . I did take picture but found it was to large to upload. 50+ linnets were near south end and goldfinches and reed buntings on southern causeway.Not much up the river but on reaching the swamp /wagon wheel lane 2 water rail.
Quick stop at holt/sling pool kingfisher flying away as i arrived new for the year as were a pair of feeding pintail .62 species seen, 4 new for the year.
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Old Tuesday 20th February 2018, 19:34   #965
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Tuesday evening a pair of goldeneye at camp lane pits at 5:30pm the first Male I’ve seen for a couple of years,beautiful plumage .
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Old Sunday 25th February 2018, 13:40   #966
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Male still there this morning.
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Old Sunday 25th February 2018, 19:40   #967
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Sunday morning pretty well cloudless from 7am till 1 . Camp lane pits 4 goldeneye F + a Male. A pair of goosander on the river. At holt 2 pairs of raven displaying, and a single snipe , the latter not easy to find at grimley so far this year. 57 species seen.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2018, 16:57   #968
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Sunday morning cloudy but thawing,Holt 80% frozen c10 snipe ,30+ teal. Church farm north pit ,dunlin new for the year and on reaching the main camp lane pit another 1 perhaps 2 dunlin. Common gull with black-headed gulls on east shore with a water rail in rushes . Goldeneye Male with females from north causeway ,Pochards shovelers and a big increase in teal southern causeway. Walking up river which astonishing low for the recent weather, 2 more confiding dunlin on shingle beach.
Wagon wheel good numbers wigeon tufted and shoveller but nothing out of the ordinary . 4 redpoll in alders.
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Sunday morning cloudy but thawing,Holt 80% frozen c10 snipe ,30+ teal. Church farm north pit ,dunlin new for the year and on reaching the main camp lane pit another 1 perhaps 2 dunlin. Common gull with black-headed gulls on east shore with a water rail in rushes . Goldeneye Male with females from north causeway ,Pochards shovelers and a big increase in teal southern causeway. Walking up river which astonishing low for the recent weather, 2 more confiding dunlin on shingle beach.
Wagon wheel good numbers wigeon tufted and shoveller but nothing out of the ordinary . 4 redpoll in alders.
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Old Sunday 11th March 2018, 16:37   #970
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Sunday morning misty drizzle camp lane pits held a midland first as well as a Grimley first in the form of a 3rd winter great black-backed gull which was at first washing in the main pit before drying itself on the fence . If the photo comes out apologies they will all look this bad.Several snipe where foraging in the same area .
Sling pool held more snipe along with a distant green sandpiper
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Old Tuesday 13th March 2018, 19:58   #971
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Tuesday evening,calm good evening for owls although I didn’t see or hear any .Camp lane pits held a new bird for the year a redshank and 2 dunlin on the hippo pool. Another presumed wader was calling but I couldn’t see anything. The goldeneye drake and three ducks were on main pit close to the causeway and if the light had been better I’d have taken another dodgy photo. River flash at the end of wagon wheel lane may hold something interesting over the next few days.
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Old Thursday 15th March 2018, 20:45   #972
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Thursday evening a quick look around the north end of camp lane pits , 3 redshank ,2 little ringed plover [probably the owner of the call from Tuesday] and the 4 long staying goldeneye ,the male throwing his head back and displaying to the females . Then it was on to the main reason for my visit another look at the river flash, wagon wheel end .
The dog was none to impressed with the forced march down there but he'd have plenty of time to loiter and sniff on the way back. On reaching it approx. 350 black headed ,100 LBB gulls, there may have been rarities but I was loosing the light . On the flash far shore a shelduck new for the year as was a curlew,the first I've seen for 5 years at Grimley. A male goosander was swimming amongst numerous mallard ,teal and canada geese. Hopefully the area wont dry out before Sunday and i can have a really good look, although the river has already dropped about a metre since Tuesday night.
On a slightly different theme ,if your offered a 4 foot galvanised metal footpath gate it belongs to the footpath between the road and Grimley village.
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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 20:50   #973
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Sunday afternoon, a snowscape, cold biting wind I think most birds were in hiding as reduced numbers in all locations. Sling pool, snipe and at least 10 meadow pipit ,which were being watched by a kestrel. wagon wheel pits all but deserted ,wagon wheel lane good numbers of redwing and fieldfare in field on right .Wagon wheel river flash redshank, dunlin, common gull. River risen to 1 metre below bank top. Camp lane pits ducks well hidden around banks ,single redshank and 4 goldeneye 1 male .4 chiffchaff feeding on ground southern end with meadow pipits , goldfinches and 50+ linnits.
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Thursday evening,overcast and gloomy best describes the light, trying out some new bins thumbs up very good. Not much happening at Camp lane ,3 redshank ,3 oystercatchers,a lrp and sparrowhawk through. Did not see any goldeneye but they may have been at the southern end. Pair of goosander on the river and the river flash held plenty of birds but it was to dark to Id any of them . The latter drying out fast.
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Sunday morning sunny NW wind, camp lane pits 3 redshank and my first sand martin of the year. Some of the cormorants are now in breeding plumage and judging by the bend in the barb wire fence heavier than they look. Chiffchaff singing along the river and at wagon wheel pit, where 2 more redshank were feeding . First brimstone butterfly was also seen here.
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