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Old Monday 7th May 2012, 19:42   #51
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A Cuckoo was singing frequently this evening. Also present were Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Water Rail, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Raven, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, and Treecreeper.

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Old Tuesday 8th May 2012, 20:24   #52
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A brief Hobby over the meadow this evening - probably hunting for bats. A Greylag circled over and a Cuckoo called in the distance. Also, at least three Common Whitethroats and the Grasshopper Warbler gave reasonable views. It was good to meet Phil (PHW) - hope you get even better views of the Gropper on your next visit. ;-)
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A brief Hobby over the meadow this evening - probably hunting for bats. A Greylag circled over and a Cuckoo called in the distance. Also, at least three Common Whitethroats and the Grasshopper Warbler gave reasonable views. It was good to meet Phil (PHW) - hope you get even better views of the Gropper on your next visit. ;-)
My first Grasshopper warbler thank you for that, the Cuckoo was below the Village could plainly hear him when I went through the churchard, lots of Gulls, Buzzard, Heron and a Yaffling Greenwoodpecker earlier over the playing fields.
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Is the area accessible ok after all the rain? Thanks
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Old Wednesday 9th May 2012, 17:30   #55
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Is the area accessible ok after all the rain? Thanks
Hi Mary,

Muddy in places - I'd recommend boots/ wellies but perfectly accessible.
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Thanks Woodchat, we'll give it a go!
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Old Saturday 12th May 2012, 10:14   #57
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They're back! Spotted Flycatcher this morning - in trees by Salwarpe churchyard
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We went along the other end yesterday, from Porter's Mill to the Severn. The warblers were deafening! But, sadly, no sound of a cuckoo. There's some fabulous undisturbed habitat along there, isn't there? Salwarpe end next!
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Went down last week had 3 Cuckoos female calling and being followed by displaying male. Missed Gropper are they singing by the viewing screen or the metal gate?

•Some areas left 'rough' with Juncus and Carex and rank herbaceous vegetation.
Ready for Spotted Crake or Aquatic Warbler. The little patch that will always have suprises with the diversity. I cant believe the Reed Warblers holding territory on the canal edge in a strip of reeds 2 foot wide
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Old Saturday 12th May 2012, 21:27   #60
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Went down last week had 3 Cuckoos female calling and being followed by displaying male. Missed Gropper are they singing by the viewing screen or the metal gate?

•Some areas left 'rough' with Juncus and Carex and rank herbaceous vegetation.
Ready for Spotted Crake or Aquatic Warbler. The little patch that will always have suprises with the diversity. I cant believe the Reed Warblers holding territory on the canal edge in a strip of reeds 2 foot wide
Nice shot, Trev.

Went down this evening and saw Andy Pit down there. We had good views of Gropper at about half past eight - perched in the rough grasses / willow sapling (its favorite perch) between the concrete pipe (man-hole) and the east gate. Later on, it (or, more probably, a second male) was reeling to the west of the viewing screen.

Also present today: Cuckoo, Spotted Fly, 6 singing Common Whitethroats (notable influx), Reed + Sedge, Lesser Whitethroat, plenty of chiffs and Blackcaps, Ravens, Buzzards, Coal Tit, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrests, Treecreeper and Water Rail.
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Old Saturday 12th May 2012, 21:55   #61
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We went along the other end yesterday, from Porter's Mill to the Severn. The warblers were deafening! But, sadly, no sound of a cuckoo. There's some fabulous undisturbed habitat along there, isn't there? Salwarpe end next!
Hi Mary,

Yes, there's some really good habitat all along the canal - at Porter's Mill and beyond. I remember vividly in the late 1980's finding a colony of Glow-worms along there in a patch of rough ground - never seen them since, though.

This year, I'm going to try and photograph as many of the insects as possible in and around Coney Meadow.

Lots of Orange Tips about today plus Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell.

Below are record shots of a Froghopper and Large Red Damselfly (taken today) as well as Essex Skipper (taken last year) and Migrant Hawker (taken in 2010)
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Two Grasshopper Warblers were reeling this morning plus Cuckoo, 6 Ravens (4 juvs), Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk and Lesser Whitethroat amongst the regular species.

A female Roe Deer was in one of the adjacent fields (distant record shot below).

Speckled Wood butterfly and lots of Orange Tips.
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Old Monday 14th May 2012, 06:33   #63
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was down the meadow a couple of hours sat morning the usual suspects, reed and sedge, numerous whitethroats and reed buntings 1st bird seen was a cuckoo showing well by the 2nd gate and managed to get bins onto a gropper but did'nt get a pic so no tick as yet, also sparrow hawk through, cheers for the info dave i'll get that gropper yet and hopefully the spot fly, watch this space!
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was down the meadow a couple of hours sat morning the usual suspects, reed and sedge, numerous whitethroats and reed buntings 1st bird seen was a cuckoo showing well by the 2nd gate and managed to get bins onto a gropper but did'nt get a pic so no tick as yet, also sparrow hawk through, cheers for the info dave i'll get that gropper yet and hopefully the spot fly, watch this space!
You're making it difficult for yourself there, Trace Glad u got the bins on it though.

2 Grasshopper Warblers again this evening plus Cuckoo, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Swifts, Water Rail, 2 Bullfinches, Ravens and the usual Warblers.

Andy Pitt saw a Spotted flycatcher near the churchyard this morning but it eluded us this evening. They can be difficult when they first arrive.

Also.. a couple of Brimstone Moths at dusk.

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Went for a really pleasant walk late morning. At least two Spotted Flycatchers seen and heard singing in various areas around Salwarpe Village. A female Cuckoo called and flew over Coney Meadow and was duly chased by a male. Another male was singing in distance. Others present were Skylark, several Goldcrests, 5 singing Common Whitethroats, Nuthatch, Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, House Martins, Swallows and Swifts.
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Grasshopper Warbler showing reasonably well by east gate this evening - in the base of the small willow sapling (a regular perch).

One feature this year is the density of singing male Common Whitethroats - at least five (one per hectare) within Coney Meadow and others in hedges along adjacent fields. A couple of record shots of whitethroats attached:
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Grasshopper Warbler showing reasonably well by east gate this evening - in the base of the small willow sapling (a regular perch).

One feature this year is the density of singing male Common Whitethroats - at least five (one per hectare) within Coney Meadow and others in hedges along adjacent fields. A couple of record shots of whitethroats attached:
I managed to get a shot of one of the Grasshopper Warblers as it reeled for about 15 minutes between 7.15 and 7.30 from the willow sapling by the east gate yesterday morning (see below):
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I managed to get a shot of one of the Grasshopper Warblers as it reeled for about 15 minutes between 7.15 and 7.30 from the willow sapling by the east gate yesterday morning (see below):
Fantastic, Andy! I've been struggling to get anything except blurred, part-hidden rubbish - I was on 1/4 second this evening so you can imagine how poor they were.

Dave Hull said he's got some shots of Stonechats he's taken on site over the past few years - a species I've not even seen here yet - hopefully we can get some images posted of them soon.
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had cuckoo again and finally the gropper got pic so finally a tick(lifer) cheers dave just were you said in the small sapling, missed spot fly but had two in the wyre later in the day.
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had cuckoo again and finally the gropper got pic so finally a tick(lifer) cheers dave just were you said in the small sapling, missed spot fly but had two in the wyre later in the day.
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had cuckoo again and finally the gropper got pic so finally a tick(lifer) cheers dave just were you said in the small sapling, missed spot fly but had two in the wyre later in the day.
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First visit with Mark Peacock today. Great place, got Hobby and a couple of Raven and plenty of Warblers, but no Gropper this time.

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First visit with Mark Peacock today. Great place, got Hobby and s couple of Raven and plenty of Warblers, but no Gropper this time.
After a couple of hours chuckling at the flashes and getting my 1st Ringed Plover of the year, swung by here at last with Gert. A lovely spot, Hobby nice and low over .. will be back soon
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The first grasshopper warbler started reeling at 10 minutes to 9 this evening just left of the viewing screen, eventually showing well in the rank vegetation. It was joined by a second bird possibly a female as it wasn't singing. A second reeling bird then started and showed well by the east gate. This must be one of the best performing sites in Worcestershire for this species at present but timing of any visit is the key to success.

Also, Noctule and Pipistrelle bats over plus 2 singng Water Rails and a dozen Swallows over around dusk. Also, a Cuckoo called in the distance.

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A pair of Gadwall flew over a couple of times this evening and 2+ Water Rails were calling from the reedbed. The bubbling call of a female Cuckoo was heard but there was no sight or sound of Grasshopper Warblers by 10pm this evening.

Around Salwarpe village, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Coal Tit and Goldcrest were present but no sign of any Spotted Flycatchers (none seen on my last 3 visits).

A couple of Whitethroats were singing occasionally and a few Swallows hawked overhead.

Noctule and Pipistrelles at dusk plus a fox nearby.

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