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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 07:38   #26
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And here's one showing where the last brood probably ended up....

Watch out little'un...
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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 10:32   #27
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Up to 4 male cuckoo calling and squabbling at one time 10 -11 am
Saw all four at one time ...watch out chicks...the herons turned up.
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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 15:04   #28
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Large ,Small Whites,Orange Tips and the odd Peacock joined me around the reserve today...

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Old Sunday 26th May 2013, 16:50   #29
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Nice Photos keith! Love the one with the duckling in!!
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Old Sunday 2nd June 2013, 14:01   #30
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Lots of different weather all week....spotted a Cuckoo on all of my 3 visits.
Finally got a shot as 2 flew across pool into trees to back.right of hide...could they be males chasing or a male and female.
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A shot that the word record was intended for...
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Old Monday 17th June 2013, 13:55   #31
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BIRD I.D. please.....

Had an hour to spare so popped in today...12.30-1.30.
Weather rubbish with rain on and off..
As I was writing in the book I looked up to see if it was still raining just as 2 birds "fell " into the grasses in a line to the small hide and in between the fences.
Immediately thought it was bird of prey and prey...think the smaller one might have been a Swallow (??) with the larger one being grey with large wings.
Got these CRAP shots off but the light was rubbish (honest).
Thoughts .....probably only a Sparrowhawk.
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Old Monday 17th June 2013, 14:09   #32
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Your bird is a male Sparrowhawk :)
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Old Monday 17th June 2013, 14:20   #33
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Thanks MB...we do get one visit quite often...first time I have seen one try for a kill.
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Old Saturday 29th June 2013, 15:15   #34
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Had a quick 1 1/2 hour visit ....overcast and windy but as I was leaving the sun was trying to come out.
Lots of Sedge Warblers flitting about...one greeted me on the way post by the hide...flew off and back again catching an insect.The rest were going between the left bank and the island with Reed Warblers joining them on the posts and in the fields.
A Heron flew in from left corner onto edge of 2nd island but only stayed a couple of minutes.
A lot more no I.D'd LBJ's in the trees to the right.....with a lot of singing going on everywhere.
A Swallow skimmed the water as I was closing up.

The main "spots" were the insects....like a swarm as I opened the door to enter...I opened all windows and left door open to let then out and get the temperature down.....no fun if you are not shivering in this hide....lol
Bees and hovers were buzzing around the giant White weeds that were obscuring the view out of the windows...are they Hogweed....very fragrant though.
A few Blue Damsels(Males) were in amongst the lower grasses and saw a couple of Female flitting around the waters edge.
A little Brown/orange Butterfly in the grass in front of hide then gone....Gatekeeper or Meadow Brown.

The greatest surprise was as I walked along the path back to the lane/car park....MILLIONS ON 2/3mm LONG AMPHIBIANS...FROGS OR TOADS...I must have killed a lot as I could not avoid them....a few birds hanging around...Wren ...Blackbird and one with white tail edges...could be Chaffy....think they were after the amphibians.

Getting in car and a butterfly went across just past gate and on edge of wood...got out the macro and got a snap...it threw me at 1st as it was so Orange like a Fritillary but it was only a Speckled Wood.

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1 and 2 ..The rung Sedge Warbler..
3 and 4 A Bee shot at 400mm...I was on step out the door and it was just out the window...he he.
% Speckled Wood
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Old Sunday 7th July 2013, 13:20   #35
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My normal Sat morning visit was dominated by insects mainly although a Whitethroat popped in for a few seconds.....Steve dropped in and while talking and trying to snap the Swallow family skimming the water a Juvenile landed on a Kingy perch....
The reserve was alive -AT LAST- with life ...birds singing - insects buzzing...and it was HOT.

I put a note in the book last week about the Cow Parsley "in the way" and it was replied to that that's what Feckenham is about......correct...just make sure the Cows do not barge in and B***** it up like the other year.....

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Old Sunday 7th July 2013, 13:22   #36
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and the birds...
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Old Sunday 7th July 2013, 16:07   #37
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Forgot to say that there were loads of these Burnet Moths hovering around in the meadows back to the car park...as well as the Sedge Warblers singing (think).
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Old Thursday 11th July 2013, 20:03   #38
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Visited a couple of times this week trying to find the reported Spotted Flycatchers but drew blanks both times.

The place is alive with Butterflies,moths,Damsels,Dragons and a few birds (lol)...also Millions of midges

Almost run over a Juvenile Green Woodpecker in Moors Lane on the way home.It was past the allotments where the houses start...if flew off to the left over the gardens.

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Old Sunday 14th July 2013, 10:07   #39
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Red hot at midday yesterday and the Dragon pool was like Waterloo Station......don't know the names of all the species but got a few pics....

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Some more insects ..including a Spider that walked across the pond....the flies that covered the little pond in the corner of the reserve and the ditch (at the little bridge)....and some Swallows next to the car park.
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Old Monday 12th August 2013, 00:36   #41
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Had a Fritillary around the main hide on sunday...high winds but managed a shot.....Please say it's a High Brown frit even though I know you will say Green Frit...lol
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Old Monday 12th August 2013, 08:45   #42
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Thanks to REGOR for the I.D. as a male Silver-washed Fritillary.

Is this a good'un for Here.

Keith

EDIT....forgot to say that on saturday I saw a BAT whirring around the right side of the pond from the hide...at MIDDAY....quite large as i thought it was a Swallow at 1st.
Even with my eyesight I could see the shape of the wings with the "fingers" showing.....anyone any ideas....thanks

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Had a male and 2 juve Kings at the hide last weekend but they appear to have moved on since.....the Male used to fly in with a fish and the young would come out of hiding to his calls and then the male would show one the fish and then fly off with them in pursuit.Think this is a training exercise to tell them "this is a fish...go catch"...one would have a few dives but the other seemed a bit lazy.
All through the week and yesterday no more sightings and the place was back to normal...QUIET.

That aside the Dragons have been out and about when the sun decided to show.Got too hot for me on Friday and I had to retire to the hide to cool off....new it would come in handy some day....lol.

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Hi Keith - good to see you got a shot of 3 kingfishers. A guy at Rye Meads got three as well, on a stick. I saw 3 at Brandon Marsh but they did not come together. A guy at Brandon Marsh saw a 5 kingfisher fly past. Found the kingfisher on the Rea in Birmingham again but have not seen the one at Woodgate return though it has been reported.

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Hi Keith - good to see you got a shot of 3 kingfishers. A guy at Rye Meads got three as well, on a stick. I saw 3 at Brandon Marsh but they did not come together. A guy at Brandon Marsh saw a 5 kingfisher fly past. Found the kingfisher on the Rea in Birmingham again but have not seen the one at Woodgate return though it has been reported.
Good to know that they are fighting back after the bad weather over the last few years......I too had 3 on a stick but it was just as I arrived and the camera was not set up .....I tried but could not steady things while trying to hold the tripod at a height through the slat in the hide.

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Great shots Keith!! Wonder where they went? I found a kingfisher checking out the pond at work. Guess they look for the easiest food source.
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Some more images from last week......

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Chasing Dragons yesterday and spotted this little Damsel....An Emerald of some sort I think.
Also confusing spots of Southern or Migrant Hawkers.....
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Entry in log...31 st Aug..4.20.. a Hobby and 2 southern hawkers.
Think it says. .. M J.( Cant read it ).

Hunter and hunted...
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A few more Dragons from the little pond today
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