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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 14:19   #38051
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A couple more...asleep yet?
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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 17:53   #38052
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A Ruff at the Flashes

It was Microwyred (Dave) and my lucky day. After a quiet snooze at the Moors we headed for the Flashes.

As entered the hide John B pointed out a ruff ...... it was a spec in the distance (must get an 800mm lens!) But our luck was in and it flew across and dropped down in front to the Hide

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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 19:44   #38053
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5 Black Terns at the Sailing Pool between 6:45 and 8pm, found by Francis Peplow
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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 20:25   #38054
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It was Microwyred (Dave) and my lucky day. After a quiet snooze at the Moors we headed for the Flashes.

As entered the hide John B pointed out a ruff ...... it was a spec in the distance (must get an 800mm lens!) But our luck was in and it flew across and dropped down in front to the Hide

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Great shot Dave
I will matejohn
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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 20:28   #38055
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A few pics from today, thanks to JTB for the Garden Warbler and Julie for the truly scrumptious cake
They came out better than you thougt Bob
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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 20:49   #38056
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Today at FLASHES breeding survey

Spent 14&half hours totslly on the Flashes.
Its always good to get the first few pairs of waders hatched and today the two broods of lapwing 3:2 looked good and were well protected by their parents. The Oystercatchers moved their two chicks into cover but were constantly harassed by avocets and lapwing.
Plenty of BHG chicks everywhere amongst the 450 nesting pairs.
Mallard have 6 broods the smallest brood are 8:11.
Coot two lots of young same as moorhen.
Canada geese 5 broods keeping grass short in some areas.
On Sailing pool greylag have the original brood of 3 and a fresh brood of 14!

Other species on site:-
Gadwall male . Shoveler male. Shelduck 10. Tufted 40+. Pochard male
Little egret.
Ruff summer male orange 'ruff'. Lapwing 19+chicks. Oystercatcher 3. AVOCET 33 min. LRP 5.
Common tern . Med gull. LBBG 5. Bhg 1000+.
Kestrel. Buzzard 4. Sparrowhawk.
CUCKOO. Stock dove 15. Raven. Jay. Rook. Kingfisher.
Song thrush.
Garden Warbler. Blackcap 3. Lesser whitethroat.
Chiffchaff 2. Sedge warbler 4. Reed w 6. Cetti's
Linnet 10. Greenfinch 4. Bullfinch. Goldfinch 5.
Reed bunting.

SAILING POOL:-
GCG 6 +1chick on adults back..
Black tern 5.

Sadly tonight the Lapwing broods were down from
3:2 to 1:2.
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Today at FLASHES breeding survey

Spent 14&half hours totslly on the Flashes.
Its always good to get the first few pairs of waders hatched and today the two broods of lapwing 3:2 looked good and were well protected by their parents. The Oystercatchers moved their two chicks into cover but were constantly harassed by avocets and lapwing.
Plenty of BHG chicks everywhere amongst the 450 nesting pairs.
Mallard have 6 broods the smallest brood are 8:11.
Coot two lots of young same as moorhen.
Canada geese 5 broods keeping grass short in some areas.
On Sailing pool greylag have the original brood of 3 and a fresh brood of 14!

Other species on site:-
Gadwall male . Shoveler male. Shelduck 10. Tufted 40+. Pochard male
Barnacle goose
Little egret.
Ruff summer male orange 'ruff'. Lapwing 19+chicks. Oystercatcher 3. AVOCET 33 min. LRP 5.
Common tern . Med gull. LBBG 5. Bhg 1000+.
Kestrel. Buzzard 4. Sparrowhawk.
CUCKOO. Stock dove 15. Raven. Jay. Rook. Kingfisher.
Song thrush.
Garden Warbler. Blackcap 3. Lesser whitethroat.
Chiffchaff 2. Sedge warbler 4. Reed w 6. Cetti's
Linnet 10. Greenfinch 4. Bullfinch. Goldfinch 5.
Reed bunting.

SAILING POOL:-
GCG 6 +1chick on adults back..
Black tern 5.

Sadly tonight the Lapwing broods were down from
3:2 to 1:2.
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Old Tuesday 14th May 2019, 20:55   #38058
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Andy P had 2 Little Egret over the North Moors today; after a few quiet weeks they seem more regular again
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Old Wednesday 15th May 2019, 06:34   #38059
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From the Flashes early morning Andy P reports:

Ruff and Barnacle Goose still; Garden Warbler in oak tree between the steps and the Hen Brook bridge.
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Old Wednesday 15th May 2019, 09:52   #38060
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Red Kite over the Flashes as per Andy P
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Old Wednesday 15th May 2019, 11:34   #38061
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TEMMINCK'S STINT at the Flashes now - found by Chris Thomson
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Old Wednesday 15th May 2019, 18:16   #38062
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Temminck's Stint

Pictures of The Temminck's Stint at The Flashes today. One alongside a LRP giving a size comparison.
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More pictures from The Flashes today.

Pictures of Ruff and distant shot of the Barnacle Goose.
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Old Wednesday 15th May 2019, 18:42   #38064
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Another excellent day rounded off with 7+ Black Terns at the Moors Pool as per Rob Strong

Temminck's Stint and Ruff still at the Flashes at 8:50pm as per Mike W.
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/N MOORS*
Common Tern (2)----------------Cuckoo.* Showing very well at the northern boundary of the N Moors.
Pochard (m)-----------------------LRP (2)
Lapwing (5)-----------------------Oystercatcher (4) +2:2 chicks
Gadwall (4)------------------------Shelduck (1)
Lesser Whitethroat (1)*----------Kestrel
Cormorant (1)---------------------G C Grebe (4) +2 chicks.
Tufted Duck (28)

FLASHES:
Ruff---------------------------------Temminck's Stint (C T).Still present early evening.
Avocet (38)------------------------Lapwing (10) + 3:1 chicks
LRP (4)-----------------------------Oystercatcher (2) + 2 chicks.
Gadwall (4)------------------------Shoveler (m)
Shelduck (6)-----------------------Barnacle Goose

+ Small Heath butterfly. Not officially/reliably recorded on the reserve since the 1970's/80's

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No sign of any BlackTern at the Moors Pool early morning but Cuckoo in the Lifestyles paddock as per Andy A.
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Temminck's Stint still at the Flashes early morning as per Clive Lee
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Mike W had a new ringed Black-headed Gull yesterday - green ring with white code JHU2. Believed to have originated from a Norwegian scheme.
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I will say the next bit really really quietly BUT if the forecast turns out as predicted then the next ten days could be very interesting. From Monday there are a run of warm easterlies up until next weekend with overcast, drizzly conditions from Saturday through to Tuesday with the wind remaining of an easterly persuasion which should ground birds on the move. This will bring us into the window of passage from the likes of Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpiper and Red-necked Phalarope amongst others; for once it looks like spring passage wont have finished at the end of April!
Well the week so far has been productive with Temminck's Stint (as referenced above), Ruff and two parties of Black Tern. Today will be another day of warm direct easterlies whilst tomorrow looks the most likely for birds to drop in - overcast conditions throughout the day with drizzle promised mid morning until noon (albeit cooler as the wind switches to the north-east. A few Red-necked Phalaropes have started to turn up, including one at my brother's workplace of Frampton Marsh.
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At the half-way point of the month the May list stands on a tidy 100 species with the year list progressing in 133. The average May total is 104.17 species so hopefully we will exceed this. Possible additions for the second half of the month include (as ever year ticks in bold):

Teal, Garganey, Mandarin, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper, Common Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, any owls, Wheatear, Redstart, Whinchat, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch
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Ruff still at the Flashes plus Yellow Wagtail as per Hughie King
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Mike W had a new ringed Black-headed Gull yesterday - green ring with white code JHU2. Believed to have originated from a Norwegian scheme.
I've re-checked this morning and it's definitely Norwegian
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That Temminck's Stint yesterday at Flashes

For those of you who think finding little brown birds is easy you might want to look at these pics.
My thanks to the guy sitting on my right who always seemed to be able to track the elusive diminutive Temminck's Stint. Andy I think his name was - No not the bird!!

In the world of bins , high powered scopes and telephoto lens birds often appear much larger than they really are.

So for Mr.T a slightly different set of comparisons. Makes the LRP look positively big and easy to find. At least it is slightly more colourful. Mind you on a rocky foreshore that is highly debatable.

Pic 1 shows a white ball directly above the blob of mud and the bird.
Pic 2 shows green balls-left mud- right bird.
Pic you can see it on your own!

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