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Old Tuesday 16th April 2019, 06:32   #1301
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A different Black Redstart to last week’s individual?
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Old Tuesday 16th April 2019, 06:36   #1302
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Central Park in Spring😱

https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-...rders-paradise

A bit like the Scillies in Autumn..........ish

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Old Tuesday 16th April 2019, 15:00   #1303
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Netherton Cricket Club

Ring Ouzels still at Netherton Cricket @ 14:45 today.
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Old Tuesday 16th April 2019, 17:19   #1304
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Just to clarify:- Indigo Jones’ photo of ‘Walton Hill’ hen Black Redstart was taken on Thursday last week (11/4/2019). Myself and three other ‘birders’ were with him when he was photographing.
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Old Wednesday 17th April 2019, 06:23   #1305
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Cheers for the clarification on Black Redstart and the update on Ring Ouzel(s).

I watched the male Peregrine at the Delph ystda from 7:30 until 0815 when it flew off - during this period it used 2 of the tower blocks and called frequently.

Withymoor was quiet with Chiffchaff and several Blackcaps singing. I had both these and a Willow Warbler in song in a small area of scrub adjacent to the house ystda aftnn.

Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge held a pair of adult LBB’s and an hour up at Shergar Loaf Farm yielded a female Wheatear in the barn paddocks and a handful of Swallows hawking around it.

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Old Thursday 18th April 2019, 10:02   #1306
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Still one smart male Ring Ouzel on Netherton Cricket Club pitch at 7 ystda and i had my first singing Whitethroat on the hill - a reported Gropper in the scrub adjacent to the Churchyard this morning.....

No change at Withymoor just a pair of LBB’s with Chiffchaff n Blackcap in the bushes.

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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 05:01   #1307
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A few notes before a pre-breakfast jaunt.
I have been out for 6 and back between 9 and 10 the last 3 days. Just local sites involving 10-12-miles cycling and then out for 2-3 hours mid-afternoon before o’clock around 4pm.....

Lots of Blackcaps and increasing Willow Warblers for me is the most noticeable when cycling quiet lanes locally. My first Whitethroat up at the Hagley Fields following one at Netherton Hill a week ago. The Peregrine at the Delph is intermittent and wasn’t on show ystda at 7am. Withymoor has still been a no-show for Common Sandpiper thus far. I have been visiting Fens Pools on each of the 3 days and ystda added Lesser Whitethroat to the Warbler tally c/w adults of GBB and YLG. Water levels are high so not conducive to waders altho LRP has been seen a couple of weeks back.

Yesterday afternoon i decided to pay a visit to Hurcott.
4 spp of Warbler including a couple of Reed was all i could manage.
Seldom am i impressed with some of the management work that takes place but the regeneration of the marsh/mire habitat and brook that feeds into the reedbed is gobsmacking imo Gone are the huge alien Poplars that were felled about 5 years ago Dozens of these water-sucking monsters cut out all available light and deposited tons of de-oxygenating leaf-litter.....not any more. There is now about 750 yards of pools, islands, dead trees, weirs etc giving the whole area a ‘bayou’ feel and that at any moment their would be the distinct call of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker Last year i had a Cetti’s Warbler on territory for 3 weeks (the reason for ystda’s visit tbh). Definately an area that could yield a passage Crake or skulking Nightingale the latter i have seen there a few years ago.

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Withymoor continues to be very quiet despite 3 visits per day and the water level is now high following yesterday's Monsoon hour I turned up late afternoon to see the female Swan and the Coot on the raft looking decidely bedraggled nursing partial clutches - the things we do for our kids eh!

En-route in the morning the Peregrine could be seen perching from Withymoor but on passing it had flown. I hadn't seen it since Monday when i took the attached pictures but the local Pigeons have grown decidedly wary.

A couple of hours extended walk around West Hagley Fields was great for the Dog but only yielded Blackcaps a coupla Chiffchaffs and a single Whitethroat. No other migrants noted other than those over at Hurcott planting Asparagus in the middle of a hot day on my last visit...

Again NO hirundines

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For those that visit the West Hagley Fields some might be unaware that the area borders 3 counties which can make for interesting records with a mobile bird. The bulk of my recording area is West Midlands but South Staffs is at its limit here with mighty Worcs at its Northern boundary before enveloping the landscape and onto Bewdley.....

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