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Old Tuesday 12th February 2013, 07:44   #26
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Mary Stevens Park.........

Mon 12th Feb

Goosander back up to 9 birds this afternoon - 3males, 1 imm male and 5 females.

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2013, 10:13   #27
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Hi Laurie, Great news on your yellow Legged Herring Gull . Down Lakeside early January.

You know me as the person who works in sainsburys Amblecote. We met a few tears ago.

Quite recently i had Female Stonechat along Canal Back of Football Pitchs.

I also had the Drake Pochard aswell on Lake.
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2013, 17:50   #28
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Hi Paul - nice to see you've signed up and posted, the Pochard must have been the same one as me.

Post anything you see in the vicinity, it all helps.

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Old Thursday 14th February 2013, 08:35   #29
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In typically crap weather ystda aftnn (Wed13th) at around 16:00.....

Mary Stevens Park -

Goosander - down to 6 birds, 4 females, 1 ad male and 1 imm-type.
Tufted Duck - Male and a female.

3 species of duck, 5 if you include the plastics, amazing (first Tufties for me on there for at least 2 years).

Who needs Slimbridge?

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Old Friday 15th February 2013, 07:19   #30
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Mary Stevens Park.......

Thur 14Feb ca1600

Goosander - 9 birds present - 6 females, 2 males and 1 sub-adult type male. Very active, feeding all the time.

Plenty of birdsong ystda with the increasing day-length and mild conditions, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Starling within the park.

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Old Saturday 16th February 2013, 12:53   #31
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Been down Lakeside Pool Dinnertime nice and sunny.
Birds of note.

Grey Wagtail.
Pied wagtail 2
25+Black Headed Gulls
Adult Lesser Black Backed Gull.
2 Pair Tufted Duck'
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Old Sunday 17th February 2013, 07:04   #32
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Mary Stevens Park..........

Sat 17th Ca1500 -

Quiet, the 'long-staying' flotilla of Goosander appear to have 'left the building'.

It was nice while it lasted, numbers fluctuated with 11 at the peak, unless anybody had more? Believe it or not the pair of Tufties are not usual and along with the first Cormorant that i have recorded there it has been a purple patch for a relatively unproductive site.

Still awaiting a Gull of note..........

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Old Sunday 17th February 2013, 17:38   #33
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Mary Stevens Park Friday 15th Feb.

5 Goosander, a pair of Tufties and almost as many Gulls on the water as people in the park on a refreshingly warm sunny afternoon!

Good to have read the updates Laurie!
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Old Monday 18th February 2013, 08:16   #34
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Hi Pam - nice shots on a rare sunny day - looks like Friday was the last day for the current run of Goosander records. I had a rare.......days work.......so i did'nt pop in until about 6 o'clock on the night before meeting some friends in the Plough and Harrow next door

Despite the lack of light, a quick scan did'nt reveal any Goosander so they must have departed sometime before dusk.

Sun 17th Feb -

Nothing of note on the pool with about 300 Black Headed Gulls including a couple of birds in full Summer 'hood'.

Elsewhere 1100-1330

Brake Mill Pool -

Single Female Goosander with about 250 Black Headed Gulls.

Stakenbridge Pool -

13 Goosander, 8 females and 5 males -

Buzzards, Nuthatch, GSPWoodpecker etc, plenty of stuff singing (until the cold snap this week?) but, hey, at least it's lighter, longer, now..........

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Old Tuesday 19th February 2013, 07:02   #35
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Mon 18th Feb........

Withymoor - ca1130


Black Headed Gull 200+
Tufted Duck 4males, 2females -
LBBGull - single ad on pool several overhead -

Otherwise quiet around pool.

Mary Stevens Park - ca1500

Black Headed Gull ca350 increasing number of hooded, semi-hooded and 'smudgy' ear-coverters in a 'Med-Gull' stylee for the unwary....

LBBGull - single ad in Winter-plumage with distinct streaking down to the upper chest.

Goosander - single Female back on the pool.

More passerine spp now singing.

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Old Tuesday 19th February 2013, 11:45   #36
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Withymoor - Tue 19th Feb - 1100-1230..........

Quiet but at least pleasant in the sun.

Black Headed Gull - Ca75
LBBGull - 2 adults present
Tufted Duck - 4males, 2females and what looked like a 1stW male.

Nice to hear things singing, most prominent were male Starlings already in breeding plumage now with nice Blue bases to the bill......Dunnock, Tits etc also singing plus 2 Green Woodpeckers somewhere along the railway line.

Surprise of the day was a Chiffchaff in sub-song, briefly. It just sounded 'normal' to my ears not 'tristis' - i have'nt seen a Wintering one around here so quite where it has been/came from?

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Old Tuesday 19th February 2013, 12:33   #37
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Hi Laurie, must have just missed you.
I was down Lakeside Pool around 10:00am.
I also had 4 Drakes&2 female Tufted Duck.+ 3 Lesser Black Backed Gulls
Green Woodpecker(behind Football Pichs).1 Female Siskin(by railway line up slope).
1Song Thrush also 1 other calling nearby. Num, Blue,Great,Long Tail Tits in erea.
Very pleasant in the sunshine. Good few days woodpecker wise, had
great Spot near house Yesterday. Last week on the monday had low flying Raven cronking nr Home.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2013, 15:09   #38
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Re: the Green Peckers - i had one call in the Birches on the Railway Line (which is where the CC was but lower down the slope) and another bird answered, far off to the right which would make it where the Footie pitches are.....Weather 4cast is OK for the next few days......'bout time.

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2013, 06:12   #39
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Mary Stevens Park - Tue 19th Feb - ca1630......

Quiet, gulls had departed, quite a bit of birdsong.

Goosander - back up to 3 females, very mobile and actively fishing.

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2013, 08:06   #40
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In addition, on the 18th about 1115 i had 2 high flying and fast moving Eurofighters heading due East, turns out they were probably Italian visitors using the Welsh Valleys for practice and then returning to Coningsby.

Just in case anybody else saw them.....

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Quiet around Lakeside Pool. Dinnertime. 8 drake; 2 female Tufted Ducks; 2 Adult Lesser Black backed Gulls; Aprox 50 Black Headed Gulls; Green Woodpecker flew from tree towards railway Line. Male Sparrow Hawk flew over.
Lot Colder Today.
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Old Friday 22nd February 2013, 06:23   #42
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Mary Stevens Park - Thur 21st Feb - ca1630........

Nothiing of note on Wed so no post.

Yesterday saw the presence of 3 female Goosander and a pair of Tufties.

NB - The records of Goosander, as i have stated, are the first that i have recorded in there in the 2 years that i have looked regularly at the pool.

There might or might not be more Goosander around this Winter but the species is present at local pools every Winter. I would like to think that the recent birds have 'found' MSP as another useful site for roosting and feeding and will now be a seasonal feature - time will tell...

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Old Friday 22nd February 2013, 16:59   #43
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Goosander's still at Mary Stevens Park today, hiding under the trees in the snow flurries.
Spotted this in Express and Star, seems very strange, have a look in the letters page "Still the thrill of spotting bird species rare to British skies" pg 9
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Cannot find the article online - the site does not seem to have a 'search' facility!

Goosander now up to 4 femles @ 1630 with the pair of Tufties.......

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Old Monday 25th February 2013, 07:07   #45
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Sun 24 Feb - Mary Stevens Park - Ca1530........

Black Headed Gull - Ca150
Goosander - 4 females still present
Tufted Duck - a 3rd bird (male) has now joined the Male and Female

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Old Tuesday 26th February 2013, 09:12   #46
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Sun 25 Feb (the above post should be Sat 24, soz).

Withymoor - Ca1330

Quiet, no large Gulls and no Tufties, ca25 BlackHeads......dire......

Mary Stevens Park - 1600

Goosander 2 females
Tufties - male and female only
BHG - ca125 birds, noticeably more with Summer-type hoods.

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Tue 26 Feb.......-

Withymoor - Ca1400

BHGulls - Ca30
Tufties - 1 of each gender
Redwing - overflying
LBBGull - 2 ad in spanking plumage, no streaking, looking crisp

Mary Stevens Park - Ca1630

BHGull - ca125
Goosander - 4 females
Tufty - single Male noted

In addition a pair of Mute Swans were seen overflying the ring-road, these birds were sub-adults with just a slight browning on the wings, they are not birds seen at the 2 above sights.

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Wed 27 Feb.......

Mary Stevens Park Ca1630

Mild with a good number of species singing.

BHGulls - Ca150
LBB Gull - single adult
Goosander- only 1 female noted.

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Sat 2nd March - 1300/1615......

A few hours bimbling about with the dogs on a glorious Spring day. It's nice to be out and about with the Sun on the back of your neck even if there's not much about. which there was'nt. Having said that, a good range of species now singling.

West Hagley Fields -

Buzzard, mixed Corvids etc and Yellowhammers.

Again, a good percentage of the fields are now tilled which bodes well for passage Wheatears and Wagtails if the weather brings them down. Last year our best spell of weather was during the early passage period and i only recorded a single male Wheatear. Mind you there was a Cream Coloured Courser in Herefordshire which made up for it

Mary Stevens Park -

Single Goosander (female) of note.

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For those of you who got to see the 'bird of the decade' here's some memories and for those that did'nt........

First record of a Spring male, the setting at Bradnor Hill was simply stunning and the weather was in the upper 20's which made it feel very 'summery' which in fact is what it turned out to be....

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