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Old Thursday 17th May 2018, 12:13   #36051
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An old familiar friend who has been seen on the reserve for many a year but must be getting a bit long in the tooth now.

But getting back to the gull I will post it's updated history later
You can post my history as well Phil, it will make for more interesting reading!

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Rob were they small black chicks with white bills or more advanced
Small black chicks with white bills.
On the North Moors side of the road.
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Small black chicks with white bills.
On the North Moors side of the road.
Thanks Rob always good to know they are still breeding in good numbers john
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Mike W reports 5 Greylag Geese goslings still at the Sailing Pool this evening
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Three LRP chicks still present, four Avocet chicks also. Interestingly the latter were split 3:1 under two different adults when I arrived. The single then, when the adult got up, went to the adult brooding the three and squeezed under to join them. Therefore do we have a brood of 4 or 2x2 or something else? Does anyone have any evidence of fostering between pairs of Avocets?
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Early morning at the Flashes and Dave J reports:

39 Avocet plus one brood of 4 young (a mini influx compared to recent totals), Little Ringed Plover plus 3 young, Redstart, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shoveler, Shelduck, Gadwall
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Three LRP chicks still present, four Avocet chicks also. Interestingly the latter were split 3:1 under two different adults when I arrived. The single then, when the adult got up, went to the adult brooding the three and squeezed under to join them. Therefore do we have a brood of 4 or 2x2 or something else? Does anyone have any evidence of fostering between pairs of Avocets?
Yes Mike a couple of years ago I saw two broods feeding close to each other in the 'saucer. One of the brood was much smaller than the other. One of the smaller chicks kept drifting into the the larger chicks feeding territory and was initially attcked by the neighbouring adults. However the chick persisted in feeding with the larger brood. Eventually it was accepted by the neighbours and regularly brooded (fostered). Then a couple of hours later it returned it's biological parents.
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2 Ringed Plover present yesterday as per Clive and Sheila Williamson
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Early morning at the Flashes JTB reports:

35 Avocet with 2 broods (3 young and the other yet to emerge from under the parent), 6 Little Ringed Plover plus 3 young, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 8 Shelduck, male Redstart singing again on the old barn

Also 5 Greylag Geese young still at the Sailing Pool
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A couple of other pieces of information from yesterday. A Black Headed Gull with a white ring on its left leg, 28D1, was present at the Moors early afternoon. This bird has been noted before on the reserve.

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An adult with white 28D1, ringed in the nest at Hosehill Lakes, Berkshire on the 4th June 2011 and noted annually at Upton Warren since 2013.

The first sighting at the reserve was on the 5th May 2013 with the bird recorded the following year at the Flashes on the 9th and 28th March. In 2015 it was observed at the Moors Pool on the 24th June and at the Flashes on the following day. In 2016 it was seen at the Flashes on the 5th March and again on the 17th April whilst last year it was at Flashes on the 17th June before being recorded this year at the Moors Pool on the 16th May.

Other than its nest site later in 2011 and this reserve I understand the bird has only been noted in one other location, the River Lee in Cork on the 1st January 2012, although I will ask the ringing project coordinator for an updated history.
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An adult with white “28D1”, ringed in the nest at Hosehill Lakes............................
On 30th April re final photo.
Sunday 29th April at the Moors pool there was a nest-gathering BHG with a white ring 24HO. Is there any available history for this one?

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An adult with white 28D1, ringed in the nest at Hosehill Lakes, Berkshire on the 4th June 2011 and noted annually at Upton Warren since 2013.

The first sighting at the reserve was on the 5th May 2013 with the bird recorded the following year at the Flashes on the 9th and 28th March. In 2015 it was observed at the Moors Pool on the 24th June and at the Flashes on the following day. In 2016 it was seen at the Flashes on the 5th March and again on the 17th April whilst last year it was at Flashes on the 17th June before being recorded this year at the Moors Pool on the 16th May.

Other than its nest site later in 2011 and this reserve I understand the bird has only been noted in one other location, the River Lee in Cork on the 1st January 2012, although I will ask the ringing project coordinator for an updated history.
I love reading these histories; very interesting.
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Red Kite over the sewage works as per Stuart Croft
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On 30th April re final photo.
Sunday 29th April at the Moors pool there was a nest-gathering BHG with a white ring 24HO. Is there any available history for this one?
That's also one of our regulars JF - will post it's history later
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5am start at Flashes only 6 degrees and misty.
As expected no migrants but plenty of breeding activity. Plenty of juv tits especially long tailed around Hen pool.
Avocets have 2 broods of 4:1 & the 3 LRP chicks are now 5 and 4 days old. The Male Redstart continued to sing from Sagebury farm. A tatty red kite was picked out by Stuart Croft to the east of the reserve.

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Little grebe 1 hen pool. Shoveler pr. Gadwall. Shelduck 8. Tufted 12. Greylag 4 +5chicks sailing pool.
Avocet 35 +5 chicks. LRP 6ads +3 ch. Oystercatcher 2. Lapwing 7.
BHG C250 CHICKS. Very few large gulls as they were chased off by the Avocets.
Kestrel. Peregrine. Red Kite. Sparrowhawk. Buzzard 6.
Stock dove 30. Collared dove.
Raven 2. Rook 5. Jay 2.
Swift 2. Swallow. House Martin 10. Skylark 3.
Cetti's. Reed w 8. Sedge w 2. Blackcap 3. Whitethroat. Chiffchaff 3.
Song thrush 3. Redstart. Starling 2.
Linnet 6. Chaffinch singing (unusual). Greenfinch.
Reed Bunting 3.
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5am start at Flashes only 6 degrees and misty.
As expected no migrants but plenty of breeding activity. Plenty of juv tits especially long tailed around Hen pool.
Avocets have 2 broods of 4:1 & the 3 LRP chicks are now 5 and 4 days old. The Male Redstart continued to sing from Sagebury farm. A tatty red kite was picked out by Stuart Croft to the east of the reserve.

Species count:
Little grebe 1 hen pool. Shoveler pr. Gadwall. Shelduck 8. Tufted 12. Greylag 4 +5chicks sailing pool.
Avocet 35 +5 chicks. LRP 6ads +3 ch. Oystercatcher 2. Lapwing 7.
BHG C250 CHICKS. Very few large gulls as they were chased off by the Avocets.
Kestrel. Peregrine. Red Kite. Sparrowhawk. Buzzard 6.
Stock dove 30. Collared dove.
Raven 2. Rook 5. Jay 2.
Swift 2. Swallow. House Martin 10. Skylark 3.
Cetti's. Reed w 8. Sedge w 2. Blackcap 3. Whitethroat. Chiffchaff 3.
Song thrush 3. Redstart. Starling 2.
Linnet 6. Chaffinch singing (unusual). Greenfinch.
Reed Bunting 3.
John, have the 2:2 broods now become 4.

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John, have the 2:2 broods now become 4.

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I think they were almost certainly 4 to start with. Maybe the parents allowed the pair that were due to hatch their clutch (and lost chicks or they never hatched at all) to temporarily foster two chicks the adults could be related. In the past I have seen the 'alpha' pairs ( the first breeders) form creche's when the chicks were half grown, so sho knows. I suppose our Avocets are very closely watched so we could be witnessing behaviour not previously documented
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At the Flashes early morning Dave J reports:

37 Avocet +5 young (4:1), Dunlin, Redstart, 2 Cuckoo*, 4 Little Ringed Plover + 3 young, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, Gadwall

* One Cuckoo was first heard calling in old orchard, then over the sewage works. One bird was then seen chasing another over the field, heading towards the Education Reserve. Stuart Croft then had one of them over the Sailing Pool.
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On 30th April re final photo.
Sunday 29th April at the Moors pool there was a nest-gathering BHG with a white ring 24HO. Is there any available history for this one?
It had been ringed in the nest at Cerney Wick in the Cotswold Water Park on the 10th June 2013 and had previously been recorded at the Flashes on the 10th April 2015, in the Flashes roost on the 23rd and 25th March 2017 and again at the Flashes on the 5th April this year.
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One of my more ambitious charts, documenting the number of scarce and rare waders on Spring passage. I have taken "spring passage" to cover the second half of March to the first half of June and have excluded resident breeders (except Avocet prior to their establishment) plus the more common migrants such as Common Sand, Green Sand, Dunlin, Redshank and Ringed Plover. Clearly the totals are thrown by some of the exceptionally large flocks recorded eg Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit.

What is immediately obvious is that whilst this year (still 3.5 weeks left to run) has been very poor for numbers of scarce and rare passage waders, it hasn't necessarily been the worst for overall numbers of scarce and rare passage waders. However it has certainly has, to date, been the poorest for sheer variety of species with just Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit recorded. Of those years that noted less birds:

2004 - 5 waders (2 Greenshank, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Sanderling)
2001 (Foot and Mouth lockdown year which restricted access) - 6 waders (4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Knot)
2005 - 10 waders (6 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Sanderling)
2006 - 11 waders (3 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Black-winged Stilt)
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At the Flashes early morning Dave J reports:

37 Avocet +5 young (4:1), Dunlin, Redstart, 2 Cuckoo*, 4 Little Ringed Plover + 3 young, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, Gadwall

* One Cuckoo was first heard calling in old orchard, then over the sewage works. One bird was then seen chasing another over the field, heading towards the Education Reserve. Stuart Croft then had one of them over the Sailing Pool.
Dave J further reports from the Flashes:

38 Avocet, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern briefly, 10 Lapwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo seen / heard a couple more times.
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Cuckoo now showing well perched in tall trees in the Education Reserve, seen from the Moors Pool by Stuart Croft
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Dave J reports from the Moors Pool:

Hobby, Cuckoo, 4 Oystercatcher +2 young, 8 Gadwall, Willow Warbler
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