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Old Thursday 5th December 2013, 08:08   #276
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anyone dropped in here lately??
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Old Thursday 5th December 2013, 10:33   #277
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anyone dropped in here lately??
Looks like ........NO...he he.

I look through all the midlands threads and some further afield and cannot believe the lack of interest...especially in areas where there are loads of brill places to visit.

Mind you I only found these forums in a roundabout way so maybe people do not know where to go to to find these forums.

My local ones are Worcestershire and West Mids and as well as keeping in touch with other birders it throws up loads of great local info.

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Old Thursday 5th December 2013, 15:40   #278
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anyone dropped in here lately??
Carl aka Hillwatcher covers it regularly but tends to report what he sees on his blog rather than on here.

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Old Thursday 12th December 2013, 20:19   #279
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Hi Everyone,

Shawell is still attracting thousands of gulls, but few birders. At present there is an influx of gulls from Scandinavian countries. This I know because I've recently read some colour-rings of gulls that spend their summer in either Norway or Denmark. I have seen more colour-ringed Herring Gulls lately than is normal. One had paid a visit to Vardo at the top of Norway during the summer of 2012. Herring Gulls have been the most numerous of the large gulls lately, but numbers of Lesser-Black-backed Gulls had built up noticeably on Wednesday of this week.

Yellow-legged Gulls are seen in small numbers during every visit and Caspian Gulls can be seen fairly often but not every time. I've seen somewhere close to forty different Caspian Gulls this year.

Hopefully the first 'white-winger' of the winter will appear soon.

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Old Thursday 12th December 2013, 20:25   #280
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Hi Carl

Tim had a juv Iceland in the roost at Draycote at the end of November so hopefully you will get one soon.

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Old Sunday 15th December 2013, 06:40   #281
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Second-winter Glaucous Gull briefly at the A5 Lagoons yesterday afternoon.

More Here: http://bagawildone.blogspot.co.uk/20...ady-sings.html
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Old Thursday 26th December 2013, 21:41   #282
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Would like to visit here in the new year could anyone out there post a close postcode to the tip or even the actual post code (post codes only) as I have to make my way by public transport and the travel finder only accepts post codes sorry
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Old Thursday 26th December 2013, 21:49   #283
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The Redland Roof Tiles plant is virtually opposite the tip and is
Gibbet Lane
Shawell
Nr Lutterworth
Leicestershire
LE17 6AB
The lagoons are further down the A5 but not sure of a postcode for there. Perhaps Carl or one of the other regulars would know.

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Old Friday 27th December 2013, 09:05   #284
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would be appreciated if someone could point out the viewing point.

As you look at the pits from the other side of the road, there is a gate to the left, however this seems to take you round the back of the pools.

I think there is a viewing platform but not 100% certain how you get to it.

One thing I will point out is be VERY VERY Careful the road is busy and the traffic is usually at a high speed
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Many thanks for the details Draycotebirding will have to find public transport directions later as website is still down.
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would be appreciated if someone could point out the viewing point.

As you look at the pits from the other side of the road, there is a gate to the left, however this seems to take you round the back of the pools.

I think there is a viewing platform but not 100% certain how you get to it.

One thing I will point out is be VERY VERY Careful the road is busy and the traffic is usually at a high speed
You need to walk right (uphill) about 200m from the gate. By the way going through the gate and walking round the back usually flushes everything. Look out for a well-worn path into the hedge just as you get to a drainage culvert. No viewing platform, just a little patch of mud and a pruned gap in the bushes. Be careful arriving as the gulls are easily spooked.

And do be careful on the road.

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