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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 08:26   #36076
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Ruff at the Flashes this morning; also Cuckoo calling again.
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 13:53   #36077
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 18:18   #36078
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Bit late getting to flashes this morning but expecting another hot quiet day, although I was already aware of the Ruff on the flashes which showed nicely. The 3 LRP chicks looked healthy and Avocet chicks were coming on nicely with at least another 8 or 9 birds appearing to be sitting... but you have to be 'in it to win it' as the saying goes and so you have to make the effort or you'll miss the birds...and the first good bird was a cuckoo calling around east shore of sailing pool (however not seen)... then a call from John Belsey to check out a tern on the moors which had been spotted by Keith Moore...turned out to be a Black Tern...and whilst watching the tern a Hobby circled overhead!... 4 year ticks in the space of an hour.

Weather conditions now humid/overcast and so an early morning visit planned tomorrow... some pics of tern and Hobby...
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 20:51   #36079
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Monday 21st May 2018 0845-1300

On paper the weather was broadly similar to my visit last Monday morning but as soon as I got out of the car and felt an easterly breeze on my face my expectations were heightened, for once not to be disappointed:

SAILING POOL
2Mute Swan, 5 Greylag Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Coot, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 2 LBB Gull, Cetti's Warbler

FLASHES
Male Ruff, 31 Avocet +5 young (4:1), 3 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Little Ringed Plover + 3 young, 25 Tufted Duck, male Gadwall, 6 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Coot, 6 Moorhen, c275 BH Gull chicks, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo calling from old orchard, male Redstart on old barn roof
Little Grebe on Hen Pool

NORTH MOORS
1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Coot + brood, Jay

MOORS POOL
4 Oystercatcher (family party out of sight by the seasonal pool), 3 Lapwing, 2 Shoveler (both males), 60 Tufted Duck, 4 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall (5 males + 1 female), 8 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag Geese, 31 Canada Geese, 3 LBB Gull, no terns, 3 Swift, Raven, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler on east track, GS Woodpecker.
Also present along the east track was an interesting mixed singing phyllosc warbler with a song started tentatively as a Chiffchaff but the finished strongly as a Willow Warbler.
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 21:03   #36080
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New for the year - #130 - Ruff
New for the year - #131 - Black Tern
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 21:50   #36081
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also had 4 year ticks this evening which took me up to the hundreth bird for the year. But seeing JTB face when he heard the Cuckoo for the first time in four years at Upton beats all
anyway here's 4 rubbish photos. the challenge is name them.
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 22:14   #36082
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also had 4 year ticks this evening which took me up to the hundreth bird for the year. But seeing JTB face when he heard the Cuckoo for the first time in four years at Upton beats all
anyway here's 4 rubbish photos. the challenge is name them.
3rd pic looks like something from Area 51...
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 05:35   #36083
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Early morning at the Flashes and Andy A reports:

No sign of the Ruff, male Redstart singing on the old barn, 3 LRP young, 4 Avocet young
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No sign of the Black Tern at the Moors Pool as per Richard Baker but 2 Avocet and 2 Common Tern.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 07:32   #36085
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Black Tern still at the Moors Pool as per Birdguides (although no one on site has seen it ....)
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 17:10   #36086
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Black Tern, what Black Tern?
Nothing, zero, nada, zilch so here's an Oystercatcher instead.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 19:01   #36087
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Just a quick question have there been many sightings of Kingfisher recently as I haven't seen a lot reported.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 20:37   #36088
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Sunday's WeBS courtesy of Dave J:

Avocet 38, Canada Goose 25, Coot 20, Cormorant 2, Dunlin 1, Gadwall 10, Great Crested Grebe 4, Grey Heron 1, Greylag Goose 3, Kingfisher 1+, Lapwing 12, Little Grebe 10, Little Ringed Plover 6, Mallard 56, Moorhen 10+, Mute Swan 7, Oystercatcher 6, Shelduck 8, Shoveler 5, Tufted Duck 113, Water Rail 2+, BH Gull 720, Herring Gull 2, LBB Gull 10, Common Tern 2
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Just a quick question have there been many sightings of Kingfisher recently as I haven't seen a lot reported.
Still being seen on an infrequent basis but a notable downturn in records since the cold snaps earlier in the year.
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Just a quick question have there been many sightings of Kingfisher recently as I haven't seen a lot reported.
During the breeding season we tend to have less sightings but like Phil says could have been affected by the cold spell in March/April.
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A late session this evening at Moors:
Oystercatcher 4+2 chicks. Other pair still sitting. Lapwing sitting again.
Willow warbler singing on East side.
Shoveler 2 males. Gadwall pr.
Common Tern 2.

FLASHES:
Shoveler pr. Shelduck 6
Avocet 32 +4chicks. Didn't see the second brood of 1. LRP 6ads +3 chicks. Lapwing 7 or 8. Oystercatcher 2. Dunlin 2.
Sadly I have to report that there are now 2 foxes inside the fence.
We will have another fence fixing session next Tuesday. It would appear that we are repairing the fence but the FOX keeps breaking through at another point. Hopefully the Trust will sort this out for next year.
Water levels are now dropping rapidly. The Trust set the level at 0.4 in keeping with the plan to extend the area of salt marsh. Unfortunately evaporation has now dropped the water by at least 3cm below this level. Hopefully the forecast for heavy rain next week will address the situation. The area on the southern section of the 2nd flash looks like wet mud , in fact it is water covered in a slime/ algal blooms but the birds are not going near it as it is very pungent. Not sure what is going on here??
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Little Gull turned up on the Moors this evening for about 10 to 15 mins I believe it was a second summer bird it had white under wing which was translucent in the sun light, on top of wing was black bar lines with a small tail and a dark head.Bird 2/3 the size of a BHG .Once again rubbish photos .
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bad news on the flashes. 2 Foxes with water dropping quickly things may need to learn to fly soon.
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Looks like a well marked first summer bird Tim
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thanks Phil, did some homework when I got home, all education welcome. won't tell you what JTB was hoping for
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Rain?

(If so Friday morning is looking quite interesting....)
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One Great Crested Grebe chick on the Sailing Pool on Monday evening as per Dave J, first noted by Neil Duggan on Friday.
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From the Flashes Des reports:

Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3 young Little Ringed Plover, 6 young Avocet (4:2)

No sign of the Little Gull at the Moors Pool.
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Time for one last big push for spring migration at Upton Warren with some promising conditions over the next week or so, starting tomorrow with NE winds and light rain all afternoon from midday. Friday could also be interesting with heavier rain albeit the winds is more northerly.

Still Little and Black Terns being reported inland together with late moving waders such as Turnstone, Temminck's Stint, Little Stint, Sanderling, Wood Sand and Red-necked Phalarope; also a few Bee-eater records nationally.
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Time for one last big push for spring migration at Upton Warren with some promising conditions over the next week or so, starting tomorrow with NE winds and light rain all afternoon from midday. Friday could also be interesting with heavier rain albeit the winds is more northerly.

Still Little and Black Terns being reported inland together with late moving waders such as Turnstone, Temminck's Stint, Little Stint, Sanderling, Wood Sand and Red-necked Phalarope; also a few Bee-eater records nationally.
The weather is pushing through quicker than anticipated with rain from just before dawn until 9am and then 2pm until dusk - any one going down early tomorrow?
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