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Old Sunday 3rd June 2018, 09:08   #36176
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Old Monday 4th June 2018, 06:02   #36177
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Sightings from Sunday 3rd June:

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29 Avocet + 3 young, 4 adult Little Ringed Plover (both remaining chicks), male Redstart, Cuckoo, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher, Whitethroat, adult Little Gull (Pete Johnson), drake Wigeon

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6 Oystercatcher + 4 young (1:3), Cuckoo, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, Osprey (Chris Thomson), Hobby, Little Gull from the Flashes
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Old Monday 4th June 2018, 07:44   #36178
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Tuesday Tern Raft Launch

This Tuesday 5th June.. we will be launching the repaired/refurbished Tern rafts and removing the cover from the large raft still in situ.
For whatever reason our terns have not returned this year well not in in any numbers. We normally wait for numbers to build up before re-launching, which has been in the 3rd week of May in the last few years. But traditionally it was the first week in June so maybe the terns will appear ..fingers crossed.John
We will launch from 9.30 after preparation work. Sorry to anyone birding but hopefully everything will go like clockwork. john
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Old Monday 4th June 2018, 18:28   #36179
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Drake Wigeon at the Flashes still as per Tim
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 08:18   #36180
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Second summer Little Gull at the Flashes as per JTB
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 19:51   #36181
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Early start FLASHES

With a bit of drizzle as I arrived and a NE wind gave me an outside chance of a migrant.
I didn't expect much on the breeding front but I was shocked to see NO sitting Avocets. The three large Avocet chicks are now 24 days old and hopefully they will be able to swim to safety when the fox threatens.
The LRP still persist in trying to breed but I fear they are on a hiding to nothing. Many BHG chicks are now flying but the colony is much reduced this year probably by 40%.
To add to the tale of woe there is a very pungent smell eminating from the strange algal bloom type scum that is forming in bays and channels. I saw coot and mallard feeding in it but the avocet didn't go near it. Hopefully the Trust will identify it and let us know if it's good or bad.
Just as I was to leave for the work party at Moors I found a 2nd summer LITTLE gull amongst the BHG.
This saved the day and added a new bird for my patchwatch challenge 2018.
Species count:
Gadwall 8. Shoveler 2 males. Wigeon male. Shelduck 4. Tufted 30+.
Avocet 29 +3 ch. LRP 4. Lapwing 3.
Little Gull 2nd summer. Herring gull . LBBG 10+ an increase due to lack of defensive aggression from Avocets
Swift 35+.
Redstart singing on barn Sagebury farm.
Reed warbler 5. Cetti's w. Blackcap. Chiffchaff. Warblers were generally quiet as they must be feeding young at present.
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Old Tuesday 5th June 2018, 20:15   #36182
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Moors

Thanks to all the crew today for helping to launch the rafts and strimming the paths and car park.
I just hope the terns will appear pretty soon.

Species Count Moors:
Little grebe another brood of 4 were along the West side.
A pair of shoveler are leaving it late to breed or possibly the female is taking a break from incubation and chilling for a while. Later I saw the male on his own so maybe
The 4 Oystercatcher chicks were all present and lapwing continues to incubate eggs.
Two common terns were seen early am but not afterwards.
Little grebe 4 ads( definitely more). Shoveler pr. Gadwall 4. Shelduck. Tufted 40.
Lapwing 6. Oystercatcher 4+3:1.
Collared dove. Stock Dove 2. Raven.
Green woodp. Great sp woodp. Swift 40+.
House Martin 6

NORTH MOORS:
Little grebe ad +3 chicks right in front of the hide.
Shoveler Male. Coot 2 broods.
Swallow 2.
Whitethroat. Reed w 3. Cetti's w.
There were plenty of damselflys and broad bodied chasers. The whole surface of the pool was swarming with flies.
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Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 06:03   #36183
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Did I see a report of a pair of adult Med Gulls at the Flashes?
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Second summer Little Gull at the Flashes as per JTB
Sunday's Little Gull has been re-identified as a second summer, making it highly likely that it was the same bird that John had yesterday.
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Red Kite east of the Flashes as per Des
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Did I see a report of a pair of adult Med Gulls at the Flashes?
Yes and Alan Hanbury had them this morning at Moors before they flew off .
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Yes and Alan Hanbury had them this morning at Moors before they flew off .
Des reports they are moving between the Moors Pool and Flashes
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Grasshopper Warbler reeling at the North Moors as per Des.
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Second summer Little Gull and two adult Med Gulls at the Flashes this evening as per Des; the Little Gull was noted earlier in the day at Hewell Grange.

Gropper still reeling at the North Moors late afternoon.
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Photos from new hide today 06-06-2018
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES:
Avocet (30) + 3chicks---------LRP (4)
Lapwing (8)------------------- Oystercatcher (2)
Teal (pr)------------------------Gadwall (4)
Shelduck (5)-------------------Wigeon (m)
Shoveler (pr + m)-------------Red Kite. Seen circling with a Buzzard east of the Flashes.
Med Gull/B H Gull-------------Med Gull (2ad). At the Moors this morning.
Lesser Whitethroat------------Little Gull (2s).Noted at 18.15 and flew to the Moors much later apparently.

MOORS:
Hobby-------------------------Common Tern (2).Also seen at the Sailing Pool.
Lapwing (3)-------------------Oystercatcher (1) + 2 ckicks.
G C Grebe (3)-----------------Little Grebe (4)
Gadwall (5)--------------------Kestrel
Shoveler (m)------------------Cetti's Warbler

NORTH MOORS:
Whitethroat (3)---------------Grasshopper Warbler (RWP).Seen and heard at the northern end of the site.
Little Grebe + 3 chicks-------Shoveler (m)
Gadwall (1)-------------------Cetti's Warbler

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Can chance JS can post his gripping gropper pic on the forum?
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Gert and Andy A report from the Moors Pool this morning:

Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at the North Moors, male Pochard, 2 adult Med Gulls, large party of 30+ Long-tailed Hits along the causeway.
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Gert further reports that the second summer Little Gull is still at the Flashes this morning
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Hi, hoping someone can help, I am hoping to make a first visit tomorrow as I am going past and hope to have an hour to spare pm, any recommendations as to where about I would be best rewarded with my limited time?

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Male Wigeon and a third adult Med Gull at the Flashes as per Lloyd
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Things a little quiet as we get into summer, but still Avocet & LRP at Flashes plus recent reports of Med.Gull & Little Gull. Gropper infrequently heard at North Moors.
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NORTH MOORS:

Little Grebe + 3 chicks-----
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On Tuesday I observed the Little grebe family for About an hour. One of the chicks was always away from the adult and other two chicks. At one point it was in the
middle of the pool 50 yards away from the rest. But the adult was very attentive to the other two chicks allowing them to ride on her back even though they were far to big for comfort. She also provided them with plenty of fish , however the 3rd chick was totally disregarded and eventually she very aggressively attacked it and chased it off. I really don't know why this is? Maybe it's that she can't provide enough food for 3 chicks alone. Originally there were 5 chicks ...could it be that the other adult is looking after the other 2 chicks and the 3rd chick belongs to that group. I really don't know but I never saw another adult during my observations... anyone got any thoughts. I know coots will kill their young when they beg too vigorously probably cause they can't provide enough food. So perhaps this trait is also inherent with Little grebe???
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On Tuesday I observed the Little grebe family for About an hour. One of the chicks was always away from the adult and other two chicks. At one point it was in the
middle of the pool 50 yards away from the rest. But the adult was very attentive to the other two chicks allowing them to ride on her back even though they were far to big for comfort. She also provided them with plenty of fish , however the 3rd chick was totally disregarded and eventually she very aggressively attacked it and chased it off. I really don't know why this is? Maybe it's that she can't provide enough food for 3 chicks alone. Originally there were 5 chicks ...could it be that the other adult is looking after the other 2 chicks and the 3rd chick belongs to that group. I really don't know but I never saw another adult during my observations... anyone got any thoughts. I know coots will kill their young when they beg too vigorously probably cause they can't provide enough food. So perhaps this trait is also inherent with Little grebe???
There was discussion yesterday about the two chicks plus a lone chick which was seen to go behind some reeds and never seen again. I only saw two chicks as my photo yesterday shows.

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First visit for a couple of weeks and not expecting too much as we are now in June and the spring passage is sort of at an end...but a male Pochard on the moors was a surprise. The 2nd summer Little Gull from the flashes visited the moors briefly and a Grasshopper Warbler was reported from the North Moors. After an hour or so in the NM hide watching the Little Grebe and it's 2 chicks, I had a wander around the North Moors and the Grasshopper Warbler presented itself very well, reeling at length and giving good views. After lunch it was down to the flashes where again it was much the same as on previous visits but there was a male Wigeon and a pair of Teal. Then at about 3pm the Little Gull dropped onto the flashes...
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