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Old Thursday 7th June 2018, 20:58   #36201
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On the Flashes this evening were 4 Med.Gulls - 3 ad. & 1 2nd S plus the male Wigeon & 3 Shovelers (2 m., 1 f) and a male Kestrel. All three Avocet chicks were present. A couple of visits to the N.Moors produced no sight or sound of the Gropper. The Little Gull wasn't seen either side. The male Pochard remained on the Moors Pool.
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Old Thursday 7th June 2018, 21:57   #36202
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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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Old Thursday 7th June 2018, 22:05   #36203
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Little grebe families

Observations re the North Moors little grebe family seems to be echoed by what I saw of the west hide family.
Five chicks were reported on Monday this week - only four seen on Tuesday (5th). I videoed them in the vicinity of the nest. One chick spent much of its time far away from the rest of the brood. The parents did not attempt to approach it. Occasionally the brood nipped back onto the nest to lounge in safety. The 'outcast' attempted to join them and cuddled up on two occasions. In the first instance the adult tipped it out of the nest. On the second occasion two of the other chicks viciously attacked it and 'threw' it into the water.
I wonder what happened to the first missing chick and whether this one was going the same way.

1. 3 + 1 (closest it got to parent)
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2. 3 siblings on nest - Mum has big feet and they eventually fall off as she sits down - seems to be adding to the nest.
3. 3 very cosy on nest
4. +1 pushed and bitten out of the nest (2 siblings on top of it here!)
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Old Friday 8th June 2018, 08:08   #36204
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From the Flashes this morning Phil W reports:

Redshank, male Wigeon still, Cuckoo calling from by the archery field, 1 Med Gull, 3 Avocet young still.
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Old Friday 8th June 2018, 17:49   #36205
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Phil W further advises that the Grasshopper Warbler is still present at the North Moors but only reeling sporadically.

Little Gull and 3 Med Gulls reported at the Flashes.
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 05:47   #36206
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Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at the North Moors and showing well early moning as per JTB; also Common and Lesser Whitethroat.
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 05:57   #36207
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From the Flashes John reports:

2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and second summer), only 14 adult Avocet + 3 young, Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, male Wigeon, 3 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, male Redstart still singing from the old barns at Sagebury Farm
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 09:56   #36208
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Little Gull reported again this morning at the Moors Pool
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 13:54   #36209
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From the Flashes John reports:

2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and second summer), only 14 adult Avocet + 3 young, Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, male Wigeon, 3 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, male Redstart still singing from the old barns at Sagebury Farm
By the time I left the Flashes the Avocet increased to 23.

The ringed plover is a small dark bird belonging to the Tundra race.
Also gadwall 6. Shelduck 6.
Common Tern passed through.
Lesser Whitethroat. Blackcap 2. Sedge w singing. Reed w 5. Cetti's w. Chiffchaff.
Greenfinch. Linnet 3.
Reed Bunting numerous.
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 14:00   #36210
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This coming Tuesday FLASHES

In a final act of defiance I would like to try and save what we can from the disastrous wader breeding season before the Fox/es completely ruin it.
So we plan to repair the secondary fence line to the right of the Avocet hide.
The work will take place from 9am and hopefully in and out in 45 minutes The only remaining Avocet chicks will swim to the sewage works bay . So we have nothing to lose as we currently have NO Avocets sitting.
Please meet at the Avocet hide 9ish.
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 14:03   #36211
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Gropper from this morning thanks Kev for the info
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 14:45   #36212
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Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at the North Moors mid afternoon and Cuckoo over as per Kevin Wardlow
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 19:20   #36213
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MOORS this am

As expected at this time of year very little or no migration.
So it's mostly about breeding surveying.
Only the pair of Oystercatcher with the large chick was see. The other pair could be hidden in the long vegetation around the Broadmeadow pool but I wasn't convinced. A female lapwing was still and hopefully they will hatch soon . But many of its brethren were already gathering in post breeding flocks around Amy's marsh.
Little grebes were much in evidence but only 2 chicks seen. Tufted Duck are building up and paired off for the most part as their breeding season is about to start. Passerines however appear to be having a bumper year.

SPECIES COUNT:
NORTH MOORS:- Little grebe 2 chicks.
Treecreeper singing by Yew trees.
Plenty of warblers
Feeding young including Lesser Whitethroat , reed warbler and chiffchaff. Singing birds were Grasshopper warbler. Whitethroat. Reed w. Cetti's w. Chiffchaff.
and Blackcap. All three common tit species were in good numbers especially at the north end.

MOORS:- GCG. Little grebe 6 +2
Mute swan 2. Shoveler male. Gadwall 4. Tufted Duck 80+.
Lapwing 19. Oystercatcher 2:1.
NO TERNS
Med Gull 2nd summer. BHG 250 + several fledged young.
Sparrowhawk male displaying.
Green woodpecker. Great spotted w. Stock dove 2.
Swift 12. House Martin 30+.
Sedge w. Reed w c10. Whitethroat 2. Blackcap. Cetti's w.
Bullfinch 2.
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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 07:15   #36214
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From the Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

27 adult Avocet + 3 young, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adult & second summer), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, Wigeon, 4 Teal, Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat
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From the Moors Pool Dave J reports:

Whitethroat, 6 Gadwall, only seen larger Oystercatcher chick (smaller ones not currently visible on Broad Meadow, but adult bringing in food)

Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and showing well at the North Moors
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Dave J further reports a juvenile Nuthatch in the North Moors plantation plus Treecreeper and Goldcrest.
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Chris Thomson reports from the reserve this afternoon:

Second summer Little Gull again (minus half a left leg) at the Flashes, 3 Common Terns on the Sailing Pool, 2 Hobbys perched up at the Moors Pool.
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Two belated charts relating to the highlights of Spring passage, showing the distribution of Turnstone (red) and Grey Plover (green).

Other than the exceptional outlying record in November, the Turnstone sightings are split neatly into 22 records each for spring and return passage. However whilst the first half a May shows a very strong peak, "autumn" passage is a much more spread out affair with the second half of August being the favoured period.

For Grey Plover there is a far greater spread of records throughout the year with a slightly better showing in spring whilst the return passage occurs far later than Turnstone, not peaking until early October.
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From the Flashes this morning Andy A reports:

33 adult + 3 young Avocet, Wigeon, 2 Gadwall (pair), Shoveler, 2 Teal, Lesser Whitethroat singing briefly, 4 Little Ringed Plover
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Little Gull again at the Flashes as per Andy A.
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Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at the North Moors as per David Jackson

2 Med Gulls (adult female and second summer male) at the Flashes as per Andy A and Brian Stretch
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Old Monday 11th June 2018, 16:34   #36222
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a few hours today

saw the gropper not close and in shade, then a bit of bug hunting.
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Little Gull still at the flashes this evening as well as a Med Gull.
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At the Flashes this morning John reports:

Avocet 36 adults +3 young, Lapwing 15, Oystercatcher 2, Little Ringed Plover 4, Med Gull 2 (second summer and adult), Shelduck 6, Swift 5

Med Gull also reported at the Moors Pool
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Grasshopper Warbler still at the North Moors as per Richard Baker
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