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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 21:44   #11251
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Hi John - did you see the goose yesterday and if so, what did you make of it? Think the last Ross's at UW sported a gold ring?
No, I think Andy P did or was it Alan Hambury, I know somebody did.
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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 21:44   #11252
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No - mine was the real deal; notably smaller than the Canadas around it with obvious black primaries.
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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 21:45   #11253
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Your right it is a hybrid Rob. The 'ross's goose' was seen on Friday..it is much smaller and totally white with black wing tips and a small pink bill and 'soft' expression.John
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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 21:56   #11254
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No, I think Andy P did or was it Alan Hambury, I know somebody did.
It certainly wasn't me! I remember seeing that one with the gold ring last year.
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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 22:27   #11255
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Tonight from Biking birder : sanderling, hobby and 2 common gulls and 8 curlew, at the Flashes
Curlew up to 10, plus Tawny Owl.
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No, I think Andy P did or was it Alan Hambury, I know somebody did.
Definite Ross' Goose, but obviously of very dubious origins, present on Friday until 9.30am when it flew off SW with the Canadas.

Difficult to decide if leg ring is silver coloured or gold coloured.
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 12:12   #11257
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Green Sandpiper on the Flashes. Can only find 7 Avocet chicks. Young Water Rail showing well.

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Definite Ross' Goose, but obviously of very dubious origins, present on Friday until 9.30am when it flew off SW with the Canadas.

Difficult to decide if leg ring is silver coloured or gold coloured.
great looking bird despite its dodgy origins
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 12:59   #11259
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Green Sandpiper on the Flashes. Can only find 7 Avocet chicks. Young Water Rail showing well.
Plus 2 nd year Common Gull and 2 Raven.

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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 13:30   #11260
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Definite Ross' Goose, but obviously of very dubious origins, present on Friday until 9.30am when it flew off SW with the Canadas.

Difficult to decide if leg ring is silver coloured or gold coloured.
Good to see a nice clear image of it Alan.

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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 15:24   #11261
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Further to the sightings I posted on earlier from the Flashes - here's a few pics - the Green Sandpiper that dropped in, Common Gull and a distant shot of the juv Water Rail
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 16:10   #11262
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Made use of the new screens on the North Moors to observe the Reed Warblers at close quarter this morning.
There was a large emergence of Cinnabar Caterpillars ( along with the moths present) in the Eddy this morning. Butterflies seen were Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Large White, Red Admiral and a Skipper that was probably a Large, but skipped off pronto.
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Only ok photo i manadged of yesterdays Sanderling in a brief spell of sunshine
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 20:26   #11264
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Hi gang,

A few photo`s from the flashes this PM.
No sign of the Green Sandpiper while i was there but the Common Gull played ball.
There was an airshow at Cosford today and we had our own display at Upton with several "dogfights" with the Avocets and anything that flew over they took a dislike too.

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Spent the afternoon at the Mecca with crofty junior (and banana and walnut cake-quality).
Started at a very slow pace clockwise from the car park around the North Moors trail. A good selection of birds all around the site. In the scrubby areas plenty of common garden birds, plus 2 singing whitethroats, blackcap (2), chiffchaff (2), and two reed warblers sang in the north end blackthorn. All along the trail, reed warblers sang in the reeds, including at least 1 in front of the viewing screens (between 8 and 10 birds in this section of the reserve). Also 2 sedge warblers were seen along the east side of the reed bed. In the south east corner a water rail called.
During a shower I spent a good time motionless just inside the plantation. From here, there were good numbers of young of all the 3 common tits, also at least 1 chaffinch family, several chiffchaff young and 2 males sang. Further into the wood were at least 3 males and several juvenile blackcaps. Also seen was a great spotted woodpecker carrying food as well as plenty of blackbirds, robin and dunnocks. This was certainly the most productive days birder in this area for a good few years. The only way to work it, is to spend a good couple of hours in there at a very slow pace and stand still for a while - the 'northern half is by far the best area. On the water were 2 cormorants and 2 tufted and a common tern fished the pool while a kestrel hovered above the periphery.
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 21:09   #11266
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After the North Moors we moved onto the Moors section. Starting at the secret garden which was a bit quiet, we moved onto the 'east hide' passing a couple of singing chiffs, reed warblers plus bullfinch. From the hide the 2nd pair of Oystercatchers have at least 2 very small chicks on the Broadmeadow island. There were also 8 lapwing a sign of migration is underway. With most of the BHG now vacating the moors for the Flashes, the door was open for common terns to move in and today 8 adults seemed to be settling on the main shingle island. The 2 GCG were still hitching a ride on the adults back, but the other 2 pairs have no young. The cuckoo was still calling from the education reserve. Plenty of swift fed high up and a handful of sand martin fed over the pool. Walking back to the west hide, another water rail was heard on the moors side of the causeway, where 4 reed bunting held territory.
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GCG 6, cormorant 2, Tufted 8, herring gull 2, BHG 30 plus no more than 10 young,
there are at least 17 bee-orchids this year.
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 21:22   #11267
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Finally onto the Flashes
The green sand from earlier in the day was not visible and could well be on the 3rd flash were a lapwing dropped onto.
The Avocet chicks were down to 7 with broods of 1:1:2 and 3. The original brood of 4 are now down to 2 and these were bigger than the recently lost chick. However they are themselves 2/3 the size of the largest chicks but only 2 days younger. There are at least 6 LRP still around and just 1 lapwing. The pair of teal from yesterday are still about, as is the pair of shelduck.
Also seen today: tufted 12, common gull 1st summer, common tern, BHG c200, Buzzard 3, stock dove 5, raven and more reed warblers, now singing from the scrub next to the hide.
On the sailing pool 4 GCG with 2 half grown chicks
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How was the water level John - was absolutely p!ssing down as I drove passed on the M5 half an hour ago.

Great news re the second pair of Oyks.
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For those who have caught up with a Cuckoo at UW (or elsewhere) you might or might not be aware of last years BTO ringing and GPS transmitter project. 5 male Cuckoos were suitably kitted out for there local meanderings and the Southbound journey to their African wintering quarters Sud-Sahel. 2 made it back to Blighty and a further 11 males have been rung this Summer (?) in Norfolk, Wales and Scotland.

Link to current background article on Birdguides....

http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3309

and link to the BTO project page......

http://www.bto.org/science/migration...uckoo-tracking

Something of interest to brighten up the dull days over the next few months....

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How was the water level John - was absolutely p!ssing down as I drove passed on the M5 half an hour ago.

Great news re the second pair of Oyks.
Sorry Phil did mean to mention it. 0.46, I left about 2" of 'flow' through the out pipe.
Today and Tuesday should be relatively dry, but Thursday looks wet again. I will assess it again tomorrow afternoon and take appropriate action.
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This morning's highlights

The Moors:
Cuckoo heard and seen (in the trio of dead trees and flying north; Little Owl on farm chimney, 4 Oyster catchers and 2 young (one of which was flying short distances) and associated Lapwing [worryingly there was no sign of the new Oystercatcher chicks and their parents were remarkably inactive and apparently not feeding]; 2 Swans and 3 cygnets; 2 GCGs and 2 chicks; Little Grebe; Common Tern. The white domestic duck was fiercely defending 4 (apparently) Mallard ducklings. Did she mate with a Mallard drake?


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7 Avocet chicks (it was not easy to count but I had an experienced second opinion); Common Gull, 1 Oystercatcher; 2 Shelduck.

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This morning's highlights

The Moors:
Cuckoo heard and seen (in the trio of dead trees and flying north; Little Owl on farm chimney, 4 Oyster catchers and 2 young (one of which was flying short distances) and associated Lapwing [worryingly there was no sign of the new Oystercatcher chicks and their parents were remarkably inactive and apparently not feeding]; 2 Swans and 3 cygnets; 2 GCGs and 2 chicks; Little Grebe; Common Tern. The white domestic duck was fiercely defending 4 (apparently) Mallard ducklings. Did she mate with a Mallard drake?
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I noticed the white duck with the mallard type chicks, perhaps she kidnapped them. I would have expected paler chicks if they were her own.

Re the new Oyc brood: Were the adults on the Broadmeadow island? yesterday the freshly hatched chicks were hiding in the long vegetation whist the adults sat on guard only saw them once. So maybe they are just lying low.
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I noticed the white duck with the mallard type chicks, perhaps she kidnapped them. I would have expected paler chicks if they were her own.

Re the new Oyc brood: Were the adults on the Broadmeadow island? yesterday the freshly hatched chicks were hiding in the long vegetation whist the adults sat on guard only saw them once. So maybe they are just lying low.
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Hi John,

If the white duck wasn't the real mother she was certainly acting as if she was: she was flying at the coots and chasing them off and she shepherded the ducklings away from possible harm. However, I agree about the colouration.

The adult Oystercatchers were on the Broadmeadow spit where they had their nest. I was there for about an hour and a half but didn't see any sign of chicks or feeding behaviour.

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The white domestic duck was fiercely defending 4 (apparently) Mallard ducklings. Did she mate with a Mallard drake?

Yes she did Peter I witnessed the act. Pretty sure she did the same last year & the young were very Mallardish!
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If the white duck wasn't the real mother she was certainly acting as if she was: she was flying at the coots and chasing them off and she shepherded the ducklings away from possible harm. However, I agree about the colouration.

The adult Oystercatchers were on the Broadmeadow spit where they had their nest. I was there for about an hour and a half but didn't see any sign of chicks or feeding behaviour.

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Will have a good look tomorrow,
I did see one of the white ducks presumably a male (when there were 3) a couple of years ago piling into a pair of mating mallard and ousted the mallard. Pretty aggressive little 'white boys'.
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