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Old Saturday 7th July 2018, 05:27   #36326
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Another report of Marsh Tit at the Moors Pool yesterday as per Clive and Sheila Williamson (via BirdTrack / eBird). Does anyone know them or have contact details to verify the sighting and exact location?
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Old Saturday 7th July 2018, 19:03   #36327
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An early morning 5-9am

Only visited the Flashes as ANDY P had the Moors staked out.
My first visit for 11 days and I couldn't believe how much dryer the Flashes had become..
There is no doubt that the 2nd Flash would have been totally dry if it wasn't for last year's rejuvenation work.
The record number of Avocet on Wednesday had whittled down to just 8 birds. The LRP pair had 2 chicks and the female was still sitting. The only passage birds were Ringed plover a juv LRP and 2 swallows.
There was plenty of passerines activity mostly in the West hedgerow (which is right of the Avocet hide)

Although there is a strip of open water across the middle section of the 2nd Flash and much of the mud around it is very wet we need rain within a week or I fear the worst.
I would suggest that people check from the cuckoo hide as there is plenty of mud on the periphery of the first Flash.
Species count FLASHES:
Teal 3. Mallard a brood of 8 chicks are still intact after a couple of weeks.
Avocet 8. Lapwing 12. LRP 6 ( 3 ads , juv from elsewhere +2 chicks 2 days old ). Ringed Plover ad. Common sand. Green sand 3.
BHG 200.
Stock dove 35. Green woodp. Kingfisher.
Swift 10. Swallow 2.
Whitethroat 3(1 singing). Blackcap 2. Sedge warbler 2. Reed warbler. Chiffchaff 2. Cetti's w hub heard
Greenfinch family party and singing male. Linnet 3. Goldfinch 18.
Reed Bunting 5.

Sailing Pool: GCG 2+large chick
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Old Sunday 8th July 2018, 06:32   #36328
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Yesterday at the Moors Pool Andy P reported:

3 Lapwing, Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, Med x BH Gull hybrid, drake Wigeon, juvenile Water Rail

Also Hobby in the afternoon as per Robert Plummer
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From a quiet Flashes Dave J reports:

4 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover (3 adults + just a single chick, 1 juvenile)
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From the Moors Pool Dave J reports:

Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, Coal Tit, 6 Tufted broods
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Juvenile Water Rail still at the Moors Pool this morning as per Carl Jones.
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This morning at the Flashes Phil W reports:

Just 4 Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover (and 1 chick), 1 Common Sand, 2 Green Sands
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Great Crested Grebe family with 3 young at the Moors Pool as per Phil W.
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Tuesday 10th July 1400-1730

Very quiet on the reserve today, especially at the Flashes where the evaporation continues at pace; the gulley linking the first and second flashes is very nearly lost. However the water level in the third flash remains virtually unaltered.

MOORS POOL
1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe + 3 young, 7 Little Grebe + 3 young (2 well-grown chicks on west side, 1 young chick at north end), 2 Common Terns (1 still sitting in raft), 2 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 65 Canada Geese, 6 Moorhen, 3 LBB Gull, 7 Tufted Duck broods, good numbers of Coot and Mallard but not specifically counted.

SAILING POOL
3 Great Crested Grebe + 1 well-grown young, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese.

FLASHES
3 Avocet (4 earlier as per Paul R), 2 Little Ringed Plover (no sign of chick), 15 Curlew, 2 Lapwing, 1 Teal, adult Herring Gull, 14 Canada Geese, 11 Moorhen (Water Rail, Common Sand and 2 Green Sand earlier as per Paul R).

Other recent news included:

Possibly Honey Buzzard over the Flashes early afternoon on the 4th July
Crake species reported yesterday at the Moors Pool from the west hide (observer specifically mentioned green legs)
Ringed Black-headed Gull - yellow 2TOV - at the Flashes on the 5th
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

4 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sand, Green Sand, 2 Common Tern

Juvenile Water Rail at the North Moors and Shelduck over as per Janette.
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First summer Yellow-legged Gull at the Moors Pool as per Chris T
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/N MOORS*
Yellow Legged Gull (1s) (CT)----Common Tern (2).Still sitting
Wigeon (m)---------------------------Shelduck (1juv)
Green Sand (1)-----------------------Kingfisher
Water Rail (2 juvs)(1 juv)*----------Lapwing (1)
G C Grebe (2) + chicks--------------Little Grebe (6) + 3:2:1 young
Cormorant (3)------------------------Rook (1)
L B B Gull (97)------------------------Herring Gull (5)

FLASHES/HEN POOL AREA*
Avocet (4)----------------------------Green Sand (1)
Curlew (13).15 reported-------------LRP (2)
Lapwing (8)---------------------------Teal (2)
Swift (8)------------------------------Redstart (fem/juv) (CJ).Reported on fence post along track to hide.
Willow Warbler singing* (JS)

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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

17 Lapwing, 4 Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Teal
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First summer Yellow-legged Gull at the Moors Pool again as per Andy P - also male Pochard, male Wigeon, 5 Common Tern and juvenile Water Rail.
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Amazed to find the current Yellow-legged Gull is the first July record!

The yellow ringed Black-headed Gull mentioned up page originated from the North Thames ringing programme - have requested full details which I will post here.
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From the reserve this morning Andy P reports:

Flashes
6 Little Ringed Plover including 2 juveniles, 6 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, just the single Avocet

Moors Pool
4 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail(1 juvenile), drake Wigeon, drake Pochard, 2 Common Tern
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After discussing the matter with the North Thames Ringing Group, we have concluded that the reported yellow-ringed bird was actually 2TDV.

The bird was ringed as an adult on the 14th January 2017 at Pitsea Landfill Site, Essex. It was subsequently sighted on the 17th July 2017 at Hazelwood Marshes, Aldebugh, Suffolk and then twice at Upton Warren in July 2017 (20th and 28th).
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

14 Lapwing, 5 Little Ringed Plover (including 1 juvenile), Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

14 Lapwing, 5 Little Ringed Plover (including 1 juvenile), Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper
Andy has just had a Snipe drop into the Flashes, the first record for exactly two months.
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Andy P has an encouraging update from the Moors Pool:

3 Common Tern plus 2 chicks, first summer Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Lapwing, Green Sand, drake Wigeon, juvenile Water Rail
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At the Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

Avocet, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Ringed Plover (4 adults + 1 juvenile), Curlew, 23 Lapwing, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Common Tern, 3 juv Cetti's Warblers.
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From the Moors Pool Dave J updates:

Juvenile Yellow Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern (+ 2 young), Wigeon, Coal Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe (+ 1 young), 16 Little Grebe - 12 adults + 4 fledged young (+ 3 chicks), 9 Tufted Duck broods

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The common consensus across the participating sites is that the Autumn All-Dayer will be on Saturday 8th September - hoping for the usual heady mixture of banter, bacon, cake, friends and possibly even some birds.
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Dave J's WeBS count in full:

Avocet 1, Canada Goose 99, Common Sand 2, Coot 76, Cormorant 4, Curlew 1, GC Grebe 7, Green Sand 3, Grey Heron 2, Lapwing 28, Little Grebe 16, Little Ringed Plover 5, Mallard 195, Moorhen 20+, Mute Swan 4, Teal 11, Tufted Duck 27, Water Rail 3+, Wigeon 1, BH Gull 222, Herring Gull 1, LBB Gull 9, Common Tern 6
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Later 46 Lapwing and 11 Curlew at the Flashes as per Wali Taylor.
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