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Old Friday 4th January 2019, 15:38   #2201
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A pair of Mandarins flying around calling near Hawford lock this morning.
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 11:09   #2202
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Green Sandpiper New Mill sewage works.
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Old Sunday 6th January 2019, 17:48   #2203
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Further species recorded this weekend:

2 Yellowhammers in game crop strip near Woodbury Cottage yesterday.
Tawny Owls very vocal in Droitwich Woods at around 3 am this morning.
Tufted Duck drake on small pool between Chatley and Hawford this morning.
2 Peregrines perched on pylon near Middleton Grange again this morning.
Female Blackcap near Hawford farm this morning.
Kingfisher at Coney Meadow this evening.
Nuthatches, Grey Wagtails, Ravens, Goldcrests, Bullfinches, Mistle Thrushes, winter Thrushes, a couple of Meadow Pipits, Cormorants, Reed Buntings, Jays, Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Grey Herons, Water Rails, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, etc.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 09:47   #2204
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A pair of Goosanders just flew down river at Hawford.
A Greylag with Canadas here on Friday
2 Yellowhammers over Hawford earlier, one at Chatley and another near Harford Hill yesterday.
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 18:29   #2205
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Further species seen today included:

Peregrine near Daniel's Farm flew west
More Yellowhammers and other seed eaters in nearby game crop.
A Skylark over and c20 Linnets near Jacob's Ladder - both new for the year.
Raven displaying near Mildenham.
A few Meadow Pipits today and yesterday.
4+ Siskins in alders near Salwarpe court on Friday and one near Hawford Lock.
1000+ Starlings roosted at Coney this evening. A Sparrowhawk tried to catch one.
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Old Wednesday 16th January 2019, 12:00   #2206
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Update 16 Jan

2 pairs of Goosander by the weir at Bevere Island this morning and a 2 pairs of Canada Geese flew over Linacres Farm. Dave
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Old Sunday 20th January 2019, 10:08   #2207
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Male and female Goosander on river at Hawford plus 3 Little Grebes.
Two Greylags flying around in the area.
Two Coots on Tapenhall pool (one there on Friday) - new for the year.
Ravens and Cormorants.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 15:39   #2208
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Pleasant walk down the canal today. Went to Mildenham Bridge and back (Salwarpe). Had
Goldfinch/Chaffinch
Lesser Redpoll
Dunnock
Robin
Wren
Song/Mistle Thrush
Grey Heron
Blackcap
Magpie/Jay
Reed Bunting
Fieldfare
Nuthatch
Redwing
Blue/Great/Coal/LT Tit
Mallard/Moorhen/Goosander
Pheasant/Red-legged Partridge
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Old Thursday 24th January 2019, 11:25   #2209
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Pleasant walk down the canal today. Went to Mildenham Bridge and back (Salwarpe). Had
Goldfinch/Chaffinch
Lesser Redpoll
Dunnock
Robin
Wren
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Grey Heron
Blackcap
Magpie/Jay
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Blue/Great/Coal/LT Tit
Mallard/Moorhen/Goosander
Pheasant/Red-legged Partridge
Hi Rob,

Where did you have your Goosander?

I've only seen this species around the confluence at Hawford so far this year but they do wander up the valley from time to time - seen twice around Salwarpe last year, for example. still a good bird on the patch.
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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 10:11   #2210
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3 Wigeon at the confluence at Hawford - feeding on the banks of the river - 2 males and a female.

Male Gadwall at Tapenhall earlier.

Correction - 3 female Wigeon so 5 in total.

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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 15:37   #2211
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Other birds this morning included a Peregrine on a pylon near Tapenhall, a male Blackcap near Linacre bridge, a Greylag over Hawford and 5+ Siskins in alders at Salwarpe court.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 08:26   #2212
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A few other species noted over the weekend included 2 Coots on Tapenhall pool on Friday and Saturday. Yellowhammer over Egg Lane on Friday and one near Woodbury Cottage yesterday. Fieldfares and Redwings in a few places, Sparrowhawk and Buzzards plus male and female Kestrels, Mistle Thrushes, both of the common Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Coal tits, Goldcrests, etc.

The year list stands at 71 species (this compares to 68 at this point last year).
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 14:47   #2213
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Where did you have your Goosander?

I've only seen this species around the confluence at Hawford so far this year but they do wander up the valley from time to time - seen twice around Salwarpe last year, for example. still a good bird on the patch.
Flew up the canal from bridge no. 4! (Sorry, can't remember its name).
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Flew up the canal from bridge no. 4! (Sorry, can't remember its name).
Cheers Rob - bridge 4 is at the end of Egg lane at Mildenham Mill - so about a mile up from the confluence.
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Walked the length of the canal down to the Severn and back today. I'd like to say it was a pleasant walk and on the whole I did enjoy it although on the way back I found myself in the middle of a shooting party. On the way down I'd heard about 3 shoots off to the left of the canal, but as I returned one was taking place in a field immediately to the right of the canal.

A lady with two dogs reassured me that they were shooting uphill, ie away from the canal. Yeah, as if. Whenever a flight of birds got past the line they'd turn round and shoot towards the canal. I heard many lead shot coming down into the vegetation. Luckily they weren't good shots and most birds escaped but I saw 5 pheasant and 1 partridge taken down.
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2019, 13:37   #2216
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A female Mandarin on the river at Hawford lock this morning. A male Blackcap and a female Tufted Duck nearby. 5 Greylags at Hawford Mill. Yellowhammer near Daniel's Farm plus a few Linnets (a flock of c40 Linnets yesterday feeding around Tapenhall farm yesterday). Skylark near Egg Lane yesterday plus Male Kestrel yesterday, and few Buzzards around. Winter Thrushes, Reed Buntings, Cormorants, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers etc.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 10:45   #2217
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At the confluence this morning 1 Coot, 3 Gadwall (2 drakes), 8 Wigeon (4 drakes) and 1 Little Grebe. 5+ Greylags around Hawford.

2 Peregrines on pylon near Middleton Grange this morning also. Further birds seen included Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Grey Herons, Bullfinches and a female Blackcap near Mildenham Mill. Large numbers of Cormorants around - with 16 perched just in one tree.
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Walked the length of the canal down to the Severn and back today. I'd like to say it was a pleasant walk and on the whole I did enjoy it although on the way back I found myself in the middle of a shooting party. On the way down I'd heard about 3 shoots off to the left of the canal, but as I returned one was taking place in a field immediately to the right of the canal.

A lady with two dogs reassured me that they were shooting uphill, ie away from the canal. Yeah, as if. Whenever a flight of birds got past the line they'd turn round and shoot towards the canal. I heard many lead shot coming down into the vegetation. Luckily they weren't good shots and most birds escaped but I saw 5 pheasant and 1 partridge taken down.
It was probably the last shoot of the season ,so they were getting desperate. Its a cease fire now until October.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 18:29   #2219
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A Little Egret flew over Coney Meadow at around 5pm this evening heading towards Westwood . 2500+ Starlings roosted, a Water Rail called, a Sparrowhawk successfully caught something and a Tawny Owl called from Salwarpe churchyard.

A single Snipe flew over Coney at around midday and 3 Siskins were in alders at Salwarpe court.
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2019, 19:01   #2220
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my first walk down the canal this year only to Potters Mill this afternoon, only 36 birds in total, Grey wagtail and Cormorant highlights looks like corveds building in numbers ready for pairing up.Lots of people around today enjoying the day in many different ways.
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Brilliant Starling murmuration tonight, 2,500 + performed for 20 mins with couple of Sparrow hawk attacks.
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About 1500 Starlings roosted this evening with a Sparrowhawk hanging around again.

Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Coot, Meadow Pipit, Linnets, Yellowhammer, Cormorants and Greylags among the species seen this weekend.
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Old Friday 15th February 2019, 09:43   #2223
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Cracking male Stonechat on a hedge near Chatley. I only saw one all year on the patch last year.
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A pair of Mandarin and a drake Tufted Duck on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.

Edit. 2 drake and a female Mandarin.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 19:31   #2225
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12 Wigeon near the confluence this morning. Drake Mandarin between Chatley and Hawford still (a pair there yesterday) plus drake Tufted Duck.

2 Snipes flushed from drainage swale near Copcut Rise this afternoon - this area is now accessible again.

Other species recorded this weekend included Kingfisher, Grey Wagtails, Water Rail, Meadow Pipits, Blackcap, Mistle Thrushes, Fieldfares, Coot, Redwings, Greylags, Cormorants, Grey Herons, Kestrel, Buzzards, Yellowhammer, Reed Buntings, Skylarks, Red-legged Partridges, Song Thrushes, Linnets, Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

About 1000 Starlings roosted yesterday evening - attacked twice by Sparrowhawk.

Peregrine over Coney yesterday evening and plucking its prey on a pylon near Middleton Grange on Friday.

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