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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 20:12   #2226
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Where's Chatley?
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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 08:28   #2227
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Chatley is a small collection of houses / farms just north of Mildenham and north east of Hawford along 'Chatley Lane' which leads to the A449. The fields around here are worth checking out at various times of year for Yellowhammers, Lapwings, Redstarts, Stonechat, etc. A few years ago, a reeling Gropper was in one of the more overgrown field margins. The small pool on the left hand side of Chatley Lane in the dip just before you reach a house called 'Penhallow' is always worth checking for ducks and Little Grebes.
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Old Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10:20   #2228
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MARSH TIT singing and calling in the garden of 'Abberley View' then flew into Lucy's Wood. This is at least a kilometer from Knight's Grove where they possibly breed.

One Green Sandpiper and one Snipe in drainage swales between the allotments and Copcut Rise earlier. Decent numbers of Meadow Pipits between there and Salwarpe.
One Siskin near the allotments.
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Old Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10:59   #2229
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Seven CROSSBILLS just flew over just west of Salwarpe village heading North-west. Mixture of red males - at least 2 - and green ones. Calling constantly.
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Old Sunday 24th February 2019, 20:45   #2230
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A few other species seen over the weekend:

2 Kingfishers near Salwarpe yesterday.
Tufted Duck drake on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
Yellowhammer near Chatley.
Buzzards, Kestrels, Grey Wagtails, Cormorants, Grey Herons, Greylag Geese, Nuthatches, Skylarks, Linnets, Fieldfares, Redwings, Mistle Thrushes, singing Blackcap, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

A few Pipistrelles active at dusk this evening.
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Old Monday 25th February 2019, 09:10   #2231
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Marsh Tit Records

I have just measured the distance between the most recent sighting of Marsh Tit and the previous ones in Knight's Grove on Google Earth. The distance is 1.48 kilometres (1.08 km from the nearest edge of Knight's Grove). Marsh Tits are notoriously highly sedentary and rarely wander more than 1km from their territories, although exceptionally they have been found to wander up to 5km.
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Old Thursday 28th February 2019, 08:11   #2232
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My patch year list at the end of February advances to 75 with the additions of Little Egret, Stonechat, Marsh Tit and Crossbill. Hopefully, March won't disappoint. :-)
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Old Friday 1st March 2019, 10:00   #2233
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Singing Chiffchaff between Chatley and Hawford. Tufted Duck drake on the pool. Coot on Tapenhall pool.
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Old Friday 1st March 2019, 10:11   #2234
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Singing Chiffchaff between Chatley and Hawford.
1st March was the date of your first Chiffchaff sighting on the patch in 2014, the earliest return date in your records
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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 12:23   #2235
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My first Little Owl of the year this morning - at Linacres paddocks.
A pair of Mandarin at the confluence.
Singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff along the canal at Tapenhall.
Siskin over -plus one yesterday.
3 Greylags, Coot, Tufted Duck, Nuthatch, Kestrel, Buzzards, Kingfisher, Skylarks, Grey Wagtail singing, Reed Buntings, etc.

3 Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane yesterday and a Sparrowhawk at Coney.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 07:58   #2236
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3 Teal (2 drakes) in the upper drainage swale at Copcut Rise. New for the year.
Green Sandpiper in one of the lower swales. 6 Snipes flushed from the wet grassland so far.
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Old Sunday 3rd March 2019, 09:16   #2237
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8 Shoveler just flew over Chawson Lane in the direction of Westwood - another patch year tick.
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Old Monday 4th March 2019, 09:00   #2238
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Egyptian Geese December 2018

After talking to one of the residents at Chatley, it appears that the Egyptian Geese I saw near the confluence in December visited their farm pond several times during that week. They have very kindly sent me a couple of photos for my records - please see attached:

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A few other species recorded over the weekend:

Raven, Meadow Pipits, Coal Tit, further Siskins, Jays, Rooks, Long-tailed Tits, Cormorants, Pied Wagtails, c1000 Starlings roosted on Friday, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Bullfinches, Linnets, Grey Herons, House sparrows, Goldcrests, Goldfinches, Greenfinch, singing Chaffiches, Mistle Thrushes, Fieldfare, Redwing in full song along Copcut Lane, Song Thrushes, Moorhens, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
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A Peregrine this morning flew from a pylon near Middleton Grange over Copcut Lane.
A pair of Gadwall on flooded field near Linacre bridge.
A pair of Tufted Ducks on the canal at Hawford lock.
Coot on Tapenhall pool.
Chiffchaff singing between Chatley and Hawford.
Water Rail along the canal near Coney Meadow and Blackcap sub-singing in the hedge there.
Other species included Yellowhammers, Kestrels, Redwings, Fieldfares, Reed Buntings, Greenfinches, Linnets, Grey Herons and the usual Woodpeckers.
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Old Monday 11th March 2019, 08:40   #2241
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A couple of extra items from the weekend:

6 Snipe near Copcut rise again on Saturday and 1 there yesterday evening. A few Meadow Pipits there also.
2 singing Chiffchaffs between Mildenham and Hawford Lock yesterday morning.
Generally very quiet in the breezy weather.
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 09:43   #2242
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Saw this white pheasant in the field on the other side of Linacre Bridge yesterday afternoon, saw him over there in October too
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Old Friday 15th March 2019, 09:21   #2243
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A pair of Goosander over Hawford fishing pools.
Singing Chiffchaffs at Tapenhall and between Mildenham and Hawford so far.
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Old Friday 15th March 2019, 09:36   #2244
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3 further redhead Goosanders just flew off the canal at Hawford Mill.

And 3 more on the Severn at Hawford Lock - 2 females and a male.

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Old Saturday 16th March 2019, 10:42   #2245
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Further singing Chiffchaffs:

Egg Lane yesterday
Salwarpe yesterday and today
Gorsey Bank today
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Old Sunday 17th March 2019, 09:01   #2246
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An Oystercatcher on floods near the confluence at Hawford - new for the year.

100+ ducks flying around - mostly Wigeon plus a few Gadwall and at least 4 Shoveler.

5 Greylags over.

1 Chiffchaff Tapenhall and 3 in the Hawford area.
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 08:18   #2247
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Water Rail seen between Mildenham and Hawford yesterday morning plus another calling near Mildenham Lock. One also calling from Coney reedbed at dusk. 1 Raven seen over Tapenhall late morning. A few Meadow Pipits over.
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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:51   #2248
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Single Peregrine on usual pylon at Middleton Bank
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 14:28   #2249
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2 Little Grebes on Tapenhall pool this morning.
A pair of Wigeon on floods near the confluence at Hawford. About a dozen Gadwall flying around in 2 flocks.
An increase in Chiffchaffs - 1 Tapenhall, 3 around Hawford, 2 Egg Lane, 1 Knight's Grove, 3 Salwarpe and 1 Coney Meadow.
3 Ravens over Coney
Water Rail called
Grey Wagtail
3 Yellowhammers Sinton Lane
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 08:50   #2250
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Female Wheatear at Copcut Rise perched on temporary metal fence around New development - showing well.

15+ Meadow Pipits also
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