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Coney Meadow and Adjoining Areas

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Old Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 20:31   #2301
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A few further birds from today:

2 Little Grebes and a Coot on Tapenhall pool this morning
Kingfisher at Hawford
Yellowhammer near Mayhouse cottages
Lesser Whitethroat Copcut Lane

Cuckoo showing well Coney Meadow early evening.
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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 13:26   #2302
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Male and female Cuckoos at Coney Meadow this morning. Further birds recorded at Ladywood and Mildenham - Tapenhall (2+).
2 Great Crested Grebes near the confluence.
Little Grebe Tapenhall pool
2 Greylags over Coney
Kingfisher near the confluence and near Mildenham
Lesser Whitethroats at Ladywood, Chatley, Tapenhall and Egg Lane.
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Old Friday 26th April 2019, 08:18   #2303
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Hobby over near Hawford farm - new for the year.

Great Crested Grebe at the confluence.

Drake Mandarin Hawford fishing pools
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Old Friday 26th April 2019, 16:29   #2304
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A few other birds from this morning:

Male and Female Cuckoos Coney Meadow first thing plus another later near Tapenhall
Male Yellowhammer near Jacob's Ladder
Pair of Gadwall near Linacre bridge plus another pair near Hawford lock
Sand Martin Hawford lock
The usual warblers including Lesser Whitethroats at Ladywood, Tapenhall and Salwarpe.
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Old Saturday 27th April 2019, 19:47   #2305
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Swift seen from Coney over towards Westwood - new for the year.
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Old Sunday 28th April 2019, 10:59   #2306
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A Hobby over Knight's Grove mid morning.
Singing Yellowhammers near Mayhouse cottages and near Sinton Lane
3 Great Crested Grebes near the confluence
Little Grebe on the small pool between Chatley and Hawford
Coot on Tapenhall pool
A few Gadwall in various places
The usual Warblers including a few Lesser Whitethroats
Cuckoos at Salwarpe, Porter's Mill and Tapenhall to Linacre bridge
Low numbers of Swallows
2 Ravens over Porter's Mill
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Old Sunday 28th April 2019, 13:48   #2307
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Peregrine circling over Copcut.
Small flock of House Martins (8+)
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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 10:14   #2308
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Garden Warbler singing and showing well in Knight's Grove near the Sinton Lane entrance- new for the year. Cuckoo also.
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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 10:31   #2309
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Yellow Wagtail over Moat Farm near Knight's Grove
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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 13:08   #2310
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Further sightings from this morning:

Peregrine hanging around between Mildenham and Hawford.
Little Owl Linacres paddocks
Cuckoos at Salwarpe and Tapenhall-Mildenham
3 Lapwings over High Park near Salwarpe
Kingfisher Mildenham
Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane
Gadwalls, 2 Sand Martins, good views of several Lesser Whitethroats, Buzzards, Grey Wagtails, Grey Herons and the usual warblers and woodpeckers etc.
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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 06:35   #2311
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Two Oystercatchers over Hawford.
Coot on canal by Hawford lock
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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 06:50   #2312
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Otter on the canal near Hawford Mill
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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 21:24   #2313
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A few other species seen today:

Mandarin drake flew from the canal near Mildenham
A single Lapwing over near Tapenhall
8+ Gadwall around Hawford fishing pools
Raven over High Park
Cuckoos around Salwarpe and Porter's Mill - Tapenhall
House Martin Moat farm
Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and the usual Warblers.

My year list at the end of April ends on a nice round 100 species with 92 of those being recorded during April. This compares with the previous 3 years as follows:

Yr , list to Apr, recorded in Apr
2018 , 103 , 97
2017 , 94 , 91
2016 , 98 , 93

As can be seen, April is usually a good month for recording a high proportion of species.
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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 21:45   #2314
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Reed Warbler Survey

This year I have been asked to survey the Reed Warblers along the canal system. Over the past few mornings I have counted the following:

A38 Roman Way Bridge (Droitwich) to Salwarpe: 5 Reed, 2 Sedge
Salwarpe to Ladywood: 2 Reed
Ladywood to Bridge 5 (Porter's Mill): 7 Reed
Bridge 5 (Porter's Mill) to Bridge 4 (Mildenham Mill): 14 Reed, 6 Sedge
Bridge 4 (Mildenham) to Bridge 3 (Linacre): 13 Reed, 6 Sedge
Bridge 3 (Linacre) to A449 bridge (Hawford): 4 Reed, 1 Sedge
A449 bridge to confluence: 2 Reed

Coney reedbed hasn't yet been surveyed but contains 4+ Sedge Warblers and at least 10 Reed Warbler territories.

Tapenhall pool has 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler territories.

Hawford fishing pools only very partially surveyed has 1 Reed Warbler territory

Therefore, the lower Salwarpe valley (Droitwich to Hawford) holds a population of 60+ Reed Warbler and around 20 Sedge Warbler territories.

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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 21:56   #2315
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Some impressive figures (and leg-work) there Dave
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Old Tuesday 30th April 2019, 22:12   #2316
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Hi Dave will you be going in the other direction too ? Up to the Eagle and Sun , or doing the Worcester to Birmingham too?
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Hi Dave will you be going in the other direction too ? Up to the Eagle and Sun , or doing the Worcester to Birmingham too?
I won't be going that far but I still need to survey further up the valley towards the school etc.
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Some impressive figures (and leg-work) there Dave
Forgot to mention I don't include Feral Pigeon in any of the figures for species totals.
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Old Wednesday 1st May 2019, 08:14   #2319
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Common Sandpiper on the riverbank near the confluence- new for the year.
5 Tufted Ducks over.
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Old Wednesday 1st May 2019, 10:04   #2320
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Sedge Warbler singing in hedge along Sinton Lane - a long way away from any water - suggests Sedge Warbler migration is still going on. I had a similar record here a few years ago.
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Female Wheatear in paddock near Moat Farm, Sinton Lane.
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Common Sandpiper at Hawford lock again.
Two Swifts over.
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A few other species recorded over the past 2 days:

3 Lapwings over Tapenhall yesterday
3 Greylags around Hawford fishing pools
Gadwall - several including small flocks up to 6
Coot on Tapenhall pool and, unusually, on the canal at Hawford yesterday
Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel
Cuckoos around Salwarpe and Porter's Mill - Hawford (2 seen together near Mildenham yesterday)
Kingfisher
Skylarks
House Martin's, an increase in resident Swallows, Sand Martins
Grey and Pied Wagtails
Mistle Thrushes
Good numbers of Common and Lesser Whitethroats
Abundant Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs
Linnets, Bullfinches, Greenfinches
Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane
Reed Buntings

A Brown Hare (my first on the patch this year) was at Knight's Grove this morning.
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Old Friday 3rd May 2019, 10:15   #2324
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Little Egret near the confluence. Cuckoo calling nearby.
Peregrine on pylon near Knight's Grove earlier.
A welcome increase in Swallow numbers with 16+ around Moat farm. House Martins passing through there.
Little Grebe on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
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Yellow Wagtail low over Mildenham - female type.
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