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Coney Meadow and Adjoining Areas

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Old Sunday 7th July 2019, 12:31   #2376
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Spotted Flycatcher in Knight's Grove this morning
Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane
Great Crested Grebe and Kingfisher near the confluence and 2 Ravens over - 17 Lapwings, 1 Cormorant and a Great Crested Grebe there on Friday
Little Grebe on the small pool between Chatley and Hawford- three Lapwings near there on Friday
2 Grey Wagtails at Hawford
Little Owl Linacres paddocks this morning
Juvenile Treecreepers and Green Woodpeckers this morning and several of the local Swallows now have fledged young. Juvenile Coal Tit on Friday at Hawford.
Other birds seen this weekend include Mistle Thrushes, Swifts, Grey Herons, Goldcrest, Coot + young, the common Warblers, House Martins, Nuthatch, Reed Buntings and Bullfinch.
Butterflies included Marbled Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Odonata included Black-tailed Skimmer.
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Old Monday 8th July 2019, 08:07   #2377
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10 Glow Worms noted last night - 3 Gorsey Bank, 3 between the allotments and Roman Way, 2 along the Roman Way verge and 2 along the railway track. 8 of these were in new places.

A couple of Sand Martins and 9 Swallows roosted at Coney reedbed. Reasonable numbers of Swifts around.

A Brown Hare was seen along Sinton Lane Sunday morning.
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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 21:13   #2378
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A Yellow Wagtail just flew high over Coney Meadow calling.
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Old Monday 15th July 2019, 08:30   #2379
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12 Glow worms seen last night - 2 Gorsey Bank, 2 Hopyard Wood, 1 by the allotments and 7 along the Roman Way. 9 of these were in new positions.

Quiet, bird-wise over the weekend. The highlights were a flock of 9 Ravens over Hawford and a Little Owl at Linacres paddocks.

About 25 swallows and a few Sand Martins over Coney at dusk last night and around 40 Swifts in the general area.

My first Gatekeepers and Small Skippers of the year on Friday plus 2 Ravens over Coney Meadow.
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Old Saturday 20th July 2019, 11:27   #2380
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A Little Egret near Salwarpe village this morning
A Peregrine between Salwarpe and Ladywood on a pylon plucking its prey.

Unfortunately I missed the Great White Egret that flew from Westwood

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Old Saturday 20th July 2019, 22:40   #2381
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26 Glow worms this evening - the highest count so far this year with 15 of those in new positions.

1 Gorsey Bank
3 Hopyard Wood
6 near the allotments
2 on the railway track
14 along the Roman Way.
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Old Sunday 21st July 2019, 11:45   #2382
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Two Hobbies over Hawford near the confluence this morning. A Little Egret over there also.
An adult and a juvenile Lapwing near Linacre bridge on the muddy patch - suggesting local breeding.
Little Owl Linacres paddocks.
Little Grebe on small pool between Chatley and Hawford
Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane.
Kestrels, Sparrowhawk and Buzzards, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrushes, Jays, Grey Herons, Cormorant, Nuthatches etc.
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Old Thursday 25th July 2019, 09:09   #2383
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26 Glow worms yesterday evening - with around 11 in new positions:

1 Hopyard Wood
6 around the allotments
4 along the railway track
15 along the Roman Way
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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 12:14   #2384
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A Cetti's Warbler was calling from reeds along the canal near Mildenham this morning - new for the year!

A Red Kite circled high over Linacre bridge then drifted off towards Fernhill Heath.

2 Juv Lapwings with an adult female on muddy patch near Linacre bridge.

Little Owl, Little Grebe, Yellowhammers, Coots and Cormorant among the other birds seen.
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Two Crossbills over Tapenhall calling.
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Old Sunday 28th July 2019, 12:36   #2386
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A good morning's birding for July:

As well as the Crossbills, a Common Tern flew up the valley over New Mill. Either it or another was seen later flying down the valley over Tapenhall pool.

2 Little Egrets flying around Porter's Mill.

Juvenile Cuckoo flew from the reeds along the canal at Tapenhall and showed well perched in a tree - it was giving its begging call constantly.

A nice yellow juvenile Willow Warbler along the canal at Mildenham.

2 Lapwing juveniles plus an adult at Linacre bridge again.

Coots - adult and well grown juvs on Tapenhall pool.

Reed and Sedge Warblers, Yellowhammer, Little Owl, Grey Herons, Blackcaps, Kestrel, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Reed Buntings, both common Woodpeckers, Swifts, Swallows and House Martin's.
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Old Monday 29th July 2019, 08:27   #2387
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A Raven seen twice over Copcut yesterday evening.
25+ Greylag Geese flew towards Westwood at dusk.

17 Glow worms noted - 2 between allotments and Roman Way, 3 along the railway track and 12 along the Roman Way. 4 were in new positions.
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Old Sunday 4th August 2019, 16:06   #2388
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3+ Spotted Flycatchers at Knight's Grove this morning plus juvenile Willow Warbler, 3 Hobbies together over there and several Yellowhammers nearby. Lesser and Common Whitethroats near Moat Farm yesterday.

Cetti's Warbler along the canal near Mildenham this morning plus juvenile Cuckoo being fed by Reed Warbler and a Little Egret over. Lesser Whitethroat also. Lapwing in field nearby.

Another Little Egret near the confluence.

Little Owl at Linacres paddocks in usual tree.

Little Grebe yesterday on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.

Also seen this weekend: Sparrowhawks, several Ravens in various places, Kestrel, Buzzards, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Coal Tits, Mistle Thrush, Bullfinches, Cormorant, Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings, Blackcaps, Grey Herons, Swallows and House Martin's. Several Swifts seen from Coney Meadow on Friday.

Insects including several Brown Hawkers, Southern Hawkers, Common Darter and Brimstone butterfly.
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Old Monday 5th August 2019, 08:09   #2389
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15 Glow worms seen yesterday evening:

1 Gorsey Bank
1 between allotments and Roman Way
1 near the railway track
12 along the Roman Way

3 were in new positions.

3 Noctule Bats seen over Coney Meadow, 2 Sand Matins flew over there. Several Swifts around Westwood.
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Old Monday 5th August 2019, 13:44   #2390
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Three Little Owls all showing well at Linacres this morning.
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Old Thursday 8th August 2019, 10:14   #2391
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Reed and Sedge Warbler Survey

I meant to post this earlier - see attached, this year's survey of Reed and Sedge Warbler territories - which I carried out for the CRT.
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File Type: pdf Reed Warbler Survey 2019.pdf (102.8 KB, 16 views)
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Good work Dave.
Very interesting.
Lets hope CRT take this survey on board and act accordingly. The management of the reeds, particularly along the canal needs to be done very sensitively.
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Old Friday 9th August 2019, 10:41   #2393
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Good work Dave.
Very interesting.
Lets hope CRT take this survey on board and act accordingly. The management of the reeds, particularly along the canal needs to be done very sensitively.
Cheers Phil - let's hop so

Green Sanpiper near Hawford on muddy patch near Linacre bridge this morning and juvenile Cuckoo flying around Mildenham. Two Lapwings also in the area.

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Cetti's Warbler singing in Bush near Linacre bridge.
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The only other good birds this morning were a Little Egret near the confluence and a Little Grebe on the small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
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A Common Sandpiper near the confluence this morning plus a Little Egret and Kingfisher near there.
A Green Sanpiper on muddy patch near Linacre Bridge.
The Cetti's Warbler showed reasonably well near there.
30+ Greylags over Hawford Farm.
Singing Willow Warbler near there.
Hobby and a single Swift over Egg Lane.
A couple of Painted Ladies seen.
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Only 2 Glow worms noted last night - both along the Roman Way.

My first Migrant Hawker of the year seen on Friday near Mildenham.
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Old Saturday 17th August 2019, 09:09   #2398
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There are two singing Male Cetti's Warblers between Mildenham and Hawford - one near Linacre bridge and another nearer Mildenham.

Little Egret just flew over.

Hobby and Sparrowhawk over too.

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Just had a very close encounter with an otter - it was in a ditch that feeds into the Salwarpe near Mildenham.

Little Owl in its usual tree at Linacres paddocks.
Little Grebe juvenile earlier on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
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A Spotted Flycatcher between Mildenham and Hawford this morning.

A Cetti's Warbler only heard a couple of times calling.

Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, juvenile Sedge Warbler, Reed Warblers, 1 Sand Martin amongst the hirundines, Little Owl, Raven, Yellowhammer over Jacob's Ladder area, Grey Herons, Kingfisher and Reed Buntings.

A Mink seen on the footpath near Hawford Mill plus a Bank Vole.
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