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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 10:13   #37326
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Barn owl present 7.45 for about 10 mins in field towards barn before flying over the flashes past the hide and off towards sailing pool.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 10:14   #37327
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6 Little Egret dropped into the Moors Pool just as per Tim
Carl J further reports from the Moors Pool:

11 Curlew, 23 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 09:42   #37328
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From the Moors Pool this morning Dave J reports:

2 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 47 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 7 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 30+ Fieldfare
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 21:35   #37329
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Dave J reported from the Flashes this morning:

Little Egret, 600+ Lapwing, 4 Meadow Pipit
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Annie Edwards and Janette additionally reported from the Moors Pool this afternoon:

Coal Tit, Pheasant, still 2 Little Egret

Also Chiffchaff still at the Flashes as per John Layj
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Old Monday 14th January 2019, 07:56   #37331
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Work party Tuesday 15th January

Tomorrow we are at the MOORS. One of the tasks is pollarding the large willows in the SW marsh. Bob G is allowed to use chainsaws so this will make it easier for us. Plenty of other stuff on the list..hopefully you can make it.
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Today's work party Moors POLLARDING

A brilliant day today and probably the hardest task so far this season..Thanks to all 22 of the crew and Bobby P for the cake.

Today Bob Green assisted us greatly with the use of his chainsaws...We would certainly have struggled cutting up to 18 inch diameter limbs of the old pollards. Hopefully this work will help them survive and stop them from splitting and ultimately dying.
The limbs were cut and then the wrecking crew set about making them suitable for burning. Large logs were piled to create a habitat pile.
Several large limbs fell across the Salwarp and were hauled back on to the Reserve to be worked on

The whole task worked well and the high number of people certainly helped it all flow well.
We still have a fair bit to do and hopefully we will complete it next week.
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Andy A. Bob G. Bob O. Bobby P. Bob R. Charles. Ian B. Ian J. Jim B. John C. Julie W. Keith M. Kim W. Nick F. Paul M. Ray C. Steve S. Steve T Sue T. Tony B. Tracy B and me. Good to see one of old Sunday crew back Tracy B.
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Next week Andy A is cake making
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Birding Moors Today

As always on work party day I bird from first light. But was beaten to it by Bob O and Richard B.
Nothing unexpected but pochard were still in good numbers and a very large amount of starling flew out of their roost in the NW reed bed. The flock split in two moving East and West these numbers were far in excess of the murmuration I witnessed a week ago. I was toying with going to the FLASHES in the evening for the roost but this convinced me to stay at the Moors to get an accurate count. A large number of lapwing were either settled on the islands in the scrape or circling spooked by unseen raptor.
During the work nothing of note was seen or heard.
In the evening the starlings arrived but were very nervous occasionally landing in the large tree along the West track. It soon became apparent why, when the small male peregrine flew into the flock without success. Unfortunately this put pay to any murmuration as the birds literally crashed into the reeds. From where they were very audible probably to assist late comers to find the roost. I decided to go back to East hide to try and get an accurate count of all the wetland birds. Late evenings is the best time as the birds tend to gather in single species groups..I was particularly keen to get to grips with the pochard as I felt I was undercounting them as they were persistently diving throughout the day. They were still diving almost till dark but then something triggered them to form into a very tight flock in the middle of the pool and I certainly had undercounted. Unusually though both the pochard and tufted flocks flew out at dark presumably to feed elsewhere during the night.

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GCG 2. Little grebe 4. Cormorant 8. Mute swan 3. Greylag 20+. Shoveler 32. Teal 21. Gadwall 2. Shelduck. Pochard 56. Tufted 24.
Snipe c30. Lapwing 900+ (600 on the deck). Curlew 11.
BHG 300. Herring 5. No LBBG.
Water rail 2 heard. Coot 14.
Grey heron 3.
Kestrel. Peregrine. Sparrowhawk.
Stock dove 5. Great sp woodp.
Fieldfare 5. Redwing 25. Song thrush 2 singing am
Coal tit. Cetti's w 2 singing.
Chaffinch 5. Greenfinch 3. Goldfinch 8.
Grey wag. Pied wag.
Starling 1500(am) 600(pm).
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We have already beaten last year's peak count of Pochard (55). Today's number was the highest count since 57 were present at the Moors Pool on the 7th February 2010, which itself was the highest count since December 2001.
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