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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 21:33   #38726
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A dakota plane flew very low over the Flashes yesterday circling 3 times one fly over set the Gulls and Lapwing up I do have a photographs of the plane but can't get it on here as it keep telling me it's to big to upload.
It was on the local BBC News tonight. The passenger was 94 years of age.
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Many thanks will have to do this to a few more now
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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 06:20   #38728
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Yesterday's WeBS count courtesy of Dave J:

Avocet 3, Canada Goose 595, Coot 49, Cormorant 9, Curlew 13, Dunlin1, Gadwall 11, Great Crested Grebe 5, Green Sandpiper 3, Grey Heron 2, Greylag Geese 60+, Kingfisher 2, Lapwing 180, Little Egret 2, Little Grebe 5, Mallard 345, Moorhen min of 40, Mute Sean 10, Pintail 1, Ruff 2, Shoveler 21, Snipe 10, Teal 87, Tufted Duck 24, Black-headed Gull 1800+, Herring Gull 9, LBB Gull 36, Yellow-legged Gull 1
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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 08:23   #38729
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Redhead Goosander circled the Moors Pool then flew east as per Andy P.
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2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper and 4 Avocet at the Flashes this morning.
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Old Monday 16th September 2019, 22:19   #38731
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Hard going on the reserve today - 10 hours in the field only yielded me 67 species. The combined sightings of myself, Andy P, Phil W and Tim are as follows:-

SAILING POOL
2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cormorant, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 70 Mallard, 5 GC Grebe, Green Sandpiper over

FLASHES
4 Avocet (the long staying party of 3 plus a newcomer), 1 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 13 Curlew in the roost, 18 Lapwing, 15 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 50 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 55 Coot, 43 Moorhen, Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Raven, 7 Rook, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, several Meadow Pipits over, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher
Roost: min 1,000 BH Gulls (I gave up counting), 101 LBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull, first winter Yellow-legged Gull

MOORS POOL
6 Snipe, 100 Lapwing, 10 Mute Swan, c300 Canada Geese, 58 Greylag Geese, 5 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 19 Teal, 75 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Cormorant, 24 Coot, 13 Moorhen, Nuthatch calling from the east side, Coal Tit on west side, Jay, Pheasant, GS Woodpecker, Kingfisher, parties of 5 and 10 Swallows, 4 Collared Dove.

NORTH MOORS
3 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Grey Heron

Butterflies were limited to 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Large White and 1 Small White.

The most common odonata was Migrant Hawker with at least 15 present; also 2 Banded Demosielle, 1 Common Darter and 2 Common Blue Damselfly.

The work programme to the Hen Pool kicked off today with the main activity focussing on getting the heavy machinery in place via the sewage works and the edge of the first flash - sadly a number of the bushes in "Shrike Hedge" were lost as part of the process.
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Old Tuesday 17th September 2019, 06:16   #38732
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From the Flashes this morning JTB reports:

Teal 50+, Shoveler 18, Gadwall, Curlew 13, Avocet 2, Ruff 2, Green Sand, Snipe 7, Dunlin juvenile, Lapwing 40, Common Gull juvenile
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Old Tuesday 17th September 2019, 06:18   #38733
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Large dark owl species seen briefly in silhouette on right hand side of the dilapidated barn at Sagebury Farm from the main hide at the Flashes at 0610 before flying off as per Andy P (not seen well enough to ID and didn't call)
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Old Tuesday 17th September 2019, 21:24   #38734
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Birding today at Reserve

Home a bit too late to do report tonight after 14 and a bit hours in the field thus absolutely shattered ..do it tomorrow.

FLASHES
Greylag 60+. Canada geese 400. Mute swan 3.
Little grebe 2. Teal 84. Shoveler 37. Gadwall 8. Mallard 320. Tufted 2.
Coot 56. Moorhen c45 ( ad feeding well grown young). Water rail 2 calling Hen pool. Little egret. Grey heron.
Curlew 13. Avocet 2. Lapwing 70+, Green sand 3. Dunlin. Ruff 2. Snipe 7.
BHG 1400 , LBBG 96. Herring gull 6. Common gull juv am.
Buzzard. Sparrowhawk. pheasant.
Rook 3. Jay 2.
Great sp woodp, Green woodp.
Swallow 3.
Song thrush. Starling. Grey wag. Pied wag 3. Meadow pipit 6.
Cetti's w 2 singing . Chiffchaff 5. Blackcap 3. Whitethroat. Lesser whitethroat.
Linnet 2. Goldfinch 70. Chaffinch 3. Greenfinch 3.
Reed bunting 5
Finally at 7.50pm 2 BARN OWLS appeared over the 3rd Flash. They flew around together, at times performing some type of display that I would best describe a 'butterfly dance' with one bird flying above the other in tight circles...I have never witnessed this before..and would be interested if anyone has any information or as seen reference to this behaviour.

SAILING POOL
GCG 4. Tufted 3. Cormorant 7. Coot 3.

MOORS
Canada geese 500+. Greylag 60. Mute swan 4. Little egret 2. Grey heron 2. Little grebe 3. Cormorant c10.
Mallard 50+. Gadwall 2. Shoveler c12. Teal 15. Tufted 12.
Snipe 2. Lapwing 85.
BHG 250. Herring Gull 5. LBBG 50+.
Water rail. Coot 27.
Sparrowhawk. Kingfisher.
Swallow 3.
Starling.
Cetti's w 3. Chiffchaff 3. Blackcap.
Greenfinch 2. Chaffinch.

NORTH MOORS
Teal 8. Shoveler 4.
Buzzard.
Raven 2. Jay 2.
Green and great sp woodp.
Swallow 2
Nuthatch. Coal tit. Goldcrest 2 (1 singing).
Chicchaff 2. Blackcap 2. Cetti's w 2.
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Old Tuesday 17th September 2019, 21:26   #38735
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Old Wednesday 18th September 2019, 05:50   #38736
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More than half way through the month and the September list is already on an impressive 102 species with the year list creeping up to 140. However some work is still required to reach the September average of 108.67 species (the lowest total being 103 last year, the highest 113 in 2016)

Possible additions over the next 13 days include (year ticks in bold):

Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Redshank, Greenshank, any terns (especially Black and Common), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Redwing, Fieldfare, House Sparrow, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Yellowhammer

There is an interesting period of weather in a few days time that should hopefully produce positive conditions for movement - warm SE winds on Friday and Saturday followed by warm SSE winds with rain on Sunday and a direct southerly with rain on Monday - I would expect Black Tern as a minimum!
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Old Wednesday 18th September 2019, 06:07   #38737
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Please find attached a spreadsheet detailing the final totals for the 24 sites that participated in the Autumn West Midlands All-Dayer on the 7th September with their respective lists - a total of 131 species were noted across the participants, a new record. Dipper and Wryneck were amongst the species to be sighted for the first time this year during the event; biggest omissions were probably Whimbrel, Grey Partridge and Corn Bunting.

Judging by comments received there seems to be a growing desire to do something a little more organised across the region on the 1st January as well.
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Old Wednesday 18th September 2019, 10:22   #38738
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From the Flashes this morning Des reports:

1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 10 Curlew, 2 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 18 Shoveler
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Please note that the Flashes will be closed tomorrow 9.30am to 6:00pm for essential boardwalk maintenance. The Trust are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause - the Moors Pool will be fully open.
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Old Wednesday 18th September 2019, 20:40   #38740
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES:
Ruff (1)-------------------Dunlin (1)
Avocet (2)----------------Curlew (10)
Snipe (4)-----------------Green Sand (1)
Shoveler (26)------------Teal (c80)
Gadwall (2)--------------Lesser Whitethroat (2). Right of the hide and right of the sewage works.
Blackcap (f)--------------Reed Warbler. Left of the hide on a fence.
Cetti's Warbler-----------Sparrowhawk
Peregrine-----------------Little Grebe
L B B Gull (55)-----------Herring Gull (5)
B H Gull (c1400)

MOORS:
Green Sand (1)----------Lapwing (c70)
Snipe (6)-----------------Little Egret (2).Attempting to catch flying dragonflies.
Teal (10)------------------Gadwall (6)
Shoveler (4)--------------Kingfisher
Greylag Goose (55)------Canada Goose (c500)
Sparrowhawk (2)---------Water Rail
Nuthatch------------------Goldcrest
Coal Tit--------------------Blackcap (f)
House Martin (10)--------Cetti's Warbler (3)
Mute Swan (6)

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Barn Owl and 3 Green Sandpiper at the Flashes at last light as per Andy P.
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From the Moors Pool this morning Andy P reports:

Female Wigeon, 30 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 12 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 27 Coot, Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 55 Lapwing, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 16 Swallows
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From the Flashes early morning (closed now until 6pm this evening) Andy P reports:

13 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Dunlin, Avocet, 70 Lapwing, 30+ Teal, 20+ Shoveler, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Raven, 2 Sedge Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff

3 Kingfisher over the Sailing Pool
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From the Moors Pool this morning Andy P reports:

Female Wigeon, 30 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, Little Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 12 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 27 Coot, Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 55 Lapwing, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 16 Swallows
Also Nuthatch at North Moors feeder station, 2 Goldcrest in secret garden. Treecreeper along the east track as per Alan Giles.
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Barn Owl again at the Flashes at 0620 as per Andy P.
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3 Little Egret at the Moors Pool as per Richard Baker
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Ruff (probable juvenile male) and Dunlin at the Flashes this morning as per Phil W.

Also 1 Avocet and 1 Green Sandpiper as per Andy P.
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2 Red Kite around the transmitter masts viewed from the Sailing Centre at 0930 as per Andy P.
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Sometimes I feel like a big bird.
Other times I feel very small

For Tim O thanks for the company and the discussion about identifying certain birds in that light last night.
I took a pic of a bird just before you arrived which on scrutiny turned out to be a male teal with fully fledged markings just coming out of moult. Only the intensity of the colours was missing.

The bird that we were looking at on the left hand side from the East Hide windows bothered me because it was a female teal (ish) but with the wrong head colouring. On reflection and some work on the pic I reckon it was a male teal in an earlier stage of moult because the colour on the top of the head turned out to be adult male colouring.

As for that little bird on the right - which duck beginning with m has a wing colouring with blue in it? I learnt a lot last night.

On another note I found an immaculate shiny manual shutter release cable last night in the Moors carpark. I can only think someone is using film. Anyway I put it for safekeeping in the East Hide at the back of the holder with the reserve guides in. That way I hope its safe and won't disappear down any cracks.
Don't do new mobiles so please could somebody post this bit on any platform that you think the owner might see it. Thanks.
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PS There were 2 little egrets there seemingly ignoring one another until just before we left and all hell broke loose .Some amazing flying. Would put Top Gun pilots to shame! Who put his camera away?!
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