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Old Thursday 22nd August 2019, 19:20   #38551
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Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at the Moors Pool as per Terry Hinett
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3 Spotted Flycatcher and a Redstart near the dungbheap at the Flashes this afternoon as per Josh Toogood
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Old Thursday 22nd August 2019, 20:41   #38553
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Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at the Moors Pool as per Terry Hinett
Presumably the same bird in the Flashes roost this evening. Also a 'new' ringed BHG seen - white darvic black letters TCP7.
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Old Friday 23rd August 2019, 04:46   #38554
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Presumably the same bird in the Flashes roost this evening. Also a 'new' ringed BHG seen - white darvic black letters TCP7.
Mike also reports from the Flashes yesterday evening:

Avocet 11, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover 1 + 1 chick, Common Sandpiper, Snipe 2, Green Sandpiper 4, Curlew 14, Lapwing c.70, Shelduck juvenile, Gadwall, Teal. Black-headed Gull c.300, Common Tern 5 (including 2 juveniles)
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Further to my post from yesterday re maximum counts for each wader species I have found this updated post from Phil Andrews from 3 years ago, which includes amended totals for Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Jack Snipe and Redshank plus the addition of the joint record for Greenshank.

This list now requires further amendment to include (a) the Baird's Sandpiper that graced the Flashes from 9-16th September 2016; (b) the 3 Woodcock found along the Salwarpe by Pete & Marjo Lewis on 11th December 2017; (c) the ever increasing number of Avocets present during the breeding season.

According to Phil's post from 16th June 2019 Dave Jackson counted a total of 87 birds at the Flashes that morning, made up of 44 adults and 43 young. Unless anyone knows otherwise I take it that this is the new record maximum count for Avocet on the reserve!
Thanks for updating this Andy. Will need to double check the position re Avocet - for WeBS and county recording purposes the counts are of adults and fledged juveniles only.

Only the listed figures the one which seems surprisingly low and could easily be bettered is Sanderling with a peak count of just three birds.

Have previously done similar exercises for wildfowl and gulls/terns - will repost and update as appropriate.
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Flashes this morning. Spot Fly between dung heap and transmitter buildings. 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler opposite sailing buildings in first field. 2 Swift Over.
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Flashes this morning. Spot Fly between dung heap and transmitter buildings. 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler opposite sailing buildings in first field. 2 Swift Over.
In addition Andy P reports from the Flashes:

3 Little Ringed Plover (adult, chick + a fledged juvenile from elsewhere), Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Curlew, 15 Avocet, 90 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 40 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, Shelduck juvenile, Kingfisher.

Also 5 Common Tern at the Sailing Pool.
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In addition Andy P reports from the Flashes:

3 Little Ringed Plover (adult, chick + a fledged juvenile from elsewhere), Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Curlew, 15 Avocet, 90 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 40 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, Shelduck juvenile, Kingfisher.

Also 5 Common Tern at the Sailing Pool.
Late afternoon Andy A reports increases to 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper and 11 Curlew.
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Managed about 3 hours down the flashes this afternoon. There was a family group of 5 swallows flying around between the cafe and the Surf Shack. Also 3 Chiffchaff by the Surf Shack.

Fairly quiet on the flashes but the following were noted

Shelduck (juvenile)
Shoveler (4)
Teal (35)
Avocet (13)
Lapwing (40+)
LRP (1 ad, 2 juv, 1 chick)
Curlew (11)
Dunlin (1)
Snipe (1)
Common Sandpiper (3)
Green Sandpiper (7)
...and another 4 or 5 Chiffchaff on the fox fence either side of the hide
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Old Saturday 24th August 2019, 07:13   #38560
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Garden Warbler at the Moors Pool as per Carl J.
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From the Flashes this morning Tim reports:

13 Avocet (but 3 flew towards the Moors Pool), 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe. 2 adult Little Ringed Plover + chick, Lapwings all just spooked by Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler and Green Woodpecker calling.
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At the start of a Bank Holiday weekend with much promise the monthly list presently stands on 96 species so a bit of work to do to reach the average August total of 105.33 species - the lowest total to date was 102 (last year) with a highest return of 108 in 2013 and 2014.

A period of hot weather with winds from the east / south-east could bring wonders at this time of year - Black Terns already reported at Belvide and Blithfield this morning - but there a still a few holes in amongst the commoner birds. Potential additions over the next few days include (year ticks in bold):

Garganey, Pochard, Osprey, Red Kite, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Common Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Skylark, Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Yellowhammer
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Spotted Flycatcher still at the Flashes in the transmitter field hedge by the dung heap as per Tim.
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2 Dunlin dropped into the Flashes at c1pm as per Carl.
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First winter Med Gull and juvenile Common Gull at the Sailing Pool as per Craig R
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We are now up to our 23rd ringed Black-headed Gull recorded at Upton Warren this year - an updated version of the spreadsheet is attached with a few responses still outstanding
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Spotted Flycatcher still at the Flashes in the transmitter field hedge this morning as per Andy P.
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Another Wood Sandpiper at the Flashes this morning as per Andy P.
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We are now up to our 23rd ringed Black-headed Gull recorded at Upton Warren this year - an updated version of the spreadsheet is attached with a few responses still outstanding
Fairly sure 2V06 & 2P69 are Cotswold birds but getting a response out of them is nigh on impossible! I'll chase up the recent Slimbridge bird for the history. No response yet to my e-mail on Thursday's Polish bird, perhaps a bit soon.
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Fairly sure 2V06 & 2P69 are Cotswold birds but getting a response out of them is nigh on impossible! I'll chase up the recent Slimbridge bird for the history. No response yet to my e-mail on Thursday's Polish bird, perhaps a bit soon.
I know we have discussed it before but it is pointless running a ringing scheme if you don't respond to reported sightings. I have also added TCP7 onto the POLRING website to see if I get a response quicker than email
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WORK PARTY TUESDAY S27th AUG

This Tuesday we will be completing the brush cutting off tje AMY'S MARSH scrape ..hopefully tje cattle will be grazing some of tje cut areas to maintain a short grassy sword.
If you can spare a couple of hours we will start at 9ish and be done by 12.
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Another Wood Sandpiper at the Flashes this morning as per Andy P.
Andy P and Mike further report from the Flashes:

5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover (adult, our chick & other juvenile), Dunlin, Snipe, 2 Curlew, 6 Gadwall, Shelduck juvenile, 14 Avocet, 42 Lapwing, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Grebe (both juveniles)

2 Common Tern on the Sailing Pool
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From the Moors Pool Mike reports:

The first Pochard of the autumn (a male), 2 Little Egret, 220+ large gulls
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Migrant Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly & Common Darter all noted by Mike W today.
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I know we have discussed it before but it is pointless running a ringing scheme if you don't respond to reported sightings. I have also added TCP7 onto the POLRING website to see if I get a response quicker than email - I assume the code was white rather than black Mike?
Not sure what's going on with CWP. The CWP web-site has info (which I can't attach for some reason) that seems to confirm that the numbers on which we are getting no response are ones they use. Odd, and very frustrating. Wonder if JW is no longer co-ordinator, although the one response I had earlier this year simply said "This isn't one of ours". A follow-up to confirm which of two codes elicited nothing and he's been silent ever since.
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