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Old Wednesday 15th August 2018, 12:25   #36501
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Fourth summer Caspian Gull at the Moors Pool yesterday as per JHWR
Caspian Gull again briefly at the Moors Pool early afternoon as per JHWR
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Old Wednesday 15th August 2018, 21:21   #36502
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Today's highlights:

MOORS:
Caspian Gull (4cy) briefly-------------------------Yellow Legged Gull (2x ad) + 3cy.
Large Gulls- c200 inc 20% juv birds and 50 Herring Gulls.
Common Sand (2)-----------------------------------Green Sand (2)
Lapwing (30)-----------------------------------------Snipe (1)
Common Tern (2 ad) + 2 juvs-----------------------Wigeon (m)
Shoveler (6)------------------------------------------Gadwall (4)
Teal (15)----------------------------------------------Cormorant (3)
Greylag Goose (12)----------------------------------G C Grebe (Ad ) + juv
Mistle Thrush (2)-------------------------------------Coal Tit (west hide feeding station)
Sparrowhawk (m)------------------------------------B H Gull (c350)
A large flock of birds, c50, moved along the hedgerow on the west track. The flock also included Chiffchaff (6) and a Blackcap.

FLASHES/HEN POOL*
Lapwing (41)-----------------------------------------B H Gull (95)
Peregrine---------------------------------------------Cetti's Warbler (1)*
Reed Warbler (1)*-----------------------------------Curlew (1) reported late morning.

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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 06:56   #36503
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At the half-way point in August the month's list has staggered to a mere 83 species (unsurprising given the conditions and my inability to log into BirdTrack, hence some of the commoner gaps). Meanwhile the year list advanced to 137 species thanks to this week's Caspian Gull. Potential additions for the remainder of August include:

Garganey, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Common Gull, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Collared Dove, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Dunnock, Wren, Nuthatch, Jay, House Sparrow, Chaffibch, Yellowhammer
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 08:12   #36504
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Wood Sandpiper at the Moors Pool on Pool Island as per Andy Pitt
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At the half-way point in August the month's list has staggered to a mere 83 species (unsurprising given the conditions and my inability to log into BirdTrack, hence some of the commoner gaps). Meanwhile the year list advanced to 137 species thanks to this week's Caspian Gull. Potential additions for the remainder of August include:

Garganey, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Common Gull, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Collared Dove, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Dunnock, Wren, Nuthatch, Jay, House Sparrow, Chaffibch, Yellowhammer
Can certainly add wren and dunnock
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 10:20   #36506
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Although I've been visiting Upton Warren for some time now as a Trust member, this is my first post. I decided I should register so that I could add a sighting of a nuthatch on the feeder at North Moors this week (Tuesday 14th). Mike Gower
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 11:12   #36507
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Wood Sandpiper at the Moors Pool on Pool Island as per Andy Pitt
No sign since approx 9am when flew south
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 12:09   #36508
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No sign since approx 9am when flew south
Presume that was when it flew into the lagoon? May still be there if so, a lot of that area hidden from view from the hides.
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 16:41   #36509
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Presume that was when it flew into the lagoon? May still be there if so, a lot of that area hidden from view from the hides.
Possibly but now one at Grimley this afternoon. Are you down this evening Mike?
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4 Yellow-legged Gulls (two adults + two second summers) at the Moors Pool this afternoon as per Terry Hinett but no sign of the Caspian Gull.
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 20:49   #36511
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This afternoon / evening Mike W and Janette report:

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12 Curlew

MOORS POOL
Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 3 Green Sand, Common Sand, Snipe, Swift, Great Crested Grebe juvenile, 2 Common Tern juveniles, Wigeon, 50+ House Martin, 2 Grey Heron
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 21:24   #36512
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Although I've been visiting Upton Warren for some time now as a Trust member, this is my first post. I decided I should register so that I could add a sighting of a nuthatch on the feeder at North Moors this week (Tuesday 14th). Mike Gower
Thanks Mike..we are always trying to encourage more people to post their sighting photos and anything to do with the reseve on the forum..The forum is a great vehicle for announcing work parties and any events on the reserve or if anyone has an questions or issues they need resolving.. .This helps people plan their visits when disturbance can occur through management work etc. In the event of finding an unusual species please post on here and if possible contact myself Phil andrews or Wheatearlp privately if you a are unsure of an ID or post on here and we will sort it ..hopefully if any serious problems occur we will pass on to the Worcester Wildlife Trust if we can't sort it. john
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Old Thursday 16th August 2018, 21:56   #36513
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Presume that was when it flew into the lagoon? May still be there if so, a lot of that area hidden from view from the hides.
What was presumed to be the bird flew out of the lagoon area and was seen to fly high in a southerly direction. I picked up a wader flying in front of the masts, which I thought was probably the Wood Sandpiper. After thoroughly checking the lagoon area from the Jacobs Hide, along with Clive Lee & Brian Richardson, I headed over to the Flashes where Bob Potter among others was searching. The bird was not seen from either the Cuckoo or Avocet hide.
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Old Friday 17th August 2018, 06:54   #36514
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Yesterday's Wood Sandpiper took the monthly list on to 87. This compares to the average August total of 106 species over the last five years with a peak of 108 (2013 and 2014) and a low of 104 (2016 and 2017); the latter figure may be under some threat!
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Old Friday 17th August 2018, 12:25   #36515
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From the Moors Pool this morning Andy P reports:

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, Little Egret, 28 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 5 Common Tern including 2 juveniles, 6 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, Cettis, Swift.
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Tuesday's Caspian Gull images below, also seen briefly on Wednesday. Courtesy of John Ridley.

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At the half-way point in August the month's list has staggered to a mere 83 species (unsurprising given the conditions and my inability to log into BirdTrack, hence some of the commoner gaps). Meanwhile the year list advanced to 137 species thanks to this week's Caspian Gull. Potential additions for the remainder of August include:

Garganey, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Common Gull, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Collared Dove, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Dunnock, Wren, Nuthatch, Jay, House Sparrow, Chaffibch, Yellowhammer
Collared Dove today along East Track Phil.
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Tuesday's Caspian Gull images below, also seen briefly on Wednesday. Courtesy of John Ridley.

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Pretty sure I saw the same bird early Thursday afternoon from the West hide not long after the Electricity helicopter put everything up. Looked to be the same distinctive angle of the forehead, all dark eye, same bill pattern. Also seen briefly by Jared.

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Old Friday 17th August 2018, 20:43   #36519
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At the half-way point in August the month's list has staggered to a mere 83 species (unsurprising given the conditions and my inability to log into BirdTrack, hence some of the commoner gaps). Meanwhile the year list advanced to 137 species thanks to this week's Caspian Gull. Potential additions for the remainder of August include:

Garganey, Pintail, Pochard, Red Kite, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Stint, Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Common Gull, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Collared Dove, Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Dunnock, Wren, Nuthatch, Jay, House Sparrow, Chaffibch, Yellowhammer
Tim had Jay this evening
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Richard Baker had 2 little egrets and SMW had a 3rd Summer Yellow Legged Gull
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Hedgerows looking good.

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Which one shall I have?
Where shall I eat it?
Yummy!!
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Early morning Tim and Gert at the Moors Pool:

Up to 50 Swallow, 1 Swift, Willow Warbler in song briefly, adult Yellow-legged Gull with 30+ LBB Gull & 6 Herring Gull, 4 Common Terns, c230 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebe chicks, Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 23 Greylag Geese, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Cettis Warbler, several Chiffchaffs & Blackcap
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Hello everybody--first time I've done this so hope it works .
I should be posting a couple of images of presumed adult Caspian Gull on the Moors yesterday from 15.45hrs. to 16.30hrs.at least,when it may have flown off although my view(from concrete hide) was obscured BUT....always seems to be a "but" with gull I.D........then I wondered whether the mantle is too dark and the bill may not exactly fit Caspian Gull criteria etc. I'd appreciate (helpful) comments!
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From the Flashes this morning Gert reports:

Approx 75% dried out still. Roe Deer, Lapwing c30, BH Gull c40, Buzzard, 1 Whitethroat, 12 Linnet, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Peregrine, 3 Ringed Plover circled and on the deck briefly
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Hello everybody--first time I've done this so hope it works .
I should be posting a couple of images of presumed adult Caspian Gull on the Moors yesterday from 15.45hrs. to 16.30hrs.at least,when it may have flown off although my view(from concrete hide) was obscured BUT....always seems to be a "but" with gull I.D........then I wondered whether the mantle is too dark and the bill may not exactly fit Caspian Gull criteria etc. I'd appreciate (helpful) comments!
Hi Pete
I was talking to SMW yesterday while he was watching this same bird. He was cautious that it could be a yellow Legged Gull due to the darkness of the mantle and depth of bill. However he things it probably is a Caspian Gull 3rd Summer ..suffice to say that it is a different bird to JHWR's Caspian on 14th August.
I think we are all looking for the perfect example of a Caspo with the 'full set' of salient features but the more you research and the more photo's you look at the more confusing it becomes.
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