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Old Monday 2nd July 2018, 08:45   #36301
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Moulting male Ruff dropped into the Flashes as per Andy A. Also now 10 Little Ringed Plover (including 4 juveniles) and a further increase in Avocet numbers to 50 (getting close to the reserve record).
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Old Monday 2nd July 2018, 08:47   #36302
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From the Moors Pool Andy P reports a Red Kite north over the North Moors plantation plus the male Wigeon still, 2 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher and a sitting Common Tern.
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Old Monday 2nd July 2018, 11:02   #36303
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At the Moors a fox has gained access to the Broadmeadow section of Amy's marsh. It is wading acrosd to the Pool island and then staching BHG chicks. This is unfortunate but highlights how foxes can devastate water birds . There is an anti predator fence in this area but the low water levels have rendered some sections obsolete . More work for the autumn.
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Old Monday 2nd July 2018, 13:22   #36304
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Andy P further reports from the reserve:

Moors Pool - Coal Tit by feeders at North Moors

Flashes - now 4 Green Sandpiper and 15 Curlew
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Old Monday 2nd July 2018, 20:38   #36305
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Ruff still present this afternoon at the Flashes as per Carl Jones
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Ruff still present this afternoon at the Flashes as per Carl Jones
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Old Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 06:42   #36307
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From the Flashes early morning Andy A reports:

Ruff still, 42 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Little Ringed Plover
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Old Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 07:56   #36308
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From the Flashes early morning Andy A reports:

Ruff still, 42 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Little Ringed Plover
Andy A updates from the Flashes as follows:

51 Avocet, 11 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, Pheasant

Male Wigeon still at the Moors Pool as per Andy P
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Osprey flew east over the Moors Pool late morning as per the Lewis's via Des.
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Old Wednesday 4th July 2018, 15:30   #36310
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A reserve record of 55 Avocet at the Flashes this morning as per Des; also 2 Green Sandpiper.

12 Little Ringed Plover at the Flashes early morning as per Andy P.
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES:
Avocet (56)----------------Green Sand (3)
LRP (12)---------------------Redshank (reported mid afternoon, but not present this evening).
Curlew (15)------------------Lapwing (15)
Teal (6)-----------------------Pheasant

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Wigeon(m)-------------Osprey (P & M Lewis). Seen to fly over the east hide and away in a S E direction.
Shoveler (2)-----------Common Tern (2) Still sitting.
Gadwall (1)------------Teal(2)
Cormorant (2)---------Oystercatcher (1)
Herring Gull (2)--------G C Grebe (1)
Starling (c 70)---------Little Grebe (4) +1:1 young

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Old Wednesday 4th July 2018, 22:02   #36312
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Whereabouts were the young grebes Des and how old were they?
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Janette reports 2 broods of Tufted Duck at the Moors today plus 16 Curlew at the Flashes.
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Whereabouts were the young grebes Des and how old were they?
One youngster in front of the west hide and one at the north eastern end of the pool. Both birds looked three or four weeks old.

The Tufted broods were 5:8.

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Old Thursday 5th July 2018, 07:30   #36315
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Ta Des. Who I am crediting for the record count of Avos?
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Ta Des. Who I am crediting for the record countbod Avos?
JS and MJI.

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Old Thursday 5th July 2018, 11:32   #36317
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Purple Hairstreak at Upton Warren

I photographed this butterfly on Monday along the Salwarpe, thinking it was a White-letter Hairstreak. It was flitting around the bushes where this species is usually to be found at UW. I was in the company of Roger (Regor) at the time, who suggested that it might be a Purple Hairstreak. On closer examination his suspicion was proved to be right. I know Purple Hairstreak have been seen at UW before, but this was a first for me. I do believe this species is having a good year, as there are literally hundreds to be seen at Trench Wood at the moment. I'm sure there are more to be seen at Upton Warren.
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I photographed this butterfly on Monday along the Salwarpe, thinking it was a White-letter Hairstreak. It was flitting around the bushes where this species is usually to be found at UW. I was in the company of Roger (Regor) at the time, who suggested that it might be a Purple Hairstreak. On closer examination his suspicion was proved to be right. I know Purple Hairstreak have been seen at UW before, but this was a first for me. I do believe this species is having a good year, as there are literally hundreds to be seen at Trench Wood at the moment. I'm sure there are more to be seen at Upton Warren.
Is that the W L Hairstreak that was reported for Monday or was there a separate sighting? JHWR and myself looked yesterday for the W L Hairstreak in the usual place along the river with no luck. So there has possibly been only one sighting this year and most of the Wych Elms are dead. Lets hope the trees re-grow like they have done in the past.

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Is that the W L Hairstreak that was reported for Monday or was there a separate sighting? JHWR and myself looked yesterday for the W L Hairstreak in the usual place along the river with no luck. So there has possibly been only one sighting this year and most of the Wych Elms are dead. Lets hope the trees re-grow like they have done in the past.

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I believe so Des. I bumped into the chap who had photographed the butterfly at the Moors and, having looked at his photos briefly, wrongly identified it as a White-letter Hairstreak. It was only after observing and photographing the butterfly myself that, in conjunction with Regor, the true identity of the species became clear.
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At the flashes this morning were 1 Oystercatcher, 41 Avocet, 4 LRP, 16 Curlew and 4 Green Sandpiper. Water levels are looking good at the moment for wader passage.
It was good to see some Marbled Whites around the Aztec buildings and also at the Moors near the Farm buildings.
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Old Thursday 5th July 2018, 21:52   #36321
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Some decent numbers of Black-tailed Godwit on the move today - 50 at Belvide, 68 at Rutland etc
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P and Chris T report:

28 Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret
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From the Moors Pool Andy P reports:

3 Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, hybrid Med/BH Gull, drake Wigeon, juvenile Water Rail, Little Grebe pair +3 chicks, at least 3 broods of Tufted chicks, Otter.
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White-letter Hairstreak

Spent 90 minutes looking for WLH on 27 June and did find one (only) in the usual place. Ropey record shot attached!
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Little Grebe family, new arrival at The Flashes

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From the Moors Pool Andy P reports:

3 Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, hybrid Med/BH Gull, drake Wigeon, juvenile Water Rail, Little Grebe pair +3 chicks, at least 3 broods of Tufted chicks, Otter.
Little Grebe family taken from the East Hide
LRP chick at The Flashes. Distant shot, bird dead centre.
Water Rail and Magpie from the new hide
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