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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 17:33   #36226
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In a final act of defiance I would like to try and save what we can from the disastrous wader breeding season before the Fox/es completely ruin it.
So we plan to repair the secondary fence line to the right of the Avocet hide.
The work will take place from 9am and hopefully in and out in 45 minutes The only remaining Avocet chicks will swim to the sewage works bay . So we have nothing to lose as we currently have NO Avocets sitting.
Please meet at the Avocet hide 9ish.
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Sorry for any inconvenience but it is a matter of urgency now
Today the work party crew repaired 6 holes in the secondary FOX fence right of the Avocet hide. The gate was sealed and another hole was found to the left of the hide. This area is the inner sanctum and where many of the waders try to breed and raise their young. It's too late for some species but hopefully there is enough time for second attempts.
The broken window latch was also repaired so it's now safe to open the front right side end window.
At the Moors more strimming along tracks and causeway road. Also there we removed vegetation from around half of the Hawthorn saplings that form the new NE hedgerow. Next week we will clear the rest in front of Lifestyles to the East gate.
Thanks to Bob O. Bob R. Jim B. Julie W. Kim W. Paul M and me. john
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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 18:17   #36227
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Flashes this amDavid

Before the work party.. I birders from 6.15am.
A bit of migration involved more teal. Yesterday a curlew was seen by David Jackson.
Four shelduck perched on the roof of the small barn at Sagebury farm. The last time I saw this chicks appeared a few days later..so maybe again. Talking to the local gamekeeper some time ago he told me that shelduck regularly attempt to breed by the farm buildings.
The Avocets are still present so hopefully they will attempt to breed again. Several reed warblers were feeding young in all reed beds.

Species count FLASHES:-
Teal 9. Gadwall 4. Shoveler pr. Shelduck 6. Tufted 20.
Coot 2 broods.
Avocet 36 +3 chicks now able to fly at 31 days. LRP 4 . Lapwing 15. Oystercatcher 2.
Med Gull 2 ( 2nd summer + adult). BHG c300 chicks many flying.
Swift 10. House Martin 20 feeding low over the FLASHES.
Cetti's w. Reed w c10. Sedge w. Blackcap 2. Whitethroat. Lesser whitethroat. Chiffchaff.
Linnet 5. Reed Bunting 4.

Sailing pool: GCG 2 pairs +chick. Common tern

NORTH MOORS: Little grebe ad +Only 1 chick. Cootv2 broods. GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still singing in NE corner. Cetti's w. Reed w feeding young next to hide. Whitethroat. Blackcap. Chiffchaff.
Treecreeper. Reed Bunting 2.

MOORS:-
GCG. Little grebe 6 no young seen.
Shoveler pair. Shelduck 2. Gadwall 8. .
Tufted c70. Pochard 2 males.
Avocet 18. Lapwing 10. Oystercatcher 2+chick.
Common Tern.
Coot 4 broods.
Swift 5.
Sedge w East gate. Reed w 5 East side.
Bullfinch.

This year's breeding has been a bumper year for passerines especially all three tits and garden birds. Warblers also seem to be doing well.

Also many thanks to Sue and Andy G for their kind donation to the feeding station fund. john
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Second summer Little Gull again at the Flashes late afternoon as per John Sirrett
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Painted Lady butterfly on the reserve today as per David Guy
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The adult and the second summer Mediterranean Gull were seen on the Moors this morning. The second summer was seen on the Sailing Pool late afternoon before returning to the Moors in the early evening. The Adult came into the Flashes around 18.30 where it joined the second summer Little Gull which arrived on the Flashes around 17.30. The Little Gull carrying a leg injury found it difficult to stand. The Hybrid Black-headed/ Med Gull is still sitting on a nest on the small raft viewable from the middle flashes hide.

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Avocets 33 Adults and 3 young early evening: those present on the Moors earlier in the day having apparently returned to the Flashes
LRP 2; Lapwing 28; Teal 14m 5f; Gadwall 7; Shelduck 6; Oystercatcher 2; Lesser Whitethroat singing; 10+ Rooks in Poplars

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Wigeon Male in far right corner; 2 Common Tern one settled mostly on the large raft, Reed Warbler 2 singing

Upton Moors, this evening
No reports of Grasshopper Warbler today; Cettis warbler 1 singing; 5 Oystercatcher 2 Ad and 1 young, 1 Ad and 1 young;Tufted Duck only 38 counted;Female Mallards with broods of 6, 7 and 8 the seven the most advanced the others recently hatched; No broods of Tufties yet; Gadwall 3 (making a total of 10 on the reserve today);Little Grebe 5; Jay and Mistle Thrush.
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Grey Heron with fish on Moors pool from New hide
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Old Wednesday 13th June 2018, 22:14   #36232
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From the Flashes early morning Andy A reports:

5 Shelduck, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 30 adult + 3 young Avocet, 10 Teal, 2 Med Gull and the first Green Sandpiper on return passage!
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Sick Woodpecker

I know some people get very angry when I post non UW questions, but I am going to ask anyway.

For the last 24 hours I have had a very sick woodpecker in my garden, it doesn't appear to be injured Most of the time it just sits on the ground, head hanging down. Occasional little flutter. I didn't expect to survive the night, but it is still there - looking very poorly.

What should I do - is there anyone with the knowledge to care for it ?
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You could try Vale Wildlife Hospital near Evesham.
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I know some people get very angry when I post non UW questions, but I am going to ask anyway.

For the last 24 hours I have had a very sick woodpecker in my garden, it doesn't appear to be injured Most of the time it just sits on the ground, head hanging down. Occasional little flutter. I didn't expect to survive the night, but it is still there - looking very poorly.

What should I do - is there anyone with the knowledge to care for it ?
I agree with Mike - try phoning The Vale Wildlife Hospital for advice on 01386 882288, they are open 24 hours a day. I hope you can get help for it as it looks in a bad way and it's only a youngster :(
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I know some people get very angry when I post non UW questions, but I am going to ask anyway.

For the last 24 hours I have had a very sick woodpecker in my garden, it doesn't appear to be injured Most of the time it just sits on the ground, head hanging down. Occasional little flutter. I didn't expect to survive the night, but it is still there - looking very poorly.

What should I do - is there anyone with the knowledge to care for it ?
Ian I have taken a few sick injured birds Vale rescue centre..if anything can be done for it they will do it 👍👍 john
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I know some people get very angry when I post non UW questions, but I am going to ask anyway.

For the last 24 hours I have had a very sick woodpecker in my garden, it doesn't appear to be injured Most of the time it just sits on the ground, head hanging down. Occasional little flutter. I didn't expect to survive the night, but it is still there - looking very poorly.

What should I do - is there anyone with the knowledge to care for it ?

Thanks to all for their advice about the Vale Wildlife Hospital.
Sadly, the issue was resolved yesterday evening by a neighborhood cat
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Little Gull (second summer) again at the Flashes as per Mike Metcalf via Worcester Birding
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From the Flashes early morning JTB reports:

15 Teal (12 males), 6 Shelduck, 34 Avocet + 3 fledged young, 9 Lapwing (including a fledged juvenile raised from elsewhere). 4 Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat singing, Peregrine on the transmitter mast.
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At the half way point of June the monthly list currently stands on 85 species with a few obvious holes. Potential additions in the next 15 days include (year ticks in bold):

Garganey, Little Egret, Cormorant, Pheasant, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, any owl species, Feral Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Sand Martin, Coal Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, House Sparrow, Yellowhammer.

The average total for June is 91.8 species with a highest total of 95 in 2013 and a low of 88 (2015 and 2016).
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At the Moors Pool Red Kite east of the East Hide as per Matt Smith and second summer Med Gull and male Wigeon as per JTB. Adult Med Gull at the Flashes earlier.

Perhaps tomorrow will see a couple of Red Kite charts ....
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Singing Spotted Flycatcher (first of the year) reported at the Flashes as per Matt Smith
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Second summer Little Gull again at the Flashes this evening as per Craig; also adult Med Gull and another Red Kite over.
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Second summer Little Gull again at the Flashes this evening as per Craig; also adult Med Gull and another Red Kite over.
Interestingly a one-legged second summer Little Gull was at Slimbridge for a couple of days from the 29th May (our bird turned up on the 3rd June).
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From the Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

38 adult Avocet + 3 fledged young, Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 9 Gadwall, 3 Common Tern, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat
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Yesterday (Saturday 16th June)

AN early 5.15am start beaten to the car park by Clive L.
We both had the same mindset that conditions were good with showers and southerly wind...the only downside was it was two months too late.
But June can be rewarding but generally migration is over.
The main highlight was the relatively large steady southerly flow of swift between 7am & 7.25am. The movement occurred during a heavy shower and the birds were probably skirting the edge of the storm. Most of the birds flew down our 'migration valley' that runs from behind the sewage works towards Hanbury. These birds weren't migrants they were a feeding flock as an hour later when the sun came out they moved North.
But that was it really apart from a returning Green sand and double figures of returning teal.
The rain freshened up the algal bloom affected areas and Avocets and duck fed in them.

SPECIES COUNT FLASHES:
Teal 15. (12 males). Shoveler male. Gadwall 6. Shelduck 8. Tufted 12. Mallard 3 broods. Grey heron.
Avocet 36 : 3 ch now flying . LRP 4. Green sand. Lapwing 9( a fledged juv from elsewhere).
MED Gull ad. BHG most of the chicks now fledged.
Peregrine pair. Buzzard 2.
Kingfisher. Great sp woodp. Stock Dove 30+. Raven . Rook 3.
Swift min 330-350 in 25 minutes. House Martin 12.
Lesser Whitethroat male singing and at least 1 juv. Blackcap 2. Reed w 10+. Sedge w. Chiffchaff.
Song thrush. Starling 3
Linnet 5. Greenfinch 2 pairs. Goldfinch 10.
Reed Bunting 5.

MOORS:
Spent an hour or so at the East hide where most of the birds were concentrated in or around Amy's marsh ( the areas in front of the hide).
The water level has started to drop a little but the vegetation quickly smothers the open mud so not a lot of habitat for waders. The two pairs of Oystercatcher are still attending their young...The oldest brood of 1 chick is now flying. The younger brood are having food brought in but not sure how many chicks. The late sitting lapwing is still incubating ( behind a clump of vegetation on the Broadmeadow island) so this should hatch very soon.
The LBBG are gathered in the middle of the pool ready to launch attacks on the breeding BHG and waterfowl chicks. Possibly the reason why little grebes and mallard are having a poor year. Just before I left I picked up the 2nd summer Med on an island, then the male wigeon in SW marsh. Walking down the hide stairs I had a Red Kite drift south fairly low behind the hide .

SPECIES COUNT MOORS:
GCG. little grebe 8 no chicks seen.
Mute swan 2. Wigeon male. Gadwall 6. Shoveler pr. Tufted 45.
Lapwing 3. Oystercatcher 4 ads 1: 1 min ch.
Med Gull 2nd summer.
Red Kite.
Swift 10. House Martin 15. SAND MARTIN.
Mistle thrush
Reed warbler 5.
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From the Moors Pool Dave J reports:

4 adult Oystercatcher + 3 young (1:2), Wigeon, 4 Common Tern, 9 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe + 1 young.
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Yesterday's WeBS count courtesy of Dave J:

Avocet 41, Canada Goose 112, Coot 48, Gadwall 13, Great Crested Grebe 5, Green Sandpiper 1, Grey Heron 1, Greylag Goose 12, Kingfisher 1, Lapwing 12, Little Grebe 6, Little Ringed Plover 4, Mallard 184, Moorhen 14+, Mute Swan 4, Oystercatcher 6, Shelduck 6, Teal 5, Tufted Duck 78, Wigeon 1, Black-headed Gull 523, Herring Gull 5, Lesser Black-backed Gull 9, Common Tern 4.
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