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Old Friday 12th January 2018, 21:57   #35276
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First visit for a while arrived around 7am in pitch dark great morning at the flashes managed to tick the Barn owl great banter with Andy P, also managed a tick with Whooper swan at the Moors -

All species seen today and area seen in -

THE FLASHES –

Lapwing, Mallard, Black headed gull, Teal, Canada goose, Shelduck, Coot, Moorhen, Curlew, Carrion crow, Magpie, Robin, Blackbird, BARN OWL, Buzzard, Green woodpecker, Jackdaw, Wren, Lesser black backed gull, Common snipe, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Blue tit, Kestrel, Fieldfare, Song thrush, Redwing, Great tit, Goldfinch, Long tailed tit & Stock dove

THE SAILING POOL –

Grey heron, Cormorant, Mallard, Carrion crow, Black headed gull, Tufted duck, Coot, Great crested grebe, Mute swan, Wren, Blackbird & Robin

THE MOORS POOLS –

Blue tit, Wood pigeon, Great tit, Magpie, Carrion crow, Curlew, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Redpoll, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Moorhen, Teal, Shoveler, Little grebe, Mallard(Hybrid), Mallard, Shelduck, Tufted duck, Wigeon, Pochard, Black headed gull, Coot, WHOOPER SWAN, Mute swan, Grey heron, Little egret, Buzzard, Wren, Dunnock, Lapwing, Gadwall, Herring gull, Water rail, Jay, Long tailed tit, Song thrush, Greenfinch & Reed bunting
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Old Friday 12th January 2018, 21:58   #35277
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Completely baffled!!

Feeder by new hide
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 06:30   #35278
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Dave J reports from the Moors Pool:

Whooper Swan (which flew off at 08.31 and had not returned by 09:43), 2 Little Egret, 22 Pochard, 3 Gadwall, Meadow Pipit, 10 Curlew, second winter Common Gull
I had overlooked that Dave's Meadow Pipit last Sunday was new for the year - species #79
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 06:40   #35279
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Entry on BirdTrack for House Sparrow at the Moors Pool on the 6th - species #80 for the year.
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 07:18   #35280
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From the Flashes early morning Tim O reports:

Barn Owl at 7.51am, 8 Curlew, c500 Lapwing, 5 LBB Gull, 50 BH Gull, Shelduck just flew off in the direction of the Moors
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 11:16   #35281
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From the reserve this morning Mike W reports:

Little Egret & Whooper Swan - Moors Pool
GC Grebe 8 - Sailing Pool
Lapwing c.1000 - Flashes
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 16:59   #35282
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lapwings seem to like the reworking at the flashes! although they weren't too fussed about the fox patrolling the field next to the sewage works... a trio of snipe were also on one of the promontories in front of the hide as well.
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 19:35   #35283
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Barn Owl put in a brief appearance for a few of us at the Flashes at 16:28
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 20:25   #35284
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enjoyable start to my Upton Warren annual bird count this morning but the two biggest surprises were a fox walking towards me as I left the flashes hide and a squirrel swimming across the Salwarpe never seen that before.
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From the Moors Pool this morning Dave J reports:

Whooper Swan, 3 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 19 Pochard, 10 Curlew, 6 Redpoll, Siskin
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Barn Owl again at the Flashes at 4:45pm as per Nicki Spencer
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Barn Owl again at the Flashes at 4:45pm as per Nicki Spencer
Nikki Heeley Phil , soz my mistake on Twitter
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This coming Tuesday work party at MOORS

We will be continuing the dead hedging along the west side of North Moors.
Finish off the hedge laying on the west track of Moors.
Replacing stock fencing posts in SW Marsh.
Pollarding willows in NW corner of North Moors. The branches will be utilised in the new dead hedge.
Creating habitat piles along side the dead hedging from any brash not used in the dead hedge.
Set sluice pipe for winter level.
Work starts at 9.15. john
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Old Monday 15th January 2018, 10:48   #35289
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Andy P reports from the Moors Pool this morning:

Whooper Swan, Little Egret, Shelduck 3, Teal 54, Shoveler 22, Pochard 19, Gadwall 9, Little Grebe 2, Curlew 10, Snipe.
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I must get over and see our barn owl. Any particular hide recommended? Or is it better to stay out in the open? Or just wait and see what happens . .?
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I must get over and see our barn owl. Any particular hide recommended? Or is it better to stay out in the open? Or just wait and see what happens . .?
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Being seen from the main hide at the Flashes but await John's advice re car parking and the arrangements with Aztec
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Being seen from the main hide at the Flashes but await John's advice re car parking and the arrangements with Aztec
Tomorrow evening I will be on site at the Flashes until dark and will lock car park at 5ish
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Pre-work party JTB reports from the Moors Pool:

Little Egret, Little Grebe, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan 4, Shoveler 18, Teal 55, Gadwall 5, Shelduck 3, Pochard 19+, Curlew 10, Redpoll 3, Cetti's Warbler.
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Tomorrow evening I will be on site at the Flashes until dark and will lock car park at 5ish
John thank you for mentioning this. Alas I've a meeting later today. Will you be locking up later on another day this week?
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John thank you for mentioning this. Alas I've a meeting later today. Will you be locking up later on another day this week?
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Unfortunately not this week Pam. Leave car outside gates but not in way of exit best by other gate on left .Barn Owl seen at 4.41pm
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Craig had 13 Gadwall on Saturday which must be a record for January?
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At the mid-way point in the month the January / Year List stands on 80 species with potential in the second half of the month to add:

Barnacle Goose, Pintail, Goosander, Goldeneye, Red Kite, Merlin, Jack Snipe, Redshank, Woodcock, GBB Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Med Gull, Little Owl, LS Woodpecker, Stonechat, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer

The average January total is 83.2 species with a maximum of 86 (2014 and 2016) and a minimum of 81 (2013 and 2017).
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Another successful work party today. Thanks to all 20
Andy A. Bob O. Bobby P. Charles. Graham L. Ian Joh. Ian Jos. Jim B. Julie W. Keith M. Kim W. Nick F. Paul M. Ray C. Roger S.
Steve S. Steve and Sue T. Tony B and me.
Work:
Completed a 60 m stretch of dead hedging along the west side of the North Moors trail . This now links two areas of scrub. We will be planting up with hawthorn later in winter. Two large willows were pollarded in the NW corner the cuttings utilised in the dead hedge.

Also completed a 20m length of hedge laying along west path of Moors pool. This will thicken up the hedge for nesting birds and at the same time offer views over the pool.

The stock fence in SW Marsh was repaired which will allow cattle to feed in this section.
East fence was repaired.
The new hide windows have now been modified. They were 18inches wide which meant that when opened birds would be spooked. If you visit Slimbridge the windows are probably no more than 8 inches..the reason for this is to stop the waterfowl from being spooked when people look through them. Thecwindiws are now slightly wider than the East hide. This will allow scopes and large lenses still to be used. The feeding station window has been left untouched as this doesn't face the water.
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Next week we will be working at the FLASHES.

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1, 2 and 3 different views of the dead hedging along west side of North Moors.
4. A large willow pollarded to preserve it and its branches were put in the dead hedge. When willows and hawthorn grow too big ultimately they will fall over, split and die. Many of the old hawthorns have grown out of control and have not been laid which not only prolongs the bush but also provides a thick cover and a better fruit crop. We will be carrying out this practise at the Flashes where recently an old hawthorn has toppled over next to the path. The hedgerow there is all quite old and not been laid for over 20 years, it might be too late to save it but we will be giving it our best shot (probably next week).
5. the west track Hedge laying.. unfortunately the hedges are not too thick because there is only a single line of old hawthorn bushes. We plan to plant more hawthorn parallel to the the old hedge.
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Birding this evening

SAILING POOL:
GCG 8. Little grebe. Tufted18. Coot 65.

FLASHES:
Teal 5. Shoveler. Greylag 2. Canada geese 25.
Lapwing 650. Curlew 10. Snipe 2.
BHG 250 roosted with a single LBBG.
Buzzard. BARN OWL appeared from the SE corner of 3rd flash at 4.41 and probably due to the strong wind rapidly flew across the Flashes towards the cuckoo hide.
Stock dove 40+ unusual for the time of year.
Cetti's by bridge. Pied wag 3
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