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Coney Meadow and Adjoining Areas

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Old Saturday 18th August 2018, 10:28   #2101
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2 Spotted Flycatchers Egg Lane just up from the car park.
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Old Saturday 18th August 2018, 11:06   #2102
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Another Spot Fly along the canal at Tapenhall.
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Old Sunday 19th August 2018, 21:35   #2103
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A juvenile Redstart at Hawford farm this morning.
2+ Spotted Flycatchers along the canal near Tapenhall.
2 Ravens near Chatley.
Adult and juv Little Grebes between Hawford and Chatley.
Hobby over Chatley on Friday morning.
Little Owl perched in its regular tree at Linacres paddocks on Friday morning.
Yellowhammer near Egg Lane on Saturday.
80+ Swallows this evening at Coney plus a few Sand Martins.
Swift over on Friday - now very scarce.
House Martins still plentiful in several areas.
A couple of Willow Warblers near Hawford on Friday and one near Tapenhall this morning.
Whitethroats, Reed Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, Coal Tits, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrests, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 06:17   #2104
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Wheatear on rubble next to the green barn near Ladywood.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 07:25   #2105
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Juvenile Goshawk low over near Chatley heading in the direction of Knight's Grove. It appeared to come out of a pheasant rearing enclosure in a small copse.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 09:30   #2106
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Two Redstarts together in the small paddock near Hawford farm - a washed out adult male and a juvenile.

Hobby over Chatley earlier flew towards Tapenhall being mobbed by hirundines.
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 17:52   #2107
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The Goshawk was perched briefly this morning - I initially mistook it for a Buzzard - until it flew. It initially flew into the copse and its 'elastic' flight action caught my interest. When it flew back out it was obvious this was far more interesting - very large, heavy and thick-set accipiter shape and dark brown streaks on the underside - it flew off with powerful flap-glides until lost to view. I noted it had a full crop so probably had taken and eaten a young pheasant.
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Old Thursday 23rd August 2018, 06:37   #2108
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Five Little Egrets over Tapenhall pool heading down the valley towards Hawford.
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Old Thursday 23rd August 2018, 07:06   #2109
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Tree Pipit over Tapenhall calling.
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Old Thursday 23rd August 2018, 07:59   #2110
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Two adult male Redstarts together in Willows along the Salwarpe river near Hawford fishing pools.
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Old Thursday 23rd August 2018, 08:10   #2111
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Green Sandpiper over Linacre bridge area dropped onto Hawford fishing pools.
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Old Thursday 23rd August 2018, 10:22   #2112
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Another Tree Pipit over Jacob's Ladder heading west. Or could be the same one moving about.
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Old Friday 24th August 2018, 07:27   #2113
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Two eclipse Mandarins on Tapenhall pool.
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Old Friday 24th August 2018, 07:43   #2114
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A pair of Grey Partridges with one well grown chick near Chatley - great to know they've bred successfully on the patch!
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Yellow Wagtail over Egg Lane calling.
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A pristine adult male Redstarto near Hawford farm. Little Owl calling nearby.
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Old Friday 24th August 2018, 10:14   #2117
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2 Yellow Wagtails in horse paddock between Egg Lane and Jacob's Ladder.
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Old Friday 24th August 2018, 10:20   #2118
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Whinchat in adjacent crop field - that's the one I was after - a year tick for me.
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The Whinchat was perched in an extensive strip of Fat Hen along the edge of a maize crop then flew onto a nearby hedge then lost to view.

150+ Mallards in a field next to a small pond nearby probably a record count for the patch.

Another Yellow Wagtail over Linacres padocks calling and the Little Owl perched in its normal tree.

Large numbers of hirundines in the area yesterday morning - looked like vis mig as some were passing over in large flocks (100+). Great views of Hobby in pursuit of the ones at a lower level.

2 Lesser Whitethroats yesterday amongst the other Warblers.

Good views of Kingfishers in various places over the past few days.

Little Grebes still.
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Old Saturday 25th August 2018, 11:27   #2120
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A Painted Lady butterfly at Hawford farm this morning.
A Peregrine and Raven over there plus an escaped Cockatiel.
2 Ravens over Linacre bridge and another over Mildenham.

A Spotted Flycatcher behind Mildenham Mill. A couple of Willow Warblers on the walk around but not much sign of fresh migration.
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Old Sunday 26th August 2018, 10:14   #2121
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Drake Tufted Duck on Tapenhall pool this morning. Two Coots also - the first since May.

Two Spotted Flycatchers along the canal at Mildenham.
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Old Monday 27th August 2018, 07:05   #2122
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Three Yellow Wagtails over Egg Lane.

Three Mandarins on Tapenhall pool earlier - 2 eclipse drakes and a duck.
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Old Monday 27th August 2018, 17:54   #2123
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Further sightings this morning:

A Hobby pursuing Swallows over Linacre bridge.
A Kestrel at Hawford
Tufted Duck near Hawford
A Coot on the river at Hawford
Little Owl Linacres paddocks
Willow Warbler between Ladywood and Porter's Mill
Common and Lesser Whitethroats
Several small flocks of Mistle Thrush
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Old Monday 27th August 2018, 18:42   #2124
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Hello Dave: thanks for keeping this blog.
Marjo and I were at the trig. point north of Knight's Grove around lunchtime today and were entertained by a group of 4 Hobbies together.....mainly just having fun(?) in the wind, but two landed in the harrowed field there for a while. Maybe a family group. A Buzzard came to look at what the four were doing, then went into a long fast glide westward on part-closed wings whereupon one of the Hobbies "took up the challenge", shot after the Buzzard in its own power-glide, overtook it with ease and "bombed" it (not sure if it actually touched or not) then speed-climbed upwards. All good stuff with our lunch.
We hadn't been up there before.....hadn't realised what a superb view you get.
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Old Monday 27th August 2018, 18:49   #2125
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Thanks Peter - yes it is a lovely spot with great views. The farmer is also a very friendly bloke who told me he is happy for people to walk around his fields (off the footpaths) - unlike the people who have taken over Knight's Grove who have put up 'no entry' signs - although I might send them an email to try and see how amenable they are to me and others carrying out wildlife surveys. Four Hobbies together is easily the best count so far this year - did they include juvs?
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