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Coney Meadow and Adjoining Areas

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Old Friday 21st September 2018, 10:43   #2151
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GOLDEN PLOVER over Jacob's Ladder heading roughly due south - called once which attracted my attention to it - fantastic!!
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Old Monday 24th September 2018, 08:28   #2152
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A few other species recorded over the weekend (Fri and Sat only):

Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, flocks of Meadow Pipits over, Ravens, Little Owl, good-sized flocks of Linnets, Skylarks, Goldcrest, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Swallows, House Martins, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, etc.
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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 21:49   #2153
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Hi Dave.
I was walking the dog this evening down by Linacre bridge about 19:15. I saw a single bat, possibly the biggest bat I have seen in this country. It was hunting between the fishing pools and the canal. It had a very bulky body with broad wings. I thought it was a bird at first , but it was obviously a bat as I watched for while through my bins.
It was flying quite high (tree top level at least).
I saw some bats later up Egg lane they would would have been dwarfed by this one. Would you like to speculate what species it might have been?
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Old Thursday 27th September 2018, 22:23   #2154
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Hi Dave.
I was walking the dog this evening down by Linacre bridge about 19:15. I saw a single bat, possibly the biggest bat I have seen in this country. It was hunting between the fishing pools and the canal. It had a very bulky body with broad wings. I thought it was a bird at first , but it was obviously a bat as I watched for while through my bins.
It was flying quite high (tree top level at least).
I saw some bats later up Egg lane they would would have been dwarfed by this one. Would you like to speculate what species it might have been?
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Most probably a Noctule - they fly high and strongly on a relatively straight course - they are also big - the biggest common bat - in summer they often look like swifts at a distance until you get your bins on them.
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Old Saturday 29th September 2018, 20:41   #2155
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Cheers Dave .
That 's a very good description of what a I saw.
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 19:59   #2156
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About 40 Greylags flew over Coney Meadow this evening
1 Little Egret was hanging around then flew up the valley
10 Siskins over between Salwarpe and Ladywood yesterday plus another near Hawford.
2 Yellowhammers near Knight's Grove this morning plus one over Coney this evening
2 Water Rails calling around Coney this evening
Little Owl Linacres paddocks this morning and one near Hawford farm on Friday.
Raven, small flocks of Meadow Pipits, 2 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, Kingfishers, Grey Wagtails and a few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Some of the Chiffchaffs were singing in the sunshine yesterday
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Old Friday 5th October 2018, 12:20   #2157
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72 Greylags in a field of maize stubble along Copcut Lane this morning - must be a record count - plus 40-odd Canadas.

My first Fieldfare of the autumn over Hawford
7 Siskins over Egg Lane
Tufted Duck on small pool near Chatley
Skylarks on the move overhead
A few Meadow Pipits
2 Ravens, Treecreeper, female Blackcap, Chiffchaff,Coal Tit, Grey Herons, Yellowhammer near Hawford Farm, Kestrel, Buzzards, both common Woodpecker species, Reed Buntings, Jays, etc.

Little Owl heard calling from Linacres paddocks but not seen.

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Old Sunday 7th October 2018, 15:20   #2158
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Redwings have returned - about 30 over Jacob's Ladder and smaller flocks over Hawford and Egg Lane. About 20 Fieldfares over Mildenham with a few Redwings mixed in.
Siskins over in several places - the biggest flock of 15+ over near Daniel's Farm.
Singing Chiffchaffs yesterday and today.
Just 18 Greylags over Copcut this morning - 66 there yesterday. 4 over near Chatley this morning also.
Raven, Mistle Thrushes, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Kestrel, Sparrowhawks, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks amongst other species seen. Great views of a Weasel on the Lane near Linacres paddocks.

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Old Monday 8th October 2018, 08:15   #2159
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A Water Rail called from along the canal near Coney Meadow a couple of times yesterday evening.
Greylag Geese (75+) and Canadas (100+) commuting between Westwood and their feeding areas.
A mixed flock of Redwings and Fieldfares over plus reasonable numbers of Meadow Pipits.
25+ Pied Wagtails roosted.
Noctule bat.
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 20:17   #2160
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A Peregrine perched on a pylon near Middleton Grange this morning.
A Coot on Tapenhall pool on Friday plus a Tufted Duck on the small pool near Chatley.
193 Canada Geese and 41 Greylags in maize stubble along Copcut Lane. 78 Greylags over Coney this evening.
17 Skylarks over, 10 Reed Buntings and c40 Pied Wagtails Coney this evening.
Redwings, Mistle Thrushes, Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, a couple of Chiffchaffs, Coal Tit, a few Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtails, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

A Mink ran in front of me near Ladywood this afternoon.
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Old Saturday 20th October 2018, 09:57   #2161
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HAWFINCH circled over Mildenham Mill then flew west calling constantly
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Old Sunday 21st October 2018, 20:26   #2162
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Further news from the past few days:

My first Redpolls (5) and Snipe of the autumn on Friday over Jacob's Ladder and near Egg Lane, respectively.

Small flocks of Siskins widespread.

Numerous Redwings and smaller numbers of Fieldfares (including a flock of 17).

Yelbowhammer over Egg Lane.

Female Mandarin on river at Hawford this morning.

Just one Chiffchaff seen - near Moat Farm on Friday.

Ravens, Meadow Pipits, Greylags over Coney and Hawford, Canada Geese, Grey Herons, Treecreepers, Coal Tits, Skylarks (some singing), Buzzards, Kestrel, Sparrowhawks, Linnets, Mistle Thrushes, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Grey Wagtails.

100+ Pied Wagtails roosted at Coney this evening plus a few Starlings. Water Rail called.
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Old Saturday 27th October 2018, 10:31   #2163
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4 white wagtails in the hedge below Linacre Bridge on Wed morning, stayed for a few minutes then flew south towards the farm. Thought they were pieds when flying over and wouldn't have looked had they not landed so close
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Old Sunday 28th October 2018, 19:32   #2164
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Little Grebe on the river at Hawford this morning.
Coot on Tapenhall pool.
Tufted Duck at Mildenham.
Female Mandarin on the canal at Porter's Mill yesterday morning.
Yellowhammer over near Salwarpe yesterday.
2 Little Owls at Linacres paddocks on Friday morning.
Redpolls and Siskins overhead plus Meadow Pipits, Fieldfares and Redwings.
Chiffchaff near Salwarpe Church this afternoon. Blackcap calling from hedge in Coney yesterday.
Kestrels, Buzzards, Coal Tits, Mistle Thrushes, Linnets, Skylarks, Water Rail heard, Grey Wagtails, Cormorants, Grey Herons etc.

Tany Owls vocal around Droitwich Woods last week -early mornings.
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Old Friday 2nd November 2018, 10:59   #2165
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Fabulous male Brambling in hedge along the canal near Salwarpe Church.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 08:43   #2166
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Male Brambling in Salwarpe churchyard still this morning.

Female Mandarin on Tapenhall pool and drake Tufted on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 19:15   #2167
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Further species recorded this weekend:

Chiffchaff in plantation just west of Salwarpe this morning
Yellowhammer over near Jacob's Ladder on Friday
Siskins over Tapenhall yesterday and over Salwarpe this morning
Water Rails along the canal near Mildenham yesterday and at Coney reedbed this morning
Flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings widespread
Grey Wagtails, Cormorants, Grey Herons, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings, Buzzards, Kestrels, Bullfinches, Nuthatches, Coal Tits, Mistle Thrushes, Great Spot and Green Woodpeckers, Jays, Ravens, Goldcrests, etc.
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Old Saturday 10th November 2018, 12:57   #2168
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A Woodcock flushed from a scrubby area of Coney Meadow this morning.
A Coot was on Tapenhall pool.
2 Blackcaps near Hawford lock yesterday were probably freshly arrived wintering birds.
Tufted drake yesterday on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
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Old Monday 12th November 2018, 08:21   #2169
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3 Snipe flew out of Coney reedbed on Sunday evening at dusk. A few Starlings and Pied Wags roosted. Small flocks of Meadow Pipits and winter thrushes over. On Saturday, a few small flocks of Siskins - e.g. 3 over Salwarpe churchyard.
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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 10:21   #2170
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Three Golden Plovers over Ladywood heading west.
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Old Sunday 18th November 2018, 19:29   #2171
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Little Grebe, Coot and Water Rail at Tapenhall pool this morning.
Drake Tufted Duck on small pool between Chatley and Hawford.
Snipe flew from the reedbed at Coney this evening.
Yellowhammer over Coney yesterday and one over near Egg Lane this morning.

Kingfisher, Grey Wagtails, Siskins, winter thrushes, Meadow Pipits, Canada Geese, Grey Herons, Buzzards, Kestrels, Skylarks, lots of Chaffinches, Raven, Nuthatches, Goldcrests, Bullfinches, Mistle Thrushes, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Tawny Owls noisy in Droitwich Woods last week.
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Unconfirmed but convincing report of a cattle egret in Addyes Way Tuesday on Spotted Droitwich Facebook page
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Very limited birding over the weekend as I was full of man-flu:

Little Grebe on Tapenhall pool still
Tufted Duck on small pool between Hawford and Chatley
Female Blackcap near Hawford
Water rail calling along Canal near Coney
c 1000 Starlings roosted at Coney reedbed on Sunday evening
Treecreeper near Salwarpe village
A few Siskins over plus most of the usual winter stuff.
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Cattle egret foraging in the brook at Addyes Way 10.45 this morning
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Cattle egret foraging in the brook at Addyes Way 10.45 this morning
Definately Cattle? Behaviour sounds more like Little
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