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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 05:57   #38226
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Yesterday's WeBS counts courtesy of Dave J:

Canada Goose (64), Greylag Goose (3), Mute Swan (6), Shelduck (6), Shoveler (2), Gadwall (7), Mallard (101), Teal , Tufted Duck (68), Little Grebe (2), Great Crested Grebe (8), Grey Heron (3), Moorhen (7), Coot (37), Oystercatcher (6), Avocet (44), Lapwing (9), Black-headed Gull (940), Herring Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull (5), Mediterranean Gull (1 - first summer at Moors Pool), Common Tern (7 - all at the Moors Pool)

Also noted yesterday were a juvenile Coal Tit at the Moors Pool, the Shoveler duckling still at the North Moors and the brood of 8 young Shoveler at the Flashes.
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Yesterday's WeBS counts courtesy of Dave J:

Canada Goose (64), Greylag Goose (3), Mute Swan (6), Shelduck (6), Shoveler (2), Gadwall (7), Mallard (101), Teal , Tufted Duck (68), Little Grebe (2), Great Crested Grebe (8), Grey Heron (3), Moorhen (7), Coot (37), Oystercatcher (6), Avocet (44), Lapwing (9), Black-headed Gull (940), Herring Gull , Lesser Black-backed Gull (5), Mediterranean Gull (1 - first summer at Moors Pool), Common Tern (7 - all at the Moors Pool)

Also noted yesterday were a juvenile Coal Tit at the Moors Pool, the Shoveler duckling still at the North Moors and the brood of 8 young Shoveler at the Flashes.
Thanks to Dave J for doing the WeBS count - not something I would want to do or indeed could do. Thanks also to Phil A for posting it on here.


The difficulties of doing this are brought home when you realise the mobility of the birds. He notes the 1st summer med as being at the Moors. Couldn't find it there but on reaching the Flashes its beak stood out like a shining beacon in the sun. Yes sun! Then of course it went into hiding!

I gather you can't count unfledged birds in the count Fair enough.

Noted was a young coal tit and I wonder whether we should take more note in recording young birds. The GSW has brought its fledged offspring to the West Hide feeder last week. Not when I was there but shown the photo. Waching what I thought was the same male last week I note the first bird was flying off beyond the east Hide with its food, but this last bird, with or without its young, was heading into the trees by the West Hide side oft the Salwarpe path.
On all the feeders on the Moors there have been numerous young birds particularly blue tits , then great tits and the odd green finch reed bunting. On the N Moors a young robin.
Any young or old little birds in the trees I leave to others unless the sun is shining directly on them!
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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 19:53   #38228
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Help! I've lost my Opticron telescope ES 80 GA. I was at Upton Warren yesterday. Please say it's been handed in.
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Old Monday 17th June 2019, 20:17   #38229
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Help! I've lost my Opticron telescope ES 80 GA. I was at Upton Warren yesterday. Please say it's been handed in.
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Not aware of anything but have put a request out on Twitter. Think Mike W might have been last down on Sunday; only aware of Janette visiting today. Any idea which hide Jackie?
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Ringed Black-headed Gulls 2A23 and 21L1 again both present at the Flashes on Saturday.
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Not aware of anything but have put a request out on Twitter. Think Mike W might have been last down on Sunday; only aware of Janette visiting today. Any idea which hide Jackie?
No, def had it at the hen brook hide, then went on to the Moors. Lapwing hide and the new hide on the North Moors.
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Early morning at the Flashes JTB reporrs:

42 Avocet + 15 broods with 41 young, only 1 Lapwing (a sitting bird), Oystercatcher chick now fledged, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Shelduck + 4 young

Cuckoo at the North Moors as per Andy A.
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Old Tuesday 18th June 2019, 09:20   #38233
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I only went to the moors east hide Sunday teatime didn't notice anything in there sorry only other car in car park was a small red Toyota hatchback but I didn't see anyone in the hides opposite. Tim
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Old Tuesday 18th June 2019, 11:57   #38234
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No, def had it at the hen brook hide, then went on to the Moors. Lapwing hide and the new hide on the North Moors.
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Today at FLASHES breeding survey

An early start 5.30am, I intended to move over to the Moors at some stage but spent the whole 13 hours at the FLASHES.
I don't expect any real migration at this time of year and to be fair I enjoy plotting where the Avocet nest, feed and how many chicks survive. All this data has helped us work out where the best nesting sites are but more importantly where the most productive feeding areas are. It is also important that the water level is at the optimum level to maximise the number of these chick rearing zones.
This information was passed on to the WWT and they improved the areas to mitigate the lower water levels required to improve the salt plant cover.

The small amount of migrants included:- Curlew, Med Gull , teal, swallow, sand martin, cormorant .

Breeding Birds:-
Shoveler 4 ads all fems +8:5ch
Shelduck 6ads + 4 ch
Mallard at least 9 broods
Canada geese 5 broods
Avocet 15 broods 42 chicks.
From the west side of gulley/ meadow clockwise
1:3:3:3:4:2:4:2:2:4:4:3:3:1:3
Lapwing the ladt breeding hatched 1 chick this morning and still incubating eggs.
Oystercatcher 2ads+1 fully fledged chick
Coot at least 3 broods.
BHG at least a 1000-1100 chick/juvs

Species Count Flashes:-
Gadwall 4. Teal male, Mute swan 2. Tufted c30. Grey heron, cormorant diving in 1st Flash.
Lapwing 5. LRP 5. Curlew.
Med Gull 2nd summer new bird, 1st Summer
Herring gull 2. LBBG 5.
Peregrine. Buzzard 2.
Stock dove 30, collared dove 2 unusual at Flashes. Feral pigeon.
Swift c25. Rook c35. Jay.
Swallow 3. Sand martin 3. House Martin 30+
Skylark 2 singing. Starling 2. Song thrush 3.
Pied wag 1.
Lesser Whitethroat. Whitethroat pair taking food on north side of hen brook. Blackcap 5. Chiffchaff 2 singing.
Reed warbler 5+ most along east side of 3rd Flash.
Cetti's w 2 singing along hen brook,
Linnet 5 (1 singing), goldfinch 6.
Large tit flock c80 including juv and adult Coal tit. 30+ long tailed tit.

Sailing pool:-
GCG 4 +2 chicks. Greylag 3 broods 2:6:1 , tufted 12.
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Old Wednesday 19th June 2019, 05:20   #38236
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First report of a third brood of Greylag Geese on the Sailing Pool - how old was the gosling compared to the other two broods John?
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First report of a third brood of Greylag Geese on the Sailing Pool - how old was the gosling compared to the other two broods John?
No more than a week
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Another excellent update from John of the distribution of Avocet broods at a very crowded Flashes.
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Red Kite circled over the A38 east of the Moors Pool this afternoon as per Phil W.
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2 pairs of Common Tern sitting at the Moors Pool this fternoon as per Phil W.

Ringed gull heaven in the Flashes roost this evening as per Mike W - regular Black-headed Gulls 2K44, 21L1 and 26V7 plus a new bird - black ring with white code 2CAT - ringed at Marsh Lane NR. Also a German-ringed first summer Med Gull - yellow ring with black code APGS - plus another unringed first summer bird.

There was a different yellow ringed Med Gull (second summer) noted on the 27th March; unfortunately the code couldn't be read.
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Juv. Cetti's Warbler

Young Reed Warbler at The Moors this morning.
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The only news I have seen for the reserve today is 2 Curlew at the Flashes and a Garden Warbler at the Moors Pool.

Will be interesting to see if Curlew numbers rise earlier than recent years with the abandonment of the breeding pairs in the south of the county following the recent floods.
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2 pairs of Common Tern sitting at the Moors Pool this fternoon as per Phil W.

Ringed gull heaven in the Flashes roost this evening as per Mike W - regular Black-headed Gulls 2K44, 21L1 and 26V7 plus a new bird - black ring with white code 2CAT - ringed at Marsh Lane NR. Also a German-ringed first summer Med Gull - yellow ring with black code APGS - plus another unringed first summer bird.

There was a different yellow ringed Med Gull (second summer) noted on the 27th March; unfortunately the code couldn't be read.
The ringed Med Gull was APJS. The ringers are on holiday at present, so no info. Will be forthcoming until the middle of next month.
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Just gone passed the Solstice so it's right and proper that the first Green Sandpiper of the autumn is at the Flashes this morning as per Bob Potter.
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First brood of Tufted Duck of the year with 5 ducklings on the Third Flash.

Also 3 new broods of Avocet (3:2:1) in front of hide with a total count of 17 broods with 44 young (which suggests further loses in recent days).

Also the first report of the year of Marbled White in the transmitter field.
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The Ring-necked Duck had disappeared from Grimley - time to check those Tufties carefully
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Hobby at the Flashes this afternoon as per Gert.
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From the Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

9 Black-tailed Godwit briefly at 08.39 then flew south, 38+ Avocet + 18 broods with 46 young (4:4:3:1:1:2:3:1:3:2:4:2:4:3:3:3:2:1), 2 Oystercatcher + 1 young, 1 Shoveler + only seen 7 juveniles noted so far, 6 Shelduck + 4 young, 2 Peregrine + juvenile, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo, Whitethroat

Avocet on the Sailing Pool.
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From the Moors Pool this morning Andy P reports:

6 Common Tern (3 pairs sitting), 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Great Crested Grebe + chick, Little Grebe + chick, 35 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, Shoveler, Kingfisher.

Female Shoveler + 1 duckling still at the North Moors Pool.
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Dave J further reports from the Moors Pool:

Red Kite, 8 Common Tern (increase arising from breeding birds displaced from other sites by flooding?), 5 Oystercatcher + 1 juvenile, Coal Tit, Nuthatch seen by others (first report for the month)
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