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Old Thursday 31st January 2013, 11:29   #1
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Fen's Pool Nr

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Yesterday (30/01/13), A flock of 32 WAWINGS flew SW over middle pool, viewable from the c'way between Grove and middle pool. They briefly alighted on houses on Fens Pool avenue, before flying off SW into the estate.
A Peregrine flew in and landed upon a mast with a Feral Pigeon before flying onto the grass bank below, to briefly pluck it before being flushed. Good Numbers of Tufted Duck were scatted over the 3 Pools, and quite a few Gulls were scattered around, mostly being BHG.
There was no sign of the Glaucous Gull up to 4pm when we left.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2013, 15:19   #2
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Good to see a new thread on Fens Pool let’s hope it takes off! Only being a stones throw from me at Bumble Hole it’s good to ear what’s happening in the local area.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2013, 22:13   #3
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Again visited this evening, staying untill around 4:45 at Middle Pool checking the Gulls as they flew over towards Bartley. No sign of the Glauc again (A juv bird turned up at Kingswood, Cannock however which could prove to be the same bird). a flock of 47 Tufties on Middle Pool, with a further 20c On grove Pool and smaller numbers on Fens Pool.
Little activity otherwhys
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Old Friday 1st February 2013, 12:20   #4
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A circuit round the pools today didnt produce much, with 92 Tufties, Female Pochard on Fens Pool, 4 Cormorants being best
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Old Friday 1st February 2013, 12:59   #5
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A circuit round the pools today didnt produce much, with 92 Tufties, Female Pochard on Fens Pool, 4 Cormorants being best
92 Tufties is a nice count, surely that flcok has potential for something 'rarer'
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Old Friday 1st February 2013, 16:04   #6
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That IS a good count of Tufties! Good to see a thread on FensPools, hopefully some of the 'regulars' will update here for those who do'nt access Brian Stretchs' site.

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Old Saturday 2nd February 2013, 11:30   #7
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Visited this morning 8.15 till 10.50am, fairly quiet in general but managed 26 species in total.

Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Crow, Magpie, Mallard, Coot, BH Gull, Herring Gull, Little grebe (4 in total), Tufted Duck (72), Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Collared Dove, Cormorant (3), LBBG, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Long Tail Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Dunnock, Moorhen, Wren, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Bullfinch.
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2013, 12:09   #8
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Their was up to 160+ Tufteds back in Oct - Nov last year but they failed to attract anything rarer than up to 3 different Goldeneyes and a female scaup like hybred. The last rare diving ducks recorded on site were Scaup (About 4 records of birds in mid to late 1990s and a Male Ferruginous Duck back in 1991, cheers simon
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Old Saturday 2nd February 2013, 19:23   #9
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Wow, really? I never though Fens had that sort of number of Tufties. IS that a regular occurence, or just a one off?
A drake Fudge would get me running!
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Old Sunday 3rd February 2013, 12:37   #10
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Tufteds regularly reach 140+ in late autumn. A walk around this morning produced 78 Tufteds + 1 female Pochard, also 3 Water Rails, pair Goosander over, 2 Siskin, 1st year Common Gull, and 11 Waxwings nearby on Russells Hall Estate nearby briefly
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Old Sunday 17th February 2013, 13:58   #11
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Not much happening around Fens Pools at moment, but did get a low flying ringtail Hen Harrier fly through nearby Barrow Hill today at 10.30 ish which then flew down through the Buckpool Valley heading sw
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That is quite a notable record, it will be interesting to see whether it is picked up anywhere else or if a ringtail has been noted anywhere adjacent prior to your sighting, here's hoping.....

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Old Tuesday 19th February 2013, 19:03   #13
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Its only the second ive recorded on my local patch which covers Fens Pools, Barrow Hill, Russells Hall Estate, Milking Bank areas. The first was also a flyover heading south west on february 21st Apr 2011. On the other hand Marsh Harrier is recorded about every 2 to 3 years, As for the hen harrier being seen elsewhere, once it reaches the open country of Highgate / Kinver area in south staffs it could easily slip through un noticed.
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The hen harrier was almost certainly seen by another local birdwatcher, who reported a harrier like raptor fly low SW over Buckpool Valley just after my sighting, unfortunately he was without optics at the time. thanks simon
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Old Monday 4th March 2013, 18:35   #15
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Nothing of note during last couple of weeks, 80+ Tufteds, up to 2 male, 2 female Pochards, 1 Common Gull and the odd Water Rail
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Thats why you should always carry bins....

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Old Monday 11th March 2013, 13:28   #17
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FENS POOL VISIT 11 – 03 – 2013

First vist of the year for me here after a bit of a trip on the buses from Withymoor Pool first I had to get the 287 from Sainsbury’s to merry hill then the 222 to fens pool arrived around 12.25pm with the wind now at a very cold – 9 with wind chill so had a quick walk around here not stopping to long.

There were a few other birders around but nothing species wise to shout about water was beginning to freeze in a few places where it was quite shallow.
When the blizzard hit around 1pm gulls seem to drop from the skies

SPECIES SEEN –

Moorhen (6), Magpie (10+), Jay, Robin, Black Headed Gull (250+), Carrion Crow, Coot (7), Canada Goose (12), Wood Pigeon (20+), Tufted duck (19), Herring Gull (1), House Sparrow (20+), Blackbird (7), Lesser Black Backed Gull (16 – 10 adults - 4 f/w – 2 s/w ), Common Gull (3), Long Tailed Tit (10+), Blue Tit, Wren & Collared Dove
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A walk around site today produced 1 Water Rail on Grove Pool, + Ad Common Gull, also present 26 Tufted Ducks, 3 GC Grebes around pools, with a high count of 400+ Black Headed Gulls for the time of year (mind you they probably think its Jan still). Simon
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Had a Red Kite circling for about 5 mins with a common buzzard looking towards kingswinford from Fens Pools NR, mid pm yesterday, also 1 Water Rail and 22 Tufteds, simon
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Nice one, a local payback for the MH @ UW

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Sun 31st Mar..........

Quiet, reasonable % of water frozen.

Tufted Duck - 17 on the Grove and 16 on the Fens.
LBB Gull ca 30 birds
Herring Gull 3 birds
BHGull 200+

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Tue 2nd April.........

On the way back from Dudley got off the bus at Russells Hall, walked down and did a figure of 8 around the pools exiting at Widewaters.

Upon reaching the 'inflow' area of the Fens Pool i had a brief glimpse of a feeding Little Ringed Plover on the edge of the mud, i moved around out of sight in order not to flush the bird. A small, mixed, group of large gulls went up off of the adjacent grassland and the plover shot off at 45 degrees like a bullet high and fast and not heard to call......and that was it - first of the year and about time, a pity it did'nt hang about but i don't know long it had been feeding there.

About 250 BHGull totally on the pools and about 30 larger gulls, mainly LBB but a few mixed-age Herrings.

Tufted Duck - 14 on Fens and 22 on Grove.

Birdsong limited to Dunnocks and Great Tits, no Phyllosc heard or seen.

Excellent light but cool to say the least.

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I didnt think we would get any waders apart from Common Sands this spring with the high water levels at present, so the LRPs a good start, not usually an easy bird to get at Fens Pools but their were a few records last spring with the low water level. cheers simon
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Agreed - water level is high, the bird was feeding on the only reasonable area of exposed 'edge'........

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At least 2 adult Kittiwakes came in over Barrow Hill from the west towards Fens Pools with a large flock of Black Heads this afternoon. However they must have changed course because the birders present at Fens Pools did not connect, despite a phone call from me to eric phillips on site, also first singing Chiffchaff and 2 Ravens on pylon on Barrow Hill and another Red Kite record by a friend over his house in wordsley this lunch time which was then seen to pass just southeast of Fens Pools towards Dudley Golfcourse / Quarry area
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