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Old Wednesday 17th August 2011, 19:38   #76
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There are three main pools, as you come over the bridge the first pool you see is Fishers Mill Pool the next Pool along is New Reedbed Pool then North Pit. Hope this helps if not I'm sure someone will come along and explain it better.
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Old Wednesday 17th August 2011, 20:16   #77
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no that does explain it too me! Cheers mate
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Old Wednesday 17th August 2011, 20:55   #78
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There are three main pools, as you come over the bridge the first pool you see is Fishers Mill Pool the next Pool along is New Reedbed Pool then North Pit. Hope this helps if not I'm sure someone will come along and explain it better.
Many of the pools between New reedbed pool and the north pit do not have any names at the present,Tame Valley Birding call them Bassett South pits, I have started calling them Middle East pools and Midwest pools to differentiate them.
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Old Tuesday 23rd August 2011, 15:38   #79
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No sign of the forecast rain this morning. There was some movement on,with plenty of warblers about including Garden Warbler. Highlight was a Spotted Flycatcher, my first for the reserve, seen by the heronry lookout.
There were 3 Little Egret and a Hobby. Waders seen were 1 juvenile LRP, 1 adult and 2 juv. Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 3+ Greenshank mostly new reedbed pool and north pit. The regular 3 Green Sandpiper were still on Hall Lake.
Juvenile LRP and Ringed Plover can be hard to sort out but a juv. Kentish Plover was found at Rimac, Lincs yesterday just after I left. It is a bird we could easily miss here in the Midlands if not aware (see www.lincsbirdclub.co.uk/forum/index.php for pictures of the bird). I'll be keeping my eyes peeled in the future.
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Old Wednesday 24th August 2011, 18:18   #80
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Today I only went as far as the new reedbed pool, saw 3 Buzzards, a family party? 2 Dunlin were new in, other waders were 2 LRP, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank and there were now 4 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake.
There was an influx of Common Tern with 14 birds seen which included 10 juvs.
A Kingfisher catching fish on the river was good to see.
Also walked along the bridleway looking for Redstart etc. but it was very quiet, birds having an afternoon siesta?
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Old Thursday 25th August 2011, 16:14   #81
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Morning visit to the Dosthill side of the reserve. A Wheatear and 5 Mistle Thrush were on the field by the waterski pit. The woods and scrub by the reserve had many Blackcap and Whitethroat feeding on elderberries. A Willow Tit, Sedge, Reed and 1 or 2 Cetti's Warbler were by the pool.
Across the river on the new reedbed pool was a Little Egret and a Greenshank was calling.
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Old Friday 26th August 2011, 18:49   #82
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Afternoon visit after the mornings rain, new reedbed pool still had plenty of mud showing and had attracted 2 Little Stint and a Curlew Sandpiper to drop in. 1 LRP, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 3 Little Egret were also there.
There was only 1 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake. A Nuthatch was on the feeders and another 2 were by the silt pond lookout. A Hobby and 3 Swift flew over.
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Morning visit and there were now 2 Curlew Sandpiper on the new reedbed pool with 2 Little Stint, 3 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, several Ringed Plover and a LRP. 2 Green Sandpiper were on Hall Lake.
A Water Rail was calling from the silt pond. Channels need to be cut into the various reedbeds here plus Fishers Mill and the heronry lookout so we can see the Crakes and Rails there.
Managed to get caught in a heavy shower for the first time this week, we could do with some shelters around the reserve. The local bus company are replacing some of their shelters, they would make excellent hides/shelters. They could be decorated with flower paintings if they are not considered aesthetically beautiful. I wonder if anyone else has thought of it?
Mind you,we could do with a bus to get around the reserve.
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Old Saturday 27th August 2011, 16:18   #84
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Seen pretty much the same as you Geoff also two Ruff dropped in and I managed to get caught in two heavy showers, top idea on the bus shelters
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Waders were very similar to yesterday, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 LRP and 6 circa Ringed Plover. 1 Little Egret was on new reedbed pit and a Peregrine flew over.
Many House Martin passed through. Greenfinch numbers continue to increase with up to twelve birds on the feeders.
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Old Monday 29th August 2011, 07:57   #86
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Seen pretty much the same as you Geoff also two Ruff dropped in and I managed to get caught in two heavy showers, top idea on the bus shelters
Hi TR3K, I was expecting some birds to drop in during the showers.
I'm back in Lincs. this week so hope you or anyone can keep the reports coming in for Midd. Lakes, it's coming up to peak passage.
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Old Monday 29th August 2011, 18:44   #87
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Hi TR3K, I was expecting some birds to drop in during the showers.
I'm back in Lincs. this week so hope you or anyone can keep the reports coming in for Midd. Lakes, it's coming up to peak passage.
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New Reedbed 4-5pm, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP (juv), 2 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wag and Swift over. Also large numbers of swallows and martins.
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Old Tuesday 30th August 2011, 15:01   #88
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Large numbers of swallow and martins around over new reedbed pool area.
Few swifts spotted too.
Pair of little Egrets on Fishers Mill Pool.
Other common waders such as dunlin, greenshank etc.
Lesser spotted woodpecker on feeders, my first sighting of one!
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Large numbers of swallow and martins around over new reedbed pool area.
Few swifts spotted too.
Pair of little Egrets on Fishers Mill Pool.
Other common waders such as dunlin, greenshank etc.
Lesser spotted woodpecker on feeders, my first sighting of one!
Were you sure about the Dunlin, if there was 2 then there might have been a posibility you were infact looking at the 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers that are on the new reedbed pool for thr last few days!
Well done on the LSW, Great birds.
May visit the reserve sometime soon
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Edit- Just seen a Dunlin was seen there today also
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Old Tuesday 30th August 2011, 18:27   #90
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Heronry Feeders, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 12 Greefinch

New Reedbed 4-5pm, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP (juv), 2 Little Egret, 5 Swift over. 100+ House Martin. Sadly no sign of the Little Stint
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Old Tuesday 30th August 2011, 20:12   #91
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no thanks for that midlands birder!

Questioned myself for a sec then but TR3K reinstated my first thoughts of Dunlin

Was quiet busy there today i thought, will start to improve over next few weeks now hopefully so im presuming numbers will be on the increase!
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Old Wednesday 31st August 2011, 16:17   #92
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pair of hobbies out feeding over new reedbed pool.
dunlin, ringed plover, little stint, greenshank and redshank present on new reedbed pool.
3 buzzards soaring above farmers fields close to bridge and canal.
apparently a booming bittern was heard on the reserve today, unsure as to how true that is.
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pair of hobbies out feeding over new reedbed pool.
dunlin, ringed plover, little stint, greenshank and redshank present on new reedbed pool.
3 buzzards soaring above farmers fields close to bridge and canal.
apparently a booming bittern was heard on the reserve today, unsure as to how true that is.
Good spot on the little stint
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Old Wednesday 31st August 2011, 21:34   #94
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If it wern't for the guy next to me with the scope I probably wouldn't have picked it up with the bins.

Pair of hobbys displaying over reedbed pool were brilliant!
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Are you sure about the little stint? A few other people had the usual 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a Dunlin. Could you have had a Curlew Sand with a Dunlin rather than a Dunlin with a Stint?

Also a Bittern would usually Boom in the early spring.

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Yeah that could be a possibility but a few other guys i.d as little stint and also spotted on rspb website that a little stint was reported yesterday, around 3pm out on new reed bed pool spotted from the riverside of the pool by the bench.

Yep I just spotted it on the board and presumed it probably wasn't a bittern but thought i'd post on here just make to you all aware that this had been unofficially reported.

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I wouldn't rely on the RSPB Board - All sorts of surprising sightings appear on there! Best place to check sightings is here or on my blog ;-)
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Was quiet yesterday evening 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1Black-tailed Godwit on New Reedbed with a couple of Swifts over. Was also told there was Snipe, Greenshank and Redshank about earlier in the day.
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RSPB 1-3pm

Middleton Hall Lake, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Shoveler, c30 Teal

New Reedbed, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank,

North Pit, Hobby over.
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