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Old Wednesday 28th September 2011, 18:03   #126
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Agree, Geoff - remember the halycon days of Sheepwash? Purple Sandpiper, Pom Skua, Dusky warbler...........regular coverage is the key altho at SW there is no management for passage birds at all - Middleton bodes better, at least the RSPB will manage and listen to people (i hope) it's a pity it is not nearer!

Greetings from Sunny Malaga - had a tremendous passage of over 500 Booted Eagles with about 30 Short Toed at Algeciras Bus Station today!!!

C u @ Middleton over the Winter......

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Old Thursday 29th September 2011, 18:01   #127
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29/9/11 Colin J Green new reedbed pool 2 Little Stint, Dunlin, several Ringed Plover, Little Egret and Hobby.

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Old Friday 30th September 2011, 20:24   #128
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A Pectoral Sandpiper was reported on RBA today at 12:30 on Fishers Mill Pool, anyone know anything about it? I can't check it out as I'm in Lincs.
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Old Friday 30th September 2011, 22:01   #129
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30/9/11 Pec Sand flew from Fisher's mill 17:21 and headed to DBP North pit. New reedbed pool still 2 juv Little Stint and 7 Ringed Plover.
DBP North along fence line Wheater and earleir Whinchat (Chris Cook).

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Old Saturday 1st October 2011, 11:54   #130
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Anyone seen the Pec Sand today?
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Old Saturday 1st October 2011, 20:41   #131
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Pectoral Sandpiper

Yesterday's pectoral Sandpiper (picture Chris Cook) Regards, John
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Old Sunday 2nd October 2011, 09:28   #132
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1little Stint, 2 Little Egret, 8 Ringed Plover new reedbed pool, 2 Sandwich Tern (1 adult + 1 1st w ) north pit.
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Old Tuesday 4th October 2011, 18:12   #133
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Morning visit.
A Little Egret was on Fishers Mill Pool. The Little Stint and 8 Ringed Plover were still on the new reedbed pool. A Snipe flew from the north pool where 2 volunteers were striming, it should make a difference to be able to see some waders, thanks Ross and co.
There was plenty of mud showing at Hall Lake and the silt pond, yet there was no sign of any Green Sandpipers, maybe they've moved on early this year.
A Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail were on the riverside walk.
In the woodland areas were 2 Blackcap, several Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, Nuthatch and a Treecreeper.
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Old Wednesday 5th October 2011, 14:47   #134
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Not much showing today in the breezy conditions, though a Common Sandpiper was good to see on the extensive mud flats of the hall lake.
I could only see 2 Ringed Plover on the now drying out new reedbed pool but Little Stint, Greenshank and LRP had been reported earlier. A Hobby and a few Swallows flew through. A Little Egret was still on Fishers Mill pool and 100 ca. Wigeon flew around. Peregrine and Lesser spotted Woodpecker were also reported.
Nick Martin the RSPB project manager was showing some Polish reserve managers around the site and I escorted a couple of Upton Warren birders around, when I left them they'd seen 41 species with hopefully a few more to go.
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Old Wednesday 5th October 2011, 14:54   #135
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Not much showing today in the breezy conditions, though a Common Sandpiper was good to see on the extensive mud flats of the hall lake.
I could only see 2 Ringed Plover on the now drying out new reedbed pool but Little Stint, Greenshank and LRP had been reported earlier. A Hobby and a few Swallows flew through. A Little Egret was still on Fishers Mill pool and 100 ca. Wigeon flew around. Peregrine and Lesser spotted Woodpecker were also reported.
Nick Martin the RSPB project manager was showing some Polish reserve managers around the site and I escorted a couple of Upton Warren birders around, when I left them they'd seen 41 species with hopefully a few more to go.
Give me their names they should be at upton finding stuff
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Old Wednesday 5th October 2011, 16:08   #136
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Give me their names they should be at upton finding stuff
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Sorry John, I don't know their names although I've seen them many times at Upton. They said they'll be at Upton tomorrow though.
Isn't it time you came along to check out how a nature reserve should be?
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Old Thursday 6th October 2011, 18:45   #137
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4 Green Sandpiper have returned to Hall Lake, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Stint and 2 Dunlin were on the new reedbed pool plus another 2 Dunlin on middle east pool.
New in was a Jack Snipe on north pit. 2 House Martin flew south.
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Old Friday 7th October 2011, 14:53   #138
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Not much change from yesterday but Little Egret had increased to 4 birds on Fishers Mill Pool. The Little Stint and 4 Dunlin were on new reedbed pool, 2 Green Sandpiper on Hall Lake.
A Cetti's Warbler was singing from across the River Tame from Dosthill.
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Old Sunday 9th October 2011, 15:05   #139
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Highlights this morning were 5 Grey Plovers that stayed for around 30 minutes on the north pit also there were circa 12 Snipe that were put up by Jo and co as they strimmed the area. The north pit is starting to look much better with the weeds cut back, which is probably why the Grey Plover came down for a rest. 2 Ringed Plover were on the new reedbed pit until the volunteers started planting phragmites.
3 Little Egret were around and new for the month for me were Willow Tit and Redpoll. A Redwing was reported by another birder.
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Old Sunday 9th October 2011, 17:23   #140
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09/10/11 8:30-11:00am

Mill Plantation - Redwing
Fishers Mill Scrape - 2x Ringed Plover, White Wagtail, Little Egret, Siskin
North Pit - 4x Swallow

steady flow of single Skylarks and Siskins over reserve thoughout the morning
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Old Friday 14th October 2011, 21:30   #141
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14/10/11 DBP North pit 2 Grey Plover this morning John Fincham.

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Old Tuesday 18th October 2011, 18:18   #142
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Quick morning visit, 4 Little Egret on the new reedbed pool with 1 Ringed Plover, a Cetti's Warbler was singing at the silt pond.
I looked for Yellow-browed Warbler as there are quite a few in England at the present time and if you can get Barred Warbler in Worcs. why not a YBW? However I didn't see any.
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Old Wednesday 26th October 2011, 16:46   #143
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A Great White Egret flew across Fishers Mill Pool heading towards Dosthill waterski pit this morning, 2 Little Egret were also around.
There were 24 redhead Goosander on the north pit and in the field nearby were 6 Yellowhammer, J F said he could see a Tree Sparrow with them but I missed it. A Dunlin was on the new reedbed pit.
I see on the notice board that Marsh Tit have been reported on the feeders, it is something I'd expect as I'm pretty sure I saw one in the area last winter, today though all I heard were Willow Tit. 2 Coal Tit and a Sparrowhawk were also attending the feeders.
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Old Saturday 29th October 2011, 16:21   #144
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Friday 28/10. Morning visit.
There were at least 4 Little Egret on the various pools, also seen were 12 Goosander, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing and a mixed flock of 30 ca. Siskin and Redpoll. A Dunlin was on new reedbed pool.
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This morning there were 2 Little Egret. Grey Heron were calling at the heronry.
200 ca. Wigeon were put up by a nearby Pheasant shoot. 1 Goldeneye was still on midwest pool. A Peregrine put up the Lapwing flock. there were now 2 Dunlin on the new reedbed and 5 Yellowhammer in the farm field hedgerow.
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Old Sunday 30th October 2011, 13:48   #146
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Highlight this morning was a Short-eared Owl which was hunting over the Dosthill bund hill but also briefly flew across the river by Fishers Mill Pool at 11:15.
A Water Rail was calling at FMP,also there were 2 Little Egret. 2 Dunlin were on the new reedbed.
4 Goldfinch had found the nyger feeder at the feeding station.
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http://www.birminghammail.net/news/t...7319-29710135/
hi Geoff just read this about the reserve, did you know about it.
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hi Geoff just read this about the reserve, did you know about it.
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Thanks John,
I presume it's about the middle section of the reserve, (between Fishers Mill Pool and the north pit). There are plans to reprofile this area. We do need some wader scrapes as the best area we have at the moment will shortly be a reedbed.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15593482
Hi Geoff another article on the new Lapwing area
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Morning visit, weather dull with occ. drizzle.
A Water Rail was on new reedbed pool, also there were 100 ca. Lapwing but no other waders. A Shelduck, my first since July, was on Hall Lake.
A Short-eared Owl was hunting around Dosthill Lake bund hills, best watched from Fishers Mill Pool and new reedbed pool. Fieldfare and Redwing were noted and the feeders had Nuthatch, Coal Tit and great spotted Woodpecker visiting them but no Greenfinch were seen.
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