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Old Wednesday 7th December 2011, 17:46   #176
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These Smew sightings are on the Staffs side of the Border called Drayton Bassett pits, from Fisher's mill bridge walk north along the track running adjacent to the canal. If you get an RSPB map from the carpark the mid pools are North past the RSPB new reedbed area.
Looking East across here from the track you may see Smew, however the pool in the middle with the over grown island cannot all be seen so it's possible to miss a Smew here, also when Smew first come in they are very mobile. The large bund at Dosthill lake gives good views of this mid pool however there is no bridge present at the moment.
The mid pools area is to be re-landscaped by the RSPB making shallow shores not steep banks and spits by pushing soil into the water, if the water becomes to shallow it will no longer be a good habitat for diving duck like Smew and Goldeneye.

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Thanks John for the comprehensive reply, I don't think I need to add anything.
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Old Wednesday 7th December 2011, 22:37   #177
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Smew, Drayton Bassett Pits

7/12/11 Some pictures of the 1st win drake Smew on Bob the Birder blogg.


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Old Thursday 8th December 2011, 15:20   #178
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Morning visit in mild but breezy conditions. Up to 5 Little Egret were around, 3 Shelducks were reported but most likely disturbed by a Pheasant shoot as not seen later. The Smew was still on the midwest pools catching several fish while I was there.
Waders were still the same, 3 Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 1 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper was reported on the river. In the woodlands a Treecreeper was following a tit flock which included 2 Goldcrest.
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Old Saturday 10th December 2011, 18:53   #179
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A pleasant but cold morning, the hall lake was 90% frozen but the rest of the pools were ice free. 4 Little Egret were around, a Shelduck was on the north pit and the drake Smew was seen on two of the midwest pools. Waders were much the same as previous days, 3 Dunlin , 1 or 2 Redshank, 21 Golden Plover plus a Green Sandpiper on hall lake. 2 Kingfisher were seen and the pair of Stonechat were still at the new reedbed.
Yesterday at dusk a Woodcock was seen in flight and a Cetti's Warbler was singing at the silt pond.
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Old Wednesday 14th December 2011, 17:42   #180
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Morning visit, 5 Shelduck were seen, 3 on the hall lake and 2 on the north pit, 2 drake Pintail were also on the north pit. 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe and 2 or 3 Redshank were around. There was at least 1 Yellowhammer with a flock of Chaffinch at the Pheasant feeders and set aside by Fishers Mill public footpath.
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Old Thursday 15th December 2011, 09:18   #181
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Morning visit, 5 Shelduck were seen, 3 on the hall lake and 2 on the north pit, 2 drake Pintail were also on the north pit. 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe and 2 or 3 Redshank were around. There was at least 1 Yellowhammer with a flock of Chaffinch at the Pheasant feeders and set aside by Fishers Mill public footpath.
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14/12/11 sightings Chris Cook
Middleton Hall pool 2 Redshank.
Fisher's mill/Drayton Bassett pits newreedbed pool Redshank & Dunlin.
Drayton Bassett pits Mid pools male Smew.
North pit 4 Pintail ( 2 male & 2 female)

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Old Thursday 15th December 2011, 21:48   #182
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No sign of any Pintail this afternoon but the drake Smew was back on one of the midwest pools, it has now almost regained it's full breeding plumage (It doesn't look like a 1st winter).
5 Shelduck were on the north pit and 2 Dunlin were on the last bit of mud left on the new reedbed pool. A Redshank and a Water Rail were on the hall lake.
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Old Saturday 17th December 2011, 16:04   #183
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Morning visit in a mix of sun and showers. 2 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck and 2 Dunlin were on the north pit. The drake Smew was still at the midwest pools and a Wren and Cetti's Warbler were singing, made it feel a bit more springlike.
A ringing group were working the southern end of the reserve, they caught a Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jay and some Redwing amongst others.
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Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 18:24   #184
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Not much to report since last Saturday.
18/12, 1 Green Sand and 2 Little Grebe on the river. 3 Cetti's Warbler calling or singing Dosthill side. 4 Skylark by water ski pit.
20/12, 8 Little Egret including 5 on Hall Lake, no sign of the Smew and I missed a Hen Harrier by a few minutes which flew over the north pit. There were circa 500 Lapwings on the reserve but no other waders now that the water levels have risen on the new reedbed pool.
21/12, 1 Raven by Dosthill NR. my 81st species of the month for the reserve.
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Old Saturday 24th December 2011, 14:41   #185
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Over the last few days it has still been quiet birdwise.
22/12, 31 Golden Plover. 1 Redshank and 2 Green Sandpiper on the hall lake, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin. A pair of Stonechat were reported.
24/12, 1 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 4 Goldeneye, 31 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe and 1 Chiffchaff.
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Old Sunday 25th December 2011, 15:11   #186
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25.12.11

This afternoon 2 Stonechat pr, 3 Goldeneye 2m1f canal side of reserve mid pools.

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Not many birds about but 100's of people walking off their Xmas meals.
On the reserve were 3 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck and a Pochard. A woodpecker was drumming and the pair of Stonechat were in the midwest section.
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Old Wednesday 28th December 2011, 17:53   #188
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Highlight today was a flower and not a bird. I was surprised to see 2 Coltsfoot in flower, my earliest ever by 11 days (7/1/89), average date is 14/2.
1 Jack Snipe was at Fishers Mill Pool and a Woodcock in the southern section. I didn't go any further north than FMP.
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Quick stroll round today 3 Little Egret 2 Shellduck North Pit

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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 17:33   #190
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Nothing new to add to the Midd Lakes list today, so the final total was 158 species of which I saw 146.
85 species were seen in December.
Highlights of the year were 4 or 5 Bitterns in the early winter, a Great White Egret flyover, 1 brief Pectoral Sandpiper and 4 Short-eared Owls in the autumn, rather poor compared to other years.
Let's hope we get a hide and a river bridge in 2012 plus some real rarities.
Happy new year everyone.
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At least 60 species of birds were seen today by various birders. John Harris has asked me to list them all so he can add to them later.
Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Water Rail, Coot, Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, 1 pair Stonechat, Blackbird, Redwing, Fieldfare, Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Redpoll, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.
If anyone else has anything to add, please feel free to do so.
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Old Sunday 1st January 2012, 21:27   #193
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At least 60 species of birds were seen today by various birders. John Harris has asked me to list them all so he can add to them later.
Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Water Rail, Coot, Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, 1 pair Stonechat, Blackbird, Redwing, Fieldfare, Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Redpoll, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.
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Hi Geoff, Some nice birds there I can only make 59 on your list maybe you missed out Robin by accident. So ROBIN 60 (which I saw), also my sightings 61 Tawny Owl, 62 Moorhen, 63 Yellowhammer,64 Snipe, 65 Goosander, 66 Sparrow Hawk,67 Meadow Pipit,68 Skylark, 69 Song Thrush,70 Common Gull, 71 Dunnock, 72 Raven, 73 Chiffchaff, 74 Coal Tit. Also a sighting by Steve Cawthray 75 Smew.

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Hi Geoff, Some nice birds there I can only make 59 on your list maybe you missed out Robin by accident. So ROBIN 60 (which I saw), also my sightings 61 Tawny Owl, 62 Moorhen, 63 Yellowhammer,64 Snipe, 65 Goosander, 66 Sparrow Hawk,67 Meadow Pipit,68 Skylark, 69 Song Thrush,70 Common Gull, 71 Dunnock, 72 Raven, 73 Chiffchaff, 74 Coal Tit. Also a sighting by Steve Cawthray 75 Smew.

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Hi John, Yes I did miss off Robin.
75 species was a good score for our traditional New Years Day bird count, it beat our previous best of 69 in 2008.
Today I managed to add Chaffinch and Siskin to my year list and another birder saw a Green Sandpiper on the new reedbed pool. Shelduck had increased to 6 on the north pit. Otherwise there seemed to be more people than birds, with the carpark full to overflowing at one time. The RSPB would make a fortune if they started charging non members.
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Hi John, Yes I did miss off Robin.
75 species was a good score for our traditional New Years Day bird count, it beat our previous best of 69 in 2008.
Today I managed to add Chaffinch and Siskin to my year list and another birder saw a Green Sandpiper on the new reedbed pool. Shelduck had increased to 6 on the north pit. Otherwise there seemed to be more people than birds, with the carpark full to overflowing at one time. The RSPB would make a fortune if they started charging non members.
Hi Geoff, I did not notice you did not see Chaffinch, I saw Chaffinch yesterday so count for day is now 76 species.

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Hi Geoff, I did not notice you did not see Chaffinch, I saw Chaffinch yesterday so count for day is now 76 species.

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76! Even better, it's not often we beat Belvide, they had 74 species according to Belvide Birding blog and Upton Warren only had 67 species by the 2nd.
Let's hope it's a good omen for the rest of the year.
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76! Even better, it's not often we beat Belvide, they had 74 species according to Belvide Birding blog and Upton Warren only had 67 species by the 2nd.
Let's hope it's a good omen for the rest of the year.
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We are like Man U mate, slow starters beware
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We are like Man U mate, slow starters beware
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Hi John, I expect you'll get some real rarities as usual.

A pleasant walk around the reserve today. A Goosander was on the river. 480 Lapwing were on the north pit. 3 species of woodpecker were in the Mill Plantation including the male Lesser Spotted Woodie and a Mealy Redpoll was with 20ca. Lesser Redpoll there.
The pair of Stonechat were showing well on the west side of new reedbed pool and it was nice to here a Song Thrush singing, Spring can't be far away.
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6/1/11 DBP New Reedbed pool 2 Shelduck, ditch by the canal Cetti's Warbler, Mid pools Male Smew and 4 Goldeneye, pools towards the river a Water Rail calling, North pit 800 Lapwing. Later SLC Pair Stonechat New Reedbed pool West end.
Dosthill NR Little Egret, Goldeneye and 3 Pochard.
Warks side Short-eared Owl Dosthill lake (JH) and Middleton Hall Mill plantation Lesser Spotted Woodpecker(JM).

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Not much to add, but at least one Little Egret was roosting in the heronry at dusk.
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Four year ticks for me today, the drake Smew showed well at last on one of the midwest pools, a Sparrowhawk flew through, a Green Sandpiper was back on the hall lake and a Cetti's Warbler was calling along the canal ditch. This brings the year list to 83 species of which I've seen 78. However I still haven't seen a Snipe, they have become really scarce lately.
7 Shelduck were on the north pit and a Kingfisher flew through, the pair of Stonechat were still in the middle section.
Chris Edwards said he is arranging two sponsored bird counts this year but I don't know what dates he has chosen, they should be good fun.
The work party were busy road repairing.
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