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Old Sunday 8th January 2012, 17:26   #201
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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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Geoff try and get them to do 5th May our spring 'all-dayer'. I will contact Steve Nuttall (belvide)and Nick Barlow (marsh lane) so we can have a 4 way contest.
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Old Sunday 8th January 2012, 17:57   #202
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Geoff try and get them to do 5th May our spring 'all-dayer'. I will contact Steve Nuttall (belvide)and Nick Barlow (marsh lane) so we can have a 4 way contest.
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Hi John,
I have emailed Nick Martin mentioning the above date, but it may depend on what other commitments they have around that time.
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Old Monday 9th January 2012, 17:28   #203
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Managed to get two more year ticks today, a Redshank on the hall lake and 2 Raven mobbing a Short-eared Owl over the bund hills about 1:30pm.
The drake Smew was back to being elusive, just glimpsed in the distance on the middle pool. A Cetti's Warbler sang briefly in the canal ditch and there were 81 Greylag Geese in adjacent fields but no unusual geese were with them.
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Old Tuesday 10th January 2012, 18:34   #204
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10/1/11 DBP 11:09 Grey Plover over, Willow Tit working North along the canal hedgerow.
mid pools male Smew and a male Goldeneye displaying to a female. 2 Goosander on pool NE area and another over. 4 Shelduck on the North pit, 600 lapwing over the private area. Dosthill NR Cetti's Warbler, Goldeneye and Kingfisher.

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Nice one John.
It's a shame I didn't go to the reserve today with two new year ticks available, List now stands at 86. I see that the Short-eared Owl was also seen again, still I did see the Great Grey Shrike at Upper Longdon, Cannock Chase, made a change.
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Old Wednesday 11th January 2012, 15:34   #205
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An Oystercatcher on Dosthill NR was 4 to 5 weeks earlier than usual, a Goosander was also there. 8 Shelducks were reported. A Collared Dove and 2 singing Mistle Thrush were new for 2012. A Kingfisher was along the river and the pair of Stonechat were still in the middle section of the reserve.
The year list now stands at 89 species.
Some of the volunteers were clearing the islands on Fishers Mill Pool, just in time for the Oystercatchers.
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Two Short-eared Owls were reported again today flying around Dosthill bund hills per Bob Duckhouses blog.
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Afternoon visit, a Short-eared Owl was hunting around the bund hills and a Little Egret was on the north pit with 8 Shelduck. 4 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk were soaring over Dosthill Wood. The Oystercatcher was still on Dosthill NR and a Woodcock was by the southern meadow but still no Snipe were seen.
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Old Friday 13th January 2012, 15:20   #208
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Early afternoon visit today, 2 Buzzards over the silt pool, 5 Goldeneye on the middle pools no sign of the Smew, 6 Shell Duck on north pit along with a Little Egret, a Water Rail on one of the small pools at the eastern end of north pit was followed by a Grey Wagtail on the river close by, SEO seen over the bund then reappeared over new reedbed pool and made its way up to north pit crossing back over to dosthill reserve, a second Little Egret flew north up the reserve.
All in not a bad day.

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Early afternoon visit today, 2 Buzzards over the silt pool, 5 Goldeneye on the middle pools no sign of the Smew, 6 Shell Duck on north pit along with a Little Egret, a Water Rail on one of the small pools at the eastern end of north pit was followed by a Grey Wagtail on the river close by, SEO seen over the bund then reappeared over new reedbed pool and made its way up to north pit crossing back over to dosthill reserve, a second Little Egret flew north up the reserve.
All in not a bad day.

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Hi Martin, the weather wasn't bad either. I did see Snowdrops in flower by the hall. Two Short-eared Owl were reported but I only saw one of them.
The Grey Wagtail makes 90 species for the year.
At dusk I looked for Barn Owl but all I had were 15 Little Egret flying to roost at Kingsbury or maybe Midd Lakes.
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Old Saturday 14th January 2012, 15:04   #210
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2 pair of Pintail on the north pit and my first Snipe of the year were the highlights. The male Stonechat was seen again and 3 Little Egret were on the north pit.
A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest and a Treecreeper were in the Mill Plantation.
The Pintail take the year list to 91 species.
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Hi to everyone, I am passing your way on wednesday or thursday to go to Yorkshire. I cant find a decent map of where the car park is. Is it easy to find. Any maps of the lakes and viewing hides etc? Directions from the A4091 would be good too, what to look out for.
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Old Sunday 15th January 2012, 11:41   #212
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Round the reserve at first light today, at the northern end a Snipe 10 Shellduck, 6 Goldeneye and 4 Little Egret were present.
A Pied Wagtail at the farm and a Cettis at the Heronry pool Provided useful year ticks.

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Quiet birdwise, a Stonechat was in the middle section, 3 Siskin were with a few Lesser Redpoll in Mill Plantation, but best of all was a flyover Peregrine as I got back to the car park, the 92nd species for the year.
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Hi to everyone, I am passing your way on wednesday or thursday to go to Yorkshire. I cant find a decent map of where the car park is. Is it easy to find. Any maps of the lakes and viewing hides etc? Directions from the A4091 would be good too, what to look out for.
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Hi Toad, If you check the RSPB website it will give you directions to Middleton Lakes. The reserve is signposted off the A4091. The carpark has a notice board with free maps of the reserve available.
For info on what to see I would suggest you check the pages of this forum or the notice board when you arrive.
Hope you enjoy yourself.
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thanks Geoff, will do.
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Old Monday 16th January 2012, 18:38   #216
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A cold but sunny day, many of the pools had some ice on them, very few birds were noted.
1 Little Egret, 1 Goosander, 7 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Pied Wagtail were the highlights!
The WeBS bird surveyors were doing their monthly count but I don't think they saw much either, they did see 3 Snipe.
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Old Tuesday 17th January 2012, 16:00   #217
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Another cold day and more pools frozen up.
1 Little Egret, 10 Shelduck, 4 Pochard, a Redshank was reported along the river, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Mill Plantation, 1 pair Stonechat, a Cetti's Warbler sang at the silt pond and a Willow Tit called by the southern meadow.
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Old Wednesday 18th January 2012, 19:46   #218
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I see on Tame Valley Birding that Steve C had a fly over Bittern at the southern meadow yesterday, hope it stays around.
My highlights today were 2 Little Egret, 1 Goosander, 2 Water Rails and a Skylark singing.
Bittern brings the year list to 93 species.
Regarding some one reporting a possible Slavonian Grebe today, I didn't see it but will keep a look out for it.
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Old Saturday 21st January 2012, 16:32   #219
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Only got as far as Fishers Mill Pool and Dosthill Lake with the showery weather.
A Brambling was with a small flock of Chaffinch in the Mill Plantation, this bird was also recorded on the notice board by someone on the 17th Jan. (94th species for 2012). Otherwise only 3 Goosander over were of note.
I did notice that the two old hides at Middleton Hall Lake are no longer there, I wonder if they will be replaced? Note that they are not RSPB owned and were on private land.
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The last two days have been quiet birdwise with few highlights. Today 1 Little Egret, 4 Goosander, 1 Peregrine, 2 Snipe, 1 Robin feeding from the hand, a Cetti's Warbler was singing at the silt pond and a Treecreeper was in Mill Plantation.
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Three species of raptor were seen today Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, they put up the Lapwings a number of times and up to 1000 birds were seen in flight at one time.
A Redshank was at Fishers Mill Pool, 2 Cetti's Warbler were singing and 2 Little Egret were around but the rarest bird seen was a flyover Collared Dove, they are usually only seen by Dosthill village.
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Old Friday 27th January 2012, 16:02   #222
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I was going birding around the reserve as usual this morning but a work party was working around Fishers Mill Pool so I stayed to help out for awhile. I'm glad I did as while pulling up some Willow shoots 2 Jack Snipe and 3 Common Snipe flew up, the only other bird seen was a Little Egret on the new reedbed pool.
Yesterday I looked for owls but none appeared.
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Old Friday 27th January 2012, 16:28   #223
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Muddy, Muddy, Muddy

A recent visit to the reserve I saw someone had put on the sightings board at the RSPB carpark, Muddy, Muddy, Muddy.
I have noticed that the track from the carpark to Fisher's mill bridge has become muddy due to the increased usage of the area since the reserve was opened.
The track from Fisher's mill Bridge to the North pit is muddy but not as bad as in past years before RSPB ownership where it was in danger of going over your wellington's.
From Fisher's mill Bridge area to the north pit the mud dries later in the year to provide habitat for the pretty flower Sand Spurry.
So as your moving through the mud you are creating habitat for this species which would find it difficult in grassed over areas.


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5 Dunlin on the North Pit made 95 species for the year so far, otherwise a Woodcock in the southern section and a Grey Wagtail on the river were the highlights.
The last few days have been quiet although a Short-eared Owl has been reported again. A European Cormorant (white head and neck) was seen on the 28th Jan. they have been scarce this winter. 6 Goosander were on the river on the 29th and 5 Little Egret were seen on the 30th.
2 mad March Hares were boxing on the 28th.
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A pleasant sunny afternoon although the pools were 90% frozen, I went over the Dosthill side hoping for Bittern but there was no sign of any. There was a Snipe and a Green Sandpiper along the river. Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler were calling.
The holes in the ice were crowded with wildfowl including 7 Great Crested Grebe and 17 Goldeneye and flying up and down the river were 5 Goosander and a Kingfisher.
I did notice several spent shotgun cartridges on the ground up the north end of Dosthill NR, perhaps there will be less disturbance when the bridge is built?
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