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Old Saturday 30th July 2016, 20:56   #31551
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I wonder if that is a second brood from the pair of Little Grebe that produced the first chicks this year in the Broadmeadow?
the two chicks were tiny and spent most of the time on one parents back been fed there by the other parent. too far off for any decent pics.
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Old Saturday 30th July 2016, 21:00   #31552
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Well-deserved recognition for a great chap: he leads from the front and only a piece of cake can entice him to stop.

Presumably the Trust is also recognising his protection of the fish at the Moors ...

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Old Sunday 31st July 2016, 07:46   #31553
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Dave J reports from the Flashes this morning:

33 Avocet (including 22 juvs), 3 juv Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 6 Green Sandpiper, 11 Curlew, 9 LRP (8 juv + chick), 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 juv Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 3 Teal, Gadwall.
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Dave updates from the Moors Pool:

Snipe, 4 Common Tern (+ 2 juv and 2 chicks), 7 Little Grebe (2 juvs), 3 Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal
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Old Sunday 31st July 2016, 21:38   #31555
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This evening at Flashes.
Teal 13. Shelduck 7 juvs. Shoveler 3. mallard 220. Curlew 19. Avocet c34 1 juv limping badly and was attacked and severely beaten by the adult from the adjacent breeding brood - it didn't look to healthy but did swim away in deep water. Green sand 6 .LRP 7 (6juvs) plus our chick 13 days old. Lapwing 90. dunlin 3. BHG 750. Herring gull.
Common tern 2.
swift c20 north field. house martin c80. sedge warbler and 3 reed warblers.
The 2 Egyptian geese came into flashes and grazed on saltmarsh in front of hide.
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Old Monday 1st August 2016, 05:20   #31556
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July closed with a very creditable monthly list 95 species (the same as July 2015) with some obvious omissions including Red Kite, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler. August should be far more productive with between 105 and 110 species likely.

There were no new additions to the year list of 134 but August brings with it potential for Spotted Redshank, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Turnstone, Yellow-legged Gull and Whinchat.
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Old Monday 1st August 2016, 15:10   #31557
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Flashes highlights today 0700-1100

Avocet (c25)
Dunlin (3 + 1 juvenile)
Green Sandpiper (5)
Kestrel (1)
LRP (5)
Redshank (3)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Swift (c20)
Water Rail (1 juvenile in reeds towards oak tree)
Redstart
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Old Monday 1st August 2016, 16:33   #31558
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A few pics from today....
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Old Monday 1st August 2016, 18:37   #31559
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Mr Gary Prescott will be pleased with me. Yesterday I walked all the way from my home to Upton this being my fist Upton green birding and on my return journey I stopped off at a watering hole and after a few bevvies, Gert "I too like crows"
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Old Monday 1st August 2016, 19:06   #31560
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Mr Gary Prescott will be pleased with me. Yesterday I walked all the way from my home to Upton this being my fist Upton green birding and on my return journey I stopped off at a watering hole and after a few bevvies, Gert "I too like crows"
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Excellent Tim. Are you on Twitter? By the way, I like crows even when I've not been to 3 pubs!
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Old Monday 1st August 2016, 19:19   #31561
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Excellent Tim. Are you on Twitter? By the way, I like crows even when I've not been to 3 pubs!
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joined this year felt I was a bit out of the loop.still haven't worked it out properly.
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Old Tuesday 2nd August 2016, 14:05   #31562
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Phragmites solutions?

I came across this company the other day http://aquatic-solutions.co.uk/ who specialise in dealing with Phragmites and other aquatic weeds.

Interestingly they operate from within the water having, of all thing, floating diggers and bulldozers.

They have also operated in SSSI's so are aware of the many restrictions.

Given the problems of the Flashes this is well worth a look.

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Old Tuesday 2nd August 2016, 19:35   #31563
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Flashes birding

started at 7am with cool westerly showers.
As there was already a birder at the Flashes I decided to linger a bit more around scrubby areas and in the Hen pool and cuckoo hides.
In the bridge scrub some passerines braved the rain to catch the few insects on offer. This included lesser whitethroat, reed warbler, blackcap and goldcrest.
As the rain increased I moved on to the Hen pool hide. Here several reed warblers "chacked" and little grebe trilled - I think they are breeding here and have like elsewhere on the reserve have a late breeding season. A kingfisher also flew past, but most interesting was the characteristic pinging type call of juvenile Cetti's Warbler. This as far as I am aware is the first confirmed breeding at the Flashes.
On to the cuckoo hide but not a great deal happen ing other than 2 juv cetti's calling in the newly created habitat. This was previously dead leggy blackthorn, but in the winter we opened it up removed the blackthorn and planted 30 hawthorns. This is now ideal cetti's habitat and today the proof is in the pudding.
On to the main hide which was empty I had assumed the car in the car park was a birders but maybe I was wrong.
Anyway sadly there wasn't a great deal of migration other than 2 new dunlin, some of these birds were probably of the large alpina race. On a sad note the badly limping avocet from the delta brood had finally succumbed to not only it's ailment, but also the affect of its severe beating at the hands or should I say feet of the neighbouring adult. It's body was floating off shore. One of it's sibblings also has a limp, so maybe some hereditary gene is present within the family.
On a good note the LRP chick is now 15 days old and far in advance of last year's chick at the same age. A movement of swifts and a large build up of house Martins abd the odd swallow was noticeable.
I opened the sluice for 6 hours and dropped 2 cm of the level. Now plenty of mud for passage waders.
Species count Flashes :
Little grebe.
Teal 19. Shoveler 8. Shelduck 7 juvs. tufted . Greylag 3.
Avocet 31 (21 juvs). Redshank 3 juvs. LRP 6 (5 juvs ) +chick. Curlew. Green sand 6. lapwing 90. dunlin 6 (1juv). Common tern 2. Kestrel. stock dove 45+. Green woodpecker. kingfisher . swift 40.
house martin 140. swallow.
sedge warbler family in front of hide being fed only just left nest as they were almost tailless. blackcap. Lesser whitethroat. Reed warbler 6. Cetti's Warbler 2 juvs. Willow warbler juv side of main hide. chiffchaff 2. goldcrest
Greenfinch 3. goldfinch. Linnet 5. pied wag 2.
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Eight species of waders at the Flashes this evening: Avocet, Black-Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover and Redshank. Also a Peregrine on the masts.

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Old Wednesday 3rd August 2016, 04:40   #31565
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Eight species of waders at the Flashes this evening: Avocet, Black-Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover and Redshank. Also a Peregrine on the masts.

Record shot of the 6 Dunlin.
How many Blackwits John?
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Two, still there when I left just before 8pm.
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/HEN POOL*
Dunlin (6)--------------------Green Sand (6)
Redshank (2 juvs)-----------LRP (6) + chick
Curlew (15)------------------Avocet (28)
Lapwing (c80)---------------Shelduck (7 juvs)
Teal (13)---------------------Gadwall (1)
Shoveler (3)-----------------Peregrine
Water Rail (juv)*------------B H Gull (c400)

MOORS/N MOORS*
Hobby (juv)-------------------Raven
Herring Gull (2)---------------Common Tern (7) inc 2 young
Kingfisher *-------------------L B B Gull (50+) inc 18 juvs
Shoveler (2)------------------Gadwall (1)
Cormorant (1)----------------Swift (8)
Egyptian Goose (2)-----------Greylag Goose (2)

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Old Wednesday 3rd August 2016, 21:04   #31568
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With the increasing numbers of LBB Gulls in recent days hopefully we will get a Yellow-legged Gull soon (and maybe even a Caspian).
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July closed with a very creditable monthly list 95 species (the same as July 2015) with some obvious omissions including Red Kite, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler. August should be far more productive with between 105 and 110 species likely.

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I have now found a record of Pheasant late in the month so the July list is revised upwards to 96 species.
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From the Flashes this morning Paul Rhodes reports:

19 Curlew, Dunlin 7 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand, 6 LR Plover + chick, 3 Redshank, 10 Swift, Peregrine over.

2 Egyptian Geese and 3 Common Tern on the Sailing Pool.
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This evening on the Sailing Pool were 10 Common Terns (2 juvs), Grey Wagtail, 2 GC Grebes, 2 Egyptian Geese, female Tufted Duck with two well-grown chicks plus the usual Canadas, Greylags, BH Gulls. On the Flashes things were much the same as reported this morning, the differences being: LRP 6 juvs, female + chick, only two Redshank juvs, only five Green Sands. In addition there were a few large gulls - 8+ LBB & 2 Herring - but only BHGs in the roost, c.900. Fourteen Common Terns dropped on late on, not sure how many stayed to roost. The seven Shelduck juvs were still present plus 11 Teal, five Shovelers & a Gadwall. Finally a Kingfisher flew through.
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Good morning so far at the flashes nuthatch on the boardwalk, grey wag sailing pool usual waders, kestrel and Buzzard too
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Moors little Egret, E, geese, GSW,
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Friday 5th August 0850-1210

SAILING POOL
65 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 GC Grebe, c150 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck with 1 young, 3 Common Tern, 1 Common Sand, 6 Coot, no Egyptian Geese

FLASHES
6 Green Sand, 2 Common Sand, 2 juv Redshank, 78 Lapwing, 1 adult + 1 young LRPs (the 6 juvs that Mike had on Thursday evening left overnight), 17 Avocet, 4 Shoveler, 7 juv Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, c40 Mallard, 34 Moorhen, 36 Coot, 4 Canada Geese, 4 LBB Gull (2 adults + 2 juvs), c300 BH Gull, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 Ravens on small mast, juv Pied Wagtail, juv Redstart in usual hedge, Water Rail calling.
2 juv Water Rail reported at the Hen Pool.
Good numbers of passerines feeding between the steps and first bridge - particularly abundant were Wren, Dunnock, Reed Warbler, all 3 common tit species and Chiffchaff. Also Willow Warbler present.

NORTH MOORS
1 juv Little Grebe (fledged), 3 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Heron.

MOORS POOL
4 Mute Swans + 5 cygnets, 21 Greylag Geese, 105 Canada Geese, c70 Mallard, 31 Tufted Duck plus good numbers of ducklings still, 1 adult + 2 fledged juv GC Grebe, 4 Little Grebe + 1 young in south-west marsh, 1 Cormorant, 162 Coot, 5 Moorhen, Water Rail, 1 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 18 LBB Gull, 3 Common Tern, family party of Jay calling from the Education Reserve, Sparrowhawk, Hobby performing well - often perching up in dead tree on southern boundary or on telegraph pole south of the west hide.
A single Tufted duckling in Amy's Marsh was being fostered by a female Mallard.
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Late news of 2 Ruff (male and female) at the Flashes on the 31st July as per Jason Turner and a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher at the Moors Pool on the 28th July.

July list gets revised upwards again to 98 species.
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