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Old Wednesday 31st May 2017, 20:52   #33851
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MOORS:
GCG 3. Little grebe 8 min.
Shoveler pr. Teal male. gadwall 10 +6 chicks. Tufted 50+
Oystercatcher 5 + 2 chicks (2 days old).. Lapwing 4.
Common tern 12 (4 sitting). Med Gull 3 +2 chicks.
Peregrine. Buzzard 8.
Great spotted woodpecker 2. swift 150.
sand martin 10. swallow. house martin 30.
Sedge warbler 6. Reed warbler 20+ ( more than usual in North moors ). Cetti's 3 poss 4 singing. Blackcap at least 3 broods of young. chiffchaff 2 broods.
song thrush 3 singing. tits many broods of young all around the Moors. Greenfinch. bullfinch. goldfinch.
Reed bunting several broods.

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Shoveler 2. gadwall 4. Shelduck 4. tufted 25.
Avocet 48 (10. broods ) 22 chicks. Oystercatcher 2. lapwing 15 . LRP 5 +chick (19days). Redshank 2.
Common tern 2. Med Gull 2.
kestrel. Buzzard causing havoc. It is perching in oak tree then repeatedly gliding down over the meadow trying to drop on to the nest with 3 freshly hatched avocets. The buzzard was attacked by hundreds of birds including -gulls, avocet, lapwing & corvids.
sedge warbler 4. Reed warbler 4. Whitethroat. blackcap. chiffchaff. song thrush 2.
Reed bunting 5.
Counts / observations from yesterday differing to John's:

MOORS POOL
An 11th Gadwall on the North Moors (15 across the reserve), 3 Shoveler (an additional male), Otter caught a fish, 1 Grey Heron, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Greylag Goose

FLASHES
3 Shoveler (an additional male), female Teal, 4 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 10 Canada Geese, 3 Raven + 1 young, 3 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, Garden Warbler singing by steps, 2 Med Gulls (adult + second summer)

SAILING POOL
2 Mute Swan, 16 Greylag Geese, 10 Canada Geese, Egyptian Goose, 4 Coot, 11 Tufted Duck, 6 GC Grebe, Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker
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Old Wednesday 31st May 2017, 20:54   #33852
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Perhaps it might be a project for a work-party in the autumn to make the fence-posts too uncomfortable for perching?

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Thanks Peter - that's a very helpful suggestion. Just make sure that they are still accessible for chats and shrikes!
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES:
LRP (5) + chick---------------Avocet (min of 47) +10 broods/22 chicks.
Oystercatcher (2)------------Lapwing (9)
Redshank (1)-----------------Shelduck (5)
Gadwall (2)-------------------Shoveler (3)
Med Gull (2 ad)---------------Common Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat

MOORS:
Common Tern (10)-----------Lapwing (3)
Oystercatcher (3)------------Gadwall (9) + 6 chicks
G C Grebe (2)----------------Kestrel
Tufted Duck (c60)------------Shoveler (3)
Med Gull ( 1 x 3 cal year) + 2 chicks.

SAILING POOL/ED RES*
G C Grebe (3)----------------Egyptian Goose
Lesser Whitethroat*

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Re the two trapped little BH gulls, would it be feasible to release them under the cover of darkness? Just a thought.
A couple of pics of the Med Gull & LRP at the flashes this afternoon.
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Recently i've noticed a few people driving like this….
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Old Friday 2nd June 2017, 05:37   #33857
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Mike reports 2 Curlew in the Flashes roost last night but a drop in young Avocet numbers from 22 on Wednesday to 18.
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Andy P reports a new brood of 4 Lapwing on the sewage meadow - hopefully they fare better than the previous young this year.
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Looks like another late addition to the Spring All-Dayer list - a distinctive second summer large white-headed gull with no feet (!) noted at the Flashes during the evening (also present a few days earlier??) and suspected at the time as being a Yellow-legged Gull was observed in better light at Belvide Reservoir yesterday afternoon where its identity was confirmed as a YLG.
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May finished with a total of 107 species, well down on the 116 recorded in April but still the joint best performing May from the limited data set I have. Unfortunately June is a consistently poor month averaging only 90 species - only the four months between November and February have a lower average total.
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Please find attached an updated summary of the various sites' performance in the Spring All-Day Birdwatch on the 5th May with Venus Pool's species list now added (thanks Jim )
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May finished with a total of 107 species, well down on the 116 recorded in April but still the joint best performing May from the limited data set I have. Unfortunately June is a consistently poor month averaging only 90 species - only the four months between November and February have a lower average total.
I managed 53 on Thursday evening with a few obvious omissions.
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From the Flashes this morning JTB reports:

Broods of 3 and 4 young Lapwing in the sewage meadow, 4 Oystercatcher with 1+ chick in sewage meadow, 2 Redshank, 3 Med Gulls, 5 Raven, 48 Avocet + 19 young from 10 broods, 1 young LRP still, 3 Shoveler

2 juvenile Grey Wagtail on the Sailing Pool
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On a visit earlier in the week to the reserve came across this deep coloured female "rufescens" form of Blue-tailed Damselfly.Have seen only one or two of this form over the last few years here, could someone let me know if this is a scarce / common form at Upton ?
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On a visit earlier in the week to the reserve came across this deep coloured female "rufescens" form of Blue-tailed Damselfly.Have seen only one or two of this form over the last few years here, could someone let me know if this is a scarce / common form at Upton ?
I've not seen one at Upton in over 30 years! But then I don t always pay 100% attention where odonata are concerned 😐
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On a visit earlier in the week to the reserve came across this deep coloured female "rufescens" form of Blue-tailed Damselfly.Have seen only one or two of this form over the last few years here, could someone let me know if this is a scarce / common form at Upton ?
Hi Glen,

I saw and photographed one in the education reserve a few years ago. I think I posted the photo on this thread.
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Not what you want to see, especially this time of year. Wandering in front of East hide this morning.
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I saw and photographed one in the education reserve a few years ago. I think I posted the photo on this thread.
Scarce Dave.

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On a visit earlier in the week to the reserve came across this deep coloured female "rufescens" form of Blue-tailed Damselfly.Have seen only one or two of this form over the last few years here, could someone let me know if this is a scarce / common form at Upton ?
Always thought that the many colours were JUST either immature or Females.....looked on here ....... https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/s...iled-damselfly and think its just Females that vary...some great colour variations.
Thanks for posting and teaching me something.
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From the Flashes this morning JTB reports:

Broods of 3 and 4 young Lapwing in the sewage meadow, 4 Oystercatcher with 1+ chick in sewage meadow, 2 Redshank, 3 Med Gulls, 5 Raven, 48 Avocet + 19 young from 10 broods, 1 young LRP still, 3 Shoveler

2 juvenile Grey Wagtail on the Sailing Pool
John also noted from yesterday definitive proof that Little Grebe are breeding on the Hen Pool, the first known occurrence in this location
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This morning at the Flashes Dave J reports:

48 Avocet + 19 young from 10 broods (3:2:1:2:1:2:2:3:2:1), adult Med Gull, 5 LR Plover (+1 young), Oystercatcher (+ 1 young), no sign of any Lapwing chicks, Redshank, 3 Teal

Egyptian Goose still on the Sailing Pool
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On a visit earlier in the week to the reserve came across this deep coloured female "rufescens" form of Blue-tailed Damselfly.Have seen only one or two of this form over the last few years here, could someone let me know if this is a scarce / common form at Upton ?
i had two individuals yesterday what surprised me was the lack off butterflys and not one dragonfly.
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y'day

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From the Moors Pool Dave J rwports:

2 second summer Mediterranean Gulls (+ 2 young), Gadwall brood reduced to four ducklings, 5 Oystercatcher (+ 3 young), 72+ Common Spotted Orchids
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Some pictures of the Med Gull young here - https://twitter.com/davejredditch/st...211616256?s=03 - generally greyer and plainer than BHG chicks of a similar age
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