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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 06:48   #34251
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Wood Sand still at the Flashes at 7:45am; also 3 Green Sand and 2 Common Sand.

Arctic Tern on the Sailing Pool with 3 Common Tern
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Management work now commenced at the Flashes- Wood Sand has flown.

3 Blackwits just dropped into the Moors Pool as per Phil W
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Wood sand has returned to the Flashes re Phil W.
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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 18:12   #34255
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Upton Warren is the joint most productive site in the West Midland Bird Club region for Spotted Crake with 7 sightings, an honour shared with Sandwell Valley, followed by Brandon Marsh (6 records) and Doxey Marsh (5 records); other regular sites include Ladywalk and Belvide Reservoir.
There are 10 records for Belvide pal
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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 19:50   #34256
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Water rail?

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I think I saw my first water rail this evening - even got a few snaps! Can you confirm for me please.

Is it the juvenile?
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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 19:56   #34257
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Another pic!

The bird was moving back and forth along the horseshoe shaped island to the left of the hide - Moors pool.
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I think I saw my first water rail this evening - even got a few snaps! Can you confirm for me please.

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Yes an adult water rail john
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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 20:35   #34259
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Work party TUESDAY

We will be clearing the site of the new North Moors hide tomorrow
And also cleaning avocet hide and strimming in front of hen pool hide at FLASHES.
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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 20:41   #34260
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Excellent - thanks John.

I was excited to see it never mind get some pictures :)

Hope tomorrow goes well - I am off on hols which will include a visit to Ham Walls :)
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Old Monday 21st August 2017, 20:42   #34261
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There are 10 records for Belvide pal
Am only as good as my source material - Belvide not mentioned as the leading site for Spot Crake in "The new Birds of the West Midlands"
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Old Tuesday 22nd August 2017, 05:45   #34262
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Monday 21st August 0715-1200

A day that started out promisingly with dank, murky conditions and a decent bird on the Sailing Pool then failed to deliver as I hoped; even more frustrating when bits and pieces were dropping in elsewhere in the region.

SAILING POOL
1 Arctic Tern (adult), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cormorant, 2 GC Grebe, 5 Coot, 3 Moorhen, Little Egret flew over SW (missing an obvious primary), Jay, Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker, Goldcrest

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Wood Sand (juvenile), 5 Green Sand, 3 Common Sand, Ringed Plover dropped in, 142 Lapwing, 2 Avocet (adult + juvenile - clearly not all is well with the youngster, when the management team went out on site it remained on the island whilst the parent circled overhead calling), 3 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 35 Teal, 11 Coot, 31 Moorhen, c200 Canada Geese, 53 Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, Water Rail, 1 Common Tern, Jay, Goldcrest, Garden Warbler feeding on elderberries by the steps, 8 Rook in transmitter field, c200 Starling, Cetti's Warbler

MOORS POOL
3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sand, c50 Lapwing, 12 Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, c150 Canada Geese, 45 Greylag Geese, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 22 Little Grebe, Water Rail, 65 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 2 Common Tern, 2 LBB Gull, Jay, GS Woodpecker, Raven, 5 Swift, Kingfisher, Willow Warbler in sub-song by the secret garden

The promising conditions continue today and overnight into early Wednesday morning so hopefully something of interest will be unearthed.
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Old Tuesday 22nd August 2017, 07:36   #34263
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Am only as good as my source material - Belvide not mentioned as the leading site for Spot Crake in "The new Birds of the West Midlands"
Bet there were about 15 for Bittell...just that no one was allowed to say...lol
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Wood Sand still at the Flashes as per Hughie King
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Black Tern at the Sailing Pool now; Sandwich Tern briefly at the Flashes.
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Black Tern now on the Moors Pool; Sandwich Tern briefly reappeared at the Flashes
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Work party today

Another cracking session from the 10 of us.
Bob O. Bobby P. Bob R. Jim B. Julie W. Kim W. Paul M. Ray C. Tony B and me.

At the Moors we cleared the site where new hide is going to be and also another track for the machinery.
At the Flashes we cleared channels in front of the Hen Pool hide.

Again Julie cleaned out another hide, this time the Avocet hide. You can't tell if the windows are open or not now. Please do not leave any rubbish in the hide it certainly helps the upton warren experience when you sit in a clean hide.

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1. new hide site
2. view from hide....we will be creating habitat once hide is inplace
3.Julie's work ..hide is very clean now PLEASE HELP KEEP IT SO
4. Hen pool before work
5. Hen Pool after work
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Birding at Reserve today

MOORS:
Before the work birded from the east hide. After last week's work the birds have certainly taken to the scrape and it's islands.
The 3 blackwits were again feeding in the pool within pool island. The slightly misty sultry conditions were ideal for a flock of Swifts. The waterfowl now prefer the Moors to the Flashes for loading around.
In the afternoon the juv black tern had arrived from the sailing pool and was still present this evening.
Passerines were dominated by calling chiffchaff, a few reed warbler and blackcaps.
Early afternoon the unseen otter caused mass panic making counting easier.

Species Count MOORS:
Little grebe 30+. Greylag 40+. Canada's 300+. Mute Swan 11. Cormorant 3. Shoveler 5. Gadwall 4. Teal 20. Tufted 6 broods total ads/ juvs 40-45. Water rail coot c85. Little egret. Green sand. Blackwit 3. Lapwing 80+. Common tern. Black tern juv.
BHG 120. LBBG.
Kingfisher. SWIFT 35. Swallow. House martin 35. Reed warbler 3. Chiffchaff 15. Blackcap 3.



FLASHES:
having missed the Sandwich tern in the morning , I was pleasantly surprised when Kim W phoned me to say it was back.
Otherwise the Flashes was very quiet, with small numbers of duck and gulls.
SPECIES COUNT:
Little grebe - 3rd Flash, water rail hen pool, Teal 10, shoveler 5,
Wood Sand, green sand 6, common sand 2, lapwing 85, Avocet 2 ( ad + juv not looking too well),
SANDWICH TERN, BHG 80+
stock dove 100+,
rook c10,
starling 350 in NE field, redstart calling
sedge w - hen pool, reed w 3 hen pool, cetti's w singing, chiffchaff, willow warbler
pied wag, linnet 10,

sandwich tern back of camera shot through my mobile thanks to Gary M
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Black and Sandwich Terns

A couple of pictures of the Black Tern, and one from The Flashes of the Sandwich Tern.
The Black Tern was very active on the North Moors, but while I was there, late afternoon, didn't come closer to the East Hide than the Tern rafts.
The Sandwich Tern was a good distance from the Cuckoo Hide, perched on one of the posts.
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A couple of pictures of the Black Tern, and one from The Flashes of the Sandwich Tern.
The Black Tern was very active on the North Moors, but while I was there, late afternoon, didn't come closer to the East Hide than the Tern rafts.
The Sandwich Tern was a good distance from the Cuckoo Hide, perched on one of the posts.
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Think that's the first three figure count of Stock Dove this year and number will only rise in forthcoming weeks.

Clearly the Teal were disturbed by yesterday's management visit as 35+ were present prior to the surveying starting.
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Think that's the first three figure count of Stock Dove this year and number will only rise in forthcoming weeks.

Clearly the Teal were disturbed by yesterday's management visit as 35+ were present prior to the surveying starting.
Most of them were on the Moors I probably undercounted
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Friday 25th August SURVEY

The survey will conclude from 2pm till 5pm on Friday afternoon at the FLASHES
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Late news of an adult Arctic Tern on the Sailing Pool early afternoon on Sunday (Andy Payne via WorcesterBirding)
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Wood Sand still at the Flashes as per Des. Unfortunately the lingering, clearly ill juvenile Avocet has finally succumbed - final tally for the breeding season is 26 successfully fledged.

Also at the Flashes are the adult Avocet, Redshank, 2 Green Sand, 2 Common Sand and 2 Common Tern (adult + juvenile).
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