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Old Monday 21st January 2019, 12:22   #37351
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6Mandarin Ducks (new for the year - #81) back on the Moors Pool as per Andy P

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 19:01   #37352
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Work party today at Moors

Thanks to all 20 of us for today's effort. These limbs were all pretty large some 45/50 feet high & 18 inch in diameter. Some of the larger limbs were leaning across the river and consequently these had to be hauled back to the Reserve side once cut.
This work will prolong the life of the willows and at the same time provide a great habitat for invertebrates mammals and birds by providing nooks and crannies and plenty of nest holes...
Thanks to Alan D. Andy A. Bob G. Bob O. Bobby P. Bob R. Charles. Graham L. Ian B. Ian J. Jim B. John C. Julie W. Keith M. Kim W. Paul M. Ray C. Tony B. Ellie from the Trust and me.
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Birding the Moors today

As per usual I birded before and after the work party.
A very cold start but completely ice free at first light.
We don't get many surprises during winter at the reserve and today was no different.
Highlights were the continuing evening small starling murmuration, good numbers of Lapwing, snipe and Pochard, well attended feeding stations and late this evening my first Barn owl of the year.

Species count MOORS:
Little egret. Little grebe 5. GCG.
Cormorant 6. Mute swan 2. Greylag 15.
Shoveler 32, teal 24. Gadwall 5. Shelduck 2.
Pochard 53. Tufted 22.
Coot 23. Water rail at least 5 calling
Snipe 35 ( most flushed out of the promontory opposite the East hide by a pair of foxes).
Curlew 6. Lapwing 600+.
Herring gull 3. BHG 150.
Buzzard. Sparrowhawk. BARN OWL 5.15 pm flew along the whole length of the West side starting from the SW marsh.
Collared dove 2. Stock Dove 5.
Green woodpecker. Great sp woodp 2.
Fieldfare 5. Redwing very few late on.
Starling 1200 building up from 4.15 & went to roost at 4.45 in the NW reed bed close to Bittern channel.
Cetti's w singing 2. Pied wag. Meadow pipit 1.
Feeding Stations (west): greenfinch 8. Chaffinch 6. Bullfinch 2. Reed Bunting 12 plus good numbers of garden birds.
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/N MOORS*. The Moors was 60% frozen for much of the day. The N Moors & Broadmeadow Pool were totally frozen.
Pochard (56)---------------Shoveler (30)
Teal (25)-------------------Gadwall (6)
Shelduck (1)---------------Curlew (11)
Snipe (15)-----------------G C Grebe
Little Grebe (2)------------Cormorant (9)
L B B Gull (6)--------------Mute Swan
Coal Tit (1) (1)*-----------Barn Owl seen briefly at 16.53 and 17.03 (MJI, JHWR and JS).
Sparrowhawk.

FLASHES: disturbance by contractors.
B H Gull (c180)------------Lapwing (c80)
Greylags over (34)--------Roe Deer (2) in northern field.

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FOX Fencing Flashes

Tomorrow Nick the contractor will be working from 11ish till 3.30pm
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/N MOORS*. The Moors was 60% frozen for much of the day. The N Moors & Broadmeadow Pool were totally frozen.
Pochard (56)---------------Shoveler (30)
Teal (25)-------------------Gadwall (6)
Shelduck (1)---------------Curlew (11)
Snipe (15)-----------------G C Grebe
Little Grebe (2)------------Cormorant (9)
L B B Gull (6)--------------Mute Swan
Coal Tit (1) (1)*-----------Barn Owl seen briefly at 16.53 and 17.03 (MJI, JHWR and JS).
Sparrowhawk.

FLASHES: disturbance by contractors.
B H Gull (c180)------------Lapwing (c80)
Greylags over (34)--------Roe Deer (2) in northern field.

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+ Little Egret (4) roosting at the Sailing Pool.

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Nothing to worry about, I hope?
3.21pm today, perimeter fence at the flashes looking towards the farmhouse on the right.
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Nothing to worry about, I hope?
3.21pm today, perimeter fence at the flashes looking towards the farmhouse on the right.
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he is the farmers security person.. he keeps an eye on the farm house and pots rabbits and the like.. john
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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 21:11   #37360
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

3 Green Sandpiper until 08:10, 11 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 484 Lapwing, 25 Teal, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail.

Also the cutting down of the large oak tree that stood at the back of the second Flash
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Following the overnight disappearing act of Monday's Mandarin Ducks, I thought I would work out what % of Mandarin records stay into a second consecutive day - any thoughts before I post the answer tomorrow morning?
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Following the overnight disappearing act of Monday's Mandarin Ducks, I thought I would work out what % of Mandarin records stay into a second consecutive day - any thoughts before I post the answer tomorrow morning?
Without starting the exercise yet I suspect the answer will be around 20%
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Oystercatcher today - one at the Flashes and on on the Moors - may have been same bird! I think first for the year?

Have pics but got new camera and struggling to download! So bear with me!!
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Oystercatcher today - one at the Flashes and on on the Moors - may have been same bird! I think first for the year?

Have pics but got new camera and struggling to download! So bear with me!!
New for the year - Oystercatcher (#82)

Interestingly Belvide's first returning Oyk arrived yesterday.
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Following the overnight disappearing act of Monday's Mandarin Ducks, I thought I would work out what % of Mandarin records stay into a second consecutive day - any thoughts before I post the answer tomorrow morning?
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Without starting the exercise yet I suspect the answer will be around 20%
Having crunched the numbers I wasn't too far off, 78.43% of Mandarin Duck sightings aren't then present the following day so its a case of move when you can! Over the years clearly a number of the sightings relate to birds that go missing, only to reappear a few days later.

The figures are thrown by the extraordinary occurrences of 1987 (even more so as there had previously only ever been one record for the reserve, in 1985). A shy and retiring eclipse male was noted at the Moors Pool from the 2nd September into October. Three further eclipse males appeared at the Flashes on the 23rd September during a heavy storm, with numbers building to six birds at the Moors Pool two days later. Birds then lingered up to the 27th October with daily counts fluctuating between one and four ducks.
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Alan H's count of 67 Pochard present at the Moors Pool on the 18th January is the best occurrence since 81 were noted in the first half of December 2001. Sadly the chances of the reserve's record of 238 birds (November 1981) being broken are very remote.

Attached are two charts - the first shows the peak annual count of Pochard whilst the second blocks those counts into 4 year averages to give a more visual indication of the trends over the decades. Whilst we probably wont ever see the peak between 1974 and 1983 when over 100 birds were recorded in nine out of a ten year period, it is encouraging to see a gradual but sustained upturn in recent years. However given the peak annual count in 2005 was only 15 birds its hard to get much lower!!
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Lapwing

Dave J's observation of 1,076 Lapwing across the reserve during last Sunday's WeBS count is the best number for nearly 10 years, since 1,700 were recorded at the Flashes on the 8th February by Phil Quiney. As with Pochard above the likelihood of the reserve record being broken is fairly remote - in this instance 3,000 birds noted on four occasions (February 1977, 31st July 1985, during early February 1993, early and late in the year during 1994 and December 1995).

Again mirroring Pochard, the species has shown a bit of a renaissance in recent years in terms of its wintering numbers as demonstrated by the attached chart; a low point was reached in 2014 when the annual maximum count was only 300 birds.
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From the Moore Pool this morning Gert reports:

36 Pochard, 32 Shoveler, 1 Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher
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Female Goosander again on the Sailing Pool as per Gert; also Chichchaff at the Flashes
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Work party Tuesday 29th January Moors

This Tuesday we will be having a more sedate session after the exertion of the two previous weeks willow pollarding.
The work will be a long the West track from the car park.
This will include clearing the years growth from the two view points. Trimming the bramble and scrub from the disabled turning circle behind the concrete hide. Clearing the overgrown clumps of scrub/bramble between the concrete hide and tool shed.
Also we will be working at the North Moors viewing screens ..including tweaking the willow 'arch' approach screening.
Please meet at Moors car park from 8.45.

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OAK TREE at FLASHES

On Friday 25th January this iconic tree that is opposite the main hide was cut down.
The tree has been around longer than the Flashes. We all expected this tree to outlive all of us . But unbeknown to us it was diseased and the adjacent land owner decided to cut it down. Neither we the Management team or the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust knew knew about this decision to cut it down until Andy Pitt (@andypitt21) posted these pictures on twitter Friday.
As the tree is on the neighbours land we cannot tell them what to do. I was told by Nick (fencing contractor) that the tree was diseased. The decision to cut it was as much a shock to me as everyone else who visits the reserve.
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Pics of the oystercatcher - Flashes and .............
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Quite a gusty afternoon making interesting viewing on how different birds dealt with it ,North moors 2 coot ,Shelduck the reeds seem desturbed at the North end maybe wind. Moors Common snipe seem to like it 15 wondering around feeding, Oytercatcher moving to different islands, counted 300 lapwing before they were spooked again but with a second flock in the A38 field number must be close to 500, good quantity of Shoveler and Pochard not so many Tufted on the Moors or on the sailing pool, 4 GCG and Gooseander there too. didn't make it to the flashes.
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

450 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, Snipe, Peregrine.

7 Little Egret in the roost at the Sailing Pool.
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