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Old Sunday 9th August 2009, 11:05   #26
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John yes still see Paul and others in the gang.Am trying to send you EMail but its hold up at the moment

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Hope nobody minds but I have combined my Worcs sightings for today in one post as we visited both Lower Smite farm and Upton Warren today!

Visited Lower Smite Farm this morning and although it was quiet birdwise it was busy butterfly wise!! Had good views of a Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk over the fields together with a Juvenile Swallow who seemed to be quite content enjoying the sunshine on the telegraph wire! Butterflies seen were Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large & Small White and Small Copper!

Managed to see the Juv Wood Sandpiper at the Flashes this afternoon, typically it stayed right at the back of the pool together with a Dunlin, 8+ Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers, Curlews, BH Gulls and Grey Heron. It was nice to see Common Snipe back at the Flashes this afternoon! A record pic of the Wood Sandpiper is attached!
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Old Sunday 9th August 2009, 18:46   #28
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Hope nobody minds but I have combined my Worcs sightings for today in one post as we visited both Lower Smite farm and Upton Warren today!

Visited Lower Smite Farm this morning and although it was quiet birdwise it was busy butterfly wise!! Had good views of a Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk over the fields together with a Juvenile Swallow who seemed to be quite content enjoying the sunshine on the telegraph wire! Butterflies seen were Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large & Small White and Small Copper!

Managed to see the Juv Wood Sandpiper at the Flashes this afternoon, typically it stayed right at the back of the pool together with a Dunlin, 8+ Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers, Curlews, BH Gulls and Grey Heron. It was nice to see Common Snipe back at the Flashes this afternoon! A record pic of the Wood Sandpiper is attached!

well done with the wood sand, i saw him too on saturday,and as you said at the back of the flash,can i keep a copy of your pic just for a reminder of it,my shot is absolutly screwed.aslo a dunlin(juv) hung around with the woodie at the back of the flash,aslo noted was a male sparrowhawk on the fence posts at the back,3 shoveler,28c teal,10 green sand,3 common sand,37 curlew,4 snipe,16 comon tern,3 cettis warbler(hen pool,no bittern but a few water rail calling.a hobby also flew over and looked to be carrying prey(swift/swallow).it was beeting very rapidly and was almost passed off as a pigeon.didnt visit the moors,hope i didnt miss anything.
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well done with the wood sand, i saw him too on saturday,and as you said at the back of the flash,can i keep a copy of your pic just for a reminder of it,my shot is absolutly screwed.aslo a dunlin(juv) hung around with the woodie at the back of the flash,aslo noted was a male sparrowhawk on the fence posts at the back,3 shoveler,28c teal,10 green sand,3 common sand,37 curlew,4 snipe,16 comon tern,3 cettis warbler(hen pool,no bittern but a few water rail calling.a hobby also flew over and looked to be carrying prey(swift/swallow).it was beeting very rapidly and was almost passed off as a pigeon.didnt visit the moors,hope i didnt miss anything.
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Looks like the Wood Sandpiper was still at Upton today so hopefully it will stick around for the weekend and grace us with its presence closer to the hide!! Of course you can keep a copy of my pic Craig, it isn't the best of pics but like you said it is nice to keep as a record of seeing the bird!!
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Looks like the Wood Sandpiper was still at Upton today so hopefully it will stick around for the weekend and grace us with its presence closer to the hide!! Of course you can keep a copy of my pic Craig, it isn't the best of pics but like you said it is nice to keep as a record of seeing the bird!!
It would be good to see it closer, Emma, so hopefully it will stay awhile!

I also hope there are not 4 tripods with scopes and camera atop straddling the bench in the hide like last Sunday, thus giving no room for those who wish to sit! I thought the benches were for bums not tripods!!
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It would be good to see it closer, Emma, so hopefully it will stay awhile!

I also hope there are not 4 tripods with scopes and camera atop straddling the bench in the hide like last Sunday, thus giving no room for those who wish to sit! I thought the benches were for bums not tripods!!
well its there today too,so only 4 more days untill i can see it again,and it looks as if 2 black-tailed godwits were reported last night at the flashes.im afraid to say i sometimes do put my tripod over the bench but move it to the back of the hide when the hide becomes crowded.
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well its there today too,so only 4 more days untill i can see it again,and it looks as if 2 black-tailed godwits were reported last night at the flashes.im afraid to say i sometimes do put my tripod over the bench but move it to the back of the hide when the hide becomes crowded.MB
I think we have all been there and done that at times, Craig! As you say..move it to the back of the hide when the hide is busy! A pity everyone doesn't have the etiquette to do the same!

Great with the reported B T Godwits!
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just keeping the readers informed and having a bit of banter along the way
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Ooh, is that a new type of sandwich?
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Ooh, is that a new type of sandwich?
yes its avaliable at little chef,insted of the pancake
(for people who have no idea whats going on check out the warks/west mids local patch fourum)
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Nice to see you on Sunday Pam and Emma. We got the Wood Sand no probs and the hide had emptied out somewhat by the time we got there
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yes its avaliable at little chef,insted of the pancake (for people who have no idea whats going on check out the warks/west mids local patch fourum)
I must remember to drop in and order one the next time I am in Hagley then, Craig!

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Nice to see you on Sunday Pam and Emma. We got the Wood Sand no probs and the hide had emptied out somewhat by the time we got there
Good to see yourself and Max, Kay! A neat little bird the Wood Sand isn't it! Hard to choose which Sandpiper is my favourite with so many varieties present at Upton! Sounds as though you were lucky and managed a seat then!
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A big vote for the Woodie on my blog for me! And I finished with
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I stopped at the Cuckoo Hide on the way out and got my reward in a snake swimming towards me. Lord knows what it was but it had an orange nape. That should nail it for someone out there.
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no ideas,i dont think any native snakes have orange napes,but i may be wrong
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I reckon it was possibly a Grass snake! I would love to see one!


Grass snakes have a characteristic orange or yellow collar around their necks. Their undersides are lighter in colour.
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Grass snakes have a characteristic orange or yellow collar around their necks. Their undersides are lighter in colour.
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Thank you, thank you. Dave thought it was probably grass snake too.
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I reckon it was possibly a Grass snake! I would love to see one!


Grass snakes have a characteristic orange or yellow collar around their necks. Their undersides are lighter in colour.
http://www.animalcorner.co.uk/britis...ritsnakes.html
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Loads of grass snakes at UW - I photographed this one last year, at the North Moors. The band on the neck really stands out in some lights.
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Loads of grass snakes at UW - I photographed this one last year, at the North Moors. The band on the neck really stands out in some lights.
wow amazing pic duck pond,still on my something to see at upton list is grass snake
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uptons going through a bit of a purple patch at the moment.quite a lot of good stuff been reported,hope it carrys for a few more days.
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A good evening at the Flashes The BHG roost was about 800, also 11 Common Tern. On the wader front more interesting with Black Tailed Godwit, 8 Snipe, 5 common Sands, Wood Sand (6th Day), and an obvious passage of Green Sands with 21 (mostly juveniles) constantly calling 4 flew off south this almost doubled the total of the previous day. Over the years this species used to reach mid 20's when many adults would have a partial wing moult these would then be joined by juveniles. However this year many of the adults have moved on so the majority of birds are Juveniles its a pity the adults didn't because we could have witnessed record numbers. Although its nice to know one species of wader has had a good breeding season.
The Teal are also increasing now at 40 (always worth looking for Garganey amongst the flock).
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Oh and I forgot to mention a small amount of passerine movement over the last couple of days included 2 Redstarts, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, and single Whinchat and yellow wag
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A good evening at the Flashes The BHG roost was about 800, also 11 Common Tern. On the wader front more interesting with Black Tailed Godwit, 8 Snipe, 5 common Sands, Wood Sand (6th Day), and an obvious passage of Green Sands with 21 (mostly juveniles) constantly calling 4 flew off south this almost doubled the total of the previous day. Over the years this species used to reach mid 20's when many adults would have a partial wing moult these would then be joined by juveniles. However this year many of the adults have moved on so the majority of birds are Juveniles its a pity the adults didn't because we could have witnessed record numbers. Although its nice to know one species of wader has had a good breeding season.
The Teal are also increasing now at 40 (always worth looking for Garganey amongst the flock).
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just what i was going on about john,some very good birds there,lets hope it continues for the weekend
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wood sand and black tailed godwit just reported on birdguides at the flashes
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Hope they stay put for the weekend... I'm planning to stay local for a change! :)
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