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Old Yesterday, 18:36   #39301
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At the Flashes 14.35--16.35 today: beautiful winter sunshine but all of first and second flashes frozen so not a lot there except 15 Moorhens and 12 Coots grazing the grass down around the main hide. Two Buzzards socialising in an oak; smallish (presumed male) Peregrine in southernmost mast----this flew to catch up with a larger passing Peregrine (presumed female) at one point, flew above it and swooped down to it to acknowledge presence, then returned to mast. Only brief signs of Barn Owl after sun had dipped below horizon: flying within the ruined part of the barn at 15.37, flying up from fence just below barn and back into barn 16.10 as a woman approached, peering at the woman from top of barn as she peered at it at 16.13 then no further sign. The 'Upton Warren Eleven' returned to roost 16.30: Upton Warren must be one of the best sites in the country to get prolonged, close views of Curlews-- let's hope in a few years they are still to be seen here like this and it's not a case of "Remember when we used to see Curlews? What a wonderful bird they were"
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At the Flashes 14.35--16.35 today: beautiful winter sunshine but all of first and second flashes frozen so not a lot there except 15 Moorhens and 12 Coots grazing the grass down around the main hide. Two Buzzards socialising in an oak; smallish (presumed male) Peregrine in southernmost mast----this flew to catch up with a larger passing Peregrine (presumed female) at one point, flew above it and swooped down to it to acknowledge presence, then returned to mast. Only brief signs of Barn Owl after sun had dipped below horizon: flying within the ruined part of the barn at 15.37, flying up from fence just below barn and back into barn 16.10 as a woman approached, peering at the woman from top of barn as she peered at it at 16.13 then no further sign. The 'Upton Warren Eleven' returned to roost 16.30: Upton Warren must be one of the best sites in the country to get prolonged, close views of Curlews-- let's hope in a few years they are still to be seen here like this and it's not a case of "Remember when we used to see Curlews? What a wonderful bird they were"
Pete was there a woman by the barn? If so presumably the farmer john belsey
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A few shots of the 3pm barn owl yesterday. It was carrying a stick around, any thoughts what this is about ? Nest building ?...
Cracking shots Ian ..not sure what it is doing with that stick..
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Work party today

Today at West track of Moors pool 23 of us tackled a range of jobs.

1. The drainage ditch that runs parallel to the track in the NW section has become clogged with natural debris and is drying out..In order to revitalize the reeds that grow here we brush cut the fallen reeds and removed rthem and other leaf litter. This was piled up alongside the path to break down and provide shelter for invertebrates and small mammals.
2. Some of the tall willows in the reed bed were coppiced and cuttings were used to make screening hurdles.
3. The west side viewpoint had overgrown ..this was cut back and the view over the pool and reeds is now vastly improved.
4. A short section of tired collapsed hedgerow was laid ..As its on high ground another viewpoint has been created. This hedge should now be revitalized within the next 4 years or so. The brash was piled up to form a large habitat pile further along the track.

Thanks to everyone today for another great effort
Alan D. Andy A. Bobby P. Bob R. Ellen A. Graham L. Ian B. Ian J. Ian R. John H. Julie W. Keith M. Kim W. Nick F. Paul M. Ray C. Steve S. Steve T. Sue T. Terry W. Tony B and me and welcome Dave another newbie.
Thanks to Ellen and Andy (HAPPY BIRTHDAY) for the cakes
Next week we will continue working at Moors
Sue is making cake john
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At the Flashes 14.35--16.35 today: beautiful winter sunshine but all of first and second flashes frozen so not a lot there except 15 Moorhens and 12 Coots grazing the grass down around the main hide. Two Buzzards socialising in an oak; smallish (presumed male) Peregrine in southernmost mast----this flew to catch up with a larger passing Peregrine (presumed female) at one point, flew above it and swooped down to it to acknowledge presence, then returned to mast. Only brief signs of Barn Owl after sun had dipped below horizon: flying within the ruined part of the barn at 15.37, flying up from fence just below barn and back into barn 16.10 as a woman approached, peering at the woman from top of barn as she peered at it at 16.13 then no further sign. The 'Upton Warren Eleven' returned to roost 16.30: Upton Warren must be one of the best sites in the country to get prolonged, close views of Curlews-- let's hope in a few years they are still to be seen here like this and it's not a case of "Remember when we used to see Curlews? What a wonderful bird they were"
The wintering flock seems to have stablised in recent years - the lowest half-monthly maxima from each winter period have been as follows:

13/14 - 11
14/15 - 10
15/16 - 12
16/17 - 13
17/18 - 10
18/19 - 11
19/20 - 11
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Hi all

Do you think the curlew are the same birds - or is 10-13 an average size for a flock?
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Do you think the curlew are the same birds - or is 10-13 an average size for a flock?
I fully expect the flock to largely comprise of the same birds but with an average life expectancy of only 5 years there must be some turnover year on year to maintain these numbers - mind you the oldest ever recorded Curlew was some 32 years 7 months!
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Thanks Phil

I wonder if there is a way to identify them if I take pics of each one - might not work though!
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I wonder if there is a way to identify them if I take pics of each one - might not work though!
We have had several ringed birds before but I don't recall one being recorded in consecutive years (or indeed lingering any great length of time).
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Birding Moors Tuesday 21st Jan

MOORS: 95% frozen at 7.30am..only ice free around East island, hook and Lagoon. Last thing the ice had melted ong the whole east side .
little grebe 3. Little egret. Mute swan 2. Cormorant 10. Greylag c35. Canadas 120+
Shoveler 37. Gadwall 8. Teal 50+. Mallard 40. Shelduck 7. Tufted 38.
Water rail 8-10. Coot 14.
Snipe 35. Jack snipe . Lapwing 65. Curlew 11.
BHG c400 (150 roosted on ice in middle of pool late on).
Herring gull 3. LBBG 10.
Green woodpecker. Great spotted w 2. Nuthatch on NM feeders.
Fieldfare 5. Song thrush 4 singing am. Redwing.
Starling 30. Pied wag 2.
Cpal tit 2. Chaffinch 5 + 6 reed buntings(west feeders).
Cetti's 2 singing.
With 3 Bittern at Ladywalk NR and 1 at Marsh Lane NR Mike W and myself stayed until dark checking pver the reed beds. Its been 5 years since any sign if one on tbe Reserve. To improve views from the Jacobs hide to the north, next week we will be trimming the area between the two west hides.
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