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Coney Meadow and Adjoining Areas

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Old Sunday 26th March 2017, 21:07   #1576
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Further news from the patch over the past few days:

2 Coots on small pool between Hawford and Chatley.
Yellowhammer near Chatley
Singing Blackcaps in various places including Coney Meadow, Gorsey Bank, Salwarpe and Harford Hill.
2 Little Owls Ladywood
Peregrine seen over Ladywood and Coney/Salwarpe
Winter Thrushes beginning to decline in numbers

Canada Geese, Water Rails, Snipes, RL Partridges, Grey Herons, Cormorants, Meadow Pipits, Kestrels, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Chiffchaffs singing from every bit of suitable habitat, Coat Tits, both of the common woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Goldcrests, Tufted Duck, Ravens, Kingfishers, Reed Buntings, Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtails, Bullfinches, Jays, Stock Doves, etc.

Butterflies included 4 Brimstones, 3 Commas, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Peacocks.

A Pipistrelle was flying about in broad daylight at Salwarpe yesterday afternoon.

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Old Monday 27th March 2017, 19:35   #1577
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Redhead Goosander just flew over Coney heading south - new for the year.

One Swallow again this evening.

30 odd Meadow Pipits over flying north in two flocks.
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Old Tuesday 28th March 2017, 20:17   #1578
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60+ Sand Martins roosted at Coney this evening.

Snipe flew out of reedbed and 2 Canada Geese flew over.
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Old Wednesday 29th March 2017, 18:16   #1579
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Redhead Goosander just flew over Coney heading south - new for the year.

One Swallow again this evening.

30 odd Meadow Pipits over flying north in two flocks.
Any normal Mipits too? 😊
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Old Wednesday 29th March 2017, 21:24   #1580
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Any normal Mipits too? 😊
Ha! This is what happens when you type on a phone. I should've put a hyphen in there to make it pedant-proof. ;-)
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Old Thursday 30th March 2017, 14:02   #1581
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Three Lapwings between Hawford and Chatley this morning. Singing Yellowhammer also.
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Old Friday 31st March 2017, 09:26   #1582
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Willow Warbler at Tapenhall singing - new for the year.
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Old Friday 31st March 2017, 10:18   #1583
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Female Common Redstart near Hawford - new for the year. Also the earliest ever on the patch.
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Old Friday 31st March 2017, 21:40   #1584
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Another Willow Warbler this afternoon just west of Salwarpe.

Singing Yellowhammers between Chatley and Hawford and near Salwarpe.

73 species recorded in march and 78 total for Q1 2017.

This is somewhat less than last year - when 84 species had been noted by this time. The main factor is probably the generally dry conditions experienced this winter. Last years's floods attracted several species of wildfowl etc that haven't occurred yet this year.
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Old Saturday 1st April 2017, 20:42   #1585
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Singing Willow Warblers noted today at Linacre, Mildenham, Tapenhall and Salwarpe.
Singing Blackcaps widespread.
3 Gadwalls at Hawford (2 drakes).
Singing Redpoll over Coney Meadow.
Siskin over Mildenham
Several Meadow Pipits including a flock of 22 near Ladywood.
Just one Fieldfare seen but no Redwings at all.
A few hirundines flying through over Hawford this morning.
Water Rail calling from Coney reedbed this evening.
2 Coots between Hawford and Chatley and 2 Yellowhammers.
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Old Sunday 2nd April 2017, 07:22   #1586
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A pair of Mandarins at Hawford - new for the year.
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Old Sunday 2nd April 2017, 07:42   #1587
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Little Egret over Hawford.
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Old Sunday 2nd April 2017, 09:26   #1588
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Male Wheatear on 'the gallop' adjacent to Egg Lane. New for the year and the 80th species for 2017.
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Old Sunday 2nd April 2017, 18:55   #1589
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Two Greylags over Coney - another year tick.
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Old Sunday 2nd April 2017, 20:47   #1590
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Excellent views of a Barn Owl at Coney this evening.
A pair of Little Owls between Egg Lane and Jacob's Ladder this morning.
Another pair of Little Owls at Ladywood this afternoon.
A drake Mandarin flew from Mildenham to Tapenhall this morning.
A pair of Gadwall flying around there plus drake Tufted Duck.
One Swallow at Chatley perched on wires.
16 Meadow Pipits over near Tapenhall plus smaller groups elsewhere.
3 singing Willow Warblers in the Mildenham - Hawford area this morning.
3 Snipes at Coney Meadow this evening.
A single Fieldfare lingering around Salwarpe.
Displaying Ravens.
Much of the usual stuff.
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Old Wednesday 5th April 2017, 08:26   #1591
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A Sedge Warbler sang briefly 3 times from the eastern end of Coney this morning between 05:50 and 06:30 - new for the year.

7 Redwings this morning were the first I've seen for over a week and may be the last I'll see for a few months.

Very quiet the last couple of evenings - just a few Snipes flying out of the reeds at dusk.
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Old Wednesday 5th April 2017, 23:40   #1592
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just heard a bird flying over my house heading in westwoods direction (not a gull) never heard this call before.lets hope there's something good in the morning in the area.
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Old Friday 7th April 2017, 11:45   #1593
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A Little Egret flew over Mildenham and Tapenhall this morning.
Singing Willow Warbler at Linacre bridge.
Swallows at Chatley, Hawford, Mildenham, Porter's Mill and 2 at Tapenhall.
Gadwalls between Tapenhall and Hawford - at least 3.
Coots at Tapenhall pool and between Hawford and Chatley.
Lapwing over Hawford.
2 Redwings at Middleton Bank.
A few Meadow Pipits over.
Yellowhammers at Chatley and Jacob's Ladder.

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Old Friday 7th April 2017, 16:40   #1594
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Red Kite over Salwarpe - initially low down then circled up high. New for the year for me.
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A Redshank just flew over Egg Lane calling - a patch tick for me.

Three Lesser Redpolls near Tapenhall.

Mandarin drake flying about

Willow Warbler Linacre and a pair of Gadwall

Two Greylags over Coney earlier.
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Old Sunday 9th April 2017, 09:06   #1596
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A cracking male Wheatear at Ladywood. Little Owl also.
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Old Sunday 9th April 2017, 13:57   #1597
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Wheatear still present early afternoon perched on rubble by green barn.
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Old Monday 10th April 2017, 08:23   #1598
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Two Redwings in trees at Gorsey Bank this morning and a Willow Warbler by Chawson Lane allotments. Further birds over the last few days as follows:

Kingfisher Tapenhall, Grey Wagtails, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs now abundant, 1 Willow Warbler Linacre still, Mandarin drake flying around Mildenham, 4 Greylags over in flocks of Canadas on Sunday. A few Yellowhammers in various places, a couple of pairs of Coot, Swallows widespread but not yet at full strength, Bullfinches, Coal Tits, Cormorants, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Skylarks, a few Meadow Pipits over, Nuthatch, Goldcrests, etc.
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Old Tuesday 11th April 2017, 06:24   #1599
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Reed Warbler singing and showing well at Porter's Mill along the canal just up from the fisherman's car park. New for the year. 1 Sand Martin over.

Gadwall drake at Tapenhall
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Common Whitethroat near Tapenhall singing - new for the year. Sedge Warbler singing also nearby. Reed Warbler still near Porter's Mill.
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