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Coney Meadow and Adjoining Areas

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Old Monday 19th June 2017, 18:42   #1701
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Given our seasonal visitors (Cuckoo) you may find this podcast of interest. From last year but fascinating stuff.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07gfft2


Nick Davies on cuckoos

The Life Scientific








Nick Davies has been teasing apart the dark relationship between the cuckoo and the birds it tricks into bringing up its young, for more than three decades. The Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge has spent more than 30 springs and summers on nearby fenland of watching, recording and crucially experimenting. Nick's studies have deployed simple yet ingenious experiments, among the reed beds where the birds nest. They have involved mock eggs, stuffed birds and miniature loudspeakers, to piece together the cuckoo's dark story. He has even swopped cuckoo chicks with blackbird nestlings in the nests of the feathered parasite's victims. No birds are harmed in his revealing tests.

Prof Davies also talks to Jim al-Khalili about the origins of his life with birds, and the revolution in animal behaviour science beginning as he began his scientific career. Ideas about the selfish gene and game theory, along with DNA fingerprint in the 1980's, transformed the research of zoologists asking 'why' questions about what animals do.
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Old Sunday 25th June 2017, 06:14   #1702
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A Curlew just flew over Tapenhall and Mildenham. New for the year.
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Old Sunday 25th June 2017, 21:19   #1703
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Liittle Grebe between Hawford and Chatley this morning. A drake Tufted Duck there on Friday.

Male and female Cuckoos at Coney on Friday plus a male at Tapenhall. None heard this morning.

Other species recorded this weekend include Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Raven, Sand Martins, Swallows, Swifts, House Martins, Yellowhammers, Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whtethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Nuthatches, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Grey Herons, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Skylarks and Reed Buntings.
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Old Sunday 25th June 2017, 23:10   #1704
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13 Glow Worms counted this evening - the earliest date I've recorded them here.

3 were on Gorsey Bank, 1 by the allotments, 1 on the railway track and 8 along the verges of the Roman Way.
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Old Wednesday 28th June 2017, 08:05   #1705
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An incomplete survey last night revealed 22 female Glow Worms (including 12 new ones):

3 on the railway track
1 by the allotments
3 along the grass verge north of the railway bridge
15 along the verges south of the railway bridge

Gorsey Bank and Hopyard Wood not surveyed.

Looks like it's going to be wet for the next few days so the next survey likely over the weekend.
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Old Friday 30th June 2017, 11:09   #1706
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A Hobby near Knight's Grove this morning perched on a telegraph pole.
Little Grebe and drake Tufted Duck between Hawford and Chatley.
Little Owl near Egg Lane.
Cuckoo at Tapenhall pool.

2 Ravens, Yellowhammers, usual warblers including 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Swallows, House Martins , 1 Sand Martin100+ Swifts around Coney, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Buzzards, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Juvenile Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers seen plus a juv Treecreeper being fed by its parent.

Insects included Marbled White and Red Admiral.
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Old Monday 3rd July 2017, 08:10   #1707
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Yesterday's sightings on the patch:

Little Grebe still between Chatley and Hawford plus family party of Canada Geese.
1 Cormorant over Chatley.
Yellowhammers singing in several areas.
Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats (2 singing near Tapenhall), Common Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Kestrels, Buzzards, Linnets, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, House Martins, Swifts, Mistle Thrushes, Coal Tits, Goldcrests, Treecreeper, Stock Doves.

100+ Swallows roosted at Coney yesterday evening plus 5 Sand Martins.

Insects included Black-tailed Skimmer, Essex Skipper and Scarlet tiger Moth.

Glow-worm Counts:

Saturday evening: 23 (incomplete survey)
Sunday evening: 33 (3 Gorsey Bank, 2 Hopyard Wood, 2 near allotments, 2 Railway track and the rest along the verges of the Roman Way). All in all around 10 new ones.
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Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 10:46   #1708
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An immaculate male Redstart near Mildenham this morning. Elusive at first and then showing very well in hedge by freshly cut hay meadow.

Two Hobbies together over the same area.

Little Grebe and Cormorant between Chatley and Hawford.

Little Owl near Sinton Lane Farm - perched in tree calling - a new site for this species.
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Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 23:12   #1709
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Around 200 hirundines roosted at Coney this evening - mainly Swallows and a few Sand Martins. A large female Sparrowhawk flew over with prey in its talons.

21 Glow worms seen this evening - 2 Hopyard Wood, 5 on railway track, 1 on railway cutting and the rest along the verges of the Roman Way. About 6 were new ones.

Other insects seen today included Common Blue butterfly, Marbled White, Essex Skipper and Black-tailed Skimmer.

Other birds seen today included Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Treecreepers, various warblers, Buzzards and Ravens.
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Old Thursday 13th July 2017, 22:25   #1710
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Hobby over , between Mildenham and Hadley
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Old Friday 14th July 2017, 21:11   #1711
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Just returned from a short trip (4 days) seeing some friends in the Limousin. A nice selection of birds seen - pretty typical of central France. My highlights were a family party of Red-backed Shrikes ( inc 2 juvs), Honey Buzzards, Black Kites, lots of Golden Orioles, Middle-spotted Woodpeckers, Melodious Warblers, Black Redstarts, Turtle Dove, Serin, Firecrests, Stonechats, Hobbies, Woodlarks and Marsh Tits - all within a few hundred yards of the accommodation.

Other species seen included many Hummingbird Hawk Moths, Jersey Tiger Moths, Scarce Swallowtails, Clouded Yellow, Small Heaths, Red Squirrels, Roe Deers and a couple of Coypu.

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just a quiet walk this evening.1st three photos Kestrel with a white tail????
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Old Sunday 16th July 2017, 07:36   #1713
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Little Egret Coney Meadow just dropped onto the river.
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Old Sunday 16th July 2017, 11:54   #1714
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A female Redstart in hedge between Mildenham and Chatley this morning.

Little Grebe and Cormorant nearby.

Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Yellowhammer, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Bullfinches, , Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards and most of the common warblers.
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Old Sunday 16th July 2017, 23:01   #1715
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A Hobby over Coney Meadow this evening.

150 or so Swallows roosted plus a few Sand Martins. 40+ Swifts over Droitwich.

2 juv Whitwthroats.

Two Noctule bats.

18 Glow worms counted - 1 Gorsey Bank, 3 Hopyard Wood, 2 allotments area, 3 on railway track and the rest along the Roman Way. At least 5 new ones.
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 10:57   #1716
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Just returned from a short trip (4 days) seeing some friends in the Limousin. A nice selection of birds seen - pretty typical of central France. My highlights were a family party of Red-backed Shrikes ( inc 2 juvs), Honey Buzzards, Black Kites, lots of Golden Orioles, Middle-spotted Woodpeckers, Melodious Warblers, Black Redstarts, Turtle Dove, Serin, Firecrests, Stonechats, Hobbies, Woodlarks and Marsh Tits - all within a few hundred yards of the accommodation.

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My best pic of the male Red-backed Shrike from last week in France. Would be very nice to find one of these on the patch.
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Juvenile Redstart between Mildenham and Hawford in isolated Hawthorn bush on hillside.
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An adult male Redstart near Chatley today.

Little Egret and Hobby around Hawford.
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25 Glow worms seen this evening - at least 5 new ones.
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A large female Peregrine perched on pylon near Middleton Grange this morning.

Hobby over Tapenhall carrying avian prey.

A Cormorant over Coney Meadow.
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Willow Warblers atarting to trickle back through -with bright juveniles noted around Chatley and Hawford this morning.

A female-type Redstart between Mildenham and Chatley - the hedges around the small hayfields and pastures around here are often a hotspot for this species at this time of year.

A Hobby flew over Chatley area.

A Common Tern near Hawford briefly.

An adult and two well-grown Little Owls sat in the oak tree in Linacres paddocks near Egg Lane.

Up to 10 Cormorants flying around.
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11 Glow worms found last night - with just one new one. Not the best conditions - very damp.
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Little Egret Coney Meadow perched in tree along the river.
Female Redstart between Mildenham and Chatley.
Juvenile Little Owl Linacres paddocks.
Juv Willow Warbler Mildenham
Sedge Warbler, Reed Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammer, 2 Ravens, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards.

Painted Lady, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Brown Hawkers, Southern Hawkers
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A Tree Pipit just flew over my house and called 3 times.
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Yellow Wagtail over Egg Lane calling.

Female Redstart at Ladywood earlier and Little Owl.

Little Grebe between Hawford and Chatley.

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