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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 11:10   #37651
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A few pics enclosed showing the erosion of the new islands. They are eroding at an alarming rate.
Presumably the water level is very high at the moment, though?

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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 20:10   #37652
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SAILING POOL midday:-
Mute Swan 4, Greylag 2pr, Canada Geese 58, GCG 6, Buzzard 3, Peregrine 1, Chiffchaff 1s, [Sand Martin 5 reported]

MOORS:-
GCG 5, 2 displaying. Little Grebe present. Little Egret 5, Cormorant 6. Mute swan 2. Shoveler 28. Teal 21+. Gadwall 4pr. Shelduck 3. Pochard 7. Tufted 35+ Water Rail 2 Snipe 5+. Lapwing 4. Oystercatcher 3. Hybrid Gull 1, Herring Gull pr. + Iw. Buzzard 5.Great Spotted Woodpecker 2. Curlew 1 (later seen on Flashes)Chiffchaff 2 singing. Cetti's 3 singing. BLACKCAP 1 singing

FLASHESat 6pm:-
Teal 12. Shelduck 4. AVOCET 7, LRP 2
BHG 750. Herring gull 2.
Green woodpecker.
Cetti's w singing. Chiffchaff 2s
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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 20:15   #37653
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Contractor at Moors Thursday 21st March

Tomorrow Neil the contractor will be spraying crassula in the Broadmeadow section of the Moors pool.
He will be on site from 8.30am.
This work is needed to control this highly invasive species of wetland plant, if left unchecked the pool will be far less attractive to wetland species of bird, plant and invertebrate.
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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 20:45   #37654
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SAILING POOL midday:-
Mute Swan 4, Greylag 2pr, Canada Geese 58, GCG 6, Buzzard 3, Peregrine 1, Chiffchaff 1s, [Sand Martin 5 reported]

MOORS:-
GCG 5, 2 displaying. Little Grebe present. Little Egret 5, Cormorant 6. Mute swan 2. Shoveler 28. Teal 21+. Gadwall 4pr. Shelduck 3. Pochard 7. Tufted 35+ Water Rail 2 Snipe 5+. Lapwing 4. Oystercatcher 3. Hybrid Gull 1, Herring Gull pr. + Iw. Buzzard 5.Great Spotted Woodpecker 2. Curlew 1 (later seen on Flashes)Chiffchaff 2 singing. Cetti's 3 singing. BLACKCAP 1 singing

FLASHESat 6pm:-
Teal 12. Shelduck 4. AVOCET 7, LRP 2
BHG 750. Herring gull 2.
Green woodpecker.
Cetti's w singing. Chiffchaff 2s
3 Little Ringed Plover at the Flashes as per Craig J

Think this is the first record of singing Blackcap this spring
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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 21:47   #37655
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Bad news my laptop looks to have a virus of some kind so won't be able to post any photos until I get it fixed.
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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 11:12   #37656
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At the Flashes this morning Phil W reports:

8 Avocet, 2 Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Shelduck, 1 Curlew, 4 Teal, 6 Lapwings, 2 Little Ringed Plover
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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 16:44   #37657
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Presumably the water level is very high at the moment, though?

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You're right, the water is higher but the island edge has eroded away. I can't see it coming back when the level recedes.
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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 22:00   #37658
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Great crested grebe today 21-03-2019
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 08:38   #37659
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Thank you for these great photos. It was this sort of display that inspired me to take up birding as a teenager (a long time ago - I can just about remember).
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 08:48   #37660
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

Redshank flew in at 0830, 9 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 10 Lapwing, 3 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 10 Teal, BH Med Gull hybrid.

Peregrine plus 2 Little Egret at the Sailing Pool.
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 15:26   #37661
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

Redshank flew in at 0830, 9 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 10 Lapwing, 3 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 10 Teal, BH Med Gull hybrid.

Peregrine plus 2 Little Egret at the Sailing Pool.
Avocet numbers had increased to 10 at lunchtime as per Gert
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 19:41   #37662
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Another ringed BHG

A BHG with a yellow ring with 2A23 written in black was observed at the Flashes this morning. It doesn't appear on the list that Phil Andrews published recently of birds that have been seen at Upton Warren on previous occasions.
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A BHG with a yellow ring with 2A23 written in black was observed at the Flashes this morning. It doesn't appear on the list that Phil Andrews published recently of birds that have been seen at Upton Warren on previous occasions.
Cheers Andy

Yes, a new bird - this one originating from the North Thames Gull Group. I will follow up the details.
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At the Moors Pool this morning:

65 Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 4 Shelduck, 6 GC Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 12 Snipe. 6 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk.

A male Blackcap sang briefly and showed near the walkway to the North Moors hide.

A Mistle Thrush was singing from a tree in the field to the north of the North Moors trail.

3 Cetti's Warblers were in song, with one showing well near the Jacobs hide (a further one was heard at the Flashes).

In addition to the Tufted Duck on the Moors Pool there were at least 12 on the Sailing Pool. 7 GC Grebe were also present on this body of water.
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From the Moors Pool Tim O and Carl J report:

2+ Swallows (first of the year), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, Coal Tit, Blackcap, Little Egret, just 3 Pochard
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From the Flashes Mike W reports:

Avocet 3, Little Ringed Plover 1, Lapwing 8, Shelduck 2, Shoveler 9, Chiffchaff 2, Cetti's Warbler 1.

Also a pair of Bullfinch (scarce in recent weeks) at the Sailing Pool
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Earliest Spring migrant dates

Chiffchaff (singing) - 18th February (2019)
Common Sandpiper - 21st February (1984)
Sand Martin - 28th February (2019)

Little Ringed Plover - 4th March (2018)
White Wagtail - 13th March (1977)
Wheatear - 15th March (2008, 2017)
Garganey - 15th March (1963, 1964)
House Martin - 16th March (2008)
Blackcap (singing) - 19th March (2007)
Swallow - 20th March (1998)
Marsh Harrier - 20th March (2014)
Ring Ouzel - 22nd March (1969)
Willow Warbler - 23rd March (2010)
Whimbrel - 26th March (1992)
Osprey - 28th March (2018)
Sedge Warbler - 29th March (1998)
Yellow Wagtail - 29th March ( 1993)

Common Tern - 2nd April (2002, 2011)
Sandwich Tern - 2nd April (2016)
Redstart - 3rd April (2002)
Hobby - 4th April (1987)
Reed Warbler - 4th April (2017)
Pied Flycatcher - 4th April (1980)
Whitethroat - 9th April (2010)
Hoopoe - 9th April (2011)
Grasshopper Warbler - 9th April (2015)
Lesser Whitethroat - 11th April (2017)
Cuckoo - 12th April (1974, 2013, 2015)
Swift - 13th April (1996)
Tree Pipit - 13th April (1993)
Whinchat - 14th April (1971)
Wood Warbler - 14th April (2000)
Black Tern - 16th April (2015)
Garden Warbler - 16th April (2014)
Arctic Tern - 17th April (2008, 2009)
Little Tern - 18th April (2002)
Spotted Flycatcher - 22nd April (2006)
Greenland Wheatear - 24th April (2005)
Nightingale - 25th April (1999)
Bluethroat - 26th April (2011)
Blue-headed Wagtail - 26th April (1970, 1978)
Turtle Dove - 30th April (1986)

Golden Oriole - 13th May (2000)
Quail - 14th May (1992)
Red-necked Phalarope - 25th May (1999)
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From the Flashes Mike W reports:

Avocet 3, Little Ringed Plover 1, Lapwing 8, Shelduck 2, Shoveler 9, Chiffchaff 2, Cetti's Warbler 1.

Also a pair of Bullfinch (scarce in recent weeks) at the Sailing Pool
Carl J updates there are now 5 Avocet and 2 LRP

Raven present on Wednesday evening as per Tim O
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From the Flashes Mike W reports:

Avocet 3, Little Ringed Plover 1, Lapwing 8, Shelduck 2, Shoveler 9, Chiffchaff 2, Cetti's Warbler 1.

Aso a pair of Bullfinch (scarce in recent weeks) at the Sailing Pool
Also three - m & 2f - around NM hide & feeders
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Made a fleeting visit this afternoon at 3pm with the following species noted-

Sailing Pool-

2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 8 Greylag Goose, 11 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Black-Headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail.

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1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher in transmitter field, 10 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 45 Canada Goose (mostly in transmitter field), 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 6 Mallard, 18 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 330 Black-Headed Gull and 2 Stock Dove.

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9 Siskin along the east track at the Moors Pool plus 3 Avocet early afternoon as per Gert
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Pic of one of the siskins

Hi all

Thanks to the couple who pointed them out to me :)
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Also finally got a decent pic of a wren!

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Yes, a new bird - this one originating from the North Thames Gull Group. I will follow up the details.
Same ringed bird there this afternoon.
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