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Old Saturday 9th February 2019, 15:16   #37426
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Here is the email sent to the Trust this week

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I was at Upton Warren on Sunday 3 February and spotted a female great grey shrike from the Moors car park. The bird was in a tall spindly tree on the pathway by the gate which leads to Water Rail hide etc. Sadly no one was there to witness it with me so I assume it will remain an unconfirmed sighting - I still thought that you would want to know to be aware that maybe the bird is still in the area.
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I recall being phoned one Sunday morning that an old couple had claimed a GGshrike at the FLASHES feeding station. The person phoning me showed them a picture of a female Bullfinch and they said yes thst was it.... later that day the Crofty boysenior and myself were in the same hide as the old couple..when after a few minutes Paul C shouted "Great grey shrike !!Great grey shrike."!!.
thinking it was just a joke we xmcasually said where
To our amazement there it was 25 yards away at the top of a bush...so the morale of the story is never say never john
A female G.G.Shrike?
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Old Saturday 9th February 2019, 16:03   #37427
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So that was effectively looking across the North Moors to the spindle bush? Female Bullfinch would be where my money is resting.
Depends if they had bins etc on it....
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Old Saturday 9th February 2019, 17:30   #37428
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So that was effectively looking across the North Moors to the spindle bush? Female Bullfinch would be where my money is resting.
No, on a SPINDLY tree on pathway to West Hide from Gate!!! not Spindle tree.

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I note that Rare Bird map has jumped the gun again and reported seen TODAY!!!
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Old Saturday 9th February 2019, 18:21   #37429
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No, on a SPINDLY tree on pathway to West Hide from Gate!!! not Spindle tree.

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I note that Rare Bird map has jumped the gun again and reported seen TODAY!!!
What can you believe nowadays
Sorry, it was the use of the phrase "Water Rail Hide" that threw me - if it had said Concrete Hide ....
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Old Sunday 10th February 2019, 06:45   #37431
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Sightings for yesterday from Gert, Carl and Tim:

MOORS POOL
Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 2 Snipe, Little Egret, Shelduck, 28 Pochard, 36 Shoveler, 9 Greylag Geese, Coal Tit

SAILING POOL
3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck

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c70 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swans, 47 Teal, 2 LBB Gull, 3 Linnet
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Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor

Great Grey Shrike is a rare occurrence in the region on autumn passage and again as a winter visitor from its Continental breeding range (predominately Scandinavia). Birds have been known to be faithful to regular wintering grounds several years in a row (eg the run of records from Cannock Chase, Staffordshire) and it remains the most commonly recorded shrike in the West Midlands area. There are four accepted records at Upton Warren:-

3rd November to 31st December 1974 - Moors Pool (NJR)
25th December 1975 to 8th February 1976 - Moors Pool (Arthur Jacobs)
24th to 25th October 1993 - The Flashes (L. Jones)
14th April 1998 - The Moors Pool (Vince Garvey, K. Moore)

It is eminently possible that the 1974 and 1975/76 records relate to the same bird returning the following year, a feature often noted with wintering Great Grey Shrikes. The 1993 bird was first seen by a lone observer in the early afternoon of the 24th in the dead oak tree which overlooked the Flashes’ feeding station. The bird disappeared, only to return to the same spot later in the day, just an hour before dusk, to perch no more than ten yards in front of the hide before flying away across the Flashes. It was finally recorded briefly the following morning, perched on one of the low cables of the transmitter masts in the field to the west of the Flashes. The 1998 record - which I missed by a matter of seconds - was seen briefly on the telegraph wires on the east side of the Moors Pool, possibly brought on to the reserve by unseasonably cold and snowy conditions.

A potential fifth record was seen for 45 minutes on 11th October 2005 in trees and the hedge between the transmitter mast and the west boundary of the Flashes. Unfortunately this sighting was never submitted to the County Recorder and therefore is not included in the records for the reserve.

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Old Sunday 10th February 2019, 07:50   #37433
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Cormorant

Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

As promised to Phil Evans, here is a quick canter through the history and distribution of Cormorant on the reserve.

The species was first reported at Upton Warren on the 3rd April 1947 (AJ Martin). It is now present on the reserve (particularly on the Moors Pool) throughout the year and appears to be an increasingly numerous and frequent visitor (the West Midlands population reportedly grew four-fold between 1979 and 2001).

Cormorant was only a sporadic visitor to the reserve through the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. The infrequency of these visits is illustrated by the 1985 Annual Report which lists just three records each comprising just one bird, all remaining just for one day. 1992 was the first year to report a presence throughout the year and numbers have continued to increase since. The species showed a marked dip in records in the late 1990s (possibly as a result of culling) but numbers rose again in a sustained manner from 2006 onwards to peak at 73 at the Moors Pool on the 12th January 2014 (Vern Wright).

Birds present in the late 1980s were observed to roost on the BBC transmitter masts whilst by the early 1990s those Cormorants which fed on the Moors Pool during the day would depart late afternoon to Westwood Pool to roost; nowadays birds are present throughout the day. A ringed bird was observed at the Moors Pool on the 27th August 2006 with a red and green BTO ring on its right leg and a blue ring on its left leg carrying the inscription “M6” in white; sadly it could not be traced. Single birds of the Continental race Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis were seen on a number of occasions in early 2001 with another at the Moors Pool on the 1st February 2002. The presence of Cormorant is a good indicator as to the state of the fish-stock at the Moors Pool and, by implication, its impact on other species such as Common Tern and the grebes. With Cormorants generally just taking large fish (they have been observed to catch roach, perch and eels), their increased number would suggest a detrimental increase in the population of the larger fish. These fish prey upon the smaller fish which are the main food source of the terns and grebes.

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Old Sunday 10th February 2019, 10:53   #37434
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Sightings for yesterday from Gert, Carl and Tim:

MOORS POOL
Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 2 Snipe, Little Egret, Shelduck, 28 Pochard, 36 Shoveler, 9 Greylag Geese, Coal Tit

SAILING POOL
3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck

FLASHES
c70 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swans, 47 Teal, 2 LBB Gull, 3 Linnet
Also had a small Peregrine flying south off one of the small transmitters, and a fox outside the fence over by the water treatment works
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Old Sunday 10th February 2019, 10:56   #37435
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Date for your diaries:

The West Midlands Spring All-Day Birdwatch is confirmed as Saturday 4th May this year - would be great to see as many observers as possible down on the reserve throughout the day
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Old Sunday 10th February 2019, 10:57   #37436
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390 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 50 Teal and 5 Meadow Pipit in front of hide.

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Old Sunday 10th February 2019, 10:59   #37437
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From a wet Moors Pool Dave J reports:

2 Little Egret, Shelduck, 29 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, Oystercatcher, 62+ Snipe, Curlew
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At Moors-

1 Shelduck, Pochard up to 40, 200+ Lapwing from Flashes, 1 Oystercatcher, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel over.

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From a wet Moors Pool Dave J reports:

2 Little Egret, Shelduck, 29 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, Oystercatcher, 62+ Snipe, Curlew
Also up to 4 Coal Tit around the Moors Pool and Chiffchaff along the Salwarpe as per Gert
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Tuesday 12th February WORK PARTY-FLASHES

This Tuesday we will be moving to the FLASHES.
Primarily to assist Nick the Fox fencing Contractor.
This will involve us pruning the Blackthorn along the Meadow section of the Fencing.
We will also cut back blackthorn thicket that is encroaching on to the east shore of the 2nd Flash.

The reed bed in the meadow has been treated and should be dead now. So to create a more open vista to the benefit of breeding waders, we will brush cut the reeds and leave them in Situ..so NO RAKING
Meet at the SAILING POOL car park 8.45 or at Flashes if you arrive later. Wellies will be required to access the work site.
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Given Dave's count of Snipe at the Moors this morning it will be interesting to see what you find at the Flashes.
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Arrived on the reserve at around 10 and saw the following:

Sailing Pool-

3 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck (m+f), 6 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, Black-Headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gull over, Carrion Crow, Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 1 Blackbird, 2 Wren, 1 Great Tit and 1 Long-Tailed Tit.

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4 Mute Swan over, 7 Canada Goose, 23 Mallard, 50 Teal, 9 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant over, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Curlew, 400+ Lapwing, 28 Black-Headed Gull, 21 Woodpigeon, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Raven over transmitter field, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch over, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch (m), 2 Pied Wagtail and 5 Meadow Pipit feeding in front of the hide.

Moors-

2 Mute Swan, 13 Canada Goose, 28 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck on North Moors, Mallard, 23 Shoveler, 28 Teal, 40 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, 4 Grey Heron, 22 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 200+ Lapwing flew in from the Flashes, only 1 Snipe, 115+ Black-Headed Gull, 40 Woodpigeon over North Moors, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch and 1 Pied Wagtail.

Almost certainly 2 Oystercatcher on the reserve. Since earlier post the Lapwing flock at the Flashes hit 400+ birds and Curlew increased to 8. Pochard numbered 40 birds. Only saw the 1 Snipe which was surprising and no Grebe species at all. 43 species in total today

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Barn Owl flew by the West Hide at the Moors Pool at 5:20pm as per Tim O.
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This Tuesday we will be moving to the FLASHES.
Primarily to assist Nick the Fox fencing Contractor.
This will involve us pruning the Blackthorn along the Meadow section of the Fencing.
We will also cut back blackthorn thicket that is encroaching on to the east shore of the 2nd Flash.

The reed bed in the meadow has been treated and should be dead now. So to create a more open vista to the benefit of breeding waders, we will brush cut the reeds and leave them in Situ..so NO RAKING
Meet at the SAILING POOL car park 8.45 or at Flashes if you arrive later. Wellies will be required to access the work site.
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hi John ,just some thing that stuck me yesterday but couldn't judge from the hide. Could a hungry fox jump from the top of that new oak tree stump to the top of the fence? Will the fence need a bit more height in that area?
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funny how a change mind can turn out for the best, after spending my 1st 1/2 hour in the moors west hide then decided to walk over to the flashes within 2
minutes of leaving it started to hail so I turned tail and went back and had an enjoyable hour and half . GSW .Blue, Great,Long Tailed and Coal tit,Robin.Reed Bunting, Green finch all on the feeders with Chaffinch & Dunnock below. Greylag flying in and out Oystercatcher and shelduck also. brief sight of a raptor flying into Ed;reserve but the highlight was the Barn Owl 1st spotted 17.15 towards the farm behind the sailing pool,probably would not of seen it if the willows had not been pollarded ,5 mins later it was spotted over the east side then it flew over the water towards the west hide successfully catching something in front of the concrete hide (hope someone was in there they would of got a great photo).10 mins later it was hunting over the east side towards the farm again.
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hi John ,just some thing that stuck me yesterday but couldn't judge from the hide. Could a hungry fox jump from the top of that new oak tree stump to the top of the fence? Will the fence need a bit more height in that area?
Not seen the stump yet Tim..will have a look on Tuesday and speak to Nick (fence contractor) if any doubts.
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This Tuesday we will be moving to the FLASHES.
Primarily to assist Nick the Fox fencing Contractor.
This will involve us pruning the Blackthorn along the Meadow section of the Fencing.
We will also cut back blackthorn thicket that is encroaching on to the east shore of the 2nd Flash.

The reed bed in the meadow has been treated and should be dead now. So to create a more open vista to the benefit of breeding waders, we will brush cut the reeds and leave them in Situ..so NO RAKING
Meet at the SAILING POOL car park 8.45 or at Flashes if you arrive later. Wellies will be required to access the work site.
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John,
What time will you be opening the gate?
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The first Avocet of the year has returned to the Flashes as per Bob Williams
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From the Moors Pool this morning Andy P reports:

Oystercatcher still, Lapwing c100, Snipe 8, Curlew, Shelduck 2, Gadwall 2, Pochard c50, Teal 26, Shoveler 16, Kingfisher.
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