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Old Saturday 8th February 2020, 11:06   #39376
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Barn owl caught on camera just before the sun disappeared Thursday at the flashes- best part of the day with fabulous sunshine, but very cold! This guy posed for just a short moment before being mobbed by several gulls, sending him on his return to the barn to the far right of the hide.
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Old Saturday 8th February 2020, 12:02   #39377
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 07:52   #39378
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At a wind-lashed Flashes this morning Dave J reports:

3 Avocet, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl, 10 Curlew, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 8 Shelduck, 155 Lapwing, 8 Herring Gull, 65 LBB Gull, 2900+ BH Gulls
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 09:49   #39379
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From an equally gale-driven Moors Pool Dave reportd:

3 Oystercatcher, 35+ Snipe, 8 Gadwall, 24 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 5 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe

WeBS count (somewhat limited I would have thought) to follow.
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 13:34   #39380
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A slightly belated thanks to Sue and Andy Gibbon for a generous donation last Friday to the seed fund - much appreciated.

I still have an unclaimed silver brooch found on the floor of the main Flashes hide recently [previously posted]. If anyone knows anything about the owner please let me know.
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 16:29   #39381
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First winter Common Gull at the Flashes this evening as per Tim.
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:33   #39382
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Tuesday 11th and Tuesday 18th Work party FLASHES

For the next 2 Tuesday's we will be working at the FLASHES .
The work to be carried out will include:-
Installing 2 Shelduck nest boxes.
Brush Cutting parts of sedge and reed beds.
Hedge trimming.
Clearing channel in front of hide.
Generally readying the site for the forthcoming breeding season.
Sorry for any inconvenience to anyone birding..if you sre birding I suggest you get to the FLASHES before 8 or go to the Moors and the birds will come over from the Flashes at 9.
Tony is cake making john
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 18:49   #39383
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Hi John

Where are you putting the shelduck next boxes? I looked them up! Are you putting in the buried boxes with the tubes to the water?

I hope it works - I saw shelduck mating at the moors yesterday! I really like them :)
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Old Sunday 9th February 2020, 20:12   #39384
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late at the flashes this evening.Teal 44,Gadwall 7. Shelduck 5, Shoveler 28, Mallards, Avocet 3, Lapwing 151, Curlew 8, BHG 1500 ,LBBG 200c Herring Gull 18, Common Gull 1st winter, small flock of starling, Buzzard.
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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 07:51   #39385
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From the Moors Pool this morning Andy A reports:

6 Shelduck, 28 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 33 Tufted Duck, 25 Teal, 2 female Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 GC Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 140 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, c80 Fieldfare
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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 07:59   #39386
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

1 Shelduck (5 earlier), 5 Shoveler, 8 Teal, Oystercatcher earlier, 10 Curlew, 146 Lapwing, c2500 BH Gull, Peregrine.

Little Egret over Sailing Pool first thing.
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Adult winter Mediterranean Gull at the Flashes as per Andy P.
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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 12:27   #39388
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Where are you putting the shelduck next boxes? I looked them up! Are you putting in the buried boxes with the tubes to the water?

I hope it works - I saw shelduck mating at the moors yesterday! I really like them :)
Putting them away from the water against fox fence by sewage works. Not quite sure where 2nd one is going yet. I will put pics on my Twitter site
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Adult winter Mediterranean Gull returned to the Flashes 4.30p.m.
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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 19:09   #39390
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A pair of Stonechat were at the flashes in front of the sewage works around noon today.
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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 19:32   #39391
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Thanks John

Hope they are successful :)
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Old Tuesday 11th February 2020, 06:00   #39392
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Sunday's WeBS counts were as follows courtesy of Dave J:

Avocet 3, Canada Goose 181, Coot 29, Cormorant 19, Curlew 10, Gadwall 8, Great Crested Grebe 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Heron 2, Greylag Goose 6, Lapwing 155, Little Grebe 2, Mallard 17, Moorhen at least 15, Mute Swan 6, Oystercatcher 3, Pochard 5, Shelduck 10, Shoveler 24, Snipe 35+, Teal 32, Tufted Duck 27, Water Rail 1+, Black-headed Gull 2900, Herring Gull 10, Lesser Black-backed Gull 65, Yellow-legged Gull 1
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Further reports yesterday (including from Richard Harbird) via BirdTrack comprised:

2 Barn Owl, 10 Shelduck, 36 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 4 GC Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher
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Upton Warren blockers

The last few weeks of 2019 saw two long-term "blockers" fall with records of Bearded Tit and Bewick's Swan. Looking at all species recorded on the reserve with five or more records, the Top 20 blockers are as follows (ignoring the "twitchability" of records):

1. 14th May 1992 - Quail
2. 9th January 1996 - Slavonian Grebe
3. 16th November 2003 - Long-tailed Duck
4. 1st November 2009 - Red-breasted Merganser
5. 15th April 2010 - Goshawk
6. 13th May 2010 - Long-eared Owl
7. 10th August 2010 - Turtle Dove
8. 11th October 2010 - Pectoral Sandpiper
9. 5th December 2010 - Tree Sparrow
10. 28th December 2011 - White-fronted Goose
11. 31st December - 2011 - Brent Goose
12. 31st August 2012 - Knot
13. 31st October 2012 - Water Pipit
14. 27th January 2013 - Waxwing
15. 24th April 2013 - Pied Flycatcher
16. 7th September 2013 - Willow Tit
17. 13th October 2013 - Gannet
18. 20th February 2014 - Pink-footed Goose
19. 5th March 2014 - Mealy Redpoll
20. 7th July 2014 - Ruddy Duck

Grey Partridge has been excluded from the analysis due to the complexities of released birds.
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Today's work party at the FLASHES

Many thanks to all 24 of the crew today...The weather was not pleasant and all the tasks were pretty heavy going..the weather making the going even harder. But Tony's cake was worth the toil

Tasks included:-
1.Heavily pruning a section of the overgrown public footpath hedgerow. The going was tough breaking through years of dead bramble and hawthorn before getting to the living hedge. We are lowering the height of the hedge for 2 reasons...firstly to reinvigorate the hawthorn and secondly to lessen the surprise attacks from Buzzards on the breeding birds. Making the area more open means that wader parents can see predators approaching and have more time to repel them.

2. Dug drainage channel in front of avocet hide. Tbis removes flood water from the downstairs floor and also provides a feeding area for waders

3. Installed 2 shelduck boxes , hopefully will encourage them to breed within the confines of the fox fence instead of running the gauntlet of breeding outside when foxes will take their young.

4. Cut a large area of reeds on the west and north side of
The 3rd Flash..this will now allow viewing into the 3rd Flash and also with the aid of grazing cattle provide feeding areas for waders and duck and hopefully stunt the growth of the reeds.

Thanks to Alan D. Andy A. Bob G. Bob O. Bobby P Bob R Charles. Chris S. Dave Hill. Ellen A. Graham L. Ian B. Ian J. Jim B. Julie W. Kim W. Nick F. Paul M. Ray C. Steve S. Steve T. Sue T. Tony B and me
Thanks Tony for cakes
Next week we will be back at FLASHES and Julie is cake making
Check my twitter for pics of todays work
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 112 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 25 Teal, 500 BH Gull, 5 LBB Gull, 2 Stonechat
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Birding the Reserve Tuesday 11th FEB

FLASHES:-
Teal 10. Shelduck 6. Mute swan pr. Greylag c15.
Coot 17
Snipe 1. JACK SNIPE 7. Curlew 11. Lapwing 150+. Oystercatcher 1.
BHG 1100. MED GULL ad winter. LBBG 40. Herring Gull 10.
Buzzard. BARN OWL 5.30PM.
Raven 2. Stock dove.
Stonechat 3. Redwing c10. Song thrush 2 singing.
Pied wag. Goldcrest.

SAILING POOL:-
GCG 3. Tufted 5. Oystercatcher.

MOORS :-
GCG. Little grebe. Little egret.
Cormorant 15.
Shoveler 29. Teal 45. Gadwall 4. Shelduck 9.
Tufted 30ish. Pochard 2.
Coot c10.
Snipe 10+. Lapwing c10.
Fieldfare 3.
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Today's highlights:

MOORS:
Shoveler (32)--------------------Shelduck (10). Roosted at the Flashes.
Gadwall (4)----------------------Teal (18)
Pochard (5)----------------------Wigeon (2 drakes). Dropped in mid morning.
Tufted Duck (35)----------------Snipe (min of 21)
G C Grebe (2)-------------------Little Grebe (2)
Little Egret (4)------------------Cormorant (20)
Water Rail-----------------------Stonechat (m). In front of west hide.
Coal Tit--------------------------B H Gull (c100)

FLASHES:
Curlew (11)---------------------Lapwing (c100)
Oystercatcher (1)---------------L B B Gull (175)
Herring Gull (25)----------------B H Gull (c2500)
Barn Owl right of the hide at 17.45
Chiffchaff (1). Feeding in area along boardwalk after Sailing Pool steps.
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Teal 10. Shelduck 6. Mute swan pr. Greylag c15.
Coot 17
Snipe 1. JACK SNIPE 7. Curlew 11. Lapwing 150+. Oystercatcher 1.
BHG 1100. MED GULL ad winter. LBBG 40. Herring Gull 10.
Buzzard. BARN OWL 5.30PM.
Raven 2. Stock dove.
Stonechat 3. Redwing c10. Song thrush 2 singing.
Pied wag. Goldcrest.

SAILING POOL:-
GCG 3. Tufted 5. Oystercatcher.
The roosting Black-headed Gulls included ringed bird T81U.
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From the Flashes this morning Phil W reports:

10 Curlew, 124 Lapwing, 3 Shelduck, 2 Snipe, 14 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 80 BH Gull, Oystercatcher, female Stonechat.
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