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Old Sunday 15th July 2018, 21:53   #36351
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Photos from New Hide today 15-07-2018
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Old Monday 16th July 2018, 04:49   #36352
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At the half-way point of July the monthly list has reached a very creditable 92 species. Possible additions for the remainder of July include (year ticks in bold):

Garganey, Dunlin, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Gull, any owl species, Collared Dove, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Yellowhammer

The average return for the month is 97 species with a peak of 100 (2014) and a low of 94 (2017).
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Old Monday 16th July 2018, 10:03   #36353
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From the Flashes this morning Phil W reports:

1 Avocet, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 22 Lapwing
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From the Moors Pool Phil W further reports:

3 Common Tern and 2 chicks, Great Crested Grebe with 1 Chick, 2 Green Sands, 1 Wigeon.
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Old Tuesday 17th July 2018, 03:28   #36355
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Meeting with Fence Contractor

On Tuesday 17th July ..I am meeting Andy Harris from the WWT and the feox fence contractor at the Flashes from 9am.
I am not sure if we are walking the line of the fence..
Whatever I will be birding early morning so if there is anything noteworthy we will not be entering the reserve.
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Old Tuesday 17th July 2018, 05:07   #36356
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On Tuesday 17th July ..I am meeting Andy Harris from the WWT and the feox fence contractor at the Flashes from 9am.
I am not sure if we are walking the line of the fence..
Whatever I will be birding early morning so if there is anything noteworthy we will not be entering the reserve.
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Old Tuesday 17th July 2018, 20:38   #36357
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Shots from the New Hide

Quiet at The Moors today. Some sporadic activity in front of the New Hide so a chance of a picture or two.
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Old Wednesday 18th July 2018, 06:46   #36358
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Yesterday at Reserve 17th July

An early start (5.45am).
The Flashes had dropped a little bit more since my last visit . But there is plenty of water in the southern side of the 2nd Flash some of which is flowing into the remaining moat around the main island. I'll try and post pics later. A walk around the fox fence line revealed more holes it's certainly seen better days.
Although the waders were few and far between passerines were performing better.
At least 2 juv and later a male Redstart were feeding in the hedgerows..behind main hide, bzck of cuckoo hide and the usual hedgerow in front of the transmitters. The 3 juv Cetti's warbler were being fed along the path between the bridge and cuckoo hide.
We did have 5 minutes of rain but we will need a bit more thsn that to have any effect.
Species count FLASHES:-
Teal . Avocet 1. LRP 4 (2juvs). Green sand. Common sand. Lapwing 39. Curlew 12. Snipe.
Water rail 3rd Flash
Stock dove 35-40. Green woodp. Swift 2. House Martin 30.
Redstart 3 probably 4. Cetti's w 4 (3 juv). Sedge warbler and blackcap singing
Pied wag juv.
Greenfinch at least 10 a welcome increase. Goldfinch 30+. Linnet 12. Bullfinch.
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Old Wednesday 18th July 2018, 09:27   #36359
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From the Flashes this morning Des reports:

1 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper (3 on the Sailing Pool), 1 Redstart (juv / fem), Common Gull, 48 LBB Gulls, c300 BH Gulls, 3 juvenile Cettis Warblers left of the main hide.
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Old Wednesday 18th July 2018, 17:30   #36360
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1 What Kind of Fool Am I?
2 Leaning On The Lamp Post Watching All The World Go By!
3 These Boots Were Made For Walking, One Of These Days...
4 Only The Lonely


From today . There were 3 LRPs noted definitely and rumours of a Yellow Legged Gull. Don't ask me I know nothing!
The Canadas seem to walk out of the undergrowth!
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At The Flashes Again.

1 HOW deep is this little hole?
2 From Cuckoo Hide - sometimes a different view helps.
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Old Wednesday 18th July 2018, 21:05   #36362
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/ N MOORS*
Yellow Legged Gull (3rd cal yr)----------Common Gull (1s)
Herring Gull (10)-------------------------L B B Gull (190). There would now appear to be a
regular influx around the middle of the day.
Wigeon (m)-------------------------------Gadwall (1)
Green Sand (2)---------------------------Common Tern (2)+ 3 chicks.
G C Grebe (1) + juv----------------------Little Grebe (4) + 2:2 chicks
Cormorant (4)-----------------------------Mute Swan (1)
B H Gull (c300)----------------------------Sedge Warbler (1) feeding young in front of east hide.
Teal (5)*-----------------------------------Water Rail (1)*
Sedge Warbler (1)*juv

FLASHES:
Curlew (11)--------------------------------Avocet (1)
Common Sand (1)-------------------------Lapwing (33)
LRP (3) inc 1 juv---------------------------Cetti's Warbler (3 juv) left of the main hide.
Common Gull (2s)-------------------------L B G Gull (48)
Herring Gull (2)----------------------------Yellow Legged Gull(3rd cal yr). Moors bird.
Redstart (juv/fem) feeding along hedge in transmitter field.

SAILING POOL:
Common Sand (3)-------------------------G C Grebe (2) + juv
Greylag Goose (10)

+ the second record of Small Red-eyed Damselfly (3) for the reserve seen at the N Moors (MJI/DAJ) and one Purple Hairstreak seen in the Hen Brook area (DAJ/JHWR).
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Looks very long legged and long winged in that second image?
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Looks very long legged and long winged in that second image?
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From the Flashes this morning Phil W reports:

12 Curlew, 1 Avocet, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 40 Lapwings, c200 Black-headed Gulls
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An early start (5.45am).
The Flashes had dropped a little bit more since my last visit . But there is plenty of water in the southern side of the 2nd Flash some of which is flowing into the remaining moat around the main island. I'll try and post pics later. A walk around the fox fence line revealed more holes it's certainly seen better days.
Although the waders were few and far between passerines were performing better.
At least 2 juv and later a male Redstart were feeding in the hedgerows..behind main hide, bzck of cuckoo hide and the usual hedgerow in front of the transmitters. The 3 juv Cetti's warbler were being fed along the path between the bridge and cuckoo hide.
We did have 5 minutes of rain but we will need a bit more thsn that to have any effect.
Species count FLASHES:-
Teal . Avocet 1. LRP 4 (2juvs). Green sand. Common sand. Lapwing 39. Curlew 12. Snipe.
Water rail 3rd Flash
Stock dove 35-40. Green woodp. Swift 2. House Martin 30.
Redstart 3 probably 4. Cetti's w 4 (3 juv). Sedge warbler and blackcap singing
Pied wag juv.
Greenfinch at least 10 a welcome increase. Goldfinch 30+. Linnet 12. Bullfinch.
Moors: The water level had dropped to 0.53 which is 25cm below the Spring high water level.
Species count: GCG ad +chick. Little grebe 8 (1 juv 1 small chick in front of East hide). Teal 2. Tufted 10 broods (1 contained 14 chicks). Lapwing 34. Green sand 2. LBBG 30. Herring gull 5. Common Gull. Common Tern or +3 chicks 1 very recently hatched.
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Many thanks to Gene Timmins for the kind donation of a squirrel proof feeder. It's great to see Gene is still active and continues to visit the reserve for her regular Sunday morning birding at the tender age of 92.
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Is that Gene Timmins's twin sister?

I wonder how many years the initials GET have appeared in the log book? A real stalwart of Upton.
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