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Old Sunday 2nd December 2018, 10:25   #37151
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From the Moors Pool Dave J reports:

4 Whooper Swans, 40 Pochard, Shelduck, Gadwall, 10 Curlew, 30 Snipe, Meadow Pipit
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Old Sunday 2nd December 2018, 13:36   #37152
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Great White Egret at the Moors Pool from 11:30 as per Bill Box and Tracey Binks but not seen for at least an hour.
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Old Sunday 2nd December 2018, 13:47   #37153
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Great White Egret reported at the Moors Pool at 11:30 - observer unknown.
Seen by Bill Box and Rita ..Tracy Bunks has got some pictures. Nice one Bill that's the first of the year John
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Old Sunday 2nd December 2018, 14:00   #37154
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g w e c/o mr bunks

sparrow hawk put everything up a few times, kestrel about as well.
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Old Sunday 2nd December 2018, 17:50   #37156
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Nice conclusive capture Trace.
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Old Sunday 2nd December 2018, 18:09   #37157
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Great White Egret at the Moors Pool from 11:30 as per Bill Box and Tracey Binks but not seen for at least an hour.
One flew north over Throckmorton at 9:20am - presumably the same bird?
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7 Little Egret roosted at the Sailing Pool this evening as per Andy P but still no further sign of the Great White Egret
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Potential 12th hour additions with varying degrees of probability include:

Bewick's Swan - noted in 11 years since 1984, last in 2002
White-fronted Goose - 9, 2011
Pink-footed Goose - 8, 2014
Barnacle Goose - 28, 2017
Red-crested Pochard - 7, 2017
Goldeneye - 33, 2016
Scaup - 13, 2017
Great White Egret - 7, 2017
Bittern - 16, 2015
Merlin - 23, 2016
Knot - 10, 2012
Great Black-backed Gull - 30, 2017
Long-eared Owl - 8, 2010
Water Pipit - 11, 2012
Waxwing - 8, 2013
Good to see some degree of vindication of my predictions list - hopefully a few more will materialise over the course of the month.

GWE seem to be increasingly a winter bird at Upton.
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Work party Tuesday 4th December Moors

We will be back at the Moors this Tuesday.
Work includes:-
Painting interior of North Moors hide. This is to lessen the 'light' effect when people move about inside the hide that causes birds to be spooked. We are painting it a darker colour..not sure what colour over to you Bob O.
Pruning willow along causeway per Bobby P.
Causeway reed bed cutting 3year rotational scheme.
Meet at Moors 8.45ish John
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While driving towards Webbs from Bromsgrove around 12.45 a very small Falcon flew across the road from the sailing pool area......only time to see a shape and size. I have never seen a Merlin but that was my instant I.D.....would love it to be one but think its unlikely.
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We will be back at the Moors this Tuesday.
Work includes:-
Painting interior of North Moors hide. This is to lessen the 'light' effect when people move about inside the hide that causes birds to be spooked. We are painting it a darker colour..not sure what colour over to you Bob O.
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Old Monday 3rd December 2018, 15:38   #37163
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Phil W and Andy P update from the reserve so far today:

SAILING POOL
Female Goosander, Great White Egret flew over heading south

MOORS POOL
4 Whooper Swans, Shelduck, 25 Snipe
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4 Whooper Swans still at the Moors Pool today as per JTB
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Today's work party Moors

Due to the frosty conditions we were unable to carry out the scheduled work. However we more than kept ourselves busy on a couple of tasks that we brought forward.
The main one was the opening up of 'swampy bottom' (SB) .
The pollarded willows have now reached the time for re-cutting. The brash was incorporated into a dead hedge and a 'living hedge' that runs from the channel on the causeway to the chestnut tree. The area is now open and even with low water the edge of SB is very wet.

The 2nd task was on the track to the new hide. Here some of the large blackthorn have or are falling over and ripping up the path to the hide, they are also crowding out the spindle and Hawthorn scrub. Luckily our new volunteer Bob Green is CHAINSAW qualified and made the task a lot more eadier than it would have been with our handsaws. The beneficial effects of cutting down the blackthorn will be forthcoming in a couple of years when the scrub breaks through the now more open sunlit area. The brash was used to thicken up the scrubby areas along the path.
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Andy A. Bob O. Bob R. Bob Green. Charles. Dave H. Graham L. Ian Joh. Jim B. John C. Julie W. Kim W. Paul M. Roger S. Steve S. Tony B and me.
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Birding Today

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A cold -2 degrees at 7am
Whooper Swans 4. Mute swan 2.
Cormorant 6. Shoveler 18. Teal 20. Gadwall. Pochard 41 (21 male). Tufted 30-35.
Coot 48. Water rail widespread. Canada geese only 5.
Grey heron 2.
Snipe 22. Lapwing 500+. Green sand. Curlew.
BHG 350. LBBG few. Herring gull 1.
Buzzard.
Collared dove
Green woodp. Great sp woodp. Kingfisher.
Fieldfare c80. Redwing 45. Song thrush 3 singing.
Siskin1. Redpoll 1. Coal tit West side feeders. Cetti's w. Meadow pipit. Treecreeper.

FLASHES:
Originally only went to the sailing pool to seer goosander but decided to spend the last hour of light at the FLASHES. Initially not a good decision as the fencing contractors were using a powered bonker to put the posts into the ground but job is more important than my birding.
However literally as the work stopped at 4.20 birds started to return mostly the lapwing and gulls. Teal hadn't been disturbed and were feefing in the wet meadow. At 4.29 a BARN OWL appeared on s post at back of 3rd Flash and then flew along the south side before flying over the hide towards the 1st Flash. This is what last winters bird used to do. As dark approached green sands starting arriving. Also the geese and the female goosander landed on the 2nd flash. Overall a great last hour birding .
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Teal 50+. Mallard 35. Shoveler 2. Gadwall 1. Goosander fem. Greylag 51. Canada geese 120.
Water rail. Kestrel. BARN OWL.
Lapwing 550. Curlew 11. Snipe 10+. green sand 7 min.
BHG 80+ roosted
Winter thrushes 100+ roosted in hedgerows. Starling 30+ circling. Cetti's w.
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4 Whooper Swans still at the Moors Pool as per Des
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From the Flashes Andy P reports:

605 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 65 Teal, 115 BH Gull, 106 Canada Geese.

Female Goosander still on the Sailing Pool as per Phil W; 3 Little Egrets earlier as per Andy
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Today's highlights:

MOORS:
Pochard (15)--------------Whooper Swan (4).Visited the Flashes for 30 minutes.
Teal (88)-------------------Shoveler (12)
Gadwall (2)----------------Snipe (28)
Little Grebe (3)------------G C Grebe (1)
Cormorant (19)------------Dunlin (1)
Kingfisher (1)--------------Mute Swan (2)
Rook (1)--------------------Song Thrush. Sang for a number of hours.
Fieldfare (c50)-------------Blackcap (reported)
Kestrel----------------------Treecreeper (reported)


FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Curlew (12)----------------Snipe (1)
B H Gull (c200)------------Peregrine
Greylag Goose (41)-------Goosander (fem)*. Still present this evening.
G C Grebe (2)*------------Little Egret (3)*. Roosting tonight.

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A cold -2 degrees at 7am
Whooper Swans 4. Mute swan 2.
Cormorant 6. Shoveler 18. Teal 20. Gadwall. Pochard 41 (21 male). Tufted 30-35.
Coot 48. Water rail widespread. Canada geese only 5.
Grey heron 2.
Snipe 22. Lapwing 500+. Green sand. Curlew.
BHG 350. LBBG few. Herring gull 1.
Buzzard.
Collared dove
Green woodp. Great sp woodp. Kingfisher.
Fieldfare c80. Redwing 45. Song thrush 3 singing.
Siskin1. Redpoll 1. Coal tit West side feeders. Cetti's w. Meadow pipit. Treecreeper.
Forgot there were at least 4 Little grebes yesterday
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From the Flashes this morning Andy A reports:

2 Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl at 07:30, 11 Curlew, c450 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, c50 Teal
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Female Goosander still at the Sailing Pool this morning as per Andy A.

Must be one of the longest lingering birds of recent years - now in its fifth day.
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No sign of the Whooper Swans - looks like they have absconded to Upper Bittell where Chris Thomson has had 4 birds today.
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Barn Owl flew past hide towards 3rd flash at 0730
Teal 60+
Lapwing 450+
Curlew 11
Green Sand 2
Snipe 8
Linnet 13

(Detour to Holt and Grimley for Smew and American Wigeon, returning to Moors at 1300)

Moors 1300-1500
Mute Swan 5
NO WHOOPERS (possibly those at Bittell)
Goosander (from Sailing Pool)
Jack Snipe

Most duck numbers well down, lots of winter thrushes.
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No sign of the Whooper Swans - looks like they have absconded to Upper Bittell where Chris Thomson has had 4 birds today.
Maybe yesterdays excursion to the Flashes for thirty minutes then back to the Moors was a test flight.

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