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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 08:25   #38901
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Kittiwake relocated at the Moors Pool as per Tim.

2 Stonechat at the Flashes as per JTB
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Old Saturday 19th October 2019, 14:39   #38902
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This morning at FLASHES

An early start 6.50am still dark but loads of gulls were leaving the roost.
No new waders and ducks have declined a little probably as there are so many other wet areas around the region.
A bit of Vis-Mig even in a cool SW breeze. Mostly meadow pipits many perching in the hedgerow nect to avocet hide and also feeding in front.
Highlight of morning was the Kittiwake , I picked it up sitting in the 1st Flash. Almost immediately it flew to the wooden stock fence perching literally for seconds, after which it flew into the sun and lost.
To the right of the hide a pair of Stonechat performed well.
Species Count FLASHES
Little grebe, Teal 60, shoveler 35, Gadwall 2. Greylag 4. Mute swan 8 (pr + 5 juvs plus juv).
Cormorant over, coot 57. Water rail called.
Curlew 11. Green sand. Lapwing 60, avocet. Snipe 2.
KITTIWAKE ad winter.
Peregrine, Kestrel, sparrowhawk.
Green woodpecker, great sp woodp. Kingfisher.
Raven 2. Jay
SWALLOW moved through low over lagoons at 10.50.
Skylark 3, redwing 2. Song thrush 2. Starling c120 ( some flying at speed SW could have been on migration.)
Grey wag 2, pied wag 6, meadow pipit 20,
STONECHAT pr,
Greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch 30, linnet 6,
Reed bunting 6.
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 04:48   #38903
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Yesterday evening at the Flashes Mike W reported:

Second winter Caspian Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Gulls (both adults), 4 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls (T81U - Polish, TCP7 - Polish, black 2CTJ - a new bird from Marsh Lane and a green ringed bird whose code couldn't be read*), 12 Curlew, Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Barn Owls

Mike also had a Stonechat at the Moors Pool in addition to the two John had at the Flashes in the morning.

* Previously green ringed BHGs (including one from earlier this year) have originated from Norway
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Barn Owl from the rear of the East Hide at the Moors Pool early morning as per Lloyd
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

2 Avocet - unfortunately the long staying individual is lying largely motionless on the shoreline in front of the stock fencing, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Curlew.
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A late Common Sandpiper at the Moors Pool as per Lloyd
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Also Common Sandpiper and 2 Stonechat at the Flashes as per Ion Riley
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The long-staying Avocet has unfortunately died as per Chris T.
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From this Flashes this evening Mike reports:

Much smaller roost withis only approx 2500 birds - no Caspian or Yellow-legged Gulls but 3 Common Gulls (2 adults & 1 first winter). Also the new distinctive 'grey-crowned' Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl.
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From this Flashes this evening Mike reports:

Much smaller roost withis only approx 2500 birds - no Casp ian or Yellow-legged Gills but 3 Common Gulls (2 adults & 1 first winter). Also new distinctive 'grey-crowned' Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl.
The Avocet with the distinctive grey crown is the same bird that I saw this morning.
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Yesterday evening at the Flashes Mike W reported:

Second winter Caspian Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Gulls (both adults), 4 colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls (T81U - Polish, TCP7 - Polish, black 2CTJ - a new bird from Marsh Lane and a green ringed bird whose code couldn't be read*), 12 Curlew, Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Barn Owls

Mike also had a Stonechat at the Moors Pool in addition to the two John had at the Flashes in the morning.

* Previously green ringed BHGs (including one from earlier this year) have originated from Norway
Confirmation back overnight that the Black-headed Gull sporting a black leg ring with white code 2CTJ was ringed in the nest at Marsh Lane NR on the 1st June 2018. Saturday was the first sighting of the bird since then.
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Today's combined sightings of myself, Andy P and Andy A:

FLASHES
Eclipse drake Wigeon, 23 Gadwall*, 68 Shoveler, 69 Teal, 62 Coot, 33 Moorhen, Little Grebe, adult winter Common Gull, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 60 Lapwing, Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 8 Meadow Pipit, female Stonechat, juvenile and female Kestrel, Peregrine, Raven, 2+ Barn Owls at dusk, Buzzard caught a vole.

Roost - again no sign of the Caspian Gull but first winter Common Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull.

SAILING POOL
4 Great Crested Grebe

MOORS POOL
3 Jack Snipe on promentary, 12 Curlew, 6 Snipe, Dunlin (from the Flashes), 130 Lapwing, 15 Gadwall*, Pochard (male), 52 Shoveler (predominately from the Flashes), Wigeon (moved from the Flashes), 24 Teal, 28 Tufted Duck, 38 Coot, 5 Little Grebe, 50 Redwing in the North Moors plantation, Coal Tit on North Moors feeding station, Swallow, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, male Stonechat, 11 Fieldfare over the car park.

* Looking at the counts I would estimate there was a minimum of 33 Gadwall on the reserve yesterday afternoon, another new site record.
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Tuesday's work party Moors

Tomorrow will doing willow and scrub management.
The periphery of west side of the Car Park will also be brush cut...So could work crew and any early birders please park on the east side closest to the pool.
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Tonights Barn Owl

Given the unfamiliar camera - I haven't used it for ages - which has a very high Iso, I am quite pleased with the pic. I'm sure others have better pics but given that it was very dark and I couldn't see it clearly...….. Those in the hide tonight will no doubt tell you my favourite word is Where?????
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Juvenile Kestrel noted by others.

I leave those in the hide to confirm its sex and age. It was noted for its apparent paleness. I haven't done anything to these pics but that slight difference in pose changes the whole colour effect, for me at least.
Done with my usual camera and only resized memory wise to get it on here.
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2 Buzzards?

Okay the first is a rubbish pic - its out of focus. I post it only as a comparison with the other pic. Even I can't alter the colour that much. I think there were two buzzards this evening.

Taken with my usual camera -as is - and the "out of focus" is MY fault!
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There were lots of interesting gulls tonight and I need to look at some more closely.

Of note was the common gull pointed out to me and the one I found that
may be the previously found dark gull. Anyway its head was much darker than other similar gulls showing tonight.

Dunlin also present but hiding for much of my time there.

Dunlin
Dark gull close up and in more general context
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A "was it or wasn't it" gull. Much discussion in the corner. It was pretty much dark - took me enough effort to photograph it to know what it was! Over to those present tonight to comment if they wish.

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The final photo looks OK for Yellow-legged Gull
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The final photo looks OK for Yellow-legged Gull
Thanks Phil. That was the general consensus last night. Obviously I need to do some reading up on YLGs.
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