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Old Monday 10th November 2014, 23:13   #451
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I still visit, it's one the best wildlife hotspots in our area with a wide range a species living in it's many habitats. Below is a recent blog I created based on my time observing Dippers this year. If you are interested in following my work please visit my website there are links to my Facebook page and twitter account. Best, Matt.

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Old Friday 26th December 2014, 16:53   #452
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I managed to flush a Woodcock in the Forest today, I must have been within a few feet of it and never saw it till it flew. Good camouflage.
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29 dec cold -4C reading in car, wyre quiet but for 3 great spotted woodpeckers drumming. Seems early but perhaps they were trying to keep warm . To all readers have a happy new year.
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Couple of hours down the Brook this morning , fairly quiet, highlights -
Dipper , two sightings ,may have been same bird .
Goldcrest
Willow or Marsh Tit , anyone have any idea which is the more likely ? I thought Willow but moved too quick for a photo
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Couple of hours down the Brook this morning , fairly quiet, highlights -
Dipper , two sightings ,may have been same bird .
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Willow or Marsh Tit , anyone have any idea which is the more likely ? I thought Willow but moved too quick for a photo
Marsh Tit is far more likely in the Wyre
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Thanks Phil,
Couldn't see any mark on the bill but I know that's not a definitive ID characteristic so it will have to be a maybe.
To be honest I thought the reported Sandwell RSPB tit showing on the feeders was a Marsh but most birders reporting it as a Willow , think I'll just give up with these two
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Thanks Phil,
Couldn't see any mark on the bill but I know that's not a definitive ID characteristic so it will have to be a maybe.
To be honest I thought the reported Sandwell RSPB tit showing on the feeders was a Marsh but most birders reporting it as a Willow , think I'll just give up with these two
there's a good article here:

http://www.britishbirds.co.uk/wp-con...Marsh-Tits.pdf

and a good video here:

http://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-...nd-willow-tits


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That sure is some article , I'll print it off and try and digest the contents , thanks for your assisance
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Couldn't see any mark on the bill but I know that's not a definitive ID characteristic so it will have to be a maybe.
To be honest I thought the reported Sandwell RSPB tit showing on the feeders was a Marsh but most birders reporting it as a Willow , think I'll just give up with these two
Just to put Willow Tit in a county context, the WMBC annual report for 2012 which has just dropped through my letter box has only one accepted record for Worcs that year.
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Just to put Willow Tit in a county context, the WMBC annual report for 2012 which has just dropped through my letter box has only one accepted record for Worcs that year.
How do you get a record accepted?
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Submit a description to the County Recorder http://www.westmidlandbirdclub.org.u...ion/4587529276
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That's interesting- I know nothing about how this works. Can you point me towards further information, please Phil.
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That's interesting- I know nothing about how this works. Can you point me towards further information, please Phil.
Hi Joe - the link should assist
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That's great. I use BirdTrack and ticked the box to share information.

I might send an email anyway because I have further info that can't be gleaned from just BirdTrack.

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of note this morning along dowles brook:

dipper singing - three pairs in total, all showing well

song thrush repeating an odd phrase over and over before continuing with typical song

five goosander (2m+3f) and a pair of mandarin on the severn, just downstream from where the brook joins

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5 Dippers yesterday and 1 Kingfisher today . Also of note, plenty of Grey Wagtails.
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First Adder of the year for me at the Wyre Forest today, also had a Kingfisher down on the brook near the old mill.

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Dipper on the brook in front of the old mill and a Muntjac Deer the best of the wildlife seen today in the Wyre Forest :)
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A very warm and sunny visit to the Wyre Forest today, no Pied Flycathers seen, but reported. 2 Wood Warblers, many Chiff Chaffs & Willow Warblers, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Swallow!, and Goshawk over.
Alive with Brimstones, Peacocks, Orange Tips, & all 3 Whites, and 1 Speckled Wood, No sign of any Frits yet, a bit too early. All in all a pleasant day out.

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Are there no Redstarts and Tree Pipits there. I haven't seen any reported and I was hoping to drive over to there to see them this weekend.

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We didn`t see (or hear) any Redstars or Tree Pipits yesterday, and none were reported by other Birders.
That does not mean they wont be there. Good hunting.
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Thanks Dick

To be honest if they are there I would have thought they would be heard. Both species are quite vocal in the areas they go to, especially the Tree Pipits. They can be heard quite clearly from the path from Dry Mill Lane car park.

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Several birders at Upton Warren's grebe twitch today reported both Tree Pipit and Redstart present, plus 3 Pied Fly in the Knowles Coppice / Lodge Hill Farm orchard area. Forgot to ask about Wood Warbler

Edit: WorcesterBirding reported 6 Pied Fly and 3 Wood Warbler for today
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