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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 10:22   #30176
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sad news will be missed RIP SY
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 11:04   #30177
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It is with THE HEAVIEST HEART that I have to share the sad news that our dear friend Simon Vickers passed away yesterday evening. He died peacefully in the QE hospital in Birmingham with his family at his side after a short battle with liver disease. condolences to David his brother and all the family R.I.P SY
That's a shocker and very sad to hear. RIP SY
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 16:53   #30178
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Seems pretty un-important with the loss of SY but just a reminder that the Work party will be busy tomorrow on the Moors. Steve Poole will be digging out a new section of channel at the east side of the North Moors. We will be in Amy's Marsh repairing fencing and treating saplings around the shorelines . ��
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 17:53   #30179
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Sh!t. New he'd been seriously ill but thought (hoped) he was on the road to recovery. Vern - let me know when funeral is please (or post on here).
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 18:20   #30180
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Very sorry to hear this sad news. Lovely guy. RIP Sy.
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 18:23   #30181
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Seems pretty un-important with the loss of SY but just a reminder that the Moors will be busy tomorrow at the Moors. Steve Poole will be digging out a new section of channel at the east side of the North Moors. We will be in Amy's Marsh repairing fencing and treating saplings around the shorelines . 👍
Raise a toast to Sy at tomorrow's work party and we will do the same on the 28th
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 18:27   #30182
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 21:04   #30183
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Only sightings of note today were 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Curlew, 8 Gadwall, 6 Shelduck and 2 Rook.
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Old Monday 15th February 2016, 21:52   #30184
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Early start at flashes this morning....0730

Oystercatchers (2)
Lapwing (500+)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Teal (20)
Stock Dove (2)
Stonechat (1)
Cetti's Warbler (1)

Moors...1100

Curlew (15)
Shelduck (6)
Gadwall (5m 1f)
Pochard (16m 5f)
Shoveler (6)
Little Egret (1)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Oystercatcher (2...presumable pair from flashes)
Cetti's Warbler (1)
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Old Tuesday 16th February 2016, 15:37   #30185
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Nice meeting the Tuesday crew today and partaking in some free tarts (cake!)

I managed 61 species today while others were putting the hard graft in - highlights were 10 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, Avocet still on the Flashes on the ice, Chiffchaff, 31 Greylags with the Canada's, a few Lesser Redpolls and Siskin, 2/3 Oycs.
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Old Tuesday 16th February 2016, 16:04   #30186
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Only sightings of note today were 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Curlew, 8 Gadwall, 6 Shelduck and 2 Rook.
Also Barn owl at 5.35. per Keith M
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Old Tuesday 16th February 2016, 16:08   #30187
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Nice meeting the Tuesday crew today and partaking in some free tarts (cake!)

I managed 61 species today while others were putting the hard graft in - highlights were 10 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, Avocet still on the Flashes on the ice, Chiffchaff, 31 Greylags with the Canada's, a few Lesser Redpolls and Siskin, 2/3 Oycs.
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I'm not a tart. ....oh go on then just a little
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Pochard 32 (23m). GCG 2. little grebe. gadwall 7. teal15. coot 145. Snipe 6. redpoll 6.
do work party when I get home
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Old Tuesday 16th February 2016, 19:51   #30188
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Tuesday work party

A busy day with 16 of us - Bob O. Bob P and Reed Bob's Grandson. Bob R. Charles. Graham L. Janet H. John C. Keith M. Paul M. Peter E. Ray C. Roger. Terry W. Tony B. and me. Clearing up debris in the SW corner of the Moors Boundary. Also pollarding large willows and making a bonfire to be torched next week. Also cleared log jam in salwarp. Later had lesson how to build stock fence
Thanks Charles for cakes. Great effort today Crew
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Old Tuesday 16th February 2016, 20:02   #30189
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North Moors

The dry section of the eastern 'moat' was dug out by Steve at Lifestyles. This will now create a safer reed bed for breeding birds.
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Old Tuesday 16th February 2016, 20:05   #30190
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Flashes 3.30-6.00pm Tuesday
Only additions 1 Jack Snipe ( showing well for good hour or so ) and 1 Common Snipe in front of reed bed to right of big Oak on far side from the the Avocet Hide .
No sign of the Barn Owl
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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 06:58   #30191
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4 Pintail at flashes (2 drakes).
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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 08:18   #30192
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Male Mandarin at the Moors.

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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 13:31   #30193
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Male Mandarin at the Moors.

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And here are a couple of the usual dodgy video clips;
Mandarin
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Also 10 Common Snipe & 1 Jack Snipe plus 2 Avocet on the Flashes.
With thanks to the Wednesday crew.
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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 19:55   #30194
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Ok this may sound wrong but true as I was accused of twitching a Mandarin duck today .He did looked settled in for the evening as I left, as did the Pintail at 16.30. Once again many thanks to the two gents who helped me big time, very kind of them to go out of their way.
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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 20:05   #30195
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Today's Mandarin and Pintail promotes the year list to 93. Still yet to record Goldeneye for the year (or Goosander and Wigeon for the month).
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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 20:10   #30196
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Avocet (2)------------------Pintail (4) Still present at 17.55.
Oystercatcher (3)----------Snipe (10)
Curlew (13)-----------------Lapwing (c550)
Teal (c40)-------------------Shelduck(2)
Gadwall (m)-----------------B H Gull (c300)
Redwing (c50)--------------Cetti's Warbler (Hen Pool area)
Tufted Duck (27)*

MOORS:
Mandarin (m)---------------Pochard (27)
Gadwall (4m+2f)-----------Shelduck (8)
Tufted duck (15)------------Shoveler (4)
Cormorant (23)-------------G C Grebe (1)
Little Egret (1)--------------Coal Tit(1)
Cetti's Warbler--------------Treecreeper
Redpoll (5)------------------Siskin (31)
Mistle Thrush----------------Snipe (3)
Herring Gull (2)-------------Oystercatcher (1)

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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 20:22   #30197
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Avocet (2)------------------Pintail (4) Still present at 17.55.
Oystercatcher (3)----------Snipe (10)
Curlew (13)-----------------Lapwing (c550)
Teal (c40)-------------------Shelduck(2)
Gadwall (m)-----------------B H Gull (c300)
Redwing (c50)--------------Cetti's Warbler (Hen Pool area)
Tufted Duck (27)*

MOORS:
Mandarin (m)---------------Pochard (27)
Gadwall (4m+2f)-----------Shelduck (8)
Tufted duck (15)------------Shoveler (4)
Cormorant (23)-------------G C Grebe (1)
Little Egret (1)--------------Coal Tit(1)
Cetti's Warbler--------------Treecreeper
Redpoll (5)------------------Siskin (31)
Mistle Thrush----------------Snipe (3)
Herring Gull (2)-------------Oystercatcher (1)

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What are your thoughts on the total number of Oystercatcher and Shelduck on the reserve today Des? 4 and 10 or less?

Worryingly today's count of 13 Common Snipe is the best of the year ...
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What are your thoughts on the total number of Oystercatcher and Shelduck on the reserve today Des? 4 and 10 or less?

Worryingly today's count of 13 Common Snipe is the best of the year ...
4 Oystercatcher and 10 Shelduck.

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One each of Redshank, Dunlin & Green Sandpiper on the Flashed
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