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Old Tuesday 5th July 2016, 21:10   #31401
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Quick visit this afternoon, as Birder Gladys said, we only saw 2 young redshank chicks at one time, but tend to pop in and out of the long grass.

One (poss 2) Peregrines on the masts, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Black tailed Godwits, the rest as normal.

Good selection of butterflies, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Commas, Ringlets, Gatekeeper, Meadow Browns, Small Tortoiseshells, 4/5 Marbled Whites, Red Admiral, Large Skipper & 2/3 White Letter Hairstreaks down the Salwarpe (favouring the top of the Willow! next to their usual spot).

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Old Tuesday 5th July 2016, 21:19   #31402
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Visited The Flashes at around 8pm this evening for a quick check on the redshanks - managed to see all three chicks, though no sign of the adults. They were chased by an avocet. The avocet chicks were continuing to do well, varying sizes evident. Also saw at least one LRP. There was a curlew in the transmitter field.
The two Egyptian geese were still on the sailing pool.
I then went over to The Moors. There were at least a dozen long tailed tits in the trees at the start of the path towards Arthur's Hide. It was great to see the large family of tufted ducklings.
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Old Wednesday 6th July 2016, 22:14   #31403
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES:
Green Sand (2)-----------------------Common Sand (2)
Avocet (38)+ 25 young---------------LRP (5)
Redshank(1)+ 3 chicks---------------Lapwing (c40)
Shelduck (2) + 7 juv-----------------Teal (5)
Oystercatcher (2)--------------------Raven
Coal Tit-------------------------------Redstart (imm male)
Common Tern (1)

MOORS
Common Tern (4) + 4 juvs-----------Oystercatcher (6)
Snipe (1)------------------------------Gadwall (3) +juv
Cetti's Warbler (2)

SAILING POOL:
Kingfisher-----------------------------Egyptian Goose (2)

+ 2 W L Hairstreaks.

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Old Thursday 7th July 2016, 18:14   #31404
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A photo of a female Common Blue damselfly, but what is the Crittur that snuck into my picture?

A cropped pic added:h?

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Old Thursday 7th July 2016, 19:01   #31405
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Quiet at Flashes this evening. Not counted Avo chicks(yet) but Redshanks chicks all looking good. Oyk juv in transmitter field with adult, also 15 Curlew there. Wader passage consists if Green & 3 Common Sand...
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Old Thursday 7th July 2016, 19:49   #31406
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A photo of a female Common Blue damselfly, but what is the Crittur that snuck into my picture?

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Looks like a Speckled Bush Cricket.

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Old Friday 8th July 2016, 20:14   #31407
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Looks like a Speckled Bush Cricket.

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Thanks Des, It would have been nicer if it was an Old Speckled Hen!

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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 14:08   #31408
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Flashes today

started 6am
Egyptian geese 2 on sailing pool.
Flashes
Breeding :- Shoveler all 13 now flying. 7 shelduck all fully grown.
Tufted 2 broods in 3rd Flash. 7 fresh chicks and brood of 3 half grown chicks. Avocet 12 broods totalling 24. (1 chick LOST from last week's hatched brood of 4).
Redshank all 3 looking good.
Oystercatcher juv feeding in fields with both adults. BHG more broods hatching.

Migrants :- Teal 5. Green sand 3. Common sand 4. LRP 7 (incl 1 juv). Curlew 19 feeding in adjacent fields.
Common tern non breeding winter adult. A family of 2ads and a juv were probably our birds from the Moors. Swift 25.Redstart male. Also on the move was a HOUSE SPARROW along the hedgerow between cuckoo hide and last bench then flew along hedge behind the avocet hide. My first of the year 121 species
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Others:- Peregrine. raven. kingfisher. Green woodpecker. Cetti's. several reeds foraging in 3rd Flash reed bed. Skylark 2.
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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 14:13   #31409
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Did you miss out the word "lost" re Avocets?
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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 14:17   #31410
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Moors today

Only birded for an hour
breeding :- Tufted duck 12 broods (min) of varying sizes. interestingly 2 female mallards have each adopted a tufted chick.
Mute swan 5 cygnets.
Common tern 1 fledged (were 2). 2 close to leaving. a 4th brood have hatched on the small southern raft. The first brood of 2 have probably left. another prospecting.


Migrants :- Teal. oystercatchers 5 dropped in. Swift 25 -35. sand martin 20.
others- little grebe 6. GCG 3.
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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 14:22   #31411
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Did you miss out the word "lost" re Avocets?
don't know what you are on about Phil
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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 14:56   #31412
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don't know what you are on about Phil
You've now missed out "Tufted Duck" early in your Moors Pool post

Do you think the first fledged chick from the second Common Tern brood was the juv you encountered at the Flashes?

Interestingly Tim has posted on Twitter a pic of a well developed juv Little Grebe on the Sailing Pool.
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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 16:07   #31413
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You've now missed out "Tufted Duck" early in your Moors Pool post

Do you think the first fledged chick from the second Common Tern brood was the juv you encountered at the Flashes?

Interestingly Tim has posted on Twitter a pic of a well developed juv Little Grebe on the Sailing Pool.
I haven't been on Moors since 28th June when I had 6 chicks . Dave had 6 on 3rd July . I think the oldest 2 have probably moved off and just one remains from the 2nd fledged brood that was on the Flashes before returning to the Moors ( hard to be certain with no one on Moors this morning when I saw them at Flashes. Another 2 are due to fledge anytime now. The juvs don't usually leave until 40 days old (normally). I suppose peregrine and sparrowhawk could have taken some.

Yes noticed that could well be off Broadmeadow. Did have a very well developed little grebe on flashes 28th June.
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started 6am
Egyptian geese 2 on sailing pool.
Flashes
Breeding :- Shoveler all 13 now flying. 7 shelduck all fully grown.
Tufted 2 broods in 3rd Flash. 7 fresh chicks and brood of 3 half grown chicks. Avocet 12 broods totalling 24. (1 chick LOST from last week's hatched brood of 4).
Redshank all 3 looking good.
Oystercatcher juv feeding in fields with both adults. BHG more broods hatching.

Migrants :- Teal 5. Green sand 3. Common sand 4. LRP 7 (incl 1 juv). Curlew 19 feeding in adjacent fields.
Common tern non breeding winter adult. A family of 2ads and a juv were probably our birds from the Moors. Swift 25.Redstart male. Also on the move was a HOUSE SPARROW along the hedgerow between cuckoo hide and last bench then flew along hedge behind the avocet hide. My first of the year 121 species
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Others:- Peregrine. raven. kingfisher. Green woodpecker. Cetti's. several reeds foraging in 3rd Flash reed bed. Skylark 2.
Phil Wood and I also saw a juvenile Redstart in the field behind the Avocet hide at about midday.
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Old Saturday 9th July 2016, 21:41   #31415
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Phil Wood and I also saw a juvenile Redstart in the field behind the Avocet hide at about midday.
There was one around the Avocet hide with a female on Thursday also in the shrubs leading away from the hide down the path.
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started 6am
Egyptian geese 2 on sailing pool.
Flashes
Breeding :- Shoveler all 13 now flying. 7 shelduck all fully grown.
Tufted 2 broods in 3rd Flash. 7 fresh chicks and brood of 3 half grown chicks. Avocet 12 broods totalling 24. (1 chick LOST from last week's hatched brood of 4).
Redshank all 3 looking good.
Oystercatcher juv feeding in fields with both adults. BHG more broods hatching.

Migrants :- Teal 5. Green sand 3. Common sand 4. LRP 7 (incl 1 juv). Curlew 19 feeding in adjacent fields.
Common tern non breeding winter adult. A family of 2ads and a juv were probably our birds from the Moors. Swift 25.Redstart male. Also on the move was a HOUSE SPARROW along the hedgerow between cuckoo hide and last bench then flew along hedge behind the avocet hide. My first of the year 121 species
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Others:- Peregrine. raven. kingfisher. Green woodpecker. Cetti's. several reeds foraging in 3rd Flash reed bed. Skylark 2.
150 plus lapwing spread between transmitter field and the far meadow. Interestingly enough the curlew and lapwing flew right up to the A38 end of the field when I left, don't know whether they came back after I went. Large flock of canadas too on sailing pool behind island.i took a pic of 67 and there were more.
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This morning Dave J reports at the Flashes:

37 Avocet (+ 24 young), 1 Redshank (+ 3 young), 2 Oystercatcher (+ 1 fledged young), 6 Curlew, 6 LR Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, male Redstart, juv Shelduck, 6 juv Shoveler, single Tufted brood, 3 Teal, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe.

2 Egyptian Geese on Sailing Pool.
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At the Moors Pool Dave reports:

5 Avocet briefly, 8 Common Tern (+ 6 young - 2:2:1:1), 1 Gadwall (+ 1 young), Mute Swan (+ 5 young), 15 Tufted broods
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just a few pics from the weekend,highlights Flashes tonight 7 LRP 3 common sand, 2 green sand ,11 curlew,others redshank, Avocet,lapwing.Yesterday little grebe juv with a adult on the sailing pool.
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just a few pics from the weekend,highlights Flashes tonight 7 LRP 3 common sand, 2 green sand ,11 curlew,others redshank, Avocet,lapwing.Yesterday little grebe juv with a adult on the sailing pool.
That little grebe must have bred on sailing pool not yet able to fly by looks of it.
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That little grebe must have bred on sailing pool not yet able to fly by looks of it.
Having seen a better photo now I would agree with you John - plenty of vegetated edges for then to hide in
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Flashes car park

Tomorrow 12th JULY the CAR PARK will be off limits to us...Please park at Moors or Webbs.
This request is from AZTEC they have a major event and will need all the parking spaces you could be blocked in ...This also applies to any early morning visitors .
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Today at the Flashes as per Alan Hanbury, Terry Hinett and Matt Smith (Fuzeare):

1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank + 3 young, 3 LRP, 4 Green Sand, 3 Common Sand, male Redstart.
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Flashes today

Quick visit today produced one, presumably new in, summer plumaged Dunlin , as well as previously reported species .
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Quick visit today produced one, presumably new in, summer plumaged Dunlin , as well as previously reported species .
First Dunlin since the 21st May.
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