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Old Saturday 8th October 2016, 05:42   #32226
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Little Stint is the 144th species of the year; with a bit of luck we may reach the 150 mark.
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Old Saturday 8th October 2016, 06:15   #32227
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Little Stint still at the Moors Pool this morning as per Gert
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Little Stint is the 144th species of the year; with a bit of luck we may reach the 150 mark.
Little Stint also represents the 22nd species of wader to be recorded on the reserve this year; when I have a moment I will check to see how many years this has been bettered in - not many I wager
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Juvenile Arctic Tern still at the Sailing Pool as per JTB
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[quote=Phil Andrews;3465616]Little Stint also represents the 22nd species of wader?[quote]
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That as well - now corrected
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Pintail just dropped into the Flashes as per JTB

Little Egret and Green Sand earlier at the Moors Pool as per Gert
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Today at FLASHES 6.15 - 12.45pm

The cold NE made the temperature feel much less than the 12 degrees it actually was.
The gulls also stayed a bit later than normal probably trying to warm up. The cut reeds have now given the north side of the Flashes a more open feel and hopefully more birds will be attracted in. Once the gulls and geese moved out from their roost other birds moved into feed - mostly dabbling ducks. At about 7.45 I started a bit of Vis-Migging out the 'back'. It was never going to be as exciting as last week but things were on the move. Namely thrushes, with redwing coming over the north fields from the east and SE. Skylarks too were coming through, most stopping off in the north fields before moving south. Just a few mipits were present but these were probably feeding locally rather than genuine migrants. The hedgerows were relatively quiet apart from a few chiffs in amongst the roving tit flock and thrushes feeding on the berries. At 10.25 a pintail dropped on to the 1st Flash and happily dabbled and was still present when I left. At the top of the north field in the hedgerows were several passerines perching on top and looking very 'chat' like. Luckily the birds flew up & perched on the wires revealing all to be reed buntings, so be careful when scanning at this distance in poor light. I think we have now entered the ' winter zone' apart from a swallow the other migrants were the winter stock.
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cormorant 3. teal 54. Shoveler 80. Gadwall 4. Wigeon the single bird still grazing the meadow. Pintail. Coot 64. water rail. Egyptian geese 2. greylag 12. Kestrel. lapwing 185. Snipe 5. Curlew 18. Green sand. BHG 1600. LBBG 400. Herring 35 ( a juv had a Red ring with white letters S+Y. or it could have been 9+Y). Common gull 1st winter. Stock dove 120+. Green woodpecker. great spotted w. skylark 15. swallow. raven 2. rook 5. Jay. fieldfare 4. redwing 75. song thrush 6. starling 220.meadow pipit 25. Cetti's 2. chiffchaff 5. blackcap. siskin. Linnet 6. chaffinch 2. grey wag. pied wag 4. Reed bunting 15
I recorded 58 species on the Flashes this morning.

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Will have a look for the gull ring - sounds like one of the Bristol / South Wales schemes without looking it up.
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cormorant 3. teal 54. Shoveler 80. Gadwall 4. Wigeon the single bird still grazing the meadow. Pintail. Coot 64. water rail. Egyptian geese 2. greylag 12. Kestrel. lapwing 185. Snipe 5. Curlew 18. Green sand. BHG 1600. LBBG 400. Herring 35 ( a juv had a Red ring with white letters S+Y. or it could have been 9+Y). Common gull 1st winter. Stock dove 120+. Green woodpecker. great spotted w. skylark 15. swallow. raven 2. rook 5. Jay. fieldfare 4. redwing 75. song thrush 6. starling 220.meadow pipit 25. Cetti's 2. chiffchaff 5. blackcap. siskin. Linnet 6. chaffinch 2. grey wag. pied wag 4. Reed bunting 15
I recorded 58 species on the Flashes this morning.

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I cant find a scheme that has red "9+Y" but "S+Y" would be the following http://cr-birding.org/node/2978. I will make contact with Peter.
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I cant find a scheme that has red "9+Y" but "S+Y" would be the following http://cr-birding.org/node/2978. I will make contact with Peter.
It was a bit scuffed so S+Y it would be
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Sailing pool Car parking - October

Throughout the week and Saturday's the Café is open until 6pm. This means car park is open until 6pm. Assume it will close just after 6. On Sundays the Café closes at 5pm so car park is closed at 5.pm. If any keyholders are staying until dark can they post here so birders can park on car park. Outside these times you will have to find alternate parking.
After October when clock goes back , Café times will probably alter. I will find out arrangements thereafter.
Please DO NOT Ask at Aztec Office go into Cafe and ask Nik what time they are closing gates. Also buy a cuppa and a cake.

Tonight Sunday 9th October I will be locking the gates at Sailing pool approx 7.15pm. After the Gull roost
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Old Sunday 9th October 2016, 15:40   #32238
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The first winter Herring Gull sporting a red leg ring with white 'S+Y' which John noted yesterday morning at the Flashes was ringed at Filton, Bristol exactly a month previously (08/09/2016). Many thanks to Peter Rock for the speedy response to the submission.

No news from the reserve so far today ....
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Egyptian geese flyby. First time I've seen these guys in flight.
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Didn't arrive until 5 at the Moors. Where I saw 3 snipe feeding on the muddy bank of the Bittern channel and a couple of chiffchaff amongst the tit flock. After filling the feeding buckets for Bobby P I went on to the Flashes.
After a brief check for a yellow browed in the 'confluence ' scrub without success, Again!! I joined MikeW, Dave W and later Jarad to do the gull roost.
It was all about Common Gulls initially as the large gulls hadn't really arrived in any numbers. By this time 6.15pm there was usually a good number of large gulls already settled. But on Sundays the local 'tips' close earlier so maybe the birds had roosted elsewhere. But then Jarad picked up a Yellow legged in flight and drop down on the edge of the 1st Flash. This was a very clean headed bird with very fine white tipped primaries - this was a different bird to the 4 or 5 others I have seen in the last week. And soon the trickle of large gulls became a flood and they were still appearing at dark. But before that another very clean headed bird appeared on the 1st Flash
Making it 6 YLG's for me and 8 possibly 9 in 11 days on the reserve. Tonight was also to be the highest count of both common and large gulls this Autumn. The large gulls almost filled the 1st Flash with more in the 'gulley/central area'. These large gull gatherings are becoming a regular feature in October and hopefully we will be receiving a Caspo anytime soon.

Counts: BHG 1500. Common Gull 9 (6x 1st winter 2 very young 'blotchy' backed birds and 3 adults) 1100 large gulls. Herring gull 450. LBBG 650. Yellow legged gull 2 adults.
Also seen - Wigeon. Shoveler 30+. Teal 60. gadwall. Egyptian geese 2. Coot 62. water rail. curlew 18. snipe 4.
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Work party Tuesday Moors

This Tuesday we will again be working in Amy's Marsh. Working around Pool Island.
So apologies if you were planning to bird in the morning. We should be finished by 12.30pm.
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Couple of hours on Flashes this evening upto 6.30pm , highlights Little Owl on ridge of old barn , pristine YLG (probably others) this one stood out, bright yellow legs , pure white head , mantle clearly lighter than nearby LBBG but darker than HG alongside.
Two snipe . two Buzzard on posts opposite main hide,flock of a dozen or so Curlew and a Little Egret dropped in late on.
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33 Snipe off Flashes while reed cutting ongoing but no Jacks.
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Flashes today mowing of reeds

Today the roving volunteers will be mowing the reeds between 2nd and 3Rd Flash
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work party at Moors Today

We had a cracking day today achieved loads and some quality cake to round the day off. Thanks Tony
Many THANKs to the team of 16
Bob O, Bobby P, Charles, Dave H, Ian J, Janet H, Jim B, John C, Keith M, Paul M, Peter E, Ray C, Roger, Terry W, Tony B and me

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Extended the west end of the Pool Island. This was achieved by digging a deep channel and piling the mostly clay clumps into a large mound on the end of the existing island. It was then compressed and the clay should hopefully form a hard wall, the softer side was shored up with slabs.

other work included strimming the bramble patch, putting ramps on islands and cleaning out the hides. see separate posts
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enjoyable evening amazing amount of gulls need night vision camera though just to catch the late arrivals.
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The uncontrolled bramble patch along the whole of the west side of the Broadmeadow pool was strimmed and brash was burned. This has opened up much of the lagoon and much of it can now be viewed from the east hide.
This job would normally take two weeks but today there was no stopping the team.
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5. View of now open Broadmeadow from east hide.
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Birding Moors Today

Before the work I noticed that the shoveler were performing their gyrating feeding 'dance'. The first time I have seen this for a couple of years . So maybe their food has returned, unlike the coots.
walking to the Broadmeadow we flushed a good total of common snipe but no Jack's.
During the work several species went over including mipits and a small group of swallows dropped in to feed and have a drink.
Afterwards the birds started to return and things returned to normal.

species count Moors:
Little grebe 5, little egret, Cormorant 22, greylag 12,mute swan 7, shoveler 108, teal 60, wigeon, gadwall 3, tufted 10, coot 19, water rail 3, snipe 32, green sand 2, lapwing 170, common gull 1st winter, Buzzard 6, sparrowhawk, kingfisher, green woodp, great sp woodp, skylark, swallow 6, meadow pipit 8, mistle thrush, redwing 2, cettis 2, goldcrest 2, nuthatch, grey wag, bullfinch 2, coal tit
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Flashes This Evening

The gull roost was slow to appear possibly due to the reed cutting work. But when they did arrive there was plenty to see, which included 6 species and nearly 3000 birds.

As always the common gulls come in and very often fly out before roosting.
Tonight the 1st flash was full of large gulls and 2 Yellow legs were on here as well as a 1st winter Med. Large numbers of large gulls came in very late and far too dark to identify.
Species count:
Teal 65, shoveler 30 (with more arriving at dark). Gadwall 2, wigeon, egyptian geese 2, greylag geese 15, canadas c200+, coot 64, water rail 2, Snipe 20+, curlew 18, Lapwing 50+, Common Gull 5 (1x 3rd Winter, 4x 1st winter), Med Gull 1st winter, BHG 1600 - 1700, LBBG 850, Herring gull 350 - 400, Yellow Legged Gull 2 ads,
LITTLE OWL - on Sagebury farm barn. buzzard 2, stock dove 30, raven, cetti's w , Lesser Redpoll 6
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With Geoff's count from the Flashes is it safe to say we have 65+ Snipe on the reserve?
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