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Old Monday 29th January 2018, 07:30   #1826
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Pleasant, spring-like conditions on Friday and Sunday made it far more enjoyable.

Skylarks becoming territorial
4+ Yellowhammers near Knight's Grove - one was singing.
Large flock of Fieldfares near Salwarpe (c300) plus more elsewhere
30+ Meadow Pipits near Hawford
3 Grey Wagtails chasing each other around near Ladywood

Cormorants, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Ravens, Goldcrests, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Redwings, Linnets, Canada Geese, RL Partridges, Stock Doves, Mute Swans, reed Buntings, etc.

67 species recorded by me so far this year.
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Old Sunday 4th February 2018, 18:49   #1827
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Woodcock again this evening following the same pattern of behaviour as last week.

Two Peregrines around Coney this evening - one had a go at the Starling flock.

Five Snipes flew out of the reedbed at dusk.

Cetti's Warbler and Water Rails calling.

Little Owl calling between Salwarpe and Ladywood on Friday.

Female Blackcap showing well and at least one male sub-singing between Ladywood and Salwarpe on Friday. A female near Hawford lock this morning

Two Coots on Tapenhall pool.

Other species recorded this weekend included Mistle Thrush, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, winter Thrushes, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Reed Bunting.
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Old Friday 9th February 2018, 16:57   #1828
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Woodcock again this evening and a few Snipe.
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Old Sunday 11th February 2018, 21:05   #1829
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My first ever Woodcock this evening a very brief encounter ,while waiting by the picnic bench next to the canal the bird flew so close it was nearly missed it must of been flying low to the water seen me and then flew up, in doing so making it self visable against the sky line before carrying on its fight towards Salwarpe. Thanks Dave for all the info.
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Old Monday 12th February 2018, 07:24   #1830
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Nice one Tim!

Other news from the weekend:

Tawny owl calling around Salwarpe church yesterday evening.
Water Rails called from Coney reedbed.
Yellowhammer and plenty of Skylarks around Knight's Grove.
Decent flock of Linnets (50+) around Mayhouse farm fields
Grey Wagtails
2 Coots on Tapenhall Pool
plenty of Meadow Pipits around Tapenhall and Hawford areas

Canada Geese, Cormorants, Reed Buntings, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Coal Tits,
Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Goldcrests, etc.
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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 19:48   #1831
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yesterdays report .Standing by the picnic bench F,P heard cettis warbler, plenty of song thrush, plus Water Rail calling. Woodcock flew directly over our heads at 17.51 (did video did catch bird flying but could not id as clear as seen)
Today stood at the bottom of the church path looking down the canal. Tawny Owls called from somewhere in the village,5 Herring gulls flying westwood way,Wren and Pheasant calling. Woodcock 17.56 flew reed high over bench area, half way towards me turned right, over the garden behind the trees gaining height looked like it was heading over the trees over the war memorial .
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Old Wednesday 14th February 2018, 07:28   #1832
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There's a real challenge for the keen 'togs' out there:

Although it regularly flies the same route, the Woodcock flies at variable height in poor (or very poor) light and you get a maximum of about 5 seconds to nail it!

Good luck to anyone who tries
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Old Thursday 15th February 2018, 18:48   #1833
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Woodcock flew pass at 17.59 tonight best showing so far alittle higher above the reeds on approach to the bench,managed to catch it on video again still not clear enough compared to seeing. Tawny calling from church wood as we left.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 09:16   #1834
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Just flushed a Teal from the canal near Salwarpe. An irregular visitor on the patch - I didn't get one at all last year.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 17:00   #1835
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Woodcock timed at 17:56 this evening flew along canal then around back of Salwarpe Court.

Several Snipe flying out of reedbed.
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 18:49   #1836
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Woodcock stakeout

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Woodcock timed at 17:56 this evening flew along canal then around back of Salwarpe Court.

Several Snipe flying out of reedbed.

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Many thanks for the info and company tonight
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Old Friday 16th February 2018, 18:51   #1837
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Many thanks for the info and company tonight
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My pleasure Alan - glad u saw it.
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Old Saturday 17th February 2018, 15:50   #1838
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Seven Teal (4 drakes) just circled low over Coney before heading over to Westwood.
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Old Saturday 17th February 2018, 17:03   #1839
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Woodcock again a few seconds before the six o'clock bells rang from the Church.

11 Greylags earlier.
Probably 2 Cetti's on site.
Water Rails and Snipe.
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Old Monday 19th February 2018, 07:11   #1840
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The Woodcock appeared at c17:55 and flew around the back of Salwarpe Court again.

A Peregrine attacked the starling flock and a small explosion of feathers suggest it hit one of them although I don't think it was successful. This may have been the same Peregrine that was perched on a Pylon near Salwarpe earlier yesterday morning. A peregrine also flew over Hawford on Saturday.

A Little Owl showed well in the Oak tree in Linacres horse paddocks on Saturday morning.

Tawny Owls calling around Droitwich Community Woods.

4+ Yellowhammers along Sinton Lane on Friday and 2 around Chatley also on Friday/Saturday.

A Siskin flew over Hawford on Saturday - they are scarce on the patch at the moment.

2 Coots still on Tapenhall Pool.

A Blackcap in virtual full song near Salwarpe on Friday and showing well yesterday. Other singing birds include Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Dunnock and Mistle Thrush.

Other species seen include lots of Skylarks, 30+ Linnets, Grey Wagtails, Cormorants, Goldcrests, Nuthatches, winter Thrushes, Ravens, Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings, Grey Herons, etc.

Good views of a Brown Hare at Knight's Grove and a dead Roe Deer at Harford Hill.
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Old Friday 23rd February 2018, 17:13   #1841
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Woodcock over at 18:09 this evening plus 4 Snipes.

Peregrine over earlier.

Water Rails calling.
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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 09:49   #1842
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c70 Lapwings over Hawford.
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Old Monday 26th February 2018, 07:17   #1843
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On Saturday evening, the Woodcock flew over at 18:14. I didn't try for it yesterday evening.

Good views of a Water Rail at Mildenham on Saturday morning.

Male and female Tawny Owls calling from Gorsey Bank area on Friday and Saturday evening.

Other species encountered over the weekend included singing Blackcap near Hawford and another male near Salwarpe, Yellowhammers near Knight's Grove, Skylarks, a few Meadow Pipits, Goldcrests, Buzzards, Kestrels, Grey Herons, Cormorant, Canada Geese, Coot, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, winter Thrushes, etc.

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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 14:09   #1844
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2CY Common Gull over Droitwich Woods area.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 14:34   #1845
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Woodcock on the deck in Gorsey Bank area of Droitwich woods near stream culvert by canal but then moved out of view - possibly flew.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 16:44   #1846
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Quite a productive afternoon session:

A single Lapwing in the sloping pasture below High Park.
A Peregrine flew from a pylon over towards Harford Hill.
A Water Rail showed well along the canal near Salwarpe.
Several Goldcrests showing well.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 17:50   #1847
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few pics from today. Swan had a different ring not easy to see any numbers.Enjoyable walk with lots out there,good to see that the small birds are surviving this weather.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 20:09   #1848
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Hi Tim,

The right hand gull in your photo looks like an adult winter Common - apparently there were 8 Common Gulls in the Westwood roost this evening plus Little Gull and 2 Kittiwakes - worth keeping an eye out tomorrow!
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Old Monday 5th March 2018, 07:26   #1849
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Further species noted over the weekend included:

Snipe flew from Coney at dusk yesterday, male Blackcap feeding on mistletoe berries near Salwarpe, Yellowhammer over Harford Hill, Reed Buntings, 20+ flock of linnets near Ladywood, both the usual Woodpeckers, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Stock Doves, Redwings and Fieldfares, Mistle and Song Thrushes, Ravens, Pied Wagtails, House Sparrows, c 400 Starlings in the roost, Grey Herons, Moorhens
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Old Tuesday 6th March 2018, 18:13   #1850
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Margaret and I nearly got stuck in snow drift -egg lane yesterday

Hello,
I am a new member just joined although we have been regular bird watchers on the canal for many years,it was around 2010 having a dog with epilepsy and we liked the quietness around 20 visits during 2018 seen kingfisher
Working egg lane pound last week
We also like Severn valley around bewdley,will post again when I can
Regards Bill,Margaret
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