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Old Friday 22nd May 2020, 06:12   #1326
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Old Saturday 23rd May 2020, 08:52   #1327
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Red Kite above A443 at Holt Heath.

I used to commute to London (2000 - 2008) daily on the M40 and saw their progress northwards from High Wycombe near the M25 to Stokenchurch then Oxfordshire.

This is my first sighting in Worcestershire - I know there have been quite a few sightings from others.
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Old Friday 29th May 2020, 06:24   #1328
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Little Egret brings my Grimley total to 100. Young of swan, moorhen Coot, Mallard , Little Grebe and Lapwing all doing well.
Marsh Frogs very vocal and seem much easier to spot this year sitting on the floating vegetation .
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Old Friday 29th May 2020, 13:19   #1329
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Little Egret brings my Grimley total to 100. Young of swan, moorhen Coot, Mallard , Little Grebe and Lapwing all doing well.
Marsh Frogs very vocal and seem much easier to spot this year sitting on the floating vegetation .
Hi Isaac

Like you.....Little Egret (from Sling ) and Mute Swan with young from this morning ......pics on user gallery.

Didn't see it but Stint spotted over the last few days on CLP also.
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Old Saturday 30th May 2020, 04:48   #1330
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A very pleasant 2.5 hour mooch around the pits yesterday from 11-1330. Only 2 cars parked at the junction and a couple of other birders seen during the whole time - no doubt due to the fact that nothing had been reported recently..... The 'bake off' temperatures were moderated by a pleasant and gentle breeze.

Still plenty of Reed Warblers singing but notably less of other species and no Lesser Whitethroat heard. A pair of noisy Common Terns on the Hippo pool could hint at potential breeding on one of the islands. Likewise a pair of Oystercatchers. An adult Little Egret dropped in to feed - where do all these roosting Winter birds go? A pair of alert calling Redshank further around indicated that they had bred and were calling to precocious young in the long grass to remain still until we passed on the track. A good grilling of the shoreline at all pits did not yield a diminutive wader. A minimum of 2 male Cuckoos were heard and the Cetti's Warbler was still singing adjacent to the White Hart fishing pool and that was about it. Another visit is slated for Monday but maybe Bartley and Bittell beckon - we shall see...

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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 19:27   #1331
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Temmincks Stint present on the 11th and 12th May
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Old Sunday 31st May 2020, 21:17   #1332
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Sunday morning , stumbled on a nest site of a lesser whitethroat , the Male was showing well and alarm calling .
Red Kite over CLP at 10:15 am from Hallow and passed through heading towards Holt.
62 species seen .
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Old Monday 1st June 2020, 22:55   #1333
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Clay lane pit 8.30 am.....two cuckoos flying together and perched on dead trees in lake.
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Old Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 23:04   #1334
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Clay lane pit 8.30 am.....two cuckoos flying together and perched on dead trees in lake.
Camp Lane??
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Old Thursday 4th June 2020, 06:34   #1335
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Camp Lane??
Camp Lane.... It must be a senior moment again
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Old Thursday 4th June 2020, 13:51   #1336
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Hi Jim,

I think you are right. The brood of 4 today definitely look younger than those present earlier in the week. If so no sign of the older brood and still only 2 adults. Strange......
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Hi Patch ,
The 4 chicks i saw this morning just didnt look as big as the ones on Sunday although they were standing in water . The parent situation ive only seen 2 maybe a third adult but with only a few visits , and these birds probably sitting on eggs 3 weeks + who knows ---- maybe Roger B. can shed more light on the subject if he sees the present 4 young .
Good numbers of Swifts over Camp Lane and a couple of cuckoos in the dead trees in the water.
Roe Deer Holt as was a single L. Egret.
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I didn’t clock the number or size of the Redshank brood When i visited a week or so ago but the standard is 4 and the parents were highly vocal so they would have been freshly hatched and being told to hunker down. I haven’t seen more than one pair on any recent visits so i cannot see there being more than one brood considering the small territory available

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Old Sunday 7th June 2020, 17:37   #1339
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A few shots from yesterday ....CLP

Redshank x 2
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I managed 1100-1300 on site at Grimmers with most of it inbetween showers and was fortunate to bump into the Lord of Grimley with his bride in tow. Cursories were exchanged and i heard her say that the signs needed cleaning. These are the ones that say Private etc and they appeared to have some bird droppings on them - i will save her the effort when i next visit as i am not a fan of unnecerssary signage in the countryside. Also noted are the 'newbies' by the old barn c/w all the trappings of Horsiculture. Those fields now sport signs and electrified fences with the odd sheep - much beloved of 'weekend' farmers. Their signs state that there is no public right of way but please close gates etc and keep mutts on a lead. How long before they don't want anybody walking there? I don't know much about the tenure of the former workings and grazing etc but i thought that the pits were turned back to 'nature' and access was honoured by the Parish. It seems that a lot of it has either been sold or tenanted with bird interests and access taking a back seat - somebody, anybody, care to enlighten me please?

Still plenty of Reed Warblers singing and 2 Cuckoos heard. 2 adult LRP's were present feeding around where the cattle were. The Cetti's is still present over at the White Hart pool and a pair of noisy Oysercatchers went over. I had a nice chat with the chap who lives down the lane by the Wagon Wheel - the one with the Jack Russell and the large pile of wood in the field. He supplies apples to Bulmers and his co-op have 500 acres of orchard in the area. I press Cider with a mate so i will ask what varieties he has and liase Whilst there i took advantage of some Coriander which is now over and there is a lot flowering and a handful will suffice for Curries and Salads until my next visit.

2 calling Cuckoos noted.

For those botanically challenged birders with eyes only for the skies the word Orchid usually grabs the attention. On the causeway track betwixt the Marsh Frog and Hippo Pools on the left there are a single Pyramidal just coming into flower (bottom upwards) and 5 Bee Orchids. I do not recall seeing any there on previous trips. It would be difficult to miss the former as it is lit up like a Roman candle although the latter are quite pale and less discerning. One of the Bee has an interesting feature which i need to check on so i will post that picture later.....

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4 Redshank young still present this morning as per Terry Hinett.
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Attached are a couple of photos of one of the Bee Orchids from yesterday...

I noticed that on one of the spikes there was an abnormal flower. It was drawn out with a noticeable pale-edged spur as opposed to the normal bulbous recurved lip i.e. labellum you normally see on the species.

I straight away thought of 'Wasp Orchid'. Not a true species or even subspecies but a .var, a variant, from the normal 'apifera' nominate. I have seen 'trollii' in the Cotswolds many years ago but these were a few spikes where all the flowers were wasp-like. A bit of research reveals that both forms can occur on the same flowering stem but it is much rarer than the 'norm' which in itself is scarce enough

The 2 images attached show the difference between both flowers but on the same spike - for those with a botanical inclination or Orchid twitchers it is a rarer sighting than anything with feathers down there imho.

Good Birding.....and Botanising

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This morning CLP.....Redshank pair with 4 young doing very well and growing .....as stated by Phil Andrews.

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It has been kindly pointed out that the flower in question *might* not have been fully opened yet and it might indeed expand and curl back. I am not convinced as i do not think there is enough ‘slack’ in the flower personally but as i visit each week i will check again on Saturday...

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Pair of Mediterranean Gulls mating at Camp Lane Pits yesterday later afternoon. Also an amorous Cuckoo pair (image of female)
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WOW nice find

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Have you got the details of the rings Pete?
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ROSE-COLOURED STARLING in Grimley village this evening around barn along public footpath between telephone box and River Severn SO836602 as per Isaac2
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Rose Coloured Starling ,nice plumage easy to find among upward of 1000 birds. For more info contact Roger B or Brian . Sorry to be a bit elusive but sensitive times.
Of note Gadwalls with young although small brood sizes 2, 3 and 4 . Large numbers of aerial feeders over CLP with swifts easily the most abundant. Clouds of insects actually making it difficult to breath, in there millions.
A great nights birding on what at first appeared to be a very overcast evening , I hadn’t even bothered to take phone or camera ——- you never know what’s going to be there.
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Common Scoter on Camp Lane Pits this morning as per Gavin Peplow.
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