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Old Wednesday 6th May 2020, 14:49   #2551
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First cuckoo seen and heard today from the canal at Salwarpe.
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Old Wednesday 6th May 2020, 20:30   #2552
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At least 4 Cuckoos this morning
Peregrine plucking its prey
All the usual Warblers including 2 singing Cetti's (one showed very well)
Several Gadwall
Swifts, Swallows and House Martins
4 Lapwings
Skylarks
Red Admiral amongst the butterflies seen
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Old Thursday 7th May 2020, 15:37   #2553
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A Garden Warbler along the canal near Ladywood this morning
A Yellow Wagtail over near Salwarpe
3 or 4 Cuckoos noted
2 Kingfishers
Coot
2 Lapwings
Treecreeper
2 singing Cetti's - both showed well
2 Greylags
The usual Warblers
Swallows, House Martin's and Swifts
Freshly fledged Mistle Thrushes
Yellowhammers
Linnets

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Old Saturday 9th May 2020, 20:01   #2554
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Birding highlights from the last couple of days include:

1 Hobby today near Salwarpe
2 Ravens
Cuckoos - 2 or 3
2 Gadwall
4 Lapwings
3 Cetti's Warblers
Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrushes, Swifts, Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Swallows, House Martins, all the usual Warblers, Grey Wagtails etc.

Insects - Large Red Damselfly, Cinnabar Moth, Brimstone butterfly

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Old Sunday 10th May 2020, 20:39   #2555
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Todays birds:

1 Red Kite
4+ Cuckoos
1 Gadwall
2 Cetti's Warblers
3 Lapwings
Swallows
House Martin's
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Buzzards
Skylarks
Common Whitethroats
Reed and Sedge Warblers
Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs
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Old Tuesday 12th May 2020, 18:07   #2556
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Today's lockdown birds:

1 Oystercatcher - new for the year
1 Red Kite
4 Cuckoos
2 Cetti's Warblers
4 Lapwings
2 Gadwall
Swifts, House Martins and Swallows
Common and Lesser Whitethroats
Reed and Sedge Warblers
Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs
Linnets, Skylarks
Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers
2 Coots
Buzzards
Kestrel

Yellowhammers seen yesterday plus a Cuckoo over Sinton Lane
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Old Wednesday 13th May 2020, 19:03   #2557
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A Great Crested Grebe at the confluence this morning was new for the year on the patch
5 Gadwall over there also plus one on the water.
Better numbers of House Martins than of late plus Swifts and Swallows.
2 or 3 Cuckoos noted
2 Ravens
2 singing Cetti's Warblers
2 Lapwings
Kestrel and Buzzards
The usual common Warblers

During the full lockdown I managed to see 94 species - these were mostly on the patch but with a few picked up at other sites (e.g. Westwood, Oakley Pool)- but all within walking distance and reached by foot. Others might have been added with the aid of motorised transport as I would have been able to access more sites earlier in the morning. However, I get the impression that passage birds on my patch this year have been quite difficult, with several 'usual' species still missing. I'm hoping that the birding interest will continue for a few more weeks yet.

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Old Thursday 14th May 2020, 08:52   #2558
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Spotted Flycatcher Knight's Grove - my first of the year
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Old Sunday 17th May 2020, 20:50   #2559
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Passage migration seems to have come to an end, leaving just breeding species on the patch.

Cuckoos easy to see - with multiple sightings around Salwarpe and Ladywood and singles in other places. A female heard calling yesterday.
Water Rail calling from Coney this evening.
3 Greylags
2 Gadwall
Cetti's Warblers near Linacre bridge and Tapenhall
Kingfisher seen yesterday.
Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, the usual Warblers and Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, Kestrels, Bizzards, Reed Buntings, Goldcrests, Lapwing, Grey Wagtails, etc.

A large Grass Snake seen today plus a dead Mole.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 07:09   #2560
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Oystercatcher over Coney Meadow.
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Old Tuesday 19th May 2020, 09:08   #2561
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Old Thursday 21st May 2020, 09:46   #2562
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Pretty quiet on the patch lately.
Female Cuckoos heard calling several times on Tuesday
Male Cuckoos heard from my garden early mornings while checking the moth trap. Others heard and seen on the patch.
Cetti's Warblers still very vocal around Tapenhall and Linacre bridge
2 Coots with growing young on Tapenhall pool
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Old Saturday 23rd May 2020, 22:13   #2563
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highlight for 1/2 hr this evening,Buzzard hovering a couple of times over the reeds until moved on by crows, Pied and Grey wagtail,Heron .Stock Dove on church tower.
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Old Sunday 24th May 2020, 11:11   #2564
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Spotted Flycatcher near the weir pool, Salwarpe village.
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Old Sunday 24th May 2020, 12:15   #2565
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Hobby over Droitwich Woods towards Westwood
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Good to see two separate Gtr Spotted Woodpecker nests with fledglings showing at one. One nest just down from Linacre Bridge on the right of the towpath, then further down on the left, in the dead stand of tree on the left before the flyover. 2 Lapwings showing well by the muddy patch near the ‘bridge to nowhere’, the cetti singing there as usual. DC
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My highlights over the last two evenings. Cuckoo calling both evening. Ragged looking Raven. Grey wagtail
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