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Old Friday 11th May 2018, 19:48   #36026
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Good to see Gadwall have bred again; let's hope Shoveler follows suit.
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Male Redstart still on the old barn roof at the Flashes; also first summer Med Gull as per Tim.
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Now two first summer Med Gulls at the Flashes as per Andy P
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From the Flashes Dave J reports:

First Avocet chick of the year + 31 adults, first summer Mediterranean Gull, Dunlin, 5 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, Redstart, 3 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler
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From the Moors Pool Dave J and Tim report:

Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 adult + 2 young Oystercatcher
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From the Flashes Dave J reports:

First Avocet chick of the year + 31 adults, first summer Mediterranean Gull, Dunlin, 5 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, Redstart, 3 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler
The brood increased to three chicks later in the morning as per Dave J.
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Dunlin, Ringed Plover and 3 young Avocet still this evening at the Flashes as per James Kenny
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some pics over the 10 days.

1 the goose and swan holding pen seems to by working.
2 Mum BHG/Med dad Pigeon
3 going on a fox hunt.
4&5 sweet chicks
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Old Monday 14th May 2018, 18:53   #36035
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A couple of hours around the reserve this afternoon with the camera for my first poss. Odonata of the year : Banded and Azure Damselflies plus 2 x Broad-bodied Chasers ( photo. of imm. male below. )
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Old Tuesday 15th May 2018, 07:42   #36036
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Apologises - yesterdays update failed to load; will try again this evening.
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Some pictures today

Oystercatcher family, semi-transparent Avocet and Wood Pigeon.

Why Wood Pigeon? It was missing from my Upton Warren photo-tick-list and this bird gave an opportunity too good to miss!
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Old Tuesday 15th May 2018, 20:48   #36038
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Monday 14th May 0840-1230

A very uninspiring morning with no movement of any kind; the birding felt more like late June than mid May Plenty of time to do some decent wildfowl counts!

SAILING POOL
7 Greylag Geese (no sign of any goslings), 6 Canada Geese, 4 Mute Swan*, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 8 Coot plus one brood, Cetti's Warbler.

FLASHES
Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing (!!), 26 Avocet plus one brood with 3 young, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Shelduck, male Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 5 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 12 Coot, 5 Moorhen, Kestrel, 2 Swift over north field, male Redstart briefly on the old barn, 3 Linnet. No Med Gulls!

NORTH MOORS
2 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck

MOORS POOL
Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 2 Avocet, 4 Oystercatcher plus 2 young, 4 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall (no sign of any ducklings, male Shoveler, 60 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Geese, 11 Coot, 5 Moorhen, Water Rail, 1 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 3 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler singing along east track. No terns!

* A Mute Swan had become trapped in the bramble field by the Sailing Centre, unable to take a run-up to fly over the fence. Thanks to the swan rescue people for extracting it, to John for calling them and to Lee for raising the alert and guiding the rescuers to the right location
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Flashes only today

After carrying out some repairs with the maintenance crew this morning I spent the whole 10 hours at the FLASHES.
No migrant waders !!
A second brood of Avocet hatched two chicks and two of the 3 from Sunday's brood are doing well.
4 lapwing appeared late morning and this evening the two males were displaying.
The caged LRP removed an egg shell but the chick/s were kept in the nest.
A 2nd summer Med Gull appeared briefly mid afternoon and didn't return to roost. The large gulls are now being given short shrift by the Avocets now chicks are present.
The heat was relentless throughout the day and warblers sang mostly this evening. The only migrants were common gull, MED Gull and 2 common tern.
Species count:
Greylag 5. Mute swan 2.
Gadwall. Shelduck 4. Tufted 12.
Avocet 28. + 2x 2 broods. LRP 5. Oystercatcher 2. Lapwing 4.
BHG 700 + 300 chicks. Common Gull 1st summer. MED gull 2nd summer. Common tern 2.
Kestrel. Peregrine. Buzzard 2
Stock dove 30+. Great sp woodp. Raven 2.
Swift 4. Swallow.
Cetti's. Reed w 5. Sedge w 2. Chiffchaff 2. Blackcap 2.
Pied wag. Linnet 6. Greenfinch. Chaffinch. Goldfinch 5.
Reed Bunting 5.
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At the half way point of May the monthly list current stands on 94 species, less than we managed in just 24 hours in last year's Spring All-Dayer!! Luckily we have already passed the lowest May total (94 in 2015) but it seems like hard work to get to the average return of 104.2 species. However there is still the promise of something tasty (possibly requiring a change in weather and wind direction) as May has the second highest overall number of species record (182), only just behind September. Potential additions for the remainder of May include (year ticks in bold):

Teal, Garganey, Little Egret, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Redshank, Ruff, Greenshank, Sanderling, Turnstone, Wood Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit, Temminck's Stint, Little Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Black Tern, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Cuckoo, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Yellowhammer
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At the half way point of May the monthly list current stands on 94 species, less than we managed in just 24 hours in last year's Spring All-Dayer!! Luckily we have already passed the lowest May total (94 in 2015) but it seems like hard work to get to the average return of 104.2 species. However there is still the promise of something tasty (possibly requiring a change in weather and wind direction) as May has the second highest overall number of species record (182), only just behind September. Potential additions for the remainder of May include (year ticks in bold):

Teal, Garganey, Little Egret, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Redshank, Ruff, Greenshank, Sanderling, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit, Temminck's Stint, Little Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Black Tern, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Cuckoo, Whinchat, Coal Tit, Yellowhammer
Whilst the wind it not favourable, today's murky conditions may be the best chance to connect with something new before the weather goes all sunny and clear again for the next few days.
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Male Redstart still singing on the top of the old barn roof at the Flashes as per Des.
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Andy P and Des further report from the Flashes:

Dunlin, first summer Common Gull, 2 LRP chicks
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A third Little Ringed Plover chick emerged this evening as per Des.
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Dunlin (1)----------------------Oystercatcher (2)
Lapwing (5)--------------------LRP (5) + a brood of 3 chicks.
Avocet (29) + 2:2 chicks------Shelduck (2)
Gadwall (3)---------------------Shoveler (1)
Common Gull (1s)-------------Redstart. Singing from the top of the barn early morning, but not this evening.
Cetti's Warbler (1) in the Hen Pool area.
G C Grebe (2)*-----------------Tufted Duck (10)*
Greylag Goose*

MOORS/RIVER SALWARPE*
Avocet (1)----------------------Oystercatcher (4) + 2 chicks
Lapwing (2)--------------------Gadwall (4)
Shelduck (6)-------------------Shoveler (2)
Tufted Duck (46)---------------Little Grebe (6)
Mute Swan (3)-----------------Mistle Thrush (2) + a min of 1 juv.
Kingfisher*---------------------Willow Warbler along the east track.
Cetti's Warbler-----------------Swift (c40)

NORTH MOORS:
Shoveler (pr)-------------------Tufted Duck (7)
Mute Swan (2)

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Walking along the road from the Moors car park to the North Moors hide around 8pm, a Water Rail made me jump by alarm-calling very loudly from about 2ft away. Visible through the hedge was a second bird with two chicks.

A single Common Tern at the Moors.
Swifts, Swallows and House Martins feeding over the woods next to the West hide.

Badger on the track down to the West Hide from the car park around 8.45pm

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Walking along the road from the Moors car park to the North Moors hide around 8pm, a Water Rail made me jump by alarm-calling very loudly from about 2ft away. Visible through the hedge was a second bird with two chicks.

A single Common Tern at the Moors.
Swifts, Swallows and House Martins feeding over the woods next to the West hide.

Badger on the track down to the West Hide from the car park around 8.45pm
Good news Rob - were the young on the North Moors side or the Moors Pool side of the causeway?
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Walking along the road from the Moors car park to the North Moors hide around 8pm, a Water Rail made me jump by alarm-calling very loudly from about 2ft away. Visible through the hedge was a second bird with two chicks.

A single Common Tern at the Moors.
Swifts, Swallows and House Martins feeding over the woods next to the West hide.

Badger on the track down to the West Hide from the car park around 8.45pm
Rob were they small black chicks with white bills or more advanced
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Today's highlights:

FLASHES/SAILING POOL*
Dunlin (1)----------------------Oystercatcher (2)
Lapwing (5)--------------------LRP (5) + a brood of 3 chicks.
Avocet (29) + 2:2 chicks------Shelduck (2)
Gadwall (3)---------------------Shoveler (1)
Common Gull (1s)-------------Redstart. Singing from the top of the barn early morning, but not this evening.
Cetti's Warbler (1) in the Hen Pool area.
G C Grebe (2)*-----------------Tufted Duck (10)*
Greylag Goose*

MOORS/RIVER SALWARPE*
Avocet (1)----------------------Oystercatcher (4) + 2 chicks
Lapwing (2)--------------------Gadwall (4)
Shelduck (6)-------------------Shoveler (2)
Tufted Duck (46)---------------Little Grebe (6)
Mute Swan (3)-----------------Mistle Thrush (2) + a min of 1 juv.
Kingfisher*---------------------Willow Warbler along the east track.
Cetti's Warbler-----------------Swift (c40)

NORTH MOORS:
Shoveler (pr)-------------------Tufted Duck (7)
Mute Swan (2)

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A couple of other pieces of information from yesterday. A Black Headed Gull with a white ring on its left leg, 28D1, was present at the Moors early afternoon. This bird has been noted before on the reserve.

There was a minimum of 100 Black Headed Gull chicks at the Flashes yesterday evening.

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A couple of other pieces of information from yesterday. A Black Headed Gull with a white ring on its left leg, 28D1, was present at the Moors early afternoon. This bird has been noted before on the reserve.

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An old familiar friend who has been seen on the reserve for many a year but must be getting a bit long in the tooth now.

But getting back to the gull I will post it's updated history later
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