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Old Saturday 5th October 2013, 17:47   #21501
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5 Ruff on flashes. 19 Curlew,, Common sand and Green Sand just flew in
Whats the gull roost like Craig. It was sbout 800 on tuesday
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Whats the gull roost like Craig. It was sbout 800 on tuesday
Rubbish if im honest, no more than 400 birds. Been bad for the last 3 saturdays.
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Thanks for a great days Birding Mike. really enjoyed it getting 5 lifers too

will upload a few pics to me flickr in a min loved the isabelline wheatear
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Thanks for a great days Birding Mike. really enjoyed it getting 5 lifers too

will upload a few pics to me flickr in a min loved the isabelline wheatear
a pleasure - it was good fun. Liking the pictures on your Flickr - the fighting seals are impressive!
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Thanks for a great days Birding Mike. really enjoyed it getting 5 lifers too

will upload a few pics to me flickr in a min loved the isabelline wheatear
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work party on Flashes

First of all and most importantly, many thanks to everyone who turned up today.
I would say that this was probably the heaviest work we have ever undertaken. In fact there were plenty of stiff backs at the end, but it will all be worthwhile come next spring.
It was great to see so many people, considering all the absentees.
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thanks to the two newbies Phil H W and Rich (skeleton man), hope we haven't worked you too hard.
Also thanks as always to the regulars: - Ian (muntjac) & Matt , Si & Guy(hairy birder and not so hairy), Tim & Mary (birder Glady's), DW (woodchat), SyV, GP(Biking Birder), PA (lesser Kestrel), G Lab, PQ, MY and Derek,

Thanks also to Claire (Ian's wife for the welsh cakes) and all the other cakes and goodies.
work pics later
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Great efforts one and all!

I have been haunted by those bright yellow boots all week on Shetland and there they are staring out of the computer back at me again!!
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Old Sunday 6th October 2013, 20:29   #21508
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Knew a young bloke about 30 years ago that used to dabble in that silly nonsense - wonder what happened to him !!!!
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Old Sunday 6th October 2013, 20:32   #21509
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Work Party

Hi John,

Thanks as usual for a very enjoyable and worthwhile work party.

Can I just take this opportunity to advertise some work parties that will be taking place over the next few months at the John Bennett
Wetland Reserve. For those not familiar with the reserve, its located between Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn next to the village of Birlingham.
Streetmap:-

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=393500&y=243500&z=120&sv=birlingham&st=3 &tl=Map+of+Birlingham,+Worcestershire+[City/Town/Village]&searchp=ids.srf&mapp=map.srf

We plan to meet up every 3rd Sunday of the month, starting in 2 weeks time on Sunday October 20th at 10AM.

The first work party aims to make a start on clearing the islands and back shoreline of the encroaching weeds and scrub, with a view
to improving the habitat for overwintering wildfowl and wading birds (couple of pics attached to whet your appetites).

If anyone fancies helping out, or would like more details, please send me a private message.

Cheers now,
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Old Sunday 6th October 2013, 20:38   #21510
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That looks like a great place...good luck.

Was that a pic from this year.....that weed looks familiar...lol...and those Cows get around as well.

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the work today

17 of us today
The rationale behind today's work:
Firstly, every few years the shallow feeding channels silt up, so to counteract this we have to physical remove it. But rather than pile up it up aimlessly, we used it to create more breeding and feeding areas.
This was achieved by wheelbarrowing it to the far end of the spit in front of the hide. Here it was initially poured into the water (south side), but to create a long 'arm' we had to build a bridge. This new 'arm' will increase the available shore line and breeding areas. It will also help shelter the shallows from the cold easterly wind. This in turn will provide suitable invertebrate breeding habitat, benefiting the waders and their chicks.
A smaller arm was created half way down the spit, which also shored up the eroding south bank of the spit.
secondly, the 'delta' (area to the right of the hide) has many narrow steep sided channels, which are mostly unseen from the hide. Today we angled the front edge of the main channel, to enhance the views, but equally as important, this will allow salt marsh plants to colonise.
The diggings were again used to firm up the new 'arm'.
Two large 'holes' were dug in the 'saucer' north side of spit and the spoil was added to the 'arm. These holes were made to extend the ideal feeding conditions (by varying the depths of water), that this area offers during the wader chick rearing period. This was also done in the delta zone.
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2. after work to left is the 'saucer' , then to right of it, is the spit. New arms on the right side of 'spit'. middle front is the 'delta' and its channels.
3. The north delta before work.
4. the delta after work.
5. the new angled delta channel after work

Sy also cleaned out and put metal hole covers on several nest boxes.
John
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Old Sunday 6th October 2013, 20:47   #21512
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That looks like a great place...good luck.

Was that a pic from this year.....that weed looks familiar...lol...and those Cows get around as well.

Keith
Cheers Keith

Yeah, pictures from a couple of months ago. Same old weeds, same old back ache to clear them.
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Knew a young bloke about 30 years ago that used to dabble in that silly nonsense - wonder what happened to him !!!!
oops forgot about that Glenn....seem to remember another geazer doing it. Yep you kid
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Old Sunday 6th October 2013, 21:17   #21514
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Knew a young bloke about 30 years ago that used to dabble in that silly nonsense - wonder what happened to him !!!!
Glen are you sure it was only 30 years ago
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Here are a couple of photos from today. Of the seven boxes I managed top access, five had been used and one appeared to have been deserted in the early stages of nest building. I regret having mounted these on hawthorn trees and near sloe, bramble and nettle patches. I'll wear long sleeves for round two.
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birds during the work

A good variety of birds appeared.
A very late Hobby chased dragonflies for several minutes around the Flashes. A peregrine dive-bombed a buzzard.
The first kestrel I have seen for a couple of months flew through.
Several groups of meadow pipits flew around us, several dropping into the grassy areas at least 30 birds seen. Also over were a few skylarks and my first redpoll of the autumn was in the silver birches.
Around the lagoons were: 5 ruff, dunlin, 8 snipe, common sand, 20 curlew 40 lapwing , 60+ teal and 30 shoveler. also 2 grey wags landed on the hide.
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The rationale behind today's work:
Firstly, every few years the shallow feeding channels silt up, so to counteract this we have to physical remove it. But rather than pile up it up aimlessly, we used it to create more breeding and feeding areas.
This was achieved by wheelbarrowing it to the far end of the spit in front of the hide. Here it was initially poured into the water (south side), but to create a long 'arm' we had to build a bridge. This new 'arm' will increase the available shore line and breeding areas. It will also help shelter the shallows from the cold easterly wind. This in turn will provide suitable invertebrate breeding habitat, benefiting the waders and their chicks.
A smaller arm was created half way down the spit, which also shored up the eroding south bank of the spit.
secondly, the 'delta' (area to the right of the hide) has many narrow steep sided channels, which are mostly unseen from the hide. Today we angled the front edge of the main channel, to enhance the views, but equally as important, this will allow salt marsh plants to colonise.
The diggings were again used to firm up the new 'arm'.
Two large 'holes' were dug in the 'saucer' north side of spit and the spoil was added to the 'arm. These holes were made to extend the ideal feeding conditions (by varying the depths of water), that this area offers during the wader chick rearing period. This was also done in the delta zone.
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1. Before work
2. after work to left is the 'saucer' , then to right of it, is the spit. New arms on the right side of 'spit'. middle front is the 'delta' and its channels.
3. The north delta before work.
4. the delta after work.
5. the new angled delta channel after work

Sy also cleaned out and put metal hole covers on several nest boxes.
John
Looks very nice indeed.looks like i got out of some hard work today you all deserved your cake and cuppa today well done all .your work is very much appreciated
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great crested grebe from this afternoon.
kingy x
little grebe
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O.M.G. these are outstanding images.....best Grebe I have seen and the last king is spot on.

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Commented before the Little Grebe was loaded...or was it down below catching the fish ?
Another lovely capture...
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Vern has just lrang to say he has left upton and is now watching the glossy ibis at stikesay castle in Shropshire. It is giving great views. I have asked him to bag it up and bring it to upton when he has finished photographing it.
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I heard there is one at Stokesay Castle as well. Is there near Stikesay?
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I heard there is one at Stokesay Castle as well. Is there near Stikesay?
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Hope your having a great time in Shetland certainly winning the Shet vs Scili race. I hope you are not going to begrudge me a late Whitethroat compared to the birds on Shetland. ( too chunky for Subalp- did check though)
Dont like to doubt Mr Stat but 1971 Oct 2nd, same date, according to "The birds of Upton"
Hi Tevor - having reviewed my raw data I would confirm that your Common Whitethroat on the 2nd October is the joint latest departure date along with 1971.

The Hobby yesterday on the work party was the latest date since 2000 when the last bird was seen on the 15th October (the latest departure date on record)
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