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Espen

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Hi there,am coming to herefordshire,Hope under dinsmore tomorrow (monday) and will have 7-8 hours in the area until my customers are ready.
Can you tell me a few good local sites and what may i expect to see,sorry for the lateness,only just realised i was going tomorrow,any help is greatly appreciated,thanks,rob

Sorry, I've only just seen your post as I don't update it very often, I hope you found somewhere in the end.

I've checked the trees along kempton avenue a couple of times in the past week or so but today I had a nice surprise of a flock of 35+ on the corner of kempton avenue and sandown drive, I didn't stay too long as it was raining but here are a couple of poor pics.
 

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Espen

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more waxwings from last sunday...

wellington GPs, 1st december, 11:00-12:45
great white egret after one was at brockhall gps last weekend I presume it's the same bird, it was showing on the main pit and the small fishing pool by the side of the path.
6 goldeneye
70 teal
30 gadwall
200 mallard
200 canada goose
60 wigeon
20 cormorant
1 grey heron
1 kingfisher
1 green woodpecker
100 fieldfare
50 redwing
2 mistle thrush
1 sparrowhawk
1 herring gull
10 LBBgull
5 BHgull
10 LTtit
 

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Espen

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Wellington GPs
30th December
12:30- 14:30
4 pintail
3 goldeneye
20 teal
45 shoveler
90 mallard
90 tufted duck
3 GC grebe
40 chaffinch
20 goldfinch
1 stonechat
190 canada goose
100 lapwing
2 greylag goose
1 feral greylag goose
6 barnacle goose
3 mute swan
1 buzzard
1 G W egret
1 grey heron
3 gadwall
12 cormorant
4 goosander
3 song thrush
2 wren
50 fieldfare
50 redwing
1 pied wagtail
2 kestrel
20 LBB gull

cheers

Espen
 

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Espen

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Wellington GPs
1st january
10:45-11:45
1 buzzard
150 coot
40 shoveller
120 tufted duck
6 pochard
2 GC grebe
4 goldeneye
80 mallard
30 wigeon
4 gadwall
40 LBB gull
1 herring gull
40 redwing
180 canada goose
5 stock dove
1GW egret
12 cormorant
5 great tit
3 chiffchaff
30 caffinch
5 blue tit
4 barnacle goose
5 robin
1 grey heron
1 greylag goose
50 rook
1 bullfinch
20 goldfinch
2 fieldfare
1 meadow pipit

Wellington GPs
19th january
10:45-12:15
up to a foot of snow in places
-1c
1 red necked grebe
7 GC grebe
14 snipe
1 dunlin
200 wigeon
50 teal
1 gadwall
1 bullfinch
20 goldfinch
10 chaffinch
1 great tit
300 fieldfare
5 meadow pipit
10 cormorant
30 shoveller
2 goldeneye
3 lapwing
30 mute swan
100 redwing
2 raven
100 canada goose
1 buzzard
30 blackbird
 

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JSButcher

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Hi Espen,

My word, you have been ploughing a lonely furrow in this thread for some time! I certainly take my hat off to you for persistance!

I have recently moved to Hereford and have enjoyed looking through your lists, and will continue to look at your thread and maybe add a few of my own in due course.

I will just point out however that I am a relative novice by way of comparison, so don't expect a conversation on an equal footing.

I'll post again in due course.

Best Wishes and Thanks for your hard work!

Jared
 

Espen

Well-known member
Hi Espen,

My word, you have been ploughing a lonely furrow in this thread for some time! I certainly take my hat off to you for persistance!

I have recently moved to Hereford and have enjoyed looking through your lists, and will continue to look at your thread and maybe add a few of my own in due course.

I will just point out however that I am a relative novice by way of comparison, so don't expect a conversation on an equal footing.

I'll post again in due course.

Best Wishes and Thanks for your hard work!

Jared

Hello Jared, thankyou! and welcome to the forum, I look foreward to your contributions, I'm not sure if you know of this site: http://www.goingbirding.co.uk/herefords/birdnews.asp but you can post sightings there, It's also useful for checking what's about :t:

Wellington GPs
9th february
12:30- 13:30
5 pintail (1m 4f)
200 wigeon
20 pochard
100 lapwing
1 little owl
1 kestrel
10 GC grebe
1 GW egret
1 buzzard
100 BH gull
20 cormorant
4 gadwall (2m 2f)
10 great tit
20 blue tit
10 dunnock
10 robin
1 song thrush
50 chaffinch
10 goldfinch
2 pied wagtail

Also, not in the county but I thoroughly recommend going to see the GN diver at pittville park in cheltenham, been there a while and showing ridiculously well!!!!
 

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Brian Stretch

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Drake LESSER SCAUP at Wellington Pits on fly fishing lake this afternoon. This will be the first county record if accepted.

Brian
 

Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
So firsts for Derbyshire and Herefordshire on the same day - I had better get out and check for Leicestershire/Rutland's ninth.

Steve
 

Espen

Well-known member
Yes, nice drake, still there today per RBA (apparently also a small canada goose although there was one there last winter I think- presumably an escapee), here's a record shot from last sunday:

sunday 17th march
11:00- 12:00

1 lesser scaup
20 tufted duck
50 shoveller
2 snipe
20 teal
1 buzzard
5 meadow pipit
10 pied wagtail
20 GC grebe
30 pochard
10 canada goose
 

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Yes, nice drake, still there today per RBA (apparently also a small canada goose although there was one there last winter I think- presumably an escapee), here's a record shot from last sunday:

sunday 17th march
11:00- 12:00

1 lesser scaup
20 tufted duck
50 shoveller
2 snipe
20 teal
1 buzzard
5 meadow pipit
10 pied wagtail
20 GC grebe
30 pochard
10 canada goose

Hi Espen,

Well done for seeing the Lesser Scaup, its been showing very well this weekend.

One thing that jumps out however is the random numbers on the rest of your counts. Accurate counting is a good way of checking through all the birds present and quite often the way the more unusual ducks, waders and waterfowl are discovered.

The Great Crested Grebes have only just got back to double figures this calendar year and Pochard have peaked at 23 this winter (very low), your counts on both seem quite high.

On the other hand the Shoveler count for instance is up to 74 this weekend, high 60s when you did your count, which is a county record.

Don't look at this post as a criticism, keep getting out there, but take your time to look through and record, you never know what you might find,:t:
 

Espen

Well-known member
Hi Espen,

Well done for seeing the Lesser Scaup, its been showing very well this weekend.

One thing that jumps out however is the random numbers on the rest of your counts. Accurate counting is a good way of checking through all the birds present and quite often the way the more unusual ducks, waders and waterfowl are discovered.

The Great Crested Grebes have only just got back to double figures this calendar year and Pochard have peaked at 23 this winter (very low), your counts on both seem quite high.

On the other hand the Shoveler count for instance is up to 74 this weekend, high 60s when you did your count, which is a county record.

Don't look at this post as a criticism, keep getting out there, but take your time to look through and record, you never know what you might find,:t:

Thanks Paul and well done on finding the lesser scaup!

Usually I look through the flocks of duck and then take an average for the number as my visits are often quite short so I have to try and get around as much as I can, but I'll bear this in mind! :t:

another pic of the scaup attached

Wellington GPs
24th march
11:00 12:15
150 redwing
100 fieldfare
300 starling
1 lesser scaup
1 goldeneye
20 tufted duck
60 shoveller
4 snipe
30 teal
1 gadwall
1 sparrowhawk
1 kestrel
10 meadow pipits
30 goldfinch
7 pied wagtail
10 GC grebe
5 canada goose
20 pochard
 

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Brian Stretch

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Hi Espen,

Well done for seeing the Lesser Scaup, its been showing very well this weekend.

One thing that jumps out however is the random numbers on the rest of your counts. Accurate counting is a good way of checking through all the birds present and quite often the way the more unusual ducks, waders and waterfowl are discovered.

The Great Crested Grebes have only just got back to double figures this calendar year and Pochard have peaked at 23 this winter (very low), your counts on both seem quite high.

On the other hand the Shoveler count for instance is up to 74 this weekend, high 60s when you did your count, which is a county record.

Don't look at this post as a criticism, keep getting out there, but take your time to look through and record, you never know what you might find,:t:

There were 76 Shoveler (counted 3 times) on the first pit on the right as you walk in from the A49 layby on Monday (25/3).

Brian
 
Thanks Brian, it is a strange event for the Shovelers this winter and I'm not sure if other counties are seeing unusually high numbers. To put it into context, the previous best county record was about 32 IIRC. Wigeon, Teal and Gadwall numbers have been high but not record breaking but nothing else has been unusually high.

Maybe there is just something in the new workings that's particularly tasty to them.
 

Espen

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Wellington GPs
1st april
12:30-13:45
76 shoveller
7 gadwall
42 tufted duck
1 lesser scaup
2 ostercatcher
6 pied wagtail
1 sand martin
40 meadow pipit
1 chiffchaff (interesting bird with very cold colours and high pitched call)
2 bullfinch
20 goldfinch
1 little owl
10 pochard
 

Espen

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Lugg Meadows
2nd April
13:30-15:00
1 willow warbler
4 reed bunting
1 curlew
2 mallard
 

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Espen

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Wellington GPs
9th April
68 shoveller
9 gadwall
6 teal
2 little owl
1 kingfisher
1 chiffchaff
35 meadow pipit
11 pied wagtail
2 white wagtail
4 reed bunting
1 wheatear
1 shelduck
2 sand martin
4 goosander
1 bullfinch
30 fieldfare
45 BH gull
7 GC grebe
 

Espen

Well-known member
near mordiford today:

1 swallow
also a field full of swans(about 25), didn't check through them though
 

Espen

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over garden today in 2 hours:
34 swallow
2 house martin
1 sand martin
4 sparrowhawk
5 buzzard
1 kestrel
7 fieldfare
 

Espen

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Wellington GPs
8:00-12:20
had a great time at wellington this am, buckets full of migrants have arrived since my last visit :)
15 willow warbler
6 chiffchaff
7 blackcap
2 reed warbler
2 common sandpiper
1 little ringed plover
6 oystercatcher
1 curlew
2 lapwing
6 GC grebe
3 gadwall
2 teal
1 lesser scaup
2 goldeneye
2 osprey one went over north at 8:55 (first pic), second went over north at 11:45 (second pic)
5 buzzard
2 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
110 sand martin
30 swallow
7 house martin
2 bullfinch
10 reed bunting
5 great tit
8 wheatear
12 wren
1 skylark
3 yellowhammer
50 LBB gull
10 herring gull
17 white wagtail
10 pied wagtail
4 yellow wagtail
 

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Espen

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Wellington GPs, 20th April
11:30-13:00
7 willow warbler
5 sedge warbler
2 whitethroat
1 reed warbler
17 willow warbler
3 chiffchaff
10 reed bunting
1 red kite
6 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
1 lesser scaup
25 tufted duck
1 curlew
2 oystercatcher
4 pied wagtail
1 sand martin
2 swallow

Wellington GPs, 21st april
8:00- 11:00
1 grasshopper warbler showed briefly around the scrape at 8:50, then sang briefly at 10:00 :t:
10 whitethroat
8 sedge warbler
13 willow warbler
1 chiffchaff
4 yellow wagtail
4 pied wagtail
6 white wagtail
15 sand martin
10 swallow
1 lesser scaup
1 ringed plover
2 little ringed plover

attached a record shot of the gropper
 

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