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RSPB Middleton Lakes (1 Viewer)

Piccalilli

Steve Pick
Did anyone hang around for the starlings tonight. Interested to know if numbers increased further or was last night their swan song. Manual count of last nights partial flock picture returned 8,436 birds so there was well over 10,000 last night and birds still going in when I left.
 

Eug

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Appeared to be similar numbers to Thurs but hard to tell as they all went down to roost in lots of separate little groups, never seen them do that before. They seemed to be back in the usual reedbed nearest the viewing platform
 

Dick-E-Dipper

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I hear the bridge is still not ready to use, due to `Health & Safety`!!
Apparrently they havn`t grouted under the Base Plates properly, a very basic requirement in the construction industry. Its lucky the RSPB aren`t paying. I wonder if there was a Penalty clause for not completing on time.
Highly unlikely, as no completion date formerly given? (OR YEAR!)

Well thats got that of my chest.

Richard
 

Piccalilli

Steve Pick
Did the starlings show last night?

About 5000 came together over silt pool but they went elsewhere to roost. Probably Fishers Mill.

They threw some nice shapes though including a snake chasing a rat. Looks better if you've had a few pints and you squint.

Steve
 

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rollingthunder

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"Elf and Saft - ee" They would'nt have the Normandy landings now 'cos the pollen count would be too high!;)

There must be a huge committee 'working' on that bridge and some lonely Polish bloke doing all the work - they will get the thing done, just in time for the Spring flooding to wash out the waders nests..........again!

Laurie:t:
 

Piccalilli

Steve Pick
Lunchtime dash round reserve produced 9 Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 3 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret and 20 Snipe all on JW - nothing on NP.
Path has not advanced further as they are working on the stream bridge. River bridge still closed.
 

rollingthunder

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Sounds a good CV filler - Base Plate Grouter? Gotta be better than a Base Plate Grouters Mate;)

First day of BST so don't leave the house without your wellies, altho they will probably always be in the car if yr Muddleton-bound.....

Laurie:t:
 

geoffw1946

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Seen today were,2 drake Pintail, 5 Goosander, 6 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 1 LRP, 1 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 2 Med Gulls and 4 Mipit. 2 Snipe were reported. Most of the birds were on NP.
Yesterday 3 Sand Martin flew through.
Geoff.
 

geoffw1946

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John Belsey of Upton Warren fame has asked me to mention the Bird race on Saturday 25th April, anyone interested in giving it a go again?
Sounds good at the moment with 2 Avocet still and a Whimbrel reported today, I'm in Lincs at the moment though.
Geoff
 

SteveAtkinson

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2 Avocet, 2 Common Tern, Dunlin in summer plumage, LRP and Redshank on Jubilee Wetlands. 3 House Martin over Fishers Mill and 1 over Bodymoor Heath Road. Lots of Chiffchaff in the woods and around the reserve. Lots of Blackcap in the woods. Spring seems to have sprung!

Steve
 

geoffw1946

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Four year ticks for me today, 1 Garganey, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear on NP and 3 singing Willow Warblers. Also around were 2 Goosanders, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 9 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP, 3 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Swallow and 2 Blackcap. 2 Common Tern were reported.
Geoff.
 

Tomwbhx

I need to retire! ....oh I have!
United Kingdom
Haven't been to Middleton for a couple of months! Just wondered what it is like underfoot and is the bridge open yet?

Cheers
 

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