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RSPB Middleton Lakes (1 Viewer)

Middleton lakes

1/7/13 DBP Jubilee wetlands Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, juv Ringed Plover, 2 LRP, 4 Oystercatcher. Cockatiel over West to East.
North pit 58 Mute Swan, also seen Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Four-Spotted Chasers.

Regards John
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Middleton Lakes
Originally Posted by JHDraytonbassettpits View Post
With Fisher's mill meadow closed (meadow trail) and the large circular path wetland trail closed due to work on the hide. The only circular route is the seasonal permitted path (path along bank with 2 screens either side). This route is very poorly marked out, it's o.k until you get to the river side, thick grass and people don't know where to go so they follow the eastern jubilee shoreline heading north and flush all the birds, seen a couple do this today. From the river a sign saying wildlife only please this sign shoud be removed and put along the shoreline East Jubilee wetlands and the way well waymarked from the screen through to the circular wetland track by the river. Four-spotted Chasers seen today and migrant Butterflies Painted Lady and Red Admiral. The cold weather killing all the wintering Red Admiral's.

Regards, John
Regarding 22 Black-tailed Godwit flushed last Saturday by a man with camera walking along the East shore Jubilee wetlands, details Chris Cook fortunately they did return later
He walked right out along new shore line north from the new East screen.I couldn't believe it.I had just manoverd into a postion to take my own pics from cover and he flushed them just as I was about to click.

Regards, John
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9/7/13 DBP South 2 Little Egret. Jubilee welands 7 ad Common Tern and 3 juv, m shoveler, 2 m Teal, Oyst 1, 3 juv Lapwing. Red Admiral, Brown Hawker.
North pit 3 Eclipse Wigeon, 2 Ad Common Tern, 51 Mute Swan.

Regards, John
12/7/13 DBP 8 Crossbill E-W over the north pit, still 4 eclipse Wigeon, 2 Teal and a male Pochard. Duck Broods Gadwall 3 and Tufted Duck 1 also 75 Mute Swan.
2 Gatekeeper seen and 5 Small Skipper.

Regards, John
16/7/13 DBP Greenshank calling along the river. Also Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 6 LRP, 2 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher (Geoff Williams)

Regards, John
17/7/13 DBP New in today were a Curlew and 4 Dunlin on the Jubilee Wetlands. Low spot was finding a dead Little Owl on the JW track, it had been eaten by something.
Geoff Williams
23/7/13 DBP Jubilee wetlands 2 Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit (icelandic), 6 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 LRP'S (3 juv's), 3 Redshank (1 juv), 4 Oyst, 14 Common Tern (6 juv's), Wigeon and 50 Starling.
2nd brood of Peacock out now, Roesel's bush cricket in song, Latticed Heath seen.
North pit 2 broods of Tufted Duck 3 and 3.

Regards, John
29/7/13 Reserve water levels up on all pools, jubilee wetlands Common Sand, snipe, 2 redshank, 47 visible Lapwing on a spit.
North pit Greenshank and Whimbrel calling, (Whimbrels usuaully rest unseen on vegetated islands), Common Sand. Tufted Duck broods 8,3,2,2.

Regards, John
Reading the WMBC 1993 bird report regarding Caspian Tern found by John Astbury seen on Dosthill lake (Warwickshire) for half an hour and the report mentions the Caspian Tern spent several minutes flying around the two lakes on the Staffordshire side of the border.
Asking birders around at the time the two lakes would have been Dosthill NR, modern county of Staffordshire. A bund runs between the two lakes and it would appear probably Fishermen removed a section of this bund allowing fish and other aquatic organisim's to move around more freely.

Regards, John
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