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Upton Warren (3 Viewers)

June closed on a meagre 87 species with missing species including Treecreeper and Peregrine; the year list progressing to 130.

July gives the promise of the start of the return wader passage; potential additions to the year list include Turnstone, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Spotted Flycatcher and Yellowhammer

Dave J had a peregrine catch a juv BHG
Hi Phil,

I was talking to John Belsey last week suggesting that the last week in August would have better potential. Departing summer migrants are easier to come by and wader passage should be ok.
I'm happy to go with the flow, just my thoughts and appreciate some might not be able to make that weekend.

Cheers Steve

I agree Steve, that end of August would be the best Saturday. But I will have to do the 1st Saturday in September...Mrs has just told me we are on holiday at end of August. I could do the September on my own:-C.
A couple of pics from this morning.

1, Sedge Warbler at the Moors.
2, The Otter puts in an appearance.:t:
3, Much to the annoyance of the Gulls and Terns.:eek!:
4, Very record shot of the moulting male Ruff at the Flashes.3:)

Chris B :)


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Amphibious Bistort

This is for those of you that have been going to Upton for less than 10 years.
On the east side of the Moors pool, there used to be a large area of 'amphibious bistort'. this covered 25% of the actual open water. It was so thick that it appeared like an island to overflying birds. I witnessed flocks of lapwing and on one occasion golden plover land on it. At its height it provided the only suitable breeding sites for both species of grebes on the Moors. It was also a good area for young fish to hide. In the autumn when it began dying off many dabbling duck were attracted to it. However since the mid 90's and the desired increase in the water level ( a good thing), it had all but disappeared.
On my last couple of visits I have noticed an obvious 'purple sheen' on the east side, precisely where the amphibious bistort used to be. To a lesser extent it is also appearing in the SW and west sides, Paul M and I are convinced that it is amphibious bistort. If so this will be a real bonus for the waterfowl on site and will hopefully expand to its former glory. I can only think that by keeping the water level low during the winter could have contributed to this re-emergence. Fingers crossed


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Today at the Flashes - car thermometer read 36 degrees

Male Ruff still present when we arrived around 14:00 and was still there when we left at about 16:00. Also 4 Green Sandpipers, 14 Curlew (seemed to separate into flocks of 8 and 6) and at least 2 pairs + one LRP (one still stoically incubating despite the heat).
One Avocet appears still to be sitting and the remaining egg from this week's hatched brood of three appears to be abandoned. The small Avo trio spent most of the afternoon tucked up in the shade of the large foliage on one of the small islands, guarded by a vigilant parent.

1. "Boy, is it hot?!!! - all you can do is sit on your heels and pant!"
2. BHG wearing blusher?
3. Green Sandpiper demonstrating an iridescent green-grey wing
4. Green Sandpiper showing barred tail

(3 & 4 clearly demonstrate how light conditions and position can affect colour rendering - this is the same bird a few seconds apart.)


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Today's highlights:

Green Sand (4)-------------Ruff (m) still present this evening and looking smarter in the evening light than this morning---------------------LRP (5) inc siting bird.
Lapwing (56)----------------Oystercatcher (1) + juv
Curlew (14)-----------------Avocet (49) inc 3 chicks.
Gadwall (3)-----------------Shelduck (2) + 7
Shoveler (2 prs)------------Tufted Duck (9) + 6 chicks
Teal (5)---------------------Raven (1)
Cetti's Warbler--------------Rook (c30) reported in transmitter field

Lapwing (10)+ 1 young-----Common Tern (10) + 2:2 chicks
Gadwall (3)------------------Oystercatcher (2) + 2 young
Herring Gull (ad)-------------Water Rail calling
Greylags (3)-----------------Shelduck (1)
G C Grebe (3) + young

Cetti's Warbler--------------Shoveler (1)
Oystercatcher (1)

+ min of 5 W L Hairstreaks.

Today at the Flashes - Ruff

On extreme digital but the light was good.

1. Male Ruff
2. - with lapwings
3. - with BHG and Avocet
4. - with BHG and Green Sand
5. - with BHG and Green Sand

Unfortunately he preferred to stay over the far side.


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Nice article in the new-look WMBC quarterly bulletin regarding the Spring All-Dayer from a Belvide perspective written by Steve Nuttall :t:

There is also a short article regarding an all-dayer done by nine Warwickshire sites on the 9th May. Locations included Draycote Water, Brandon Marsh, Ladywalk, Salford Priors, Earlswood and Morton Bagot; top score was 84 species by the Lower Tame Valley sites of Ladywalk, Coton Pools and Shustoke Res. It would be nice if next year we could all be taking part on the same date so there was a comparison across the West Midlands; not sure who co-ordinates the Warwickshire event (Matt G?)

Talking of All-Dayers, we need to fix a date for the Autumn event. I suspect the starting point will be Saturday 5th September - anyone strongly prefer to go a week earlier (the Bank Holiday) or a week later?

Hi Phil,
Yes I organised the Warks all-dayer. Date chosen was the one that the majority of participants could do. We're hoping to do another next spring, and a few of us might do it again this autumn...
Hi Phil,
Yes I organised the Warks all-dayer. Date chosen was the one that the majority of participants could do. We're hoping to do another next spring, and a few of us might do it again this autumn...

Cheers Matt - you no doubt will have seen the discussion upthread regarding potential dates for the autumn all-dayer
Tuesday 30 June 2015

A couple of photos of the wildlife seen around the Moors.

1 Med Gull (2s)
2 & 3 Record shots of the White Letter Hairstreaks
4 Beetle, `Strangalia Maculata` (Does anybody know the common name)?:eek!:



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