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Upton Warren (3 Viewers)

Reported Sightings highlights today;
Moors – 8 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, juv Dunlin, 3 juv Little Ringed Plover, 7 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 4 Water Rail, 6 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 5 Collard Dove. A few good looking Reed and Sedge Warblers from the Jacobs hide, 12 Greenfinch and up to 8 Blackcap fattening up on Elderberry. 3 juv Common Tern still.

Flashes – 9 Curlew including ‘AT’, 6 Lapwing, Peregrine
 
A few shots from over the last week at the Moors.
 

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Reported Sightings highlights today;
Moors – 8 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, juv Dunlin, 3 juv Little Ringed Plover, 7 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 4 Water Rail, 6 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 5 Collard Dove. A few good looking Reed and Sedge Warblers from the Jacobs hide, 12 Greenfinch and up to 8 Blackcap fattening up on Elderberry. 3 juv Common Tern still.

Flashes – 9 Curlew including ‘AT’, 6 Lapwing, Peregrine
Also Nuthatch and Garden Warbler at the Moors Pool as per Craig Reed
 
Reported Highlights this morning;

Moors – Dunlin juv, Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 5 Common Tern (3 juvs), Garden Warbler, Grey Wagtail, juv Little Ringed Plover

Flashes – 40 Greylag Goose, 55 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Stock Dove, 2 buzzard on railings, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 8 Curlew. Juvenile Redstart to hedge line behind main hide again.
 
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This afternoon's visit;

Moors - Juv Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 58 Lapwing, 7 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, Water Rail, 3 Little Egret. Garden Warbler west track. 2 Swift per Andy Pitt

Flashes – 10 Curlew, Buzzard, Peregrine, 23 Stock Dove, 6 Swallow over.
 
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Flashes - 9 Curlew including tagged AT, 2 Green Sands, Common Sand, Whitethroat and Yellow Wagtail briefly. Still 60/70 percent dry. Waders tend to favour third flash. Willow Warbler in sub song at entrance to Flashes.

Moors – 120+ Greylag Goose , 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern, 12 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 7 Little Grebe, Snipe, Dunlin, 2 Water Rail, Drake Pochard per Andy Ambrose and Andy Pitt
 
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The much anticipated rain this morning produced nothing new of interest, but worth keeping an eye out for the rest of the day

Flashes – 10 Curlew, 61 Lapwing, 2 Raven, 2 Whitethroat with feeding party of Long Tailed and Blue Tits and Chiffchaff

Moors – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 2 very visible Cetti’s Warbler from the Jacobs Hide. Grey Heron feeding on large Eel.
 
For those interested, the current year list currently stands at a lowly 133 - see link below;

Year List 2022

Historically, anything over 140 is an average year and over 150 a good year (!), so currently this is well below par. More a reflection of the current state of bird populations than anything else (although the drought isn’t helping!), there are some missing species which are usually at least annual. Additional potentials for the rest of the year are;

Woodcock - North Moors late autumn, winter is the usual place a bird can be disturbed, although becoming a lot scarcer
Whimbrel - very surprising that there have been no spring records of this bird - autumn passage bird is still possible
Turnstone - usually turns up in spring, but again autumn passage possible
Tawny Owl - amazingly, no actual sightings this year, although heard birds reported once or twice
Mealy Redpoll - possible in winter still
Mandarin - again surprisingly none to date - usually one or two at the Moors
Little Owl - to be fair has largely disappeared from UW - usual haunt at the dilapidated barn to Sagebury Farm at the flashes or the chimney of Hobden Hall farm (or pollarded trees nearby)
Greenshank - becoming much scarcer
Goldeneye - another regular in winter at the moors missing this year
Egyptian Goose - some regular records in previous years - none this year
Curlew Sandpiper - still possible during autumn passage
Cattle Egret - again possible - has dropped in and roosted at the moors
Brent Goose - there have been one off records regularly, but none this year
Black Tern - other than the large midlands reservoirs has been scarce generally - ah the days when a few dropped in during those rainy squalls in May!
Bittern - winter still possible during dispersal
Barnacle Goose - assuming a non feral one might pop in - even a feral one would do!
Wood Sandpiper - just one record this year at the moors of an individual circling and calling but not landing!

There are other gaps on the list and as many know UW doesn’t always follow the trend of scarce species at other sites such as Grimley and Upper Bittel (eg Bonaparte’s Gull!) so anything always worth looking out for.

Anyway, the above is my take and hope of interest - any records of the above appreciated.

Finally - the all autumn all Dayer is on the 3rd September. Having given twitter the heave ho, I’ll be posting results on the blog and here (although am away elsewhere on the day)

It would be good if this thread is used once again for sightings (and maybe not so much grumpiness), after all its specifically about Upton Warren and birds!

Cheers

Gert
 
For those interested, the current year list currently stands at a lowly 133 - see link below;

Year List 2022

Historically, anything over 140 is an average year and over 150 a good year (!), so currently this is well below par. More a reflection of the current state of bird populations than anything else (although the drought isn’t helping!), there are some missing species which are usually at least annual. Additional potentials for the rest of the year are;

Woodcock - North Moors late autumn, winter is the usual place a bird can be disturbed, although becoming a lot scarcer
Whimbrel - very surprising that there have been no spring records of this bird - autumn passage bird is still possible
Turnstone - usually turns up in spring, but again autumn passage possible
Tawny Owl - amazingly, no actual sightings this year, although heard birds reported once or twice
Mealy Redpoll - possible in winter still
Mandarin - again surprisingly none to date - usually one or two at the Moors
Little Owl - to be fair has largely disappeared from UW - usual haunt at the dilapidated barn to Sagebury Farm at the flashes or the chimney of Hobden Hall farm (or pollarded trees nearby)
Greenshank - becoming much scarcer
Goldeneye - another regular in winter at the moors missing this year
Egyptian Goose - some regular records in previous years - none this year
Curlew Sandpiper - still possible during autumn passage
Cattle Egret - again possible - has dropped in and roosted at the moors
Brent Goose - there have been one off records regularly, but none this year
Black Tern - other than the large midlands reservoirs has been scarce generally - ah the days when a few dropped in during those rainy squalls in May!
Bittern - winter still possible during dispersal
Barnacle Goose - assuming a non feral one might pop in - even a feral one would do!
Wood Sandpiper - just one record this year at the moors of an individual circling and calling but not landing!

There are other gaps on the list and as many know UW doesn’t always follow the trend of scarce species at other sites such as Grimley and Upper Bittel (eg Bonaparte’s Gull!) so anything always worth looking out for.

Anyway, the above is my take and hope of interest - any records of the above appreciated.

Finally - the all autumn all Dayer is on the 3rd September. Having given twitter the heave ho, I’ll be posting results on the blog and here (although am away elsewhere on the day)

It would be good if this thread is used once again for sightings (and maybe not so much grumpiness), after all its specifically about Upton Warren and birds!

Cheers

Gert
 

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