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Swallow- 8

Sand Martin - 30+

House Martin-1

Peregrine- 2 High over in display flight

Little Grebe-2

Tufted Duck-8

Teal-16



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Little Grebe- 1 pair

Tufted Duck-12

Teal-12

Chiffchaff-2

Willow Warbler-1



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Teal-23

Shoveler-8

Chiffchaff-2

Common Snipe-1

Tufted Duck-8



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Today

Redshank-1

Teal-19

Shoveler-18

Tufted Duck-8



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Shoveler-32 (record for here for me)

Teal- 14

great crested Grebe-1 Pair (not seen any on here for years)

Little Grebe-1



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of note this afternoon

Shoveler-24 (possibly record number for here)

Teal-12

Tufted Duck-10

Goldeneye-1 f

Buzzard-5

Lapwing-3

 



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some water back in the pool after a wet spell and a few birds this afternoon

Shoveler-8

Wigeon-4

Tufted Duck -4

Pochard-1

Mallard-10



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Also called into my old patch that is no more Houghton Green Flash which has more or less gone now a once great bird site that was a site of special interest ,is now a site of no interest ,and the people who allowed that place to be drained ,should be totally ashamed of themselves is so sad to see it now . 5 Mallard waddling in the muddy patch that's left :(

 



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Gadwall- 2 Male
Teal-8
Great Crested Grebe-1
Tufted Duck-5


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Gadwall- 2 Male
Teal-8
Great Crested Grebe-1
Tufted Duck-5


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Pochard-4
Tufted Duck-6
Cormorant-1
Teal-18
Gadwall-4
Buzzard-4


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Goldeneye- 1 Female

Gadwall-10

Teal-6

Tufted Duck- 8

Pochard-1 Female

Mallard-9

 



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Pochard -3
Tufted Duck-4
as predicted in the silver lane thread no Wigeon. most likely disturbed by dog walkers looking at how many were on site when I arrived .


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Originally posted today by Ray Banks:

Had a quick walk round Houghton Green Pool around mid day, had a few bits and pieces there which were

Wigeon x 17

Teal x 24

Tufted Duck x 2

Mallard x 8

Great Crested Grebe x 1

Buzzard x 1

Black-headed Gull x 122

Common Gull x 3

Magpie x 4

Carrion Crow x 4

Skylark x 2

Wren x 2

Blackbird x 4

Dunnock x 3

Meadow Pipit x 20+



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12 Wigeon ,3 Mute Swans,3 Common Gulls and 40 Black Headed Gulls.



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Wigeon-36

Tufted Duck- 4

Common Gull- 2



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Wigeon-41 (highest number for quite a while)
Mallard-62
Tufted Duck-1
Teal-4
Grey Wagtail-1
Buzzard-1
Fieldfare-30
Redwing-40
Goldcrest-2
Goldfinch-15
Linnet-5
Lapwing- 50 on wester Fields
Kestrel-1


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Always more on a friday than any other day,and how the birds drift back after being disturbed at the weekend im not sure,but today there were good numbers on the pool.
Wigeon-33
Mallard-68
Cormorant-3
Teal -8
Little Grebe-1
Shoveler-1 Female
Pied Wagtail-6


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Green sandpiper 1

Wigeon 24

Teal 3

Cormorant 1

There was a lot of disturbance today, in fact the green sandpiper was flushed by a dog almost as soon as I saw it.



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Little Grebe-1
Wigeon-18
Teal-14
Mallard-48
Common Gull- 1 Adult
Redwing-50+
Fieldfare-20
Blackbird - 20+(migrants)
Pied Wagtail -3

 



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Wigeon-10
Teal-10
Mallard-27
Lapwing-80
Redwing-75
Fieldfare-45


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Yellow Browed Warbler showing very well in willows as described in earlier posts. Mobile and vocal. 8:30 ish this morning.

Great find, Colin.

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Yellow Browed Warbler- 1 still there at 3.30 pm today ,about 30 feet west of the main entrance first in the willows then flew across to the hedge.

Teal -6

Lapwing-52

Kestrel- 1

Grey Heron-1

chiffchaff-1

Long Tailed Tit-23

Buzzard-2

Grey Partridge- 4

Noctule Bat -1 flying round like a bird of prey catching insects



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Yellow-browed warbler still this morning, also 1 greenshank & 10 wigeon.

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12:30 - 14:30 Greenshank 1 (present on & off for at least 54 days now! Assuming it's the same bird). Peregrine 1 adult, took a teal in flight. Wigeon 4 Tufted ducks 2 Nuthatch 1 in woods north of pool.

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Yellow Browed Warbler- 1 (still in the sw corner,showed well for a short while)
Wigeon-4
Teal-4
Buzzard-4

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From yesterday.

John - Only 9 Grey Partridge left now.

As the flock flew back low from the adjacent field & just as they touched the ground a buzzard - timing it to perfection, came in low from the side and took one of them. Following a bit of mantling over the bird it then flew off towards the woods with it !

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Widgeon- 3 only left today
Teal-8
Lapwing-12
Yellow- Browed Warbler- 1 still present seen for longer periods today,but still impossible to get a full bird shot has it spends its time deep in the willows it was still present at 4pm
Buzzard-4
Kestrel-2
Grey Partridge-10

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Yellow Browed Warbler- still present at 3.30pm showed twice for about 20 seconds in 6 hours today, not an easy bird to find in all that willow scrub.
Wigeon - 17
Raven-1 over east
Grey Partridge -15
Teal-8
Redwing 15
Grey Wagtail -1 ,Green Sandpiper-1

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Yellow-browed warbler still this morning, also green sandpiper, 2 snipe, 16 wigeon and 11 grey partridge.



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No sign of yellow browed warbler from 11 to 1 30. Chris

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Yellow-browed warbler still this morning, showing well and calling frequently for about 5 minutes at about 9:15. It was in the willow scrub in the corner near Cloverdell. Also on the pool, green sandpiper, 16 wigeon, 8 teal and 5 swallows over.



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Yellow-browed warbler still this morning, calling in the hedge near Cloverdell. There was also a male ring ouzel in the same hedge. On the pool, green sandpiper and 17 wigeon, also 200 pink-footed geese over east.

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Yellow-browed warbler still present in the same place with long-tailed tits at 15:30.



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Yellow-browed warbler this morning in sycamores in the hedge near Cloverdell with a flock of long-tailed tits. Quite showy but didn't call once. On the pool 14 wigeon, 70 lapwings, 69 black-headed gulls, 3 cormorants and about 50 mallard. Also a single swallow over. Attached are a couple of photos of the yellow-browed, not great but identifiable!



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Pool had a feel of dog disturbance this afternoon with only 1 teal and 1 mallard present in the duck line but 1 common Sandpiper and 1 greenshank also present. Other of note 4 grey partridge ,2 swallow, 80 black headed gulls.

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I had a wood sandpiper briefly on Houghton Green pool this afternoon. It came in from the south calling, circled the pool ,then landed briefly before being chased off by the Resident Green Sandpiper . It flew off north at 14.30 . 1 green sandpiper and common sandpiper also present along with 70 mallard but no greenshank.


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Two visits today, this morning:

Greenshank 1

Green sandpiper 1

Common sandpiper 1

Teal 8

Cormorant 5

Grey partridge 8

Black-headed gull 115

 

More or less identical this afternoon except that the green and common sandpipers were missing and there were two adult lesser black back gulls with the black-headed gulls.

 



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Houghton Green pool -still don't know why people call it a flash

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Greenshank-1
Green Sandpiper-1
Common Sandpiper-1
Teal-8
Cormorant - 4
Buzzard-2

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Greenshank and two green sandpipers at 7:30am and still present when I left, but apparently all gone by 9:00am. This is now a regular pattern by the green sandpipers, they often seem to be present early morning only. The greenshank (assuming that it is the same bird which has been at the site for nearly 3 weeks), went missing yesterday as well, so perhaps it's going to wherever the green sandpipers go. It will be interesting to see if they're all present and correct tomorrow morning.



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No sign of Greenshank today -too much disturbance must have moved it on along with the Green Sandpiper
only things of note was 2 Yellow Wagtail

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Your settings were set to use the advanced editor John, which uses double spacing. I've now changed it for you but if it happens again just go into your settings and click it to off smile

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Greenshank -1

Swallow -c500

House Martin -c50

Yellow Wagtail -2 Juv

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Greenshank-1
Ruff-1
Teal -4
Cormorant- 4
Long tailed Tit-21
Blackcap-1
Reed Bunting-17
Meadow Pipit-15
Willow Warbler-10
Chiffchaff-2
Grey Heron -1
Kestrel-1
Yellow Wagtail-2
Pied Wagtail-10
Swallow-500+> S
Sand Martin- 200+
House Martin - 100+


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Greenshank-1 (longist stay at the pool I know of for this species-10 days)
Ruff - 1 again the longest I remember Ruff at the pool ,assuming its the same one,but strangely todays looked bigger than yesterdays,so not sure if we are getting a passage of ruff or the different weather conditions are making the same bird look different.
Mallard-55 (none yesterday,so they have arrived overnight )
Teal- 2
Swallow -500+
House Martin -150+
Sand Martin-200+
Willow Warbler-2
Grey Heron - 1
Grey Partridge-5


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Greenshank-1
Green Sandpiper-2
Ruff- 1 Juvenile -different bird to last week ,likely a female on size
Sparrowhawk-2
House Martin-6
Swallow -20
Grey Partridge- 2
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7:15am - 8am today:

3 green sandpipers

1 greenshank

1 ruff

1 yellow wagtail



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John, I think we were there at the same time as you, up by the conifers

We missed the cormorants, got the Greenshank & Ruff, but can add:

1+ White Wagtail (N shore)
1+ Pied Wagtail
2+ Yellow Wagtails touched down briefly on N shore, then flew off high S in flock of ~15 Wagtails sp (but probably all Yellow Wagtails)

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Greenshank-1
Ruff-1 Juvenile Male -these are quite a rarity at the pool ,so was nice to see
Tufted Duck-2
Cormorant-4
Swallow-30+
Sand Martin -10 +


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Greenshank still present today for the third day in a row

Common Sandpiper-1



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