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Monday Morning wake-up call! 

22 Jan 18

Yep, there are benefits to living so close to the Marsh, although sometimes it doesn’t feel like it! Don’t get me wrong, I am still passionate about birds but the ones that wake you up an hour before dawn are sometimes difficult to love.


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It was never going to happen! 

21 Jan 18

Yes I do have a conscience and a sense of duty as a blogger, but if you think I would be walking around the Marsh and Mere in this weather, you have another thing coming! One of the great things about being an old git is that you have no street …


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Half Way Update 

17 Jan 18

A special day in the scheme of things.


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Something for nothing? 

17 Jan 18

The recent changes to the list of species recorded in Britain has been a real pain in the BTM for those of us anoraks who keep a range of site lists ( I have to keep one for the Marsh and Mere in order to do the blog and as well as my life list I …


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An occasional visitor drops in! 

15 Jan 18

Ray Fellows was over the Marsh this afternoon and had views of one of the species that you can only connect with by chance, a male Peregrine Falcon .


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All about eights today 

14 Jan 18

I fancied a change this morning, a bit of an easier walk, so I decided to pay one of my occasional visits to Clayhanger Common and O’Grady’s Pool to see if I could add one or two common species to the year list.


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The Clayhanger/Ryders Mere List 

13 Jan 18

As most of you know, a new taxonomic order for recording birds in Britain came into effect on January the first.


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Friday Update (Courtesy of Ray Fellows) 

12 Jan 18

Someone looking remarkably similar to me was apparently seen sitting at the bar of the Black Country Arms this afternoon and there is a scurrilous roomer that it was me! ( its defamation of character – probably started by that Brownhills Bob bloke …


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Wednesday Update and a scarcity report! 

10 Jan 18

Glen was over for a quick visit at lunchtime and recorded seventeen Goosander, twelve Shoveler on the Mere and two Raven overhead.


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WARNING! – Slow news day 

10 Jan 18

BBC Midlands News has apparently caught on to the fact that there are feral Ring-Necked Parakeets at large in their area, not sure what tone the report will take but it would be nice if it were positive but it will probably be scare mongering I …


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Nobody knows everything 

10 Jan 18

In fact I am well aware that we are all on the same ladder with so-called ‘experts’ at the top and rank-beginners at the very bottom.


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Did You See? 

9 Jan 18

If you have watched the BBC News at any time today you must have seen all the fuss about the improvements made to Worcestershire’s Longdon Marsh? Well – we may not have those numbers but every species that you saw on that feature are on Clayhanger …


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First full circuit on a grim day, 

9 Jan 18

Hard to believe that we are three weeks past the shortest day, I walked to Oak Park this morning in almost full darkness! It was still grim when I did my circuit of the Marsh, although I was able to add a reasonable number of species to the site list…


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Away Again! (But I have an excuse) 

8 Jan 18

Yep – it went quiet again at the weekend but it was in a good cause.


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First Visit with mud and strong winds! 

4 Jan 18

Tommy Atkins would feel right at home on the mineral line at present.


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Back to reality 

3 Jan 18

A nice afternoon at Carsington Water on January 1st Hi folks- Happy 2018, at last the idle git at Clayhanger has done a posting you say! Well, I have been away for a few days visiting Chris and Susan in Derbyshire, lots of beer consumed and very …


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Happy New Year 

30 Dec 17

Happy New Year Hope everyone has a great New Year celebration and lots of good wildlife observations in 2018 – Chaz…


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Merry Christmas All! 

24 Dec 17

Big thanks to all of you out there who follow the Blog and a special thank you to all who contribute ( It doesn’t matter if you are a regular Contributor like Ray, an occasional one like Ian or a one-time-wonder )! You all make my life a little …


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Last pre-Christmas Update 

23 Dec 17

Clayhanger Marsh today there were 23 Teal and a male Gadwall, on the Mere there were 2 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck and a female Goosander ( not sure if the presence of three fishermen had anything to do with the substantial decline in wildfowl numbers )? …


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OK – I appreciate that this sounds really stupid – BUT… 

22 Dec 17

Is there any possibility that birds are so sensitive to day length that they have already realised the days are starting to get longer? I realise how stupid that sounds, especially with the shortest day only being yesterday and there not having been …


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Just a quick note 

21 Dec 17

Hi folks, one or two of you occasionally contact me with information by text to my mobile, most of you know that I always acknowledge these texts even if it is just a quick ‘ Thanks ‘ HOWEVER – I am currently having instances where texted responses …


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Keep em peeled! 

20 Dec 17

Short message from an old Marsh regular Ian Phillips tonight! Ian had a juvenile Whooper Swan over Pelsall North Common today, heading our way so the Mere has got to be worth a look tomorrow1 My last day of activity before Christmas today and it …


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Anyone up for a New Year challenge? 

19 Dec 17

Well my conscience is now clear, I did a half circuit today, weighed down with mud and was it worth it? Well, not really.


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Sorry Guys! 

17 Dec 17

It was going to be today – honest.


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For some, a Glimpse of Summer 

14 Dec 17

Had a text from Kim and Trevor who live in the village this morning to say that their garden is being favoured by a Blackcap that has almost stripped their Sambucus nigra tree of berries ( that’s Common Elder for plebs like me ).