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RE: WIGAN FLASHES


More on the lookout for dragonflies (which were surprisingly low in number), but did see 11 oystercatchers which struck me as being a good number. Also a willow tit by the canal towpath, and a redpoll over a couple of times. 



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Spent a couple of hours round Horrocks Flash this morning.

The Black-headed Gull colony is in full swing, I didn't even attempt a count. There were at least 12 Common Terns, but this is a minimum figure as they were quite active and a few disappeared along the canal with possibly others returning. I only heard a couple of Reed Warblers which surprised me. Blackcaps and Willow Warblers were seemingly everywhere. A single Willow Tit was on the banks of the Canal. The back pools were very quiet with just a few Canada Geese, Tufted Duck and 2 Gadwall.

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Yesterday late morning

Reed warbler clamouring away at canal end of scotsmans and another over the canal by the pool with newearth embankment

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At Scotmans Flash late afternoon an Oystercatcher on the dismantled railway embankment at the north end and 2 Common Tern, 1 bathing in middle of the water for a while. 2 House Martin among small numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin. Single Cettis Warblers singing at Pearsons and Scotmans Flashes

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A Green Sandpiper was calling as it flew north, somewhere in the murk over Horrocks Flash, at around 19:30 - while I was running along the towpath.

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Saturday, 7th April 2018. 11:30 - 14:30 hrs

Platt Bridge - Horrocks Flash - Hawkley Viewing Screen - Scotmans Flash - Pearsons Flash - and return

Swallow x 1 (over Scotmans Flash - 1st of year for me)
Sand Martin x 50 (over Scotmans Flash and Pearsons Flash)
Kingfisher x 1
Willow Warbler x 1
Bullfinch x 2
Buzzard x 1
Pochard x 4
Reed Bunting x 5
Great Crested Grebe x 6
Jay x 2
Grey Heron x 5
Canada Geese x 40
Greylag Geese x 4
Cormorant x 3
Wren x 1
Long-Tailed Tit x 5
Robin x 3
Blue Tit x 9
Great Tit x 4
Dunnock x 1
Chaffinch x 1
Blackbird x 4
House Sparrow x 5
Tufted Duck x 50
Mute Swan x 2
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 10
Black-Headed Gull x 100
Mallard x 30
Woodpigeon x 5
Carrion Crow x 4
Rook x 3
Magpie x 10
Coot x 30
Moorhen x 4
Oystercatcher x 2
Song Thrush x 1



-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 7th of April 2018 06:03:49 PM

-- Edited by Steve Judge on Saturday 7th of April 2018 06:04:47 PM

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A first-winter drake Scaup on Scotmans Flash this morning
1 Swallow among c200 Sand Martin
1 singing Willow Warbler
1 Cettis Warbler
22 Golden Plover flew NE
a trickle of Meadow Pipit moving N, 12 counted

An Osprey was seen there again this morning by another observer at 09:20


-- Edited by dave broome on Thursday 5th of April 2018 06:31:22 PM

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Osprey flying over Scotmans flash at Moss bridge in the direction of Wigan town centre being mobbed by gulls at 6:20 pm.

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Sedge Warbler collecting nesting material near the little bridge
leading down to Hawkley viewing screen . Also on top of the
adjacent reeds was a Cettis Warbler.

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approx 150 Sand Martin at Scotmans Flash today

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87 Sand Martin feeding at Scotmans Flash this afternoon

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Pair of Northern Pintail flew North-east over Scotmans Flash & Westwood Flash @ 7:55am also 2 Kingfishers, c20 Goldeneye & 2 Greylag Geese on Scotmans Flash

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Black-necked Grebe on Horrocks Flash front pool today.

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drake Smew back on Scotmans Flash at 16:35, on edge of reeds at very far south end near Moss Bridge, 2 Greylag Geese also present 



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Drake smew on Ochre Flash at 14.30.

 

 



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Smew - drake looking settled to roost at Scotsman's Flash 17.00 -17.35 in front of the sailing club and distant from the towpath (see twitter for video). (No sign at the other site near the DW Stadium after 16.00). Rubbish pics attached, distant, low light, blah blah

Cetti's Warbler 1 in song by the towpath bridge at the Hawksley end

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Saturday, 3rd March 2018. 12:30 - 16:00 hrs.

Walk from Dover Lock Inn (Abram) along towpath of Leigh branch of Leeds-Liverpool canal - Horrocks Flash - Hawkley Viewing Screen - Ochre Flash - Bryn Marsh - Scotmans Flash - Pearsons Flash - and return.

No sign of Drake Smew or Whooper Swans for me - but still a nice selection of birds on view (41 in total).

Little Egret x 1 (in flight over Dover Lock heading towards Lightshaw Meadows / Pennington Flash at 15:50 hrs.)
Willow Tit x 1
Sparrowhawk x 1
Buzzard x 1
Wigeon x 8
Pochard x 10
Teal x 2
Goldeneye x 6
Shoveler x 10
Goosander x 4
Reed Bunting x 4
Bullfinch x 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Greylag Geese x 4
Canada Geese x 70
Great Crested Grebe x 2
Little Grebe x 1
Long Tailed Tit x 8
Jay x 2
Mistle Thrush x 1
Mute Swan x 5
Tufted Duck x 50
Cormorant x 4
Carrion Crow x 10
Black-Headed Gull x 100
Great Black-Backed Gull x 3
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 7
Herring Gull x 10
Grey Heron x 2
Magpie x 15
Goldfinch x 4
Blackbird x 10
Dunnock x 2
Robin x 15
Chaffinch x 1
Blue Tit x 7
Great Tit x 6
Coot x 30
Moorhen x 25
Mallard x 50
House Sparrow x 10

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9 whooper swans on scotmans this afternoon showing well from canal tow path at approx 1.30pm, drake smew seen briefly far away near the boat club.



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Drake Smew on Scotsmans Flash at 15.35pm. Distant on far side near boat club.

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Smew moved onto Pearsons Flash at around 3pm and gave good views, then back to Scotsmans around 3.45. Decent numbers of Goldeneye around too.

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Drak Smew still on Scotmans Flash this morning.

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Drake smew still on scotsmans flash at 400pm today



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Friday, 23rd February 2018. 11:00 - 16:00 hrs. Sunny but biting cold (needed five layers on today plus wooly hat, gloves and snood scarf!)

Walk from Dover Lock Inn (Abram) along towpath of Leigh branch of Leeds-Liverpool canal - Horrocks Flash - Hawkley Viewing Screen - Ochre Flash - Bryn Marsh - Scotmans Flash - Pearsons Flash - and return

Drake Smew x 1 (showed briefly at 13:45 hrs to east of Scotmans Flash 20 metres from canal towpath - with small group of tufted ducks)
Willow Tit x 1
Wigeon x 3
Teal x 2
Goldeneye x 10
Shoveler x 4
Goosander x 6
Reed Bunting x 5
Bullfinch x 4
Greylag Geese x 2
Canada Geese x 50
Great Crested Grebe x 4
Little Grebe x 2
Greenfinch x 3
Long Tailed Tit x 5
Jay x 1
Mistle Thrush x 1
Buzzard x 2
Mute Swan x 10
Tufted Duck x 40
Cormorant x 6
Carrion Crow x 4
Black-Headed Gull x 100
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 4
Magpie x 15
Blackbird x 3
Dunnock x 4
Robin x 7
Chaffinch x 5
Blue Tit x 8
Great Tit x 7
Coot x 60
Mallard x 50

Saw lapwing in field by side of east Lancs Road on way home.





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Smew now showing well at the south end of Scotmans at 10:50, viewable from canal towpath.

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Drake Smew still present on Scotmans but currently out of sight in the south bay and has gone into the reeds at 09:45.

 

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Drake Smew on the southern end of Scotmans Flash this morning.

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Craig Higson wrote:

I took advantage of the fact my son wasn't playing football this morning to have a bit of a lie in, so it was 10.30 before I got to the flashes. As I got out of the car I could hear Pink feet and sure enough a skein of around 50 birds was heading west overhead, shortly followed by three more skeins - see the Pink-footed Goose thread. The flashes over all were pretty quiet, highlights were:

Pearsons Flash - Pochard- 31, Goldeneye - 15, Snipe - 12, Cettis Warbler - at least two, possibly three, Woodcock - a single bird flew over the flash from Westwood.

Scotmans Flash - Tufted Duck - 44, Goldeneye - 9 Goosander - 4

At the feeding station a colour ringed Willow Tit Green over Red on right leg, metal ring left leg.


All the Geese came off the fields just to the East of Silver Lane pools Risley when someone started shooting towards that area,I watched them from the landfill top as they flew over penny and off towards Wigan -about 270 in total today ,but theres been up to 400 feeding on the stubble fields near there.

 



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I took advantage of the fact my son wasn't playing football this morning to have a bit of a lie in, so it was 10.30 before I got to the flashes. As I got out of the car I could hear Pink feet and sure enough a skein of around 50 birds was heading west overhead, shortly followed by three more skeins - see the Pink-footed Goose thread. The flashes over all were pretty quiet, highlights were:

Pearsons Flash - Pochard- 31, Goldeneye - 15, Snipe - 12, Cettis Warbler - at least two, possibly three, Woodcock - a single bird flew over the flash from Westwood.

Scotmans Flash - Tufted Duck - 44, Goldeneye - 9 Goosander - 4

At the feeding station a colour ringed Willow Tit Green over Red on right leg, metal ring left leg.

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Around lunchtime today a minimum of 8 Water Rail were vocal in Bryn Marsh, also a Cettis Warbler singing

400 Woodpigeon and 49 Fieldfare were feeding at Park House Farm

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Saturday, 23rd December 2017 10:30 - 15:00 hrs.

Walk from Dover Lock Inn (Abram) along Leigh branch of Leeds-Liverpool canal - Platt Bridge - Horrocks Flash - Hawksley Viewing Screen - Scotmans Flash - Westwood Flash - Pearsons Flash - and return

Willow Tit x 2
Pochard x 12
Goosander x 10
Coal Tit x 1
Reed Bunting x 4
Shoveler x 3
Gadwall x 4
Bullfinch x 4 (1F and 3M)
Dunnock x 3
Little Grebe x 1
Great Crested Grebe x 2
House Sparrow x 15
Goldfinch x 8
Coot x 70
Tufted Duck x 100
Moorhen x 8
Mute Swan x 4
Canada Geese x 7
Mallard x 40
Blackbird x 8
Mistle Thrush x 1
Great Tit x 4
Blue Tit x 7
Robin x 5
Chaffinch x 8
Wren x 1
Long-Tailed Tit x 1
Great Black-Backed Gull x 1
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 2
Black-Headed Gull x 50
Jay x 3
Magpie x 15
Cormorant x 35
Carrion Crow x 3
Jackdaw x 10
Woodpigeon x 200
Collared Dove x 1
Feral Pigeon x 1
Goldeneye x 3

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Birds on Pearsons Flash today included 9 Snipe, 25 Pochard and 3 Goosander, 1 Redpoll over and a Cettis Warbler there with another by Moss Bridge

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2 Cettis Warbler by Moss Bridge today, one either side and another about 40m inside the Welham Road entrance to the Flashes.
Birds on Pearsons Flash included 4 Goosander and 20 Pochard

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Drake Goosander and a Peregrine at Scotman's Flash today

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Should have read as Pearsons not Scotsmans just to be correct

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Report for yesterday the last day of November.Walked from Hawkley viewing screen
Had a mooch around the woodlands and finished up on the canal bank near the
railway line. Then along the canal to the bridge and along the other bank to
Poolstock.Birds seen as follows.
Woodlands.
Blackbird x 9
Goldfinch x 6
robin x 11
House SparrowX17
Blue Tit x20
Willow Tit x 7
Bullfinch x 3
Collared Dove x 3
Wood Pigeon x 4
Magpie x 11
Jay x 1Long Tailed Tit x 15
Moorhen x 4
Chaffinch x 4
Mallard x 21
Coot x 18
Black Headed Gull x 31
Carrion Crow x 1
Great Tit x 4
Coal Tit x 3

Scotsmans
Mallard x lots
Coot x lots
Blackbird x 2
Black Headed Gull x lots
Goosander x 1
Tufted Duck x lots
Mute Swan x 2
Wigeon x 4
Shoveler x 2
Pochard x 2
LittleGrebe x 1
Grey Heron x 1
Cormorant x 1
Herring Gull x 2

I didn't count the large amounts because it was freezing






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No sign of the Kittiwake or any Whooper Swans at Scotman's and Pearson's Flashes this morning
Cetti's Warbler at Pearson's


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An adult Kittiwake is currently on the jetty at Scotman's Flash, sat down not looking too lively, though it stood up and stretched its wings briefly. Also present 3 Whooper Swan (1 adult, 2 juv)

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Morning walk in bitter and rainswept conditions.

2x mistle thrush in trees around the car park

12 pochard and 3 x goldeneye on Pearsons along with usual large numbers of tufted duck and gadwall.

2 x shoveller on Turners

3 x goosander on Horrocks

Cetti's warbler singing from the reed beds at the end of Scotmans



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2 Cetti's Warbler at Pearson's Flash today and 1 at the SE corner of Scotman's Flash
Other birds on Pearson's Flash included 34 Gadwall and 13 Goldeneye

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Drake Wigeon at Horrocks Flash today, other birds included a minimum of 42 Teal and 16 Shoveler
15 Pochard on Pearson's Flash


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Horrocks Flash am check and later aided by cloud cover,usual fare and

2 Little Grebe

4 Wigeon

1 Great Crested Grebe

No sign of the Smew

 

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Couldn't find the Smew this morning, but of course it's possible that it was still on Horrocks Flash out of sight.
4 Little Grebe, 14 Pochard and at least 9 Goldeneye were on Pearson's Flash
Cetti's Warbler singing at SE corner of Scotman's by Moss Bridge
14 Lesser Redpoll feeding nr Pearson's

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afternoon visit

red-head smew was still present on the back pool of horrocks flash between 3.40-3.55pm then went out of view, not easy to see with lots of vegetation & islands. record shot attached but distant & low light.
a cettis warbler was heard on bryn marsh as I was walking back along the canal.
39 pink-footed geese over at 3.18pm heading east
1 goldeneye
teal
shoveler
tufted duck
gadwall
4 little grebe
2 great crested grebe
lots of coot
40+ cormorant
2 bullfinch
1 great spotted woodpecker
4 goldcrest
1 jay
6 grey heron
plenty of water rails heard.


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Red-head Smew on the back pool of Horrocks Flash this morning (the pool with the viewing screen).

 

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Horrocks Flash,morning walk

7 Whooper swan plus 1 juv present on the front pool at 11ish ,probably the same over my garden at 10am(lifer tick for the dog)

 

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In just under 2 hrs this morning
222 Chaffinch north, 18 south and 24 feeding at Park House Farm
3 Brambling (2 south and 1 at Park House Farm)
3 Siskin north
5 Whooper Swan south at 08:20 (4 ad 1 juv)
236 Woodpigeon south
6 Bullfinch high south
1000+ Pink-Footed Geese, in several skeins, detail on PF Goose thread
2 Peregrine
22 Stock Dove feeding at Park House Fm
2 Song Thrush north
8 Fieldfare north
15 Redwing north or north west
2 Yellowhammer
21 Blackbird feeding at Park House Fm
4 Rook south west


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Report for yesterday first day of November
Walked along the Leeds - Liverpool canal from Platt Bridge to Poolstock
Birds seen as follows.
Starling 6
Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 30
Wood Pigeon 4
Feral Pigeon 8
Black Headed Gull 50 +
Carrion Crow 6
Mallard 30 +
Kestrel 1
Tree Sparrow 2
Great Tit 8
Long Tailed Tit 10
Coot 50 +
Tufted Duck 28
Moorhen 3
Lesser Blacked Gull 2
Mute Swan 5
Goosander 1 (f)
blackbird 4
Cettis Warbler 1
Cormorant 1
Great Crested Grebe 3
Pochard 6
Gadwall 3
Little grebe 2
Teal 4
Goldeneye 1
Grey Heron 1
Jay 2
Great Black Backed Gull 1



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08.30-12.00

Westwood Flash : 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Pearsons Flash : 1f Goldeneye, 14 Little Grebes, 22 Shoveler and 18 Gadwall. 1 Common Gull amongst the numerous Black Headed.

6 Black Headed Gulls shadowed the female Goldeneye, she was obviously not pleased and put on a threat display, but they just ignored it.

2 short bursts of Cettis Warbler song was heard near the screen on the North bank.

Horrocks Flash : 6 Lesser Redpolls with Goldfinches on canal side birches. 1 Snipe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Shoveler and 6 Teal.

Scotsmans Flash : 18 Great Crested Grebes, 2m Pochard (Only ones seen throughout, although there were plenty of Tufted Ducks) and 1f Goosander.

11 Herring Gulls were with Lesser Black Backs and Black Headed Gulls in the centre of the flash.

A flock of 14 Redwings flew over, heading South.

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2 House Martin Scotman's Flash today



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Late post for yesterday, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Pintail and 6 Wigeon on Horrocks Flash. Singing Cetti's Warbler, 7 Wigeon and 21 Little Grebe on Pearson's Flash.

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