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RE: WIGAN FLASHES


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).

 

Info thanks to Rob Thorpe



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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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This morning

Cettis Warbler singing nr Westwood Flash

3 Chiffchaff in song

4 Little Grebe on Scotmans Flash

4 Little Grebe on Pearsons also Water Rail Calling

Willow Tit calling nr Moss Bridge.

 

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4 Common Scoter (3 drake, 1 fem) on Scotman's this morning



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Late morning / early afternoon walk round the circuit from Scotmans to Horrocks and back. Besides the usuals :-

Kestrel over the rucks at Scotmans

Small number of lesser black-back gulls at Scotmans and Horrocks. Single cormorant also at Horrocks.

4x wigeon and 2x shoveller amongst the large numbers of coot and tufted duck on Pearsons Flash.



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6 Swift and 40 Sand Martin at Scotman's today



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1 Swift at Scotman's Flash today



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7 Swift and c700 House Martin at Scotman's this morning 



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This morning at Scotman's Flash 14 Swift, c500 House Martin, c100 Swallow, 90 Sand Martin, Kingfisher

Horrocks Flash 1 adult Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 21 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 3 Kingfisher, 10 Chiffchaff



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7 Swift and 2 Kingfisher at Scotman's Flash this morning



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Horrocks Flash today: 1 adult Dunlin, c750 Lapwing, 1 adult Common Tern, 5 Shoveler, 2 Teal

13 Swift feeding at Scotman's this morning



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Pearsons Flash

4pr Little Grebe all with only 1 fledged young a piece.



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Saturday, 12th August 2017 12:30 - 16:00 hrs.

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

Kingfisher x 1
Whitethroat x 1
Willow Warbler x 2
Willow Tit x 1
Common Tern x 5
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Coal Tit x 1
Lapwing x 150
Grey Heron x 1
Swallow x 10
Swift x 1
Dunnock x 2
Great Crested Grebe x 5
Buzzard x 1
Kestrel x 1
Coot x 75
Tufted Duck x 100
Moorhen x 10
Mute Swan x 4
Canada Geese x 30
Mallard x 80
Blackbird x 1
Great Tit x 10
Blue Tit x 5
Lesser Black-Backed Gull x 2
Black-Headed Gull x 50
Magpie x 4
Cormorant x 3
Carrion Crow x 1
Woodpigeon x 7

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Horrocks Flash with Simon Johnson, this pm-

Mixed tit flock contained 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, Willow Tit and Goldcrest.
Also c500 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Pochard, 6+ Teal and juv Peregrine.

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416 Lapwing at Horrocks Flash this morning



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Birds at Horrocks Flash this morning included 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 10 Teal, adult Common Gull, a Nuthatch among a tit flock and a Redpoll 



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c300 Swift feeding around Scotman's Flash this morning



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Approx 400 each of Swift and House Martin were feeding at Scotman's Flash this morning

1 Dunlin Horrocks Flash late afternoon 



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Very enjoyable walk round the Flashes late morning / early pm in overcast conditions just before the rain set in. Highlights were the fantastic array of wild flowers across the site however on the feathered side of things :-

Kingfisher good views along the canal

Broods of tufted duck, coot, mute swan, great crested grebe on the flashes, particularly Horrocks

Chiffchaff, blackcap, whitethroat and reed warbler, reed bunting and treecreeper all seen and / or heard

Common tern on Scotmans and Horrocks

Cormorant, lesser black-backed gull, oystercatcher

 



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drake Common Scoter on Scotman's Flash early afternoon 



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Single Little Egret flew over Horrocks Flash front pool towards Bryn early this evening. Plenty Swifts and Hirundines. Only a couple Reed Warblers chattering away, expected more. A Garden Warbler was my first of the year. I noticed that the very back pool seems to have Crassula in it. That could be very bad news if it starts to spread. I'm presuming LWT know, not that theres any easy solution.

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Scotmans Flash along the canal and around Horrocks Flash late morning / early pm.

2x common tern flitting across the various flashes throughout my time there. Coot, mallard and Canada goose all with broods of young, including what appeared multiple families of Canada goose on the canal with a dozen youngsters present. Reed warbler, whitethroat, chiffchaff, willow warbler and Cetti's warbler all singing. Handful of swifts primarily over Scotmans and the canal, grey wagtails also along the canal.



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Horrocks Flash, 10.30ish am an Osprey was seen low over the rear pool,but was  mobbed by gulls and left towards scotmans.

 

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News for yesterday

Pearsons

Male Garganey wtched for about 10mins then flew over reed bed

Info from my friend Walt

 

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adult Little Gull and 2 Arctic Tern at Scotman's Flash this morning



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3 Garganey on Pearson Flash this morning. 2m 1f. They flew in, stayed a few minutes then flew away W.



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c500 Sand Martin feeding at Scotman's-Pearson's Flashes this afternoon, the only other hirundines being 2 Swallow



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1 Common Sandpiper at Horrocks Flash this morning, 2 Goldeneye and c500 Sand Martin Scotman's-Pearson's Flashes, 4 singing Cetti's Warblers, Reed Warblers in to double figures now



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1x Common Sandpiper on jetty



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1 Common Tern on Scotman's Flash early evening



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first-winter drake Long-Tailed Duck on Scotman's Flash this morning, feeding at N end by Poolstock Brook outflow. I could only see 1 Swallow among approx 450 Sand Martin



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This am  - highlights 1 Long tailed Duck with 3 Goldeneye Scotmans; 1 drake Wigeon Pearsons; singing Reed Warbler Pearsons NW end; 3 singing Cetti's Warblers (1 Moss Bridge, 1 Pearsons NW end and 1 Scotmans NE end); 1 Sandwich Tern flying and calling over Scotmans 11.05 for about 5 minutes



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Hi Ken, yes it's a Long-Tailed Duck, great find



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Early start this morning.

2 Cetis Warbler

7 Chiffchaff

3 Willow Warbler

1 Whitethroat

and what I think is a Longtailed Duck in the middle of Scotsmans Flash.

A couple of poor pics for clarification please?



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