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RE: Adswood Tip


Its a sad state of affairs when you have to check your personal safety & think twice about going on to a site, but in this case, its a definate requirement at certain times of the day.

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I know the site well Adam and where you're coming from now

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Ian, if you knew the sort of undesirable people that frequent this place you may not want to go there either (birders excepted). I am purely asking from a personal point of view, it has nothing to with the birds.

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Adam Jones wrote:


Were there many other people around?






I can't help wondering what relevance this has Adam?

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What time and whereabouts was this John? Might pop down later to see if I can find it.
Were there many other people around?

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Rick Donkin wrote:

Hi John,

Tree Pipit seen by the trees and shrubs along fence running by side/back of Jewsons. It flew high up from tree singing and then parachuted back down and out of sight down the slope on the far side of the trees towards the fence and into the shrubs and undergrowth. I tried to get to see where it landed but, as you know, the ground is pretty rough round there and by the time I got to the edge of the slope there was no sign of the bird again.

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I went back this afternoon to try and find it and was glad I did.

Female Stonechat roughly in the middle of the lower level (where the gropper was reeling this morning)

Cheers, John

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Hi John,

Tree Pipit seen by the trees and shrubs along fence running by side/back of Jewsons. It flew high up from tree singing and then parachuted back down and out of sight down the slope on the far side of the trees towards the fence and into the shrubs and undergrowth. I tried to get to see where it landed but, as you know, the ground is pretty rough round there and by the time I got to the edge of the slope there was no sign of the bird again.

Rick.



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Hi Rick,

I was on the tip myself this morning (so was Nigel Troup) and we were leaving about 08.00. I also only had 1 Grasshopper Warbler but loads of Whitethroats and heard a Garden Warbler. Where abouts was your Tree Pipit please?

Cheers, John



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This morning 08:00 to 09:30 - sunny but cool and windy.

Only 1 Grasshopper Warbler seen and heard reeling towards centre of tip.
4 Whitethroats
1 Blackcap - female
3 Reed Buntings
Many singing Willow Warblers
1 Chiffchaff
1 Pheasant heard calling
3 Stock Doves
1 Kestrel
1 Tree Pipit
Loads of Crows, Magpies and Blackbirds
1 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin
1 Tree Pipit
A few Wrens, Dunnocks, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Robins mainly in trees round the perimeter
Rick.

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April 29th 11:00

Good viewing of Grasshopper Warblers on the mound near the eco-centre.

Whitethroats everywhere, usual stuff inc Reed Bunting and Heron.

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April 28th 07.30 - 08.30

Grey Heron 2
Jay 3
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 2
Kestrel 1
Whitethroat 9
Grasshopper Warbler 3

Cheers, John

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20th April 07.30 - 09.45

Grasshopper Warblers were almost the commonest warbler with a count of 9. Three reeled out in the open with 1 show-off allowing me to approach to 6 metres.
10 Whitethroats
Both these outnumbered Willows and Chiffs
3 Blackcaps
1 Wheatear
1 Swallow flew east
2 Ravens
2 Reed Buntings
Pheasant heard

Cheers, John



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Late post for yesterday, 19th ..
Brief opportunistic visit ,yesterday ,about 11am ..
Only had time for a quick look round lower section of site , birds seen included...
3 very vocal jays over ,
At least 3 grasshopper warblers still reeling from brambles ,
6 goldfinch ,
1 blackcap
3 linnets
buzzard
GSW heard drumming from over towards Tenement Lane.
Several chiffchaff heard .
Large plume of accrid black smoke ,( I can only assume that the fine selection of discarded tyres, on Tenement Lane ,had been ignited , by some of the local junior nature lovers !!! )
What seemed like thousands , of small tortoise shell butterflies !! I spent most of my time , trying to avoid standing on them , on the paths !

Cheers Chris

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Really nice to have met up with you too Nigel,biggrin.gif

Met up with Geoff Lightfoot (who I hadn't seen for 10+ years) and Barry Shawsmile.gif and spent a good morning on the tip, including a trip down to the Ladybrook Valley.

List similar to Nigels, except for Kestrel, Redpoll and Tree Pipit.
Buzzard heard in trees along the side of Tenement Lane.
The 3 Sparrowhawks appeared to be 2 female and 1 very much smaller male flying around quite happily together.

Rick.



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Adswood Tip was in fine form this beautiful sunny morning.

Warbler numbers seem to be gradually increasing, with at least five (probably more) Grasshopper Warblers on site. The Whitethroat seen earlier in the week has settled in nicely, and has started the characteistic little parachute leaps from the top of brambles; another has appeared on the upper section.

A Tree Pipit was a good find. It was settled in the top of a shrub for five minutes or so, before heading strongly northward.

At least three, possibly four Sparrowhawks were circling in the clear skies, and a male Kestrel was on the western side of the site.

One Redpoll, one Sand Martin and one Swallow passed overhead.

Best find of all, three gentlemen birders: Messers Lightfoot, Donkin and Shaw.

Full list:

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 1
Grey Heron 1
Sparrowhawk 3
Kestrel 1
Stock Dove 1
Woodpigeon 18
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 1
Tree Pipit 1
Wren 8
Dunnock 4
Robin 1
Blackbird 4
Song Thrush 1
Grasshopper Warbler 4
Blackcap 2
Whitethroat 2
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 4
Long-tailed Tit 1
Blue Tit 2
Jay 2
Magpie 8
Carrion Crow 4
Reed Bunting 2


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Nigel Troup wrote:


It does seem peaceful at the moment, but is not always so.




The Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling, and the Whitethroat still singing, at 3pm.

Further sightings I can add are 3 Buzzards and 1 lad mooning. It really can be an unsavoury place at times.

Cheers, John

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I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, Steve. If you see another birder there in the future, there's a fair chance that it's me. It is, as you say, quite a large site, though with not much habitat variety. It has turned up a fair few interesting birds for me over the years, and is worth covering in all seasons. Now is probably the most rewarding part of the year.

It does seem peaceful at the moment, but is not always so. This time last year it was home to an array of unruly youths with off road vehicles, and a liking for fire raising. Happily, access seems to have been made more difficult from the Adswood side now, and this seems to have deterred them for the time being.

I was there briefly this morning, and can add a reeling Grasshopper Warbler at the Tenement Lane end to your list.

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Saturday 16th 12pm.

First visit, can't believe how large this site is.

Chiffchaffs (lots)
Willow Warbler 6+
Blackcap near Tenement lane
Whitethroat near Brickworks
GSW on Tenement lane.
Pair of Reed Buntings
Pair of Buzzards overhead
Pheasants (heard, not seen)
Grasshopper Warbler reeling near Eccleston Rd railway bridge.

Surprisingly peaceful sight considering where it is - I'll be back.

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Two Grasshopper Warblers were reeling again this morning, within 50 yards of each other, close to the Tenement Lane entrance.

Willow Warblers were the warbling chart toppers with four, followed by Chiffchaff (3). A single Blackcap was joined by a 2011 chart entry: Whitethroat. As with Grasshopper Warbler, this is my earliest ever sighting since I started recording arrivals here in 2001. I can't comment on whether this is a migration trend, or a feature of more optimistic birding on my part.

A Kestrel was present again, also one Swallow and a male Reed Bunting.

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Better luck this morning at around 08:00. Two Grasshopper warblers were soon located reeeling from dense bramble at the Tenement Road end of the site. These are my earliest ever, at any site.

Other warblers were more noticeable too, with at least three Chiffchaffs, five Willow Warblers and a Blackcap singing from the line of shrubs along the central fence.

A Heron and a Lapwing flew over.

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I managed about 20 minutes on the lower section of the site at about 19:00, on the way home from work. Three Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler and one Blackcap were the only warblers that I found.

A Swallow passed over, as did two Sand Martins: the first that I have ever seen here in many visits. A female Kestrel was a welcome sighting, as this species seems to have become rather scarce this year at the patches that I cover. A Pheasant called a couple of times.

I will try the upper section on the way into work early tomorrow.

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4 Grasshopper Warblers reeling early morning
6 Willow Warblers
3 Chiffchaffs
1 Blackcap
1 Lapwing
2 Mipits

Cheers, John

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Quiet in the late afternoon sun 1 female Wheatear 13 Meadow Pipits 2 Buzzards 2 Chiffchaffs singing 12 House Sparrows in a noisy party Unfortunately more habitat destruction to report. Someone seems to have systematically cleared willow scrub in the area near the footbridge and there has been the first grass fire of the year on the lower level. cry.gif Cheers, John

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Followed up an interesting report of a large pipit (photographed this morning by Stu Burnet) but couldn't relocate it.

15.00 - 16.30

7 Meadow Pipits
2 Buzzards
1 Snipe
1 Chiffchaff
Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting heard

[Small Tortoishell]

Cheers, John





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A one hour tour of the site this afternoon produced few birds, though, as always, there were one or two quality sightings.

Highlight was a Woodcock, flushed from the Midland Road end.

A large female Sparrowhawk was near the only sizable body of water.

Two Meadow Pipits is a low count for this time of year, but welcome as they seem to be absent from many other regular sites.

Apart from these there were very few small birds: Greenfinch predominated, one Bullfinch; two Blackbirds; two Long-tailed Tits; a Wren.

Notable absentees were Snipe and Reed Bunting (all at garden feeders I guess from what I have seen of other people's observations). The days of wintering Stonechat seem distant.

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6 Oct 10.45 - 12.30

Not the best time of day and only 16 species. Nothing unusual but a steady passage of Meadow Pipits in 2s and 3s gave a total of 26 all travelling south.

Unusual corvid behaviour at the top of the tall brick chimney (Jewsons) with 8 Magpies and 6 Carrion Crows hovering in a tight bunch right over the chimney top and occasionally landing briefly. Presumably some opportunistic feeding (insects?).

Cheers, John


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Perhaps he? was thinking of Kathy Tyson, who played the tart in 'Mona Lisa'biggrin.gif

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Not a bad morning in the rain and drizzle with a total of 26 species including:

6 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
1 Lesser Whitethroat
3 Jays
1 Sparrowhawk
6 Bullfinches (1 flock)
4 Reed Buntings
c130 Starling
41 Black-headed Gulls
An influx of thrushes - mainly Blackbirds with a few Song Thrushes

Also: 1 Fox, 2 Speckled Woods and an enthusiastic dog named 'Tyson' who the owner said would only lick me. Why name it after someone who bites ears off then?

Cheers, John

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There was neither sight nor sound of Sedge or Grasshopper Warblers last night, though the area was heavily disturbed by morons.

Numbers of the commoner warblers are now building: 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Common Whitethroats were found. There are still Stock Doves around (2 last night), which seem attracted to the recently burned areas. Also present: Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Buzzard, Kestrel and Reed Bunting.

Strangely, I have yet to see a Swift in this part of Stockport so far this year. There was one hawking briefly over the sports fields at Cheadle Hulme School in the late afternoon, where I also picked up a passing Tree Pipit. These bring the Stockport list to 77 - quite some way behind the champion elect, Mr. Raynor.

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2 Sedge Warblers
2 Grasshopper Warblers
Plus good warbler representation from Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs

2 Snipe
1 Buzzard
3 Reed Bunting
12 Swifts

Disappointing to see a further 3 areas of freshly burnt out grass/bramble, one of which was where a Gropper was singing last time I visited.

Cheers, John

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Brief visit before work this am

Sedge Warbler - 1
Whitethroat - 4 +
Wheatear - 1



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Still 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling this am.

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Two Groppers this evening: one tucked in, one showing off. Also Blackcap, Chiffchaff, seven Swallows, and a Kestrel.

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John,

I'm glad to hear that you did last night's shift on the badlands, and still gladder that it produced some new arrivals. The state of the site recently has not offered much hope for a good warbler crop this year.

I went over the lower part of the site five times last week and managed little, other than Swallow, Blackcap and Chiffchaff in the early part of the week, though two Willow Warblers had returned by Saturday. I heard a Whitethroat this Wednesday morning, but could not locate it.

The local roughnecks have upgraded from comical tiny motorbikes to a sort of monstrous All Terrain Vehicle. This has the disadvantage that it opens up new areas for them to defile. The speed at which they drive, and their reluctance to slow down or divert for other users of the site is very intimidating; the noise must also be terrifying to birds. The only bright note is that their practice of grossly overloading the vehicle suggests the darwinian promise of population thinning of the more reckless elements.

The situation for warblers is made still worse by the fact that fairly large areas of bramble and reed have been burned, either for the sheer pyromaniacal pleasure, or to help clear the way for the ATV.

Last week's unleashed canine undesirables featured a bull terrier, a hugh rottweiler ("don't worry he's more scared of you, than you are of him"), and a lurcher with one ear. This is not a country for the faint-hearted.

Nigel.

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19.00 - 20.00

After a few fruitless recent visits this evening was a bit of a warbler fest. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap all singing. 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling with 1 showing exceptionally well from tthe top of a bramble patch, 1 Whitethroat foraged silently.

Cheers, John



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Buzzard (3 drifting east)
Reed Bunting (male)
Bullfinch (pair)
Chiffchaff (2)
Lapwing (1 south)
Pit Bull (1 free-range. "It's all right mate, it's only a barker")

Cheers, John

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A silent Chiffchaff was the first sign of spring at Adswood this year. There was little else of note, other than four Stock Doves and a Heron.

A Buzzard was over Bramall Park this morning, while four Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were in the woodland. There was no sign of two of the park's regular species: Goldcrest and Grey Wagtail. I left bemoaning the fact that I had still not seen a Goldcrest in the borough of Stockport in 2010. Shortly after lunch, one put the record straight by appearing in my back garden.


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I checked Adswood out yesterday morning at about 11:00. It was more remarkable for what I didn't see than for what I did. The highlights were three Bullfinch, a Snipe, a Pheasant and a Buzzard. There was no sign of Linnet, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Woodcock etc. for which I had reasonable grounds for hope. The bright sunshine seemed a perfect invitation to Skylark to celebrate the approach of Spring; sadly, there was no sign of a bird once so common here.



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Nigel Troup wrote:

A quick tramp over Adswood Tip this afternoon where the thaw is now on.




Some of those homeless guys are surprisingly fast! Take care of your wellies, Mr Wilcox had his wellies stolen by one of these tip dwelling vagrants over at Chorlton WP!

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A quick tramp over Adswood Tip this afternoon where the thaw is now on.

There was little of real interest. Carrion Crows (30+) held the majority, feeding in the recently scraped area. Three Pheasants rose from the long grass, and two Reed Buntings were, appropriately, in phragmites reeds. A Redwing was in a tree at the perimeter, and a Linnet flew through.

There was no sign of Snipe or Woodcock. The snow and ice may have forced them to move on.

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Thank you.

Phil

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Phil,

There is no official public access to the tip. I enter via a gap in the trees at the top (Bramhall end) of Tenement Lane: SJ887869. You can clearly see the gap from the track here, as it is used by dog walkers. Be warned it is very muddy at this point. There are various other rough access points along Tenement Lane, plus others from the Adswood end that I know less well.


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Nigel
Sorry to ask another question. Can you please tell me where do you access Adswood Tip from? Considering I live in the area I don't know.

Regards


Phil

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With quite a number of local Jack Snipe sightings reported recently, I set off for Adswood Tip at lunchtime today, quietly confident that I too would find one.

It was not to be. Some of the eleven Snipe that I flushed at various points over the site seemd slow to get up, but all were Common Snipe. That I managed two Woodcock was pleasing, and a pair of Pheasant were the first that I have actually layed eyes on here for a while, though I often heard them calling from hiding places in the long grass over the summer.

Two small groups of winter thrush passed over: half a dozen Fieldfare, followed by a similar count of Redwing. Otherwise, three Meadow Pipits, a Mistle Thrush, a Dunnock, two Wrens, two Blackbirds, two Greenfinch and a mixed party of about 80 Carrion Crows and Jackdaws were my lot.

The land has been scraped near the brick works, creating an area that was popular with the crows, plus some pools with the odd Snipe. It is definitely worth another visit once the bitter wind relents.

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Garden Warbler has been unusually elusive this year: several trips down the Middlewood Way drawing blanks. So, it was gratifying to find the first of the year yesterday on one of my local patches. This was rather a skulking bird, offering only uncharacteristic short blasts of warbling song; however, I managed clear views and it was a Garden Warbler nonetheless.

Other commoner warblers are still in evidence: 4+ Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff. The Sedge Warbler has moved a little way from its original position, but was easy to locate, singing stridently. Once again, the Grasshppoer Warblers had gone quiet.

At least two pairs of Reed Bunting remain on site. Sadly, there was no sign of Skylark or Linnet.

Interestingly, I found a singing Whitethroat even closer to home on Saturday afternoon, when I attended a plant sale at the allotments on Barnfield Road East, Davenport. I heard another above the din of the traffic on the A6 near Hazel Grove on Sunday. They seem to be more numerous than usual this year.

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The unsettled weather overnight led me to hope that something different might have dropped in. I also had more time available than usual, so was able to give the site better coverage. The overall net result was greater numbers of the regular species, though with one welcome addition for the year.

The stars of the show, once again were the warblers. Whitethroat numbers are now up to at least ten, relegating Grasshopper Warbler (4) to second place in the charts. Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were all represented by two singing birds, while a Sedge Warbler was in full song near the the sunken car: the third year that I have located this species here. Only Garden and Lesser Whitethroat are now missing from those species that I might reasonably expect to find here.

Away from the warblers, a pair of Stonechats was an encouraging find. Two Stock Doves were on the area recently burned by vandals, showing that there is usually some benfit to be gained from a negative event. A couple of Buzzards perched in the saplings nearby. I had rather hoped that this area might turn up a passing Tree Pipit or two, but no sign of any pipits this morning.

There was just one Skylark singing briefly in the chilly wind. Numbers definitely seem to have reduced here over the past few years, despite no obvious disturbance to the habitat. Two Swallows have settled in and a single Swift swept past.

31 species in al: full list

Canada Goose 1
Pheasant 2
Grey Heron 1
Buzzard 2
Stock Dove 2
Woodpigeon c 6
Swift 1
Skylark 1
Swallow 2
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1
Wren 3
Dunnock 1
Robin 3
Stonechat 2
Blackbird 5
Song Thrush 3
Grasshopper Warbler 4
Sedge Warbler 1
Blackcap 2
Whitethroat 10+
Chiffchaff 2
Willow Warbler 2
Great Tit 1
Jay 1
Magpie 2
Jackdaw 2
Carrion Crow c 4
Starling c 6
Greenfinch 2
Goldfinch 1
Reed Bunting 2


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It was warbler city this morning. I only had 15 minutes of free time, so covered a small area of the site. However, with this meagre allowance, I found:

3 Grasshopper Warblers
2 Blackcaps (both males)
2 Willow warblers
3 Whitethroats
2 Chiffchaffs
1 Reed Bunting (male)

Later saw House Martin, Buzzard and first Swift of year over Nevill Road, Bramhall.

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Another Whitethroat newly in this morning, close to the brickworks.

A single Lapwing was flying around in the same area, plus the usual numbers of the usual spring visitors: Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Swallow.

Oh, and two Grasshopper Warblers reeling away.

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A good half hour this evening went some way to consoling me for the failure to see the Mirrlees Wood Warbler.

There are at least three, possibly four, Grasshopper Warblers reeling here now, and I haven't covered some parts of the site. A brief flight view of a Wheatear was only my second here. Other warblers included:

Whitethroat (first of the year)
Chiffchaff - 1
Willow Warbler - 3+
Blackcap - 3 (1f).

Also picked up a Reed Bunting, 4+ Pheasants, 1 Skylark and 3 Swallows.

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Hi Mike,

I bumped into Geoff a couple of hours ago and he is still scrupulously recording the local patch. He's concentrating on Lady Brook Valley and Poynton Pool this year and he found a Common Sandpiper at PP this morning, which was my 103rd local (SJ98 10k square) bird of the year.

Cheers, John

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