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Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart at Elton Goyt

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This am with Brian and Beth, 1 Arctic Tern 2 Common Tern and a Common Sandpiper on the res. In hedgerow between creek and capstics 25+ Willow Warbler also Chiffchaff Garden Warbler Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher. Redstart in Redstart hedge and another Spotted Flycatcher near crowtrees.
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06:30-10:00am With Malcolm a very quite day warbler wise. 3 Common Terns possibly 4 birds 1 Juv 1 Adult then 2 Adults seen. 2 Redshank flew across res. 1 Spotted flycatcher below Withins . 1Sparrowhawk and Kestrel having a dispute at the side of Within. Cheers Steven .

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9-10.30 am on Eatern side

2 Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, Blackcap.



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So far this morning

Wood Warbler - seen breifly on 2 separate occasions by Steve H and myself part of a massive tit flock between wader point and the creek
Spotted Flycatcher
2 +Garden Warbler
4 Goldcrest
30+ Willow Warbler
12 Chiffchaff

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Quiet Thursday afternoon aside from a dozen willow warblers and five chiffchaff feeding in the brambles in the hedge by the West bank



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This morning

Spotted Flycatcher
2 Snipe
60 Lapwing
11 Blackcap
Common Tern
50 Swift

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Also this morning

2 Yellow Wagtail south over pump house
80 Swift
100+ Swallow south on a single flock
91 Lapwing east
Great spotted Woodpecker - withins

Coney Green
Sedge Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat

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06:00-10:10am With Malcolm total 48 species seen. 1 Garden Warbler. 4 Sedge Warblers. 2 Lesser Whitethroat. 8 Whitethroat. 7 Blackcap. Willow Warbler and Chichaff in good numbers. 2 Common tern over. 1 Willow Tit heard along canal. 1 Little Egret on River. 1 Kingfisher. 1 Kestrel... 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Goosander over. Cheers Steven

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06:30-10:00am With Malcolm. 2 Common Scoter female Photo attached. 1 Little Grebe. 1 Sparrowhawk. 2 Kestrels. 1 Garden Warbler heard Only. Plenty of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, whitethroat and Blackcaps. Willow Tit heard near Benny's. 1 Juvenile Bullfinch. 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Photo attached. Harold had a little Egret. Cheers Steven.

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06:00-10:00am partly with Ian and Malcolm.
4 Gadwall.
2 Little Egret possibly 3.
2 Kingfishers.
1 Little Grebe.
2 Common Tern.
2 Kestrels.
11+ Chiffchaff.
18+ Willow Warbler.
2 Garden Warblers.
6 Common Whitethroat.
2 Lesser Whitethroat.
1 Sedge Warbler.
1 Blackcap.
4 Bullfinches.
1 Sparrowhawk.
1 Dunlin photo attached. Ian had a Spotted Flycatcher . Cheers Steven

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06:30am till 10:30am with Ian highlights.
1 Common Redstart juvenile in redstart hedge giving good views. Photo attached.
2 Tree Pipits .
1 Common Tern .
4 Kingfishers.
2 Kestrels.
1 Sparrowhawk.
11 Cormorants.
1 Garden Warbler at Crow Trees.
1 Little Grebe.
Greenshank herd only just before 7am.

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Also this am Malcolm and I had excellent views of a Hobby over the re
Cheers Ian

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This morning

Common Scoter -drake
2 Garden Warbler
Yellow Wagtail over
19 Lapwing east

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06:10-10:40am With Ian and Malcolm. Highlights. 8 Snipe flew into OldHall marsh area. 2 Common Tern possibly 5 but assumed same terms. 2 Little Grebes. 4 Kingfishers 3 on Elton 1 on Within. 3 Grey Wagtail. 1 Common Sandpiper. 37 Lapwings. 3 Kestrels. 1 Peregrine. 5 Common Whitethroat. 1 Lesser Whitethroat possibly 2. 14 Chiffchaff. 27 Willow Warblers . 2 Sedge Warblers. 200+ Swifts over . Cheers Steven .

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Also a single Garden Warbler at Elton Goyt.

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Also this morning

Tree Pipit over the creek
2 Garden Warbler (creek & below Bennies)
2 Lesser Whitethroat (creek)
8 Whitethroat
9 Chiffchaff
8 Blackcap
45 Willow Warbler
2 Sedge Warbler
Peregrine
Buzzard
180 Swift
150 House Martin
8 Lapwing SE

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This am with Malcolm, best birds were Greenshank(heard only) and 4 Kingfisher.
Cheers Ian

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This am with Malcolm, best were 3 Arctic Terns through South and a Kingfisher.
Cheers Ian

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This am partly with Ian C

2 Wigeon flew west
2 Arctic Tern dropped in before being seen off by a Common Tern
Hobby
Peregrine
400 Swift south
2+ Water Rail
2 Common Sandpiper

Big increase in warblers compared to last few days with -
42 Willow Warbler
6 Chiffchaff
7 Blackcap
5 Sedge Warbler
5 Whitethroat
2 Lesser Whitethroat

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Little Egret on the River Irwell 11:30, between the Bury Road-Ratcliffe Road bridge and the railway 



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This a.m. only birds of interest were over 100 House Martins feeding around the sailing club.
Cheers Ian

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7.30 -10.30

Curlew south
2 Snipe SW
60 Lapwing south
13 Cormorant West in a single flock picked up from out Rochdale way
2 Peregrine
Common Tern
Nuthatch
24 Collared Dove at sailing club

Coney Green
3 Lesser Whitethroat
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler

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05:00-12:00

Common term 1 appeared during each shower

Lesser Redpoll 5 flew over at 6:30

Swift c. 20 at dawn
Sand Martin c. 40 mid morning with a few swallows and house martins Plus a pair of Gatekeeper butterflies - first of year

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06:00-07:50am highlights being, 1 Juvenile Little Grebe. 1 Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. 3 Water Rails heard in Capsticks Marsh. Good numbers of Swift, Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins. At least 6 Family parties of Willow Warblers. Cheers Steven

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3 Common Tern
2 Common Sandpiper
Oystercatcher
65 Lapwing
11 Whitethroat
2 Sedge Warbler
60 Greenfinch
60 Goldfinch
21 Swift

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Ian Campbell wrote:

This a.m. 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove feeding on road in front of Ennius, Water Rail again heard in capsticks where there was a family party of Sedge Warblers.
Cheers Ian


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On last post meant 'Bennies'

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This a.m. 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove feeding on road in front of Ennius, Water Rail again heard in capsticks where there was a family party of Sedge Warblers.
Cheers Ian

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06:00-10:00am with Ian C and Malcolm from 07:30am. Of note. 1 Kingfisher. 1 Dunlin. 1 Common Sandpiper. 3 Oystercatchers. 2 Common Terns. 60+ Swifts. 2 Kestrels. 3 Cormorants. Water rail heard in Capsticks Marsh. Cheers Steven

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07:30-09:30am with Ian C highlights:

2 Water Rail calling in Capsticks (heard only)
1 Black-tailed Godwit in muddy area at corner of Old Hall farm
1  Common Tern
2 Kestrels
1 Kingfisher near sailing club


 



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2 Little Egret on the Irwell below the bridge at Bennys at 15:00. One was a juvenile.



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06:00-09:40am with Ian C highlights.
1 Little Egret landing on path near pumphouse.
1 Female Shoveler.
1 Goosander.
2 Common Tern.
2 Bullfinches near Car park.
5 Kestrels.

Cheers Steven.


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Tho a.m. 3 Pochard and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Cheers Ian

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Also a Kingfisher on dead branches near willow opposite sailing club at 05:30

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A third Common Tern joined the others briefly

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This a.m. With Malcolm, 2 Common Tern, 4 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard.
Cheers Ian

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Also 1 Grasshopper Wabler reeling in the marsh near bridge 19.
Cheers Ian

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Early morning, a single Black-tailed Godwit was hiding amongst resting Canada Geese on the grass by the first pylon, before I accidently flushed it off. Also 2 Common Sandpipers this morning.

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07:00-09:15am with Ian C highlights. 1 Common Tern. 1 Little Egret on Withins . 1 Stock Dove @ Crow Trees. 39 Lapwings . 2 Sedge Warblers Singing 1 Below Withins . 1 Kestrel with mouse/Vole. 21+ Pied Wagtails in Sheep field at Crow Trees. Redshank Heard in Old Hall Farm Cattle Field . Cheers Steven

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This a.m. 1 Redshank near viewing mound of note.
Cheers Ian

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07:00-09:40am with Ian C
1 Peregrine Falcon.
18 Tufted Ducks.
3 Herring Gulls.
2 Reeling Grasshopper warblers.
Good Numbers of lapwings in excess of 80 birds with around 50% this years young.
10+ Linnets.


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Also worthy of note is a grasshopper warbler was reeling from the middle of old Hall Marsh along with the usual sedge warblers. Ta!

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This a.m. 1 juv. Wheatear near pumphouse, 1 Common Tern and 3 Oystercatcher feeding in field in front of Old Hall Farm were the highlites.
Cheers Ian

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This afternoon -

Green Sandpiper

3 Oystercatcher

Buzzard

Quite a few young birds around

4 Juvenile Kestrels

3 Juvenile Lapwings

Juvenile Grey Wagtails on the river



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7 Common Scoter 6 m 1 F this morning 5/7/17

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7 Kestrels this afternoon including 5 juveniles.



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05:10-08:50am with Ian C 1 Mediterranean Gull over heading West. 4 Goosander over heading towards Withins. 1 Cormorant. 8 Tufted Ducks. 2 Kestrels. 1 Female Gadwall with 2 well grown young. 4 Oystercatchers. Cheers Steven.

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This a.m. of interest 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern and 2 Oystercatcher with over 200 Sand martin, 60 Swift and 12 House Martin.
Cheers Ian

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Only thing worth mentioning this morning was the juvenile black headed gulls are starting to emerge. At least 2 on the fields and possibly a 3rd flying over the reservoir. Also linnet, reed buntings and juvenile pied wagtail. Previous days I've had singing common whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, juvenile grey wagtail, sedge warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, and lapwings. Ta.

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