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Doc Brewster wrote:

Late news from yesterday, for which I apologise, but my bad back is stopping me from sitting at a pc much of the time. A Gull-billed Tern, a real Mega, dropped into the reserve yesterday evening. At first it was on the Inner Marsh Farm part of the reserve but later led twitchers a merry dance over the whole area. It has not been seen at all today unfortunately.


The Gull-billed Tern has been reported as being back again this evening.  It may hang around this time, cloudy and wet overnight.  I was lucky enough to see the July 2015 bird so if it stays it would be worthwhile anyone making the effort to get over there, we don't get many chances to see this species.



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Late news from yesterday, for which I apologise, but my bad back is stopping me from sitting at a pc much of the time. A Gull-billed Tern, a real Mega, dropped into the reserve yesterday evening. At first it was on the Inner Marsh Farm part of the reserve but later led twitchers a merry dance over the whole area. It has not been seen at all today unfortunately.



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Highlights today:

Spotted Redshank 3
Whinchat 1f.
Great White Egret 1 flying over showing reddish tibia.
Redshank 2
Avocets
Cetti's/Sedge/Reed Warblers.
etc.etc.etc.

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With no sight or sound of the Wood Warbler, an initial visit between 8.20 and 8.55 was cut short with the news of a Ring-necked Duck at RSPB Conway, but not before three of the four of us had had a good view of a Cetti's Warbler. In case the Wood Warbler had moved on we headed down to Decca Pools for the pair of Garganey, ticking off Common and Lesser Whitethroats and a very showy Sedge Warbler en route. A lingering Fieldfare in the sheep fields at Burton Wetlands and some remaining Pink-footed Geese on the Dee foreshore carried wintry overtones to match the sky, despite reeling Grasshopper Warblers and the first Swallows of the year for some of us. The Garganey eventually woke up and showed a little better, so we headed off to North Wales.

Having successfully twitched the Ring-necked Duck and enjoyed some vis mig on the Great Orme we decided to head back here for the apparently late-rising Phylloscopus.biggrin
Delayed by a couple of accidents along the A55, we arrived around 16.45 and were told that the bird had been seen at the top end of the Gorse Covert trail, which conflicted with an alert saying it had been singing at the car park end 25 minutes earlier. A search along said trail proving to be inconclusive, Mike A and I headed off to find a Cetti's while Holly and John stayed around the start of the woodland trail. With almost perfect timing we both found our target species at the same time. Mike and I hurried back and had neck-crinking views of the bird high in a sycamore near the wooden wigwam, bringing our warbler tally for the day to nine and a half species ( we never managed to see a Grasshopper Warbler). All in all a reasonable day with a group tally of 73 species seen and four heard between the three sites without giving any of them an extensive search.



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Spent all day here today 10.00 - 17.00.  Dry, warm, sunny, calm.  Avocets; Blackcap; Buzzard; Chaffinch; Coot; Tufted Duck; Dunnock; Little Egret; Black Tailed Godwit; Goldfinch; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Grey Heron; Red Kite; Lapwing; Linnet; Moor Hen; Oystercatcher; Grey Partridge; Redshank; Spotted Redshank; Ruff; Shoveler; Mute Swan; Green Winged Teal; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Pied Wagtail; white Wagtail; Cettis Warbler; Sedge Warbler; Wood Warbler; Whimbrel.  



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Headed down for a prolonged visit today that involved some work and some play!

The highlights on the reserve itself were 2 pairs of adult Mediterranean Gulls from the Reception, 2 Spotted Redshanks from Marsh Covert Hide, a Ruff from the path near the pool, down on the wetlands, a very showy Cetti's Warbler in brambles and trees by the path by the pool and over 100 Avocets. Blackcap and Chiffchaff were noted as well as Swallows, Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. A couple of Gadwall were also seen as well as lots of Teal.



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Highlights:

Great White Egret 1
Merlin 1
Marsh Harrier 2
Peregrine 2
Kestrel 1
Ruff 2
Goosander 1f.
Avocet 93...quoted by the staff.
Pintail 1m 1f.

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Velvet Scoter would be incredibly unusual

Maybe Gadwall in winter plumage ?

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Hi Rob, sorry for the late reply, I also had a message from another member of the forum so I can see this sighting might not be as straight-forward as it seemed at the time to the 4 of us who saw it! :) The bird caught our eye when flying directly and quite close by the reception hide and it had distinctive white on it's wing only really visible as it flew, 4 of us saw it and although we are regular birders for years we are certainly amateur/casual level so we did not know what it was, only that it was something none of us recognised so not one of the usuals. After consulting books whilst in the hide after it landed (and we could still see it but quite far in the distance now and none of us had a scope, only binos) we came to the conclusion definitely Velvet Scoter but we didn't realise how rare a sighting that would be so we didn't discuss with the staff there unfortunately. So whilst I can't think what else it would have been, now I see the interest in this mention of Velvet Scoter I am questioning if that was indeed what we saw. I've no idea what sex it was, obviously I better study the birdbooks a bit more ;)

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Hi Rene,
the Velvet Scoter from Reception hide, was it a Drake? I'm surprised it wasn't reported on Dee Estuary sightings.

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A pair of Little Owls were in the crack in the second left tree from the barn looking down from the top of Puddington Lane today - sheltering from the freezing wind. Nothing much of interest at Burton Mere Wetlands other than 2 Marsh Harriers (a further 2-3 diwn on the marsh) but 5 Bewicks Swans on Burton Marsh scoped from the Hillfort and 2 further birds later with Steve Burke. Merlin, Peregrine and Raven too but no Hen Harriers on that part of the marsh. Strangely few Little Egrets and no Great White Egrets on Burton Marsh today

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Sunday 14th of January 2018 07:58:20 PM

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Sunday 14th of January 2018 08:05:49 PM

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Had a really good afternoon at Burton Mere in cloudy but dry conditions, around 5 degrees. Of note were Stonechat on the wildflower meadow area, Green Woodpecker as soon as you arrive ground feeding on the field next to the entrance to the car park. A small number of Black Tailed Godwit were dotted about. Great views of a Marsh Harrier from several spots on the reserve, also a small flock of Wigeon from Reception hide and a single Velvet Scoter.

Snipe
Cormorant
Teal
Shoveler
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Pied Wagtail
Snipe
Canada Geese
Greylag Goose
Redshank
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Treecreeper
Buzzard

In addition to usuals of course like Blue, Great, Coal and LT Tits, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Coot Moorhen, Mallard that kind of thing!


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A very brief visit last Thursday but with a few species seen that folk may be interested in:

From the visitor centre I walked out to the left on the path over the bridge and past the 'bunker' hide. Not far after there looking back inland towards the farm there are two bare oak trees. The first one right of the farm has a good covering of ivy, in the next one to the right a Little Owl was sitting atop a vertical dead branch on the right had side of the tree. This has been a regular site for this bird over the past week, so worth having a look at this now scarce species in Cheshire. Just along from there towards the end of the path if you look over past the feeders towards the D-Barn and the harvested potato field there are usually a few Whooper Swans feeding there. I saw 4 adult birds which walked off out of sight behind the barn, so if they are not on view then persevere and they may come out. On reception lagoon a good array of waterfowl included a nice drake Pintail.

 



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Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret best birds seen today with Malcolm,
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Reception hide:
Cattle Egret 1
Greylag Goose c350

IMF hide:
Greenshank 6+4
Wood Sandpiper 1
Marsh Harrier 1
Kingfisher 1
A single Golden Plover and a couple of Redshank in the Lapwing flock

Uncounted Teal, Wigeon and other waterfowl.

Cheers John


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Post for sunday 1st October. 3-5.30pm.

1 cattle egret
Several little egrets scattered around.
9 little stint, 3 from reception, 6 from IMF hide.
2 curlew sandpiper
1 wood sandpiper
1 green sandpiper
20+ golden plover
15+ ruff
2 dunlin
Plenty of lapwings, black tailed godwit, snipe,,few redshank.
1 marsh harrier
1 sparrowhawk
3 kestrels
2-3 kingfishers
Several swallows
Wigeon, teal, mallard, shoveler, gadwall & tufted duck.
Plus usuals around.



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A visit to the Dee Marshes was delayed on Saturday by horrible weather (see other thread) so I decided the hides at Burton Mere Wetlands would make a good stop off to wait. The Cattle Egret was still on Reception Lagoon (as it always seems to be now!), so a quick look at that and I headed round to Inner Marsh Farm Hide. Here I joined local patcher, Tony, who was also sitting out the weather and checked out the lagoon. I counted at least 7 Little Stints (9 were reported as a max.)and 2 Curlew Sandpipers. A few Ruff were still on the scrape and lots of Snipe, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits. Tony is expecting the first Jack Snipe back any time soon as Snipe numbers are very high. Again a Marsh Harrier quartered the reedbeds but a Buzzard low over the reception lagoon caused a few mis-IDs as a harrier until folk took a proper look!

As usual a great welcome by all here and sad to say the end of an era, as last Friday was Colin Wells's last day as 'official' Head RSPB Warden of the Dee Estuary inc. Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB. Colin has done a fabulous job, is a great birder and a nice guy, he will be very greatly missed. But the good news is, just like John Wilson at Leighton Moss, Colin can't drag himself away and will be doing some voluntary wardening at Burton Mere Wetlands in the future, so we'll be seeing him for some time to come smile



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A brief visit to Burton Mere Wetlands, partially for work, allowed a quick nip around the reserve.

A Cattle Egret showed very well from the reception centre where one Curlew Sandpiper could be seen too. Three more Curlew Sandpipers were on view from the Inner Marsh Farm hide with a Spotted Redshank and four Ruff here too. A couple of Marsh Harriers quartered the reedbeds and a Cetti's Warbler sang in the reeds near the boardwalk to IMF. The whole reception centre was in awe when a Peregrine stooped onto the main scrape and took a Teal off the water in front of us all. Two Swallows also flew through.



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11.30-15.30

1 Curlew Sandpiper was showing well on the pool in front of the reception area.

Also seen here were 12 Ruff, 1 Knot, 1f Marsh Harrier, 14 Snipe, 1 Cattle Egret and 2 Black Swans.

In front of the former IMF hide were : 1 Spotted Redshank, 40+ Snipe, 9 Golden Plovers, 2 Kestrels, 3 Ravens, 3 Little Grebes and 1 Little Egret.

There was a steady trickle of high flying Swallows above the reserve throughout, all appeared to be heading West.

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The Pectoral Sandpiper was again showing in front of the visitor centre today, although it often disappears into the vegetation at the back of the main pool.

Also seen here today, 1 Cattle Egret, 1m+1f Marsh Harriers, 1 Greenshank, 3 Egyptian Geese, 9 Ruff, 2 Black Swans and 1 Kestrel.

Amongst the mass of Canada Geese was an adult only Shelduck size, which may just be a feral oddity, but is well worth looking for.

On the saltmarsh viewed from the hill fort were : 2 Great White Egrets, 6 Little Egrets, 1f Marsh Harrier and 1 Peregrine.

A large gathering of Swallows and House Martins flying around the hill fort also held a couple of Sand Martins.



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A few hours at BMW and Burton point this morning gave good prolonged views of the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper on the edges of the pool in front of reception. Other species also seen there included:- Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Black Swan, Spotted Redshank, a Cattle Egret and a female Marsh Harrier in dispute with three Buzzards.

Down at Burton point:- a gathering of Swallows, Stonechat, Wheatear, Little Egret, Pied and Yellow Wagtails and several Goldfinches.



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Five hours on the reserve from 10am in fairly warm but mainly cloudy weather. Fairly 'basic' birds about with nothing too exciting. Highlight was probably a Cuckoo that flew through, observed from the Marsh Covert Hide, where 42 young Little Egret were assembled. The Cattle Egret chick has not yet fledged but both it and the parents couldn't be seen from the viewpoint today. Amongst others :-

Little Grebe
Little Egret
Grey Heron (6)
Mute Swan (2)
Barnacle Goose (1)
Wigeon (2)
Gadwall (4)
Teal (1)
Shoveler (2)
Tufted Duck
Buzzard (1)
Oystercatcher (c.12)
Avocet (69 + chicks)
Little Ringed Plover (2)
Lapwing
Dunlin (1)
Black tailed Godwit (c.30)
Redshank (7)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Common Sandpiper (2)
Mediterranean Gull (1 + chick)
Stock Dove (2)
Cuckoo (1)
Swift
Green Woodpecker (1)
Swallow
Sedge Warbler (4)
Reed Warbler (5)
Whitethroat (4)
Blackcap (1)
Chiffchaff
Reed Bunting



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10.00-14.30

1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 1 adult + 1juv Cattle Egret, 7 Redshanks, 2 Buzzards and 1 Kestrel.

Masses of newly fledged Black Headed Gulls, and several large broods of Mallard appear to indicate low predation. Avocets and Little Egrets also appear to be flourishing, with 40+ of the latter on the marsh in front of the Covert Hide throughout.

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Highlights:

Great White Egret 1 from Burton Point.
Spoonbill 2...mutual preening going on.
Cattle Egret 1 adult seen feeding the young one.
Little Egrets
Grey Herons

Black-tailed Godwits
Redshanks

Mediterranean Gull 1 first Summer(2nd calendar year).

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Three Egret species were seen at BMW this morning; in addition to the plentiful Little Egrets there were two Great Whites present.

Also the Cattle Egret and chick were seen from the newly created viewing area at the end of the track to the Marsh Covert hide, giving closer views than from the IMF hide.

Also present of interest Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern and Spoonbill.



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John Watson wrote:

RSPB announce breeding Cattle Egrets, viewable at nest distantly from IMF hide

https://twitter.com/rspb_burtonmere?lang=en


 Certainly easily visible today.



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RSPB announce breeding Cattle Egrets, viewable at nest distantly from IMF hide

https://twitter.com/rspb_burtonmere?lang=en

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After a successful visit to Shrewsbury for the Night Heron, Mr Ausberger and I headed back up to Burton Marsh. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper showed well at about middle distance from Marsh Covert Hide on both our visits, looking very smart in the afternoon sun. A Ringed Plover and half a dozen summer plumage Dunlin were scattered among the Godwits and Redshank here. Unfortunately the Cattle Egret chose to fly by the other side of the hide while we were watching the Sandpiper and was lost behind the trees before we could reposition ourselves.

No sign of the Spotted Flycatchers for us but a brace of Great White Egrets were distant but clearly distinguishable out on the marsh towards Burton Point, with a second summer male Marsh Harrier quartering nearer in. A single male Wigeon and at least a couple of Cetti's Warblers provided some interest around the reserve and we were lucky enough to pick out one of the Mediterranean Gulls hunkered down among the nesting Black-headed Gulls just before the visitor centre closed. All in all a pleasant end to a good day.

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In addition to Buff Breasted Sandpiper & Cattle Egret
Mediterranean Gull - adult & an immature
Spotted Flycatcher - 2 in small copse on the way to IMF hide
Great White Egret - on far pool

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Buff breasted Sandpiper showing well and reasonably close in at Marsh Covert Hide early this morning,
Also of note a distant Cattle Egret and 4 Cettis Warblers heard singing in different locations

Record Buff breasted Sandpiper Phonescoped image attached.


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Being halfway from home towrds Burton Mere RSPB whilst at work yesterday, I couldn't resist popping down after work yesterday. I had been sending customers to see it all day so thought that I may as well go and see it too. I'm glad I did, as having seen double figures in the UK before, being one of the commoner US igrant waders to the UK, but mainly in the SE, I had never seen a Spring bird. This was the brihtest coloured one that I have ever seen and with the most glowing legs too - something I mentioned to Colin Wells, the finder, and he said that was what had struck him when he found it as well smile As John says not the best photo opportunity, especially looking into the low evening sun as we all were. I say all, but there were only 3 folk in the hide when I arrived, different from the hordes earlier in the day so I was told by RSPB vols and Colin too.

A great bird and still there today as John says, first UK record this Spring and well worth anyone going to see it, especially if you haven't seen the species before.



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Buff Breasted Sandpiper still at a very wet Burton Mere

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At work this morning the call came through that a Buff Breasted Sandpiper had arrived at Burton Mere Wetlands on the Wirrall.Having all my gear in the car and the choice between the 21 Miles to Pennington and only 15 Miles to Burton the choice was quickley made and by 12 pm I was heading down to the Gorse covert hide to see this stonking little American Beauty,and soon located it,but as with the Pallid Harrier the other week ,pictures were never going to do it Justice ,it was an absolute cracker and full frame views through my scope are what I bought it for,and it was superb.It was always a bit distant ,so only record shots were ever gained,but it was worth every second taken to see it,and was still showing well when I left at 4pm.
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Smart looking Buff-breasted Sandpiper still present and showing well from Marsh Covert Hide.

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Three hours on the reserve this morning from 10am. Weather cool and dry in the main although there was a bit of rain for twenty minutes or so. Amongst others :-

Little Grebe
Little Egret
Mute Swan
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Shelduck
Widgeon
Gadwall
Teal
Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Marsh Harrier (1f)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Oystercatcher
Avocet
Lapwing
Dunlin (1)
Black-tailed Godwit (c.175)
Spotted Redshank (3)
Common Sandpiper (1)
Common Tern (2)
Great spotted Woodpecker (1)
Cetti's Warbler (1)
Grasshopper Warbler (1)
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Whitethroat
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Swallow 2
Sand Martin 3
Blackcap 2 singing.
Cetti's Warbler 1 singing.
Ruff 1
Spotted Redshank 1
Mediterranean Gull 1 1st winter.
Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, etc.etc.etc.

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With an afternoon off I headed to the bottom of The Wirral to have a mooch around my favourite local RSPB reserve and catch up with old friends as is always the case here smile

On arriving in the visitor centre many Avocets were roosting on the main lagoon, not doing a lot, mainly sleeping with heads on backs, but it was a new bird for me for 2017 and one I wouldn't expect in a long time at my patch, Newchurch Common, given its lack of wader habitat! Next I walked along to Bridge Pool and viewed the water there from the screen, and immediately picked up the small, tern-like first-winter Little Gull, which was feeding over the pool and occasionally alighting on it. A pair of Pintail were alos on this pool, it is always a lovely duck to watch, so graceful and elegant. A Cetti's Warbler called from cover here, but never showed itself. Walking back I came across a group of mates and joined them to see a gorgeous Merlin perched on one of the fenceposts not far out on the marsh. Also present were a group of Ruff, already colouring up and starting to display. The skies then went from blue to a dark yellow caste and the rain started. I retreated back to my car as the heavens opened, so I decided to call it a day.



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Little Gull still showing well.

Also Pintail, a couple of Spotted Redshank, a big group of Avocet (all asleep), 2 Sand Martin and plenty of Chiffchaff



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Morning visit, Highlights

Green Woodpecker
Ruff 5
Spotted Redshank 5
Avocet 40+
Pintail
Chiffchaff several singing

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Highlights of High Peak RSPB group visit 1-4pm:

3 Cattle Egret, Ruff, 40 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Chiffchaff, Dunlin, 7 Avocet, 100 Fieldfare, 10 Little Egret, Pintail, 1000+ Pink Footed Geese, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker heard. 



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Miserable weather but nice to get out for a while & reasonably rewarding on Burton Reserve with

Great White Egret
Avocets x 27
Marsh Harrier, female
Chiffchaff
Cettis Warbler
Goldfinch x 40
Goldcrest x 3
plus usual waterfowl & waders

Visit to Denhall area later with good views of
Marsh Harrier, Female x 2
Peregrine Falcon, male
Buzzard x 2
Kestrel, pair
Stonechat, pair
White Wagtails x 2 among a group of 10 Pied Wagtails
Linnets x 50


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1:30 - 2:30. Quick passing visit. Highlights;
returning Avocets
Marsh Harrier
Mediterranean Gull - smart bird showing well in front of Main Reception hide.
Usuals

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Lots of birds at Burton Mere Wetlands on a drizzly day. Dropped in for a short while this morning. The highlights were a couple of Golden Plovers that dropped in on Reception Lagoon island with a large flock of Lapwings. About 20 Dunlin were also loafing amongst this flock too. Two Ruff showed well on the floods from Marsh Covert Hide but no pipits were seen at all much to the disappointment of most folk in the hide. Lots of Siskins were still in the alders around the house area. A female Marsh Harrier was mobbed by corvids as it quartered the reedbeds. Over 60 species in a short visit so not bad at all.



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Wed. 25th Jan 2017

Cattle Egret & Little Egret (outside main reception) G.W.Egret (seen from Hill Fort)
Green Woodpecker (along hedgerow near barn feeding area) and also seen by Burton Mere House hedgerow.
5 x raptors: Common Buzzard, Ring-tail Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Kestrel
2 x Ruff & Water Pipit (seen by others outside M.Covert Hide)
Other species seen : Lapwing, Shoveler, Tufted Ducks, Wigeon, Teal, Cormorant
Gulls: Herring and Black-headed Gull

Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, G.S.Woodpecker, plus the other regulars.

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11am-2pm. Relatively quiet today with no sign of the recently reported lesser spotted woodpecker or green-winged teal. Highlights;
Marsh Harrier from reception hide
Short-eared Owl from Hill Fort (distant)
Great White Egret from Hill Fort
Cetti's Warbler heard
Stonechat (f), Linnets, Great spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper. A Green Woodpecker was reported by another birder.
Raven
Ruff (2), Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Golden Plover, and lots of Dunlin from Reception Hide
Pintail
Distant Mute, Whooper and Bewick Swans from Reception Hide.
Plus Usuals
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Male Green-winged Teal seen this morning.
Also:
1imm Marsh Harrier.
Distant Whooper and Bewick's Swans, plus 1 Bewick's on the Reserve.
Dunlins.
Redshanks.
Curlews.
Black-tailed Godwits.
Common Snipe.
1 Cetti's Warbler heard.
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14/01/17 Stockport Birdwatching Society trip to Parkgate and Burton Wetlands RSPB

Another good trip with highlights at Burton Wetlands RSPB being the male Green-winged Teal (record photo attached), 9 Bewick's Swan, Marsh Harrier and Cetti's Warbler.



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After the 'high' tide watch today I nipped into the reserve but it was quiet too, probably due to the extreme winds keeping stuff down. Best sightings were a Great White Egret over on the IMF side, 2 Whooper Swans on Marsh Covert Hide lagoon with 4 Pintail here too and a few Bewicks Swans around the reserve. The usual large swan flock was over near Shotwick Boating Lake, including Whoopers, Bewick's, Mute and Black Swans!!



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10.30-15.30

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1m Hen Harrier, 4f Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels and 2 Buzzards.

Also 1m Stonechat, 1 Water Rail, 4 Pintails, 40 Dunlin, 4 Little Egrets, 3 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 15 Curlew and 1 Kingfisher.

Saltmarsh (Viewed from the Hill Fort)

1f Hen Harrier, 50+ Pink Footed Geese, 8 Little Egrets and 100+ Canada Geese.

Around 70 swans were on pasture at Shotwick, they appeared to be a mixed flock of Mute and Whoopers, and I could'nt pick out and Bewicks amongst them.

The Water Rail was showing really well in the ditch by the barn, whilst 100+ Linnets perched on nearby bushes, something a Kestrel and a Buzzard showed a keen interest in.

Around 30 Common Gulls were in the roost in front of the reception centre, with lesser numbers of Black Headed and Herring Gulls.

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Burton Mere Wetlands was pretty quiet today and management work round at Inner Marsh Farm hide made it even quieter over there! A Marsh Harrier showed well from the Reception building and a Black-tailed Godwit (just one!) was on the lagoon from Marsh Covert Hide. A nice group of Siskins fed in alders in the house garden too.

Next stop was Neston Old Quay where we saw an additional 5 Marsh Harriers and a ringtail Hen Harrier. A Great White Egret was out on the marsh & later one was in flight, so 1 or 2 individuals were seen. A small flock of Linnets were seen as well as 2 Stock Doves. At Neston Sewage Works a Chiffchaff fed on the filter beds along with a Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtails but no pipits this time.



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