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RE: Inner Marsh farm


W/O being biased the reserve does look brilliant at the moment:

2 Curlew Sandpipers
1 Wood Sandpiper
8 Ruff (varying ages and sex)
12 visible snipe
Handful of Black-tailed godwits
2 Marsh harrier
Merlin
Hen Harrier

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A wood sandpiper has popped up in front of hide now

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2 Curlew Sandpiper
6 Ruff
Loadsa Lappy's and the odd Blackwit
Ringtail Hen Harrier

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UPDATE - Curlew Sandpiper right in front of hide - 11am

One juvenile was also seen yesterday at the Decca Pools compound

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Tony Coatsworth wrote:

Raptor fest today with up to 3 Buzzards at once, 2 Hobbies , female Marsh Harrier, couple of Kestrels and Sparrowhawks.





-- Edited by Tony Coatsworth on Saturday 5th of September 2009 05:06:06 PM






Much of the same today - 5 buzzards, 2 hobbies, kestrel, peregrine and sparrowhawk!

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Raptor fest today with up to 3 Buzzards at once, 2 Hobbies , female Marsh Harrier, couple of Kestrels and Sparrowhawks.

Made up for the earlier big dip on the Wirral missing 2 Sabines Gulls and a Wilsons Petrel



-- Edited by Tony Coatsworth on Saturday 5th of September 2009 05:06:06 PM

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Again pretty quiet today (if you can count 200+ Canada Geese quiet)

20 Black-tailed Godwit were the only waders on show.
1 Common Gull.

A few juvenile Stonechats perched up on the Bullrushes



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A good raptor afternoon with Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk on the marsh and Buzzard and Marsh Harrier (juv) on the reserve. Also of note on the reserve 5 Ruff, 10 Teal, 18 Little Egret, 3 Dunlin and lots of Black-tailed Godwits.

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Amongst other things - a solitary bar-tailed godwit - worth comparing with the 100+ Black-tails!

6 ruff in total have been spotted - 2 juv/females
6 green sandpiper last night too
a few dunlin
1 spotted redshank
a handfull of Little ringed plover

BONUS - A good amount of work has been carried out in front of the hide now and views of the resident water rails have gone up exponentially

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1/08/09
raptors
1 buzzard
1 kestrel

waders
4 green sandpipers
4 little ring plover
50 ish lapwings
3 ruff
6 black tailed godwits
5 dunlin
little egrets

wildfowl
2 canadas
several+ teal
shovelers
malards

other birds included
whitethrote
reed warbler
wheatear
goldfinch
pied wagtail



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Yes has been too quiet recently...

Blackwits varying numbers up to about 150 (look for colour ringed ones and let me know)
Lapwings up to about 100
Sedge warbler right in front of hide singing its head off
Silly numbers of whitethroat about on path to hide especiallly in the crop field
Little egrets to-ing and fro-ing
solitary ruff knocking about

Recent birds include avocet, green sandpiper, yellow wagtail

Butterfly activity is high when the sun comes out!

But other than that it has been quiet....maybe this recent spate of big tides and bad weather will bring something in???

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Very quiet today - 1 scruffy Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Redshank, 40+ Blackwit and a few Oystercatchers.

Also 20+ Little Egret on the back pool

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Yesterday 8th July (complete list I think)

2 redshank
2 spotted redshank
blackwits
lapwings

peregrine
buzzards

spoonbill
egrets galore
herons

teal
mallard

blackcap
whitethroat
chiffchaff
willow warbler
sedge warbler

reed bunting

swifts

swallows
house martins

plus yer usuals

ADDED BONUS: a water rail scurrying in front of the hide between gaps in the veg.

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Hide pool is looking good at the mo plus 3 avocets have returned.

Green Sandpiper and taht Ruff were showing nicely on No1 pool last night.

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Update:

Hobby
Male ruff (black variant - is that the word?) - has appeared on the new feeds as grey plover...

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News from IMF this morning:

1 spotted redshank
1 greenshank
1 green sandpiper
2 spoonbills
3 little ringed plover
1500 lapwing
100's black-tailed godwits

and for the "bless isn't that great news" factor - young little egrets out and about

Check out the facebook page too for photos, news, videos. (some cracking spoonbill action)

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Fantastic views of two Spoonbills this evening on the hide pool - 8pm onwards til they flew to the far right pool at about 8.30pm, one chap mentioned they've been there most evenings for a while. Also plenty of Teal, Black Tailed Godwit, at least ten egrets, Oystercatchers etc.

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Latest from IMF:

2 spoonbills "playing" on the hide pool
1 hobby "hawking" for insects
1 cuckoo calling near to the hide.

What else do you want???

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Your Hobby must be worthy of a mention in the county bird sightings forum Sid. Others might miss it here and with them altogether we may be able to build a better picture of their status in the county (of Greater Manchester)

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 19th of June 2009 08:07:06 PM

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Thanks Mike, very enlightening - lets hope that comes up in the telegraph crossword in the next week or so - any longer and I shall forget biggrin.gif

Well this thread needs a mention of a bird I think - nothing to do with IMF but it had to go somewhere - so as we were queuing to pay our Warburton bridge toll a Hobby gave us a quick display before darting off in the general direction of Warburton Church. We then had a couple glimpses of it over the Carr Green area from Dunham road. Tried to park up but a bit tricky at that time of day. By the time we got round to the road behind the Vine there was no sign.

-- Edited by sid ashton on Saturday 20th of June 2009 01:22:24 PM

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sid ashton wrote:



Won't show my age by asking what anacronyms are wink.gifwink.gif






nerd.gif An anacronym is the illegitimate offspring of an illicit union between an anagram and an acronym ----- a meaningless group of letters which, when rearranged form something which isn't actually a word but is generally recognised as having a meaning eg BRUFA, PUIK, GANLO, FELAS nerd.gifbiggrin.gifwink.gif

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If I'm too old to understand all these text acronyms does it mean that I'm an anachronism? biggrin.gif

Steve

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Nightjars were historically on Lindow mosses Sid. The word on the street is that they are no longer present but who really knows?!
Henry.

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Touche- INNER MARSH FARM of course. Just like it says on the thread biggrin.gif

Ian Campbell wrote:

Sid, what does IMF mean?wink.gif, anything to do with money?smile.gif
Cheers Ian






Ian W - looked up FUBAR - no need to explain furtherwink.gif

Think we should all try to find some birds - any one know if there are any Nightjars about for me to go find this evening not too far from Hale?

-- Edited by sid ashton on Thursday 18th of June 2009 06:56:44 PM

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I think this thread is FUBAR..........biggrin.gif

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Sid, what does IMF mean?wink.gif, anything to do with money?smile.gif
Cheers Ian

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Phew, nearly got my bike out and set forth to IMF thought we had a big twitch going biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Won't show my age by asking what anacronyms are wink.gifwink.gif

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Oops I was assuming that ppl (people) were up to speed with these modern anacronyms (sp?) and text speak.

BTW

1 spotted redshank
1 spotted flycatcher

I will try and take advantage of my priviledged position and keep you all informed as much as is humanly possibly

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BY-THE-WAY............ redface.gif

As in - By-the-way, the Spotted Redshanks are still present...


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Paul BTWs?
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BTW they are still present others include

2 common terns that we saw "strengthening their bond"

Blackwits galore

Reed Buntings provinding very good phot opps right in front of hide






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Hi guys,

The Spot Reds went onto Dee Estuary website and birdguides because of me! Without this they wouldn't have made it on unless a visitor put them on but then its been quiet here for a few days.

BTW they are still present others include

2 common terns that we saw "strengthening their bond"

Blackwits galore

Reed Buntings provinding very good phot opps right in front of hide

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Ian

I don't have a pager, made a decision not to otherwise I may be tempted to go dashing all over the show and that isn't the idea of birding for me. However when I am making a trip I like to have all available information and for IMF would always check out the Dee Estuary and the free Birdguides Birds News pages. For me and I suspect others any additional information with a little more detail, from the horse's mouth as it were, would be useful.

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this sort of information for the slightly unusual birds that don't always get onto the pagers or Dee Estuary



I have to say that this sort of information makes my Birdnet pager every time and that's without being bias

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Paul that's a nice touch - this sort of information for the slightly unusual birds that don't always get onto the pagers or Dee Estuary (yea I know that both Dee Estuary and Birdguides both featured the Spot Shanks today) is really useful if thinking of a trip to IMF and surrounds. Don't know what others think but I will find this quite handy especially the detail. It would be really useful if it was kept up-to-date as well.
paul brady wrote:

Here is just a quick note to let you all know that 2 spotted redshanks are back from their breeding grounds and can currently be seen in amognst the black-tailed godwits






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Here is just a quick note to let you all know that 2 spotted redshanks are back from their breeding grounds and can currently be seen in amognst the black-tailed godwits

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21-03-09
6 ruff
8 avocet
4 buzzard
50 black tailed godwits
1 grey plover
not many wildfowl left a few teal widgeon shovelor and pintail
1 chiff chaff
1 goldcrest
small flock of goldfinch
2 common gull
1 lesser black backed gull
canadas and greylags
1 reed bunting
1 male stonechat
3 snipe


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14-09-2008

Parkgate:
Sparrowhawk
Cuckoo
Raven
Little Egret
Goldfinch

Inner Marsh Farm:
Ruff
Greenshank
Snipe
Black Tailed Godwit
Grelag Geese
Canada Geese
Little Grebe
Teal
Mallard
Shellduck
Coot
Moorhen
Heron
Kestrel
Lapwing
House Martin
Swallow
Buzzard
Golden Plover
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Pied Wag

Not bad for a Sunday morning.smile.gif




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your probably quite right Ian. me and john lyon id the bird as a definate bean goose bird very close to us 50yds but as you quite rightly say may have been feral.confused.gif

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21.08.08
1 tundra bean goose liferbiggrin.gif in amongst 100+greylags


-- Edited by Gary Gorner at 10:29, 2008-08-22






Whilst I'm most certainly not intending to spoil your enjoyment of this Bean Goose Gary, I'd be very cautious of it's origins at the very least! There seems to be but 1 August record of a potentially wild Bean Goose in the past 8 years in the UK (and that was just as far as I bothered going back!), of a bird in the Outer Hebrides in 2002 and the current Lincolnshire/Northumberland bird is considered to be of captive origins (quite rightly so too), more so, these feral breeding stock Greylag Geese it was with are hardly what you'd call 'carrier species'! Either way, I think it's really far too early for a truely wild bird, Pink-feet aren't even back yet, so you might be best waiting a little longer and add a better canditade to your list. Sorry

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21.08.08
3 buzzard
6 little egret
1 green sandpiper
3 spotted redshank
1 kingfisher
1 tundra bean goose liferbiggrin.gif in amongst 100+greylags
3 black tailed godwits
3 ruff
1 barn owl just off reserve
1 grey wag
1 yellow wag
2 stonechat
200+ lapwing
13 shovellor
30+teal
2 stonechat
1 warbler?
1 blackcap
1 sid ashton (nice to meet you sidbiggrin.gif)

-- Edited by Gary Gorner at 10:29, 2008-08-22

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27.07.08 6pm-8pm
several ruff
20+little egret
1 water rail
numbers of black tailed godwits were well down on last year and no spotted redshanks
10 greylags and a few canada geese
20+ goldfinch
15+tit flock mixed blue,great and long tailed
2 female garganey was a nice surprisebiggrin.gif
usual teal,shoveller,mallards
2 willow warblers
1 reed warbler
no birds singingcry.gif
1 green sandpiper
30+ lapwings
1 buzzard



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10:30 today

Whitethroat and huge flock of Goldfinch 30+
Spoonbill (asleep as ever)
15 Little Egret
4 Ruff
2 LRP
No sign of Wood Sandpiper reported earlier :(

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Quiet afternoon, but still worth the visit. Over 40 Little Egrets and One Spoonbill, together with 2 Spotted Redshanks and 5 LRP, 2 Common Terns playing a swapping game with their food and a Sedge Warbler just in front of the hide.

Whitethroat, Chiff Chaff and Goldfinch on the way down.

Nice way to spend an afternoon

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Saturday 10.30-lunch....
Simon Warford and l visited Inner Marsh,it was very windy but dry.On our way down to the hide we saw two Green Woodpeckers and along the path and the bushes were,juvenile Robin,female Blackcap (L),Goldfinch,Whitethroat and heard but not seen Grasshopper Warbler.Once at the hide we were treated to over a 1,000 Black-tailed Godwits.A beautiful wader,l've never really had a chance to appreciate its plummage,so with SO many l really got an eye full!! They were all feeding and just enjoying their Saturday morning 'brunch',summat spooked them and they all took off,lovely to see them cruising around then settling down again in the water.Got some great views of a Sedge Warbler,other treats were two Spotted Redshank(L) one in summer plummage,Redshank,a Dunlin was 'mooching' around,Teal,Lapwing,Canada Geese and Shelduck with young.Also enjoying their day were Egrets,at first we noticed half a dozen then Simon saw them all nesting in the trees opposite......about thirty of 'em!!
Great relaxing morning biggrin.gif.....luv birdin' l do

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Don't forget the Water, Rock and Meadow Pipits in Winter off the 'old quay' by the Harp.
One for ID buffs.

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Probably the best views I've ever had of a Whiskered Tern this afternoon, preening in front of the hide next to a Med Gull for about an hour, as well as hawking over No1 pool. Also drake Garganey, a Knot, Avocets, Blackwits and Little Egrets. To top it all a nice pint whilst watching Egrets from the Harp Inn. smile.gif

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OK. Just for you folks I'm going to give away the site of one of my favourite hidy holes in the NW. The Harp Inn at Little Neston, not to be missed after a visit to IMF, situated at the edge of the marshes just up Denhall Lane from IMF. Set up your scope from a picnic table outside the pub and scan for Egrets and raptors etc whilst enjoying a superb pint of Speckled Hen. Double up with a top scran at The Ship in Parkgate, a mega ice-cream from next door and scan the pools and marshes there. You won't be dissapointed.



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Check out www.deeestuary.co.uk for latest sightings,maps etc....
A really good web site.

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Agree Tony. Also don't forget to check out the walk along the estuary nearby where there has been Quail which I couldn't find on Saturday but did find a nice gropper singing in the open.

Also earlier in spring had 2 Whinchats, Lesser Whitethroat on the estuary and on the reserve Spotshank and a couple of years great views Long Billed Dowitcher. Med gulls , SEO in winter, Avocets etc.

The walk the way down is very good for butterflies.

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Just struck me that we didn't have a thread for this little gem of an RSPB reserve.
On the Dee Estuary just off the end of the M56, I visit about once a month.

On Sunday I saw Little Egret, Spoonbill, Avocets with 3 chicks, Pintail, Med Gull, BH Gull in stinging nettles (see other thread), Buzzard, and Raven, as well as other more common birds such as Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Bunting etc.

There was a Curlew Sand here most of the winter and there's always odd waders passing through. A few years ago there was a Red-backed Shrike and of course the White-tailed Eagle that soared over this Spring.

Well worth a visit - if you can find it !

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 13th of March 2010 10:00:58 AM

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