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Ian Campbell wrote:

Mike, well done on the Snow Buntings yesterday, Peter Johnson, Paul Wilson and myself spent over an hour searching same stretch of beach this morning and saw 2 Pied Wagtails, such is life, we're not a bit envious WE JUST HATE YOUfurious.giffurious.gifwink.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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Sorry you missed them Ian. Maybe they were just keeping out of the wind and rain. Across the road just north of the car park is a little area of scrub which looks also ideal for these birds - this was the first place we tried yesterday.

I was thinking of putting some niger seed down to see if I could pursuade them to stay around - lets hope they come back.

We also spent a while looking for LEO's at MM yesterday and saw nothing - someone else had SIX. Them's the breaks.

I think there is a male Snow Bunting still around little eye at Hilbre.

Take care

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Mike, well done on the Snow Buntings yesterday, Peter Johnson, Paul Wilson and myself spent over an hour searching same stretch of beach this morning and saw 2 Pied Wagtails, such is life, we're not a bit envious WE JUST HATE YOUfurious.giffurious.gifwink.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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Jonathan, Ste and myself had stonking views of three Snow Buntings yesterday afternoon - on a little beach north of Southport pier. Eventually the birds showed down to around 10 feet while we were peering over the sea wall.

A Merlin was present from Sandgrounders along with a Ruff, 2 Dunlin and the usual stuff.

We started the day having a look at the female Ferruginous duck at Marton Mere - again very good views when she eventually showed.

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Two weeks ago Jonathan, Ste and myself spotted 3 Brent Geese on the shoreline at Taggs Island - nr Weld Rd car park while watching the Twite.

One of the geese was colour ringed - I have just got some feedback on the bird from Graham McElwaine who ringed the bird.

This was a female that was ringed in De La Beche Bay,SW Bathurst Isl.,Canada in August 2007 (the year it was hatched). It has been recorded once since then, in Feb this year at Hightown, Crosby.

I am always amazed at how far birds travel and their various movements - it seems very special to be watching a bird locally which was reared in Canada.

It is equally great to see the dedication of people like Graham who put so much time and effort into finding out these facts.

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Having been fogged out at WWT yesterday with only a few Whoopers, PF Geese and the usual suspects in sight I returned on the way back from further north today. Cracking views of Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (ringtail), Merlin (male and female - both from the newer Harrier Hide!!), Barn Owl, all the usual waders, ducks and geese, plus a Stoat that caught a Lapwing, which then had it stolen by a Buzzard. After the Buzzard had had its fill and left the Stoat duely came out from the thickets, grabbed what was left and legged it! wink.gif


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As an aside to the movement of Whoopers in and out of Martin Mere - incredibly, the WWT will not allow Whoopers for Stapeley Grange RSPCA wildlife hospital to be released there, even though they have an absolutely clean bill of health certified by a vet there (no bird flu at Stapeley). So yesterday, one of the local RSPCA staff had to go and stand in a field just outside the Martin Mere boundary and release a Whooper onto the field, where it promptly flew into the reserve.

The point has been made to Slimbridge that Whoopers fly in and out of Martin Mere all the time so could bring infection in from outside perfectly easily.

Not exactly good PR for Martin Mere or the WWT.

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sid ashton wrote:

Those would be the same Swans that I reported yesterday - the area is called Halsall Moss ( see my posting). There were only about 200 yesterday - I wonder if this is normal behaviour to move away from from Martin Mere in such big numbers - can anyone offer a thought please?






Hi Sid,

The whoopers have been in this location for several weeks, slowly building up in numbers. I usually watch them from the burnt-out farmhouse on Plex Moss Lane. Looked like they were feeding on uncut wheat yesterday, but they utilise several adjoining fields. They used the same fields last year in considerable numbers at times, though nothing like the 500 I saw yesterday! They're often joined by pinkfeet - 2-3000 were there last weekend when I travelled home in the afternoon.

One thing I noticed yesterday - the vast majority of swans obviously came from the direction of Martin Mere, but several early groups flew in from the west. Could these be birds roosting out on the saltings at Formby I wonder?

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The swans have been using the Halsall area quite a lot this year, in good numbers, 600+ on a count one day last week. They also use various other sites near Martin Mere to feed at during the day, which include Bescar, Tarleton, Rufford, Warpers Moss in Burscough, and fields just off Curlew Lane on the approach to Martin Mere. Although work in the fields at the latter site means the swans havent been using this area this year.

They also go out to feed at Banks and on Hesketh Out Marsh were normally there are a handful of Bewicks with them, but none this year as of yet.

The late harvest this year means that there has been lots of food out there for the Whoopers and Pinkies to feed on, so they are not returning to WWT Martin Mere until late at night (c17:30pm). We think the food outside of the reserve is slowly starting to dry up as ringed individuals that have not been logged at Martin Mere for a few weeks are starting to turn up at the feeds now!!

Off topic now - I was out counting Whoopers in the Bescar Lane area yesterday and found a Cattle Egret standing on a fence post. The farmer didn't want any news going out about the location of the bird, so we left it at that! Only until at around 14:30 I was scanning my scope onto a few Whoopers at Martin Mere when the egret drifted into view of my scope and stood on the island outside of Raines Hide! It stayed there for around 5mins then departed towards United Utilities hide and was seen various times outside of Ron Barker Hide. Not seen today, as I know of.

Cheers Kane


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Hi Sid
The Whooper Swans do move about a lot and lots of the go onto the mosses during the day Plex,Downholland and Halsall i do not know which is the best one for them i suppose which one has the best food on really but they return to Martin Mere usually for a safe roost plus free grain feedssmile.gifsmile.gif
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Those would be the same Swans that I reported yesterday - the area is called Halsall Moss ( see my posting). There were only about 200 yesterday - I wonder if this is normal behaviour to move away from from Martin Mere in such big numbers - can anyone offer a thought please?

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Twite flock still around Weld Road car park, though more elusive than last few weeks. I walked almost up to the pier and back before I spotted them - about 200 yds from the car park! Two snow buntings were seen in this area during the week apparently, but I didn't see any. I did see a female merlin however, chasing a ringed plover for over two minutes before it eventually caught it (I think - it was that far away I couldn't be sure!).

Earlier, I'd roughly counted 260 whooper swans in a field south of Carr Moss Lane (north of Plex Moss). I sat and watched as more swans flooded in. By the time I left I was up to a total of 501, with swans still flighting in!

Jonathan

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For the last couple of years there have been Twite on and around the sandplant at Marshside at this time of the year - could they have moved to the new location with the disturbance going on down the road? Has anyone checked out the sandplant (or what is left of it) area?

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There's a flock of twite feeding around the Weld Road beach car park, just south of Southport - might be worth taking a look if anyone's travelling up to Marshside. There were around 15, plus half a dozen linnets last week. This morning the number had increased to around 35. Some guys were there netting them - presumably from the NW Twite Project. Go early before the dog walkers disturb them!

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There's a flock of twite feeding around the Weld Road beach car park, just south of Southport - might be worth taking a look if anyone's travelling up to Marshside. There were around 15, plus half a dozen linnets last week. This morning the number had increased to around 35. Some guys were there netting them - presumably from the NW Twite Project. Go early before the dog walkers disturb them!

Jonathan

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Marshside
Great couple of sunny hours this morning at Marshside with Simon,we had brief views of a Hen Harrier from the road as we parked.
Fantastic and very close views of three female Merlin all sitting within 100 feet of each other,highlight was the closest Merlin we could almost reach out and touch her ( l said almost wink.gif),we could see her detail very clearly,never thought l'd be so lucky.Found unbelievably quickly by Simon (of course).Across the road,from the hide we again were lucky enough to see both Merlin and Peregrine hunting,....double happy.biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
Martinmere
Lovely afternoon seeing lots of the usual and towards the end of the day,Marsh Harrier, Buzzards (3),Short-eared Owl and a Barn Owl all around the dyke and fields,jam-packed Raptor day......my favourite biggrin.gif

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Quick visit after work this afternoon.
Lots of Avocets with quite afew well grown young, the volunteer said they had 90 adults recently counted. Glossy Ibis not been seen for two days apparently, perhaps it'll turn up at Elton tomorrow smile.gif
Lots of other birds to see including many Black Tailed Godwit in Summer plumage.
Cheers Ian

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12.06.08
grusome bird watching-heron gulping down what i think was a young mallard head first right infront of sandgrounderscry.gif
avocets chasing everything away they managed to shift the heron before it came back for desert.biggrin.gif
plenty linnet,finches,mipits and a couple of reed bunts around the sandplant with the usual kestrel hawking about.
1 barnacle mixed in with the canadas infront of sandgounders and a few hares scaring the local lapwing population infront of nels.plenty of summer plumage black tailed godwits ,a few dunlin and one single knot on pollys.

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martin mere
01.06.08
very wet morning but 10 ringed plover dropped into the reserve with a single dunlin viewed from united util hide.
one buzzard eating what looked like a frog.
sedges,whitethrote,skylark,reed buntings all dotted around the reserve and singing well.biggrin.gif
1 young oystercatcher on island infront of ron barker and lots of avocet and shelduck with ckicks, 2 ringed plover,4 black tailed godwits and 1 dunlin.

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MARTIN MERE 23/10/07

3 BUZZARD
2 SPARROW HAWK
2 KESTREL
4 STONECHAT
2 REED BUNTING
REDWING FLYING OVER
1 KINGFISHER GIVING A GOOD DISPLAY OF FISHING AND POSING NEAR GATE INFRONT OF RON BAKER HIDE. A
FIRST FOR MY MATE WHO ONLE GETS OUT 3 TIMES A YEAR TO GO BIRDING BUT HIS DIY SKILLS ARE SECOND TO NONEbiggrin.gif
PLENTY RUFF AROUND THE PLACE AND ALL THE USUAL DIVERS AND DABBLERS
COULDNT FIND THE GOLDENEYE
007 MISSION NOT ACCOMPLISHED
WHOOPERS AND PINKFEET IN GREAT NUMBERS THEY KNOW WHEN TO COME ONTO THE RESERVE FOR THEIR DAILY 3.30 FEED.

-- Edited by Gary at 10:21, 2007-10-24

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Marshside this a.m.
Glossy Ibis still present, seen by warden today, but not by me. Hundreds of golden plover and black tailed godwit. Large numbers of ducks including; wigeon, pochard, shellduck, teal, shoveller, pintail. Also a single little egret and peregrine, many redshank and curlew present as well.

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Marshside 6.45-9 am this morning

Glossy Ibis again right in the middle of the marsh
Green sandpiper, 2 common sandpipers and 6 Snipe from Nels hide
Peregrine along Marine Drive
Plenty of Godwits and 1000`s of Pinkies flying in
Also 1 male Bullfinch seen from the main RSPB hide while talking to the warden ,quite a rare find at that location

Martin mere 9.30-14.30

1000`s of pinkfoot flying in all morning, a brilliant sight . One bird was wearing a silver neck band with the letters CHA on it . Anyone who has an idea where I can get some information on this bird as I would be interested please leave a message.
7 Whooper swans and plenty of Pintail were about.
From the In Focus shop while trying out some new scopes , 1 female Marsh harrier, 1 Buzzard , and 1 Sparrowhawk.
In the pine trees 2 Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff.

An excellent day out smile.gif

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12:00 8/9/7 - Marshside

Glossy Ibis - smack in the middle of the marsh so distant views
4+ Little Egret
4 R***y Duck
2 Ruff
20+ Black-tailed Godwit
2 Snipe
50+ House Martin
10+ Swallows
40+ Goldfinches


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Marshside fri 7 sept evening.

2 Little Egret
6 Snipe
Wigeon
Teal
Pintail
Bl t Godwits
4 Ruff
Redshank
Shoveler


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wed/05.09.07-marshside-little egret-8,marsh harrier-1 juv,spotted redshank-1,greenshank-4,no signs of great white egret.loads of b.t.godwit,wigeon,etc

mon/03.09.07-marshside-as above but also glossy ibis,10 little egret(beware the old twitching syndrome,i was shown 3 gw egrets by different people which turned out to be little egrets when i looked?)i didn't manage to see the gw egret-but many others saw glimses of it about half a mile away)smile.gif

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Marshside today a.m.
2 little egret (made up for not seeing the Elton bird yesterday!)
1 glossy ibis, 1 osprey, 4 kestrel, 1 sparrow hawk, many black tailed godwit, lots of redshank, small number of dunlin and a common sandpiper plus all the usual ducks.

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Yesterday

Marshside

1 Glossy Ibis
1 Wheatear
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Snipe
6 Ruddy Duck
1 Ruff
64 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Little Egret
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
1 Snipe

Martin Mere

3 Marsh Harriers (2 juvs showing well)
307 Lapwing
16 Ruff
6 Dunlin
3 Green Sandpiper (2 stood next to Common Sand for nice comparison)
1 Common Sandpiper
3 Whoopers (usual resident bunch)
3 Buzzards

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07.00hrs 12th August.
from Nells Hide, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit. 10 Snipe and 2 Knot.
Sandgrounders. 1 Glossy Ibis. 7 Little Egret 50+ Redshank 100+ Black-tailed Godwit . Heavy rain this morning did not see any Raptors.cry.gif

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MARTIN MERE WWT


MM- Marsh Harrier ,KIngfisher from Ron Barker hide.
ruff and 2 green sand pipers from swanlink hide.Plus all the usual stuff.biggrin.gif

MS- Glossy ibis, curlew,pied wag, 4 snipe,2 common sandpipers,1 avocet,3 little egret,100s godwits and lapwings all from sandgrounders hide.

5 ruff,100s godwits and lapwings and about 100 coot all from nells hide.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 13th of March 2010 04:51:08 PM

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 8th of January 2011 09:24:01 PM

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