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3 Wagtail (Grey, Yellow, Pied) species together on bank this morning - plus 2 Common Sandpipers

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sat19.04.08smile.gifon the way home from penny-2 little ringed plover,1 oystercatcher,4 g.c.grebe,and loads of hurrundinessmile.gif



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Male Yellow Wagtail yesterday evening in field south of pool - with 2 White and 8 Pied Wags
Common Sandpiper plus male Blackcap in east hedge plus all the usual stuff

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13.04.08-CALLED IN ON WAY HOME FROM PENNY-SAND MARTIN 100+,SWALLOW-10,G.C.GREBE-3,MOORHEN-2,COOT-17,TUFTED DUCK-19,COMMON SANDPIPER-2.smile.gif

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4 Wigeon left now

Still no BNG's

240+ Sand Martin
1+ Swallow
1 Common Sandpiper
2 White Wagtails with 5 Pied Wagtails and 1 Grey Wag

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Common Sandpiper present this morning

No sign of BNG's since Tuesday, Wigeon down to 12

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2 Black-necked Grebes present this evening (not present this morning) plus:

18 Sand Martin
24 Wigeon
24 Coot
23 Tufted Duck
3 Goldeneye
2 Oystercatcher
2 Redshank
1 Snipe
3 Moorhen
3 Great Crested Grebe
1 Kestrel
1 Skylark
1 Mipit
1 Pied Wag
22 BHG
2 LBBG

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Adult Kittiwake again this morning

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Yesterday the BNG's were engaged in courtship displays. No sign of them this morning though.

Also adult Kittiwake present early yesterday morning - didn't linger.

-- Edited by Mike Baron at 12:22, 2008-03-24

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sat-22.03.08-2 black necked grebe,8 sand martin,68 wigeon-4pmsmile.gif

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Black-necked Grebe present again this morning

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just been 4-5.30-as mike said in last post b.n.grebe gone-still 102 wigeon,1 buzzard,2 goldeneye,4 teal ,2 oystercatcher,3 redshanksmile.gif

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No BNG this morning hmm.gif

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

ill be on at weekend now the black necks are back-cheers mikesmile.gifbiggrin.gif






John

Am off to Anglesey for a holiday at the weekend so I will rely on you to keep abreast of sightings - Sand Martins shouldn't be far off.

I hope that Ring-billed Gull stays for another couple of days too!

Cheers

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ill be on at weekend now the black necks are back-cheers mikesmile.gifbiggrin.gif

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First Black-necked Grebe back this morning - nicely moulting into breeding plumage. Good to see one back! I have been visiting daily over the last 2 weeks hoping for these birds - weather has been **ap but last night when the wind dropped and the skies cleared I thought there might be a chance and hey presto!

Alo present:

79 Wigeon (45 drakes)
27 Coot
1 Moorhen
15 Tufties
1 Pochard
5 Goldeneye
2 Great Crested Grebes
9 Mallard
2 Redshank
19 Lapwing
1 Corn Bunting
1 Reed Bunting
1 Skylark

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This morning:

91 Wigeon
35 Coot
4 Pochard
18 Tufties
2 Shoveler
4 Goldeneye (drake, 2 ducks and immature drake)
7 Teal
22 Mallard
1 Grey Heron
1 Moorhen
2 Great Crested Grebes
141 Black-headed Gull
4 Common Gull
13 Lapwing
2 Oystercatcher
3 Redshank

Oystercatchers observed mating, coutrship displays from Grebes and Goldeneyes.

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This weekend:

91 Wigeon
47 Coot
6 Goldeneye
7 Pochard
17 Tufty
2 Teals
1 Little Grebe
2 Great Crested Grebes
6 Redshanks
2 Oystercatchers
44 Lapwings
2 Pied Wagtails
4 Grey Partridge
1 Heron

Small numbers of BHG, Common Gull and 1 LBBG.

Plus a Song Thrush that does an excellent impersonation of a Redshank contact call. A
bird was present last year that did this but in a totally different area. Don't know if this is the same bird that has moved, however it does appear to get responses from nearby Redshanks!

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Bird numbers back to normal now and the inflatable is, sadly, no more!

18 Golden Plover present yesterday afternoon and again tonight.

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Most things back this morning, the inflatable was abndoned on the bank.

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

mike -i know now why the wigeon numbers are eratic this winter-2 men with bright orange inflatable boats spent from 3pm until i left at 4pm scaring all the duck off the pool-there were 127 wigeon at at 2.50 pm and only 3 left at 4pm,also all the tufted and most of the other duck had flown-just shows how a couple of idiots can spoil a placecry.giffurious.gif






******!

Will we ever live in a world where wildlife can be left in peace?cry.gif

Let's hope they come back John.




IT WAS A SHAME THIS AFTERNOON AS THERE WAS LOADS OF STUFF ON BUT IT ALL WENT-POCHARD-GOLDENEYE,TUFTED,TEAL,EVEN THE SINGLE GREAT CRESTED FLEW OFF.WHEN I LEFT THERE WERE 50 COOT,ABOUT 3 OR 4 WIGEON,2 GOLDENEYE,3 POCHARD,THAT WAS ABOUT ITcry.gif

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

mike -i know now why the wigeon numbers are eratic this winter-2 men with bright orange inflatable boats spent from 3pm until i left at 4pm scaring all the duck off the pool-there were 127 wigeon at at 2.50 pm and only 3 left at 4pm,also all the tufted and most of the other duck had flown-just shows how a couple of idiots can spoil a placecry.giffurious.gif






******!

Will we ever live in a world where wildlife can be left in peace?cry.gif

Let's hope they come back John.

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mike -i know now why the wigeon numbers are eratic this winter-2 men with bright orange inflatable boats spent from 3pm until i left at 4pm scaring all the duck off the pool-there were 127 wigeon at at 2.50 pm and only 3 left at 4pm,also all the tufted and most of the other duck had flown-just shows how a couple of idiots can spoil a placecry.giffurious.gif

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This morning:

94 Wigeon
53 Coot
16 Tufties
15 Pochard
4 Goldeneye
4 Teal
1 Little Grebe
4 Redshank
1 Oystercatcher
70+ Lapwing
154 BH Gull
5 Common Gull

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Mike Baron wrote:

Hi Ian



If you visit regularly you can spot all sorts of birds - in the 2 years I have been watching the site I have clocked 93 species. I bet John Tymon has seen many more!

Rgds

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hi mike a rough count-124 species over 12 years.
its still a great water but much more disturbed with dogwalkers than it used to becry.gifbut its one of them places that often puts a smile on yer face as something you didn't expect turns upsmile.gif

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Hi Ian

Best is to proceed down Delph Lane past the flash towards Padgate. Approx 600 yds down (rom Myddleton Lane tuen off) you will see a gate in a field on the left (small road off to right opposite). Park here carefuly and follow the path through the field - it takes you back to the south bank of the flash.

The water is privately owned - the only public access is via the footpath through the field which crosses only the south bank though in reality lots of locals walk dogs all round the pool every day.

Black-necked Grebes should be back in a few weeks.

The field with the path gets Mipits and Skylarks and the odd Wheatear in spring. Barn Owl is occasionally seen.

Behind the hedge on the east side are lots of brambles - this area is good for Warblers etc in spring and summer though no wintering ones observed.

Fields opposite the gate on Delph Lane often have Grey Partridge. Look back up the Lane towards the farm - this is where the Linnet flock often hangs around - usually on the telephone wires.

If you visit regularly you can spot all sorts of birds - in the 2 years I have been watching the site I have clocked 93 species. I bet John Tymon has seen many more! I usually visit either early morning or during the last hour of daylight.

Waterworks Lane in Winwick is only five minutes away - the stubble patch opposite the lay bye has regular Yellowhammers plus Grey Partridges and Corn Buntings. A Buzzard has spent most the winter on the fenceline. To get there proceed back up Delph Lane and turn left. Proceed through Winwick village and turn right before you reach the church - this is Waterworks Lane.

Best food and beer is the Swan near the church!

Rgds

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First ever visit 1.30-1.45 today, only 15 mins as I was with non-birding wife and was not sure about how to access. However did see 70+ Wigeon, 30+ Pochard, 8/9 Goldeneye, 7 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher. Could any of the regulars post detailed access instructions plus any other info. please. It looks an excellent location and I would like to visit again
Also had lunch in an excellent pub in Burtonwood called the Fiddle i'th Bag and a pleasant half in the Plough in Houghton Green.
Cheers Ian.

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This morning:

Wigeon 91 (inc 58 drakes)
Coot 58
Pochard 9
Tufties 22
Goldeneye 3 (1 drake)
Little Grebe 1
G Crested Grebe 1
Buzzard 1
Redshank 4
Heron 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Grey Partridge 14
RL Partridge 1
Linnet 128+
Reed Bunting 1
Starling 350+
Goldfinch 19
Fieldfare 27
Stonechat 1 (female)
45 birds in the Delph Lane part of the rookery

Plus range of other common species

-- Edited by Mike Baron at 09:42, 2008-02-09

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Scaup - 2 first winter drakes this afternoon

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THIS AFTERNOON
WIGEON-92
COOT-72
TUFTED -32
POCHARD-14
GOLDEN EYE-2
LITTLE GREBE-1
REDSHANK-2
MALLARD-42smile.gif

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This morning:

79 Wigeon
76 Coot
22 Tufty
12 Pochard
1 Goldeneye
1 Little Grebe
2 Redshank

Very quiet recently. Seems to be more water in the surrounding fields than in the pool!

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

P.S-MIKE -THOUGHT ID KEEP THE COUNTS GOING WHY YOU WERE AWAYwink.gif

Hi John

Good to see someone was watching the place - some cracking counts you had there. All the usual suspects still present this morning but in much smaller numbers.smile.gif



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HOUGHTON GREEN POOL-26.12.07-8-10 AM-TUFTED DUCK-126,POCHARD-42,GOLDEN EYE-6,TEAL-4,WIGEON-107,COOT-61,GREAT CRESTED GREBE-1,LITTLE GREBE-4,REDSHANK-3,MALLARD-52,COMMON BUZZARD-1,SPARROWHAWK-1F,CORMORANT-3smile.gif
P.S-MIKE -THOUGHT ID KEEP THE COUNTS GOING WHY YOU WERE AWAYwink.gif

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON at 15:13, 2007-12-26

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON at 15:15, 2007-12-26

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This afternoon:

3 Mute Swan
74 Wigeon
38 Tufted Duck
20 Pochard
74 Coot
5 Little Grebe
5 Goldeneye
3 Redshank
35 Linnet
1 Grey Wagtail
120 Black-headed Gull
5 Common Gull
8 Lesser Black-backed Gull
374 Herring Gull
24 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Kestrek
1 Sparrowhawk
94 Mallard

yesterday:

2 Gadwall
17 Meadow Pipits

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Today - finally got round to doing the timed tetrad.

4 Mute Swan
75 Wigeon
48 Coot
1 Teal
20 Tufted Duck
10 Pochard
6 Goldeneye
59 Mallard
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
3 Redshank
1 Snipe
8 Lapwing
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kingfisher (rare one for this patch)
62 Linnet
52 Goldfinch
5 Chaffinch
5 Blue Tit
1 Great Tit
11 Long-tailed Tit
14 Blackbird
4 Wren
7 Robin
5 Dunnock
1 Meadow Pipit
2 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
14 Grey Partridge
45 Wood Pigeon
7 Collared Dove
22 Rook
4 Crow
5 Jackdaw
2 Magpie
73 Starling
175 Herring Gull
13 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Gull
122 Black-headed Gull

Yesterday:

2 Stonechat
131 Linnet
1 Heron




cracking list that mike-makes me wish id kept to the pool instead of returning to my old haunt pennybiggrin.gif

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Today - finally got round to doing the timed tetrad.

4 Mute Swan
75 Wigeon
48 Coot
1 Teal
20 Tufted Duck
10 Pochard
6 Goldeneye
59 Mallard
1 Great Crested Grebe
1 Little Grebe
3 Redshank
1 Snipe
8 Lapwing
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Kingfisher (rare one for this patch)
62 Linnet
52 Goldfinch
5 Chaffinch
5 Blue Tit
1 Great Tit
11 Long-tailed Tit
14 Blackbird
4 Wren
7 Robin
5 Dunnock
1 Meadow Pipit
2 Kestrel
1 Buzzard
14 Grey Partridge
45 Wood Pigeon
7 Collared Dove
22 Rook
4 Crow
5 Jackdaw
2 Magpie
73 Starling
175 Herring Gull
13 Great Black-backed Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Common Gull
122 Black-headed Gull

Yesterday:

2 Stonechat
131 Linnet
1 Heron

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15-12-07-4pm-wigeon-75smile.gif

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This morning:

4 Mute Swan
47 Wigeon
47 Coot
1 Teal
11 Pochard
27 Tufted Duck
4 Goldeneye
3 Little Grebe
2 Great Crested Grebe
70+ Black-headed Gull
1 Meadow Pipit
24 Jackdaw
1 Kestrel
130+ Linnet

Watched the Kestrel perch on the telephone wires no more than 6 feet from the nearest Linnet. It then swopped down on the Linnets when they dropped into the thistles and ignored them when they flew back onto the wires. Watched the same scenario recently though with Starlings.

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Today:

1 Snipe
80+ Linnet
13 Mute Swan
2 Kestrel
3 Redshank
26 Wigeon
13 Little Grebe
12 Pochard
55 Tufted Duck
1 Shoveler
2 Grey Wagtail
5 Meadow Pipit
2 Grey Partridge
12 Fieldfare
70+ Starling

Saturday - 9 Pink-footed Geese low over heading NW


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Female Goosander this morning

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sat-27.10.07-wigeon -17,pochard-11,tufted-23,fieldfare-12 going south,little grebe-13smile.gif

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Black-necked Grebe this evening plus the usual suspects

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22.09.07- 4.30 pm still 21 little grebes,no wigeon,no bn grebe,8 swallow,about 80 goldfinch,1 willow warbler,plus all the usual suspectssmile.gif

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7 Wigeon present this morning. It will be interesting to see if this is the start of the migrating birds returning or just a local group visiting. Last year the Wigeon didn't start to return to HGF until late October.

Also this morning 2 Jays, 2 Kestrels and 2 Buzzards in addition to the usual stuff.

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Tuesday evening - sunset

Buzzard
2 Kestrel
14 Linnet
90+ Goldfinch
4 Mute Swan
4 Canada Goose
72 Coot
27 Tufted Duck
2 Pochard
21 Little Grebe
6 Great Crested Grebe
34 Lapwing
75+ Black-headed Gull

Also early on Monday morning encountered a female Sparrowhawk in the road with a dead Wood Pigeon. She was not for moving and was in danger of becoming a road kill casualty. I stopped the car and put on the hazards (ignoring the beeping horns behind me) - the Sprawk did not move even when I walked right up to her. She stared back, mantling her prey. Had to shoo her off the Pigeon and moved her kill off the road in case she came back.

No sign of jessies, clearly adult female - best views I have had of a Sprawk!

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BLACK NECKED GREBE STILL ON AT 17.30 smile.gif

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Juvenile Black-necked Grebe this morning.

20 Little Grebe
6 Great Crested Grebe
80 Coot
31 Tufted Duck
2 Pochard
4 Mute Swan
1 Grey Wagtail
2 Black-headed Gull
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (juv)
1 Chiffchaff (singing)
1 Linnet

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Yesterday:

59 Linnets and 83 House Martins on the telephone wires
5 Swifts around

A Chiffchaff was singing away in the hedge by the south bank. I thought he was being a bit optimistic - this morning a Willow Warbler had joined him.

Little Grebe's up to 17.

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BNG's have now left - last saw them on Tuesday.

Tonight:

52 Tufted Duck
2 Mute Swan
47 Coot
16 Little Grebe
6 Great Crested Grebe
2 Pochard

35 Grey Partridges in adjacent fields

Last night a flock of 55 Linnets

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This morning:

4 Black-necked Grebe - (2 immature)
15 Little Grebe
8 Great Crested Grebe
2 Mute Swan
62 Tufted Duck
4 Pochard
35 Coot
4 Lesser Black-backed Gull
5 Black-headed Gull

Fields nearby - 31 Rooks and 75 Wood Pigeon

Has been a covey of 13 Grey Partridges in the fields across the road and a covey of 4 in he field to the south recently but not there this morning.

Anyone seen any Swifts recently?

Mike

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