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Had a quick hour at the Eastern Reedbed this morning at 9.00am. There were 4 other birders there with some impressive lens on show.

The Bittern were a little evasive though with only one putting in two brief appearances with a flight between reedbeds after 20 minutes and then an even shorter flight of 3 metres after a further 20 minutes.

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Called in for the first time on my way back from Wales. Huge place! Drove down to the eastern reed bed hopeing for a lucky view of a bittern and saw all three in flight within 20 mins.
One flew within 5 minutes of getting there landed in the distance and walked about on the ice for the whole 20 minutes whilst the other 2 flew across during that time. Great scope views and a few distant photos too. Extremely lucky!
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Me and Melanie went to Moore NR this morning, brief views of a Bittern on the ice at the Eastern Reedbed followed by a roosting Tawny Owl in the "usual spot" kindly pointed out to us by a local birder. 2 Nuthatch & 3 Willow Tits at the feeding station, no sign of any white wingers on the Birchwood pool, gull numbers down as they have only just started tipping again after Christmas.

Then a couple of hours at Parkgate Marsh, no sign of the Richards Pipit so we watched the raptors which included a nice male Merlin hunting in front of car park along with at least 8 Short Eared Owls all over the place, and excellent views of at least 5 Hen Harriers including 2 males coming into roost. Finally just as we were leaving a Barn Owl appeared to finish off a decent raptor day.smile.gif

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An hour's gull watching this afternoon yielded:

1 Caspian Gull (4th winter/adult)
1 Glaucous gull (1st winter)
1 Iceland Gull (1st winter)
1 Yellow-legged gull (adult)

Found them all myself which was very satisfying and was able to check the Cas with a couple of birders who had photographed the same bird earlier in the day. Am getting a bit better at gull watching.smile.gif

For anyone interested in the gulls at Moore, see the websites below:

http://www.crosbybirding.blogspot.com/

http://www.freewebs.com/merseybirders/

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Managed 1.5 hours this morning.

One Bittern showed well crossing the ice smile.gif. Couldn't see any others. Lots of big lens' about though!

Nowt special in the gullery!

I was wondering about the welfare of birds diving under the ice. Does anyone know if it's risky for themhmm.gif? - I was watching the little grebes at the time!

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I know it was a nice day Mike but two hours of Gull watching!!! Still I suppose you had the sun on your back to keep warm.

The two Bitterns you described acted just as those I saw mid week - this is the first time that we have had three Bittern at Moore I believe. As the the third bird did not show presumably you heard it call - good stuff.

Sid

Hi Sid

I only know three birds are present at Moore because all three were seen together a few days ago. I have a feeling there were 3 birds present in the 2006/07 winter too.

Gull watching can be addictive for me - I know it's not your cup of tea. I spent a day there 2 weeks ago - not a peep out of a Bittern and only an adult YLG and a leucistic BHG to show for gull watching. I will get an Iceland or a Glauc before much longer though - one of the Seaforth experts had a Caspian shortly before I turned up yesterday (he also found the Med).

You're right though - it is bl**dy cold in that hide!

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I know it was a nice day Mike but two hours of Gull watching!!! Still I suppose you had the sun on your back to keep warm.

The two Bitterns you described acted just as those I saw mid week - this is the first time that we have had three Bittern at Moore I believe. As the the third bird did not show presumably you heard it call - good stuff.

Sid

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Two Bitterns this morning - the third bird present skulked and did not show. One was stood on the edge of the ice in the open (right in front of the screen) for approx 30 mins from first light. I saw it again on 2 occasions and also another bird which climbed some reeds and then flew to the back of the pool.

3 Jack Snipe also present at the reedbeds and a Kingfisher.

Tawny Owl asleep in usual place with a female Goldeneye on Birchwood Pool.

2 hours gull watching yielded an adult Med Gull and not much else of interest.

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Two Bitterns this morning - the third bird present skulked and did not show. One was stood on the edge of the ice in the open (right in front of the screen) for approx 30 mins from first light. I saw it again on 2 occasions and also another bird which climbed some reeds and then flew to the back of the pool.

3 Jack Snipe also present at the reedbeds and a Kingfisher.

Tawny Owl asleep in usual place with a female Goldeneye on Birchwood Pool.

2 hours gull watching yielded an adult Med Gull and not much else of interest.

-- Edited by Mike Baron at 16:43, 2008-12-06

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Found not one but two Bittern "skating" on the ice of the Eastern reed bed late morning, the Tawny Owl was dozing at the usual roost in Birch wood, a Merlin on the tip chasing but not catching a small bird (couldn't see what it was) and there were 3 or 4 Willow Tit at the feeding station plus the usual selection including Fieldfare, Redwing, Yellowhammer, Curlew, Kestrel, Tree Sparrow, Shoveler.

Alas no Short-eared Owls today.

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Had a cracking afternoon at Moore today - no mega stars but in about three hours I had 40 plus species without getting three of the target birds - Tawny Owl (in Birch Wood), Willow Tit (at the feeding station) and Bittern (Eastern Reed beds). However did find some brilliant Yellowhammer (brightened up a grey afternoon), a Kingfisher that kept coming round and the most amazing views of two Short Eared Owls on the marsh as well as a Little Owl to finish with.

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Two of "we three" had a good time today. I have to say, it is a cracking place.
The weather was kind, and the sun shone. The light was really good.
Picked my nephew up as he lives nearby, so he had a master class from the "we three expert" who was recording for the BTO Atlas.

Buzzards
Kestrel
Sparrow hawk
Pheasant
Lapwing
Loads of little Grebe
Great crested Grebe - One family group with little in tow, and on the back
Tuffties
Mallard
Ruddy
Kingfisher
Jay
Reed Bunting
Heron
Dog Fox running across the open ground in front of the Reed Hide
Gulls
Loads of other stuff


Geoff

-- Edited by Geoff Walton at 18:31, 2008-06-19

-- Edited by Geoff Walton at 20:33, 2008-06-19

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Two Iceland Gulls today flying over tip - first summer bird and adult. Also one Swallow and Willow Warbler.

Although large numbers of gulls were on the tip, very few came down to the pool today and at approx half nine th wind veered round and an icy blast from the north came straight through the hide. It was very very cold and reminded me of Horrocks Hide in mid-summer!!!wink.gif

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Called in late afternoon yesterday - at least 1000 gulls on the pool when I arrived. Managed 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 second summer, a third summer and a large adult) plus 1st summer Iceland Gull.

After the gulls had gone 2 Kingfishers flew in formation around the hide making lots of noise and flying quite high at times.

No one else there - nice way to spend an hour or so.

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I went there today after PF but was seriously held up by traffic jams on the M6 so maybe arrived a bit late for the action which certainly tailed off around 5pm. Still quite a show of 1,000s of gulls but no white wings dropped into the pool while I was there.

If the Govt. has it's way though such landfill sites will be a thing of the past. Enjoy it while you can.

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One of the good things about the gulls on Moore is that most are out of view or very distant in flight much of the time! weirdface.gif

The gulls use the pool to bathe, and the population on the pool is much lower, and ever changing.

I only spent about and hour and a half there yesterday lunchtime and manged two Icelands and several Yellow-legged's in that time.

I assume that Tim is one of the two "Seaforth" birders that were there yesterday - if so a big thanks for the ID assistance on Yellow-legged's l- I learnt more in a hour a half than I have managed in !* years reading up on 'em!

Good photo ops whilst on the pool too...

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Tim Vaughan wrote:

To clarify for everyone - The 3rdW Kumliens Gull was briefly on the Birchwood Pool but fortunately photographed. Besides three juv Iceland Gulls and the 14 YL Gulls there was also a 4thW Caspian Gull. 15,000 gulls in the area today but over 7 hours study produced the goods.






Was thinking of going sometime to look for these gulls but 7 hours looking through 15,000 and my best scope is knackered, think I will give it a miss. I'm too much of a part timer.

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To clarify for everyone - The 3rdW Kumliens Gull was briefly on the Birchwood Pool but fortunately photographed. Besides three juv Iceland Gulls and the 14 YL Gulls there was also a 4thW Caspian Gull. 15,000 gulls in the area today but over 7 hours study produced the goods.

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White-winged gulls still in evidence here, 2 or 3 different Iceland, 3w Kumlein's, up to 14 Yellow-legged Gulls (I only saw a few of these myself) all moving between Birchwood Pool and the tip.

Great entertainment for Larid-ites

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Well, we have been and come back, and really enjoyed our first visit. Met some nice fellow birders in the Hides and around.
Willow Tits
Great Tits
Coal Tits
Robins
Nuthatch
Tawney Owlssmile.gif
Shovellers
Tufties
GS Grebe
Loads of Little Grebe
Siskin
Redpoll
Heron
Snipe
Water Rail
Gulls by the million, but nothing special
Coot
Loads of Moorhen
Kestrel

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"We three" are going tomorrow AM/early pm. If anyone else is around, I am the one who is half the size of the other twosmile.gif Hope to see someone

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No sign today, but 1st & 3rd winter Iceland and 1st winter Glaucous showing really well in fron of hide at Birchwood Pool.

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Rob

Yes I think that this may be another case of someone seeing what they want to see to gain an ellusive tick - not that they are fooling anyone except themselves - but it is a bit annoying when you make a special effort to go as I did last Sunday only to find it was a "Wild Duck Chase".

Having said that nobody forced me to go, annoying none-the-less.

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The Cheshire birders have given Moore a real thrashing over the last few days and (to my knowledge) non have seen either the Ring-necked Duck, nor the observer, only 2nd hand reports.

I'm not saying there isn't one, but if there is it is very illusive.

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Henry

Thanks for that - yes I knew about the gulls, they were reported on the Moore web page by a well known birder who did not mention the Ring necked duck - which makes me wonder was it the pale fem Tufty that was mistakenly reported yesterday.

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Hey Sid. The Ring-necked Duck was seen again this morning on Pumphouse Pool.
An Iceland and a Glaucous Gull were both on Birchwood Pool and a Mealy Repoll was reported towards the Eastern Reedbed.
Sound like the area is having a bit of a purple (or should that be white with all those gulls!) patch especially with the Willow Tits and Lesser Pecker.
Thanks. Henry

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I notice that the Ring-necked Duck is reported as being present again today on both Birdguides and RBA. Has anyone from the Manchester crew seen this bird - if so where on Moore was it?

I would appreciate any comments as I would like to have another bash at this one as long as I'm not looking at that pale Tuftie again - nothing wrong with Tufties of course but.......

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I spent all of yesterday morning at Moore from just before dawn - there was no Ring Necked Duck showing and I looked on every piece of water Pumphouse Pool included. There was a pale female Tufty that perhaps could have been mistaken for a Fem RND on Birchwood but that was it.

Nice flocks of Siskin and Redpoll, 2xWillow Tit and of course that good old Tawny!!

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I walked past the pumphouse, but was busy watching the sparrowhawk at the time jumping for tree to tree around me, always happens when I,ve not got the camera. I didnt see ring-necked duck, hope I didnt walk past and put it down as just another tufted, as there where 15+ tufted about in the morning. Its look like it might be very wet this Saturday but I proberly go back to check.

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Ring-necked Duck fem on Pumphouse Pool this avo reported!

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first visit to Moore NR this morning, not a bad this for 2 hours at the site.

blackbird
bunting reed
buzzard
coot
cormorant
crow carrion
crow hooded
dove collard
duck, tufted
finch bull
finch chaf
finch green
goose canada
grebe great crested
grebe little
gull black headed
gull common
gull glaucous
gull greater black backed
gull herring
gull lesser black backed
heron grey
jackdaw
jay
kestrel (male)
lapwing
magpie
mallard
moorhen
owl tawny (usual roost)
pheasant
robin
sparrow house
sparrowhawk (female)
starling
swan, mute
teal
thrush song
tit blue
tit coal
tit great
wagtail pied
willow tit
wren

Sadly no bitten, it had been seen earlier on but had gone in to reeds when I was there. No woodpeckers either. gives me a reason to visit again.

Steve


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