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RE: Moore NR


Visit today in fine sunshine yielded: Smew (Lifer - Birchwood Pool) 3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, Goldeneye pair (Birchwood)
Good mix of waterfowl throughout including quantities of Teals, Shoveler, Gadwall, and c8 Pochard (drakes mostly, and looking stunning in the sunshine) 1 Little Grebe, 2 Ravens over

Feeders - 1 Nuthatch, 1 Willow Tit, 2 x Great Spotte Woodpeckers, sev Reed Buntings plus usuals.

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i think squatter rather than dumpier would have been a better description sorry , it was lower to the water and slightly longer looking. im thinking it was probably a common but with longer than usual feathers covering the furthest back crescent stripe. Sorry for description ive just looked at the name of the feathers i mean and forgot it again.

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re Iceland Gull...no, saw it from road on way up to Eastern Reedbed...this seemed to be where most of the gulls present then were gathered.

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John,

was that viewed from the hide. If so I may have just missed it but will check my photos again in case

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Pumphouse Pool

10.30 ish juv Iceland Gull with mixed flock of mobile gulls. Flighty, not settling...flew off completely after a couple of minutes.





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Pumphouse Pool

10.30 ish juv Iceland Gull with mixed flock of mobile gulls. Flighty, not settling...flew off completely after a couple of minutes.

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A couple of hours this morning following an early morning trip down to Astbury Mere.

Female smew was showing well on Pumphouse Pool
Good numbers of gulls for a Sunday. Didn't see anything out of the ordinary but a good test of identification of various ages of the commoner gulls
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Gadwall
6 Grey Heron
Goldeneye
Good numbers of Teal, Tufted Duck, Mallard
Single Widgeon
Shoveler
Pochard

Flocks of circa 50 jackdaws and similar of carrion crow

Around feeding station
Nuthatch
Willow Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Reed Bunting
Chaffinch
Lesser Redpoll
Long Tailed Tit

-- Edited by Jon Bowen on Sunday 3rd of February 2013 03:32:24 PM

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14.00-17.00

Should of opted for a morning visit, it started raining when I got there and did'nt stop until I was leaving

The Bittern showed briefly at the Eastern Reedbed, also there 60+ Teal and 4 Grey Herons.

On Lapwing Lane Pool :- 26 Tufted Duck and 6 Teal.

Birchwood Pool

A good scan through the masses of gulls produced 1 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gull and a few "Argentatus" too, but no sign of white wings.

No sign of Smew either, 47 Shovelers, 2 Goldeneye (m+f), 2 Little Grebe, a pair of Great Crested Grebes that seem to have family ideas, plus masses of Tufted Ducks etc,.

In Birchwood a big flock of Redwings erupted from the undergrowth.

Pumphouse Pool again held masses of gulls, mainly Black Headed but no sign of the lipstick beak of a Med.

The Common Gulls were being aggressive as usual and bullying the Black Heads, one even gave chase to an adult Great Black Back which fled in panic.



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Hi Terry, I spent a couple of hours on the reserve today mainly focussing on the gulls, no sign of a RBG - you describe the bird you saw as dumpier than the common gulls - do you mean smaller?
Smew was on Birchwood Pool today close to the west hide and I had a record count of 446 Tufted duck on the pools (didn't check Lapwing Lane Pool) and 51 Shoveler was a good count.
Also Peregrine, kingfisher, water rail and treecreeper

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Hi Terry thanks for the reply, I managed to get to Moore yesterday and saw the female Smew hanging around pumhouse pool, flying from one side to the other can be viewd at time from the hide in birchood.

Other highlights included two Redpoll around the back of the top hide at pumphouse, Siskin around the track laeding towards this hide and two Goldeneye on birchwood pool, see my Blog post for photos and full report

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Smew on pumphouse pool today around 12ish not sure on exact time , well out in the open about 20 yds from left hand bank viewed from first hide on pumphouse near birchwood pool, with tufted ducks and coots.
Also on pumphouse pool viewed from the top hide off track I had a gull in with commons that was dumpier and paler with a ring on bill , didn't have scope so cant rule out a common but possible ring-billed. the crescent stripe wasn't thin there wasn't one at all as far as I could see so not 100%

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Hi guys

Any news on Moores Smew? Is it long gone? or still around? Any info would be great, cheers

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A flying visit this afternoon produced little of note but there was a single Brambling near the feeding station in Pond Wood, it never came down though. Nice to see on one fat ball was a group of 4 tits - amazingly one each of Great, Blue, Coal & Long-tailed

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2 Iceland Gulls on Pumphouse Flash at 1pm,a 1st winter and a 2nd winter bird.

Most of the gulls seemed to be on Pumphouse rather than Birchwood Pool.

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I last saw the Smew on the 22nd when it was frequenting the N/W corner of Birchwood Pool. I received a text late pm on the23rd and it was still present. If it is tucked into the corner of BWP it can be difficult to see from the west hide.


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I spent an hour at the first hide at Birchwood Pool on Wednesday afternoon (23rd), the pool wasn't frozen though no sign of the Smew (and hardly any gulls). The Smew hasn't been recorded since 20th.

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Patrick Earith wrote:

JOHN TYMON wrote:

Ian Campbell wrote:

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Can anyone tell me if the Smew is still present as I'm thinking about a visit on Saturday a.m. if it is.
Cheers Ian




and if Birchwood pool is frozen or not as I am the same and may pop in after work :)



I was there on Tuesday (when it was colder than it is today) and Birchwood was not frozen, though the pool off Lapwing Lane (?) was. Lots of gulls around but no sign of the Smew. I wasn't there for long though and didn't go around the other side of Birchwood, so, it could well have been hidden.

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JOHN TYMON wrote:

Ian Campbell wrote:

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Can anyone tell me if the Smew is still present as I'm thinking about a visit on Saturday a.m. if it is.
Cheers Ian




and if Birchwood pool is frozen or not as I am the same and may pop in after work :)



I was there on Tuesday (when it was colder than it is today) and Birchwood was not frozen, though the pool off Lapwing Lane (?) was. Lots of gulls around but no sign of the Smew. I wasn't there for long though and didn't go around the other side of Birchwood, so, it could well have been hidden.

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Ian Campbell wrote:

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Can anyone tell me if the Smew is still present as I'm thinking about a visit on Saturday a.m. if it is.
Cheers Ian




and if Birchwood pool is frozen or not as I am the same and may pop in after work :)

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Hi all
Can anyone tell me if the Smew is still present as I'm thinking about a visit on Saturday a.m. if it is.
Cheers Ian

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Walked down to Upper Moss Side this morning - very quiet in the snow covered fields.
Of interest were :-

Yellowhammer, Pied Wagtail,Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Jay, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, plus an overflying Curlew and a Treecreeper at a frozen Lapwing Lake.



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Goosander is a good record John, they are suprisingly scarce on the patch (although marginally more common than Pintail!). I had a few records in 2011 but none last year.

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Birchwood Pool :
f Smew still present showing v well 9.00 am ish this morning. m Goosander gave double saw-bill sighting.

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Brambling at feeding station today and Willow Tit near Bob's Bridge: 87 species recorded on the patch thus far-pretty good start to the year.

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A full circuit of the western part of the reserve this afternoon before the snow came. Not big numbers of birds about but saw of interest Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Kestrel (m&f), Raven also Lesser Redpoll and Tree Sparrow at Upper Moss side and a distant Short-eared Owl over Norton marsh.

Going to be fit with all of this walking

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A juv/1st winter Glaucous Gull briefly on BWP early afternoon- noticebly paler than the individual filmed recently.
Also an interesting large third winter Herring Gull - obvious dark 'hood' (a couple of other adjacent HG's had streaking on the head and neck but not as dark or extensive as this), bill pale pink with a dark subterminal band.
Smew still present and Goldeneye, didn't hear or see anyWaxwings.

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Smew skulking in the northeast corner of Birchwood Pool, seen fron first screen. 10 Waxwings were near the tree with small white berries behind third screen anticlockwise round Birchwood Pool briefly

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Smew still present on Birchwood Pool this morning. Juvenile Iceland Gull on Pumphouse Pool.

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Adult Med Gull briefly on PHP today; smew and waxwings still present.

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Bittern showed very briefly mid afternoon today, Woodcock and a few snipe UMS earlier.
Iceland gull on PHP yesterday.
Lesser pek just east of usual area on thursday.


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Smew -redhead still present this afternoon on Birchwood pool
Waxwings - 11 at the east end of birchwood pool,but only a few berries left
Bullfinch -2m+1f -feeding with the Waxwing


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Also from today.. Waxwings present all day at eastern end of Birchwood pool above hide. Looking very relaxed and makes a change to see them without the usual traffic noise. Green woodpecker Colins meadow. Female smew present in western corners of Birchwood pool most of the day. Missed the bittern. :|

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Called in to Eastern Reedbeds late afternoon. Bittern showed in the reeds, a pair of Willow Tits were next to the hide and good views of Jupiter and moons just before the clouds came over.

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Called in briefly at lunchtime in a vain hope of connecting with yesterdays Glaucous Gull.

Plenty of gulls present on both the Birchwood and Pumphouse pools but unfortunately no Glaucous. I did have the good fortune though to bump into Jason Atkinson who very kindly pointed out a juvenile Yellow Legged Gull. He also gave me a couple of pointers of what to look for with this species too. Great advice and very much appreciated. Thanks Jason.

The female Smew was still present on Birchwood Pool but was quite elusive at times. Also eight Waxwings were present near to the hide at the eastern end of Birchwood pool.

Other notables were a small flock of Siskin and Goldfinch near the car park and four Wigeon circling around as I was leaving.

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I documented a couple of white wingers on film late morning today. Comments on plumage and ageing welcome.

juvenile Glaucous Gull (1) here

juvenile / 1st winter Iceland Gull (1) here

redhead Smew (1) here

9 Waxwing
Lesser Redpoll
Siskin
Bullfinch

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Thursday 3rd of January 2013 06:38:01 AM

-- Edited by Pete Hines on Thursday 3rd of January 2013 06:39:37 AM

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Pair of jack snipe today on pathway by pumping station.

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Interesting record Ian, not had RLP since 2005.
Also on the patch today - male Goldeneye on PHP, Kingfisher and Green Woodpecker near Millbrook Pool.
(Bittern was reported)

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A single Red-legged Partridge running in front of the car along the road above Birchwood Pool this afternoon, finally took to the air and flew over the industrial units there.

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Female Smew and 9 Waxwings still present this am on/around Birchwood Pool.

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Nice to meet you to John, perhaps we'll have a longer chat next time.

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12.00-16.00

1 Mealy Redpoll in a flock of mixed Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and Goldfinches, 80% the later. Impossible to count whole flock as they constantly flitted from alder to alder along Lapwing Lane.

A single group of 60 Goldfinches in alders near Moss Wood, plus a flock of 12 Redwings.

Lapwing Lane Pool

9 Wigeon amongst the usual waterfowl.

Birchwood Pool

33 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebes, 10 Pochard plus the single female Smew and usual waterfowl.

Masses of gulls but apart from a few big "Argentatus" Herring Gulls nothing else unusual. An adult Med. Gull and 1st winter Iceland had been seen on the pool in the morning though.

The Waxwing flock was nowhere to be seen at 13.30, much to the disappointment of several birders, but at 15.00 a flock of 9 flew in to roost. There were 10 last here last Friday.

Pumphouse Pool

Again masses of gulls, mainly Black Heads. 6 Shoveler, 6 Pochard and a single Little Grebe amongst the waterfowl.

Eastern Reedbed

52 Teal, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Buzzards amongst the usual birds. A single Goldcrest in the copse.








Same on Birchwood apart from 41 shoveler at one point ,Must have bumped into you John as I was sat in the corner of the west end birchwood pool hide for 3 hours 1300-1600 gull watching ,and saw the Waxwings fly above the island and into roost behind the south hide. :) nice to meet you as im sure we had a chat . :)

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12.00-16.00

1 Mealy Redpoll in a flock of mixed Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and Goldfinches, 80% the later. Impossible to count whole flock as they constantly flitted from alder to alder along Lapwing Lane.

A single group of 60 Goldfinches in alders near Moss Wood, plus a flock of 12 Redwings.

Lapwing Lane Pool

9 Wigeon amongst the usual waterfowl.

Birchwood Pool

33 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebes, 10 Pochard plus the single female Smew and usual waterfowl.

Masses of gulls but apart from a few big "Argentatus" Herring Gulls nothing else unusual. An adult Med. Gull and 1st winter Iceland had been seen on the pool in the morning though.

The Waxwing flock was nowhere to be seen at 13.30, much to the disappointment of several birders, but at 15.00 a flock of 9 flew in to roost. There were 10 last here last Friday.

Pumphouse Pool

Again masses of gulls, mainly Black Heads. 6 Shoveler, 6 Pochard and a single Little Grebe amongst the waterfowl.

Eastern Reedbed

52 Teal, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Buzzards amongst the usual birds. A single Goldcrest in the copse.






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The Smew and 10 Waxwings were still around today at midday.

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Myself and several of the patch regulars are doing a year list challenge in 2013, if anybody fancies getting involved please let me know. Also if anybody finds anything good on the patch (Moore n.r, UMS. HWH, Norton Marsh, Richmond Bank) and is willing to text me so I could feed it into the patch grapevine it would be appreciated.

Cheers, Mike.

(Just hope the Smew and Waxwings hang around for a few more days)



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laete post for yesterday:
smew showed quite well although often hidden behind the small island on Birchwood Pool.

Not many other highlights, a flock of finches near the feeding station of which at least 1 was a fem siskin, all I saw before they flew off, and no calling! anyway, jackdaws, crows, gulls and a calling buzzard were making so much of a racket it would have been difficult to pick out any calls.

Good numbers of teal, pochard, gadwall, shoveler etc

Nice to meet John Tymon and others

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No worries Sid I'm usually in a hurry at Moore anyway. It's a huge site I could easily spend an hour or two checking the massed gulls at this time of year, but then there's always a chance

the Teal flock at the Eastern Reedbed could produce a Green Winged, and that would be a nice bonus for the reserve. So I'm usually like a cat on a hot tin roof anyway. I'll probably walk to Halfway

House next time and cover the Western End of the reserve, the canal as produced Scoter, Smew etc, and there's always the chance of a shrike on the Hawthorn thickets. It's a case of trying to be

everywhere at once. I usually take more leisurely strolls in summer, but then Clegs can be a real problem at Moore. Birding is supposed to be relaxing, either way Sid I'm sure we'll have more time

for a chat next time.

p.s Sandbach is always a good place for quality debate amongst birders, there's less area to cover and the regular guys are friendly. Joint runner up goes to Horrocks Hide at Penny,

and the John Morgan hide at Woolston, but then the tower viewpoint at Risley Moss is a friendly debating spot too.

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John Williams wrote:

28/12/12 09.30-13.00

Nice to meet Sid Ashton.


Good to meet you as well John - sorry if I was a bit vague but my mind was elsewhere most of the time I was at Moore yesterday. I am told that I usually talk too much anyway

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Smew and Waxwing still present dusk :)

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28/12/12 09.30-13.00

Lapwing lane

6 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 1 Buzzard.

Moss Wood

A large flock of mixed finches feeding in the Alders:- 62 Goldfinches, 22 Lesser Redpoll and 10 Siskins.

Feeding Station

The usual tits plus lots of Chaffinches. In 20 minutes - 2 Nuthatches, 3 Coal Tits and just 1 Reed Bunting. No sign of Willow Tits or Brambling.

Only 1 Grey Squirrel too, after all the heavy rain the bird tables are surrounded by deep water, a superb rodent deterrent.

Birchwood Pool

The usual mass of gulls, including several Great Black Backs and 3 huge 'Argentatus' Herring Gulls.

1 female Smew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Pochard 12 Shoveler plus the usual waterfowl.

10 Waxwings in Birchwood feeding on a tree with small white berries, similar in size to elder.

Pumphouse Pool

1 large 'Argentatus' Herring Gull amongst a mass of other gulls. The few Common Gulls relentlessly harrassed the Black Heads.

One 1st winter Herring Gull carrying what appeared to be a dead oak leaf, was mobbed by a pack of other big gulls, until it finally ate the leaf.

Eastern Reedbed

20 Teal on the flooded meadow (In recent times I've seen 100+ here).

5 Grey Herons on the meadow, plus 1 perched on a dead tree, and seemed to acting as a lookout, meerkat style.

Nice to meet Sid Ashton.







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Maps available in the car park.

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Thursday 27th PM
Presumably the combination of nearby tip activity and high tide brought in a good number of gulls.
1 1st Winter Iceland Gull for 15 minutes on Birchwood Pool (12:30-12:45pm)
1 Redhead Smew Birchwood Pool
10 Waxwings
1 male Goldeneye (Pumphouse pool)

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