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10 Waxwing at the east side of Birchwood pool,still present at 3.30,tree 40 yards beyond the hide with white berries.
smew -1 Redhead still on Birchwood pool
2 wigeon


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Anyone know where to find a decent map (inclu Car Park and preferably the footpaths etc to each of the hides and the feeding station) for Moore? Planning on visiting for the smew and maybe the reedbed for bittern pics, as well as feeding station etc. (try and see as much as possible) but don't know the site. Can't find a decent map on the internet unfortunately so any help would be much appreciated.

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Smew still present showing well at times on Birchwood pool other ducks on pool 20 shoveler 15 gadwell 10+ tufted duck plenty of mallards
Also had a look on lapwing lake not a lot there 20 wigeon 8 tufted ducks and 1 pair shoveler. Hevens opened then so did not get to eastern reed bed
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-- Edited by Mike Turton on Wednesday 26th of December 2012 06:37:14 PM

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The Redhead Smew still present and showing well today on Birchwood Pool
Not a single gull on either lake

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Red head Smew still showing well this afternoon on Birchwood pool
Plenty Gulls ,but nothing out of the ordinary. :)

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09.30-13.00

Birchwood Pool

Female Smew in the North West corner with a small group of Tufted, 6 Shovelers plus masses of gulls, nothing uncommon amongst them though.

10 Redwings in Birchwood rooting through the leaf litter with Blackbirds, 2 Buzzards here too.

Pumphouse Pool

Huge numbers of gulls, but again nothing uncommon. 4 Shovelers.

2 Green Woodpeckers chasing each other around the heath by Pumphouse Pool.

Eastern Reedbed

64 Teal on the flooded area.

Just the usual Blue and Great tits showing at the feeding station, with 2 Buzzards in the nearby alder carr.

Moss Wood

A Buzzard dashed into the centre of the wood clearly intent on catching something, there is some prey item in these woodlands that these raptors are very interested in,

ground feeding Blackbirds perhaps?. Lots of Goldfinches feeding in the Alders. 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers here too, with a male really hammering a dead Alder stump.

16 Goldfinches, 6 Chaffinches and a single Lesser Redpoll on the old towpath by the metal gate, they were feeding on something on the ground but I could'nt ascertain what?.

Lapwing Lane Pool

3 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal plus the usual waterfowl.

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First winter Glaucous Gull on Birchwood Pool today. Plenty of gulls but all nervous and rarely staying long. Red-head Smew also showing well and 3 Waxwings in trees by hide. At Pumphouse Pool fewer gulls but 2 Green Woodpeckers.

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Just an update to say that the Smew was showing well at Birchwood Pool this morning.

Cheers Brian

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Thanks for the info, Brian It would be great if the Smew settled down at Moore for the winter News closer to New Year will be much appreciated by Year Listers & Cheshire Listers

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Wednesday 5th of December 2012 04:07:55 PM

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The Redhead Smew was at the Eastern Reedbed this morning, tagging along with some Mallard.
A Green Woodpecker was on the ground by the Lagoon where 70 Teal were also present.

Cheers Brian

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Had a message to say that a "Redhead" Smew was found at Birchwood Pool this afternoon and after a mad dash on my bike managed to locate it briefly about 4pm as the light was fading.
It was sticking to the south bank and viewable from the west side hide and was seen again briefly ten minutes later by myself and another birder just before the light went.

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09.30-13.00

Lapwing Lane

10 Wigeon, 15 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shovelers, 2 (male) Pochard plus Coot, Mallard etc.

Feeding Station

1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch plus usual tits etc. Lots of Chaffinches (mainly males) but sign of Brambling. No Reed Buntings in the 20 minutes I was there either.

A single flock of 80+ Goldfinches feeding in Alders nearby.

Birchwood Pool

A huge number of gulls on both here and on Pumphouse Pool, mainly Herring and Black Headed with just a few Lesser Black Backs and 1 Great Black Back ( 2nd winter).

4 Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, 56 Canada Geese, 12 Tufted Ducks and 1 Buzzard.

Pumphouse Pool

8 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Ducks and 5 Shovelers. A flock of mixed tits moving along the South side held 3 Goldcrests and 1 Treecreeper.

2 Siskins were with 2 Goldfinches in Alders there too. 1 Kestrel and 1Buzzard.

Eastern Reedbed

80 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants, 4 Tufted Ducks, 4 Shoveler and 1 Green Woodpecker.

Car Park area

6 Redwings with Blackbirds in the hawthornes, plus 1 male Kestrel.

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After the short-haul twitch for the Waxwings I had vague aspirations of finding the reported, but as yet evasive lifer in the guise of Bittern. Eastern Reedbed proved fruitless as the rain set in, but there were 3 Green Woodpeckers (a pair showing well, best ever views, beside the hide before a Jay saw them out the tree, plus a single bird flew over) 30 Teal and a Shoveler pair were also on show.

The best ever scour of the site, all the way up to Upper Moss Farm and the hide there overlooking Fiddlers Ferry.

best Birds seen -

2 handsome drake Pochard
further odd Teal
Several Gadwalls
3 x Shoveler married couples
2 Little Grebes
Lots of Tufted Ducks
Plenty of Jays
Many Buzzards, heard only

Feeding station:

2 x Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Nuthatch
1 poss. 2 Reed Buntings
1 Jay
etc etc etc
4 Lesser Redpoll in the foilage beside the track

Amusing to see from the hide a Great Blackbacked Gull floating down the Mersey on a piece of wood!!!!!

70 Curlews in a flock at the Ship Canal in a field, just out of the site boundaries - these flushed off in flocks as the horse ran towards their calling master
60 Tufted Ducks on the Ship Canal too.
Weather turned beautiful after 11, a memorable day all in


-- Edited by John Doherty on Saturday 17th of November 2012 06:59:08 PM

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9 - 3, my second visit to Moore in great weather - not as cold as last time, and sightings better, too!
I was in two minds to go given my recent illness (full of cold and flu) but I decided to brave it.

Highlights -

My first ever Woodpecker hattrrick! Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (lifer) on the route to feeding station, Two Green Woodpeckers showing well, grassy mound behind the Lagoon, and to complete the hattrick (was worried for a little while as this was the last one to complete the 3) a Great Spotted Woodpecker visited the feeding station.

Also at the feeders:
Jay (commandeering a seed tray) Nuthatches Coal Tit Chaffinch Great Tit Blue Tit Mallards etc etc

Also: Teals (20, Eastern Reedbed); small numbers of Shoveler (Lagoon) 3 Goldeneye (Pumphouse)
Single Drake Wigeon (Birchwood Pool)
Jays all over
Tatty Buzzard being mobbed by Corvids
Handfuls of Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, several Little Grebes throughout
Other Green Woodpeckers heard
Goldcrest on edge of Arpley Moss.

Plus usuals


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14.30-16.30

Apart from a constant movement of gulls and corvids to and from the landfill, not many other birds about.

40 Feral Pigeons roosting on tower by the swing bridge. 1 Green Woodpecker near the Raptor Watch Point.

MSC

18 Common Gulls, 1 male Wigeon and 2 Grey Herons.

Horse Paddock by Stobart warehouse

2 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Male Kestrel,3 Pied Wagtails and 2 Buzzards.

Halfway House/Mersey mudflats

5 Cormorants, 138 Canada Geese, 850 Lapwings and 12 Golden Plover.

1 Common Darter dragonfly patrolling an area of brambles along the MSC.

Moss Side

1 Collared Dove, 12 Stock Doves plus lots of Jays.

Feeding Station

1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker plus the usual tits.

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09.30-15.30

Lapwing Lane Pool

4 Little Grebes, 1 Goldcrest, also a flock of 26 Redwing flying South.

MSC embankment upto Halfway House

3 Bullfinches, 3 Redwings, 2 Buzzards plus several large mixed tit flocks with Dunnock, Wrens etc, only 1 Coal Tit with them though.

Horse paddock by Stobart warehouse

12 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Redwings and 1 male Kestrel

Halfway House/ Mersey sandbanks

1100 Lapwings, 54 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzards, 5 Great Black Gulls, 1 Heron, plus a flock of 25 Canada Geese which included a noticeably smaller bird that the others did'nt seem to like.

Feeding Station

3 squabbling Nuthatches, 1 Goldcrest plus the usual tits etc, the only finches though were 2 female Chaffinches.

Birchwood Pool

2 adult+ 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebes, 75 Canada Geese plus the usual waterfowl.

Pumphouse Pool

An absolute mass of mixed gulls, mainly Black Headed, I had a quick scan through them but could'nt find anything rare, only 1 Common Gull in them though.

I can't recall ever seeing so many gulls massed on a pool at Moore before, the numbers would put Richmond Bank to shame.

I also can't recall seeing the water level on this pool so high before and I've been going there since the reserve opened.

1 Green Woodpecker on the adjacent heath.

Eastern reedbed

2 Little Grebes, plus 39 Teal on the marshy area in front of the screen.



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Halfway House/Mersey sandbanks

1200 Lapwings, 217 Golden Plovers, 18 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk, a charm of 12 Goldfinches, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker plus the usual gulls.

2 juvenile Lesser Black Back Gulls were really pestering an adult for food, but it just looked flustered and ignored them.

1 Speckled Wood butterfly

Upper Moss Side (The paths here are flooded, wellies advised !.)

1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Collared Doves, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel.

1 Red Admiral butterfly, 1 Alder Leaf Beetle and 1 Fox.

Birchwood Pool

1 Buzzard, 2 adult + 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebes.

Pumphouse Pool

1 adult + 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebes, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Green Woodpecker sat in a dead tree at the Eastern end of the pool and 1 Grey Heron.

6 Speckled Wood butterflies on roadside bushes, plus 1 Harlequin Ladybird.

Eastern Reedbed ( The track leading to here is often flooded, but oddly enough its not too bad considering the recent deluge.)

3 Cormorants, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Little Grebes.





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Barnacle Goose on Birchwood Pool today with 2 Black Swans and 80+ Canada Geese plus Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck.
A Liitle Grebe was feeding a juvenile here whilst on Lapwing Lake a Gt. Crested Grebe was feeding a well grown juvenile.

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Birchwood Pool

1 Great Crested Grebe family with 2 young, 1 Little Grebe family also with 2 young, plus 3 more Little Grebes.

1 Black swan which was still highly territorial and chasing off geese, including a feral/escape Snow Goose.

Pumphouse Flash

1 Great Crested Grebe family with 3 youngsters.

Eastern Reedbed

1 full grown juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 6 Herons and 8 Stock Doves.

Also 3 female Bullfinches with a mixed tit/Chaffinch flock near Lapwing Lane/Old canal

4 Goldfinches and a few Gatekeeper butterflies near the car park. 3 Meadow Browns on the meadow there too.

The water level is too high for any wader scrapes to be exposed, and the small shallow pool in front of the Eastern Reedbed screen that was a hotspot for Green Sandpipers is hidden by Purple Loosestrife etc.



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Visited yesterday. Not too much going on. circa 150 Canada's on Birchwood Pool. Pair of Black Swans being very aggressive to anything on the water. Numerous little grebes and young. Single male gadwal. Few cormorants on Lapwing pool.

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Had a couple of hours at Moore this afternoon in the sunshine

Of interest, a Great Crested Grebe feeding a youngster, a single Little Grebe and a Common Tern over Lapwing Lake. A Kingfisher and two Black Swans on Birchwood Pool. Also plenty of House Martins and Swallows and a few Swifts around.

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Black necked Grebe on php last thursday.
A couple of White letter Hairstreaks showed reasonably well mid afternoon today on the brambles east of the dog walking field.

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No glossy ibis last night but was surprised to find a goldeneye displaying to a tufted duck on birchwood pool.also 2 tawny owls calling from 8.one from the warehouses next to the road to the eastern reedbed.

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Glossy Ibis late afternoon in the flooded area adjacent to Millbrook Pool viewed from the Eastern Reedbed hide.

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A Common Whitethroat was singing at Upper Moss Side this morning as well as Willow Warblers, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch,Tree Sparrow, Linnet and Wren.

A Yellowhammer flew across the field behind Moss Side Farm where three Swallows were hawking insects and a Buzzard was perched by the path.

A pair of Moorhen had four young in tow at the Eastern Reed Bed.

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Originally posted by Chris Dorney yesterday:

Short eared owl tonight 8.15 on walk from bob's bridge towards upper moss side.appeared from fields to the right of the path then headed towards fiddlers.second appeared on the walk back from the opposite direction at 8.40 and also headed towards fiddlers.leucistic greylag on birchwood pool and other bits and bobs including fieldfare yellowhammer and a male kestrel catching prey
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P.S. special mention for mike baron and Stephen Burke who inspired/shamed me into getting involved and not just be a voyeur!





Welcome Chris and about time too!

Nice find with the owl - it must be almost as good as the owl you found at Rixton!


See you soon

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

Originally posted by Chris Dorney yesterday:

Short eared owl tonight 8.15 on walk from bob's bridge towards upper moss side.appeared from fields to the right of the path then headed towards fiddlers.second appeared on the walk back from the opposite direction at 8.40 and also headed towards fiddlers.leucistic greylag on birchwood pool and other bits and bobs including fieldfare yellowhammer and a male kestrel catching prey
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P.S. special mention for mike baron and Stephen Burke who inspired/shamed me into getting involved and not just be a voyeur!





welcome to the forum chris hope to see lots off posts off good birds from you,well you have started already. well done on the short eared owls a wonderful bird to watch. keep birding & hopefully see you around again.

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Thanks for that Ian.had a quick go at changing the post at dinner but failed miserably!I will be more careful in future.only recently got a smart phone.as Aldous Huxley said...

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Originally posted by Chris Dorney yesterday:

Short eared owl tonight 8.15 on walk from bob's bridge towards upper moss side.appeared from fields to the right of the path then headed towards fiddlers.second appeared on the walk back from the opposite direction at 8.40 and also headed towards fiddlers.leucistic greylag on birchwood pool and other bits and bobs including fieldfare yellowhammer and a male kestrel catching prey
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P.S. special mention for mike baron and Stephen Burke who inspired/shamed me into getting involved and not just be a voyeur!


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Very pale/white Iceland Gulll, perhaps the juvenile reported a few days ago, but couldn't rule out 2nd winter on brief views - Birhcwood Pool, 3:30pm.

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Round Moss Wood, 3-3:20pm.

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2 Juvenile Iceland Gulls present today, one very pale grey/white at Pump House Pool and the other more pale biege/white at Birchwood Pool where the Little Ringed Plover was still present.
The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was busy excavating a hole in the usual stump this afternoon.

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Lesser spotted woodpecker showing for a good half hour this afternoon. Little egret high up in tree on Lapwing lake. Yellowhammer, Blackcap, Willow warbler and lots of Chiffchaff on upper moss side. Also managed 2 Grey Partridge here which was a first for me. Sand Martin fly by on Ship canal. No sign of Ring Ouzel.

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Little Gull feeding over Birchwood Pool late afternoon found by Mark Feltham, also Little ringed plover there and Little Egret on Lapwing Lane Pool. Ring Ouzel still present and the first Holly Blue of the year north of the feeding station.

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Cheers Sid, saw it again today. Hopefully we'll have a few more patch mega's in the next couple of months.

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Arrived at the reserve at 07.15 but had to wait for an hour for the male Ring Ouzel to put in an appearance. It was still in the gorse fields on the south side of the ship canal directly opposite the first jetty on the path towards Halfway House.

Several Chiffchaff calling and seen at that end of the reserve and a Great Spotted Woodpecker giving a wooden telegraph pole what for

P.S. - Nice find Mike

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Andy Dutton and myself found a male Ring Ouzel mid morning feeding in the field on the south side of the ship canal a few hundred yards west of Moore swing bridge; only my third record for the patch.
Also on the reserve 2 Swallows, approx 20 Sand Martins, 1 Blackcap and 9 Chiffchaff.
Also Brimstone,Small Tort, Comma and Peacock butterflies.
2 male wheatear on UMS on 18/3/12.

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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker showed very well for around 30mins this afternoon excavating anew hole on the usual tree. heard to engage in a few bouts of drumming near by.

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great day out at moore today sunday, the lesser spotted woodpecker was in view for a good 20 mins on its favourite tree.

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Juvenile Iceland Gull, adult Mediterranean Gull and fourth winter Yellow-legged Gull on Pumphouse Pool late afternoon

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A Mediterranean Gull was on Pump House Pool this afternoon.

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Juvenile Iceland Gull on Birchwood Pool this afternoon

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A quick visit at lunchtime today and I almost completed the hatrick of Woodpeckers.

Whilst watching a Great Spotted Woodpecker by the old canal the male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker suddenly popped into view. I then watched it for a few minutes as it was drumming and calling before I disappeared again.

On the way back to the car park I picked up the laughing sound of a Green Woodpecker. Unfortunately I couldn't quite locate it.

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Raptors at Moore during a short visit this afternoon:- 5 Buzzards up at once, 2 Sparrowhawks, 3 Kestrels and a Peregrine.

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All three Woodpeckers were seen in Round Moss Wood around mid'day today.

The Green was also heard yaffling, whilst the other two were drumming. The Lesser was watched, from the path, excavating a hole in one of the dead trees in the middle of the wood.

My first hat-trick.


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A quick lunchtime visit today revealed a cracking 2nd winter Iceland gull on Birchwood pool. It didn't hang around for long though as all the gulls on the pool spooked and promptly disappeared. Also on the pool was a single female Goldeneye and an Oystercatcher.

Also heard what appeared to be the call of a young Tawny owl calling in the woodland.



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Sorry, no badgeWe got as far as a logo - Owl in a Pint Glass -but never got as far as things like badges

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You too, Steve As Riggers said, you're now co-opted as an honourary Oldham Birder

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10.30-5.55pm. first visit here for me & a very good day ,57 species seen throughout the day.

initially started on the trans pennine trail off chester rd where after 5 mins off walking towards moore i had a harris hawk fly past then land,only to be mobbed by 2 crows & 2 magpies.

around 11.05am i came out off the moss wood corner up some steps and stood watching the corvids & gulls & was soon observing a white winger, it had a pale grey back & not much markings on its head could not see colour off legs but could see it had yellow to its bill, possibly an adult winter iceland gull. i am glutten for punishment so please correct me if im wrong

1 bittern,eventually seen at 5.35pm walking & jumping in the reeds for about 10 mins then disappeared. hung around for another 10 mins before disappearing myself. also water rails heard only.
1 tawny owl in usual spot.
missed the lesser spotted woodpecker by 10 mins & could not find again on my mooch around.

on the mooch around...
lots off buzzards,did have 5 in the air at once.
8 lesser redpolls
1 siskin
3 goldcrests
3 great spotted woodpeckers
5 bullfinches
3 treecreepers
2 kestrels
4 sparrowhawks
usual wildfowl around the pools, but also on birchwood pool..
1 goldeneye
2 wigeons
2 pochards
4 shovelers
2 little grebes
1 snipe
1 oystercatcher
the feeding station had at least 12 reed buntings
plus all the usual birds around.

a pleasure to meet mike chorley and other familiar faces







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