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13.00-14.30

1 adult Yellow Legged Gull with a group of Lesser Black Backs. 1 Common Gull amongst the Black Headed throng.

124 Wigeon (Down from 200+ seen before Christmas), 44 Shoveler, 10 Shelducks, 8 Gadwall and 12 Tufted Ducks.

Lots of Teal were on the flash, with many tucked into the reeds, but I could only find 8 Mallard, which seems odd.

Ashton's Flash just looked bleak and lifeless. A pair of Teal were the only birds on the Haydn Pool.

A flock of 40 Redwings flew over Neumanns heading South.

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There are still 200+ Wigeon here, which is amazing, masses of Teal on the flash too.

Also 10 Snipe circled the flash and could not find anywhere to settle, the water level being very high.

Eventually they gave up, and flew off towards the River Weaver. A Great Tit was in full song and Woodpigeons doing display flights.

Also on the flash were 2 drake Pochards, whilst a Sparrowhawk flew over, mobbed by 2 crows.

2 Buzzards sat close together on top of birches on Ashtons Flash, and there was a noticeable difference in size between them.

The Haydn Pool held a few Teal, plus a Cettis Warbler that gave great views as it flitted amongst the base of cut reeds.





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Thanks very much. That gives us somewhere to try next time.
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We were there today at dusk, and saw huge flocks of starlings flying over in the general direction of Budworth Mere. Anyone know where they are roosting?

 


 One of the main roost sites is Coward Reedbed at Marbury CP. The last report on our grapevine said that they flew almost straight into roost without much of a murmuration flight at all, hope this helps smile



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Janet Taylor wrote:

We were there today at dusk, and saw huge flocks of starlings flying over in the general direction of Budworth Mere. Anyone know where they are roosting?

 


 One of the main roost sites is Coward Reedbed at Marbury CP. The last report on our grapevine said that they flew almost straight into roost without much of a murmuration flight at all, hope this helps smile



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We were there today at dusk, and saw huge flocks of starlings flying over in the general direction of Budworth Mere. Anyone know where they are roosting?

 



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First ever visit here late this afternoon. Highlights were 200 plus wigeon on Neumans - good count for inland site. Thousands of starlings in separate flocks flying into roost at dusk were incredible.

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10.15-12.00

Very murky morning with only half the flash visible from Pods Hide, so I did'nt attempt to count any waterfowl, except for 5 Shelducks.

There were however lots of Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and Teal on water. The highlight though was a Cettis Warbler near Pods Hide.

The bird gave great views as it flitted around the area of cut reeds by the hide. Then later it showed well in the birches that line the path to the hide.

On Ashtons Flash the only bird visible was a single Buzzard, as for the Haydn Pool, that appeared quite lifeless.

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10.30-13.00 & 15.45-16.00

An amazing 230 Wigeon were on the flash, most had just flown in as I arrived.

Also on the water were 56 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes and 1 Great Crested Grebe.

1 Buzzard flew over. Around 3.45pm huge numbers of Starlings performed an aerial ballet over the flash, before flying over to roost on Dairyhouse Meadows.

Then two shots were heard, and the mass of Starlings reappeared back over Neumanns, they started to settle in the reedbed as I was leaving.

A Sparrowhawk zoomed through a group of Starlings, but did not manage to catch one.

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10.00-13.30

Neumanns Flash : 1m Blackcap, 1 Little Egret, 33 Lapwings, 17 Common Gulls, 26 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Song Thrush.

Ashtons Flash : 22 Lapwings.

Haydn Pool : 1 Snipe and 30 Teal.

Dairyhouse Meadows : 1 Buzzard and 3 Reed Buntings.

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A juvenile Black Tern was found yesterday (Fri 6th) on Neumann's Flash and is still present this morning. A Water Rail is also showing well this am.



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10.30-12.00

In addition to Mark's list : 1 Kingfisher on Neumanns, 1 Buzzard on Ashtons, whilst the Haydn Pool held 12 Teal and no waders.



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Two hours from 9.25 this morning in fine and fairly pleasant weather, albeit cool to start with. Full count :-

Little Grebe (2)
Great crested Grebe (1)
Mute Swan (7)
Wigeon (11)
Gadwall (18)
Teal (39)
Mallard (5)
Shoveler (32)
Tufted Duck (7)
Moorhen (13)
Coot (47)
Lapwing (251)
Snipe (13)
Redshank (1)
Black-headed Gull (30)
Common Gull (2)
Woodpigeon (1)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Chiffchaff (1)
Reed Bunting (1)

A Hobby was seen on nearby Ashton's Flash by another birder.

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Went down for an hour and a half this morning from 9.30 in dull and drizzly conditions. Amongst others :-

Great crested Grebe (1)
Mute Swan (6)
Canada Goose (1)
Wigeon (c.40)
Gadwall
Teal
Shoveler
Pochard (2)
Tufted Duck (c.6)
Shelduck (10)
Water Rail (2)
Lapwing (c.200)

Couldn't reliably count some of the waterfowl that, as viewed from Pod's Hide, were over on the far, northern side in the murk.

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Neumanns Flash 11.30-14.30

10 Wigeon, 8 Shovelers, 4 Little Grebes, 1 Common Gull, 1 Buzzard and 210 Lapwings.

1 Common Gull and 8 Lesser Black Backs amongst the large gathering of Black Headed Gulls.

Ashtons Flash is still completely dry, and largely birdless.

Haydn Pool : 1 Buzzard and a dozen Teal.

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15.00-19.00

Neumanns Flash : 28 Curlew, 5 Black Tailed Godwits, 4 Snipe, 2 Buzzards, 1 Little Egret and 440 Lapwings.

A huge gathering of Canada and Greylag Geese dominated the flash, and included a white Greylag with a grey head.

A small group of Swallows and House Martins flew high above the flash.

Haydn Pool : 1 Wood Sandpiper*, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Redshank and 1 Sparrowhawk.

* I initially logged this bird as a Green Sandpiper, as at the time I considered it a juvenile, it was clearly different from the other two and showed a noticeable supercillium. The birds yellow legs were very noticeable, as was it's different gait, and it was more speckled across the upper wings and saddle. However the bird mingled with the 2 Green Sandpipers, it raised it's wings on just one occasion showing a white rump. The bird did'nt seem as lanky and elegant as the Wood Sandpiper on Little Woolden Moss in the spring though. However on viewing online videos, and checking my trusty "Macmillan" guide at home, the bird that fits the description spot-on is a juvenile Wood Sandpiper. If anyone is visiting the Haydn Pool tomorrow please have a look for this little fellow.

-- Edited by John Williams on Monday 28th of August 2017 11:35:23 PM

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Neumanns Flash

41 Curlew, 305 Lapwings, 1 Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 4 Swifts, 1 Little Grebe and 2 Grey Herons.

Haydn Pool

6 Green Sandpipers and a family group of 4 Chiffchaffs.

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Neumanns Flash :

1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret, 430 Lapwings, 6 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Buzzards and 1 Cormorant.

2 "Argentatus" Herring Gulls were in the gull roost, as were 4 Common Gulls.

The edgy Lapwings flushed numerous times, once at least due to a low flying Buzzard, they also fled when an heron landed amongst them.

However, on one occasion when they flushed I discovered a couple of Carrion Crows on the shoreline, one of which was vigorously plucking a Black Headed Gull.

I'd scanned this area of shore a few minutes before and certainly had'nt seen a freshly dead gull.

I also noticed that when one of the crows wandered towards the Lapwings, they panicked and fled. At this point all the gulls had sought safety on the water.

Either the crows had killed the Black Headed Gull, perhaps it was a sick bird, or they had chased another predator off the kill.

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11.30-15.30

Neumanns Flash :

2 Little Egrets, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Herons, 170+ Lapwings, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 1ad+1juv Great Crested Grebes and 2 "Alba" Wagtails.

Swifts, Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows were feeding above the flash, with House Martins being by far the most numerous. Haydn Pool :

1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 1 Raven and 1 Buzzard.



-- Edited by John Williams on Saturday 5th of August 2017 07:25:39 PM

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Two hours from 2.15pm in heavy showers, thunder and lightning. Black-tailed Godwit (4), Curlew (23), Little Egret (2), Water Rail (Ad & Juv), Green Woodpecker, Buzzard plus usual waterfowl.

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A couple of hours from 10am. Amongst others, Black-tailed Godwit (8), Common Sandpiper (1), Little Ringed Plover (1), Little Egret (1) & Sparrowhawk (1).

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7 Black-tailed Godwit

1 Green Woodpecker yaffling

1 Little Egret

plus usuals this am



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Three hours from 8.50am in heavy rain. Of note, Green Sandpiper (1), Dunlin (1) and a single Common Tern that passed through at around 11am.

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One hour visit from 9am. Little Ringed Plover (9), Black-tailed Godwit (4) and Green Sandpiper (5) of note.

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Mid afternoon, Avocet (3), Black-tailed Godwit (c.100) and Green Sandpiper (2).

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Neumanns Flash (11.00-13.30)

2 Black Tailed Godwits. 112 Lapwings, 4 Grey Herons and 2 Great Crested Grebes (No sign of youngsters seen on the 11th).

6 adult Common Gulls were amongst the mass of Black Headed and Lesser Black Backed.

Haydn Pool

2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Lapwings, 1 Buzzard and a pair of "Alba" Wagtails.

(6 Green Sandpipers were reported earlier in the morning, I struggled to find 2 as the water level as risen quite a lot since my last visit on the 11th.)

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A family of Green Woodpecker was present this morning around Ashton's Flash. Both flashes otherwise quiet. Nine Green Sandpiper were noted at Haydn's Pool mid afternoon with a Kingfisher at one of the nearby pools on Dairy House Meadow.

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13.00-16.00

Neumanns Flash

1 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gull with 30+ Lesser Black Back Gulls, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 adult + 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebes,

1 juvenile Shelduck and 38 Lapwings.

Haydn Pool

4 Green Sandpipers and 2 Lapwings.

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Neumanns Flash (18.00-20.00)

36 Mute Swans, 1pr Great Crested Grebes with 3 young, 4 Lapwings, 3m Teal, 1m Shoveler, 4 Linnets and 3 Grey Herons.

30+ Swifts overhead and a flock of around 180 Starlings headed North at 8pm. Lots of Mallard and Gadwall starting to moult.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker was being chased by an irate Blackbird.

Ashtons Flash

8 Lapwings were busy chasing off crows.

Haydn Pool

Very little water left on here now. 1 Lapwing shared the small pool with a few Black Headed Gulls and 4 Gadwall.




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Whilst on nearby Budworth Mere, this morning, watching a single Arctic Tern move through, I received a text re 14 Black Tern at Neumann's Flash. They were still around when I arrived, so thanks for the heads up Malc and Greg. The birds circled the Flash a few times, high up and were great to watch. At times they stayed in a tight group, bathing in the water and/or feeding very close to the surface. Nice views through the bins but always a little too distant for decent photos. Two record photographs attached. With easterlies still forecast for tomorrow, together with the good numbers of terns around country wise, hopefully more will be seen.

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Green Woodpecker and Cetti's Warbler this morning near Carden's Ferry Bridge. Little Ringed Plover and Whimbrel (17) this evening on Ashton's Flash.

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A great find on Ashton's Flash this morning by Dave Hughston - A male Whinchat. I went down in the morning and watched it in a dispute with a Willow Warbler on a clump of brambles. A very nice local bird to add to Wood Warbler  (see Northwich Area thread) this week smile



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18.00-20.00

Neumanns Flash

13 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 1 Shelduck and 3 Oystercatchers.

Ashtons Flash

2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshanks, 2 Lapwings and a singing male Reed Bunting.

Haydn Pool

(The water level as risen creating 2 islands again, with a pair of Black Headed Gulls and a single Oystercatcher checking out nesting areas).

Also here, 8 Teal and 1 Buzzard.

Chiffchaffs very evident throughout the site, Willow Warblers less so, with just 3 in song, although several more were seen.

There appears to have been a fall of Phylloscopus warblers, every few yards there was one flitting through a bush feasting on insects.

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Haydn Pool
AM drizzley

3 Green Sandpipers very active
5+ Snipe
1 Water Rail

Reed Warbler singing deep in reeds

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Witton Brook proved productive this morning with two Kingfisher sightings (possibly the same bird), five Reed Warbler in song as was a noisy Cetti's Warbler just downstream of Cardens Ferry Bridge. The latter was showing well, initially crossing the River Weaver, then moving down towards the bridge and giving further bursts of song from there. Two Green Sandpiper were at Haydn's Pool together with a pair of Oystercatcher, a few Teal, Snipe, Stock Dove and Buzzard. Had a walk through Dairy House Meadow and drew a blank on Whitethroat which was seen yesterday. All quiet as well at the Flash with no Mediterranean Gulls on show nor (as expected) Whimbrel which was in last night for roost.

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Couldn't find the mediterranean gulls this morning. Still 4 green sandpipers on Haydn's Pool together with 2 redshanks, 2 oystercatchers, 2 lapwings, 2 shelducks and 1 snipe.



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Two Mediterranean Gulls been on Neumann's all am. 4 Green Sandpipers on Haydn's Pool. Reed Warbler Witton Brook. Common Whitethroat Dairyhouse Meadows. (all from patch grapevine)



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17.30-20.00

Neumanns Flash

2prs Great Crested Grebes, 2prs Little Grebes, 10 Sand Martins, 1 Buzzard and 1 singing Willow Warbler.

The water level seems too high to attract passing waders at present.

Ashtons Flash

6 Lapwings and 40+ Black Headed Gulls.

Haydn Pool

4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Redshanks, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Greylag Geese, 1 highly vocal Green Woodpecker, 3 Ravens and 2 Shelduck.

The water level appears to be too low to attract the usual breeding Black Headed Gulls, but good for passing waders.

In woods by Marbury Lane were 1 singing Blackcap and a pair of Nuthatches.

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Early this afternoon still one Green Sandpiper on Haydn's Pool (per S.Grimmett, thanks )



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As of 10.55am there are 3 Green Sandpipers on Haydn's Pool (per Greg Baker, thanks)



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Thought I'd put this news out quickly to give folk with a day off the chance to visit the area:

2 Green Sandpipers on Haydn's Pool (per Greg Baker, thanks)



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Some photos attached of the 2nd year / first winter Caspian Gull at Neumann's Flash on 2nd March. Difference when seen in bright sunlight as opposed to cloudier conditions was quite noticeable. A real patch rarity.

A video is also available @ https://youtu.be/HULmvHeWjsc

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13.00-14.30

Neumanns Flash

27 Wigeon, 20 Shovelers, 4 Shelducks, 1 Buzzard and 1 Bullfinch.

Ashtons Flash

86 Lapwings, 10 Snipe and 2 Common Gulls.

Haydn Pool

The pool itself appeared devoid of birdlife, although a nearby copse held 1 Bullfinch and 1 Nuthatch.

No sign of Peregrine or pigeons on the former ICI tower.

Dairyhouse Meadows

2 Buzzards and 1 overflying Little Egret.

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3 Ruff were on Neumann's Flash mid morning (per Greg Baker, thanks).



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News texted to me today:

Cetti's Warbler singing along Witton Brook near the confluence with Forge Stream am. (per V.Lundy, thanks)



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News texted to me this morning:

Yellow-legged Gull and 2 first-winter drake Scaup am (per Greg Baker, thanks).



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Approximately 31 Pink footed Goose over Haydn's Pool mid morning, heading west.

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Ashton's Flash : 1 Raven.

Neumanns Flash

The female Scaup is still here, but is the only diving duck on the flash. Lots of Wigeon and Teal though, plus 6 Shoveler, and 1 Shelduck.

3 Snipe and 20 Lapwings were also here. 6 Common Gulls were amongst the mass of Black Headed. An unusually high number of larger gulls was also here, mainly Lesser Black Back and Herring.

With them was 1 noticeably larger "Argentatus". Around the perimeter were 3f Goldcrests, and 2 Bullfinches, plus lots of Redwings and really impressive numbers of Blackbirds.

Haydn Pool

1 Buzzard, plus 1 Snipe that was flushed by the cattle.

Dairyhouse Meadow

7 Bullfinches. The former specially seeded area still attracts large numbers of Reed Buntings, Greenfinches and Chaffinches.





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Female Scaup still present together with an impressive number of 268 Wigeon.

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Text today to say that there was a 3rd year Yellow-legged Gull on Neumann's Flash with an influx of large gulls, also the female Scaup was still present. 246 Wigeon was a record count on here too and a Green Sandpiper was present. The female Stonechat was still on Ashton's Flash (per Greg Baker, thanks)



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Hi folks was meaning to post this a few days ago but have been too busy. Last time we walked around the flash at the recently wooden bridge that leads to the main road to lion salt works theres a dead buzzard caught up in a tree/undergrowth near to the bridge. I tried to retrieve it but with two toddlers under 3 was unable to. I suspect that it had been shot but without examining impossible to tell.

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