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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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Texted news for today:

Female Scaup still on Neumann's Flash + 3 Pintail, 153 Wigeon. Stonechat still on Ashton's Flash (per Greg Baker, thanks).



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News texted to me today:

Stonechat still Ashton's Flash, viewed from Bund by bench looking to left.

Female Scaup Neumman's Flash still + 63 Gadwall, Pintail, Little Grebe, Chiffcaff.

(all per Greg Baker, thanks)



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A few snippets passed on to me by patch-watchers smile

Ruff on Neumann's Flash (per D.Robinson, thanks) plus female Scaup, Pintail, Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 56 Gadwall & 8 Fieldfares (per G.Baker, thanks).

Cetti's Warbler just downriver of Carden's Ferry Bridge (per G.Baker, thanks).



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Haydn's Pool late morning, 1 Green Sandpiper, an impressive 22 Snipe and distant Peregrine and Raven on Tata Complex buildings.

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This morning female Scaup & Chiffchaff at Neumann's Flash and Stonechat on Ashton's Flash still (first seen on Monday in the NW area, sorry forgot to post here about it). (all info per Greg Baker, thanks)



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morn/aft visit.

1 scaup, female
38 tufted duck
38 wigeon
24 gadwall
1 pintail
15 teal
16 shoveler
4 pochard
28 snipe
1 ruff
198 lapwing
1 golden plover
1 kestrel
5 jay
4 redpoll

haydns pool...

6 green sandpiper
2 snipe
4 lapwing
127 teal
4 meadow pipit
2 pied wagtail
2 peregrine falcon
1 buzzard





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Had a few texts this morning re the Neumann's Flash area:

4 Green Sandpipers Haydn's Pool at 8am (per Vernon Lundy)

2 Whooper Swans Neumann's Flash 10am (per Sheelagh Grimmett)

Little Stint Neumann's Flash + 2 Whooper Swans 1.20pm (per Greg Baker)

 

Many thanks to all smile



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The female Scaup is still frequenting Neumman's Flash this morning (info per Greg Baker, thanks).



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Female Scaup still present late morning together with five Pintail and a good assortment of other ducks including Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Mallard and Shelduck. No waders present other than Curlew, Lapwing and the odd Snipe.

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The female Scaup is still on Neumann's Flash today, and 78 Pink-footed Geese flew over SE. A Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin and 2 Pintail were also present (all per Greg Baker, thanks)



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With no joy from the bund earlier this morning I decided to scan for Spotted Crakes from the Scrapyard Hide and after an hour or so's wait eventually got three sightings between 10:30 and 11:00. The first view was best and confirmed the adult at least still to be present but on the other two views I couldn't see the bill well enough to be sure whether they were adult or juvenile. Views from here are distant (and you certainly need a 'scope) but at least you can see along the line of the reedbed that runs around the south edge of Mound Bay.

Also on Neumann's was a Scaup new in with an influx of Tufted Duck. At first I thought it must be a young male due to there apparently being no pale patch on the ear coverts, grey showing through on the mantle and some grey feathers seemingly coming through on the flanks (all this despite the obvious white forehead blaze) but better views later suggested it is actually an adult female, as confirmed by photo below.

Also present today 3 Pintail, 54 Wigeon, 63 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 29 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebes, now 12 Golden Plover, 2 male Ruff, 2 Grey Wagtail, just 1 Chiffchaff and a few Lesser Redpolls and Siskins back around the mound and the bund area.

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Much of my day was spent looking for the elusive Spotted Crake. For me, it remained precisely that. Most others were also out of luck. I did meet with one birder who had seen it from a distance and further into the southeast corner of the flash than where it was first seen. However, far from a wasted day. I saw:

Scaup
Peregrine
Ruff (1)
Curlew (c. 50)
Lapwing (200+)
Golden Plover (12)
Snipe (1 - although more were seen by others)
Grey Heron (1)
Common Gull (10)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (12)
Black-headed Gull (numerous)
Mallard
Wigeon
Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Teal
(I didn't count the ducks)
Mute Swan (15)
Dabchick (2)
Canada Goose (1)
Kingfisher (1)
Grey Wagtail (2)

And a bunch of other 'normal' things. My total species tally was 35.

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Thanks to the couple of guys who showed me where to find the Spotted Crake, it gave great views before disappearing back into the reeds.

To find this little gem, search the edge of the reedbeds in the SE corner. Also on Neumanns 30+ Wigeon, 19 Curlew, 23 Snipe, 1 Little Egret and a single Great Crested Grebe.

1 Sparrowhawk flew over the flash.

The water level on the Haydn Pool is very low, with just a pair of Gadwall and a few Teal on the water, whilst on the surrounding mud were 2 Lapwings, 2 Grey Wagtails and 10 Stock Doves.

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The Spotted Crake showed superbly well yesterday at 11.55am, stepping out of the reeds preening and bathing before moving around the corner out of sight. The 12 or so squeezed onto the little spit were well rewarded and left happy. And I only had to wait 20 minutes! /for a crake! Unheard of - especially after a whole 5 hours at Burton Mere Wetlands without reward smile

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With all the crake stuff going on yesterday, I almost forgot about the Great White Egret that Malc Curtin and I seemingly simultaneously found out in the middle of Neumann's Flash yesterday. Only the third patch record I believe and from plumage details looks to be the same winter plumaged adult that has been at Sandwich Flashes.

Some video posted on YouTube @ https://youtu.be/J20176hRypA

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Pete Antrobus first flagged the possibility and I agree there are 2 Spotted Crakes at Neumann's Flash currently - an adult and a juvenile. The juvenile was seen and photographed by Pete yesterday and I saw it again at 7 am this morning. I also think it was the first bird seen at the tip of the reedbed on the evening vigil today. The individual that showed well later is definitely an adult and shows a different bill colour, ear coverts and mantle from the juvenile.

Photo of the adult attached - compare with Pete's photo on from yesterday on the Marbury Patch Twitter feed.

I have also posted video of the adult seen today on YouTube @ https://youtu.be/Ef8_t0C-UXc

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For those that haven't heard & not to step on finders toes, but to get the news to the GMForum brethren quickly:

A Spotted Crake was found on Neuman's Flash yesterday evening and is still being seen from the Bund Hide this Morning. A Great White Egret (from Sandbach no doubt!) was also on Neumann's Flash (all direct info thanks to Greg Baker).



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As well as the record 17 Little Grebes on Neumann's (there was also another on Witton Brook) there were also exactly 100 Shoveler present this morning, probably another record. Other wildfowl numbers seem to be on the decrease with 34 Wigeon, c50 Teal and c15 Gadwall. A Pochard was still with a small flock of Tufties.

Over on Ashton's still 2 Ruff and a Dunlin with the Lapwing flock and 39 Snipe counted. 2 Green Sandpipers on Haydn's Pool.

Other sightings at the flashes included 15 Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and a Coal Tit, both of the latter at Haydn's Pool, plus 2 Swallows over.

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Originally posted today by James Wood:

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Went for a stroll this pm and spotted 2 Green Sandpipers at Hayden's. Neuman's very busy with lots on but nothing really exceptional. Nice Snipe, a few Wigeon, loads of Teal, Lapwing, Shoveler, Coot and one Little Grebe.

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