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From 5.30pm

Neumanns Flash

18 Tufted Ducks, 8 Shoveler, 4 Shelducks, 4 Teal and 4 Great Crested Grebes.  12+ Sand Martins fed over the pool but moved on after a couple of minutes.

1 Oystercatcher flew over.

Haydn Pool

4 Oystercatchers, 1 Buzzard, 4 Bullfinches. 1 singing Chiffchaff, but also lots more of them in the bushes around the pool, in an obvious fall of migrants.

Every bush it seemed had a couple of Chiffchaffs moving through it, 1 bird stood out among them, a much more lemon coloured fellow, with pink legs, which I logged as a Willow Warbler.

The whole flock was silent though, with not even a "huitt" from any of them.

 



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2 prs Great Crested Grebes, 6 Teal, 5 Shelducks ,9 Shovelers and 3 singing Chiffchaffs.

A Blackcap was singing  along Marbury Lane, and at 8.00pm as I was leaving, there was a brief burst of Willow Warbler song from the hawthornes on the East bank.

 



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Highlight was this morning was a striking male Mealy Redpoll with around 50 other redpolls in the SE corner of Ashton's Flash at around 07:15. A few other paler birds were present so there could be more but this individual was very distinctive. The whole flock perched in a birch tree fairly close to the bund for about 5 minutes, providing a rare chance to properly scan through them.



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No sign of green sandpiper this morning. A pair of oystercatchers and approx 6 snipe were present.

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Our last patch wintering Green Sandpiper was January 2103 but Common Sandpipers have been more frequent winterers. Haydn Pool can be used purely for roosting up to & they move to Witton Brook to feed so she may have been lucky seeing it returning or leaving from there.

p.s. Just thought of an alternative. A small resident population exists in the UK now and this could be one of those moving, rather than it having been at this location for long, and as you say the habitat isn't ideal to hold it on Haydn's Pool, so this may be a better bet, a bird that dropped in briefly but didn't stay. Observers luck - right place, right time! i.e one of the 'several' birds that regularly overwinter in the NW as reported by Steve Oakes here, just moving around pre Spring migration:

 http://www.worldbirds.co.uk/green_sandpiper.aspx?key=171

He mentions the Dee Estuary and I too have seen multiple birds down on Neston Marsh over several recent winters.

And knowing you, John, I know you wouldn't doubt her, but knowing how some other folk can be a little doubtful without knowing the back story of a sighting I thought I'd clarify smile



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I never questioned the validity of the sighting, I was just surprised, mainly because of the state of the pool, only the 2 islands were not submerged. I know these birds can tuck 

themselves into a muddy nook somewhere, I just could'nt see any exposed mud.  So given the circumstances, I was merely curious as to where the bird had settled.

As I recall a Green Sandpiper spent much of one winter, although a decade or so ago, in the bay below the church at Rostherne, and they do appear at other local sites occasionally

in winter, but they are the exception not the rule. Green Sandpipers are a species I tend to look for beyond late June, especially when the Haydn Pool holds just a few muddy pools.



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News texted to me:

male Stonechat on Ashton's Flash viewed from bench at 8.30am (per G.Baker).



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Green Sandpipers frequently overwinter, I saw one on January 1st in 2015, always a surprise but not uncommon. Common Sandpipers do the same, I remember the 2 that overwintered for several years at Tal-y-Bont on the way to Llanbedr-y-cenin for the Hawfinches smile

(p.s. Sheila is a very reliable observer & frequently lets me know of sightings to transmit on the grapevine, always spot on too smile )



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I had Green Sandpiper on Haydn's Pool on 6th January and was equally surprised, given the time of year!



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That's a surprise, I was there mid-afternoon, the sandpiper could of been tucked in somewhere, and it's a species I had'nt considered at this time of year.

Something flushed the Oystercatcher pair of the gravel island just as I got there, and I thought I glimpsed a Little Ringed Plover on the main island but it was 

a false alarm. I was amazed at the high water level on Haydn's, Neumanns and Ashtons Flashes. There was no exposed banking on Neumanns, and water extended onto

the meadow on Haydn's, as a pair of Shoveler swam out of the long grass, and I suspect that's where the missing Teal were hiding. Haydn's looks good for Garganey this spring.

I'd love to know where that sandpiper was though, perhaps it was flushed by whatever spooked the Oystercatchers.



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Bird news texted to me for yesterday:

Green Sandpiper on Haydn's Pool at 3pm (per S.Grimmett)



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Ashtons Flash

With large areas again covered by water,  the flash is well worth checking out again.

8 Common Gulls, 2 Shelducks, 4 Tufted Ducks, 6 Gadwall and a pair of Mute Swans

Neumanns Flash

The water level was high, with no exposed banking, so the only wader seen was 1 overflying Lapwing.

3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Mute Swans, 4 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall and a single drake Wigeon.

8 Lesser Redpolls were feeding on birch seeds on the south bank. 2 bumble bees were seen along the banking.

Haydn Pool

2 Oystercatchers, 2 Buzzards and 4 Shoveler.  The Black headed Gulls are settling in, hopefully to breed again.

No Teal seen throughout, either at Marbury or Neumanns.    



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Again in the interests of keeping folk up to date here are a few reports from Greg again.

3 Ruff were in the Curlew Roost, seen at dawn, 153 Curlew counted in that. The Starlings leaving the Neumann's Flash roost numbered approx 650,000, turning the sky black at times. The Cetti's Warbler was again seen and heard by Witton Brook after not being reported for some time. All proving once again that the early bird gets the worm!! (all per Greg Baker)



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Quick check on waterfowl numbers today, three quarters circuit of Neumann's between 12.00 and 13.00, weather fine, breezy and cold :-

Mallard (7)
Wigeon (2)
Shoveler (31)
Gadwall (3)
Teal (70)
Mute Swan (2)
Cormorant (1)
Buzzard (2)



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Another impressive murmuration at dusk tonight, again viewed from The Anderton side of Uplands. Initially there were upwards of 20k birds that were flying back and forth at the top of Uplands itself before another large group joined from the west. Over the next ten minutes or so the flock got bigger and bigger, moving over Uplands, Anderton NP and the River Weaver by the Tata complex. At one point I was watching the Uplands birds whilst another large group could be seen down at the Flashes a mile or so away. Eventually, I think the two flocks merged and for a few minutes, just prior to 17.25 hrs, around 250k birds were seen flying around Uplands before moving on down to the Flashes to roost. An incredible sight with the birds, at times, flying only 50 feet above my head. I was only splattered twice so got off lightly. Two Sparrowhawks also in attendance.

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I went down to the Flash on Thursday to look at the Starling murmuration. Difficult to estimate numbers because one minute they were over Neumann's, then over Ashton's. They also seemed to be going down to roost in stages. After moving my own position a few times, I finally settled on observing from the Bund Hide. Couldn't definitely confirm numbers of 320k like the previous evening but there may well have been. Certainly at one point, there was a gathering of at least 100k birds.

On both Friday and tonight, at dusk, I have been on the Anderton side of Uplands looking for Woodcock. Looking down towards the Flashes, I have been able to observe the Starling murmuration at around a distance of one mile. Friday was quite impressive but tonight was superb with probably 250k birds giving a lovely, whirling display before going out of sight behind the trees.

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11.00-13.30

Neumanns Flash

18 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 6 Common Gulls, 3 Tufted Ducks,1 Shelduck,1 Buzzard, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Haydn Pool

3 Shoveler, 7 Teal and 1 Tufted Duck.



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Having seen the huge numbers of Starlings leaving their roost on Neumann's this morning (i estimated 100k), I went down again this evening armed with my video camera. It was a phenomenal sight. Scrutiny of the images and using a grid method to calculate numbers I came up with 320,000. This is like nothing I've ever seen before here, so if you haven't witnessed it yet get down there before they move on.

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An estimated 100,000 Starlings at dawn at Neumann's Flash. I am not surprised given the size of some of the 'satellite' murmurations that I have seen around the Northwich area. these I assume join up to form this huge roost (per Greg Baker)



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After reporting other folks sighting of the Cetti's Warbler it was about time I popped down & got it and a visit to town today allowed me the opportunity to have a go.

I was really surprised to find the bird where I did, I had expected to go all the way to the confluence of the streams below Haydn's Pool but only about 100m from the Witton Mill Car Park, along Witton Brook, there was the unmistakeable burst of Cetti's song. The bird was on the left in the reeds on my side of the brook and sang a few more times whilst I was there, as well as clambering through the reeds and then flying twice, so seen & heard and a Marbury Patch Lifer on my list smile

Later I got a message saying that 2 Woodcock were seen on Carey Park (per Greg Baker).



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The Cetti's Warbler was in a similar area but over on the Carey park side of Witton Brook today, it has bee roaming up and down the brook for anyone planning a visit (info per Paul Hill).



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Cetti's Warbler still singing down near Witton Brook below Haydn's Pool today.



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Text this morning to say that there were 4 Ruff in the Curlew roost and that there was a female Stonechat on Ashton's Flash, all seen before 8.15am. The Cetti's Warbler is still at Witton Brook (all news per Greg Baker).



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Green-Winged Teal y'day (10th Jan) still, behind small island at N end of Neumann's. Very elusive

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Another Starling murmuration late afternoon at Ashton's Flash in excess of 5k birds with a further 1-2k birds continuing north to Neumann's/Coward reed bed at Marbury. One Sparrowhawk in attendance and thirty or so Curlew dropped in to roost.

The Cetti's Warbler below Haydn's Pool is being seen and heard again and, as per info on the Marbury thread, the drake Green winged Teal is back on Neumann's.

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At the end of a day on The Wirral I popped in to see the Green-winged Teal as it seemed rude not to wink

Many Teal were out on the flash but no sign of the American one! So I circumnavigated the flash scoping at every vantage point. I eventually found the drake Green-winged Teal roosting on the spit with other Teal, viewed from the Bund Hide, between Ashton's & Neumann's Flashes. It could not have been seen from many other vantage points and was almost dusk, so 2 things, it seemed to roost so should still be there tomorrow and the roost location each evening could be on this spit. Just a bit of info that might help anyone else looking for the bird smile



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Another text (per Pod Antrobus) that there is a drake Green-winged Teal on Neumann's Flash on north island smile Present 2.30pm at least smile



-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Monday 4th of January 2016 03:29:35 PM

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Doc Brewster wrote:

Had a text (per Greg Baker) to say that the Cetti's Warbler is in the usual area, at the confluence of Witton Brook down from Butterfinch Bridge below Haydn's Pool, this morning smile





Yes, I left around 10.45 after having brief views of the Cetti's Warbler at the base of the reeds just a few feet in front of the muddied path, as per the above. The bird was quite vocal, with several bursts of song and also quite mobile within the area it is frequenting.

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Had a text (per Greg Baker) to say that the Cetti's Warbler is in the usual area, at the confluence of Witton Brook down from Butterfinch Bridge below Haydn's Pool, this morning smile



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10.00-13.00

Neumanns Flash

1 Grey Heron, 27 Shoveler, 2m Wigeon and 42 Teal.

2 Treecreepers were in the adjoining copse, and 12 Redwings flushed from near the mound.

What as happened to the Mute Swans, there were often 20+ on this pool, but none today, and very few if any seen on recent visits?.

Also, just 2 Coot were on there today, and no Tufted Ducks or Gadwall, although there were numerous Mallard on the pool.

Haydn Pool

1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Stock Dove, but no waterfowl.

Witton Brook

A few seconds of Cetti's Warbler song came from the reeds, but then a Robin went into song nearby, followed by an explosive burst from a Wren, and after that just silence.

I waited for about 15mins or so to see if the Cetti's appeared, thanks to Mark Jarrett for pointing out the right spot, but only a couple of Goldcrests and a flock of 8 Long Tailed Tits

showed. 6 Teal and a single Grey Heron were on the brook.



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The Cetti's Warbler was still in the same place yesterday & giving half decent views at times! There is a Twitter picture of it for those who want to have a look. Mornings do seem to be best though smile



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Just passing on news on a new Patch Bird, long awaited, but found for the first time today - Cetti's Warbler. A bird was heard calling near Marbury No.1 Tank/Haydn's Pool at the Witton Brook confluence by Vernon Lundy. This bird was broadcast on our grapevine & later seen by several patch regulars.

Well done Vernon & thanks for getting the news out smile



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If Ian will allow again please smile

A work party is scheduled at Neumann's Flash on Tuesday 29th December to tidy up the reedbeds and remove invasive trees. All are welcome, please meet at 10am at the Scrapyard Hide (the hide/screen in the corner when you turn right on entering from the large layby where many birders park).

I am away so cannot make it but a big thankyou to all that come & help biggrin



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Nearby over the A559 I had a murmuration of 600-800 Starlings fly over my car a few days ago (on a Saturday) - probably around 4.10pm. A pre-Ashton's/Neumann's murmuration group no doubt smile



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Enjoyable Starling murmuration late afternoon at Ashton's. In excess of 5k birds that started building up just after 4pm and were down by 4.20pm. Around 1-2k birds also headed north, presumably to the reedbeds at Budworth Mere. Also in attendance were one each of Sparrowhawk and Buzzard with c.95 Curlew that had earlier come in to roost.



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10.30-13.00

Heavy rain meant I did not linger between hides.

Neumanns Flash

18 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 50 Lapwings, 2 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron and 92 Teal.

Ashton Flash

After recent rain the flash as regained it's two main pools, but only a couple of Black Headed Gulls were present.

Haydn Pool

63 Teal

Dairyhouse Meadows

The specially seeded area attracted lots of Chaffinches, and with them 1m Linnet and 4 Bullfinches, whilst nearby a Weasel dashed across the path.

 



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Report from Neumann's Flash yesterday:

Female Stonechat by path at SW corner of Neumann's Flash, 2 Ruff on flash (per P.Antrobus).



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Report from Neumann's Flash this morning :


2 Wigeon and 18 Golden Plover. at Neumann's Flash (per Greg Baker).



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10.00-14.00

Ashtons Flash

1 Mistle Thrush 

Neumanns Flash

1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 31 Golden Plover, 3 Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 80 Teal, 980+ Lapwings and 2 Kestrels.

The large numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings feasting on haws in the NE corner of the flash 10 days ago, appear to have moved on, with the few remaining berries

being eaten today by Blackbirds and a single Song Thrush. 

Amongst the large numbers of Black Headed Gulls, one bird has already developed its dark hood ready for the spring.

(A single Knot had been reported amongst the waders just before I arrived).

Haydn Pool

19 Teal, 2 Buzzards plus in a single alder, 8 Siskins, 1 Lesser Redpoll and a pair of Goldfinches.

Dairy House Meadows

15 Fieldfares flying South. 1f Bullfinch was among the finch flock on the specially seeded area.

The majority of finches here were Chaffinches, with lesser numbers of Greenfinches and Goldfinches. Sadly though, no sign of any Bramblings, or even Linnets.



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Nice to meet you too Mark.

To add to Mark's post.

Ashtons Flash is still devoid of water, and contained 1 Buzzard.

Neumanns Flash

In addition to Mark's report, the flash held 1 Ruff, 2 Grey Herons and surprisingly just 1 Mute Swan.

The dry autumn has meant the waterlevel is still low, ideal for waders, but the only waterfowl apart from the swan were a few Teal.

Redwings and Fieldfares were showing well by the path on the Marsden side, with both thrushes gorging on haws.

6 Lesser Redpolls were feeding on birch seeds. 3 Wrens were fidgeting around the newly cut reeds in front of the hide on the South bank.

The guys have done a great job clearing the vegetation here, many thanks to you all.

Haydn Pool

14 Teal and 1 Grey Heron.

The specially seeded area on Dairyhouse Meadows was attracting, Reed Buntings, Linnets, Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Goldfinches.

Several Chaffinches though were also seen to do little aerial sorties, flycatcher style, presumably to catch gnats.

 



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Walk around part of the flash this morning, just the main hide, of note :-

Curlew (22)

Golden Plover (18)

Lapwing (c.500)

Dunlin (2)

Teal (c. 30)

Plenty of Redwing and a few Fieldfare around. Yesterday, Reed Bunting (6) on Dairy House Meadow and where Witton Brook meets the River Weaver there were Water Rail (1), Little Grebe (1) and Cormorant (1). Green Sandpiper (1) back on Haydn's Pool.

Spent a couple of hours this afternoon in Marbury CP, amongst others, Water Rail squealing from the Coward reedbed, a brief view of a Kingfisher nearby, Long tailed Tit, Coal Tit and Nuthatch at the feeders in front of the hide. Elsewhere, Redwing (c.50) and Siskin (6).

 

Nice to meet John Williams this morning at Neumann's.



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I hope Greg won't mind me putting out his latest patch news:

Brambling + 52 Fieldfares behind Scrapyard Hide at Neumann's Flash, also 4 Ruff present.

Stonechat in the NW corner of Ashton's Flash.



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A report from Greg Baker followed by an appeal for help with management work on Sunday if that's OK with Ian smile

Today - A 1st winter Blackcap was feeding on elderberries near the paddocks at Neumann's this morning. Moult has revealed the 6 Pintails to be 2 adult males, 3 juv males and a female. The 4 Ruff appear to be an adult male, 2 1st year males and a 1st year female. Also 14 Wigeon today.

There will be a work party, weather permitting, on Sunday 25th at 10am. Meet at Bund Hide (between Neumann's & Ashton's Flashes) at 9.55am. Reed cutting to improve visibility from the hide this winter and generate regrowth for reedbed birds next spring, all with the rangers blessing!!! All welcome, thanks
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Bit of extra info passed onto me today: Please bring wellingtons, gloves, garden shears, and if you have one a long reach battery powered hedge trimmer (one will be on site but will run out of charge at some point!!). Cheers smile

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Out from 12.00 until 14.40, weather drizzle to start, fine but cloudy later. Amongst others :-

Wigeon (31)
Teal (37)
Pintail (6)
Shoveler (8)
Common Gull (4)
Golden Plover (13)
Lapwing (c.300)
Snipe (6)
Ruff (3)
Water Rail (1 Witton Brook)

Haydn Pool - Teal (29)

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Neumann's late afternoon today included Golden Plover (24), Ruff (3), Green Sandpiper (1) and Pintail (6) plus usuals of Snipe, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and Cormorant.

Had a flock of Siskin (30) on 8 Oct with smaller numbers being seen daily now. Green Woodpecker seen again today, Peregrine (1m) last night on Tata building, Water Rail being heard from different locations on Witton Brook and also at Haydn Pool where there have been Green Sandpiper (2) at times. My first Redwing (4) we're seen yesterday with a further bird today. Male Stonechat on Ashton's.



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Neumanns Flash

510 Lapwings (Plus a flock of 100+ flying South), 4 Golden Plovers, 28 Snipe (Single flock flew in at noon), 4 Ruff, 4 Pintails, 5 Wigeon,18 Shovelers and 5 Grey Herons.

Ashtons Flash

Dried up and largely devoid of birds.

Haydn Pool

1 Green Sandpiper, 30 Teal and 1 Grey Heron. ( The water level has been raised and the pool currently looks great for waders and waterfowl.)

Dairyhouse Meadows

1 Sparrowhawk. The area sown for winter finches produced Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Chaffinches, but by far the most numerous birds here are Reed Buntings.

A single Treecreeper was in an adjoining hawthorn.  No sign of any winter thrushes yet.  2 Kestrels and a single Buzzard were by the roadside in Marsden.



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On the wader front, Golden Plover (3) in with the Lapwing, Ruff (2), Snipe (39) and Green Sandpiper (1) back on Haydn Pool.

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Full circuit of Neumann's this morning, 9.30 until 13.00, taking in Haydn Pool as well. Lovely, pleasant sunshine, amongst others :-

Grey Heron (5)
Mute swan (1)
Shelduck (1)
Wigeon (3)
Gadwall (2)
Teal (12)
Pintail (2)
Shoveler (11)
Kestrel (1)
Lapwing (500 plus)
Jack Snipe (1)
Snipe (21)
Curlew (4)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Ruff (1ad, 2juv)

Haydn Pool was fairly quiet, water level reducing daily. One each of Buzzard and Sparrowhawk soaring in mid distance. Last night a Water Rail was heard squealing from the reeds at Witton Brook, there was a Green Woodpecker nearby and the were a minimum of twenty five Curlew in for roosting at Neumann's.

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Wood Sandpiper at 1.15pm, busying itself along the shoreline with the stationary Lapwings.
1 Golden Plover in with them too.

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Green Sandpiper on Marbury Brook this morning by Lillian's Leap. Two each of Grey Wagtail and Stonechat at Haydn Pool along with a Buzzard and five Teal.

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