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A Whinchat was seen on Ashton's Flash this morning. Nearby on Neumann's Flash there was a Greenshank, Little Egret and a female Pintail (all per M.Taylor, thanks)

Additionally I have had notification that there will be a work party at Neumann's Flash this coming Sunday, 11th August. It starts at 9am and if all meet by the Bund Hide it will start from there (the hide between Neumman's & Ashton's). Please bring wellies (essential), tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome and this is a chance to make a difference. So rather than sit & post that it is too overgrown, why not do something about it wink Get down here on Sunday biggrin



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6.00-8.00pm ( Rain throughout)

Neumanns Flash

240+ Lapwings, 10 Snipe, 100+ Greylag Geese ( Including a white one) and 1 Little Grebe.

Ashtons Flash

32 Teal, and 1 Common Gull.

Haydn Pool

4 Green Sandpipers and 6 Lapwings. 1 Buzzard sat on the dove box.

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10.00-14.30

Ashtons Flash

Apart from Black Headed and a few Lesser Black Backed Gulls the only other bird seen here was a single Buzzard.

Neumanns Flash

1 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebes and surprisingly just 2 Lapwings. Canada Geese en-masse though, lots of Coot too with 2 tiny Coot chicks amongst the moulting Mallard on the small island.

Haydns Pool

6 Green Sandpipers, 1 Lapwing and a pair of Bullfinches.

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A juvenile Marsh Harrier was a nice find early this morning on Neumann's Flash. Initially seen a couple of times briefly flying and then dropping into cover in the south-west area near Stilt Island, it then seemed to be disturbed by a marauding Fox and was seen to leave over the west bank heading seemingly towards Haydn's Pool. No sign of it again however.

Also seen this morning, the Little Egret still on Neumann's and 6 Green Sandpipers on Haydn's Pool.

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Female Goosander on Neumann's Flash this morning at 7.05am. Ten Green Sandpipers on Haydn's Pool along with a juvenile Water Rail and two Common Snipe. (all per D.Hughston)



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A Glossy Ibis found on Neumann's this morning thankfully returned after doing a disappearing act on Ashton's and was then mobile between the two flashes until around 11.15 at least. Only the second ever patch record, the other (which I also saw!) was in October '92. Today's bird could possibly be the same individual recently seen at Hale.

A Little Egret was also still on Neumann's along with an adult and a juvenile Water Rail, also 3 Common Terns and a Kingfisher on Ashton's plus 3 Green Sandpipers - 1 on Ashton's and 2 on Haydn's Pool.

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late entry, early evening Thu 7th July

Ashtons Flash

6 Curlew and 24 Lapwings

Neumanns Flash

3 juvenile Great Crested Grebes plus 2 adults, 1 of which is brooding. A male Reed Bunting was still in full song.

27 Mute Swans, 130+ Coots (I don't normally count these, but I can't recall seeing this many on here before ) and 6 Grey Herons.

Haydn Pool

Still 4 full grown Black Headed Gull youngsters here, a family of Reed Buntings, 2 Lapwings and 6 Tufted Ducks.

Dairyhouse Meadows

4 Oystercatchers, a highly vocal group, they circled the site several times before flying off south.

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5.30-7.30pm (Mostly in the rain)

Ashton's Flash

6 Lapwings, 3 Curlew and 1 Buzzard.

Neumanns Flash

2 adult + 7 full grown young Shelduck. 1 pr Great Crested Grebes with 2 half grown young, 1 adult with 1 full grown young plus 1 full grown youngster on it's own.

Also an adult brooding with it's mate close by, and 1 adult on it's own. 1 pr of Little Grebes with 1 young, plus 1 juvenile on it's own.

1 Common Tern patrolling the middle of the flash, diving occasionally to catch small silver fish from near the surface. 2 newly fledged Black Headed Gulls were with adults

on the flash. One of these youngsters tried following the tern around, it attempted to dive and try to catch a fish like the expert, but it looked clumsy and eventually gave up.

Swifts, martins and swallows in profusion were fly-catching above the flash. An adult Fox was patrolling the shoreline.

Haydn Pool

12 full grown Black headed Gull youngsters were dotted around the pool. A pair of Oystercatchers were showing off their single half grown youngster.





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09.00-12.00

Ashton's Flash

25 Lapwings, 1 Buzzard and 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull.

A female Tufted Duck has a brood of 8 small ducklings, the youngsters are diving most of the time, a sensible idea, especially with a Lesser Black Backed Gull high above them.

Neumanns Flash

A Mute Swan family with 4 half grown cygnets, a brood of 8 small Shelduck youngsters with 2 adults, a brood of 6 small Tufted Ducklings, and 3 small Great Crested Grebes

being shown off by their parents. 1 other adult Great Crested Gull on the flash too, plus 4 Greylag Geese. Garden Warbler in full song by the path near the mound.

Haydn Pool

1 Snipe, 2 adult and 3 juvenile Little Grebes, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Buzzard, 2m+1f Shoveler. 8 near full grown Black Headed Gull chicks.

2 Stock Doves were sat on their box for a while, until the Buzzard arrived to use the box as a lookout post. I'd be amazed if the doves manage to produce young from this box,

the Buzzard seems to spend as much time as they do perched on it.



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18.00-20.00

Ashtons Flash

2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and 24 Lapwings.

Neumanns Flash

24 Mute Swans, 3 Great Crested Grebes (1 seemed to be carrying small young on it's back), 3 Grey Herons and 2 Greylag Geese (Which seemed nervous and gave the impression

that they had young hidden in the reeds). Lesser Whitethroat singing, but not showing near the mound. Mixed flock of 20+ Swifts and House Martins high above the flash.

2 Broods of Mallard, 1 with 5 near full grown young, the other with 8 thrush sized young. Willow Warbler, Blackcap (1), Chiffchaff and Common Whitethroat (2) still

in song around the flash.

Haydn Pool

1 Sedge Warbler carrying food, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Buzzard (Sat on the dove box, and upsetting the gulls) and 1 adult Little Grebe feeding 1 youngster.

8 young Black Headed Gulls, most thrush sized, mainly gathered in small family groups on the water, none remain on the gravel island which is becoming overgrown with loosestrife.

Dairyhouse Meadows

1 Song Thrush in full song perched on a dead tree. 1 of several male Blackbirds in song on the overhead wires had extensive white patterning to his head.

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09.00-13.00

Ashton's Flash

7 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and 1 "Dark Phase" Buzzard.

Neumanns Flash

44 Mute Swans, 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Greylag Geese plus a pair with 2 goslings, 2 Lapwings, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Grey Herons and 2 Bullfinches.

A Sedge Warbler was singing along the West side of the flash, but could not be seen from the path. Reed Warblers showing really well from the South side hide.

A Garden Warbler was in full song near the mound along the East bank, but the bird did not emerge from the hawthorn thicket.

One Mallard mum had 12 half grown ducklings in tow, whilst the other broods of Mallard, Coot and Moorhen on the flash, was a Coot family with 4 half grown young.

Haydn's Pool

The drake Gargeney was showing well from the main scree, he was fast asleep on the water and looks like he is starting to moult.

1 Peregrine was on the former ICI tower. 1 Green Woodpecker was seen flying across the bed, calling loudly.

1 pr of Oystercatchers. 1 Buzzard and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.



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A Little Egret was present around midday in the south west corner.

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09.00-11.00

Neumanns Flash

32 Mute Swans,16 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Great Crested Grebes.

Reed Buntings and Reed Warblers in full song in the reeds. A large flock of Swifts and House Martins passed over drifting North.

A Common Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler were in song on the mound. 6 Bullfinches were along the Marsden side, with 3 Swallows on the nearby wires.

Haydn Pool

A pair of Oystercatchers, 1 Buzzard and 2 Lapwings.

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5.30-6.45pm

Neumanns Flash

1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Ducks, 4 Shoveler, 1 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Goldcrest,6 Greylag Geese and 6 adult Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

1 Reed Warbler by the hide on the South bank. 3 Willow Warblers singing around the mound, and a male Blackcap here too.

Haydn Pool

Stock Dove doing an impressive display flight. Several Reed Warblers calling, with 1 bird showing well by the main screen.

2 Oystercatchers, and 1m Teal.

Cettis Warbler heard calling by Witton Brook, close to where the young sycamore sits close to the reeds on the South bank.

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At the flashes this morning, the Lesser Whitethroat again in the vicinity of Wincham Mound, a Grasshopper Warbler finally heard reeling behind Haydn's Pool and a Garden Warbler along the E side of Neumann's Flash.

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In addition to Greg's sightings below, both Cetti's Warblers were in song this morning, one a hundred yards upstream of Carden's Ferry Bridge with the other a couple of hundred yards downstream of it.

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As Mark mentioned, a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on and off at the back of Haydn's Pool yesterday (2nd) although I never managed to hear it. Listening from the Tata hide paid off however with a Little Egret flying NW overhead. Over at Neumann's, the Lesser Whitethroat was still around Wincham Mound and a Whimbrel was hunkered down on Stilt Island, although it looks like the Goldeneye may have moved on. A single Garden Warbler was along the eastern footpath and a Swift was over the bund.

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Grasshopper Warbler reeling away continuously this morning at around 10.30 straight out from main hide at Haydn's Pool. This brings up the 10th warbler species this Spring on (Marbury) patch.

The Garganey pair were not on show and haven't been seen at Haydn's since, I think, Thursday last. Could possibly be well hidden still, somewhere nearby or just moved on.

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5.15-6.30 pm

Neumanns Flash

1 Kingfisher and 3 Shelduck. A large fox was patrolling the West side of the mere, whilst a couple of Moorhens watched very anxiously from the waterside.

A dozen Swallows and 3 Sand Martins flew low over the pool. 1m+1f Blackcaps showed well in the bushes close to the hide on the West side.

Ashton's Flash

5 Shoveler

Haydn Pool

2 Oystercatchers, a pair of Gadwall and 1 Little Grebe.

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Called in this afternoon on our way back from Shropshire.

Drake Garganey was showing nicely in the open water between the two islands, before heading right to dabble in the willow stems to the right of the stony island. After about 5 minutes he swam back the other way, preened for a few minutes then joined the female asleep below the large triangular stone. No sign of any Mediterranean Gulls or Oystercatchers.

Pair of Gadwall
Pair of Tufted Duck
Single Shelduck
2 Mute Swans
Canada Goose etc.

Cetti's Warbler just upstream of Carden's Ferry Bridge. Occasional bursts of song and showed briefly in one of the trees beside the track.





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Called in this afternoon on our way back from Shropshire.

Drake Garganey was showing nicely in the open water between the two islands, before heading right to dabble in the willow stems to the right of the stony island. After about 5 minutes he swam back the other way, preened for a few minutes then joined the female asleep below the large triangular stone. No sign of any Mediterranean Gulls or Oystercatchers.

Pair of Gadwall
Pair of Tufted Duck
Single Shelduck
2 Mute Swans
Canada Goose etc.

Cetti's Warbler just upstream of Carden's Ferry Bridge. Occasional bursts of song and showed briefly in one of the trees beside the track.


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late post for yesterday morning 16th.

hadyn's pool...

the pair of garganey eventually flew out of the vegetation to the right side of the pool after an hour & 45 minute wait and landed on the water inbetween the 2 islands then settled down on the left hand island, I managed a few pics of them both.
10 mins later 2 Mediterranean gulls drooped in & stayed a while.
eventually go to view the reed warbler to the left of the hide.

other birds around hadyn's pool, nuemanns & ashtons...
peregrine falcon
2 raven
several buzzards around
1 sparrowhawk
2 oystercatcher
4 little grebe
2 gadwall
2 tufted duck
1 great spotted woodpecker
green woodpecker heard only
several chiffchaff, willow warbler & blackcap around
1 whitethroat near the car park.





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Popped down again today after only having a short window & missing the Garganey yesterday. Saw the drake and female on Haydn's Pool in the afternoon, first roosting on the island, then preening and then swiming around before disappearing off into the submerged willow shoots again as they have a habit of doing! A Reed Warbler sang continuously just left of the hide here, where it showed yesterday. Also yesterday a Common Whitethroat sang and Showed well between the road bridge and the Witton Mill car park entrance. Today a Sedge Warbler sang by the road in the same area on the brook side after possibly the same one was on Ashton's Flash yesterday.

 



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After an early appearance this morning and then disappearing, the Garganey pair finally emerged from surrounding vegetation at around 11.15 - photos attached.

A minimum of six Reed Warbler in reedbeds at Haydn's and along the River Weaver with the Cetti's Warbler a couple of hundred yards downstream of Cardens Ferry Bridge.

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Three Garganey on Haydyns: pair flew back and left from screen and split up, and a male swam out briefly from the willows to the right. Two stonking adult Mediterranean Gulls, and pairs of Gadwall, Shoveler and Wigeon. Nearby a singing Sedge Warbler.



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Had two reports in this morning:

A Green Sandpiper on Haydn's Pool am.

Cetti's Warbler still singing at Witton Brook near Carden's Ferry Bridge.



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There isn't a separate thread for Haydn's Pool so will continue to report sightings here.

A superb session there this morning in very gloomy conditions. Firstly, at around 08.25 a pair of Sandwich Terns arrived overhead and tried to settle on the small island. Unfortunately the local Black-headed Gulls were having none of this and saw them off before they could land. The terns circled overhead a couple of times and looked like they might try and settle again but soon gave up thanks to the unwelcome attention of the gulls and they quickly flew off south-west.

Then later at around 10.10 all the gulls suddenly took flight in panic. A good sign for a raptor and there it was ... a female Marsh Harrier which passed directly over the pool and being harassed by gulls carried on steadily heading north.

The Cetti's Warbler was again very vocal this morning, singing where Marbury Brook joins Witton Brook. Are there actually 2 present given yesterday one was singing near Butterfinch Bridge? Also good to see the Oystercatchers settling down to nest on the old island.

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Mediterranean Gull pair back on Haydn's Pool mid morning.

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News texted to me just in case anyone wants to try for a patch tick tomorrow smile


Cetti's Warbler still around, singing along Witton Brook c.150m downriver of Carden's Ferry Bridge (per G.Baker, thanks).



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The first Reed Warbler singing in reeds near Bund Hide on Neumann's Flash this morning.



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A pair of Mediterranean Gulls were on Haydn's Pool at 1.10pm (per S.Grimmett, thanks).



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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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