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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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09.00-12.00

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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Brief report from a quick circuit this morning. Pintail now up to (4), Snipe (5) and Ruff (2) although the third Ruff may well have been out of view. A juvenile Sparrowhawk came through from the north scattering the Lapwing. One each of Kestrel, Buzzard and Geeen Woodpecker seen in the general area.

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Full circuit of Neumann's this morning in pleasant weather. Waterfowl species similar to those in last few posts. The Ruff (3) and Dunlin (1) are still around together with Snipe (5).

Haydn's Pool devoid of bird life. Also noted in general area were Reed Bunting (2), Raven (1) and Siskin (4).

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Passage waders present this morning were 3 Ruff (adult male, juvenile male and juvenile female), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 juvenile Dunlin and 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover amongst around 900 Lapwing. 2 Pintail are still at their favoured feeding site in the middle of the flash.

A pair of Greylag Geese present only early morning included one sporting an orange-red neck ring with PXX imprinted in black. Apparently a similar bird was seen in August at Nosterfield in Yorkshire and was reportedly tagged at Windermere in June this year. Any further information on this individual would be welcome.

An excellent mixed flock near the pipebridge and around the flower meadow on Dairy House Meadows included a remarkable 11 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests and 3 Reed Buntings along with various tits and finches.

2 Grey Wagtails were on Haydn's Pool.



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Neumann's (from west hide only) :-

Greylag Goose (23)
Canada Goose
Shelduck (1)
Gadwall (5)
Teal (16)
Shoveler (4)
Lapwing (c.500)
Ruff (2)

Haydn's Pool :-

Green Sandpiper (1)
Grey Wagtail (1)
Teal (13)

Usual commoner woodland birds around. Three separate flocks of Long tailed Tit, a Green Woodpecker heard and two Raven over Winnington as I got home.



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10.30-13.00

1280 Lapwings, 2 Ruff, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Pintail, 2 Common Gulls, 1 Buzzard and 2 Grey Herons

Haydn Pool

The water level is very low, and the only birds around were a single Carrion Crow and a Magpie.

Dairyhouse Meadows

2 Ravens

Speckled Woods were the only butterflies around, they are still abundant around brambles.

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Message not received, I'm afraid. Email : morjonfes@uwclub.net Regards John

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Had a text this evening from Ian Barber, 1 Little Stint on Neumann's Flash.

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A dawn visit to count the overnight wildfowl roost produced totals of:

1410 Canada Geese
74 Greylag Geese
1 Shelduck
29 Teal
2 Gadwall
240 Mallard
9 Wigeon
2 Pintail
6 Shoveler
2 Tufted Duck

Also present this morning 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 13 Common Snipe, 50+ Curlew and c300 Lapwing. Warblers down to 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap and 1 Reed Warbler.


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Tuesday, 8 September, visited Neumanns and Haydn's pool at 18.10 until 19.30; Starling [35], Woodpigeon, Herring Gull [juv and adult], Lapwing, Black-headed Gull [400+], Canada Geese [1120], Mallard, Moorhen, Curlew [40], Greater Black-backed Gull [juv and adults], Grey Heron [4], Coot, LBB Gull, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail [5], Common Sandpiper, Buzzard, Magpie, Teal[12], Jay, Blackbird, Grey-Lag Geese [44], Wigeon [7[, Collared Dove, Long-tailed Tit, Robin. Unfortunately, no scope!

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63 species recorded in 3.5 hours this morning plus an unidentified stint early morning which disappeared before I could 'scope it.

Highlights were 3 Ruff (male and 2 juveniles), Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and 13 Common Snipe. Good numbers of warblers are still around with 19 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 6 Reed Warblers and 3 Common Whitethroats. 18 Linnets and 11 Siskins left their roost on Wincham Mound early morning. The overnight roosting flock of geese numbered around 800 Canadas and 70 Greylags, nearly all of which had departed by 7am and moved across to Bedworth Mere. Finally, a Water Rail was calling from Witton Brook near to Haydn's Pool.

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Hi Greg
I have just posted a reply on the birding Forum website. May I refer you to that. I think it supplies all the answers to your questions. If not please email me again.
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Hi Rob
Irritatingly it has to go down as "heard only". As stated, I was in the car-park area at Marbury Mere. My wife, [who is not a birder herself but has picked up a lot by tagging along with me and also by coming on quite a number of organised birding holidays], said "What bird is that?" It was a fluty call, superficially for a moment not unlike a blackbird, but clearly not a blackbird. It was different enough from a blackbird to attract [even] my wife's attention! I could only reply that I didn't know but it was something that I had heard before, probably not in the UK.
After a few moments of rummaging around in my memory I said it might be a golden oriole, to which my dear wife replied, "Don't be daft". We did a circuit of a small paddock [for touring caravans?] next to the car-park but though we tried to locate the bird failed to do so. If you have ever tried to see an oriole when trees are in full leaf, you will know that failure is a 'plus' rather than a negative!
At home my wife and I listened to a commercial disc recording of bird calls and songs, including orioles. Her comment was that she could not say, one way or the other.
The bird was calling and not singing, therefore not giving its name within the song. The call was musically in the same register as an oriole song and in contrast to the other turdus species, it was less harsh and more fluty in tone. In length the call was two or three notes long. I very much regret not having an all-singing all-dancing smart phone!
Regards, John Irons

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John Irons wrote:

Took an intended short walk through the country park, along the mere bank and back to the car with my wife, who is not inclined to dally overlong searching for birds in the summertime canopy! Did not on this occasion do a circuit of Neumanns. Pleased to see Mike Jarrett also saw the spotted flyc. Full list; Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Jackdaw [20+], great tit, Mallard [27],Canada goose [100+], Moorhen, Tufted Duck in full eclipse [15], Shoveler [4], Mute Swan, Blue Tit, Common Gull, Coot, Robin, Rook, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Long-tailed Tit, Herring Gull, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Golden Oriole [in trees in car-park area, calling], Great Crested Grebe and Grey-lag Geese [6 in the Kid Brook area]. Also a mystery juvenile Gull, possibly a Med. All in all quite a pleasing morning!
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Hi John - Golden Oriole would be a first ever for the Marbury CP patch (as well as great bird for Cheshire) so it would be great if you could provide more details on the record?

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Hi John,
Was the Golden Oriole seen or was it heard only?
Cheers
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Took an intended short walk through the country park, along the mere bank and back to the car with my wife, who is not inclined to dally overlong searching for birds in the summertime canopy! Did not on this occasion do a circuit of Neumanns. Pleased to see Mike Jarrett also saw the spotted flyc. Full list; Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Jackdaw [20+], great tit, Mallard [27],Canada goose [100+], Moorhen, Tufted Duck in full eclipse [15], Shoveler [4], Mute Swan, Blue Tit, Common Gull, Coot, Robin, Rook, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Long-tailed Tit, Herring Gull, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Golden Oriole [in trees in car-park area, calling], Great Crested Grebe and Grey-lag Geese [6 in the Kid Brook area]. Also a mystery juvenile Gull, possibly a Med. All in all quite a pleasing morning!
John Irons

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Similar walk to that on 1st September. Quieter today, the Green Sandpiper seem to have departed from Haydn's Pool. The single Ruff was still on Neumann's where additions to Tuesday's birds were Tufted Duck (3) and Wigeon (2). Also noted were Sedge Warbler with around five together at the northern end of Neumann's and a similar number by the River Weaver.

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Walk from Anderton to full circuit of Neumann's Flash via Uplands and Haydn Pool. Back via another look on Haydn. Out from 9 am to 12.30. Warm and sunny to start with then clouded over with rain from 12.15.

Uplands :-

Spotted Flycatcher (5)
Whitethroat (1)
Willow warbler (1)

Haydn Pool :-

Green Sandpiper (3)
Teal (2)
Heron (1)
Blackcap (1)
Kestrel (1)
Buzzard (1)
Raven (1)

Neumann's :-

Lapwing (500 plus)
Ruff (1)
Curlew (1)
Canada Goose (4)
Greylag Goose (1)
Teal (24)
Gadwall (18)
Shoveler (4)
Whitethroat (1)
Spotted Flycatcher (1)
Raven (2)
Buzzard (1)

Looks like yesterday's rain brought down the Spotted Flycatchers. Five together on the edge of Uplands Wood when approaching from Anderton side. Lovely area of trees, bushes and brambles that looks spot on for migrants. Another bird seen later on wires at the northern end of Neumann's. Plenty of the more commoner woodland birds about including Nuthatch, Great spotted Woodpecker, Jay and Bullfinch. Two foxes on eastern bank of Neumann's also.


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10.00-13.00

Neumanns Flash

1 Ruff, 620+ Lapwings, 300 Canada Geese, 38 Greylag Geese, 1 Kestrel and 1 Buzzard.

6 Common Gulls amongst the mass of Black Headed.

Haydn Pool

4 Green Sandpipers and 14 Teal.

3 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood plus numerous Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies seen throughout.

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Little Egret on Eastern bank of Neumann's late morning.

Butterflies in the general area :- Gatekeeper, Peacock, Green veined White and Meadow Brown.

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Late report for yesterday (30th July) was two Wheatears in flight over Ashton's Flash at 3.30pm.

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Neumanns

240 Lapwings, 2 juv+1 adult Great Crested Grebes, 1 Linnet, 1 Buzzard, 3 Grey Herons and surprisingly just 2 Mute Swans (Often 20+ on here).

2 families of Moorhens were on the mud, one with 3 "half grown" young, the other with 2.

As previously there were large numbers of Black Headed Gulls on the flash, many of them juveniles, and most them still pestering the adults for food.

Ashton Flash has completely dried out and appeared largely devoid of birds.

Haydn Pool

1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwings and 3 Little Grebes. 4 Sand Martins were over the pool, but none seemed to visit the artificial nest bank.



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14.30-17.00

Neumanns Flash

210 Lapwing, 12 Mute Swans and 2 full grown juvenile Great Crested Grebes, although I only found 1 adult.

Large numbers of Black Headed and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, but nothing rarer amongst them.

Haydn Pool

2 highly vocal Ravens and 12+ House Martins, but no sign of any Sand Martins. No waders either, although much of the muddy edge is now covered with Purple Loosestrife.

No birds of note on either Dairyhouse Meadows or Ashtons Flash.

Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies widespread throughout, plus 2 Red Admirals and 2 Commas.

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3 Avocet
1 adult Yellow-legged Gull
1 Peregrine
1 Shoveler
16 Curlew
50 Lapwing

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1 Green Sandpiper at Haydn pool yesterday at 12.30
Many Reed Warbler around main flash
2 Reed Bunting
60+ Lapwing
5 Whitethroat
Raven through

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Neumanns Flash

160 Lapwings. A single male Linnet was on wires on the Marsden side, where a family of Whitethroats were also seen.

1 female Ruddy Darter dragonfly.

The shallow pool on the NE side of Ashtons Flash as dried up and looked lifeless.

The Haydn Pool just held a few Black Headed Gulls and Mallards.

Dairyhouse Meadows

1 Kestrel, 1 Raven (Highly Vocal), 1 singing Sedge Warbler and another family of Whitethroats.

Butterflies were abundant in the sunshine, amongst them 1 Comma, 4 Gatekeepers and 2 Meadow Browns.

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Neumanns Flash

2 Lapwings, 2prs of Great Crested Grebes (1pr have 2 small young), 5 Oystercatchers, 1m+1f Bullfinch, 2 Cormorants and 1 Buzzard.

A large mixed flock of passerines were in the birches alongside the hide on the South bank.

They were mainly young Blue Tits, plus numerous Long Tailed Tits and Chiffchaffs, with 2 Whitethroats, a single Willow Warbler and juvenile Robin.

They hung around for quite a while, so close I could almost touch them, and were frequently joined by Reed Warblers from the adjoining reedbed.

Ashtons Flash

1 Mistle Thrush

Haydn Pool

2 Common Terns, also 2 newly fledged Black Headed Gulls. The water level appears to be too high for waders.

A single Sedge Warbler was singing on Dairyhouse Meadow. The only butterflies seen were singles of Small White and Speckled Wood.

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post for yesterday 7th june. a visit here, ashtons & hadyns with 66 species seen all around, total inc marbury c.p highlights being...

1 ruddy shelduck
2 dunlin
1 green woodpecker
2 garden warbler
2 oystercatcher
1 redshank
1 teal
1 little grebe
2 shelduck
1 kestrel
1 raven
tufted duck, gadwall, grey heron, great crested grebe, lapwing
reed & sedge warbler, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat
reed bunting, bullfinch, buzzard,
swift, swallow, sand martin, house martin.
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The most notable feature was the large numbers of House Martins and Swifts, with just a few Swallows over the mere. Many of these maybe local birds, but I certainly got
the impression that Swifts, and a few House Martins were still passing through.

40 Mute Swans and 10 Shelduck were on the mere, with 5 Lapwings on the scrape, otherwise the birdlife was quiet.

The area adjacent to Neumanns, which is planted especially for winter finches, appears to have been cleared and tilled since my last visit, surely clearing scrub at this
time of year is likely to destroy the nests of Wrens, warblers and whitethroats?.

Haydn Pool

There were lots of hirundines here too, mostly House Martins, but unlike on Neumanns there were Sand Martins amongst this lot, although I did'nt see any visit the
artificial sandbank.

1 Buzzard flew over. Young birds were around, with a juvenile Reed Bunting on Neumanns, which really struggled to grip the reed stems.

A newly fledged Nuthatch was on an oak by the Haydn Pool, a real character, it looked very scruffy, even oiled, but it moved around the tree with the agility of an acrobat.

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A Garden Warbler was singing non-stop near the bund on the right as you enter from the gate near the layby on New Warrington Road. Yesterday I had 2+Dingy Skippers in the cleared areas by the bund path between Neuman's & Ashton's (and Green Tiger Beetles). Both days produced sightings of Swifts & Swallows.

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A Hobby present am over the layby by Ashton's Flash on New Warrington Road.

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Unfortunately no sign of yesterday's Garganey this morning. Generally pretty quiet, although 3 Garden Warblers new in at Neumann's between the viewing mound and the Scrapyard Hide on the east side.

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A drake Garganey showing well this afternoon on Haydn's Pool / Marbury No 1

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A Ringed Plover on Stilt Island at Neumann's early this morning and later a Peregrines arrived overhead before continuing on to the north-west.

Over at Haydn's Pool a Hobby showed very well over the hide just before 07.50 before departing to the south west.

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Yesterday 08.45-09.30 & again around noon.

The wind & heavy showers kept bird activity to a minimum.

Initially, the only birds of note were 6 immature Herring Gulls and a pair of Oystercatchers on Neumanns.

At noon, during a brief sunny spell 3 Common Whitethroats were singing on territory along the Eastern bank of Neumanns.

6 House Sparrows were around the mound, a single Peacock butterfly appeared, and a single Buzzard hovered over Ashtons.





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Some good birds on the flashes this morning but as is often the case here they didn't linger. They included a male Whinchat on Ashton's, a Hobby over the old paddocks at the north-west corner of Neumann's, 6 Black-tailed Godwits briefly on Haydn's Pool and Neumann's, a pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls on Haydn's Pool (probably the pair seen recently at Woolston), and a Lesser Whitethroat on Dairy House Meadows.

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Whilst watching the Red-throated Pipit in Derbyshire & Greater Manchester ( smile ) had a text from Malc Curtin to say that there was a summer Plumaged Black Tern on the fishing flash by the road heading away from the flashes layby towrads the A559 junction. On the way back from the pipit I dropped in and sure enough it was there hawking over the flash showing superbly well, as it is only a tiny body of water. Funnily enough the news of the pipit had come through just as I had arrived at Neumann's Flash this morning in order to search for Black Terns, but that was abandoned in favour of the mega!!

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A Whimbrel was on Ashton's Flash for most of the morning and 2 Little Ringed Plovers ranged between here and Neumann's.

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