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Neumanns Flash

2 Shovelers, 6 Teal and a pair of displaying Great Crested Grebes.

As at Marbury there were lots of gulls, but again nothing unusual amongst them.

5 Bullfinches in the birches, and 2 Buzzards soaring above.

Ashtons Flash

50+ Lapwings

Haydn Pool

11 Shovelers, 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Teal and lots of Black Headed Gulls.

4 bumblebees heralded spring.

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That's what I call dedicated birding John, hard work for small rewards. Then again it only takes that one day when a rarity pops up and it would be the dedicated folk that find it, keep it up smile

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Early PM

Neumanns Flash was frozen over, with a dozen Black Headed and a single Common Gull sat on the ice.

Ashton Flash was again frozen, but some small pools were thawing out and 8 Snipe were feeding around them.

The Haydn Pool appeared lifeless apart from a single Stock Dove and a couple of soaring Buzzards.

A single Goldcrest was flitting through the ivy in the nearby copse.

Dairyhouse Meadows was quiet except for 2 low flying Buzzards and a heron.

The big mixed finch flock that was around the specially seeded area is now long gone.

The large fishing pool on the North side of Ollershaw Lane caught my eye.

300+ Lapwings rested on the ice, as did 24 Shovelers, whilst a small unfrozen patch held a single Great Crested Grebe plus Coots etc.

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Ashtons Flash

760 Lapwings

Neumanns Flash

The water level was high, and the flash contained few birds, apart from the usual gulls and Coots etc, there were just 21 Teal, 5 Wigeon plus 4 Gadwall.
Also the hawthorne thickets now seem devoid of berries so there were just a few thrushes about.
An large female Sparrowhawk flew low across the horse paddock.

Haydn Pool

An impressive 28 Shovelers plus a couple of Teal.

A pair of Peregrines were on the former ICI tower.

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Visited Neumann's and Ashton's Flash on New Years day. After going to Marbury in the morning by the time we made it to the flashes it was raining and the wind had caught up considerably so there was not much about. On the water there were several tufted duck, teal, mallard and 3 shovelers (1 male). Several flocks of Lapwing were flying over, Herring and Black-Headed Gulls plus Starlings were beginning to gather, flying towards Marbury Park but we didn't manage to track down the main murmuration, by that time the weather and visibility were not good however.

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Neumanns Flash

The flash was still largely frozen over at 10.00am but by 1.00pm most of the ice had gone.

On the ice were 350+ Lapwing plus lots of Black Headed and Common Gulls, as well as a few Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gulls too,

amongst them 2 "Argentatus" Herring Gulls.

When the ice cleared, 96 Teal flew in and settled. 1 Kestrel.

Haydn Pool

Mainly frozen over and looking lifeless.

Dairyhouse Meadow

2 Buzzards.

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Hopefully, it will settle on Ashtons Flash for a while Steve, Neumanns with it's extensive reedbeds does'nt seem suitable.
Very much worth scanning Ashtons around dusk.

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Nice one John! Hope it stays around! Not heard about many Short-eared Owls around.
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11.00-16.00 (See Marbury thread)

Neumanns Flash

Just as I was leaving around 4pm, a Short Eared Owl flew in from Wincham, over the mound then along the South bank of Neumanns.

Also on the flash were 140+ Teal, 15 Shovelers, 4 Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall and in the copse were 2 Treecreepers.

The only Lapwing were a flock of 31 that flew over heading South,

Apart from a highly vocal Raven there was only the usual Black Headed and Common Gulls on Ashtons.

Haydn Pool

4 Teal, 10 Snipe, 2 Buzzards, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrests and 2 Bullfinches.

A male Blackbird was going berserk about something hidden in a small ivy covered bush, but I could'nt see what the threat was.

Dairy House Meadow

3 Lesser Redpolls and a male Bullfinch together feeding on birch seeds. 1 Kestrel.


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Ashtons Flash

30 Lapwings

Neumanns Flash

19 Lapwings, 2 Shelducks, 2 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 7 Bullfinches and 4 Common Gulls.

The sheer numbers of Teal on the flash was amazing, I tried a count but they were tucked into every nook and cranny, nervous and often mobile.

Lapwing numbers were low, but then the water level was very high.

Although as I was leaving a large flock of Lapwing was just flying in to roost, as were large numbers of Mallard.

Haydn Pool

6 Shoveler.

Dairyhouse Meadows

Large numbers of Chaffinches and Greenfinches, with them were lesser numbers of Reed Buntings plus 2 Linnets, all attracted to the specially seeded area.




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9-10.30am & back again at dusk after marbury c.p.

like john there was a large number of lapwings, rough estimate easily 800+ , 49 golden plover, all moving between neumanns & ashtons.
7 snipe on nuenmanns, 5 snipe on ashtons.
4 gadwall
1 shelduck
15+ wigeon
several teal
148+ curlew in roost on ashtons at dusk
1 buzzard
several tit flocks held blue, great, long tailed & coal tits + goldcrests
plenty of bullfinch & reed bunting around as were redwing & fieldfare.
plus usuals.



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Large numbers of Lapwings were on Ashtons Flash

When they flushed, and were joined by many more that had flushed off Neumanns, I managed a count of 600+, but then several more
groups flew in from the North, making a count impossible. They rarely settled. but I just could'nt see what troubled them.

The waterlevel on Neumanns seems high after recent rain, the main scrape being flooded, although there was still plenty of Lapwings gathered
along the shore below the mound.

The only other waders on Neumanns were 5 Snipe, although duck numbers were impressive.
Apart from large numbers of Mallard and Teal, there were 19 Wigeon and 22 Shovelers.

Lots of Redwings were around the mound, with an equal number of Blackbirds plus a single Song Thrush.

Impressive numbers of Mallard were also on the Haydn Pool, where 14 males tried to woo a single female. She looked really stressed, then
a second female joined the group, but the boys ignored her and she swam off looking perplexed. Soap opera duck style!!.
Lots of Teal on Haydn too.

A mixed tit flock in the big oaks along Marbury Lane held 2 Coal Tits, 3 Nuthatches and 2 Goldcrests.
Also here was a highly vocal Green Woodpecker.








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Doc Brewster wrote:

Drake Green-winged Teal reported late morning on Neumann's Flash (no further info & observer unknown).





Never seen again so will only end up as 'reported' smile

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Drake Green-winged Teal reported late morning on Neumann's Flash (no further info & observer unknown).

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Later this morning 6 Whooper Swans flew in & landed on Neumann's Flash, a busy day indeed smile (per D.Robinson)

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Last night a first winter Little Stint was found on Neumann's Flash North Island and it is still present this morning. There is also a single Ruff on the Flash (per G.Baker & P.Antrobus).

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Two Goosanders flew over Neumann's Flash this morning but didn't land, there are now 30 Golden Plovers in with the Lapwings on the flash (per P.Antrobus).

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News this morning of a drake Mandarin that has relocated to Neumann's Flash from Budworth Mere where it was found early am (per G.Baker).

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A.M

Neumanns Flash

1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 25 Golden Plover, 450+Lapwings, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 2 Kestrels & 1 Sparrowhawk.

2 flocks of Redwings !0+11 flying over. 1 Red Admiral butterfly & 1 Migrant Hawker dragonfly.

2 Stoats crossed the path leading to Marbury Lane, as they disappeared into a bramble patch, out popped several Great + Blue Tits, a Dunnock & a Wren,

all looking really anxious.

Haydn Pool

2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Lapwings, 3 Buzzards & a Pied wagtail.

On Ivy flowers close by were 5 Red Admiral butterflies.





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Neumanns Flash

3 Ruff, 9 Snipe, 27 Golden Plover, 950+ Lapwings, 1 Shelduck, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Herons,22 Greylag Geese and 1 Kestrel.

Lots of Mallard and Teal, with lesser numbers of Shoveler and Tuted Duck, but no Wigeon.

Overflying the bed at low level, and heading SE, were a flock of 10 Black Tailed Godwits, plus 2 groups of Snipe 10+11.

Haydn Pool

1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwings, 1 Buzzard and 4 Pied Wagtails.



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Sorry must be the auto correct on my phone!!!

Buzzard

Nice to meet you yesterday Rob

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Judith Pidgeon wrote:

Yesterday at Haydns Pool
Green Sandpiper
Wheatear
3 Lapwing
Blizzard
Several swallows flew over. I thought they'd all gone!





...maybe the Blizzard blew them back again Judith wink

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Yesterday at Haydns Pool Green Sandpiper Wheatear 3 Lapwing Blizzard Several swallows flew over. I thought they'd all gone!

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10.30-13.30

Neumanns Flash

2 Black tailed Godwits, 3 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 2 Golden Plover, 296 Lapwings, 4 Grey Herons, 27 Greylag Geese, 18 Shoveler & 7 Wigeon.

Lots of Mallard, with many more flying in as I was leaving, the males in fresh winter/breeding plumage and looking resplendent.

Haydn Pool

3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Lapwing & 1 Kestrel.

2 Red Admiral butterflies.

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Fiiday Morning saw a 1w Med Gull on Neumann's Flash (per G.Baker).

Also the latest issue of British Birds has the summary of Rare Birds 2013 in it in which the Stilt Sandpiper at Neumann's Flash (and subsequently Elton Hall Flash, Sandbach) is documented smile

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Late afternoon walk along the Weaver towards the Anderton boat lift gave us splendid views of a Peregrine sitting on the highest point of the chemical works opposite the boat lift. It took off giving chase to a small group of passing Wood Pigeons. Also a group of three common Buzzards floating around and a cronking Raven went over.

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3 White Wagtails this morning at Haydn Pool (per V.Lundy).

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Oh yeah I know, it's just that I do the email feed from the site for folk & it's notable how few emails have been sent out recently as yearlisters are more bothered by 'new' birds for the yearlist on site & there aint been many of them recently. The only noteworthy birds in your list as far as the listers were concerned were the Ruff, but as you say still nice to see what you saw on a day out and better than some recent reports from Frodsham which has always been a premier site too. Looks like Burton Mere Wetlands has been capturing the headlines for the county recently, but given the money spent & management done on that site it isn't surprising. Lots of the work on the Witton Lime Beds complex relies on FOAM, Friends of Anderton & Marbury, which is a totally voluntary organisation. If anyone has free time that they want to put to good use to benefit wildlife hen please consider joining FOAM smile

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There's still time for an uncommon wader to turn up Doc, if I remember rightly the Stilt Sandpiper turned up last year with a group of Ruff, of which there were 3 on Neumanns,
yesterday, before it moved to Sandbach.
Ok, only the odd Golden Plover is turning up amongst the Lapwing, but at least the "Peewits" are still there en-masse.
I did'nt think yesterdays tally of waders was too bad, a nice variety.
We can look forward to the revamped Haydn Pool, hopefully being ready for the winter Teal influx, and when the rainy season starts, Ashtons Flash holding Lapwings, Curlew and
decent gull roost again. Neumanns seemed to hold a better selection of waders than Marshside did on my last visit.
With a little TLC the Witton complex could become a premier birding site again.

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24.09.2014 13.30-15.30

Ashtons Flash

Totally dried up at the moment, just a single Jay and a couple of Migrant Hawker dragonflies were seen.

Neumanns Flash

3 Ruff, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 6 Snipe, 8 Curlew, 650+ Lapwings, 2 Swallows, 2 Ravens, 1 Shelduck, 8 Common Gulls, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Herons plus the usual waterfowl.
Surprisingly, there were no Tufted Ducks on the flash.
1 Red Admiral butterfly was on the mound.

The Haydn Pool is undergoing restoration work at the moment, hence no birds (except the odd Woodpigeon).





I think that sums up the situation well, John, it's very very quiet biggrin

A few Golden Plover are being seen on & off and are the main point of interest on the patch at the moment. Funny to think only about a year & 2 months ago there was a Stilt Sandpiper here omfg

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Ashtons Flash

Totally dried up at the moment, just a single Jay and a couple of Migrant Hawker dragonflies were seen.

Neumanns Flash

3 Ruff, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 6 Snipe, 8 Curlew, 650+ Lapwings, 2 Swallows, 2 Ravens, 1 Shelduck, 8 Common Gulls, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Herons plus the usual waterfowl.
Surprisingly, there were no Tufted Ducks on the flash.
1 Red Admiral butterfly was on the mound.

The Haydn Pool is undergoing restoration work at the moment, hence no birds (except the odd Woodpigeon).

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Blue Snow Goose @ Neumanns Flash

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Just received news that there are 3 juvenile Ruff on Neumann's Flash this morning. They are favouring the shoreline/bay below the mound on the lay-by side of the flash (thanks to Greg Baker).

This follows on from a single Ruff on Monday (25th) along with a Common Tern on Tuesday (26th) as well as a Spotted Flycatcher.

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Wednesday 27th of August 2014 10:06:29 AM

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17.00-19.30

Ashtons Flash

27 Curlew

Neumanns Flash

780+ Lapwings, 380+ Canada Geese, masses of Black Headed Gulls and Mallard.
The flock of Greylag Geese is still around, also 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Pochard and 8 Grey Herons.
Around the perimeter were 2 Collared Doves, and 3 Chiffchaffs mixed in with a party of Long Tailed Tits.
Small groups of Swallows passed through and a single Red Admiral butterfly was in the NW corner.

Haydn Pool

Apart from 3 overflying Jays, the only other birds were Woodpigeons.

Dairyhouse Meadows

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Buzzard.

Lots of Common Darter and 1 Migrant Hawker dragonflies, 4 Meadow Brown, 6 Speckled Wood butterflies and 1 Garden Pebble Moth.





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The only birds showing on Ashton's Flash were a pair of Carrion Crows, and on the Haydn Pool there were no birds at all, even the Pied Wagtails had moved on.

Although the small pools on both look ideal for waders, especially Green Sandpiper.

Neumanns Flash

500+ Lapwings, the same number as 2 days previous, the 50+ flock of Greylag Geese are still there too.

The pair of Great Crested Grebes that have been there all summer are still there, The only new arrivals appear to be a pair of eclipse Shoveler.

3 Red Admiral butterflies were in the North West corner, as were numerous Speckled Woods.

Dairyhouse Meadows

2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, a single flock of 28 Greenfinches and a solitary Willow Warbler.

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Ashtons Flash

40 Curlew

Neumanns Flash

1 female+1 juvenile Sparrowhawk, 1 juvenile Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Common Gull, 500+Lapwings,

56 Greylag Geese, 200+Starlings & 1 Buzzard.

Haydn Pool

1 Lapwing & 7 Pied Wagtails.



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A quick morning visit confirmed that the 3 Green Sandpipers were still on Haydn Pool along with family parties of Pied Wagtails, totalling about 15 birds. Two Little Ringed Plovers remained on here, these are there most days but get hidden in the tall vegetation now dominating the pool. A few Buzzards were around including juvenile birds making their more pathetic mew than the strident adult call!

On Ashton's Flash other than Black-headed Gulls and Lapwings all that was notable was a single Curlew.

Autumn seems to have arrived with windfall apples along some copse patchs and ripe blackberries dripping of the bramble bushes. I( spent a short time and collected 3lbs of blackberries from which I will make some 'Patch Jam' biggrin Only a few butterfly species were seen namely Gatekeeper, Large White and Speckled Wood, all singles in the weak August sunshine tempered by a stiff cool breeze.

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17.30-20.00

Ashtons Flash

75 Curlew

Lots of Lapwings, Black Headed Gulls and Starlings.

Neumanns Flash

Masses of Lapwings & a huge Black Headed Gull roost.

Mallard were noticeably increasing in numbers, with a procession of small flocks arriving from the North.

1 Greylag Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe & 3 female Tufted Ducks with a prominent white bases to the beaks.

A group of 6 Buzzards riding the wind above the mound, plus another on horse paddocks (NE corner) and 1 other on Dairyhouse Meadows.

Haydn Pool

3 Green Sandpipers & 5 'Alba' Wagtails.

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Ashtons Flash

38 Lapwing, 2 of which were chasing off an 'Alba' wagtail, is it possible that a pair still have hidden unfledged young to defend?.

A female Ruddy Darter dragonfly was resting by the viewing bench.

Neumanns Flash

400+ Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Redshanks, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Haydn Pool

No sign of any waders, even though the water level as risen slightly since last weekend.

12 'Alba' Wagtails and 1 juvenile Stock Dove.

Dairyhouse Meadows

1 Brown Hawker dragonfly and numerous darter dragonflies catching midges. Just 1 Peacock butterfly.

Lots of Speckled Wood butterflies throughout, they seem to show a clear preference for Ash, which is plentiful around here.






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Late morning yesterday Doc, myself and another birder scanned the one remaining pool on Haydn for Green Sandpipers, without success.
This surprised me as on recent visits there have usually been around 6 Green Sandpipers on there, the Little Ringed Plovers were on the dry mud.
The Haydn Pool needs lots of rain soon, or it will dry out completely.

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reported in to me today :

"Lots of juvenile pied wagtails together with a juvenile yellow wagtail on Ashton's flash. 2 dunlin also present. 200+ lapwing on Neumann's and 1 curlew. 2 green sandpiper on Haydn's with several more juvenile pied wags. "

So looks like Pied Wagtails have had a fantastic breeding year locally with these movements of solely juveniles probably originating for relatively close by. The Dunlin could be the forerunners of more waders hopefully and Green Sandpipers have been ever-present on Ashton's Flash and/or Haydn Pool for the past 2 weeks or so.

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10.00-12.30

Ashtons Flash

Apart from Black Headed Gulls the only other bird was a single Lapwing.

Neumanns Flash

1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Black Tailed Godwits, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 400+ Lapwings, 1 Kestrel & 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Haydn Pool

1 adult + 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, 4 'Alba' Wagtails and a single Grey Heron.

Dairy House Meadow

In or on, the hawthorn hedge between the fields seeded specially for finches were, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Greenfinches, 6 Linnets, 2 Reed Buntings

2 Common Whitethroats and a Song Thrush.


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08.30-10.00

Ashtons Flash

1 full grown Lapwing juvenile with a nervous parent close by. (Is this the only youngster to fledge from here this year?.)

Neumanns Flash

250+ Lapwing

Haydn Pool

1 Redshank, 5 Green Sandpipers, 4 Lapwings, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Heron and a pair of Stock Doves.

Lots of Gatekeeper and 3 Speckled Wood butterflies.

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Ashtons Flash

50+ Lapwing. Lots of Swallows & House Martins flying low over the Western end of the flash, large numbers of Swifts high above the bed too.

A charm of 7 Goldfinches.

Neumanns Flash

60+ Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 2 family groups of Blackcaps, numerous Willow Warblers seen carrying food, a single Common Whitethroat still singing

and a Chiffchaff harassed relentlessly by a male Chaffinch. Reed Warblers showing really well from the hide on the Southern side.

Haydn Pool

3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Stock Dove, 1 juvenile Pied Wagtail and a Common Whitethroat that was running around on the dried mud "Plover Style".

Gatekeeper butterflies around every bramble patch, plenty of Meadow Browns too, also 1 Small Heath and a single Red Admiral.

The water level has really dropped, with just a single pool the size of a badminton court left, besides which a solitary Grey Heron stood in anticipation.

The Oystercatchers appear to have moved on, none seen throughout.





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Ashtons Flash

4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 80+ Lapwings (+1 small youngster) and masses of Starlings.

3 Large Skipper butterflies and 1 Common Darter dragonfly.

Neumanns Flash

Again 80+ Lapwings, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 adult Herring and 4 Lesser Black Backed gulls.

2 Blackcaps still singing, 1 Song Thrush carrying food.

7 Mute Swans, plus a pair of half grown cygnets that didn't have any adults anywhere near them, is there predation of adult swans here?.

3 Gatekeeper butterflies around the brambles, Meadow Browns abundant in grassy areas throughout.

Haydn Pool

6 Green Sandpipers and 1 brooding Black Headed Gull.

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10.00-13.00 (In the rain)

Ashtons Flash

A flock of 28 Starlings feeding in the NW corner, 1 Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing plus Black Headed Gulls seen mating and at least 1 pair brooding.

Neumanns Flash

3 Oystercatchers, 3 Great Crested Grebes ( inc. displaying pair) and 2 juvenile Shelducks

Reed Warblers showing really well from the South Side hide, chasing each other around the reed tops and spending lots of time feeding in the nearby birch copse.

Haydn Pool

1 Kingfisher watched catching Sticklebacks, Black Headed Gulls seen mating.

Song Thrush, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Reed Bunting and Blackcap still singing profusely.

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You're a star mate, I will pick up & post it on our forums tomorrow, any problems then i will email you asap :) Thanks again Steven :)





you're welcome smile

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You're a star mate, I will pick up & post it on our forums tomorrow, any problems then i will email you asap :) Thanks again Steven :)


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steven burke wrote:

when I arrived about 8am a chap was telling me a spoonbill was on nuemanns, no sooner was I about to go & look for it, it was flying away over ashtons, it circled around in the distance then it soon began clear it was heading straight back as it did I managed to get some pics as it flew right over my head. it landed on nuemanns but after 20 mins went on to ashtons. doc, if nobody else got any pics I will send you some if you like. I also got a pic of the 27 black tailed godwits that were flying around.


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Thanks for the offer but I did get several frame fillers when it was on Neumann's Flash & pretty close, posted on Facebook & the Focalpoint Forums Marbury Patch thread. If you could send the godwit pic I would happily pop it on those forums too, please send to paulbrewster@dial.pipex.com if that's OK. I will pick it up & post tomorrow if I get it, otherwise I am on hol from work & it will have to wait til I get back smile

Thanks again, glad you had such a good day, our patch can either be fabulous or a drag!!! but usually something going on smile



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when I arrived about 8am a chap was telling me a spoonbill was on nuemanns, no sooner was I about to go & look for it, it was flying away over ashtons, it circled around in the distance then it soon began clear it was heading straight back as it did I managed to get some pics as it flew right over my head. it landed on nuemanns but after 20 mins went on to ashtons. doc, if nobody else got any pics I will send you some if you like. I also got a pic of the 27 black tailed godwits that were flying around.


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Thanks for the offer but I did get several frame fillers when it was on Neumann's Flash & pretty close, posted on Facebook & the Focalpoint Forums Marbury Patch thread. If you could send the godwit pic I would happily pop it on those forums too, please send to paulbrewster@dial.pipex.com if that's OK. I will pick it up & post tomorrow if I get it, otherwise I am on hol from work & it will have to wait til I get back smile

Thanks again, glad you had such a good day, our patch can either be fabulous or a drag!!! but usually something going on smile

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