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Ashtons Flash

4 Lapwings + the usual Black Headed Gulls.

Neumanns Flash

1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 2 Lapwings and 2 Shelducks.

There may well have been a fall of leaf warblers overnight, as both Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff were in profusion around the mound.

Plenty of Blackcaps around too, and I'm sure I heard a Garden Warbler singing in the SW corner.

Haydn Pool

A pair of Sand Martins appear to have moved into the artificial banking. Just 1 Oystercatcher around after their failed breeding attempt.

1 Buzzard in its usual spot. 1 Cormorant perched on top of the former ICI tower.

Reed Warblers vocal in the reedbeds on Neumanns and Haydn, but not showing themselves.

Dairyhouse Meadow

1 Whitethroat.

Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Orange Tip butterflies in good numbers.


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A Whimbrel was on Ashton's Flash early morning today and at least two Sedge Warblers were heard by the viewing mound opposite Witton Mill car park there (per Twitter).

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Monday 20th of April 2015 11:49:45 AM

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09.00-11.00

I returned from Marbury at 1.30pm and was told I'd missed the Stilts.

Ashtons Flash (9.30am)

Just 8 Lapwings and a few Black Headed Gulls, I noted a couple of Starlings carrying nesting material though.

Neumanns

1 Sparrowhawk, 1pr of Gadwall, 6 Mute Swans, 4 Teal and an immature Great Black Gull that really upset the resident Oystercatchers.

I also only found 1 Great Crested Grebe. 1 Alder Leaf Beetle.

Haydn Pool

A pair of Shoveler, 2 Buzzards plus the gathering Black Headed Gulls.

Apparently the Oystercatcher pair has had their nest predated by a terrestrial predator.

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A fabulous late morning visit to patch after a text from Malc regarding a Grasshopper Warbler. Having damaged hearing (from meningitis) I find hearing Grasshopper Warblers difficult so a showy one found by Dave Bedford sounded perfect. I dropped everything at home (in middle of baking!) and got down to Neumann's Flash pretty swiftly. I was soon watching the Grasshopper Warbler atop a hawthorn reeling its head off, in the company of Dave Hughston. Fantastic bird, but better was to come!

We were joined by Malc & Rose who had seen the 'Gropper' & Pod who hadn't (yet!) but within a few minutes I had randomly glanced at my pager to suprisedly see the latest, 30 second old, message saying 2 Black-winged Stilts at Ashtons Flash!! We all yomped down the path and were soon watching the two at the back of the flood on Ashton's but as we all rang & texted the news out the birds disappeared. We searched a while longer and then the birds flew back in. They indulged in a bit of courtship, bringing back memories of the breeding attempt a few years ago! But then a flock of Corvids took a dislike to them and dive-bombed & mobbed so furiously that the stilts took off and were chased high into the sky and they departed off into the distance in an easterly direction. They had stayed around only about half an hour so a few late-comers would be disappointed, the only consolation being it wasn't a Patch Lifer for most of them.

What an unexpected bonus for us lucky few, these were probably the two birds I saw yesterday in Staffs, I wonder where they will turn up next, and this time I probably won't be there........... but who knows biggrin

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The first report of a Common Whitethroat yesterday, with on singing and showing in brambles across from the mound at Neumann's Flash. A Reed Warbler was showing from the main screen at Haydn Pool (both per G.Baker).

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Yesterday a Ruff and a Redshank were on Ashton's Flash in the morning (per G.Baker).

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The first Willow Warbler on patch was at the 'mound' by Neumann's Flash late afternoon (per G.Baker).

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Late Am/Early PM.

Beautiful day and butterflies were out in profusion, mainly Peacock and Small Tortoishell, but there were also 8 Brimstones in the area.

The waterfowl on Neumanns was pretty much the same as on last Sunday's report, but the single Wigeon has gone.

A single Goldcrest around the edge of Neumanns, and numerous Chiffchaffs singing, but no Willow Warblers yet.

6 Buzzards were floating on the thermals.

Just 4 Lapwings on Ashton's, and the snipe have gone.

The Black Headed Gulls are back in force on the Haydn Pool, a pair of Buzzards were also there.



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1 Sand Martin on wires by the fishing pools on Ollershaw Lane, and just over the canal by the old salt works, 1 Swallow was the wires too..

By the mound on Neumanns were 2f+1m Bullfinches, a Goldfinch was on territory here also.

At least 4 Chiffchaffs singing along the South & West of Neumanns, but no Willow Warblers yet. 2m Reed Buntings were singing.

On the mere the resident Great Crested Grebes were displaying, also here 2 Mute Swans, 6 Shoveler, 1m Wigeon, 16 Teal and 1 Snipe.

Ashtons Flash

6 Snipe, 6 Lapwings and a pair of Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

Haydn Pool

2m Shovelers, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Buzzards, 4 Lapwings, 6 Teal and lots of noisy Black Headed Gulls. 1 Stock Dove sat on a nest box.

Also seen throughout, 1 Brimstone, 4 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.




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Female Common Scoter on Neumann's Flash early this morning (info per Greg Baker).

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Early PM

Ashtons Flash

74 Lapwings and a male Kestrel. Curlew heard but not seen.

Neumanns Flash

The pair of Great Crested Grebes were displaying, also there 12 Teal and a pair Gadwall.

Haydn Pool

12 Shovelers, 10 Teal and 1 Buzzard. The pair of Oystercatchers appear to have moved on.

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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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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
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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.

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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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10.00-13.00

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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