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RE: Neumann's Flash


A quick update on a very quiet spell on 'Patch' at the mo:

Friday 21st - Greenshank on Neumann's Flash.

Saturday 22nd - 15 Buzzards & a Peregrine thermalling over Neumann's Flash at midday.

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14.00-16.30

Neumanns Flash

407 Lapwing, 85 Curlew, 2 Cormorants plus the usual waterfowl.

Hayden Pool

32 Lapwing and 2 Goldcrests, no sign of Green Sandpipers.

Budworth Mere

76 adult Great Crested Grebes plus 2 half grown youngsters.



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10.30-13.00

Neumanns Flash

380 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 15 Mute Swans, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Cormorants, 2 Herons and a Mistle Thrush.

Ashtons Flash

8 Common Gulls

Haydn Pool

5 Green Sandpipers, 87 Lapwings and 1 Buzzard.

No sign of Sand Martins.

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The Common Tern family is still on the nest raft on the Marston Fishing Flashes (20s Club Fishing Pools) just along Olershaw Lane, showing very well in the sunshine. Managed some pictures of the family, junior is getting to be quite a size now, so all the patchers have fingers crossed & great hopes that he fledges The adults have been seen wandering to both Neumann's Flash & Budworth Mere making feeding sorties.

Yesterday patchers watched a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit on Neumann's Flash, present most of the day, an early bird passing back through, adding to the 4 Green Sandpipers that were in the area yesterday too.

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Yesterday afternoon 14.30-18.00

Neumanns Flash

250 Lapwing, 20 Mute Swans, 21 Common Gulls mixed in with large number of Black Headed Gulls and 2 Stock Doves.

Haydn Pool

2 Green Sandpipers and 16 Lapwings. Initially, I counted 7 Sand Martins flying over the pool, then a much larger number erupted from their colony with 23 in the air at one point.

8 Goldfinches and a single Linnet were bathing in a small rainwater pool. 2 Stock Doves.

Marbury Country Park

1 Common Tern, 51 adult Great Crested Grebes plus 3 half grown youngsters. 1 Garden Warbler in mereside bushes with 1 Willow Warbler, a Wren and a mixed flock of common passerines.

Sailing was taking place at the Eastern end of the mere, so there was virtually no birds there, and no sign of the Mandarin anywhere.

A couple of Lord and Ladies plants are in fruit near the car park.

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Little Egret on Neumann's Flash at 9.30am & an earlier report of a Barnacle Goose at the same location, don't know if the latter lingered or not.

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A Hobby seen from Ollershaw Lane just N.of Neumann's Flash today, chasing hirundines. Also a Common Tern chick on the rafts on Marston Fishing Flashes in the same area.

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16.00-17.40

Neumanns Flash

1 juv. Curlew, 240 Lapwings, 20 Mute Swans plus large numbers of hirundines and Starlings.

There had been a large hatch of flying ants, the Swallows, Martins, Starlings and Black Headed Gulls were enjoying a real bonanza.

1 Starling flew vertically straight up for about 20 feet from perching on a dead tree, even jet fighters can't do that.

Ashtons Flash

5 Common Gulls mixed in with a large number of Black Heads.

Haydn Pool

4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 1 Linnet plus the usual Lapwing etc.

The Sand Martin colony is still going strong with upto 8 birds in the air throughout.

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The 2 Cranes were seen by at least 2 members of the Local Patch group & reported to me as they were being watched at 9.25am. I then broadcast the message via texts to all our Patchers but the Cranes flew through after initially circling over Ashton's Flash. They were later seen back at Whixhall Moss after this extended visit into Cheshire.

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11.30-14.00

Ashtons Flash

No sign of the Crane reported yesterday, just a couple of Woodpigeons.

Neumanns Flash

Drake Red Crested Pochard still showing well with no sign of moult.

Big flock of hirundines and Swifts over the flash, 70% Swifts.

A falcon flying among them turned out to be a Kestrel(f).

32 Mute Swans including a breeding pair. 2 GC Grebe and a Pied Wagtail.

12 moulting drake Mallards quietly roosting on the small island were

chased off by a Coot with a real attitude problem, I hav'nt seen ducks

move so fast.

The Coot did'nt however intimidate a pair of Canada Geese, they just

stood there watching as it charged right past their legs.

2 Oystercatchers, 1 Reed Bunting(m) and 1 Bullfinch(m) both carrying food.

1 Common Blue butterfly.

Haydn Pool

Again lots of moulting Mallard, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 brooding BH Gulls,

1 Lapwing and 1 Black swan. 4 Reed Warblers showing well chasing each

other about right in front of the hide. A pair of Stock Dove on a nest box.


No Lapwings at all on Neumanns.



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08.30-11.00

Neumanns Flash

1 Red Crested Pochard(m), 25 Dunlin + 1 Ringed Plover ( single very

nervous flock constantly flying between the few scrapes) 1 Little Ringed

Plover, 31 Mute Swan, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 1 Black Swan, 2 adult

LBB Gulls, 1pr GC Grebe, 20 Gadwell, 62 Mallard (mostly moulting drakes),

1 Garden Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Linnet, 2 Collared Dove, 2 juv.

Robins, 4 Chiffchaff (singing) and a Song Thrush.

Large numbers of mixed hirundines/ Swifts low over water.

Ashtons Flash

9 BH Gulls and a Fox

Haydn Pool

Just 1 BH Gull still brooding, no sign of any chicks. Coot family with 2 well

grown young.




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07.00-11.00

Neumanns

3 Cuckoo, 2 seen chasing each other over the mere whilst a 3rd bird called

from bushes bordering Dairyhouse.

32 Mute Swans, 2pr GC Grebe, 1 LR Plover, 1 Skylark ( Can't recall seeing

one of these here before), 2 Lapwing, 1 Garden Warbler and a Buzzard.

2 very pale Canada Geese, got the wings of Greylag but head pattern of

Canada.

Haydns Pool

1 Red Kite soaring high over towards the former ICI plant with a Grey

Heron, 1 day flying Barn Owl, 1 Buzzard carrying what looked a shrew, 12

Sand Martin, 11 BH Gull brooding, Coot still lunging at mobbing BH Gulls,

Mute Swan pair chased of Black Swan. A Black Swan was brooding on the

island last week but no sign of that today. 2 Cuckoos calling flying over

being mobbed by 2 small birds, 4 Reed Warblers showing well.

Marbury CP

19 GC Grebe 1 Comma butterfly



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1 Little Ringed Plover showing well on Neuman's Flash, poking round island on flash then flying off low.

Cuckoo heard calling briefly.Distant.

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08.30-11.30

Neumanns

30 Mute Swan, 6 Shelduck, 1 L.R Plover (displaying over mere amongst

Martins etc, but then gave up & flew off North), lots of Swifts, 2 Linnet,

4 Chiffchaff (2 singing & 1 carrying food) 3 Willow Warblers (singing),

1 G.S Woodpecker (carrying food), C. Whitethroats, 2 Stock Dove &

1 Oystercatcher.

Haydn Pool

1 Green Woodpecker, 10-12 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 1 Buzzard, 6

Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Reed Warbler & 2 Reed Bunting.

A Coot & a B.H Gull had a quite a fight. The gull trying to drive the Coot

away by mobbing, the rail leapt clear of the water several times to try

and grab the gull. The Coot meant business and attacked the gull on land

too, if it had caught it I dread to think of the outcome. The Coot then

attacked 3 half grown Mallards and chased them into the reeds. If Coots

were the size of an Ostrich they'd rule the earth.



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 18th of May 2012 05:34:46 PM

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First Dingy Skipper of the season seen on the path between Neumann's & Ashton's Flashes on Monday, I photographed one showing very well in this area on Wednesday. Not many emerged yet but a sunny spell (some chance at the mo!!) should see numbers increase. Very little to reort bird-wise.

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Neumanns 17.30-19.30

26 Mute Swans, 1pr GC Grebe, 6 Shelduck, 8 Gadwell, 1m Teal &

1 Oystercatcher.

Masses of Swifts moving through with 30+ H.Martin but very few Swallows.

3m Reed Bunting, 1pr Bullfinch carrying nesting material, 1 Greenfinch

(singing), 3 Goldfinch, family party of 6 LT. Tits, 4 Linnet, 1 Fox,

1 pr Collared Dove.

Ashtons Flash

1 large Fox, 2pr Canada Goose ( One on a nest a few days ago, but isn't

now & no sign of young)

Haydn Pool

1 Oystercatcher 6 Sand Martin 2prs Stock Dove 1 Black Swan being

harassed by pair of Mutes, 1 Teal, 1pr Mistle Thrush



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Spoonbill on Neumann's Flash today between 11.50am and 1pm, then flew off. Work meant that I never gotto see it

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Four Wheatears on Ashton's Flash (next to Neumann's) late aftrenoon. Also a Whitethroat nearby at Haydn Pool and still two Grasshopper Warblers this morning on Dairyhouse Meadows.

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Good afternoon on patch - had excellent but brief views of the Grasshopper Warbler between Neumann's Flash & Dairyhouse Meadows, a 2nd being reported at Witton Mill car park. A Peregrine was also seen.

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Yesterday saw the first Grasshopper Warbler of the season with one reeling & showing on & off in the brambles between Neumann's Flash & Dairyhouse Meadows.

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Drake Goosander briefly this morning but again like all the other spring Goosander records this year he flew off around 7am.

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A single Ruff on the spit from Bund Hide as well as about 8 Curlew, worth checking the Curlew from now on for Whimbrel :)

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a visit here at 9.30am before heading off to marbury c.p.
3 buzzards
1 kestrel
1 snipe (over)
3 lesser redpolls
1 pair siskin
13 bullfinches
2 jays
1 grey heron
in the middle off iced up neumanns in a small patch off water..
10 coots
47 b h gulls
6 common gulls
1 herring gull
2 l b b gulls
+ usual birds around

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Hope it wasn't one of smaller the Rostherne sub-species!

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Cracking patch record this morning when a Manx Shearwater was found on the flash. When most of the patch watchers caught up with it it was semi-beached at the SW end in 'Mound Bay'. Later it was seen to have made it back into the water and was swimming around happily with the Black-headed Gulls. Later still (mid afternoon) tehre was no sign of the bird, either here or on Budworth Mere. We all hope that it managed to take flight and continue on its journey rather than being predated by a large gull or Mink or the like.

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Walked around Neumanns on Saturday

Dunnock
Chaffinch
Wrens
Blackbird
Song Thrush
White throat
Goldfinch
Blue tits
Reed Warblers
4 Mute Swans
1 Black Swan
Cormorants
Herons
2 Ringed Plover
30 - 40 Lapwing
32 Curlews

plus Mallard Canada's Black Headed Gulls Lesser Black backed




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A report from a patch regular today of a Lesser Whitethroat singing from scrub between Neumann's Flash and Dairyhouse Meadows. Also a Green Sandpiper on Haydns Pool this morning, hopefully passage numbers will be high this year at this premier site for this species in Cheshire.

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11.30-4.30pm also at marbury (see marbury post also)
1 common sandpiper
1 garganey (hadyns pool)
2 oystercatchers (4 at hadyns pool)
2 pochard
lotts off lapwings, coots,
tufted ducks, mute swans, mallards & canada goose
plenty off reed warblers + juvenilles
also whitethroats, blackcaps, willow warblers + chiffchaffs all over
buzzards and kestrels over
house martins & swifts over
+ all usual birds about
also heard only grasshopper warbler

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Latest News with lots of 'patchers' out over the last 3 days.

Greenshank on Neumann's Flash on 20th briefly, then on Haydn's Pool (again briefly) on 21st. The Black-tailed Godwit still present & commuting between the 2 sites. A male Whinchat by Neumann's Flash for 2 minutes only on 21st (cracking bird as this species was absent from the 2010 Witton Lime Beds area list). A pair of Garganey on Haydn's Pool on 21st & 22nd showing very well. 2 Whimbrel on Neumann's Flash on 22nd and the first Lesser Whitethroat singing by the path round the flash am only.

Budworth Mere news on Marbury Country Park thread :)

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Patch Update:

18th Cuckoo around Dairyhouse Meadows, not seen or heard today.

19th several reeling Grasshopper Warblers, mainly in Uplands area (between Haydn Pool & Canal) mostly heard early & late in day, Garden Warbler near 'pipe bridge' by Neumann's Flash, Green Sand Haydn Pool, Whitethroats & Reed Warblers v.numerous. 6 Whimbrel 3.55pm on flash.

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Common Sandpiper at Neumann's this afternoon. Dunlin on Haydn Pool + 2 LRP, the Black-tailed Godwit (still!!) and a Peregrine over, lots of Reed Warblers singing, Whitethroats seen and Sedge Warbler reported.
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Rory Newton wrote:

Also, to again add to Joeys sightings,

and also some quite bemused Trout!


Rory, were these trout actually in the water at Neumanns confuse.gif




they may have been at Moore...


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Rory Newton wrote:

Also, to again add to Joeys sightings, and also some quite bemused Trout!


Rory, were these trout actually in the water at Neumanns confuse.gif

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Also, to again add to Joeys sightings, here are some small passerines that we also saw. Blackcap Goldcrest Reed Bunting Sand Martin and also some quite bemused Trout!

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Part of a bumper Cheshire day smile.gif

To add to Rory's sightings:

the spawks were seen displaying but also interacting with a male kestrel
several buzzard

Haydyn's pool:

2 redshank
4 shoveler
2 stock dove in a nesting box
2 pied wagtails
teal

-- Edited by Joey Eccles on Saturday 2nd of April 2011 09:48:10 PM

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There were two Sparrowhawks displaying and also a Black Swan. Oystercatchers were seen here but no LRP.disbelief.gif

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RE: Marbury CP and Neumans Flash


We now appear to have 2 Marbury CP threads, so this one will now become for Neumanns Flash only

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A trip to Marbury with Iain Johnson this morning. Superb 10 minute views of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckerbiggrin.gif Also present: Several Brambling House Martin Swallow Sand Martin Blackcap Chiffchaff Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 Oystercatcher over Only Green Woodpecker let us down with a no show here and Dunham

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Quick round up of the more noteworthy birds for 'The Patch' today: Ruff on Neumann's Flash early evening in the company of 3 Redshanks but mobile and had moved on late evening. 1 LRP on Kid Brook Spit by Budworth Mere along with 3 White Wagtails & 7 Pied Wagtails that again passed through. Over 1000 Sand Martins over Budworth Mere with just a single Swallow noted by several observers. Singing Blackcaps at several sites (inc Marbury CP, Neumann's Flash, Haydn Pool), singing Chiffchaffs everywhere. Orange Underwing moth on the wing at Neumann's Flash - a day flying moth that at first glance could be mistaken for a small butterfly such as a skipper. Cheers Paul

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did the same as luke and walked from northwich train station around nuemans and then marbury park. had 63 species, around nuemans... oystercatcher,lapwing,redshank,2 dunlin,tufted duck,goldeneye,teal,wigeon,shoveler,shelduck,gadwall,great crested grebe,reed bunting,bullfinch,goldfinch,redpoll and chiffchaff everywhere you walked really,also 2 buzzards on fence post mating. at haydns... got the 2 wheatear and 1 snipe,no signs off green sandpiper. resident ravens on the way too marbury park & mere around here saw all the usual woodland birds,chiiffchaff all over,nuthatch,treecreeper,g.s.woodpecker also found 1 brambling with 2 chaffinches,only 1 tawny owl in roost tree, on the mere usual stuff pochard,tufties,g.c.grebe,shelduck,gadwall had a cormorant catch an eel not a big one but it still struggled to swallow itbiggrin.gif also had 1 med gull s/psmile.gif hundreds off sand martin over the mere,but could not find a swallowcry.gif but diid find house martin. great day outsmile.gif

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Day out at Marbury / Neumans - 10.30 - 15.00 (Walked from Northwich station to Marbury via Neumans and back)

60 species in total including:

Shelduck
Gadwall
Shoveler
Wigeon
Teal
Goldeneye
Oystercatcher
Green Sandpiper - Haydn's Pool
Redshank - Haydn's Pool
Tawny Owl - Pair in Marbury CP close to mere
GSW - Marbury
Sand Martin
House Martin
Swallow
Chiffchaff
Willow Tit - Marbury Lane
Wheatear - 2m Haydn's Pool
Reed Bunting

-- Edited by Luke Brown on Sunday 27th of March 2011 10:31:34 AM

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Quick look around Neumans Flash yesterday pm ...
birds seen included ..
40 + lapwings
18 mute swans
1 little ringed plover
6 shelduck
3 redshank
canada geese
1 willow tit ....
At least 20 separate chiffchaff heard around Marbury CP , 3 seen !
Also , just 1 tawny owl seen in roost tree,thanks to the bloke who originally found them .
Kingfisher past bittern screen, and great views of a great crested grebe ,working out how to swallow a 6" perch !!!


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Raymond Ashcroft wrote:

A pair of peregrines have been around the Brunner Mond (ex ICI site) at Winnington for several days - Must be visible from the western edges of the CP


Yes Raymond, I have seen Peregrine around that area recently from the mound at Neumann's and also Haydns Pool.

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A pair of peregrines have been around the Brunner Mond (ex ICI site) at Winnington for several days - Must be visible from the western edges of the CP

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Neumans Flash


Six Dunlin, Three Curlew Sandpiper and One Golden Plover but no sign of a Wood Sandpiper this morning.

-- Edited by John Barber on Monday 13th of September 2010 11:38:55 AM

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Neumann's 06.30 - 08.30 sunny with a light breeze

As I walked along the path toward the flash big flocks of Canada Geese were leaving - the area was very much alive in the morning sunshine. Searching through the Lapwings on the spit I came upon not just the one Curlew Sandpiper , as on Thursday, but three biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif - giving really excellent views. They were joined by 2 Little ringed Plover. A short time later a Spotted Redshank flew in but didn't stay for long after a Sparrowhawk put all of the birds up and finally a juvenile Golden Plover came in. A cracking couple of hours birding, watching the waders.






-- Edited by sid ashton on Sunday 5th of September 2010 02:33:15 PM

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Quick visit this morning.

Curlew Sandpiper showing well in front of the hide.

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On the way home from a short trip to the Wirral yesterday called in at Neuman's Flash to find a Long-billed Dowitcher on the spit in front of the hide between Neuman's and Ashton's flashes. I have seen this species previously but this was a really nice specimen giving excellent views. Also nice to meet Mike Baron again, I hope Billy gets better Mike.

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Decided on a quick trip to Neumans Flash this morning before work.

2 Spoonbills showing well from the hide.
1 Black Swan also present amongst loads of Mute Swans (Don't think I've ever seen as many in one place!!)

-- Edited by Phil Owen on Wednesday 2nd of June 2010 12:20:13 PM

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Marbury Park, 16.00 - 19.00, Warm and sunny

Walked from the main car park through the Big Wood and back and found of interest Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest both feeding young and the target birds two Spotted Flycatchers.

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