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RE: Altrincham sewage works


4.30pm-5.00pm

1 Green Sandpiper on pool next to path.
53 Lapwing
2 Bullfinch m & f
6 Blackcap singing
2 Chiffchaff singing


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5.30pm
1 Oystercatcher
9 Lapwing
10 Black-headed Gulls including 2 juv
2 Chiffchaff both singing
2 Bullfinch (pair)
2 Whitethroat
1 Reed Bunting singing
1 Kestrel over causing panic amongst the Hirindines
2 juv Coot
1 juv Moorhen
Also- Possible singing Grasshopper Warbler - very faint and distant. Difficult to be 100% due to a breeze rustling the leaves!

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Today between 15:00-16:00

About 20 Lapwing circling around when I arrived, and landed on the pool away from the main bridleway. Other birds on the pools included 2 Oystercatcher, 1 juvenile Black Headed Gull, and Canada Geese, Moorhens and Coots all with fairly well-grown chicks. 1 Reed Bunting heard and one seen, too.

1 Reed Warbler by the solar farm showing well, and further up the bridleway, two Buzzards over, a pair of Jays, and a Yellowhammer. Plenty of Whitethroat, Blackcap, and Chiffchaff about.

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Quick 10 minute visit today at around 5pm and counted 3 singing reed buntings just by the main pool.

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Charlie



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Quick visit yesterday between 17:30-18:15:

2 Reed Warblers behind the solar farm, and at least two on the pool nearest to the bridleway. Also spotted a Yellowhammer behind the solar farm.

Both the Oystercatcher and the Ringed Plover from the other day were still present, although the Ringed Plover flew off in the direction of the recycling centre just as I was leaving.

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Charlie



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One hour walk this pm.  

Garden warbler singing by the side of the solar panels 

at least 4 singing reed warblers 

willow tit

sparrowhawk

no sign of the sedge warbler which was around last week

Theres a very dark buzzard knocking around  carrington moss at the moment too



-- Edited by Chris Shaw on Thursday 25th of May 2017 08:27:07 PM

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Quick visit about 14:30-15:00 today.

Couldn't locate the garden warbler(s) unfortunately but did find 2 very vocal reed warblers, one by the entrance to the solar farm and one at the bottom of the pool by the horse fields.

Other birds seen included a single oystercatcher on the main pool near the bridleway and a ringed plover on the second pool further back from the path, as well as a whitethroat on the bridleway.

Also lots of tufted duck, gadwall, moorhen, and coot on the pools, along with two grey herons, a couple of pied wagtails and plenty of house martins and swallows.

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1 Garden Warbler singing near entrance gate to the solar farm at 8.10am showed briefly. A bit of cheer on a dark day for Manchester.

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4 Garden Warblers singing this afternoon between 16.30-17.15. 3 birds singing near the mobile telephone mast on the eastern side including 2 have a singing 'battle' either side of the path. A 3rd bird nearby. The 4th bird on the northern side behind the solar farm. Nightmares to see though! I managed a few brief views of 1 bird as it flew between bushes.
Also:
3 Reed Warblers singing- 1 seen
2 Blackcap singing
3 Whitethroat - 2 singing
1 Chiffchaff singing
2 Bullfinch
1 Yellowhammer (m)
3 Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe
A few Swift, Swallow and House Martin over.


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4 Garden Warblers singing this afternoon between 16.30-17.15. 3 birds singing near the mobile telephone mast on the eastern side including 2 have a singing 'battle' either side of the path. A 3rd bird nearby. The 4th bird on the northern side behind the solar farm. Buggars to see though! I managed a few brief views of 1 bird as it flew between bushes.
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3 Reed Warblers singing- 1 seen
2 Blackcap singing
3 Whitethroat - 2 singing
1 Chiffchaff singing
2 Bullfinch
1 Yellowhammer (m)
3 Gadwall
4 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe
2 Reed Bunting
A few Swift, Swallow and House Martins over

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Garden Warbler at the north end of the pool by the Trans Pennine trail

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13.30-14.30

a good haul of 37 species on an hour long walk from the tip to the woods by field 5. Highlights included a garden warbler singing briefly by the pond and on the opposite side a reed warbler and sedge warbler. A buzzard frightened the life out of me in the woods by flying straight in front of me. Other species included 2 whitethroat, 2 willow warbler, 6 stock dove, skylark, reed bunting, about 8 swift, 20 house martin, swallow and an overflying oystercatcher as well as common passerines, wildfowl, crows, lapwing, Woodpigeon and the usual pheasants. 



-- Edited by Chrisshaw3479 on Monday 15th of May 2017 09:41:44 PM



-- Edited by Chrisshaw3479 on Monday 15th of May 2017 10:07:39 PM

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Afternoon visit

200+ sand Martin
6+ house martin
5 + swallow
2 oystercatcher
6 blackcap
4 chiffchaff
2 willow warbler
Pretty sure I heard a garden warbler near the solar panelshmm

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2 House Martin over the stables and 2 Oystercatcher at 10am today. 

 

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony



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This morning:

Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 3
Shoveler 1m 1f.
Tufted Duck 1m.
Gadwall 5
Coot 5
Moorhen 5
Oystercatcher 2
Black-headed Gull 3
Pied Wagtail 10+
Mallard 5+
Grey Wagtail 2
Reed Bunting 1
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This afternoon

Oystercatcher 2
Gadwall 4
Shoveler 4
Kestrel 1
Tufted Duck 3
Teal 2

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pm, Horse paddocks;

Pied Wagtail 27

Grey Wagtail 3

Bathing/preening in puddles.



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Today between 14:00-15:00

6 Teal
2 Shoveler
1 Gadwall
7 Moorhen

Lots of black-headed gulls, long tailed tits, blue tits and house sparrows near the recycling centre.

Also 1 buzzard behind the sewage works.



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Green Sandpiper 1
Grey Wagtail 4
Black-headed Gull 50+
Linnet 1
Pied Wagtail 4
Common Gull 1

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Very quiet on the first pool this afternoon between 15:30 and 16:30, only 2 moorhens of note. Water level looking quite low.

Around the sewage works and bridleway:

3 Buzzard
2 Jay
5 Lapwing flew over to the second pool
1 Kestrel by Woodhouse Lane
15 Starling
4 Great tit

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16.00
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Willow Tit

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Green Sandpiper 1
Shoveler 2
Gadwall 2
Mallards
Coot 2
Moorhen 1 adult 2 juveniles.
House Martin 20+

Very difficult to see the path-side pool through the vegetation. Other pools not available due to b****y solar farm.

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1 Garden Warbler singing really well (in the rain) in the bushes near the phone mast at 5.30pm this evening. I managed a few brief views of it.
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Reed Warbler - heard only
3 Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler
Lots of Swallow and House Martins plus a few Sand Martin and Swift feeding low over the ETW
1 Buzzard over
1 Coot feeding 2 newly hatched chicks
2 Gadwall - pair
2 Mute Swans
6 Canada Geese

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Garden Warbler showing reasonably well (for a Garden Warbler) in the area around the phone mast.
Also a Common Sandpiper in the flooded horse paddocks (thanks to Tony O'Mahony for that one).


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16.30
1 Nuthatch - in trees alongside donkey paddocks
2 Reed Warblers - heard only
1 Blackcap
2 Mute Swan
2 Tufted Duck (pair)
1 Buzzard over
1 Yellowhammer

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Of note:
2 Reed Warblers, heard only
2 Sedge Warblers, one seen in the 2nd overgrown bed on the left, and the other past the pylon towards the estate.
Not as many of the other common warblers, on what's left of this site, after the solar farm was sneaked in by United Utilities.

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16.45
2 Reed Warbler - heard only
8 House Martin
Lots of Swallows
1 Sand Martin
8 adult Canada Geese plus a brood of 9 goslings
2 Mute Swan
3 Tufted Duck
1 Gadwall
1 Willow Warbler


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8.15am
1 Reed Warbler singing from the overgrown bed on opposite side of path to solar farm. But it remained out of sight!
1 Grey Wagtail (m) by the large grey tanks.
2 Mute Swans



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This afternoon 3:30ish

1 Yellow Wagtail again in the paddocks behind the house. Nicely spotted by Lynne Webster.


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This evening at 17.00

2 Male Yellow Wagtails in first horse paddock behind the house with 2 Pied Wagtails.

Also:
2 Shoveler - pair
2 Gadwall- pair
2 Tufted Duck - pair
1 Coot
1 Moorhen
1 Canada Goose

This morning 8.10am
1 Blackcap singing along the path
1 House Martin around Woodcote Farm

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Late post from last night


Was down there approx 1900 - 1930 only wagtails seen were

2 Pied with the Donkeys
1 Pied on concrete storage tanks
1 Grey in the first paddock

Dont think lack of sunshine and what felt like sub zero wind helped much......



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Only 1 male Yellow Wagtail still present this afternoon

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Mike Chorley wrote:

Finished our day out here with 5 Yellow Wagtails. Initially 1 in the first horse paddock, giving very good views, 1 part way along the bank in front of the spinners and three at the far end of the field below that bank. 10+ Pied Wagtails, mainly at the far end of that field with the Yellows and a pair of Grey Wagtails flew over towards the stables.

Swallows, House and Sand Martins, Meadow Pipits, etc.





One of the 5 Yellow Wagtails - taken through chain link fencing:



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Finished our day out here with 5 Yellow Wagtails. Initially 1 in the first horse paddock, giving very good views, 1 part way along the bank in front of the spinners and three at the far end of the field below that bank. 10+ Pied Wagtails, mainly at the far end of that field with the Yellows and a pair of Grey Wagtails flew over towards the stables.

Swallows, House and Sand Martins, Meadow Pipits, etc.

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Now 2 Yellow Wagtails present. One in field south of the concrete tanks and one in far corner of the spinners but elusive.

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Yellow Wagtail 1m.
Pied Wagtail 10+
Swallow 20+
Sand Martin 5+
House Martin 2
Shoveler 3m.
Tufted Duck 3m 2f.
Gadwall 3m 1f.
Grey Heron 1
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
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Swallow over the pools and 2 Oystercatcher on flooded paddock today.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony

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Little Egret (1) - Quick scan as I passed through on the bike - Little Egret on the flooded paddock along with teal and moorhen. 20+ pied wagtail on the paddock opposite.

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17.00
26 Teal in flooded horse field - probably disturbed by the heavy machinery that had been operating within the 'pools' compound between front and middle pools.

Front pool:
2 Mute Swan
4 Shoveler
2 Teal
2 Gadwall
1 Goldcrest in bushes next to path


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17.30 - A quick cycle past this evening and my first visit since the start of the construction of the solar farm last October. The solar farm is huge and access to the viewing area for the middle pool (where most of the good stuff usually turns up) is now no longer possible due to large gates and fence preventing access. I was only able to have a quick scan of first pool near path.

Only things seen were:
3 Shoveler - 2m,1f
4 Mallard
1 Coot
1 Moorhen

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Sunday 8/11/15.

1400-1430hrs

Looks like the beginning of the end here, all access to the normal viewing point has been fenced off, only the first pool is viewable off the main path where there is no vegetation in the way.

Birds of note. 1 x Grey Wagtail, 16 x Teal, 12 x Gadwall & 3 Moorhen.  Didn't seem to be as much water as usual.

Flooded Field held 20 Teal.

When both sets of Teal were spooked they appeared to head to the second Pool, but now chance of seeing that one now...

 

 



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1 Green Sandpiper - middle pool
2 Shoveler - back pool (now viewable as a result of vegetation clearance)
9 Teal
4 Mallard
2 Pheasant
5 Moorhen

The only things seen on the huge barren wasteland at the back of pools were 3 Magpies.

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8 Buzzards thermaling in a clear blue sky above the now massive barren wasteland cleared for the 'proposed' (meaning actual) solar panel farm to 'run' the sewage works. It's way way bigger than that.

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The land north of the pools has been completely cleared of vegetation including trees and bushes covering a large area stretching from the perimetre fence of the pools, the trans pennine trail and the northern most footpath/track (except a small patch of Japenese Knotweed that has been surrounded by red tape). A much bigger area than I envisaged.hmm But on the plus side it's allowed a clearer view of the pools!smile

Sightings:
4 Shoveler
7 Teal
5 Moorhen
1 Kestrel in a skirmish with a Magpie

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2 Green Sandpipers still on the first pool this afternoon.

Some heavy duty undergrowth clearing machinery was moving onto the site as I was leaving.

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5pm
1 Green Sandpiper - first pool
1 Snipe - middle pool
5 Moorhen
2 Teal
1 BH Gull

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6pm Very quick visit

1 Shoveler
12 Teal
2 Chiffchaff
1 Moorhen
Couldn't see any Green Sandpipers but lots of mud hidden by vegetation.

Of interest United Utilities have put up a large sign informing of a 'solar energy' plant to be constructed on the land just north of the pools. Presumably this will involve removal of vegetation in the area.

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Green Sandpiper 2 on first pool.
Shoveler 12
Teal 30+
Moorhen 5
BH Gull 1
Linnet 1
Song Thrush 1
Pied Wagtail 1


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4 Green Sandpiper - 3 front pool & 1 middle pool
1 Snipe
c.10 Teal
1 Shoveler - male just coming out of eclipse
3 Chiffchaff - including 1 bird singing
1 (possibly 2) Willow Tit - heard only
2 Greenfinch
8 Linnet over
2 Moorhen
1 Pheasant


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17.00 - very quiet

2 Green Sandpipers on middle pool
1 Grey Heron

No Hirundines. Looks like a big clear out since last weeks large numbers.

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