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RE: Altrincham sewage works


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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17.15

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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5.30pm
A large number of Swallows and House Martins over the ETW this evening.
Also 3 Grey Heron on the first pool.

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Green Sandpiper 5 this afternoon. Did some major pruning the other day with Tony so the path should stay clear for a bit

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Wednesday pm.

Green Sandpiper 6
Snipe 1
Lapwing 2
Gadwall 6+
Moorhen 6+
BH Gull 10+
Pied Wagtail 1
Pheasant 1
Linnet 6

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Doesn't surprise me Sid, not been up there much this year due to having 2 major ops on my ankle...
First time since May...
Saying that think I maybe due another one after today :(

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Steve Scrimgeour wrote:

..........Once I had managed to navigate the Jungle like trail to view the middle pool and did a but if gardening to give me a clearish view.......



...........been like that for a while now Steve.

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After last night's rain of last night I decided an early morning mooch was in order so got up here for 0600 just prior to sunrise.
Once I had managed to navigate the Jungle like trail to view the middle pool and did a but if gardening to give me a clearish view. Plenty of mud on show on both pools 1 & 2.

Pool 1 held only 2 young Moorhens

Pool 2 held 6 Green Sandpipers in 2 groups of 3, one group seemed a bit flighty.
Also 1 teal, several Gadwall and 1 Little Grebe.



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5 Green Sandpipers on the middle pool at 10.20 am.

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A quick visit before the rain set in produced quite a few juveniles.

Linnets 1 ad, 2 juvs
Pied Wagtails 6 ads, 20 juvs
Lapwings c25 including c12 juvs


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am visit.

Green Sandpiper 2
Lapwing 2
Tufted Duck 1 + 6 juvs.
Willow Tit 1
BH Gulls.
Oystercatcher 1
Missel Thrush 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Linnet 3
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Reed Warbler 2 singing.
House Martins.
etc.

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17.30-17.45

1 Curlew over SW (heading for the coast perhaps?)
A number of Lapwing heard from the middle pool but couldn't see due to high vegetation
1 Kestrel
1 Sedge Warbler seen with a beak full of food
5 Chiffchaff including 1 bird with a strange purple patch covering most of one side of it's face!
2 Blackcap singing
2 Whitethroat
1 Grey Heron
1 Tufted Duck flew in
1 Moorhen
4 Coot - pair plus 2 half grown chicks

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16.45
2 Tufted Duck
4 Coot
18 Canada Geese
1 Reed Warbler - heard only
1 Little Grebe - heard only
2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel - male
1 Pied Wagtail - male with a beak full of food and flew into the ETW compound

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17.00-17.30
Very quiet and difficult to view the middle pool due to high vegetation.

1 Oystercatcher flew in
30+ House Martins over the pools and ETW
10+ Swallows
10+ Swift
3 Whitethroat
1 Blackcap
2 Greenfinch
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Mallard - pair were the only ducks visible
1 Song Thrush


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Tuesday, June 9th.

Tufted Duck 2m
Shoveler 2m
Gadwall 6
Little Grebe 1
Mallard 18+
Coot 10+
House Martin 12+
Reed Warbler 2 singing.
Moorhen 1
Reed Bunting 2 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Pied Wagtail 2
etc.etc.

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Plenty of Sedge Warblers Blackcap and Whitethroat plus Hirundines otherwise quiet.


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A Hobby caught a hirundine at 10:20 this morning.

Info thanks to Tony O'Mahony

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With Tony Darby 11.25 on. Good mumbers of warblers but not the sightings we were after:

Whitethroat 14
Willow Warbler 5
Chiffchaff 6
Blackcap 8 including 2 females
Sedge Warbler 9 at least 4 of which were within only feet of where I had seen them a week ago. Tight territories.
Reed Warbler 2 at the easternmost pool
Garden Warbler heard only in the most dense scrub inside the fenced off area west of the Trans-Pennine Trail
Still no Grasshopper Warblers here at this traditional site.
Also the resident Kestrel, Buzzard and a female Sparrowhawk which ascended rapidly on a thermal from only 30 feet up initially to 300 feet or more

-- Edited by Tim Wilcox on Thursday 7th of May 2015 08:18:53 PM

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0830-0930
Sadly a large area seems to have been torched just at the start of the path beyond the Trans Pennine Trail.
Goosander showed briefly on pool 1.
Pool 2 held Teal 2, Gadwall 4, 2 Greylag Geese touched down briefly seen off by the local Canada Geese.
Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler heard in numbers.
Reed Bunting also 5-6
No Yellow Wagtail and still no Little Egret.
Saw the Garden Warbler sat on the gate with the blocks.
Also circa 20 Swifts feeding well..

United Utilities man heard a Cuckoo 2 weeks ago...


-- Edited by Steve Scrimgeour on Tuesday 5th of May 2015 10:07:29 AM

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Reed Bunting Gadwall, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Yellowhammer, Goldcrest, House Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff Blackcap, and a Little Egret launched itself from the Sewage works opposite the farm and flew South West low but could not relocate.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 3rd of May 2015 04:27:29 PM

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This morning 10.15-12.15 in cold wind
Sedge Warblers 4
Blackcap 4 including a pair seen together
Whitethroat 6
Willow Warbler 4
Chiffchaff 6
Reed Bunting 2m singing
Linnet 2
Kestrel 2
Buzzard 1
no sound of Garden Warbler for me

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Garden Warbler 1 singing in area north of ETW.
Little Grebe 2
Gadwall 8
Sedge Warbler 2 singing.
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
House Martin 20+
Sand Martin 2
Swallow 2
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Oystercatcher 1
Yellow Wagtail 1 female.
Buzzard 1
Kestrel 1 male.
Grey Heron 1
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Willow Warbler 1 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Greenfinch 1 singing.
Coot 4
Moorhen 2
Canada Geese 6
Mallard 10
Chaffinch 2 singing.

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Garden Warbler yesterday (17.30) at the first clump of hawthorns on the path NW of the pools.

Also two yellow wagtails on Friday.

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17.20-17.40
Rather quiet but sightings as follows:

2 House Martins over north - my first this year
1 Little Grebe
4 Gadwall
2 Teal - pair
2 Canada Geese
2 Coot
1 Moorhen
6 Pied Wagtail
2 Willow Tit
1 Chiffchaff
2 Willow Warbler
2 Blackcap
1 Song Thrush singing
1 Bullfinch
5 Linnet
Plus the usuals!


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In addition to Tim's report, a single Whitethroat in the scrub to the north of the works

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2.00-4.00pm with Tony Darby and others

Yellow Wagtail splendidly bright male moving around the rims of the concrete tanks with a Pied Wagtail
Oystercatcher 1
Little Egret 1
Buzzard 3
Orange-tip 1
Brimstone 4
Peacock 6
Small Tortoiseshell 2
Comma 2

otherwise oddly quiet

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2015-2100hrs

Only bird of note was Willow Tit at junction of Transpennine Way.

6 Teal Middle Pool.
4 Gadwall Middle Pool
2 Gadwall 1st Pool

1 Oystercatcher in Donkey Paddock.

No Wagtails at all, but the light was going so probably dispersed for the day.

2 Buzzards, one extremely pale and one with pale patches in wings..

No Egret, although did catch glimpse of large pale wing, but assumed it to be the Buzzard...


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1 Yellow Wagtail still around this morning
1 Little Egret in the trees at the back of last horse paddock
Many Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, plus a couple of Willow Warblers in the area
c250 Sand Martins feeding over the filtration beds this afternoon

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House Martin 2
Yellow Wagtail 1m.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Swallow 2
Moorhen 3
Gadwall 2m 2f.
Tufted Duck 2m 1f.
Coot 2
Little Grebe 4
Canada Geese 8
Mallard 4
Greenfinch 5+
Jay 1
Buzzard 1
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Pied Wagtail 2
Chiffchaff 3 singing.
BH Gull 3

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Just a quick one...full report later.

am visit.

Yellow Wagtail 1m in horse paddock.
House Martin 2

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Late post from yesterday evening - 40+ Sand Martins 17.00 plus a single Swallow.


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Little Egret, Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow

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20 plus Sand Martins, 6 Swallows, 2 House Martins passing through. 1 Linnet, 1 Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaffs

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This morning:

12 singing Chiffchaff
3 singing Blackcap

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Little Egret 1 at the back of the middle pool
Redshank 1
Little Grebe 4
Tufted Duck 5
Gadwall 8
Oystercatchers 2
Chiffchaffs 6
Pied Wagtail 1 only
Buzzards 2

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0930 - 1000hrs Easter Monday.

Extremely quiet here yesterday, due to the fog.

Plenty of Coots round and many more in the flooded fields.
2 Teal on pool 1.
2 Oystercatchers in the fields also.
2 Swallows sat in a tree on pool 1 also.

1 Pied Wagtail in the Donkey Paddocks.

Several more Swallows around the stables area...




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Sand Martin 1 straight through north.
Little Grebe 2
Moorhen 7
Coot 7
Teal 4
Mallard 7
Gadwall 10
BH Gull 2
Tufted Duck 1f.
Canada Geese 2
Chiffchaff 2 singing.
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Pied Wagtail 6+
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1

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16.30
1 Oystercatcher
2 Buzzard - pair coppulating in a tree!
1 Mute Swan
2 Little Grebe
2 Shoveler
4 Gadwall
7 Teal
2 Tufted Duck
2 Mallard - including a female sat in a tree!!!
3 Canada Geese
6 Coot
2 Moorhen
1 Reed Bunting - singing
3 Chiffchaff
1 Bullfinch

Also: a Weasle ran across the path.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Thursday 2nd of April 2015 07:46:27 PM

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Meadow Pipit 40+
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtails
Little Grebe 1
Canada Geese 2
Moorhen 4
Mallard 2
Coot 6
Shoveler 4
Gadwall 7
Teal 6
Oystercatcher 2
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 2 singing.
BH Gull 1

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10 Pied Wagtails
8 Meadow Pipits
1 Chiffchaff

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50 ish Pied Wagtails
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Buzzard
100+ Fieldfare in Field 35 with 1 singing Yellowhammer

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Vaughan Evans wrote:

2 Little Egrets roosting to east of path before the first pool.
40 ish Pied Wagtails
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Peregrine over low
1 Buzzard
4 Reed Buntings
Some ducks

Nice to see Tim @Tim - the 1 Egret we saw had been joined by another when I returned to the stables


-- Edited by Vaughan Evans on Saturday 21st of March 2015 06:00:04 PM





Good to see you again. 1 Little Egret was fantastic but 2 may be a new County first!

If anyone finds a grey wooly hat with a black Thinsulate lining there or elsewhere on the moss I lost one

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2 Little Egrets roosting to east of path before the first pool.
40 ish Pied Wagtails
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Peregrine over low
1 Buzzard
4 Reed Buntings
Some ducks

Nice to see Tim @Tim - the 1 Egret we saw had been joined by another when I returned to the stables


-- Edited by Vaughan Evans on Saturday 21st of March 2015 06:00:04 PM

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Mallard 14
Moorhen 6
Teal 8
Coot 2
Gadwall 14
Shoveler 6m 2f
Pied Wagtails
Magpies
BH Gull 80+
Starlings
Stock Dove 1


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Shoveler 1m
Teal 5
Gadwall 10
Moorhen 1
Buzzard 1
Redwing 1
Pied Wagtail 40+
BH Gull 100+
Starling 10+
etc.

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Teal 35+
Moorhen 25+
Gadwall 18+
Shoveler 3
Mallard 4
Bullfinch 2m 3f.
Goldcrest 1
Starling 200+
BH Gull 70+
Herring Gull 1ad
Kestrel 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 80+
Linnet 8
Pheasant 8

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Moorhen 15+
Teal 9
Pied Wagtail 50+
Grey Wagtail 2
Meadow Pipit 1
Grey Heron 1
BH Gulls/Starlings/Magpies.

That's it!

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