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RE: Altrincham sewage works


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A distinct clear out of summer migrants after last weeks gathering of warblers. But a few still around.

The same elder tree that last week held 8 Blackcaps today only held 2 (1m & 1f) plus 3 Chiffchaffs - all feasting on the berries.
2 Buzzard overhead mewing
2 Willow Tit

On the pools:
1 Green Sandpiper
8 Moorhen
2 Teal

No hirundines at all


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16.30-17.00
An interesting half hour or so that proved if you stand still the birds will come to you!
I noticed some movement in an Elder tree alongside the cycle path. As I watched 8 Blackcaps (6f & 2m) were gorging on the berries in the same tree. Also with them were a couple of Chiffchaffs. There were other elder trees in the area which contained 2 Whitethroats eating berries and at least 12 more Chiffchaffs flitting around. Obviously all getting ready to migrate. Also present were 3 Willow Tits, 6 Blue Tits, 4 LT Tits, 1 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush. Lots of other birds were calling from the surrounding brambles and trees. Overhead 10 Swallows, 4 House Martins heading south.

On the pools:
2 Snipe
20+ Lapwing
5 Teal
8 Moorhen

Also:
1 Buzzard
1 Kestrel

A very pleasant time!

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4.30pm

1 Green Sandpiper
1 Buzzard
2 Teal
7 Gadwall
A few Swallows and House Martins (many more yesterday!)

This morning at 8.10am:
3 Chiffchaff singing !!

Lots of mud on both front and middle pools.

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2 spotted flycatchers currently feeding at the back of the middle pool.
3 green sandpipers
7 shovelers
5 gadwalls
20 teal
1 whitethroat

also to add...

1 little grebe
1 pheasant
9 whitethroats
4 willow warblers
1 kestrel
1 sparrowhawk
a nice tit flock was heading towards me as I was leaving heading up the path towards swiss cottage farm consisting of........
long tailed tits
blue tits
willow tit, heard only
at least 6 willow warblers
1 chiffchaff
1 blackcap
1 goldcrest
probably more in the flock.
lots of house martins & swallows around.
smile

-- Edited by steven burke on Saturday 30th of August 2014 09:48:30 PM

-- Edited by steven burke on Saturday 30th of August 2014 10:00:12 PM

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Green Sandpiper 2
BH Gull 3
Shoveler 9
Moorhen 15+
Teal 12+
Mallard 1

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Hi Keith.
What a great site this is. As Tony's post indicates it's good for Wagtails and various other birds including Waders, but also just weeks ago it was alive with a lot of different species of Warbler, and also Ducks and other various interesting water birds, it's well worth a visit.
See earlier posts
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-- Edited by Rob Creek on Tuesday 19th of August 2014 08:54:21 PM

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Hi Keith, I've only just caught up with your post.
Head for the re-cycling centre off Sinderland Road, turn into Woodcote Road, turn right after the bridge and park up in the lay-by just after the main entrance
into the re-cycling centre. Walk back to Woodcote Road, turn right and carry on through the horse paddocks (whilst checking for various wagtails) onto the
first pool. Turn right after the first pool and on to the middle pool; the access to which very overgrown. Good luck.

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hi tony how would i get to the sewage works i only live in timperley but dont know the area that well ta keith

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2 Green Sandpipers still on the middle pool, and a bit more gardening done.
6 mostly juvenile Pied Wagtails on the horse paddocks.

Elsewhere, pretty quiet including the clegs which, mercifully, were absent.
Yellowhammer carrying food, Kestrel, Buzzard and a decent number of Willow Warblers plus a few Chiffchaffs flycatching
behind MUFC.


-- Edited by Tony Darby on Friday 15th of August 2014 04:48:41 PM

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several yellowhammer, 2 green sandpiper on the pools, 50 lapwing in a fields, buzzard and oystercatcher overhead.

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4.40pm Mediterranean Gull flew off east with 5 BH Gulls


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4.35pm

1 adult Med Gull on middle pool perched on round metal object in the centre of the pool as of 4.35pm
2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
c.40 Black-headed Gulls
1 Green Sandpiper - front pool
3 Teal

Also male Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly

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4.00pm

5 Green Sandpipers on middle pool - all stood next to each other
1 Sparrowhawk (m)
1 Garden Warbler - singing along the path at usual spot but remained hidden
2 Sedge Warbler - 1 singing
c.40 Black headed Gull on middle pool
2 Yellowhammer

Also - butterflies included: 2 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoishells

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4.15pm

1 Green Sandpiper - middle pool.
1 Blackcap - singing
1 Chiffchaff - singing

Viewing difficult to middle pool due to tall vegetation

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3 Green Sandpipers on 1st pool yesterday pm.

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A machete would be helpful in quite a few areas we go birding in at this time of year Steve; I only had a pair of small pruning
shears with me today. smile

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Glad you did Tony, I also did bit more tonight and made a bit of room, one might have to take a machete next time..
Highlights tonight 1915 - 2100hrs

2 Green Sandpipers on 2nd pool
1Kingfisher on 1st pool

1 juvenile Moorhen 2nd pool
2 juvenile Coots on pools 1 & 2
Couple of large broods of Mallards pools 1 & 2

Several Reed Bunting around the mast.

Also large family party of 12 Long Tailed Tits on path back towards Pennine trail...


-- Edited by Steve Scrimgeour on Monday 30th of June 2014 05:30:45 AM

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The 2 Green Sandpipers were still present this afternoon, although I had to do a bit of gardening to get a view.

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4.30-4.45pm

2 Green Sandpiper - middle pool
1 Oystercatcher
1 Lapwing
1 Blackcap - singing
1 Reed Warbler - singing
3 family parties of Long-tailed Tits
2 Reed Bunting
1 Whitethroat

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Garden Warbler 1 singing.
Green Sandpiper 2
Teal 3m 1f
Tufted Duck 1m 1f
Gadwalls
Mallards
Grey Heron 3
Coots
Moorhens
Oystercatcher 1
House Martin 4
BH Gull 1 ad.
Lapwing 1
Reed Bunting 3 singing.
Song Thrush 2 singing.
Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Stock Dove 1
etc.

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5.15pm

A few warblers beginning to sing again. Possibly trying for a second brood?

1 Grasshopper Warbler still reeling from the overgrown bed west of cycle path but unable to see due to tall vegetation next to path.
1 Garden Warbler - also singing alongside the path but again couldn't see it.
1 Reed Warbler singing and seen
1 Sedge Warbler
3 Whitethroat
1 Bullfinch - male

unable to view middle pool due to thick undergrowth.

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8.10am
1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler this morning but remained hidden from view.

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Wednesday, June 11.

Green Sandpiper 1
Mallard 45+
Gadwall 5
Tufted Duck 1m
Coot 2ad + 3juv
Moorhen 2ad + 3juv
Canada Geese 11ad + 5juv
House Martin 4
Sand Martin 1
Reed Warbler 2 singing.
Reed Bunting 2 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Jay 1
BH Gull 1
etc.

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Early pm in heavy rain shower:

Swift 100+
House Martin 50+
Swallow 10+
Sand Martin 10+
Willow Tit 1 singing.
Reed Warbler 3 singing.
Reed Bunting 4 singing.
Tufted Duck 2m 1f.
Gadwall 12+
Mute Swan 2 adults.
Little Grebe 3
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Whitethroat 2 singing.
Cormorant 1 over.
BH Gull 1 imm.
Mallard 20+
Canada Geese.
Coots.
Garden Warbler 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 1 singing.

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5.35pm
1 Hobby came racing through at full speed. I had one at exactly the same time to the minute here last Wednesday as well!
Also:
1 Reed Warbler
1 Sedge Warbler
3 Blackcap
2 Whitethroat
1 Kestrel
Plus an adult Long tailed Tit feeding a youngster a huge green caterpillar!

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 21st of May 2014 07:21:57 PM

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Quick cycle past this morning 8.10am:-

1 Yellowhammer (m)
1 Bullfinch (f)
Singing Sedge & Reed Warbler
1 Whitethroat

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Lots of Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler and Reed Bunting all around the mast, until a Kestrel and Buzzards perched nearby.
6 Tufted Duck pool 2
4 Gadwall pool 2
2 Coots with Chicks on both 2 & 3, also 1 on first pool.

No wagtails of any kind in Donkey paddock, Although nice to see lots of goslings.

Bullfinch m
Songthrush pair
Chiffchaffs

All seen on way back down path towards Danewell Woods.

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5.15pm-5.40pm

1 Hobby at 5.35pm this evening. Circled a few times then drifted off south towards Woodcote Stables.

Also:
1 Sedge Warbler showing well
1 Reed Warbler - heard
1 Coot with 1 young
2 Tufted Duck - pair
8 Gadwall
c.10 Canada Geese


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8.10am
1 Garden Warbler singing and briefly showing along Trans Peninne Trail
2 Reed Warbler singing - 1 showing well


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Of interest:
The Garden Warbler over towards the Racecourse Estate now has a partner, so hopefully there'll be a successful breeding
outcome. The others around the Trans-Pennine Trail were keeping their heads down unfortunately.
Beyond the recycling centre:
c40 Starlings inc. c12 juvs being fed in the bushes.
5 Linnets, 1 carrying nesting material.
Large numbers off common warblers still showing in the scrubland + a Grasshopper Warbler heard near the pylon.
3 pairs of Canada Geese with 20 goslings between them in the horse paddocks.
12 House Martins at the stables.





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Garden Warbler showed well alongside the trans-Pennine trail by the side of the mast.

Little Grebe
6 Gadwall
2 Tufted
4 Mallard

No Garganey

2 Oystercatcher circling round

2 Buzzard
1 Kestrel

20+ Swift over
Good numbers of Sand and House Martins
3 Pied Wagtails

No Yellow Wagtails

No Redstarts

Sedge Warbler singing from nearly every perch
Common Whitethroat all around the mast area
Blackcap



-- Edited by Tony Coatsworth on Monday 5th of May 2014 11:53:30 AM

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Rob Creek wrote:

Good to meet Steven Burke yet again!

Took a chance on the Redstart, and on arriving, Steven was already on the bird. I got out of the car and he said 'I think it's a Black Redstart Rob'.
I was in total agreement, the overall hue of the bird...a darkish charcoal colour with darkening around the face area. It was doing a spot of fly catching from a distant post near the filtration tanks.
What a brilliant spot this was Steve, well done mate!

Other birds of note:
A group of Pied Wagtails that included a striking male Yellow Wagtail and a female too.
1 Grey Wagtail.
2 Sedge Warblers.
1 Whitethroat (m).
2 Blackcap (m).
Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler heard only.
Plenty of Swallows.
Some House and Sand Martins.
2 Swift.
1 Sparrowhawk being followed by a large flock of probably Finches/Tits.
1 Buzzard.
2 Little Grebe.
A few Gadwall.
1 Oystercatcher.

No sign of the Garganey or Garden Warbler.





cheers rob, good to meet you again, i'm glad you & another chap got a look a the bird to convince me even more that it was a black redstart, the bird always looked grey.
sightings much the same as robs with lots of warblers in song & I did manage to catch up with the garden warbler on my way back, watched for at least 10 mins wink
the 2 swifts were my first of the year, 2 weeks late hmm

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Hi Rob. Yes, i thought it was a Garden Warbler, but it was very skulking- as they tend to be. Brilliant song, though! Lots of Whitethroat activity round the back of the works.

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Good to meet Steven Burke yet again!

Took a chance on the Redstart, and on arriving, Steven was already on the bird. I got out of the car and he said 'I think it's a Black Redstart Rob'.
I was in total agreement, the overall hue of the bird...a darkish charcoal colour with darkening around the face area. It was doing a spot of fly catching from a distant post near the filtration tanks.
What a brilliant spot this was Steve, well done mate!

Other birds of note:
A group of Pied Wagtails that included a striking male Yellow Wagtail and a female too.
1 Grey Wagtail.
2 Sedge Warblers.
1 Whitethroat (m).
2 Blackcap (m).
Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler heard only.
Plenty of Swallows.
Some House and Sand Martins.
2 Swift.
1 Sparrowhawk being followed by a large flock of probably Finches/Tits.
1 Buzzard.
2 Little Grebe.
A few Gadwall.
1 Oystercatcher.

No sign of the Garganey or Garden Warbler.


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The Redstart in the Donkey paddocks looks now to be a Black Redstart.

Info thanks to Steven Burke

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2 common terns went through at c 10.15 which appear to be pretty uncommon visitors for here. Didn't see garganey.

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Female Redstart in the Donkey paddocks at 2:45 today

Info thanks to Steven Burke

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Thanks a lot Andrew and Nev.
If I've got this right, I should walk down the path with the pools on my right and the reeds on my left. I know that you can either carry on on this path or turn right into what I think is some scrubland - is this what you mean?

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An hour and a half this morning from 9.30 to 11am, in excellent warm, sunny conditions.

No Garganey this time but I wasn't really looking, preferring to concentrate on warblers. Tanmay - Nev is spot on with his advice, but when you get to the site you will notice that there is warbler song everywhere, it's a cracking place for these birds. Follow your ears and be prepared to strain yourself looking into brambles!

Seen:

1 Garden Warbler, giving good views and singing. This one was just off the mud path around the back of the mast, flitting from the scrubland to one of the flowering trees. Another was singing on the trans pennine trail in the scrub, but I didn't glimpse that one.
Sedge Warbler - several, some being showy and loud in the reeds that the mud path cuts through
Whitethroat - again several and easy to see in virtually all areas
Chiffchaff - several calling

Heard: Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler.

Others:

Little Grebe - a couple on Pool 1
Gadwall - on Pool 2
Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin over the pools and works. Some Swallows perched on the telephone wires near the stables giving good views.
Swift - 2 or 3 seen, my first of the year
Buzzard - 2 circling over the works as I was leaving
Reed Bunting - 2

Nice to meet Tim Wilcox and see plenty other birders down there.

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0600-0645 cold frost and a bit misty on the pools
Sedge Warbler
Reed Warbler
Garden Warbler singing and good views in scrubland towards Racecourse Estate
Whitethroat
Willow Warbler
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
no Garganey for me, but could easily lurk in the undergrowth.

TanmayI usually find the most productive area the scrubland at the back of the works towards Danewell Woods, but the reeds in the works are good for Sedge, Reed and Grasshopper Warbler.

Also take care at weekendssometimes unsavoury folks about, although I've never had a problem. smile

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Laurence Hopkins wrote:

Garganey visible on main pool around the back, being terrorised by Coot. Hello Rob, who i met while he was having a quick look round in mid-afternoon!






Good to meet you too Laurence (didn't know it was you then).
A very active site whilst I was here, especially a lot of Warbler activity, and one particular bird heard but I didn't see it, a bit further up the path from the 1st pool where I saw you, sounded a bit like a cross between a Blackbird and a Whitethroat, I think I've matched it to a Garden Warbler but I didn't see it.
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I may visit tomorrow, hoping to see the garganey or especially garden warbler. Is anyone planning a visit by any chance as I really don't know the site well and not sure where are the best areas for warblers? Just thought I'd ask, just in case!
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Garganey visible on main pool around the back, being terrorised by Coot. Hello Rob, who i met while he was having a quick look round in mid-afternoon!

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Quick visit whilst delivering in Altrincham about 2.45pm.

No sign of the Garganey.
3 Whitethroat
3 Reed Warblers
2 Chiffchaff
Grasshopper Warbler (heard only)
2 Reed Bunting
1 Little Grebe
1 Gadwall
Plus usuals

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2 yellow wagtails plus the garganey on pool 2

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The Garganey is now on the first pool, although not always easy to see as it's skulking amongst
the vegetation a lot of the time.

Elsewhere a bit of a warbler-fest this morning

1 Grasshoper Warbler in the first enclosure
13 Whitethroat
5 Sedge Warbler
4 Chiffchaff
3 Willow Warbler
2 Garden Warbler
4 Blackcap
1 Yellowhammer

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6 yellow wagtails and about 60 hirundines - 20 of each
Very little else across the nearby moss area, the highlight being a hare in field 33 and a single yellowhammer

-- Edited by Vaughan Evans on Thursday 1st of May 2014 07:36:39 PM

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Garganey present on third pool - 7.10

Garganey 1m
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 2
Sedge Warbler 4
Reed Warbler 2
Whitethroat 5
Sand Martin 2
Reed Bunting 1
Greenfinch 7
Swallow 4
Little Grebe 2
Gadwall 4
Mute Swan 2
Pied Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Song Thrush 1
Mistle Thrush 1


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Chris Mitchell wrote:

Garganey in centre of third pool at 8.10pm.





So that's where it was hiding! Probably forced off the middle pool by the Coots that were giving it grief when I saw it this morning!

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Cheers Steve.

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