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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


-- Edited by Vaughan Evans on Wednesday 30th of April 2014 10:04:56 AM

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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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Rob,
Think it depends on what time you plan on going and where you live,
I am in Urmston and tend to trek it from Isherwood Rd, up towards MUFC then left past Swiss Cottage Farm,
And then right up the other side of MUFC just follow footpath and you will come to the pools.
I did drive this morning as was heading into work and parked at the stables as there was room opposite Woodcote Farm, off Woodcote Rd, must stress there isn't much room to park, but it was 0800.
Hope this helps

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Is this place easily accessible and is it best parking Sinderland Rd side OR over near MUFC?
Thanks for any info as it looks like a maze on the site map and Google maps doesn't give you much.
Cheers

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Garganey in centre of third pool at 8.10pm.

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5.45pm

No sign of the Garganey at 5.45pm. But it could be hiding in the vegetation somewhere.

5 Little Grebe

1 Garden Warbler singing and showing well along the Trans Peninne Trail

1 Reed Warbler singing

40 House Martins over

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Thanks Patrick - I know where you mean!

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Sorry, should have made it clear, it was the path (Pennine Way, is it?) leading directly away from the stables/Sinderland Road, i.e. not one of the paths off to the right where the pools are. HTH

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Patrick,

Was the Garden Warbler down the path as in towards Carrington Moss, or towards the stables/Sinderland Road?

Cheers

Andrew

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As well as the Garganey, I can also add a very showy Garden Warbler, 300m down the main path from the pools. Also at least 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and (heard only) 2 Sedge Warbler. Also 4 Little Grebe on first pool along with some Gadwall. Nice to meet you today James. Good luck with your exam!

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Drake Garganey showing well at 12:45pm

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The Garganey was still being harassed by the Coots,nice to meet you Steve......

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Drake Garganey still present this morning at 8.00am.

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Many thanks Nick

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Patrick Earith wrote:

Hi, are there any directions to this place in the forum that someone can point me at? I don't think it's on the site guide section of the website (unless I'm missing the obvious). I've been before but several years ago and I had it stored in a previous car's sat nav!

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Patrick - its covered on the Carrington Moss site guide (look for Woodcote Farm on the map with the field numbers)

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Hi, are there any directions to this place in the forum that someone can point me at? I don't think it's on the site guide section of the website (unless I'm missing the obvious). I've been before but several years ago and I had it stored in a previous car's sat nav!

TIA

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Sorry, I forgot the 1 singing Grasshopper Warbler.

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At approx 1330.

Garganey 1m.
Garden Warbler 1 singing.
Sedge Warbler 2 singing.
Reed Warbler 2 singing.
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 2
Little Grebe 3
Gadwall 8+
Mute Swan 2
BH Gull 1
Pied Wagtail 2
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Oystercatcher 1
Whitethroat 4 singing.
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Drake Garganey still here, but a bit flighty as being harassed by the local Coots.

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Drake Garganey still present when I left at 3.30.
Also, the Garden Warbler by the path was showing really well.

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Drake Garganey currently on middle pool

Also of note
5 Sedge Warbler
1 Reed Warbler singing
2 Garden Warbler ( one in the usual spot next to the main path and one nearer the Sale West estate).

-- Edited by Dave Cropper on Monday 28th of April 2014 10:49:31 AM

-- Edited by Dave Cropper on Monday 28th of April 2014 10:50:16 AM

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4.45-5.20pm

1 Grasshopper Warbler - singing and showing well in the middle of the 2nd 'reedy bed' west of the cycle path
1 Reed Warbler singing from 1st bed west of cycle path
3 Whitethroat
1 Chiffchaff
1 Willow Warbler
1 Willow Tit - heard
1 Yellow Wagtail (m) singing from one of the big trees near the ETW big grey tanks
1 Grey Wagtail (m)
1 Pied Wagtail (m)
1 large female Sparrowhawk soaring high up before descending into a spectacular 'Peregrine style' stoop at break-neck speed and lost to view behind the Riding Centre - not seen that before!
2 Buzzard
10 Gadwall
1 Little Grebe
2 Mute Swan
4 Canada Geese
A few Sand Martins and Swallows but much less than yesterday

Also a superb Fox on the grassy embankment in the same bed as the Grasshopper Warbler

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17.00 upto five yellow wagtails, a grey wagtail plus several hirundines

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Wednesday, April 23rd.

Reed Warbler 1 singing.
Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling. Both across the path opposite the first lake.
Whitethroat 5 singing.
Willow Warbler 2 singing.
Reed Bunting 1 singing.
Blackcap 1 singing.
Chiffchaff 2 singing.
Yellowhammer 1 singing.
Sand Martin 10+
Swallow 6+
House Martin 6+
Shoveler 1 pair.
Gadwall 13
Canada Geese 3
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 9
Little Grebe 3
Coot 4
Moorhen 4
Lapwing 1
Tufted Duck 2 pairs.
Pied Wagtail 4
Song Thrush 1 singing.
Missel Thrush 2
Cormorant 2 over.
Black-headed Gull 1
Buzzard 1

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Tony Coatsworth wrote:

Yellow Wagtail on big concrete tank by road.

Also Steven Burke snapping away - hope you got a decent picture :)





tony, I did manage to get some decent shots smile
the yellow wagtail was like you say on the big concrete tank & flew into the trees opposite on a couple of occasions, but never came down.
also around, 3-4 pied wagtails, 1 mistle thrush, 1 whitethroat more heard as were blackcaps, willow warblers & chiffchaffs, several swallows & sand martins over.

I know they might be a little upset , but the couple who I was having a little chat with whilst first looking for the yellow wagtail, obviously it turned up just after you left, but come back & have another search.

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Yellow Wagtail on big concrete tank by road.

Also Steven Burke snapping away - hope you got a decent picture :)

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A quick look this morning around 0945_1015

1 Grey Wagtail
1 Pied Wagtail
In first Donkey paddock after the house.

1 Yellow Wagtail in second big tree at first Donkey paddock

Gentleman in the house came out as he had seen several birders over
over the last couple of days, he wondered if the Yellow Wagtails were back...


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5 yellow wagtails and 3 pied wagtails currently in horse paddock next to donkey paddock

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Yellow Wagtail 3 at 1.10pm none am. With the Donkeys

Also in the scrub land area
Willow Warbler 2
Whitethroat 3 (first of the year for me)
Bullfinch 4
Reed Bunting 1
Blackcap 9
Wrens 3
Pied Wagtail 2
Buzzard 2
Kestrel 1
Mute Swan 2 still on pool
Shoveler 1
Gadwall 3

Superb showing of butterflies list under other wildlife

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April 3rd.

Little Grebe 4
Moorhen 6
Coot 4
Teal 2m 2f
Mallard 3
Canada Geese 2
Gadwall 14
Shoveler 2m 2f
Tufted Duck 1m 1f
BH Gulls
Sand Martin 1

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Late post for Mon 10th March
4.30-4.50pm

23 Teal (19 on the flooded field next to 1st pool)
12 Shoveler
6 Gadwall
1 Tufted Duck
4 Mallard
2 Little Grebe
1 Yellowhammer singing

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Tuesday 11th of March 2014 07:39:38 PM

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60-80 Pied Wagtails on the horse paddocks this afternoon.

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pm

Generally waterlogged with few birds on the pools.

However highlights;

Peregrine over

In one leafless tree close to pool 3..

2 Common Buzzard

2 Magpie

and a Green Woodpecker!

all within about 6 feet of each other. smile

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Late morning, Saturday, December 21st.

Starling 50+
BH Gull 100+
Gt.Spotted Woodpecker 1
Meadow Pipit 2
Pied Wagtail 30+
Shoveler 2
Moorhen 15+
Teal 15+
Reed Bunting 1
Fieldfare 3
Redwing 10+

etc.

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4.30-4.45pm - quick stop off tonight on my cycle home.
Virtual darkness but the cloudy sky was illuminated by the streetlights from Altrincham so that anything flying overhead was silhouetted. It turned out to be a very productive short stop.
Quite a few duck flying in which is why I stopped but there was a general feel of uneasiness amongst the birds as though something was about.
I could make our the shapes of Teal (c.15), Shoveler (c.8), Mallard (c.5) and, what I think, were a few Gadwall all flying around.

But there were other birds also:-

1 Peregrine over and quite well illuminated from below. Maybe looking to pick off one of the birds flying around. It headed of NW towards Carrington Moss and into the darkness.
2 Woodcock - 1 of which came down somewhere in the front pool vegetation
2 Snipe + 2 more heard
1 Water Rail squealing close to the path in the overgrown bed opposite front pool

All to a background noisey chatter of Jackdaws and Rooks heard from the Birchmoss Cover roost. A few late Jackdaws still flying in.



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24th nov

c50 pied wagtails
51 teal
11 moorhens
1 shoveler
2 gadwall

woodcote farm.. 15 meadow pipits, 8 pied wagtails.

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17 gadwalls
36 teal
7 moorhens
3 skylarks
horse paddocks..
21 pied wagtails
1 grey wagtail
11 meadow pipits
1 coal tit

info thanks to phil Kelly.

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46 teal
18 gadwall
1 shoveler
low water level, but lots of vegetation covering the mud.

info thanks to phil Kelly.

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Sunday, Oct. 20th pm.

Green sandpiper 1
Teal 7
Moorhen 15+
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 5+
Meadow Pipit 2+
BH Gull 10+
LBB Gull 1
etc.

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2 Green Sandpiper this afternoon
Water replenished a bit by Friday's deluge
Buzzard 2 over

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Friday, August 30th:

Snipe 1
Grey Heron 1
Moorhens
BH Gulls
Swallows
Mallards
Gadwall
Teal
Canada Goose 1

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3 Green Sandpiper
3 Snipe

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Green Sandpiper 1
Lapwing 6

Mallards, Teal(s), Shovelers.
Coots, Moorhens, Black-headed Gulls.

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Yesterday

1 Green Sandpiper

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Pool 2 2030-2105 hrs
20+ House Martin
20+ lapwing
6 Green Sandpiper
3 Snipe


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