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RE: Silver Lane Pools, Risley


Thanks John, much appreciated.

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Park by the metal gates to the old landfill site. To the east (right when facing the gates) are arable fields, there's a path runs along the edge of the fields - access it from overgrown steps near the Manchester-bound slip road. Follow the path along the edge of the landfill until you reach a gateway on your left, from here you should be able to see the Eastern Pool. Go through the gate and the three main pools are below the path. You can walk all the way around the landfill by following paths. The landfill is still closed to the public.

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Could you give directions to silver lane pools please, from junction 11.

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Two Grasshopper warblers reeling this morning, one in the ditch just north of the maggot farm, the other by the landfill entrance gate at the east end of Middle Pool. My first Common whitethroats on site too this morning.

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Male Ring ouzel on west side of landfill this morning, flew north towards pools. With Matt Pitt.

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Female Whinchat along the fenceline above the Hidden Pool this morning.

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Ten Wheaters and two male Yellow wagtails on the eastern arable this afternoon. The Black-necked grebe remains on West Pool but the Whooper has finally disappeared from the flooded rape field. In fact, the plug has - quite literally - been pulled on the 'wader scrape'! The farmer must have cleared a drain or culvert and the water has drained away. A real pity, just as wader passage was getting underway! Two Little ringed plover were present on the mud however.

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Whooper Swan still present on east fields
Black necked grebe still on west pool
Merlin female across site & then 20' minutes later seen at close quarters trying to take a skylark which it eventually did

Willow Warbler & Blackcap also in now

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Black necked grebe still on west pool
Goldeneye-female, also present

Whooper Swan still on flooded fields along with
Curlew 4

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A quick walk round and catch up this morning before the rain came in.

Black neck grebe 1 on west pool

Whooper swan 1 on flooded fields to the east along with
Greylag goose 1
Shoveler 3
Oystercatcher 3
Ringed Plover 2 (5 earlier in the week)
Sand martin 3
Wheatear 1
Chiffchaff singing finally, was seen several times earlier in the week but wasn't in the mood for song!




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Black-necked grebe present on West Pool this a.m. Also singing Chiffchaff in wood above the pool.

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Not so much on the pools as in the flooded fields beside them which adds to the interest of the area

Whooper Swan 1
Curlew 1
Ringed Plover 2
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 150
Stock Dove 20

Reed Bunting 40+ into adjacent reed bed at dusk

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A steady increase in wildfowl numbers on the pools, in particular:

Mallard 82
Pochard 14

Great Crested Grebe 1 - a sporadic visitor here!

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From a dusk visit tonight

Magpie 43 into roost

Fieldfare 200 dropping into trees

Starling ca1000 (in 2 groups) heading SW to Woolston?

All accompanied by a fox calling nearby with a frog in its throat, literary sounding like a frog (ribbit ribbit), weird!

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A single Whooper swan with two Mute swans on the flooded Eastern arable this afternoon.

Little movement amongst the wildfowl on the pools over recent weeks, hopefully the forecast colder weather will stir things up a little.

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Saturday 2nd January:

Very quiet in rain. Totals for all four pools, though a flooded Hidden Pool held just a single Coot!

Mallard - 43

Gadwall - 11

Tufted duck - 20

Pochard - 2

Coot - 64

Little grebe - 2

I walked over the landfill, along the old truck road that runs E to W, and flushed 11 meadow pipits and a Skylark. I'm sure there would have been more had I strayed from the path.

I've been in Scotland over Christmas so haven't been feeding the eastern arable, however five Yellowhammers flushed from the trees by the path as I walked down. I'm now scattering niger seed beneath the alders along this path in the hope of attracting Redpoll, Chaffinch, etc. as I'm sick of feeding an ever-increasing flock of Woodpigeons and Crows on the stubble, though I'll still be feeding a cheap seed mix there!

 



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Wildfowl numbers fairly static on west pool in recent weeks but include:

Gadwall 38
Tufted Duck 29
Wigeon 6
Coot 53
Cormorant 2

Finch flock in trees south of pool:
Goldfinch 30
L. Redpoll 6
Siskin 3

On top of hill:
Meadow Pipit 28
Skylark 7
Grey Partridge 7





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A late female Wheatear on the landscaped landfill this afternoon. One of the guys who works on the site had a Short-eared owl on the grassland at the top of the landfill last week.



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Two flocks of Crossbills over Silver Lane this morning, heading south. First flock heard only, second flock 12+ birds - flew through a flock of 30+Skylarks so counting was difficult.

Something I forgot to post - I found a Cetti's warbler at the Hidden Pool on 18th August, first one I've seen here.

Many changes taking place at Silver Lane at present as landscaping of the landfill is nearing completion, this will result in a country park around 340 acres in total (if the woodland behind Risley HMP is opened up too). Fantastic views from the top of the old landfill, I'll put something on the 'Discussion' forum when I have time.

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Afternoon lurk with jplatt in great conditions produced 2 but probably three cuckoos six wheatear yellowhammers two singing white throats jays buzzards four little grebes grasshopper warbler heard then onto croft for little owl and heard-only corn bunting


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Two Black-necked grebes still on West Pool this afternoon.

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Two Black-necked grebes on West Pool this morning.

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A two lifer day around the pools with jonplatt where we first did the pools producing eleven teal, buzzards, reed buntings, couple of flushed snipe, three little grebe ... Jonplatt had a water rail scurry across the path which I missedevileye. Then to croft for my first little owl ... He was showing well in the sunshine. Finally holcroft moss for woodcock ... A big unblocker for me, although I had a likely on carrington moss a few years ago ... As the last ebb of light came in a single woodcock flew over our shoulders... One of the best birding experiences of my life given the aura and the site. Thanks Jon!

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Corn Bunting numbers up to at least 28 this morning on the arable to the east of the landfill.

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A pair of Goosander flew over this morning, only my second ever sighting at the pools. A number of passerines have been feeding on the stubble/potato field at the east end of the landfill recently - 100+ Linnets, 70+ Skylarks, 15+ Corn Buntings, plus Reed Buntings, Yellowhammers, Chaffinches, Fieldfare, etc. A Raven flew over on Friday.

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First walk around the pools for several months was spoilt somewhat by thick mist, I could barely see thirty yards! A Kingfisher was calling around Middle Pool and at least 15 Little grebes on Top Pool (the mist had cleared somewhat by then).

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Male and female Cuckoo at the pools this morning.

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Cheers Jonathan i thought they was around this area just wasnt 100%.

Thanks again.

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The pools are basically at the back of Risley HMP. Either park at the arrow here:

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/idld.srf?x=366075&y=393280&z=115&sv=366075,393280&st=4&ar=y&mapp=idld.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=740&ax=366075&ay=393280&lm=0

Or park by the roundabout at J11 of the M62. Either way, follow the footpath around the old landfill site. If you want to stay dry you MUST wear wellies! You can walk round in an hour but allow at least two if you're birding.

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Can anybody tell me where this site is please?

Cheers scott

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3 Cuckoos present 10,30 AM
Pair flying together along tree line beyond the further of the two main pools.
The m calling as it flew, another cuckoo responded with brief calling from the Tip.
4 Little Grebes on the other main pool.

Stoat from path.

Loads of Butterflies on the wing-Small Tort, Peacocks, Orange Tips, Speckled Wood

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Male Cuckoo was singing from the old railway lines this morning. First Reed warbler back at the Hidden Pool, four Common whitethroat (there was only one yesterday) and three Wheatear on the landfill.

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Male and female Cuckoo, with male singing, at 4.45pm. I had heard him briefly as I walked round (wellies needed, or you'll catch trenchfoot!) and seen two jays, plus usual Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits, plus three Swallows were skimming the waters. I walked over beyond the old railway line and saw a massive Buzzard, plus a Corn Bunting on the wires.

As I was doubling back I heard the Cuckoo singing again and ran around to find the pair on the fenceposts in the middle of the pools (the tip side, right by the footpath) they then moved over to the tip whereupon they were lost on the horizon.



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6.30-7.30am

Quiet again. There was a female Stonechat on the fence above Bottom Pool, presumably making it's way from wintering to breeding grounds? A Willow warbler was singing from the landfill by the Top Footpath, first I've heard this year.

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6.30-7.30am

Quiet. Of interest were a pair of Teal on the pond by the old sheds, three pairs of Grey partridge and an increase in Tufted duck from the last few days. Only new migrants in were three Blackcaps. Fieldfare remain and were communally singing in the Bottom Hedge.

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6.30-8.00am (with Matt Pitt)

Not many migrants - 4-5 Chiffchaffs and a lone Sand martin. Five Curlew flew over and a Woodcock flushed from the edge of Motorway Wood.

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Two brilliant birds this morning - Long-eared owl and Green woodpecker - just about annual at the pools. Great crested grebe on Top Pool, along with four Little grebes. A Corn bunting flew over Top Pool too, I've not seen one in this area for several years. Didn't have time to cover the other pools due to annoying BST! Little ringed plover near work this morning too.

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Highlights from PM visit, with twin brother Jamie who also endured a wait for Cetti's at the Flash!


Two Sand Martin
2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Grebe and 1 M Pochard (Largest pool)
Tufted Ducks, Gadwalls

Buzzards around, Reed Buntings seen and heard, Chiffchaff (1) singing

Total mudbath, specially around the largest pool.



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Three Sand Martins hawking over Top Pool this morning.

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6.15-7.30am

First two Chiffchaffs of the year were the only sign of migration apart from a decent passage of Meadow Pipits overhead. 100+ Fieldfare feeding on a recentlly-drilled field to the east of the landfill, this field has also attracted a small flock of 7 Corn Buntings this week. Three pairs of Grey Partridge was a decent count these days. 21 Gadwall on Bottom Pool, three Little Grebes on Top Pool. Usual Tufted Duck, Coot, etc.

Checked a spot near work looking for Little Ringed Plover (there's been a pair of Ringed Plover there since early March). No sign of the LRP's but found a female Wheatear.

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Managed my first complete walk around the pools this year this morning. Of note were four Pochard on Top Pool and a staggering 33 Gadwall on Bottom Pool. A Yellowhammer was singing from the bottom hedge and a Willow Tit was on the landfill by the Motorway Wood. Plenty of small passerines around in general.

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Cuckoo flying low over landfill. 9.00am

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Long-tailed Duck still present. A Cuckoo on the landfill.

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Long-tailed duck still present.

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Long-tailed duck still present. A Curlew was on Middle Pool.

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I managed to get the Long Tailed Duck after a long pilgrimage - worth it because it was a lifer. Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler could be heard but better still, a CUCKOO flew right down the pools and sang briefly (unseen) from the far side from the tip.
A Jay, 2 Reed Buntings several Lapwings and 3 Buzzards were in the vicinity.


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Long-tailed Duck still present on Top Pool. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling amongst the saplings to the right of the Top Pool gate. There are now three Reed and two Sedge Warblers singing from the postage-stamp-sized Phragmites bed on Hidden Pool.

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Female Long-tailed duck still present.

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Hope it stays for a few days. Anyone kind enough to PM exact directions as I've never been, cheers in advance.

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8.30 am this morning Long Tailed duck showing very well.

Thanks for reporting this Johnathan, much appreciated.

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