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RE: Silver Lane Pools, Risley


Top Pool: 26 coots, 24 tufted duck, 10 little grebes, 1 cormorant.

Middle Pool: 2 coots, 48 tufted duck, 1 little grebe, 1 cormorant.

Bottom Pool: 2 mute swans, 2 dabchicks.

Mallard numbers back up to 100+ mark. Buzzard and sparrowhawk along Top (west) Footpath, kestrel and raven on landfill - first raven I've seen there for months. Flock of 150+ jackdaws gathering on the stubble to the east of the pools, what a delightfull, heart-lifting noise they make. Had a wonderful experience with a fox too along the Bottom (east) Footpath, managed to call it in to within a couple of yards!

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Mike Baron wrote:

Perhaps I'll take a leaf out of your book next time and wear waders!

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A nice Greenshank on each foot

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John Barber wrote:

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Mike, the camouflage certainly worked, I never even noticed them.




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They are so well camouflaged I put them down and now I can't find them!

Perhaps I'll take a leaf out of your book next time and wear waders!

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Mike, the camouflage certainly worked, I never even noticed them.

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Jonathan Platt wrote:

Nice to meet a wader-clad John Barber, slightly more sensible footwear than Mike's snazzy trainers!






I'll have you know they are my top of the range birding trainers - 17% waterproof and superbly camouflaged (now). I could sneak up on any number of Sabines Gulls in these!

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Nice to meet you both this morning as well Jonathan.

I hung around for a while but there was still no sign of the teal. I think you're right, it has probably moved on.

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Had a walk round the pools with Mike Baron this morning, no sign of blue-winged teal unfortunately. Nice to meet a wader-clad John Barber, slightly more sensible footwear than Mike's snazzy trainers! A roe doe on the service road by Motorway Wood was as good as it got.

Has anyone had a look around Rixton Clay Pits? Eighteen teal flushed off Risley Moss yesterday during the thunderstorm, though none of them had blue wings.

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And cracking pictures too which proves the find-superbsmile.gif






and I thought careful observation proved the find

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Congratulations to Jonathan - well deserved after all those patch visits! Good luck to everyone with the mud in the morning...

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There is no one more deserving of a cracking find like this - also a difficult bird to identify.

Congratulations!





And cracking pictures too which proves the find-superbsmile.gif

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What's the betting that we'll all be there at first light !!

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Tom McKinney wrote:

Spent one of the worst afternoons of my life at Silver Lane today. I did all the pools properly (I even waded through the reeds where it was last seen on the third pool), including the hidden one just below the tip. Nothing. No doubt it will pop up again.

Nearly getting struck by lightning (a bolt hit a lorry on the top of the tip!), sinking shin-deep in mud and ripping my trousers on barbed wire have never been high up on my "must do before I die" list of things to do.

And in which world does John Ketley live if this afternoon's torrential downpour are what he considers to be "showers"?

I don't care if someone finds a Mugimaki Flycatcher there tomorrow, I'll not be going back. I'd rather a dose of herpes than suffer that place again.






I have to agree with you there Tom. I walked (waded) round the area in hiking boots. By the time I got back to the car I looked like I'd done the front crawl round the place. Full of sweat and mud!!

Saying that, I'll still go back if it turns up again!! Sucker for punishment!! He he!!

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Tom McKinney wrote:

Spent one of the worst afternoons of my life at Silver Lane today.

I don't care if someone finds a Mugimaki Flycatcher there tomorrow, I'll not be going back. I'd rather a dose of herpes than suffer that place again.






It was only a bit damp Tom ! biggrin.gif

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Spent one of the worst afternoons of my life at Silver Lane today. I did all the pools properly (I even waded through the reeds where it was last seen on the third pool), including the hidden one just below the tip. Nothing. No doubt it will pop up again.

Nearly getting struck by lightning (a bolt hit a lorry on the top of the tip!), sinking shin-deep in mud and ripping my trousers on barbed wire have never been high up on my "must do before I die" list of things to do.

And in which world does John Ketley live if this afternoon's torrential downpour are what he considers to be "showers"?

I don't care if someone finds a Mugimaki Flycatcher there tomorrow, I'll not be going back. I'd rather a dose of herpes than suffer that place again.

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There is no one more deserving of a cracking find like this - also a difficult bird to identify.

Congratulations!

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Typically when a rarity isn't present when the hordes arrive, there have been some doubters, though not on here

You genuinely couldn't really miss the bright blue (as per Shoveler coloured) upperwing inner coverts in flight, but for anyone doubting I have put a couple of Jonathon's digiscoped photos on the out-of-county gallery.

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It wasn't there this afternoon Nick.

I checked all the pools but no sign.

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I was there at about 10.00am this morning before the big influx of birders got there. No sign of the bird on the top pool but I did see a teal sized duck with coloured wing panels (blue or green, I couldn't tell as it was only a glimpse) circling around looking to land. It dropped down in the area of the 4th pool but when I went down there I couldn't locate it.

I couldn't spend too much time trying to find it either as I had to be somewhere.

Lets hope it re-appears!!



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I've put a couple of birders on site onto the fourth pool Jonathon but no sign as yet

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Thanks for the kind words!

Don't have time to draw a more recent map as I'm flat out at work but maybe this might help (click on map to enlarge):

http://s707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/jonathan_platt/?action=view&current=silver-lane-1.jpg&newest=1

Don't park where it says 'park here', park further back (west) along Silver Lane, towards Risley Prison. The teal was on 3rd (Bottom) Pool this morning.

Has anyone tried the 4th Pool? It's hidden from the footpath and there were mallard on it this morning - we didn't check it but we could hear them.

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Well done Jonathan. Great find. Super bird smile.gif Edit, sorry i missplelt your name, how rude of me, cry.gif

-- Edited by Dennis atherton on Thursday 23rd of September 2010 06:00:55 PM

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No further sign by 11.30am this morning.
Willow Tit, Stock Dove and c50 Lapwings also present during my visit.

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Last directions as I'm trying to finalise the awkward directions!

Further directions for Blue-winged Teal at Silver Lane. Footpath now approximately half way along Silver Lane by where metalled road heads north. Follow road north and where it veers right (east) continue north over the stile following the footpath in between two plantations. Once at the ploughed field head right through the hedge and follow to the pools

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Please note that access details below were coming in off Warrington Road and now the gate is open half way along Silver Lane the footpath north is approximately half way between Warrington Road and junction 11 M62. It is where the road turns north but there is no parking or vehicular access here.

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Best access as follows:

Park at the eastern end of Silver lane and take footpath north for 400 yards. Once you come to a ploughed field, follow footpath to the right through hedgerow to view pools which are at the very northern edge of the landfill site.

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Great find Jonathon! A well deserved reward for your patching of the pools.
I hope to pop along later on.





ill second that beltin find,and some reward for all the time you put in on theresmile.gif

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Oh and yes, the legs have been seen (appeared unringed) and it behaves in a manner perfectly normal for a wild bird.

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Great find Jonathon! A well deserved reward for your patching of the pools.
I hope to pop along later on.

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Female/immature Blue-winged Teal present this morning and probably for atleast two days now. Found by Jonathon Platt and it's identity confirmed this morning the bird has been utilising all three main pools. This morning it was alone on the 3rd pool east but disappeared into the vegetation along the north-eastern edge and didn't reappear!

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Black Tern still present at lunchtime but it was flying quite high at times and calling a lot before descending back to the pool. I was pleased to see it fishing and frankly amazed to watch it catching dragonflies - I didn't realise terns took them and they seemed to take some getting down! Not much on the paths to the pool as there was a lot of work on the landfill and on the access tracks.

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Black tern still present. A peregrine flew over the Bottom Pool.

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Black tern still present. 22 little grebes on Top (1st) Pool.

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Black tern on Top (1st) Pool this morning, female whinchat on small bushes between Top and Middle (2nd) Pools.

Counts from yesterday: Top Pool - 1 green sandpiper, 66 tufted duck, 49 coots, 13 little grebes, 2 gadwall, 12 mallard

Middle Pool: 1 green sandpiper, 147 mallard, 1 teal, 15 tufted, 1 shovellor.

Bottom (3rd) Pool: 2 mute swans, 2 little grebes.

Two pintail were again on the pools earlier in the week, a pochard was on Middle Pool on 15th and 6 grey partridge flushed from the landfill on the same day, at least one yellowhammer has been roosting in the bottom hedge below the pools. Sparrowhawks and buzzards present most days, jays have become more conspicuous in the last few weeks.

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Thanks very much for the comprehensive guided tour Jonathan and for arranging the star bird in the shape of that Red Crested Pochard - only my second ever but I bet it doesn't hang around - looked like it was ready to fly at any moment!

Looks like a very good site with good variety of habitat.

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7.00-8.30am (with Pete Welch)

Red-crested pochard (prob. female) on 3rd Pool, otherwise not much else besides usual.

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6.15-7.30am

1st Pool: 45 coot, 57 tufted duck, 22 little grebes, 2 mute swans and 2 green sandpipers.

2nd Pool: 125 mallard, 2 pintail. The pintail have been present for a week now.

3rd Pool: 2 little grebes, 2 herons, 2 snipe, 30+ canada geese.

Two sparrowhawks - one over the landfill, another along 1st Footpath. Four cormorants circled 2nd Pool then flew on, probably due to my presence. Heard a willow tit on 1st Footpath.

Travellers in residence down Silver Lane.

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6.15-7.30am.

The pair of little grebes on 3rd Pool appear to have lost their two young. I stared at two lurking grey herons accusingly. Also present was a green sandpiper.

1st Pool held 25 little grebes, 19 tufties, a single pochard, two gadwall and two teal, along with the usual mallard. Coot numbers have risen to 40. Another green sand was present.

At least five common whitethroats were along the landfill entrance road embankment on the east side.

The bn grebe was present on Monday (23rd) but had disappeared by Tuesday morning. A calling tree pipit flew over the east end of the landfill on Tuesday morning too.

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BN Grebe still present on 1st Pool. Overflying yellow wags at 1st & 3rd Pools. Two birders from Risley had a hobby over 1st Pool when they went to see the bn grebe yesterday afternoon.

A pair of little grebes have been sitting on a clutch of eggs in the NE corner of 3rd Pool recently. This morning I arrived to find the usual brooding grebe absent, but soon found the pair in the SE corner. One of the pair was diving constantly, the other had at least two tiny chicks on her back.

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Black-necked grebe on 1st Pool this morning along with 17 little grebes.

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Quiet at the pools this morning, best birds were 17 little grebes (inc. 3 chicks) on 1st Pool, 3 green sandpipers (2 on 3rd, 1 on 1st) and 2 snipe on 3rd Pool.

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Wood sandpiper on 1st Pool this morning. Flew to 2nd Pool where I couldn't find it again, presumably it went under the nearside bank, part of which is impossible to view.

16 little grebes on 1st Pool - the two chicks which I thought had disappeared yesterday had re-appeared this morning!

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Little grebes reduced to 10 this morning, plus two of the three tiny chicks have disappeared since Tuesday. Other birds on 1st pool were 31 coot, 8 tufties and 100+ mallard. A juv great-crested grebe was also present but later flew east as I walked down to 3rd pool. 3 teal on 3rd Pool, 4 herons on 4th, 2 yellowhammers still singing and 50+ lapwings on the landfill. A willow tit was calling from the 1st footpath as I walked back to the car.

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where is the safest place to park there?as there always seems to be gypsy caravans? along the slip road.
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Don't worry too much about the travellers John, they only turn up a couple of times a year and - apart from leaving their rubbish strewn around everywhere - don't seem to cause much trouble. Safest place to park is probably on the Birchwood Roundabout (J11) off the M62, or at the top of Silver Lane where it joins Warrington Road (A574) - it's not bad birding walking down the lane. In the morning I usually drive down Silver Lane until you reach a gate, then park up under a big oak tree. I've never had any trouble, it's not the safest of places but is probably okay before the scrotes are up! One thing, if you ever visit early morning, make sure you walk round the pools in an anti-clockwise direction, otherwise the sun in your eyes can be a pain. Have a look at the map in the link below, it gives an aerial view of the pools with the path marked on it (click on the map to enlarge):

http://s707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/jonathan_platt/?action=view&current=silver-lane-1.jpg&newest=1




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not too woried about scrotes ,used to them,just don't want my car damaging,which i had once at woolston eyes when a group of kids took it on themselves to cave my car roof indisbelief.gif
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Don't worry too much about the travellers John, they only turn up a couple of times a year and - apart from leaving their rubbish strewn around everywhere - don't seem to cause much trouble. Safest place to park is probably on the Birchwood Roundabout (J11) off the M62, or at the top of Silver Lane where it joins Warrington Road (A574) - it's not bad birding walking down the lane. In the morning I usually drive down Silver Lane until you reach a gate, then park up under a big oak tree. I've never had any trouble, it's not the safest of places but is probably okay before the scrotes are up! One thing, if you ever visit early morning, make sure you walk round the pools in an anti-clockwise direction, otherwise the sun in your eyes can be a pain. Have a look at the map in the link below, it gives an aerial view of the pools with the path marked on it (click on the map to enlarge):

http://s707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/jonathan_platt/?action=view&current=silver-lane-1.jpg&newest=1

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Thats a goodly number of little grebes,this seems about the number i used to get at houghton green at this time of year,must be a lot quieter for them now at silver lane.Nice to hear they are still around in numbers ,has they have been in single figures all year at pennysmile.gif

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It is a lot quieter than HGF John, I rarely see anyone around the pools. In fact, in several years of mouching around early mornings I can only recall bumping into three people - and two of those were on the same day! One or two dog-walkers have a wander over occasionally, but I still don't usually see anyone on the rare occasions I venture over there after 9.00am.

This morning there were 20 little grebes on 1st Pool. Then, after I'd been standing there for ten minutes, I noticed a movement in the far corner of the pool. It was another little grebe, then another, and with them were three tiny chicks! Surely a second, or even third brood? There's also a brood of three well-grown juvs on a small pond by the entrance road to the tip.




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Thats a goodly number of little grebes,this seems about the number i used to get at houghton green at this time of year,must be a lot quieter for them now at silver lane.Nice to hear they are still around in numbers ,has they have been in single figures all year at pennysmile.gif

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It is a lot quieter than HGF John, I rarely see anyone around the pools. In fact, in several years of mouching around early mornings I can only recall bumping into three people - and two of those were on the same day! One or two dog-walkers have a wander over occasionally, but I still don't usually see anyone on the rare occasions I venture over there after 9.00am.

This morning there were 20 little grebes on 1st Pool. Then, after I'd been standing there for ten minutes, I noticed a movement in the far corner of the pool. It was another little grebe, then another, and with them were three tiny chicks! Surely a second, or even third brood? There's also a brood of three well-grown juvs on a small pond by the entrance road to the tip.

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Of note this morning were 18 little grebes on 1st Pool. Two juv. lr plover and two juv yellow wags on 3rd Pool. Two yellowhammers singing in the big hedge north of the pools.





Thats a goodly number of little grebes,this seems about the number i used to get at houghton green at this time of year,must be a lot quieter for them now at silver lane.Nice to hear they are still around in numbers ,has they have been in single figures all year at pennysmile.gif

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Of note this morning were 18 little grebes on 1st Pool. Two juv. lr plover and two juv yellow wags on 3rd Pool. Two yellowhammers singing in the big hedge north of the pools.

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First trip around the pools for a couple of months for one reason or another. Very quiet until I reached 1st Pool when a hobby appeared low over the water, making a couple of passes before zooming off towards Risley HMP. A minute later I was watching a pair of little grebes when I noticed they had their heads up and were staring at something, also the coots had started to make a great deal of noise. Scanning the water I spotted something 'rowing' across the surface - a swift! The hobby must have either knocked it down or it hit the water whilst trying to take evasive action.

To cut a long story short (a lbb gull almost nailed it before I could get around the pool!) I eventually managed to drag the half-dead bird out of the water with a long branch. I've dried it off as best I could and it's now residing in a box in the boot of my car (don't worry, I'll move it if it starts to get hot). To be honest I thought it would die as it appeared to be, quite literally, taking it's last gasps when I originally fished it out, but it appears to have perked up somewhat in the last hour or so. It doesn't appear to be injured, if it recovers sufficiently I'll try and release it later today.






The swift was successfully released this afternoon. I threw it from the Tower Hide at Risley Moss, it flew off strongly towards Rixton tip. I doubt the hobby had touched it, I think it had simply crashed into the water trying to avoid the falcon.

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First trip around the pools for a couple of months for one reason or another. Very quiet until I reached 1st Pool when a hobby appeared low over the water, making a couple of passes before zooming off towards Risley HMP. A minute later I was watching a pair of little grebes when I noticed they had their heads up and were staring at something, also the coots had started to make a great deal of noise. Scanning the water I spotted something 'rowing' across the surface - a swift! The hobby must have either knocked it down or it hit the water whilst trying to take evasive action.

To cut a long story short (a lbb gull almost nailed it before I could get around the pool!) I eventually managed to drag the half-dead bird out of the water with a long branch. I've dried it off as best I could and it's now residing in a box in the boot of my car (don't worry, I'll move it if it starts to get hot). To be honest I thought it would die as it appeared to be, quite literally, taking it's last gasps when I originally fished it out, but it appears to have perked up somewhat in the last hour or so. It doesn't appear to be injured, if it recovers sufficiently I'll try and release it later today.

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