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RE: Silver Lane Pools, Risley


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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Jonathan Platt wrote:

JOHN TYMON wrote:
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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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JOHN TYMON wrote:
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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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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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where is the safest place to park there?as there always seems to be gypsy caravans? along the slip road.
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JOHN TYMON wrote:
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

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Monday 2nd of August 2010 01:02:23 PM




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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Common whitethroat singing from the bank of the entrance road to the landfill this morning, two redwing in the large willow by the sheds, fieldfare calling from the hedge east of 3rd Pool, three wheatear along footpath above 2nd Pool and a cuckoo perched on a metal gate by 1st Pool.

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Three fieldfare at the pools this morning - two flew from the hedge east of 3rd Pool, then a single calling bird flew high over 1st Pool heading east. Quiet otherwise, a corn bunting singing from the footpath fence above 2nd Pool; several yellowhammers singing mainly around the east end of the pools; willow warbs, chiffchaffs and my first singing blackcap at Silver Lane this year - though I did see a female last week.

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Male wheatear perched on a post above 2nd Pool at 6.45am.

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6.45-7.45am

Two jack snipe by the path above 2nd Pool this morning, along with five common snipe (there were nine there yesterday). Water running off the landfill has turned the path and adjoining small area of rough grass into a quagmire. Yesterday an unseen green woodpecker was calling by the west footpath and I flushed a pair of grey partridge from the same area. Two oystercatchers on 1st Pool were the first I've seen there this year.

Wildfowl counts were: 1st Pool - 12 coot, 6 mallard, 30 tufted duck and a single drake pochard. 2nd Pool: 4 coot, 12 Canada geese. 3rd Pool: 2 coot, 2 tufted duck.



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7.30-8.15am

Only had time to do first two pools. Two great-crested grebes on 1st Pool - one in mostly winter, one in mostly summer plumage - were new birds for this year. Otherwise on 1st Pool, 34 tufted duck, 33 coot (plus 1 on 2nd Pool), 3 pochard, a score of mallard and half a dozen Canada geese. Pool mostly frozen, just a narrow band open along eastern edge.

At least one grey partridge was calling from the western end of the tip, where a pair of bullfinches were flitting through the birches.

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7.30-8.45pm

First pre-work amble around the pools of 2010. I'd only walked a couple of hundred yards down the west footpath when I stopped to look at what turned out to be a blue tit. As I watched, a large bird launched itself out of the hedgerow in front of me. Fortunately, it only flew ten yards before landing in the top of a scrub willow - a long-eared owl. It flew again after ten seconds or so, making it's way deeper into the woodland on the west side of the landfill, accompanied by an alarm-calling bullfinch and a scolding jay.

1st Pool held 35 coot, 21 tuffted duck, 12 pochard, 11 mallard and 22 Canada geese.

2nd Pool held 15 coot and 10 mallard.

3rd Pool was devoid of life! All pools partially frozen, 3rd pool more so.

Otherwise, it was fairly quiet - a pair of grey partridge on the N. bank of the landfill, 20+ redwing along the east footpath and a couple of buzzards.

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A quick dash down to the pools (I can't resist a frosty morning!) before work was rewarded with four woodcock flushed from the tiny triangular wood above 1st Pool - presumably new arrivals under last night's full-ish moon?

Otherwise, 30+ fieldfare along the west footpath hedgerow, and 28 coot, 6 gadwall, 25 tufted, 1 pochard, 1 teal and 4 little grebes on 1st Pool - didn't have time to do the other pools.

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29 November 2009 - 8.00-9.15am

1st Pool: 28 mallard, 6 wigeon, 6 gadwall, 19 tufted, 21 coots, 2 little grebe
2nd Pool: 5 coot, 8 pochard, 2 mute swans
3rd Pool: 7 mute swans, 2 mallard

A kestrel and a buzzard were hunting around 1st/2nd pool; a flock of 40+ stock doves on stubble to north along with woodies, jackdaws, rooks, etc. and c100 fieldfare; several small flocks of goldfinches feeding on alder and birch - no redpolls as yet.

Odd thing has happened to the coot at the pools this month. On 30th October I wandered round the pools late afternoon, I didn't count the wildfowl but numbers were obviously similar to previous count a few days before (ie. 55 coot). On my next visit (4th November) I got a bit of a shock - numbers had plummeted to just 8 coot! Other wildfowl numbers appeared normal. Coot numbers are normally pretty stable (between 45-55 most of the autumn), generally only cold weather causes severe change - initially numbers increase but then plummet if the pools become frozen.

I can only assume the drop in numbers is due to severe disturbance. Shooting? Model boats? I really don't have a clue. It's taken a month for numbers to build back up, but even now they're only half what they were in October.



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An unseen calling green sandpiper flew over the east side of the landfill in the half-light this morning and a record-breaking nine gadwall were on 3rd Pool! 40+ redwing and 2 fieldfare left the hedgerows along the footpath at the west end of the landfill. Yesterday a kingfisher was on 3rd Pool and a female stonechat in the fenced-off scrub between the path and landfill fence. A chiffchaff was accompanying a flock of tits along the landscaped south side of the landfill.

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A brilliant few minutes at Silver Lane at dinner time.

I'd walked down the footpath at the east end of the landfill and was scanning the sky for raptors - the arable fields to the east are usually excellent for thermalling buzzards, etc. I spotted two kestrels circling up over the old railway lines to the north, these were then joined by a female sparrowhawk who rapidly gained height above them. Suddenly another raptor appeared and mobbed the spar - a tiny male merlin! They disappeared at this point behind a tree, when I next picked them up they were far higher and had drifted towards me. It's not often I see merlins thermalling, every so often it would turn over and half-heartedly stoop at the spar. After a minute or so it started to drift back north, then I realised it was slowly gaining speed and the drift was turning into a stoop. Dropping almost vertically now, I expected it to smash into a lark or pipit, but suddenly a large raptor appeared and the merlin sheared past it, narrowly missing what I now realised was a peregrine. The peregrine too was now beginning to stoop, one of those long, shallow stoops that I see far more often locally than the 'classic' vertical job. It headed at speed across the landfill before disappearing behind mounds of earth, tipper trucks and bulldozers. Looking back to the merlin, that too followed the peregrine in a shallow stoop over the landfill. Whether it was chasing the peregrine, or prey put up as birds scattered in panic, I don't know, as it too disappeared. Fantastic!

Also in the sky were ten buzzards (with another sitting in a tree) and another sparrowhawk. A very high skein of c100 pinkfeet heading west flew over as I left. First stonechat of the autumn was above 3rd pool this morning.

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After several weeks of summer doldrums the place has livened up a little in the last week. Tipping seems to have ceased on the landfill and BIFFA are busy landscaping the area, consequently there are large areas of bare soil which are attracting many meadow pipits and pied wags each morning. Last Friday there was a wheatear and two grey wags with them.

On Monday a greenshank flew in to 2nd Pool. This morning I flushed another wheatear from the path above 1st Pool. To my surprise three common terns were sitting on a half sunken pipe in 2nd Pool, first ones I've seen at Silver Lane. As I was scanning the bare soil of the north bank of the landfill a calling yellow wag flew in and landed with the usual pipits and pieds.

Wildfowl counts on 1st Pool are riveting - tufted duck are up from four last week to five this week! Coot numbers hover around the thirty+ mark, and little grebe remain at five. Pointless counting the mallard as they use the pools for a wash-and-brush-up after a night's feeding on stubble, so numbers vary greatly from one day to the next, depending on how early I get there!

A cormorant has started visiting the pools and I saw a kingfisher there a couple of weeks ago, haven't seen either species at the pools for several months.

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6.00-7.30am

3rd Pool:
2 little grebe
2 waterhens

2nd Pool:
3 coot
2 mallard
1 green sandpiper

1st Pool:
30 coot
6 little grebes
14 mallard
8 tufted duck
1 ruddy duck

A green woodpecker was in the oak hedge around 1st Pool then, later, in Motorway Wood.

Other birds included a gs woodpecker, two buzzards, two kestrels and a huge flock of mixed tits containing at least one juv. willow tit, goldcrest and several chiffchaffs.

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A mundane treck around the pools was enlivened by a long-eared owl along the footpath east of the landfill this morning. It flew out of a tree just past 3rd Pool before landing again for a few seconds 20yds further on. It then flew off towards the landfill, though my view was blocked by trees. Presumably this was a dispersing juv. from a local nest?

Otherwise:
1st Pool
4 little grebes
3 mallard
1 tufted duck
39 coot (inc. 9 juvs)

2nd Pool
1 coot

3rd Pool
1 tufted duck
1 little grebe
2 waterhen
1 grey heron

Brood of swallows on landfill fence; a dozen meadow pipits; 2 corn bunts east of landfill; at least 1 juv. willow tit with a large group of mixed tits in the motorway wood.

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Silver Lane Pools - 6.20-7.30am

Whinchat - 1 male in saplings above 2nd Pool
Wheatear - 2 females on n. side of landfill
Common Sandpiper - 1 1st Pool, 2 2nd pool

Plus usual stuff - beautiful dawn chorus of corn bunts, reed bunts, linnets, skylarks and yellowhammer from arable east of landfill.

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Silver Lane Pools - 6.20-7.30am

Arable east of landfill:
Corn buntings, reed buntings, yellowhammer and skylarks singing.
Pair grey partridge.
3, then later 20 fieldfare flushed from hedgerow.
2 jays, 1 willow warbler also in hedgerow.

3rd Pool:
6 tufted duck, three coot, corn bunts singing from landfill perimeter and lower hedge.

2nd Pool:
Snipe flushed from path, 6 mallard, pair reed bunts, 3 meadow pipits.

1st Pool:
13 tufted duck, 11 coot, 3 teal, 4 mallard, 3 little grebe.

Also 7+ willow warblers back of Risley HMP, 4 bullfinches, siskins (unseen) over.

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A raven flew east, parallel with the M62, at J11 (Birchwood roundabout) this morning around 7.30am. That's the second one I've seen at Silver Lane in less than a week, though the last ones I saw there were on 2nd September last year.

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A hooded crow came off the Silver Lane landfill around 1.00pm today and flew east onto the mossland with a group of carrion crows. Found it whilst looking for displaying buzzards and initially thought the grey mantle was a trick of the light due to the bright sunshine! Presumably this is the same bird that was seen by the Risley Moss birders in December?

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Hi David,

That's great news - glad someone else has seen it! Apart from calling briefly to feed I've not been able to visit over the weekend, I'll try and get down there later today.

Cheers
Jonathan

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Jonathan

I have been a lurker on this site for a while and based on your earlier posts on Silver Lane, thought I must pay it a visit. Your last post on the Twite finally got me into action. Congrats on a good find.

I saw the Twite, Saturday morning at circa 10:30 singing in bushes on the Tip bank, approx 50 yds along from where you feed. The Linnet flock was very mobile but the Twite was more settled.

David

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There was a male twite with the 30+ linnet flock that's been hanging around the stubble field east of the landfill (off Birchwood roundabout) at 12.40pm today, probably there since Wednesday at least (thought I heard flight call but dismissed it!). Today it was perched on the fence by the 2nd metal gate, not far from the old sheds. It was singing, which first attracted my attention. Pink rump was visible as it had it's back to me, then the unstreaked throat became visible when the bird turned.

I've been feeding the edge of the stubble field at the bottom of the steps off the Birchwood roundabout for a couple of months. As the linnets are usually there first thing in the morning when I feed, I presume the twite is coming in with them?

Also in the area were a dozen or so yellowhammers. A green woodpecker was at the west end of the landfill on Wed. and Thurs.

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Silver Lane Pools

16th Feb. 2009 12.00-1.15pm

6 redwing
8-10 lt tits
3 goldcrests
40+chaffinches
10+ linnets
several goldfinches

Old sheds:
Pair stonechats

3rd Pool:
3 mallard
2 coot

2nd Pool:
11 Canada geese
8 mallard
4 tufted duck
24 coot
9 lapwing (over)
1 buzzard (over)
Pair grey partridge, 2 meadow pipits (in rough grass above pool)

1st Pool:
1 oystercatcher (spring is sprung!)
15 mallard
18 tufted duck
10 pochard
50+ gulls (1 common, 1 lbb, rest bh)

4 herons (pit behind prison)
1 snipe (flushed by footpath)
1 sparrowhawk

1st footpath:
flock of 30+ finches feeding on alder seeds, mainly lesser redpoll, but several goldfinch and siskin
1 female bullfinch

29 linnets in tree above feeding site when I returned to my car.


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Silver Lane Pools - 26th Jan, 12.45-2.00pm

25 tufted duck (21-1st pool, 4-2nd)
7 pochard (1st)
2 mallard (1st)
57 coot (24-1st, 33-2nd)
10 canada geese (2nd)

Also of interest were 5 jays, 2 meadow pipits, 1 heron (3rd pool), 3 stonechat (1 male by 3rd pool, a pair by old sheds), 2 goldcrest with a small flock of lt tits.

I've been feeding the corner of a field for a couple of weeks - the stubble field to the left of the eastbound sliproad off the Birchwood roundabout (J11 on the M62). Yesterday there were 60+ chaffinches and 15+ linnets feeding there.

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Thanks a lot Jonathan, I have sent you a PM.

Cheers.

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Hi Geoff,

Silver Lane Pools are on the other side of the M62 from Risley Moss NR, essentially, behind Risley HMP. If this link works you should be able to see the three pools at the top of the map:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=53.438761,-2.511792&spn=0.013012,0.038624&t=h&z=15

If you're coming along the M62 come off at J11 (Birchwood Roundabout) and park at the entrance to the landfill (I usually park on the island between the 'in' and 'out' road). Walk down to the field to your right, the footpath follows the edge of the landfill.

If you're coming up the East Lancs, come off at the Greyhound island and head up the A574 (Warrington Road), through Culcheth, past Risley HMP take the first on the left (just before the motorway bridge) - this is Silver Lane. Park anywhere along here and walk (or drive) down the lane until you reach a gate (it may be open during the week). There's another gate and a style to your left, follow this and it will take you round the landfill.

If you want to PM me with an email address I'll send you a map of the footpath and where to park. Oh, and wear wellies!

Cheers
Jonathan

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Hi Chaps,
Is Silver lane Pools the same as Risley Moss NR, and if not where is it please, as we were thinking of trying that area, but would have to alter our day as RMNR is shut on a Friday.

Thanks

Geoff

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13 January 12.00-1.00pm

41 tufted duck (38-1st pool, 3-2nd pool)
2 wigeon (1st)
8 pochard (7-1st, 1-2nd)
25 mallard (1st)
97 coot (1st)
2 canada geese (2nd)

Three buzzards, one sparrowhawk, three skylarks, 5 meadow pipits, a dozen redwing, flock of 50+ finches (chaff., gold. & linnet) on stubble to east of landfill and a single corn bunting perched on a distant birch.

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This afternoon - 14:45 to 16:00
Approach path:

1 Green Woodpecker (still there showing nicely on way back)
2 Blackbirds
2 Magpies
2 Wrens
1 Robin
plus flying over in general direction of the Mersey:

300+ Herrring Gull
10 GBBG
4 LBBG

On to the first pool which was two thirds frozen:

340+ Herring Gull
42 GBBG
55+ BHG
1 LBBG
1 Common Gull
102 Coot
8 Tufty
1 Pochard (female)
25 Canada Geese
8 Mute Swan
25+ Mallard
1 Snipe

The gulls all flew off in general direction of the Mersey at around 15:20

Rest of pools were frozen. Seen around here were:

1 Mipit
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Grey Heron
3 Fieldfare
1 Kestrel

On way back 500+ Starlings flew over heading west

-- Edited by Mike Baron at 16:38, 2009-01-01

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18 December 2008 - 12.00-1.00pm

Teal - 4 (1st pool)
Mallard - 26 (24 - 1st pool; 2 - 2nd)
Gadwall - 2 (1st)
Wigeon - 1 (1st)
Tufted - 27 (1st)
Pochard - 3 (1st)
Canada goose - 50 (1st)
Brent goose (pb) - 1 (1st pool - presumably same bird that was at Penny Flash on Wednesday, moving around with Canadas?)
Mute swan - 6 (2nd)

Otherwise, 4 herons, 3 buzzards, 3 corn buntings (flew over calling, 1st here this winter), 1 grey wag.

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11 December 2008 - 12.45-2.00pm

Mallard - 43 (11- 1st pool, 32 - 3rd)
Teal - 12 (3rd)
Gadwall - 6 (1st)
Wigeon - 1 (3rd)
Tufted - 3 (1st)
Coot - 90 (1st)
Canada geese - 5 (1st)
Redshank (flushed from 1st I think - heard only)
Grey herons (3 1st, 2 3rd)

Gulls included g & lbb, herring and bh. Many gulls flying between landfill and 1st pool. First day this winter 1st pool looked worthwhile gull watching.

Bullfinch - 3
Redwing - 15+
Reed bunting - 2
Meadow pipit - 2
GS Woodpecker - 1
Willow tit - 1

Sparrowhawk - 1
Kestrel - 1
Buzzard - 3

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7.45-8.30am

Only had time to do 1st pool:

Tufted duck - 25
Pochard - 13
Coot - 84
Mallard - 19
Mute swan - 1

Otherwise 2 buzzards, 1 f. sparrowhawk, a few tits, 2 bullfinch and several redwing - very quiet!

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19.11.08 - 7.15-8.15am (1st & 2nd pools only)

A woodcock flew over the road and landed in a large garden in Croft as I drove to the pools this morning!

c80 pinkfeet heading SE
green sandpiper flew over, calling twice, before I reached 1st Pool (couldn't subsequently find it on pools)
6 siskin
14 goldfinches
20 tuffted duck (1st pool)
3 pochard
pair gadwall
72 coot
1 dabchick
plus canada geese & mallard

Other recent 'highlights':

Friday 7th November - 2.30pm-ish:
2 pinkfeet planed down towards 1st pool - presumably they landed, though I couldn't confirm this from where I stood (3rd pool).

Monday 10th November:
Early a.m. down 1st footpath - willow tit with flock of mixed tits, 30 redwing, 33 blackbirds.
1st pool - small influx of wildfowl:
3 shovellors
7 teal
9 pochard
25 tuffties
plus 2 lbb, 3 gbb, 3 common, 40+ bh gulls

Tuesday 11th Nov:
Pair of gadwall and a greylag goose.

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Silver Lane Pools - 11.45am-1.15pm

Siskin - 1
Blackbirds - 27+
Bullfinch - 5 (3 + 2)
Redwing - 30+
Goldcrest - 7+
Jay - 2
Buzzard - 4
Goldfinch - 17 (1 + 9 + 7)
Song thrush - 8
Tufted duck - 17 (1st pool)
Pochard - 4 (1st pool)
Little grebe - 1 (1st pool)
Mute swan - 7(4 1st pool, 3 2nd pool)
Meadow pipit - 11
Grey partridge - 11
Mistle thrush - 4
Common snipe - 1
Fieldfare - 4
Stonechat - 2

Many gulls coming and going at 1st pool, quick count gave:
Black-headed - 120+
Common - 2
Lesser black-back - 14
Great black-back - 3
Herring - 9

Large tit flock in the motorway wood meant I was late for work again. Worth it though - mainly long-tailed tits, but smaller no's of blue, coal and great and at least one willow tit - first one I've seen here since spring. At least 4 goldcrests tagging along too.

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Silver Lane Pools - 6.45-8.15am

Bullfinch - 4
Siskin - 4 (dropped into alders, first I've seen here this winter)
Fieldfare - 40+ on passage, plus 8 dropped into hedge
Redwing - 10+ (at least 10 from hedgerows, several birds on passage)
Tufted duck - 16 (1st pool)
Pochard - 4 (1st pool)
Shovellor - 3 (1st pool)
Coot - 72 (1st pool)
Mallard - 18 (10 1st pool, 8 3rd pool)
Kingfisher - 1 (2nd pool)
Buzzard - 2
Stonechat - 1 (above 2nd pool)
Meadow pipit - 7 (6 above 2nd pool, 1 on passage)
Mute swan - 7 (3rd pool)
Canada goose - 42 (3rd pool)
Jay - 2

Quick visit yesterday to 1st pool, highlight of which was 3 wigeon anongst usual stuff.
Large tit flock on Silver Lane held mainly lt, but varying no's of blue, great and coal, and several goldcrests (2 seen, more heard).

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Green Sandpiper present this evening.

Info thanks to Steve Christmas.

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This morning - 10:30 to 12:30

1st pool -

2 Little Grebe
26 Mallard
62 Coot
18 Tufted Duck
59 Canada Goose
143 Black-headed gulls
3 Moorhen

3rd pool

4 Mute Swan (2 juvs)

Elsewhere:

109 Redwing - 41 south at 11:05, 10 feeding on berries by path and showing well with rest heading nw in dribs and drabs
10 Jays
2 Stonechats
3 Goldcrest
2 Coal Tit
40+ Long-tailed Tit
2 Buzzard
11 Skylark
10 Mipit
1 Grey Wagtail
15+ Siskin
14 Goldfinch
1 Snipe

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