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White-winged Black Tern still present about 5.00pm



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Friday 18th of May 2018 06:36:28 PM

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After hot-footing it from Neumann's Flash Malc Curtin re-located the stunning adult summer White-winged Black Tern on Budworth Mere at 12.30pm. The bird was favouring the Kid Brook Spit area, often perching on the posts there. The bird was still present at 2.45pm at least.



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50 Black-tailed Godwit on Haydn's Pool at 1.30pm

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Garden Warbler singing away at Garden Warbler Corner this morning along with a Blackcap fifteen yards to its left. Common Sandpiper over on Kid Brook Spit together with two Little Ringed Plover. Female type Goosander over to the left, asleep on the grass. Around a hundred Sand Martin and House Martin over the Mere prior to most of them departing. Walked across to Dairy House Meadows via Big Wood where at least one Lesser Whitethroat was being very vocal. Two Common Whitethroat also present.



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(25.04.18) 19.00-20.00

2 Arctic Terns on Budworth Mere, also 1f Goosander and 6 Great Crested Grebes.

2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 19 Pied Wagtails and 1 White Wagtail by Kid Brook.

Lots of Swallows and Sand Martins over the mere, plus 1 House Martin.

Brief burst of Lesser Whitethroat song from bushes by the small pond (NW corner of Big Wood}

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Friday pm dropped in at Budworth Mere on way back from BMW. I was particularly looking for yellow wags but was destined to be disappointed for the second time this week. However some determined scoping of the far shore around Kid Brook produced Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin as well as the usual Oystercatchers and Curlew. Would have tried for the lesser spot again but someone had nicked the bridge blankstare



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10.45-14.00

On the mere : 8 Great Crested Grebes, 35 Tufted Ducks (Mainly in a large single group, lots of displaying going on).

Raven heard calling near the Coward screen. Numerous Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in song throughout the park.

Lesser Whitethroat singing briefly in the hedge alongside Big Wood, near the marshy area and pond.

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On my way back from Leighton Moss I had to travel past Marbury CP so I popped in and managed to pick up a couple of good birds that had been found earlier by a couple of local patch 'lads' smile

Best of these was an adult Little Gull, in very near full-summer plumage but just with a few flecks of white in the black hood, not noticeable uless scoped at high mag. This smart bird also had the pink flush that many Little Gulls often do. It was watched coursing up and down Budworth Mere, occasionally alighting on the water. Also present were two Common Terns, one with long tail-streamers that had earlier raised hopes of it being an Arctic Tern, but sadly not. A female Goosander was on the far shore near the spit as well as two Oystercatchers.



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Popped down pm Mark & the Tawny Owl had shuffled its way back deep into the ivy, only the breast and wing were showing when I first watched it & then by the time Dave H came after I phoned him it was pretty much just a few feathers that we could see. Hope it turns out to be a regular roosting tree smile



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Male Scaup on Budworth Mere this morning with four Goldeneye and a minimum of two Goosander amongst others. Nice to see a roosting Tawny Owl, quite out in the open sunning itself in Big Wood.

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08:40 - 10:50

Mediterranean Gull - 2 on Budworth Mere

Both adults in immaculate breeding plumage. They were amongst c200 gulls - predominantly black-headed and common gulls (60-70%, the former species), with a few lesser black-backed gulls.

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Like Mark I spent a couple of hours with a friend of mine looking for the Hawfinch and we only had one prolonged view of a single bird in the scope plus a couple of birds just in flight.Didn't heard any birds calling all the time we were there either.There were probably about 10 people searching for the birds as well.Last time I went we had 5 or 6 birds on and off most of the time we were there.Whether they've moved on or we just went on a bad day?,be interesting to see what reports come out in the next week or so.

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Spent around two and a half hours this morning doing circuits of the Old Hall/Arboretum area looking for Hawfinch as a friend had come down from Lancashire. Managed to see just the one bird and from speaking to others, it would appear that only a couple of birds have been showing. Spent a while at the slipway looking across to Kid Brook Spit plus further time viewing the flooded fields from the spot where the bridge used to be. Amongst others :-

Hawfinch (1)
Goosander (4)
Goldeneye (5)
Mandarin (1m)
Ruff (1)
Green Sandpiper (1)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Buzzard (2)

Came back later in the day and spent an hour at the screen hoping to see Bittern, without luck.

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That would be wonderful Mark

Thank you for the information

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Ian Chisnall wrote:

Will these Hawfinches that have come to the UK this winter go back to Europe at the end of winter or can we expect some at least of them to stay and breed?





I would hazard a guess that most will return to the continent Ian. A couple of the Marbury birds have been heard singing (as opposed to calling) and one has been observed pulling moss from a tree and flying off with it. The whole Marbury Country Park, when added to Anderton Nature Park and the Flashes is a huge area and easily capable of supporting a couple of pairs of Hawfinch. There is also a wide range of trees and therefore food. Fingers crossed that one or two stay.

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Will these Hawfinches that have come to the UK this winter go back to Europe at the end of winter or can we expect some at least of them to stay and breed?



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Spent an hour and a half on the slipway, this morning, looking across to Kid Brook Spit, then a further hour or so split between looking for any Hawfinch and hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the two Bittern in Coward Reedbed.

Much of Budworth Mere is still frozen and plenty of birds were congregated around the spit which was ice free. These included 6 Goosander, the odd Wigeon and Teal, good numbers of Tufted Duck, a few Shelduck, Canada Goose and Greylag Goose. Waders were represented by 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, a few Lapwing and 1 Snipe.

Great Spotted Woodpecker were heard drumming nearby at the edge of Big Wood.

Although a couple of Hawfinch had been seen earlier by a patch birder, I was out of luck after checking the usual spots. I had had 10 on Saturday morning and there were reports of a minimum of 17 yesterday. These charismatic birds have been with us for four months now and surely it wont be long until they disperse.

One of the two Bittern did show briefly.



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3 Hawfinches showed briefly on top of the big trees behind the picnic tables near the garden centre.

The Bittern had been seen earlier in the morning but stayed hidden whilst I was there.

Lots of Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds were on the fields bordering the NW corner of the park, and also the pasture opposite Big Wood.

Amongst the mixed thrush flock were 4 Mistle Thrushes and 7 Song Thrushes. The thrushes were being closely watched by a Buzzard and a Kestrel.

There was the sad sight of a freshly killed male Blackbirds head on the path indicating predation.

6 Great Crested Grebes were on the mere and a Tawny Owl was calling near the arbitorium.

2 Great Black Backed Gulls were on Kid Brook, whilst on the adjoining meadow were 12 Curlews, 8 Oystercatchers and 12 Wigeon.

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A minimum of nine Hawfinch seen today around the Old Hall site. Two or three others were noted within the arboretum, with another group of four nearby. Most than likely some duplication in numbers.

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Well, What can I say?, this trip has rendered me speechless!

Last year, I was planning to view the hawfinches at Sizergh castle which took place in November. Though they showed, it was misty and silhouetted and not as good as my lifer view years prior. So rather than going all that way again at dawn in February, I thought I'd try those visitors in Marbury first. This was by far the best decision I made.

I Didn't know what to expect when I arrived at the park. I could hear two Hawfinches calling from a small conifer straight away in the area close and eventually i managed to see one close in full view and it stayed for 2 mins through a gap in the tree. But, nothing could have prepared me for the photographic results as I was impressed that they turned out well as usually shots taken at an awkward angle and through a tiny gap with lots of distractions and objects in the way for the camera ends up with blurry images!

This was a fine example of being in the right spot at the right moment! After which, we only caught glimpses of them.

41 species were seen with 3 others heard (jay, great spotted woodpecker and 3 water rails very close)

Other highlights were; sparrowhawk male, 3 buzzards showing superbly well calling, goldcrest, treecreeper, shelduck, Oystercatcher, goosander, and shoveler.

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Around 17 Hawfinch were showing, at times very well, this morning along the western side of the arboretum.

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5 Hawfinches seen today, but I'm sure there were more to be heard around the Old Hall area. It was great to have prolonged views - the birds' call was quite distinctive and gave them away, but they remained reasonably mobile. I managed a record shot before one of the birds was scared off by an over enthusiastic Jack Russell



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Seven Hawfinch seen this morning in the usual Old Hall area. Sometimes elusive, today they were very active, coming and going over the forty five minutes I was there. On or by the Mere were seventy five Curlew, three Goosander, five Pochard and two Barnacle Goose amongst the usual fayre. One of the patch birders/photographers had an interesting photograph from yesterday showing an extremely small Canada Goose in amongst the flock. Size wise good for Cackling Goose but the bill wasnt stubby at all and just a tiny Canada.

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2 Hawfinch seen perched up in trees around the Old hall site, I had 6/7 sightings of Hawfinch in flight and perched up but never more that 2 in view together.
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Green Woodpecker calling in the same area
Greenfinch 7 in one flock
And a very unusual sighting of a fly through Kingfisher in a wooded and open area some distance from any water

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10 Hawfinch in trees near Rangers Cabins this morning, after 8 (of these) were seen in the car park earlier smile


Yes Paul amazing I was with the Marbury regular, Dave H when we found the 10 Hawfinch together in one of the bare trees, viewed from the area of the old hall, at 10.20 this morning. They stayed around for a while giving excellent views. Earlier there was a Buzzard feeding on the ground and flitting about near the picnic tables, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel over.  The raptors had left when the Hawfinch settled on the tree in the sunshine.

Also a nice surprise for me was a Kingfisher passing the hide overlooking the mere. 



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Passed on from a Marbury regular:

10 Hawfinch in trees near Rangers Cabins this morning, after 8 (of these) were seen in the car park earlier smile



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Late report for yesterday afternoon: 3 hawfinch flying over (not great views), 4 bullfinch, 1 pochard, numerous tufted duck, 2 nuthatch, 1 goosander, 1 siskin and 1 reed bunting.



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Seven Hawfinch around the area of the old hall at lunch time today.



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At least 6 Hawfinch at lunchtime,showing well perched up in the bare trees and feeding in the adjacent Yew Trees.


 Pete I have sent you a PM.



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At least 6 Hawfinch at lunchtime,showing well perched up in the bare trees and feeding in the adjacent Yew Trees.

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Budworth Mere count this morning. The bridge over Forge Brook is no more, so had scope the eastern end of the Mere as best as possible from other areas.

Mute Swan (4)
Barnacle Goose (2)
Pink-footed Goose (1)
Greylag Goose (4)
Canada Goose (128)
Mallard (58)
Tufted Duck (27)
Goosander (7)
Teal (4)
Goldeneye (2)
Great-crested Grebe (7)
Moorhen (2)
Coot (136)
Grey Heron (5)
Cormorant (7)
Water Rail (1)
Curlew (27)

There was a good selection of species at the screen hide feeders including Reed Bunting, Coal Tit and Nuthatch. Sparrowhawk was seen whilst I was looking for Hawfinch. Whilst I drew a blank here, seven birds had earlier been seen in the usual Old Hall area.

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The 1st Winter drake Scaup was still present this afternoon amongst the Tufted Duck flock. Also seen, a minimum of six Goosander, two of which were males.

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Brief visit 14.45-16.00

In addition to Paul's sightings, 1 imm male Scaup with Tufted Ducks on Budworth Mere.

1 adult Great Black Backed Gull at Kid Brook. The Hawfinches had been seen in the morning, but then disappeared.

I left the Coward Reedbed Screen as the light faded and the weather turned nasty, there was no sign of the Bittern

or mass Starling gathering as I left, but devotees were still there, I hope they had more luck.



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A short afternoon visit provided Carys and I with a chance to see a few old pals before the rain brought a premature end to our birding day. Interesting species seen included a female Goldeneye and 8 Goosanders on Budworth Mere. A Raven over. Over 60 Curlew in Kid Brook Fields. 30 Redwings by Fishermans Path. A Treecreeper near the garden centre. A Reed Bunting at the Coward Reedbed Screen feeders and a Greenfinch near the Old Hall site.



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11:20 - 15:35

Goosander 4
Pochard 1
Curlew - at least 100 in field at NW end of mere
Kingfisher 2
Hawfinch - 3 well-spread sightings of singles in the Old Hall area. Thus 1 to 3 birds seen, including very good views of a perched bird preening and cleaning its bill on twigs.
Treecreeper 1

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13.30-15.30

2 Hawfinches showing well in NW corner of the park.

As in my previous visit the Hawfinches settled in a big Yew tree and gorged on berries.

5 Goldcrests were in the same Yew. 2 Siskins were on the mere side alders

Lots of activity at feeding station by the mere, but the only unusual sighting was a Field Vole.

Not much to report from the mere either as most of it was covered by a carpet of thick mist.

Thankfully Kid Brook was still visible and held 8 Lapwings and 16 Greylag Geese.

Amongst a mass of Canada Geese were 2 Barnacle Geese.

At dusk a large gathering of Redwings packed into the treetops of Big Wood, where 2 Treecreepers were also seen.

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Bittern showing well, mid morning, in the Coward reedbed, Water Rail screeching nearby. Single Hawfinch noted, usual area around the Old Hall ruins with four or five being seen later in the day. Very murky over the Mere, good numbers of Great Crested Grebe along with singles of Goosander and Goldeneye.

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Two separate, single sightings of Hawfinch adjacent to the Old Hall site this morning. Both birds flew straight through.

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2 separate Hawfinch sightings in between arboretum and mere late morning. Views were brief as birds did not settle long enough. also seen lots of birds around arboretum including: Jay Raven Sparrowhawks very active Chaffinches Goldcrests Greenfinches Great spotted woodpecker Bullfinches Nuthatchs Reed bunting Blue tits, Great tits

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12.15-15.00

Despite the drizzle the Hawfinch was showing well in the treetops near the garden centre/nursery.

Many thanks to the birder who advised me the Hawfinch had been seen around noon in this area.

I found the bird in the company of a couple of Redwings on top of a big beech tree alongside the path into the park from Marbury Road.

After moving around the tops of the nearby trees the Hawfinch settled on a large Yew tree, where it started feasting on the berries.

The Hawfinch appeared to have an affinity with the small groups of Redwing that also frequented to top of the big trees here.

Also seen nearby were 3 Goldcrests and a Sparrowhawk. A skein of 150+ Pink Footed Geese flew over heading West.

The weather cleared by 14.00, just in time to see 75 Curlew on the meadow at Kid Brook, where 50+ Greylags grazed amongst a mass of Canada Geese.

12 Wigeon, 2 female Goldeneyes and a single female Goosander were amongst the waterfowl on Budworth Mere.

There were noticeably lots of Great Crested Grebes on the mere, plus 2 Little Grebes, one of which appeared very anxious about the presence of a nearby Cormorant.

14 Common Gulls were with the flock of Black Headed Gulls by Kid Brook. 4 Treecreepers were with a roaming mixed tit flock in Big Wood.

What appeared to be the Curlew seen at Kid Brook were seen at 15.45 flying over Dairyhouse Meadow and appeared to settle by the canal at Marsden.

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13.00-15.30

80 Curlew and 46 Lapwings on the meadow by Kid Brook. 12 Great Crested Grebes on Budworth Mere.

Whilst a large mereside alder attracted a mixed flock of 8 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Siskins, and 8 Goldfinches plus a single Treecreeper.

No sign of any Hawfinches near the mereside screen, but the surrounding big trees held 12+ Redwings and a couple of Song Thrushes.

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Three of us had a bit of a wander around Cheshire today starting well here at 8.30 this morning. As we came through from the car park Karen spotted a Hawfinch fly in with Redwings to the double line of trees running East to West from the toilet block. The bird appeared to perch briefly then continued West along the southern line of trees. While we were still scanning it or another bird came into the top of the northern line from the West before heading off over the toilet blocks.

We did an anti-clockwise circuit through the parkland down to the bride over the canal and back along the shore of the Mere to the hide, finding all the commoner Thrushes bar Fieldfare among a good selection of the commoner woodland birds, together with a female Goldeneye on the Mere along with the usual water birds. There seemed to be Nuthatches everywhere. While stopping for some aptly-named 'awesome breakfast baps' and a cuppa 3 Siskin flew into the Yews behind us. Seemed like a good start so we headed off to Newchurch Common.....

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Enjoyable few hours spent around the arboretum area,yesterday 12:00 till 14:00.

Highlight being two Hawfinches , seen together atop one of the bare trees near the steps down to the mere hide,also a sighting of a single bird,loosely associating with a flock of Greenfinch.

Also seen 10 + Mistle Thrush , 40 + Redwings and numerous Goldcrests.

Also plenty of the usual Tits,Finches,Blackbirds etc.

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Two separate sightings of single Hawfinch around midday (T Davies, S Collins thanks), meanwhile 2m and 1f Goldeneye on the Mere amongst the Tufted Duck flock.

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1-4pm

1 hawfinch seen in tall trees next to the picnic benches & shelter opposite toilets & warden office at 1.20pm. very distant as I was stood near the top of the steps near the hide, but as went to get closer it disappeared & despite a good mooch around was never to be seen again.
lots of redwings, blackbirds, several song thrush & mistle thrush around
flock of 40+ fieldfare over
13 golden plover over
plenty of finches around also, greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch & 1 brambling at the feeding table near toilets.
lost count of the goldcrests
5 nuthatch
1 treecreeper
2 great spotted woodpecker
female sparrowhawk seen on a few occasions
1 buzzard
thousands of starlings going to roost.



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Two singles of the fairly elusive Hawfinch this morning in the open, grassy area adjacent to the arboretum. Earlier, four birds had been seen together. Nice to see Steve Judge who couldn't have timed his arrival any better! Rather poor record shots attached.

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One Hawfinch seen briefly in the trees near the hide overlooking the mere at the Aboretum this morning. 



-- Edited by Nev Wright on Sunday 5th of November 2017 01:52:23 PM

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Two Hawfinch seen briefly this morning at Marbury Arboretum. Picked up on call initially, then in flight as the birds flew into the tops of a large yew tree. In the time it took to get my camera out of my jacket pocket, they had flown off and despite doing several circuits of the area over the next hour and a half, I was unable to relocate them.

The ranger had apparently seen a bird in the area on Thursday. Thanks to Chris Hancock, who I bumped into yesterday, for the heads up.

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12.30-14.30

17 Great Crested Grebes (including 1 juvenile) on Budworth Mere.

8 Curlew and 70 Lapwings were alongside the mere at Kid Brook.

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Early Afternoon

Budworth Mere/Kid Broook

1 Kingfisher and 8 adult Great Crested Grebes.

60+ Lapwings were with a large group of Black Headed Gulls. No other gull species were present.

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