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Of note this morning around 8.30, Arctic Tern (2) and Common Sandpiper (1) at Kid Brook Spit, viewed from the slipway.

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Glad the Wood Sandpiper stayed a second day for those of us who had started tea and a glass of wine last night wink The bird is distant so you will need a scope, it can be picked up viewing from Fishermans Path or the Mereside Path and generally favour the shoreline to the right of Kid Brook as you look across the mere.



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The Wood Sandpiper (found yesterday afternoon by Greg Baker) was still present this morning on, or near to, Kid Brook Spit, viewed from the slipway.

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Hi Andy. Went with High Peak RSPB group on Sunday and had great views of at least 1 Garden Warbler. Best area was between the arch of the main car park and the main lake. An area of scrub at the far side of the grass was best. 

Also seen were 1 Little Gull, Black Tern, Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Swift, plus the usual species. 

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Had three quarters of an hour on the Fisherman's Path this morning watching a single Arctic Tern move through. Three Black Tern had moved through earlier and at least one other Arctic Tern.

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Could someone please tell me here the garden warblers usually hang out please?

I have never visited Marbury CP, so local names for landmarks such as fisherman's path will mean nothing to me.

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1 ad summer plumage Black Tern
1 juv Little Gull
at least 2 Garden Warblers

and about 200 fun runners

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Still two Yellow Wagtail in fields by Fisherman's Path together with a few Pied Wagtail early afternoon. Several Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler in song. Around five hundred Sand Martin over Budworth Mere with with small numbers of Swallow and House Martin.

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Fisherman's Path this evening produced 28 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail and 5 Yellow Wagtail. There was a Green Sandpiper yesterday early morning at Kid Brook Spit.

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Two yellow wagtails  again this morning in the same field. Chiffchaff, blackcap and willow warbler all singing in the scrub near the main road. Plenty of sand martins and a few swallows over the mere but I couldn't pick out any house martins.



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Four Yellow Wagtail this evening by Fisherman's Path, second field in from Marston side. With around ten Pied but no White.

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At least 3 Yellow Wagtails have been seen today, possibly four, but they were pretty mobile. They were easiest to catch up with in the fields next to Fisherman's Path next to the mere, possibly best accessed from the layby on the bend of the A559. I saw them late morning but just as I was about to take my first digiscoped dhot they were flushed by a dogwalker furious They did return as expected but much further out in the field. A few Pied Wagtails accompanied them. Lots of Sand Martins and several Swallows on Budworth Mere at the same time as I was watching the wagtails smile



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White Wagtail seen this morning on Kid Brook Spit, a Redshank yesterday. Also today many Chiffchaff and at least two singing Blackcap by the Mereside Path. Several Sand Martin put in an appearance late afternoon, otherwise just the 'normal' woodland birds in Big Wood and nothing of real note on the Mere.

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Two reports this morning from the Patch Grapevine:

Drake Mandarin Budworth Mere.

Sand Martin Budworth Mere



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Budworth Mere count - Walk from Coward Reedbed hide to end of Fisherman's Path, 9.40 to 11.50, weather fine but cool and blustery.

Mute Swan (2)
Canada Goose (2)
Greylag Goose (2)
Cormorant (8)
Heron (4)
Water Rail (1)
Moorhen (1)
Coot (54)
Great Crested Grebe (13)
Curlew (10)
Redshank (1)
Gadwall (1)
Goosander (5)
Goldeneye (4)
Teal (2)
Pochard (2)
Tufted Duck (32)
Mallard (53)
Kingfisher (1)

There was also a good assortment of species at the feeders including Reed Bunting, Long tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker.


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Still at least 4 female Goosanders on the mere this evening along with a lone female Goldeneye and a pair of Pochards. Watched a Cormorant catch and eventually devour a huge eel off the main reedbed, taking at least 10 minutes before it could swallow it. Only ever seen one catch an eel here before today.

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I am a regular walker walker in the northern part of Marbury Park and the alongside Budworth Mere. This is the start of the second year we have lived here thus not familiar with the history of the site other than that freely given by the regulars.

At the beginning of the winter the Mere showed great promise with a great variety of overwintering ducks, though the numbers were never great. The birds seen have included teal, pochard, widgeon, gadwall, gargany, tufted (a lot of these), shelduck and goldeneye. Only mallard and tufteds seen today. In some cases these were just one or two pairs. There is a large number of great crested grebes, estimated at 40+. I am intrigued by their colour variations. Coots, 100+. Very few moorhens. Up to 6 gooseander have been seen in recent weeks, though not seen today. Finally, one pair of swans whose youngsters disappeared early January.

There have been upwards of 150 Canada geese, about 20 greylags and the odd pinkfoot. These have nearly always clung to the north side of the mere or be seen grazing in the adjacent fields. In the early winter the geese would mix, but in the last six weeks or so they have stayed separated.

I first saw a bittern in December and soon picked up its habits. That is that it would show up in the half light about 20 minutes or so before it became too ark to see them. A good marker would be the start of the starling murmuration. From about the first week of January two were present (they may still be though most people seem to have seen only one at a time in recent weeks). On the first night we saw two, one was seen to grab and swallow a starling. We saw one this evening who surprised by becoming very visible by climbing up of the the remaining upright reeds. It then started doing what we assume was some sort of display as it was puffing out its feather, opening it's wings and alternating between squatting down and stretching upwards in the classic pose. We did not notice any booming, perhaps because of the noise of the wind in the trees.

There were some amazing starling murmurations in December and January, though having beaten down most of the reeds they seem to have moved on.

Waterside birds have included up to 50 curlew, a similar number of lapwing, occasional visits from a large number of golden plover. There have been groups of up to 6 oystercatcher., 5 egrets and amazingly over 20 herons about a fortnight ago. There were about 10 seen today. There are a pair of kingfishers that can regularly be seen from the hide and along the path to where the small bay where people like to feed the ducks. On our last two visits we have seen rails quite close.

Alongside the lake there are some really mature alder trees which seem to be a magnet for birds like treecreepers, nuthatch and woodpeckers. Other small birds seen today comprised about 6 long tailed tits (3 pairs), pair of goldcrests, otherwise it was the usual mix of garden birds. Early in the winter there were quite a few linnets but these have not been seen for some weeks.

A few blackcaps have been seen back from the mere. They seem to favour the hawthorn and elder bushes. Quite a few of the elders have been cleared as part of the woodland management.

Blackbirds and song thrushes are present in numbers. Mistle thrushes have been seen on the adjacent grassland. Fieldfares seem to have moved on, though there were still redwing seen last week. 

There are a couple of pairs of jays, several magpies, jackjaws 50+, carrion crows. No ravens seen or heard today, but have seen up to 5 together in the recent past. While the murmurations were taking place it was quite common to see sparrowhawks waiting in the trees before diving into the reeds to take a late meal.

Seabirds comprise a lot of black headed and a few herring gulls. Cormorants were plentiful earlier in the winter but seem to have moved on.  

There has been a lot of felling of mature trees around the area of the hide overlooking the lake, which is worrying as the purpose and reasons are not obvious. I would like to lobby for more tree management such as pollarding. This should preserve the mature trunks for feeding and nesting while keeping the tops healthy and less of a risk to those underneath. It will also satisfy the desire to use the chainsaw.

Other problems for the bird life is the massive squirrel population.

 

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Goldcrests seem to favour the yew and other evergreen trees.

Tufted (f) seen to catch a fish about 2" long, chew on it, drop it, catch it again, align it in her beak and swallow it.

5 tawny owls heard at same time but from different parts of the wood.

Very few finches seen this winter.

There is a great group of birdwatchers here. Ready to chat and swap notes.

 



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Good wander on the 23rd Jan - 52 bird species seen - highlights - Kingfisher, good flock of Curlew, plenty of Jays, 2 female Goosanders and a Raven being mobbed by Carrion Crows. Certain parts of the wood never fail to baffle me as to how quiet they are and Woodpeckers were almost a no show with only 1 Great Spotted seen.

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14.30-16.00

2f Goosanders, 40+ Great Crested Grebes, 3m Pochard, 8 Grey Herons and 5 Little Egrets.

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Originally posted today by Chris Part:

A visit between 1:10 and 3:45pm produced the following,

Budworth mere - 2 female Goosanders, 3 Little egrets, Kingfisher, Pochard, Shoveler, 2 Curlew, the usual small birds around the feeders but there wasn'the much food out for them, Cormorants and an impressive 43 Great crested grebes. No sign of the Bittern unfortunately.

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Originally posted today by Clive Part:

A visit in the afternoon between 1.00pm and 4.00pm produced the following

Kingfisher, Pochard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Curlew, Great Crested grebe, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted woodpecker, Jay, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Cormorant and Goldcrest.



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A text this morning to say that there are 5 Little Egrets at Budworth Mere, Marbury CP this morning along wil 2 Goosanders and drake Goldeneye (per Greg Baker, thanks)



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Saw a Bittern around 4.20pm today was difficult to spot in the reeds bar when it moved about but it then flew across the mere to reeds near the spit šalso good views of Kingfisher and Goosander.

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A good start to the New Year with 2 Bitterns showing well this evening in the Coward Reedbed, one of which seemed to be catching Starlings as they came in to roost. Also at least 3 Little Egrets and the 2 Goosanders still present.

On the way to the country park I had c15 Waxwings fly over the car at Soot Hill between Barnton and Anderton, presumably part of the flock that has recently been seen in Barnton.

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Just in case anyone missed the news yesterday, a Bittern is back in Coward Reedbed at the mere and was showing well at dusk, 2 Goosanders were also still on the mere (info per Greag Baker, thanks)



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Further to the Doc's post earlier, it was a good morning down at Budworth Mere today with 4 Little Egrets now at what seems to be their regular resting site at the east end of the mere, plus a first winter Goosander (probably female) around the boathouse. Also a drake Goldeneye, 3 Kingfishers and a young Peregrine over the mere for a few minutes despite constant harassment from the local Black-headed Gulls.

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Another text today to say that there are now 4 Little Egrets at Budworth Mere this morning, they will be breeding in the heronry next year at this rate! Still no sign of a wintering Bittern in Coward Reedbed (all per Greg Baker, thanks).



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A Little Egret was at Budworth Mere today (per Greg Baker, thanks).



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Budworth Mere count - walk from far end of Fisherman's Path to Coward Reedbed Hide. Intermittent rain & cold. 9.30 until 12.00

Shelduck (1)
TuftedDuck (12)
Mallard (160)
Goldeneye (2)
Wigeon (2)
Gadwall (6)
Moorhen (5)
Coot (44)
Great crested Grebe (56)
Cormorant (31)
Heron (3)
Canada Goose (c.400)
Greylag Goose (1)
Lapwing (16)
Curlew (1)
Water Rail (2)
Kingfisher (3)
Raven (4)


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News texted to me today:

1w drake Scaup and Little Egret at E.end of Budworth Mere (per Greag Baker, thanks).



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News texted to me today:

2 female Common Scoters on Budworth Mere, Marbury Country Park 2pm + drake Goldeneye (per R.elsby, thanks)



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News from Today so far:

Little Egret on Kid Brook Spit, Budworth Mere + Dunlin (per Greg Baker, thanks).



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1w/fem Garganey Budworth Mere around Kidbrook Spit 11.50am but mobile (per Greg Baker, thanks)



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Midday

20 Great Crested Grebes, including 3 juveniles. 200+ Lapwings around Kid Brook. 8 Mistle Thrushes were on the field by the fishermans path.

1 Buzzard was over the meadows, and a Raven was heard in Big Wood.

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Wildfowl numbers have suddenly increased on the mere with 342 Mallard, 160 Canadas and 97 Greylags counted this morning. The regular hybrid Canada x Greylag was also present with 4 second generation hybrid juveniles. A Grey Wagtail was by the slipway.

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2 (or 1 very mobile) Garden Warbler



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Saturday 28th May 2016. 11:30 - 18:00 hrs.

Circular walk from Marbury Country Park (Budworth Mere) - Anderton - along Trent and Mersey Canal - diversion to Neumman's Flash and Ashton Flash - back along canal to Bridge 193 - Marston - Great Budworth - return to Marbury Country Park.

Linnet x 1
Reed Warbler x 1
Sedge Warbler x 1
Reed Bunting x 5
Common Whitethroat x 2
Chiffchaff x 4
Willow Warbler x 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 3
Gadwall x 2
Buzzard x 9 (different sightings)
Shelduck x 7
Great Crested Grebe x 6
Song Thrush x 1
Mistle Thrush x
Tufted Duck x 8
Mute Swan x 8
Lapwing x 4
Long Tailed Tit x 1
Pied Wagtail x 1
Cormorant x 4
Coal Tit x 1
Dunnock x 1
Goldfinch x 4
Robin x 8
Blackbird x 12
Great Tit x 3
Blue Tit x 1
House Sparrow x 8
Chaffinch x 1
Moorhen x 2
Coot x 6
Canada Geese x 7
Greylag Geese x 15
Lesser Black Backed Gull x 5
Great Black Backed Gull x 2
Black-Headed Gull x 20
Herring Gull x 3
Mallard x 20
Woodpigeon x 15
Feral Pigeon x 1
Kestrel x 1 (on way home above A57 just off M6 past Thelwall)
Swift x 3
Swallow x 25
Grey Heron x 7
Carrion Crow x 30
Jackdaw x 5


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Around Midday

Only 6 Great Crested Grebes and a few Tufted Ducks etc, were on the mere, with lots of sailing taking place.

No wagtails, just a few Mallard on the field by the fisherman's path. 1 Mistle Thrush was on the cattle pasture.

6 Buzzards were riding the thermals above Budworth, with 2 more being mobbed by crows over Big Wood.

A highly vocal male Blackcap was patrolling "Garden Warbler Corner", but no sign of any other warblers.

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Thanks to Mark Taylor & Paul Hill for the updates on the Black Terns whilst I was in South Wales for the morning running a family errand. When I got back it was straight down Fisherman's Path to find at least 8 Black Terns and an Arctic showing really well in front of the yacht club. This was around 1.45pm. As Mark says later the numbers were higher but to be honest the others could have been elsewhere on the mere when I was there as I stopped at the yacht club end due to time restraints. If anyone is chancing it tomorrow then the Fisherman's Path is a good starting place smile



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Four Black Tern over Budworth Mere when I arrived around 10am after walking in from Anderton, via Haydn's Pool, where the male Garganey was extremely active, completing four or five flight circuits of the pool. Back to Budworth Mere, I had just missed one each of Arctic and Common Tern, recently departed. Tern numbers peaked mid afternoon with thirteen Black and three Arctic.

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Six Arctic Terns over Budworth Mere mid afternoon with one each of Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper on Kid Brook Spit.

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Many thanks Greg (and Mark, who replied offline)



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Patrick Earith wrote:

For the uninitiated, where exactly is 'Garden Warbler Corner' ? Thanks in advance





Hi Patrick,

It's the area of scrub between the path that runs alongside the mere and the path that skirts the open park area. The Garden Warblers are usually at the eastern end of this scrubby area and can be seen from either path or from the path that links the two by the mere slipway, without venturing into the scrub.

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For the uninitiated, where exactly is 'Garden Warbler Corner' ? Thanks in advance



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7.00-8.30pm

6 Great Crested Grebes and 26 Tufted Ducks on the mere.

A male Blackcap by"Garden Warbler Corner", no sign of Garden Warbler though.

People were stood by Kid Brook so no birds there.

As I was leaving and the light fading I'm sure I heard a Wood Warbler, just South of the boardwalk in Big Wood, close to where the small bench once was.

4 Swifts were above Big Wood

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Notice of a couple of free events organised by FOAM (Friends of Anderton & Marbury) this coming Sat 7th May at Marbury Country Park.

4:00-5:00 am - Dawn chorus: a chance to hear the local birds advertising their territories around the park and the arboretum.

5:00-c7:30 am - Bird Walk - usually covers the country park, Big Wood and some of Haydn's Pool and Dairy House Meadows.

For both events meet at the main car park. As well as the event being free, car parking is also free at this time of day. The events are suitable for all ages and abilities, however please note if we do a longer walk it is around 3 miles distance. Tea and bacon butties will be served at the end of the walk.

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32 Black-tailed Godwits circled over the mere around 07:30 this morning but didn't linger and flew off south. Also 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, a female Wheatear and a Common Sandpiper from the Fisherman's Path, 7 Swifts over the mere and 2 Garden Warblers in the mereside scrub.

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A Garden Warbler this afternoon at 'Garden Warbler Corner,' a Common Sandpiper on Kid Brook Spit, two White Wagtails in the fields along side the Fisherman's Path with half a dozen Swift overhead.

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I had a text this morning to say that there were two Ringed Plovers on Kid Brook Spit across Budworth Mere (thanks to Ian Barber).



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