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RE: Marbury Country Park


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.

To add 70 species of fungi were named and shamed - details in Fungal Friends at www.fungalpunknature.co.uk

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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 đalso 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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Huge numbers of House Martins, Sand Martins and Swallow but not a single Swift.

4 White Wagtails, 2 Pied Wagtails but no Yellow Wagtails :(



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Hobby chasing the hirundines over Budworth Mere at around 07:10 this morning. Also 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper along the Fisherman's Path.

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6.30-8.00pm

3 Yellow Wagtails with the White and Pied Wagtails by the Fishermans Path.

Masses of Swallows and a couple of Sand Martins were flying just inches above the mere, with a bitterly cold North wind blowing in, no sign of House Martins or Swifts.

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Despite the heavy showers and brisk wind a few good birds to be seen around the park and Budworth Mere this morning. 4 Common Sandpipers were around the mere with a Dunlin on Kid Brook spit mid morning. The fields along Fisherman's Path held 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails and a Wheatear plus a Grey Wagtail was by the footbridge. Lots of hirundines over the mere but just 1 Swift seen mid morning. Still no obvious Garden Warblers back yet.

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After Greater Manchester beating Cheshire to it, there was 1+Swift over Budworth Mere this morning (per V.Lundy thanks).



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A report of an Osprey through Budworth Mere today, went straight through and didn't linger but caused mass panic amongst the gulls on the mere.



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Malc Curtin found a female Redstart in a hedge by the fields by Fisherman's Path this evening smile



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Eleven Yellow Wagtail (including one blue headed type), several Pied Wagtail and a minimum of four White Wagtail in flooded field by Fisherman's Path, late afternoon.

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Spent late afternoon around Budworth Mere, accessed from the layby on the A559. Two Common Sandpipers were on Kid Brook shore to the left of the spit when looking across from the mereside path. Ten Yellow Wagtails made a spectacluar sight as they fed in close proximity in the first grassed field when entering along the Fisherman's Path from the A559 layby. They were feeding with at least 15 Pied Wagtails but not a single White Wagtail was amongst them. Around 700 Sand Martins were over the mere with several Swallows.



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The 10 Little Gulls and the Arctic Tern were still hawking over the mere with several Black-headed Gulls at 5.30pm, they did the decent thing and lingered until I could pop down after work wink



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From mixture of sources, including patch watchers texting & emailing and from customers in the shop:

Up to 10 Little Gulls over Budworth Mere and an Arctic Tern. White Wagtail Kid Brook Spit (per G.Baker, J.Gilbody, D.King et al) thanks all smile



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The female Common Scoter was still present at a very windy and choppy Budworth Mere at 18.30 hours, at the right hand side of the bay to the right of Kid Brook Spit. Nice to meet Pod Antrobus at long last, whilst we were chatting a Yellow a Wagtail flew high overhead in roughly the same area as Tuesday's bird by the Fisherman's Path. I walked the full length of the mere and reckon there could have been anything up to one thousand Sand Martin.

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The female Common Scoter was still on the mere mid afternoon, although the presence of a wind surfer may instigate its departure (unless of course it's last Spring's long stayer?). Also 2 Redshank on Kid Brook spit and 600+ Sand Martins over the mere with just 2 Swallows.

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Interesting sighting texted to me this morning:

female Common Scoter on Budworth Mere favouring sailing club end at 11.30am (per S.Grimmett, thanks)

Could this be my bird from Newchurch biggrin



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6.30-7.30pm

Just a quick visit to see if anything unusual had settled on the mere.

2 Swallows were over the pasture/meadow. More Swallows were with large numbers of Sand Martins over the mere, no sign of any House Martins amongst them though.

I did'nt count the waterfowl, but 3 prs great Crested Grebes were displaying, whilst Tufted Ducks and Coot appeared numerous.

1 Kingfisher was below the screen.

There were a couple of anglers at Kid Brook, so that area was birdless.



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Cheers for the call back Greg so I could catch up with the wagtail. As I said at the time all the hirundines lifted as I came to meet you but on my way back they all dropped in again. A re-check revealed still just the one House Martin.



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Following on from the record of 2 Yellow Wagtails on Kid Brook spit at Budworth Mere yesterday morning, a smart male was showing well this morning on the middle field along the Fisherman's Path. Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps all back in reasonable numbers and over the mere 770 Sand Martins, 11 Swallows and 1 House Martin.



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News from the Patch Grapevine today :

2 Yellow Wagtails around the Kid Brook Spit area (per M.Curtin, thanks).



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