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The Bittern was showing well in the reedbed this evening before being bombarded by a roost of around 200,000 Starlings . The murmuration built up from around 5.15pm and was as usual a spectacular sight. Once the main flock had flown into the reedbed birds were still pouring in from the west for at least another 15 minutes. By the time they had all roosted, the entire reedbed was black, covered by what looked like an oil slick. There were so many that they were even covering the bushes in front of the hide. I've never seen so many roosting at the mere before.

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At Budworth Mere the Bittern was showing well this morning in Coward Reedbed from the screen. The first Dunlin of the year was feeding on the shoreline near Kid Brook along with 2 Oystercatchers, and 5 Wigeon. The Pink-footed Goose is still with the Canadas and a female Goldeneye was off the sailing club (all per Greg Baker).



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Bittern showed well, albeit for only five minutes or so, at 12.55 today, over to left of Coward Reedbed. Was visible with naked eye before bunkering down and then proving to be elusive thereafter.

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On the way to town shopping, with a slight diversion, spent the morning at Marbury CP. Had the company of lots of great folk, including Forum regular Mark Jarrett, good to meet at last mate smile

Arriving at 9am it took a good two hours plus, standing in the cold with my toes getting more & more numb before the Bittern put in an appearance. As it just clambered up into view I called out to all assembled & great views were had by all. All that is except Mark, who sadly left the site only 10 minutes earlier with those immortal words - "now I'm leaving, the bird will show". This must be the first time ever for me that this has come true, but it did, luckily Mark was one of the initial finders of the bird on the day it arrived before New Year, but it was still a real shame he missed it. Also present were a good count of 25 Pochard (20 drakes), 1-2 Ravens overhead and a Kingfisher.



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On the way to town shopping, with a slight diversion, spent the morning at Marbury CP. Had the company of lots of great folk, including Forum regular Mark Jarrett, good to meet at last mate smile

Arriving at 9am it took a good two hours plus, standing in the cold with my toes getting more & more numb before the Bittern put in an appearance. As it just clambered up into view I called out to all assembled & great views were had by all. All that is except Mark, who sadly left the site only 10 minutes earlier with those immortal words - "now I'm leaving, the bird will show". This must be the first time ever for me that this has come true, but it did, luckily Mark was one of the initial finders of the bird on the day it arrived before New Year, but it was still a real shame he missed it. Also present were a good count of 25 Pochard (20 drakes), 1-2 Ravens overhead and a Kingfisher.



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There were two drake Goldeneye on Pickmere last Sunday about 1400 showing very well just by the Boardwalk on the Southern side of the mere. The one you spotted at Budworth could have been one of these. 


 Wasn't me, was Greg Baker, I acknowledged him in the post, just don't wanna take credit!! wink


 Apologies Doc (and Greg!). I'm fairly new to the forum and hadn't followed the trail of posts.

Best view of Goldeneye we've had without a scope. They were so close in. 



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Had a text to say that the Bittern was showing in Coward Reedbed at Marbury CP this afternoon (per R.Richards)



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There were two drake Goldeneye on Pickmere last Sunday about 1400 showing very well just by the Boardwalk on the Southern side of the mere. The one you spotted at Budworth could have been one of these. 


 Wasn't me, was Greg Baker, I acknowledged him in the post, just don't wanna take credit!! wink



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There were two drake Goldeneye on Pickmere last Sunday about 1400 showing very well just by the Boardwalk on the Southern side of the mere. The one you spotted at Budworth could have been one of these. 



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The Bittern was seen in the Coward Reedbed from the reedbed screen this morning early on (per Dave Hughston)



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Hope Greg won't mind me relaying a noteworthy sighting from yesterday smile

A drake Goldeneye was on Budworth Mere, once common in the past this is now an uncommon sight here of recent times (per Greg Baker).



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After a couple of days of not being seen or reported the drake Green-winged Teal has been showing all day today on Neumann's Flash again smile



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News this morning of a female Mandarin at Marbury CP on Budworth Mere near the boathouse and a Black-tailed Godwit in with the Curlews on the fields on the far side of the mere near Kid Brook (all per Greg Baker).



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1.30-2.30pm

Spent an hour at the screen to see if the Bittern emerged, but not a glimpse.

From the screen 12 Great Crested Grebes were visible and a single Kingfisher flew across the mere.



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was here yesterday 5th dec 2-4.10pm...

no sign of the bittern even when the many of thousands of starlings came down into the reeds, a rough estimate of at least 8000+ however 2 sparrowhawks paid a lot of interest in the starlings with one of them catching one & landing on the path about 40 yds from the screen.
1 raven, over
1 jay
1 kingfisher
27 tufted duck
1 pochard
14 gadwall
8 great crested grebe
2 nuthatch
1 treecreeper
1 siskin
4 lapwing
40+ curlew
water rail heard

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Diverting from a frozen Neumann's Flash to Marbury CP paid dividends as the first wintering Bittern put in an appearance in Coward reedbed. The Bittern flew in at 11.50 and after being out of view for ten or fifteen minutes, then showed briefly before disappearing again. Overall, quite a productive morning with plenty of species seen and much activity. Amongst others :-

Bittern (1)
Little Grebe (1)
Great crested Grebe
Cormorant
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Mute Swan (3)
Wigeon
Gadwall (4)
Teal
Shoveler (3)
Pochard (1)
Tufted Duck
Goldeneye (2)
Buzzard (1)
Kingfisher (2)
Green Woodpecker (1)
Great spotted Woodpecker (2)
Grey Wagtail (1)
Redwing (c.50)
Nuthatch
Treecreeper (1)
Siskin
Lesser Redpoll
Good rest

No sign of the Whooper Swan that has recently been frequenting both Neumann's and Budworth Mere.


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Report from Marbury CP this morning:


4 Ruff were feeding on the shoreline by Kid Brook spit at the mere this morning along with 63 Curlew (per Greg Baker).



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Large flock of 20+ Goldcrests moving through woods next to the mere this morning at 8.30am
1 Treecreeper
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

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12.00-14.30

Small flocks of Redwings were resting in highest treetops along Marbury Lane.

Budworth Mere

9 adult + 1 juv Great Crested Grebes, 18 Tufted Ducks, 5 Wigeon and 1f Goldeneye.

With the  exception of the mass of Canada Geese on the meadows opposite, I was surprised at the low numbers of waterfowl.

Large numbers of gulls gathered around Kid Brook though, mainly Black Headed, but with a few Common and Lesser Black Backs too.

I counted 18 Siskins feeding in one of the big mereside Alders, but when they flushed many more small finches erupted from adjoining trees too.

2 Mistle Thrushes were on the cattle pasture nearest the canal, I rarely fail to find this species here.

 



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09.00-10.20

A large aerial gathering of Swallows and House Martins were over the Western end of the Budworth Mere, they slowly moved off, heading SW.

11 Great Crested Grebes were on the mere, whilst around Kid Brook were 80 Greylag Geese, with 1000+ Canada Geese spread along the North bank.

8 Mistle Thrushes feasted on Rowan berries, and chased off a Woodpigeon that tried to join them. 1 Song Thrush feeding lower down the same tree though was tolerated.

1 highly vocal Buzzard was flying just above the trees, and chasing off a small flock of Jackdaws.

As at Neumanns, the only butterflies were Speckled Woods, which were plentiful around the brambles.

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4 Artic tern
plenty of Great crested grebe young

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post for yesterday 7th june, highlights...

1 garden warbler, 2 more heard
4 treecreeper
7 nuthatch
3 great spotted woodpecker
2 goldcrest
2 shelduck
2 stock dove
blackcap, whitethroat, chiffchaff, willow warbler
buzzard, grey heron, tufted duck, great crested grebe
swift, swallow, house martin.
plus all the usuals around.

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Late morning

Budworth Mere

Large numbers of mixed hirundines & swifts over the mere. 8 Great Crested Grebes.

Entertainment was provided by a highly territorial Mute Swan trying to chase away 60+ Canada & Greylag Geese near Kid Brook.

The geese looked flustered but certainly were'nt being moved on by a single swan, eventually the swan gave up and moved away, but still looking in a ferocious mood.

There were 8 Tufted Duck resting on the meadow on the North bank, quite away from the water, had the swan harassed them too?.

2 Mistle Thrushes were on the cattle pasture, and I witnessed an irate Song Thrush chase away a Grey Squirrel in big wood.

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The drake Garganey was gain on the mere today smile

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The drake Garganey seen recently at Haydn's Pool was this morning feeding off Kid Brook spit on Budworth Mere. Also a Hobby over the mere, no doubt attracted by the hordes of hirundines. In Big Wood the first Spotted Flycatcher here this year was showing well above the main footpath just before the T-junction with the sign to Hopyard's Wood.

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A Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper on Kid Brook spit this morning. Hundreds of hirundines over the mere with the majority today being Swallows, but interestingly no Swifts. A Grey Wagtail was briefly at the slipway along the mereside path whilst the developing scrub area behind here continues to be a good area to hear and watch Blackcaps and Garden Warblers with at least 4 of the latter on territory.

Yesterday the first Cuckoo of the Spring was heard along Marbury Lane and from behind the ranger's cabins early morning but it seems to have moved on.

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I located the singing Garden Warblers by the "triangle", what I sure were two separate birds showed briefly in the clearing on the mere side of the path.
One was still singing whilst he perched on a dead willowherb stem, but the real virtuoso performance was being given from the big nearby oak.
Even though this tree was just coming into leaf, finding the warbler amongst the foliage was near impossible.
Elsewhere in the park, the wind and odd heavy shower kept bird sightings to a minimum.
A huge flock of mixed hirudines fed low over the mere though, they were mainly House Martins, with lesser numbers of Swallows and only a few Sand Martins.

Except for a couple of Canada Geese, Kid Brook appeared birdless, I dog walker was nearby and I'm sure he'd cleared the birds.

There was just 1 Cormorant, 4 Great Crested Grebes plus a few Tufted Duck and Gadwall on the mere.

There were no Mistle Thrushes on the pasture either, although 2 Buzzards were circling above it.

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This morning, a Cuckoo calling on Marbury Lane, near the park entrance (per V.Lundy, M.Curtin).

Yesterday there were up to 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin and a Whimbrel on the mereside shore. There was a Lesser Whitethroat and 4 White Wagtails by the sailing club. 31 Swifts were over the mere mid morning (all per G.Baker).

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Sightings this morning from the FoAM bird walk included:

1 Arctic Tern flyng slowly east over the mere at 10.15 but then it or another briefly seen again at 10.25
3 Whimbrel
2 Oystercatchers
2 Great Black-backed Gulls
1 Tawny Owl
6 Swift
c150 House Martins - easily outnumbering Sand Martins by midday
4 Garden Warblers
9 Blackcap
4 Whitethroat
1 Sedge Warbler
8 Reed Warbler
1 Raven

-- Edited by Greg Baker on Saturday 2nd of May 2015 01:55:07 PM

-- Edited by Greg Baker on Saturday 2nd of May 2015 01:56:00 PM

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A striking male Whinchat was in fields by the sailing club at Budworth Mere early afternoon. Also at least 1 Swift over the mere and 4 Garden Warblers in the scrub by the mere at the country park.

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The female Common Scoter was still on Budworth Mere this morning. Also a Little Grebe and Common Sandpiper near Kid Brook spit and around 500 Sand Martins feeding low over the water, with just single Swallow and House Martin with them. A Garden Warbler was showing well by the slipway with another singing from the scrubby area behind the main mere path.

-- Edited by Greg Baker on Thursday 30th of April 2015 02:54:07 PM

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Late Morning

The female Common Scoter was near the yacht club, also 12 Great crested Grebes and 2 pairs of Shelduck on the mere.

I could'nt find the Garden Warbler near the triangle, the song was pouring out, but I could'nt locate the bird.

5m Blackcaps were chasing each other around this area though, and 2 females were there too.

As at Neumanns, there were plenty of butterflies around in the sunshine.

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A few patchers popped down to the park after lunch yesterday (19th Apr) and all the excitement at Ashton's Flash eyepopping

Most of the sightings are mine and Pods. A Yellow Wagtail was in the fields near Coward Reedbed as well as a White Wagtail, another White Wagtail was with about 6 Pied Wagtails and a Meadow Pipit in the fields by Fisherman's Path (the latter species not common on patch away from Ashton's Flash area). Reed Warblers were singing in Coward Reedbed. A Raven was over Fisherman's Path. Drake Goosander and female Goldeneye amongst the Tutfed Ducks on Budworth Mere. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker opposite Marbury Nursery & then flew towards Coward Wood. A Garden Warbler sang & showed back in the vegetation behind Garden Warbler Corner, but beware several Blackcaps were singing in this same area! handshake


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On the mere were 1m Goosander, 1f Common Scoter, 1 Black Necked Grebe, 1f Goldeneye, 1m Pochard, 14 Great Crested Grebes and 4 Shelduck.

2 Common Gulls were amongst the Black Headed flock by Kid Brook.

Large numbers of Swallows with lesser numbers of Sand Martins over the mere, and amongst them 5+ House Martins.

I checked the field by the fishermans path for wagtails, but there were none. However a large group of hirundines flew in from the South East,

and amongst them were 2 Swifts, my earliest ever.

I checked the area of Big Wood where Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers have been seen lately, but only found 4 Great Spotted, a couple of Blackcaps and 4 Stock Doves.

Just 1 Mistle Thrush was on the pasture amongst the corvids, whilst 4 Buzzards circled above.







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A red letter day on the mere today (just when I was out of county!!). Three summer plumaged Black-necked Grebes along with a drake Goosander and one female Common Scoter. A Yellow Wagtail and a Redshank were on Kid Brook Spit (most info per R.Elsby).

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Lots of wagtails on the ploughed field along Fisherman's Path (between the A559 layby and the bridge into Marbury CP proper) mainly Pied but a single female-type Yellow Wagtail too, at 8.55am with the Arctic Tern still showing well over Budworth Mere, favouring the area in front of the Heronry Wood to the L.of the Yacht Club but hugging the far shore.

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An Arctic Tern graced the mere this morning, sometimes perched on posts at Kid Brook spit but more often dip-feeding amongst 520 Sand Martins. Just one female Common Scoter present today (there were 2 yesterday). A male Brambling was calling and occasionally showing well in sycamores along the mereside path and a male Wheatear remains by the Sailing Club but no sign of any wagtails there today.

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Popped down again to Marbury CP this afternoon as migration is in full swing now & anything can happen on a daily basis wink

First of all a Wheatear in the first field again by Marston estate and another over the mere in the field behind Kid Brook shore. The next field along Fishermans Path towards the mere had a single Yellow Wagtail in it and another two were across the mere in the same field as the Wheatear. That same field, across the mere, contained lots of Pied Wagtails two with at least two pristine White Wagtails, but probably more, the distance and furrows making it hard to be certain of numbers! On the Kid Brook shore a Common Sandpiper was still present and newly in were two Dunlin but no sign of any LRPs. The Common Scoter was still present still and Great Crested Grebes are doing fantastic courtship displays, if anyone wants to see this then now is a perfect time and they are often very close to the mereside path biggrin

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This morning at Marbury CP was pretty productive. I personally saw a cracking male Wheatear, in the first ploughed field by the Fishermans Layby, next to the Marston estate. Next a single White Wagtail was with at least 15 Pied Wagtails in the next ploughed field along towards the park proper. On the far shore of the mere, between the heronry & Kid Brook Spit was a Common Sandpiper and then on Kid Brook Spit itself a Little Ringed Plover hunkered down near the brushwood pile. Unfortunately a fisherman appeared at noon & flushed the LRP and I couldn't see the Common Sand again either. The female Common Scoter was still on the mere too. A huge flock of Sand Martins was feeding over the mere and at one point several Swallows dropped in and brought a couple of House Martins with them. When the Swallows departed however so did the House Martins but lots of Sand Martins continued to feed over the water. Again Willow Warblers and Blackcaps were heard.

In addition to my sightings a Yellow Wagtail was seen on Kid Brook shore (per D.Robinson) but I still have yet to catch up with this species this Spring!

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Yesterday morning at Marbury CP:

The female Common Scoter was still on the mere, or to be precise by the mere for lots of the time! It spend long periods hauled up just to the right of Kid Brook, not a usual sight for a Common Scoter!!

The first Yellow Wagtail was by Kid Brook (per D.Hughston) and two Little Ringed Plovers were on Kid Brook Spit (per D.Hughston).

Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers were still in the Big Wood area. Willow Warblers & Blackcaps were singing from several widespread locations and have well & truly arrived now!


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The Brambling was still present late afternoon (per G.Baker) and the Common Scoter was on Budworth Mere (per RBA).

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Just had a report (per M.Curtin) that there is a Brambling in the alders by the mereside path at the Country Park, this (or another) was first seen on Monday this week (per I.Barber, D.Robinson).

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Foggy when I arrived so little to see on the mere.
I spent 2hrs approx looking for the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Big Wood, just to the South of the feeding station, but to no avail.
I thought I glimpsed the beast once flying through the canopy, but could'nt be sure. Light drumming heard, but sporadic today, last Sunday it was almost constant.
A Green Woodpecker was "yaffling" loudly close by, but I could'nt find him either.
Lots of garden birds about, especially Blackbirds, which seemed to be everywhere. Nuthatches were highly vocal, and there were 6+ Treecreepers about.

When the mist cleared, I scanned the mere, there was no sign of the Black Necked Grebe or Common Scoter that were there on Sunday.
Apart from the usual fowl, there was a single Little Grebe on the mere.
About 100 Black Headed Gulls were on the mere, many were picking insects, Black Tern style, off the water surface.
I had a good scan through them, but no sign of a Little Gull or Kittiwake.


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Scoured the woodland just South of the feeding station for about an hour, but no sign of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, although faint drumming was frequently heard.

Lots of noisy Nuthatches about though. Also 3 Song Thrushes chasing each other through the woods.

On the mere were 1 Black Necked Grebe, 1 female Common Scoter and surprisingly just 2 Cormorants.

As expected there were lots of Great Crested Grebes on the mere, with one pair giving a full display, but I regret I did'nt count them.

Still lots of Tufted Ducks on the mere too. Also, just one Common Gull amongst the mass of Black Headed.



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A Common Scoter reported to me on the mere this morning, plus a couple of Swallows and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling & drumming in between the mere and the woodland feeding station.

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At least 3 White Wagtails with Pieds feeding along the far shore of the mere. Also heard but not seen, a Green Woodpecker

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Two visits to the park today, despite me being at work! An early morning pre-work visit produced at least 3 singing Chiffchaffs. Also over 40 Sand Martins over the mere near the sailing club. Lots of Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker activity but no Lesser Spotted. So a return after work when Green & Great Spotted were again heard but even better a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was in Big Wood, well past the turn on the right for Hopyards Wood. The two Lessers seen at present are ranging from near the Ice Pond to after this Hopyards Wood turn so worth a walk up and down and listening for calling & drumming as both are being heard.

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20 Great Crested Grebes (pair displaying in front of the screen), 16 Sand Martins and 6 Pochard.

Mereside Alders

1 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests.

Also, 8 Pied Wagtails by the fishermans path, a Mistle Thrush was on terrritory near the woodland feeeders, nearby a female Great Spotted Woodpecker
was attacking a dead tree, and 13 Redwings were on the park lawn, until chased off by a dog.

A number of birders were gathered by the boardwalk, where a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has been seen and heard, but he hid from me.

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Along Fisherman's Path in the wet dip in the field at about 11.45am I had a large group of alba wagtails, most of them, about 25, were M.a.yarelli but there were 2 M.a.alba in there too, my first two White Wagtails on the 'patch' this year. The group was very mobile and after a short while all took flight and moved down the field and over the ridge but are probably still in the area. White Wagtails should be evident on passage most days in the next few days now that it has started. This coincides with the first reports earlier this morning of White Wagtails on The Wirral. Nothing else major to note, but a Green Woodpecker calling by Big Wood was nice. No Sand Martins for me either!

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No sign of the martins seen yesterday.

Amongst the waterfowl seen on the mere were 17 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Gadwall, 10 Cormorants and 10 Teal.

A Kingfisher was near the boathouse, and 2 Treecreepers on the mereside alders.

A big gull roost was building as I left at 15.00, but a good scan through them produced nothing unusual.

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