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RE: Marbury Country Park


I've seen Mink at Marbury :(

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Hi Doc - I would be interested to learn what predator/s took Grebe eggs/chicks


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3 Common Terns over Budworth Mere yesterday, but on the negative side I saw 2 Great-crested Grebe nests predated

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Thursday 21st of June 2012 08:53:10 PM





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3 Common Terns over Budworth Mere yesterday, but on the negative side I saw 2 Great-crested Grebe nests predated

-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Thursday 21st of June 2012 08:53:10 PM

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Marbury CP

2 Garden Warblers in scrub/bushes N.W corner of park.

Anglers on main scrape of Budworth Mere so no waders.

Neumanns Flash 09.15-11.00

1 Garden Warbler SW corner. at least 12 Common Whitethroats singing

around mere. 16 Mute Swans 4 Lapwing 1 imm Herring Gull 3 Linnet

Ashtons Flash

1 large Fox prowling around. 1 Raven 20+ Jackdaws.

Haydn Pool 11.15-12.00

2 broods Coot 1 brood Mallard 6 Sand Martin 4 Stock Dove 1 Redshank

4 Buzzards soaring over & high above them 1 Raven. 1 Sedge Warbler

lots of St Marks flies,a few Green Horned Moths, Peacock & Small White

butterflies.



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Hobby chasing Swifts over the mere this afternoon. Also Yellow Wagtail by Fishermans path and a Treecreepers nest in Big Wood

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08.00-30 Budworth Mere

1 Curlew only wader, no terns.

09.00-11.00 Neumanns Flash

1 Little Ringed Plover, 6m 2f Shoveler 1 pr Teal, steady trickle of Swifts

northward over Neumanns.

Water level high on both meres & scrapes flooded.




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Rob Smallwood wrote:

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Some of the terns had departed whan I arrived at 9am on the way to Focalpoint :)





Why would terns go to Focalpoint - it's good but not really their sort of place? ;)



lol, cos they got gud taste ;) maybe we should look out for the Cheshire/Gtr Manchester Cranes on patch now - after they departed Astley Moss in a SW direction today :)

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One Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 4 Common Tern present at 17.00 on this very wet and cold afternoon. Also Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows and 3 or 4 Swifts.

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Doc Brewster wrote:

Some of the terns had departed whan I arrived at 9am on the way to Focalpoint :)





Why would terns go to Focalpoint - it's good but not really their sort of place? ;)

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Black Tern Budworth Mere 8.45am (thanks to a phone call from a mate) with 7 Arctic Terns and 2 Little Gulls, also at least 9 Swifts. Some of the terns had departed whan I arrived at 9am on the way to Focalpoint but the Black Tern was still present :)

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Amazing afternoon on Patch, luckily I was there to see it unfold

I was on Neumann's Flash mound when 3 Arctic Terns flew straight through, sort of expected given numbers elsewhere today, but a tiny hint of what was to follow. We decided that Budworth Mere was a good bet so went to set off when I had a phonecall to say that about 50 terns and several Little Gulls were currently over the mere. On arriving I counted the terns present and G got aoround 130 terns at least & a colleague counted 21 Little Gulls. Some birds spiralled up & departed others seemed to be just arriving & dropping in. Soon we confirmed an earlier suspicion that despite the majority being Arctic Terns there was at least 1 (must have been more?) Common Tern, scoped at close quarters by 5 of us. The hirundine flock contained many Sand Martins, Swallows & House Martins still and earlier a Swift was seen over Budworth Mere.

I had to leave but have just taken a call from Mark Payne who had 27 Little Gulls through Neumann's Flash and then at least 40 Little Gulls on Budworth Mere still with the huge tern flock there!! Anything could happen this evening - we all wait with bated breath!!


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Three Yellow Wagtails were in the sheep field by Fisherman's Path with a large number of alba wagtails - all that we checked out were Pieds, not a single White amongst them - unusual!!

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3 Arctic Terns all day yesterday over Budworth Mere, favouring the Yacht Club end, in front of the Heronry. There at 5.30pm still, no news yet today.

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A large resident flock of Sand Martins over Budwirth Mere now holds several each of Swallow & House Martin. The numbers of Willow Warblers on patch is creeping higher but Lesser Spotted Woodpecker sightings are predictably dropping.

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First Willow Warbler of the year on 'Patch' today as several patchers were out & about. Also the 1st 2 House Martins amongst modest numbers of Sand Martins over Budworth Mere (always high up). The redhead Goosander that was seen last week was on the mere early morning but gone by 9am. Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs now everywhere!! 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers chasing in Big Wood.

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Had I known you were popping down we could have met up for a stroll The Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are getting more elusive but as you say plenty of Chiffchaffs around. It feels like that lull efore the storm down on 'Patch' at the moment, should anything break I will post on here

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Gentile couple of hours here on Sunday morning. No Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but my first sighting of a Chiffchaff this year, there were several caling, along with Nuthatch (on every tree). Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting all by the hide.
On the way back to my car, l counted four Buzzards and l had Peregrine flying over.
By the hide l watched a little Bank Vole scurrying around (very cute)..

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 26th of March 2012 10:50:54 PM

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The first singing male Blackcap on Patch today. I heard this along the entrance road that leads to Witton Mill car park (the road by the tip next to Ashton's Flash in case folk don't know the car park name).
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The first returning Little Ringed Plover was at Budworth Mere today, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker sightings are up with probably at least 2 pairs being seen, one in the mereside alders & one on Marbury Lane. A summer plumaged Brambling has been seen this week and at least 1 Tawny Owl is still in the roost tree. The Tundra Bean Goose was seen again on Saturday :)

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The Little Gull - non-breeding plumage - on Budworth Mere was seen well, though distant both in flight and preening this morning.
Also of interest was a great view of a pair of Goldcrests, nest building, thanks to the Birders who pointed me in the right direction for both of these.
Three Snipe were noted at Haydn Pool with a Buzzard overhead and a Chiffchaff singing nearby made it a great spring morning.

-- Edited by Brian Baird on Sunday 18th of March 2012 01:53:57 PM

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Not had any further reports of the Bean Goose - but all the feedback I have had is that the large Greylag flock, with which it & the 3 PfGeese were associating, has also been absent from the mere. this is pretty usual for this flock & it could turn back up at the mere any time - with or without the rarer cousins :)

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No sign of the Bean Goose, but a Bittern showed nicely late morning.

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Late news for in the week. On Thursday (whilst I was away) a patch mega in the shape of a Bean Goose was found by Mark Payne. The bird was with Greylags along with 3 Pink-footed Geese. At the larger end of the size scale and with a medium amount of orange on the bill the bird proved hard to assign to race. But from Marks photos, and referring to 2 extensive papers one Bean Goose ID, the bird appears to be a Tundra Bean Goose, albeit a large male bird.

I was down early doors on Friday with no luck, but at 8.45am I relocated the bird, still with Greylags & the 3 Pink-footed Geese on Kid Brook spit, viewed from the mereside path in Marbury CP. So far today I have had a couple of visitors into Focalpoint who say there is no sign of the bird there but there are only a handful of Greylags. This goose flock does roost & feed at a variety of locations so could return to Marbury CP at any time, worth keeping an eye out for :)

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Budworth Mere

23rd Feb

1 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Shelduck
1 Curlew
2 Oystercatcher
1 Chinese Goose
woodpeckers heard drumming


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2 Peregrine
3+ Buzzard
2 Jay

-- Edited by James Walsh on Friday 24th of February 2012 02:21:51 AM

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Budworth Mere

19th Feb

1 Black-tailed Godwit
13 Curlew
2 Pink-footed Geese
2 Oystercatcher
2 Shelduck
1 Chinese Goose

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A good couple of hours around the flash this afternoon with both bitterns showing really well from the hide allowing for reasonable photographs (considering the distance). Also both tawny owls were easier to spot today than they have been previously.

Other highlights were a male sparrowhawk bombarding the feeding station in front of the hide but flying away empty handed and a pair of buzzard putting on a nice display above the mere.

Unfortunately no lesser spot (also a bogey bird for me John). I'm sure I'll catch up with one soon.

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Shame we didn't find the Bittern today but the Lesser Spottted Woodpecker was a real bogey bird for me. At least I can put that one to bed.

-- Edited by John Barber on Tuesday 14th of February 2012 08:46:58 PM

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With Mr Barber this morning had really close up views of the female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the Alders at the edge of the mere just past the boat house. We were told that this was the ringed female that has been in the park for a number of years.

Also on view 2 Tawny Owls in their roost tree.

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Saturday 11th February 12.00-1.30pm

2 Tawny Owls in their usual roost spot.
26 Lesser Redpolls
1 Goldcrest
4 Bullfinches
3 Treecreepers
4 Nuthatch
6 Jays
2 Common Buzzard
Curlew heard from fields oppsite the lake.
Also heard a Woodpecker drumming.

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11.30-4.30pm sticking close to the 2 hides when all the sleet started, still plenty off birds about..
2 tawny owls (in usual roost tree)
2 ravens
4 buzzards
1 sparrowhawk
1 goldcrest
at least 4 great spotted woodpeckers
at least 6 treecreepers
lots off nuthatches
1 reed bunting
redwings all over the place inc song thrushes & blackbirds.
plus all usual birds around the feeders.
on frozen lake,small open patch on far side...
300+ teals
47 shovelers
3 shelducks
6 great crested grebes
54 wigeon
3 goldeneyes
29 pochards
7 tufted ducks
7 canada geese
mallards & coots
100+ b h gulls
2 g b b gulls
3 herring gulls
9 l b b gulls
15 common gulls
49 lapwings
all them birds in one small space
3 curlews on the field
2 snipe flew out off the reeds opposite the hide, but no signs off the bitterns or lesser spotted woodpecker.
good day appart from the weather


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01/01/12
10-15 till 13-15
Just missed the Bitterns, pair of them flew into the main reedbed at around 10 ish
Tawnysx2
Bullfinchx2
Mistle thrush
Long tailed titsxloads
Nuthatchx3
Blue and great tits in front of the hide
Buzzard
Wrenx2
GC Grebesx4
Mallards 2 pairs
Comorantsx4
Chaffinchx3
Blackbirdsxloads
Dunnockx2
Report of a Lesser spotted knockin about (no luck there either)
Cheers Jay

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Nice walk today cold and bright

Redwings plenty behind the rangers compound
Great tits
Blue tits
Coal tits
Long tailed tits
Robins
Nuthatch
Chaffinches
Dunnock
Blackbirds
6 Bullfinch 5 of which where seen in the trees by the arch leading off the carpark
2 Tawny owls same tree as last winter
1Jay
1 Buzzard
Wrens

On the water
12 Great crested grebes
Black swan
Mute swans
Gray lags
Canadas
Mallards
9 Tufted ducks
6 Shovelers
12 Pochard
Cormorants
1 Bittern
Black headed gulls



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Wet walk round today, none of the feeders seem to be being filled so eyes to the trees and watch
At least 22 Great crested grebes





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Wet walk round today, none of the feeders seem to be being filled so eyes to the trees and watch
At least 22 Great crested grebes
Herons
Cormorants
Canadas
Mallard
Coot
Moorhen
Blackheaded gulls
Tree creepers
Nuthatch
Goldfinch
Robin
Song thrush
Blackbird
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Long tailed tit
Curlew
Lapwing

and 3 could have been Scaup they where to big to be tufted duck and no tufts
and on the way home at the M6 roundabout 20-25 Pink foot over

-- Edited by Graham Smith on Sunday 9th of October 2011 06:48:44 PM

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On a family walk around Marbury this afternoon nice to see the Black Swan at very close quarters.

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4 Common Tern yesterday am
plus;
Sand Martin
Curlew
1 Black Swan
Stock Dove
juv W.Warblers
juv Whitethroats


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after nuemanns visited here
1 spotted flycatcher near forge brook,close to mere.
nuthatches, treecreepers, & great spotted woodpeckers all with juvenilles
blackcaps, willow warblers & chiffchaffs all over
+ all usual woodland birds
not much on the mere apart from great crested grebes, coots, tufted ducks & 3 cormorants
again house martins & swifts over, no signs off sand martins or swallows.

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A Garganey was on Budworth Mere this morning and then this afternoon a summer plumaged Black Tern dropped in over the mere for about an hour only. A Yellow Wagtail was by the fishermans path (above the old Sand Martin colony) am only.

The park was like Blackpool seafront this afternoon and if the good weather continues (but we had thunderstorms with heavy rain this evening!!) the rest of the Easter weekend could see similar numbers of folk around having fun in the sun!!

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Reed Warblers now in with a vengance with birds singing all over 'Patch', the highest density around Butterfinch Bridge by Marbury Lane (near Haydn Pool). A Sedge Warbler seen early am by Haydn Pool. A Red Kite over Neumann's Flash at 5pm (sorry easier to summarise in a single thread again!!).

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Haydn's Pool @ 6pm yesterday;

1 Common Sandpiper
1 Black -tailed Godwit
2 Redshank (mating)
1 Green Sandpiper
1 Little Ringed Plover

lots of Reed Bunting,Chiffchgaff and Blackcap.

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A quick update from 'The Patch' for today. In the earlier part of the morning a Common Sandpiper was on Kid Brook Spit over the far side of Budworth Mere but later no sign, just a single LRP and 2 Oystercatchers. Several hundred Sand Martins over Budworth Mere with a few Swallows and House Martins mixed in but hard work to pick out. Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs a plenty and several singing Willow Warblers too.

Ay Haydn Pool (also called Marbury No.1 Tank in case you see that name referred to anywhere smile.gif ) there were 2 Green Sands early doors and 1 still there at lunchtime with the lone Black-tailed Godwit still present. The resident breeding pairs of Redshank and Oystercatchers were still around.

On Ashton's Flash (I suppose this should be in t'other thread, but think I may get away with it as this is a sightings summary wink.gif ) there was a Wheatear early afternoon at least.

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-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Thursday 7th of April 2011 03:50:28 PM

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11 Bramblings and 1 Little Ringed Plover @ 6pm yesterday.

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Originally posted by Karen Foulkes today:

A trip to Marbury with Iain Johnson this morning.

Superb 10 minute views of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckerbiggrin.gif

Also present:

Several Brambling
House Martin
Swallow
Sand Martin
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Oystercatcher over

Only Green Woodpecker let us down with a no show here and Dunham

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A couple of hours in the park before the rain this morning produced of interest:- more Sand Martins than I could count over the mere and a Sparrowhawk temporarily scattering them. On the feeders in front of the reed-bed hide Reed Buntings, Coal Tits and and 2 female Great Spotted Wood Peckers. Also watched a Mink swim out to the raft in front of the hide where it sat for a while after having a sniff about. Not much hope for any breeding birds on there then. no.gif Only one of the Tawny Owls in the normal tree and in the tall trees around the woodland hide excellent views of a calling male Lesser Pecker.

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Went to try and spot the common scoter but not seen:: 1 Med gull in summer plumage a 1st for me thanks to the gent who pointed it out Sand Martins by the bucketful 2 Twany owls hard to see them both but after much hard work saw the 2 3 Chifchaf plenty heard 3 Goldcrest 1 Wren 4 Reed buntings Willow tits 2 Chaffinch plus the usual stuff on feeders and on the water We enjoyed watching a Nuthatch in and around its nest

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Originally posted by Jason Dulhanty today:

Marbury park...Hide at Budworth
Black swan
kingfisher
GB Grebes
Heron fishing right next to Hide
Jay
Usual Tits
Tufted ducks
Cormorant
goosander
Nuthatch
Heard Woodpecker not seen
Song Thrush
No Bittern

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I compile the Marbury CP and area sightings and liaise with the ringers here and there hasn't been a verified Marsh Tit sighting for many years now. Willow Tits are holding there own with regular sightings and ringing recoveries. Maybe this was just a typo and Graham meant to post Willow Tits, if it was Marsh Tits that were seen then a rarity form would be great as it would be a first for our 'patch' this century wink.gif

Cheers Paul

p.s. sightings at Marbury CP today included 2 drake Common Scoters, Bittern showing well in Coward Reedbed, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by the mereside path, at least 3 Chiffchaffs by mereside path, 30+Sand Martins over the mere, Dunlin on Kid Brook spit, a female Goosander briefly am and the 2 Tawny Owls in their usual roost tree.

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Are there marsh tits at Marbury? I know there are willow tit there.

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Walk on Sunday 13th March

Long tailed tits
Great tits
Blue tits
Coal tits
Marsh tits
Nuthatches
1 Black Swan
5 Pink foots
1 Bullfinch(f)
3 Reed Buntings
Chaffinch
13 Great Crested Grebes
2 Tawny owls
1 Sparrowhawk
3 Buzzards
2 Goldeneyes
6 Gadwell


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Originally posted by Jason Dulhanty today:

First visit to Marbury , saw the Bittern from the hide at Budworth mere , many thanks to the Guy who pointed him out , watched him for a good half hour, so difficult to spot gave a lot of people a lot of pleasure. Second one this year chuffed to bits.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 28th of February 2011 06:37:42 PM

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