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Cheshire River Mersey Sites


Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth
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Green Woodpecker round alders at the Water Station building.

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Gatewarth
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Single Goldcrest flitting in trees near Wind Pump.

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Gatewarth
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Bright Winter sunshine made even the Dunnocks energetically singing look handsome.
The 3 Bullfinch (2m1f) feeding in alders/birches positively glowed with colour.

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Gatewarth
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6/7 Bullfinch in hedge
Tight , mobile flock of Redshank 25+ on River
1 Buzzard soaring low over trees despite drizzle.

2 Long Tailed Tits apparently carrying nesting materials into scrub.



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1 f Grey Wagtail on path by wind pump l

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Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth
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Localised flooding around the Water Plant fenced area included a frozen sheet of water which had attracted around 10 Pied Wagtails , busy scurrying over the ice.
1 m Stonechat in same area flitting round reeds and bushes.

At least 3 Buzzard present.

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Gatewarth

M Stonechat still present, not putting on so much of a show today, more typical behaviour, flitting round reeds and bushes on the Old Tip. Still close to where seen y/day.



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With the temperature above freezing there are plenty of Winter Gnats around John, and a few Lacewings too.

They're an essential item for Wrens, Goldcrests and Stonechats at this time of year.

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Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth

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1 m Stonechat, presumably same bird I saw last month. On fence posts and in scrub at edge of canal towpath.
Oddly, seemed to be flycatching, though presumably not too many insects on the wing at the moment. Certainly flying up and returning to perch on posts. A Robin further along the fence was behaving in similar way.

Small flock of Linnets. Reed Buntings in hedges all seemed to be paired up rather than in flocks.




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Gatewarth
Small flock of Greylag Geese (6 / 7 birds) flew in and landed in field on far side of River. Away from feral flock of Canadas/Feral White Greylags.

Flocks of Reed Bunting feeding in hedges.

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Gatewarth
830 AM
Thrush numbers right down but 5 or 6 Redwing in trees by Penketh Old Manor Stables.

Finch flocks in hedges had Greenfinch Goldfinch Chaffinch mixed with Long Tailed Tits and Reed Bunting.

1 Kestrel mobbed by a crow. I Jay.

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Fiddlers Ferry- Gatewarth

100 + Fieldfare feeding in hedges and bushes and perching up on tops of tall trees. 1 Mistle Thrush small nos of Blackbirds and Redwings.

Reed Buntings formed flocks feeding around hedges and rough ground.

1 Bullfinch m.

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Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth

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Fields along Station Rd had big flocks of mixed thrushes, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird . Bushes along canal and hedges on site had plenty of thrushes feeding.

Finch / Tit flocks included a pair of Bullfinch

1 Grey Wagtail on River.

Cettis Warbler giving short bursts of song from cover , top of bank.



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Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth
830AM

1 m Stonechat in reedy scrub on riverside by water plant First I've seen here all year

15 Fieldfare

Skein of 12 Pink Footed Geese low over. Big flock of Canada and Greylag Geese on far side fields, Pink Foot possibly leaving this group.


Finches in bushes had good numbers of Reed Bunting mixed in with them

1 Buzzard



-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 12th of November 2017 06:56:14 PM

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Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth
Canal side trees and bushes full of fruit. Greenfinch Goldfinch Linnets Long Tailed Tits Blue Tits Blackbird Song Thrush Redwing feeding in the trees.

Continous stream of Sky Lark over, vocal , in ones and twos.

Buzzard on post.

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Gatewarth
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Good numbers of Redwings feeding in hedges and bushes all over the site. At least 50 birds, I estimated. Plenty of Blackbirds with them.

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Gatewarth

20+ Fieldfare over

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Gatewarth
Cetti's Warbler heard giving brief snatch of song from hedge on top of Riverbank
2 Buzzards hunting together over Old Tip.

Single Great Crested Grebe on river

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Gatewarth
A Jay was making strenuous but ultimately unsuccessful attempts to catch a Red Admiral on the wing.

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Gatewarth
Old Hall

Flock of House Sparrows and Goldfinches, mainly juvs, scattered by a f Sparrowhawk which crashed into the hedge the finches had shot into.

Old Tip

Willow Warblers, Greenfinches , Goldfinches feeding in berry laden hedges.



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Gatewarth
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F Kestrel over Old Hall Stables
1 Little Egret flying upriver

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Canal
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Nice sighting of 2 fledged Reed Warblers perched together on a reed close to water being fed by parent bird

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I had a stroll this morning from Sankey Bridges/Liverpool Road, we found a Cetti's Warbler amongst a small flock of Blackcaps about 600 metres from the old Sankey Bridges railway station, on the way back, while watching a grey Heron fishing near the overflow, we heard and saw what we assumed to be a different Cetti's (about 500m from the earlier sighting)

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Gatewarth
5:00 pm
Single Grasshopper reeling half heartedly
7 fledged Mute Swans with parents on duckweed clogged canal.
10+ Pied Wagtails , adult and young on horse fields by Penketh Old Hall




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Gatewarth
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1 young Bullfinch Old Tip area
Post breeding flock of Linnets





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single Grasshopper Warbler reeling briefly from old tip area

2 or 3 Sedge Warblers singing, a bit half heartedly.

A fledged Whitethroat deep in a small hawthorn was begging do loudly and so incessantly it not only attracted the adult Whitethroat but also a Wren which flitted around it in attendance.

Single Kestrel hunting high, upsetting the swallows.

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Gatewarth
Unusually good view of a reeling Grasshopper warbler perched up on scrubby weeds as it sang. Briefly joined by a second non singing bird (F? Young?) Another heard reeling nearby.

Sedge warblers, Reed warblers, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow warblers and Blackcaps all singing. Loose flock of fledged warblers feeding with Goldfinch and Blue Tit

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Gatewarth
1 Cettis Warbler showing fairly well while singing from a small hawthorn bush....flew into small copse.
Numerous Sedge Warblers, Reed warblers, Willow Warblers , Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs singing.
Small mixed group of tits, possibly post breeding flock ?

Good numbers of toad tadpoles in shallow pool near entrance/level crossing
Southern Marsh Orchids coming out.

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Sankey Bridges
1 Cettis Warbler singing from thick cover near car park

1 juv Grey Wagtail stuffing itself with flies over canal

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Gatewarth
5-6pm
1 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Grasshopper Warblers
2 Blackcap
2 Chiffchaff
10+ Willow Warblers
10+ Whitethroat
5 Reed Warblers

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Richmond Bank/Gatewarth (18.00-20.30)

1 Lesser Whitethroat , 8 Common Whitethroats, 2 Cettis Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers and 2 Kestrels along the embankment.

On or above the river :

2 Buzzards, 10 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Lapwing and 1 White Feral Goose.


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Gatewarth
1 Lesser Whitethroat singing from cover. In field with wind pump.
6 Blackcap
3 Sedge Warblers


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1 Lesser Whitethroat
2 Sedge Warblers
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5 Grasshopper Warblers
in addition to numerous Whitethroat Willow Warbler Chiff Chaff Reed Warblers

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1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling 5:45 pm

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Sankey Bridges
1 Cetti's Warbler singing , mobile along canal-side vegetation.

2 f Grey Wagtails flycatching from wooden planks on canal

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9AM 1 Grasshiopper Warbler reeling



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Gatewarth

8 - 9 PM
6 Grasshopper Warblers heard reeling tonight as light failed.
More or less scattered across site.

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added to the warbler chorus this morning
4 Whitethroat
2 Blackcap
6 Reed Warbler

also 3 m Bullfinch

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1 Reed Warbler heard singing
1 Cetti's Warbler heard. Brief burst of song from rough overgrown area on top of bank.



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Single Grasshopper Warbler reeling incessantly from brambley edge of reedbed in field sloping down to Ferry pub.
After longish wait I managed to see the bird as it flew up to change position.

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Cetti's Warbler singing yesterday morning in scrubby area southeast of Richmond Bank also Reed Warbler nearby.



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Gatewarth
"2 Swallows over Old Hall Stables
3 Willow Warblers heard singing from old tip area and riverbank
3 Bullfinch
Chiffchaff up to double figures, 3 singing just in the few trees and tiny reedbed round wooden bridge


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Fiddlers Ferry
2 Buzzards up in air together being divebombed by 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls
Gatewarth
1 Buzzard being mobbed by a Murder of Crows.
Skylark singing.



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Western edge of Cuerdley Marsh adjacent to Sankey Way

Blackcap - 2
Cettis Warbler
Chiffchaff - 3

Jack Snipe - 1 on the marsh itself

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Gatewarth
3 Chiffchaff singing, 1 seen flycatching from a tall willow. Chaffinches and a single f Bullfinch also in the same tree.

2 Peacock Butterflies on wing.

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Gatewarth
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1 Chiffchaff heard singing from trees along canal

Pair Linnet (m singing) and a m Bullfinch -Old Tip area


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Fiddlers Ferry
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2 Grey Partridge calling in field along road

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7 Curlews low over Old Tip. One Kestrel hunting here too.

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Grey Partridge calling.

Birds moving round bushes and hedges included Bullfinches (5+) Long Tailed Tits(2) Goldcrest (1)



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Fiddlers Ferry
Small active flock of Redpoll feeding in alder trees near water plant 10+
Buzzard and Kestrel hunting
! Song Thrush
Gatewarth
Around 50 Redwing and 30 Fieldfare in fields opposite Penketh Old Hall Stables .Loose flock, few Blackbirds and 2 Mistle Thrush with them as well as Starling, Magpie, Goldfinch and 1 Jay.
1 Buzzard.

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