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Cheshire River Mersey Sites


Gatewarth
Constant stream of Fieldfares over, in small numbers, often 2s and 3s, low. Very vocal.

2 M Bullfinch in hedge at top of bank.

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Gatewarth
Flock of 10+ Bullfinches flitting round bushes on bank over river were most I've seen here all year. Chaffinch and Goldfinch close but not flocking with larger finches.

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A Cetti's Warbler was calling and on a couple of occasions bursting into sub-song in the scrubby area just where we gull watch from at Richmond Bank on and off all morning.

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Fiddlers Ferry
Although some work still going on at Penketh Outflow the flooding has completely gone in the adjacent field. No sign remains.

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Fiddlers Ferry
The flash/flooded field at the rear of Penketh Outflow has increased in size, three quarters of the field under water now.

More birds using it too, 50 or so Black Headed Gulls, 11 Mallard , a Moorhen and a Buzzard here today. Probably the site is not going to be challenging Leighton Moss just yet.

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FIDDLERS FERRY
Only 2 young Mute Swans with the adult pair on canal

around 60 Lapwings flying round in tight flock. at least 1 Curlew.

Lots of shooting going on far side of river. (Woodpigeons could be targets ?)

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Fiddlers Ferry
All the work on the sluice at Penketh Outflow has, unsurprisingly perhaps, meant the adjacent field has flooded.
This mini-flash will probably be worth watching, especially if hard weather drives birds off the River.
50 plus Black Headed Gulls, a mallard and a heron all here today. Buzzard over.

4 of this year's Mute Swan young have survived. With the 2 adults on canal.

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Gatewarth
M Kestrel hunting along river.
Large F Sparrowhawk over canal.

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1 adult Mute Swan on canal with 6 young from this year in tow.
1 Buzzard , large bird perched up heraldically on haystack on far side of River.
16 Grey Herons in long but very straight line on River, like a queue for a Bus.


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White stork on river by new bridge construction yesterday 6.30pm

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Gatewarth

Fledged warblers in reeds in small pond near wooden bridge over canal, Sedge and Willow.
Buzzard over old tip.
Plenty of Juv Linnets and Magpies about.

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Black Tern on the river by new bridge

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Gatewarth

Gatewarth, arguably. well into the Summer Birding Doldrums.
A little group of recently fledged Sedge Warblers very much the highlight of a relatively birdless circuit the afternoon. Single Buzzard.
Even the wild orchids going over. Not many butterflies on wing, despite sunny conditions; few Gatekeepers.

A recently deceased Mole an interesting find.

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Gatewarth

Numbers of Warblers singing very low now Reed Warblers buzzing around the canal but apart from these, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Whitethroats all in single figures.

Single Buzzard.

Flowers more in evidence. Pyramidal , Bee and Southern Marsh Orchids all out in sloping field between Gatewarth and The Ferry Pub.

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Kittiwake swimming on the river at high tide just west of Widnes warth.

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Gatewarth

Quiet, still some warblers singing but noticeably fewer than recently
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler
Reed Buntings also singing

Good nos of Toad Tadpoles

Plenty of Marsh Orchids out. most Southern, a few individual plants looked rather Northern Marsh-ish

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Gatewarth

wet.

Damp looking buzzard perched up on a pylon.

Lots of warblers singing, in rough order of numbers -Whitethroat, Reed Wabler, Willow Warbler ,Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler

Moorhens with fledged young on canal.


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Mid-morning yesterday good views of a female Marsh Harrier hunting over the marsh at the southern end of Fiddlers Ferry power station also Cetti's Warbler singing near Randle Sluices. 



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Gatewarth
1 poss 2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling
1 each of Kestrel (m) and Sparrowhawk (f) hunting over the old tip
np sight or sound of Lesser Whitethroat


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Lesser whitethroat in blackthorn hedge and adjacent scrub along main path this pm

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Fiddlers Ferry-Gatewarth
8pm
Pair Mute Swans nesting on canal
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling
Numerous Whitethroat and Reed Warblers

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Gatewarth
7.30 -8.00 pm
2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling
4 Whitethroat


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Gatewarth
7.30-8.00 pm
4 Grasshopper Warblers reeling
Blackcap
Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers common

Fox trotting up the River on far bank

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Gatewarth
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling in reeds and grasses in sloping field between Gatewarth & Ferry pub.1st of year for me. Intermitent at first then 8.30m started singing non stop. Seen briefly.

Swallows back at Old Hall Stables. Swallows with one Sand Martin hawking over canal.

Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff ,Reed Warblers singing.

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Gatewarth

Tide and blustery wind combined for a very high level of water late morning. Flooding into surrounding grass. A long line of white water visible pushing upriver could've been an example of a tidal bore (?)

Weasel running practically over my feet could have been displaced by high water...or hunting smaller prey displaced ?

Deprived of any sandbanks, the many larger Gulls entertained themselves by picking up clearly inedible detritus from the river flying up to drop their prizes back into the water, fight over it with other gulls etc

Birds seen:
Willow Warbler (first of year) 1
Swallows 3
Chiffchaff at least 4
Bullfinch 1
Glaucous Gull 1
Iceland Gull 1



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Gatewarth
4 Chiifchaff
2Grey Partridge
1Kestrel
min 4max 6 Buzzard

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1 Chiffchaff singing near canal

1 Buzzard over

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2 Bullfinch
6 Buzzards
1 Kestrel



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Fiddlers Ferry

Mute Swan on nest. Canal

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Grey Partridge very vocal, late pm. At least 5 heard calling 2 seen.
Buzzard
Kestrel
Jay

Fiddlers Ferry

Lesser Redpoll, 1 showing well in trees round River Pump House

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Gatewarth

1 Bullfinch (f) in hedge

Buzzard and Kestrel up hunting despite light persistent rain

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Great Spotted Woodpecker calling from trees near canal

Buzzard low over Old Tip

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Gatewarth

Whooper Swan still present at Moss Side Farm fields, south of the river, this afternoon, viewed from top path.

Many thanks to all for posting the first sighting of the bird on the Richmond Bank thread last week.

Gt. Crested Grebe, Shelduck and Cormorant in river.



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Gatewarth

m Great Spotted Woodpecker high in tall tree calling repeatedly.

4 Curlews on river

Woodpigeons on far side of river so numerous when took off noise of wings audible from where I was

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Big numbers of Woodpigeon (lots lined up on hedges on far side) Corvids and Starlings.

3 Meadow Pipits Old Tip area.

Standing water on fields.


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A short distance away from the south side of the R Mersey, at Oxmoor LNR, Runcorn this afternoon, birds included 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Rail, 7 Snipe, 2 Gadwall and 1 Siskin



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Fiddlers Ferry
Skein of 40 plus Pink Footed Geese low over.
Vocal Water Rail calling in canalside reeds close to level crossing.

Gatewarth

Buzzard and Kestrel over old tip area

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Buzzard perched up on fsr bank
Water Rail (poss 2) calling from reedbed on canal
Skylarks over
Meadow Pipit on Old Tip

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30+ Redwing with Blackbirds and Robins feeding in hawthorn hedges and bushes.
First of the winter for me.

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A male and a female Stonechat on Norton Marsh yesterday.



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M Kestrel hunting low over sloping fields

20 plus Gadwall on Canal with Mallard



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A single Ruff with 200+ Lapwing on the Mersey mudflats west of Norton Marsh this morning + Golden Plover, Curlew and Dunlin, also single Stonechat on Norton Marsh and 4 Green Sandpipers on the south bank of the ship canal. Yesterday a female Mandarin Duck on the ship canal.

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Gatewarth
F Sparrowhawk over old tip area

Swallow numbers right down...only a couple seen today

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Excellent views this morning of a juvenile Peregrine hunting over Norton Marsh and the Mersey viewed from Halfway House watchpoint. Also Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Redshank.

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Gatewarth
Mixed flocks of tits and warblers moving thru hedgerows , mainly Long Tailed Tits, Willow warblers and Whitethroats.
Jay
50+ Goldfinches, many young birds.
Swallows gathering , many lining up on fences. Clearly preparing for leaving. Couldn't blame them...weather was miserable.

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Gatewarth
Whitethroats inc young birds in hedges.

Common Shrew near Old Hall.

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Lots of fruit / berries in the hedges and bushes. Birds feeding inc Robins, Blackbirds, Blackcap, Whitethroat.

House Sparrows seem to have had a good year, big post breeding flock near the Old Farm.

Despite being quite early (8am-ish) sunny and warm , loads of Gatekeepers on wing.

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This year's brood of Mute Swans almost fully grown and starting to get white adult plumage. Still cramming onto nest on canal, though. Looked a bit overcrowded.

Buzzard over old tip.



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Pair of Mute Swans on canal with 7 cygnets

Good display of orchids, lots of Marsh Orchids fully out, 4 Pryamidal spikes starting to flower

F Brimstone and 1 Meadow Brown

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Buzzard been mobbed by a murder of crows
2 Kestrels

Lots of flowers out inc Marsh Orchids, Southern Marsh type in the main. Couldn't find any Bee Orchids.

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