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RE: Cheshire River Mersey Sites


Gatewarth
2 Buzzards over old tip
Sand Martins and House Martins hawking with Swallows over canal

Marsh Orchids just coming out. One Northern Marsh furthest out.

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Fiddlers Ferry - Gatewarth

Warbler numbers up, Reed W, Whitethroat, Willow W & Chiffchaff all present in good numbers.
No sign of Lesser Whitethroat today.

Sand Martin hawking with Swallows .

2 Grey Partridge



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Gatewarth
Big influx of Blackcaps this evening. 20+ in bushes and hedges, all rather skulking.
Lesser Whitethroat singing.

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Gatewarth
8.00pm-ish
1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling from Old Tip
1 Lesser Whitethroat mobile in tall hedge at top of bank

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Fiddlers Ferry to Gatewarth 2.00pm
Really high tide.

Reed Warblers and Whitethroats arrived en masse. Loads of both.
3 Grasshopper Warblers reeling
Single Blackcap seen
Single Lesser Whitethroat rattling from hawthorns at top of bank at Gatewarth.Seen briefly.

2 Buzzards hunting together, low over Old Tip then drifted higher over River. Kept v close to each other .

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Gatewarth
At least 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling including one from Old Tip

Pair Grey Partridge

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Gatewarth
My 1st Whitethroat of year skulking in bushes along main track. Singing rather half-heartedly.

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8.00-9.00pm 18th/04
At least two Grasshopper Warblers reeling in reeds/scrub at bottom of field in between reserve and Ferry Pub. One showed briefly
Willow Warblers all over.Easily double figures
1 Chifchaff
1 Reed Warbler singing
Buzzard and Kestrel still flying.


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Gatewarth
1 Swallow over old tip
Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing
Pair of Kestrels hunting together

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yesterday

Gatewarth

Chiffchaff from wooden bridge just inside reserve 1st of year for me

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Monday 30th of March 2015 09:05:36 AM

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Gatewarth
9am ish
2 Whooper Swans high over

2 Bullfinch in bushes

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Gatewarth

M Sparrowhawk low over old tip flying down to riverside

2 Buzzards over farm

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Gatewarth
No luck for me with seeing or hearing any Firecrests today.
Plenty of Bullfinch about (20+)

1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Iceland Gull on River.

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Now two Firecrests present at Richmond Bank!!

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Firecrest singing and showing superbly well at 11:30 today, flycatching occasionally from the hawthorns along the bank at Richmond Bank, but moves through fairly quickly.

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A Firecrest in the brambles behind where we sit to watch the gulls on Richmond Bank(first heard last week by Ian)

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Two Willow Tits singing today in the bushes by the car park at the wastewater treatment works.

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Gatewarth

A pair of Oystercatchers on the mud opposite the Pumping Station this afternoon -same time as last year!

Seven Fieldfare plus singles of Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail and Buzzard were at Penketh Hall paddocks.

Both Kestrel and Buzzard were hunting over the old tip area.


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Gatewarth
Paddocks past stables- Small numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare
4 Bullfinches in tall hedge at top of bank.
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming

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Approximately 10,000 gulls on the mudflats to the west of Norton Marsh late morning including 1 juvenile Iceland Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull

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Gatewarth

Stonechat - 1F
Bullfinch - 1M,2F
Goldfinch - 25
Reed Bunting - 6

Plus Gt. Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush and Kestrel were the highlights this morning.

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Gatewarth
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F Grey Wagtail

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High water at Fiddlers Ferry today was 4.0 metres at 14.56, despite a WNW wind the river didn't come over Norton Marsh, so no small mammal activity but had a good view of a juvenile Glaucous Gull, also an adult Yellow-legged Gull as well as Redshank, Snipe, Lapwing, Curlew, Shelduck and cormorant.

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Gatewarth

1 m Stonechat old tip

Flock c30 Redpoll high in trees near the Water Plant between Gatewarth & Fiddlers Ferry. Mobile but didn't seem to be feeding, I didn't see any go to the alders here.

1 Jay over.

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Gatewarth

1000+ Starlings (murmuration) over the old Sewage Pools at dusk today was a great spectacle, and the most I've seen here for ages.

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Gatewarth
1 f Bullfinch in bushes at top of River Bank. 3 more in tall hedge along main path 1m2f.

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F Great Spotted Woodpecker vocal in trees near Penketh Old Hall
F Grey Wagtail in stoney gutter adjacent to Old Tip
Pair Bullfinch Old Tip
1 Great Crested Grebe on River
Fieldfare over

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Pickerings Pasture
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1 m Kingfisher hovering low over water
2 Little Grebes

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Gatewarth

Highlights this morning included a Stonechat, a pair of Bullfinches and a Buzzard on the old tip area.

A female Goosander was swimming in the river as the tide rushed up, whilst a Kingfisher flew low over the water at the same time.

Meanwhile a Fox ambled along the north bank past a couple of Magpies.

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Gatewarth
Plenty of Redwings in the hedges with Blackbirds and Tits. One Redwing absolutely hoovering up the berries on a hawthorn.
Single Kestrel hunting.
3 or 4 Meadow Pipits on Old Tip.

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Gatewarth
Flock of 20+ Fieldfares flying from the hedges ;First of the season for me.
3 Grey Partridge flushed from top of bank.
1 Grey Wagtail in yard of Penketh Hall Stables.

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Gatewarth

F Peregrine hunting over Old Tip.
2 Buzzards here also

Green Woodpecker calling from trees nr wooden bridge

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Low tide (0.5m) late morning yesterday and good for waders on the mudflats west of Norton Marsh, totals:-
Lapwing 1254
Golden Plover 7
Redshank 36
Black-tailed godwit 11
Curlew 9
Also a steady passage of Skylark overhead with a few meadow pipits and 2 swallows.
Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker still on the wing.

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Fiddlers Ferry
Kestrel hunting over the River. Shot low over water putting up all the gulls.

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Gatewarth
3 Buzzards drifted over from canal side in a line

Mute Swans and 7 Young still on canal at Fiddlers Ferry

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Wigg Island

7 Avocet
5 Little Egret
20 Black tailed Godwit

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32 Black tailed godwits, 220 lapwing and 1 redshank late morning on the mudflats west of Norton Marsh

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Gatewarth

f Sparrowhawk over
2 Jays
Stock Doves
Single juv Willow Warbler in hedge by main path

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WIGG ISLAND

Few hours this morning over high tide at wigg Island viewing from the tower hide highlights

Along the river
Lapwing 45
Curlew 20
Shelduck 53
Redshank 2
Great white Egret 3 on far bank of river along with 4 Little Egret and 5 heron as the tide came up in the same scope view

On pools
Greenshank 2
Black-tailed Godwits 5
Teal 26
Gadwall 1
Tufted Duck 8






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Fiddlers Ferry

Kingfisher low over water flying over River
Plenty of hirundines over including House Martins
Single Golden Plover with Lapwings

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Hale lighthouse

1 Tree Pipit
3 Golden Plover

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Gatewarth

Buzzard high over
Gull numbers up on River
Toadlet-this year,s young
Fox on far side of River up and down edge of water. Drinking from River at one point

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Fiddlers Ferry
Mute Swans have bred successfully this year. 7 full grown young with two adults on canal.

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10.00-12.00

80 Lapwings on the Mersey mud opposite the power station pumping station.

Walked along Richmond Bank as far as Gateworth.

Masses of gulls on the mudbanks, but I couldn't pick out anything uncommon amongst them, just 2 Common Gulls there though.

Also, 1 Cormorant, 8 Grey Herons, 8 more Lapwings on Richmond Bank and 4 Swallows passing through.

Lots of Gatekeeper butterflies around the bramble patches, also 3 Meadow Browns and a single Peacock.

4 Common Blue butterflies around the areas of trefoil.

The path along the banking at Richmond Bank is very overgrown, largely with Blackthorn, but where brambles cover the path they are head high.

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Penketh Old Hall Farm
Single Grey Partridge very vocal in the middle of a field. Poss young bird.
Gatewarth
Jay over the old tip

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4 Common Sandpiper on the River Mersey at Pickerings Pasture

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Late post for Sunday 13th July.

Osprey was present and in full view (although distant) of the hide overlooking Norton Marsh, on a large rock on the far banking of the Mersey, it didn't move from there for approx 1 and half hrs and was still present until we left the hide at roughly 5pm. Other birds from the hide included an increasing number of Great Black-backed, Herring, and Black-headed Gulls gathering on the mud bank not far from the Osprey.

Many thanks to the couple coming away from the hide who told us the Osprey had just landed, and good to meet the 2 Mersey birders in the hide who reported the Peregrines were on show earlier towards the gas towers, but me and Mum missed them. They also saw Tree Sparrows in the vicinity but again we missed them.

Other birds of note:
5 Buzzard
4 Reed Bunting
2 Linnet
1 Yellowhammer (more heard)
1 Whitethroat
1 Jay
Plenty of Swallow and Swift.

Some of the sightings seen on way back from the hide to the car.


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Went down for the Osprey this afternoon via Moore NR - cracking day of Midsummer birding, with the Osprey turning up fifteen mins after my arrival - flying right down the Mersey - before emerging with a massive fish. It took this to the far bank - on a bit of scaffold - and proceeded to pick at it lazily, as seen through my scope. A good tick and a lifer for me.

There was a Shelduck on the mudbank, plus a Kestrel hunting Upper Moss Side. Pretty sure I had a singing Corn Bunting, but definitely circa 3 Yellowhammers, with one seen.



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Good scope views of the osprey as it sat on the far bank opposite the Norton marsh hide, after a while it flew further away to the left, still present when I left at 3.20pm.

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Osprey still present this morning and caught up with the Corn Bunting (third time lucky), cheers Sid, great patch record!

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