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Raven over the sewage treatment works at 9.30 yesterday morning.

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Single Short Eared Owl showing well.
First seen soaring high, buzzard-like, over River, mobbed by a couple of black-headed gulls. Steep angled dive got it down to head height where it shot past me to the old tip area.
Refound (presumably the same bird) a bit later hunting low along reedy ditches far side of River.

Buzzard (hedge hopping like a sparrowhawk) and Kestrel also present.

Meadow Pipits, Linnets, L T Tits.

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Two bar-tailed godwit today at low tide on the river west of Norton Marsh also little egret, peregrine and raven.


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A single curlew sandpiper this morning on the mudflats west of Norton Marsh with 21 dunlin, 3 redshank, 27 golden plover and 500+ lapwing.
On Tuesday I had a very brief call of what was probably a yellow browed warbler in an area of sallows along the ship canal track east of Halfway House. I spent over an hour trying to relocate the bird but without any success.

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very quiet
Buzzard and Kestrel hunting
8 juv Mute Swans with adult on canal

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Wigg island today
Plenty of ducks on lagoons (from tower hide)
Teal c45
Gadwall 18
Tufted ducks 20
Shelducks 40+ on river at high tide
also load of coots 48
1 little grebe
6 little Egrets liking the low water levels on the pools
1 kingfisher giving nice scope views but to far for a photo
and a Cetti's Warbler showing well but briefly in sallow bush just across path from the hide
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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 22nd of September 2013 08:18:12 PM

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Originally posted by David Kennedy today:

Fri. 6th Sept 2013

Saw the location loyal LEUCUISTIC MAGPIE in Runcorn at 6.35am today. It was at the junction of Cheltenham Close and Ascot Ave once more. Later it moved up near the shops.

Also of note recently on the Heath fields in Clifton Rd was a jackdaw with plenty of white in both wings, and a crow which has been seen twice now with a broken lower beak. It dangles hopelessly and is useless to the bird. However the crow has modified its eating habits Ive noticed, cleverly using its tongue and upper beak to pick up small food items. It seems healthy and has been around for weeks now in the Heath Rd south to Clifton Rd fields area.


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Nice hour late afternooon in sunshine

Plenty of small birds moving thru hawthorns, brambles, roses etc at top of riverbank, tits and warblers mainly, including a Lesser Whitethroat (site first for me) juv bird, v dark mask/head markings. Prob another present in thick cover... both calling, stonechat-like call.

Marsh Harrier (f/juv) low over River. Buzzard and Kestrel also hunting.

Covey of 7 Grey Partridge most I've seen here for ages.



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Loose flocks of passerines in brambles, rowans and scrubby reeds on top of River Bank mostly Long tailed tits with other birds mixed in : Blue Tits, Willow warblers, Whitethroats, Blackcaps; many young birds.

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LEUCISTIC MAGPIE




23rd Aug 2013

Leucistic magpie still around in Runcorn. This morning at 6.30am it was in Cheltenham Crescent on the rooftops. Its a month since it was first seen, and is staying loyal to the Ascot Ave estate.

-- Edited by DAVID KENNEDY on Friday 23rd of August 2013 01:36:01 PM

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Red kite over spike island Widnes 10 45am heading north west
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First job of the morning today found me in Runcorn so I thought it would be rude not to go and check out the leucistic Magpie that's been present for a while now. I found the bird feeding on the ground with an adult bird under the Cherry trees on Ascot Avenue where its been showing quite regularly. A very unusual looking bird that had all the plumage variations but with an overall beige hue.

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Mute Swans have bred successfully here this year, 2 adults with 7 almost fully grown young feeding on the canal today.

A young Kestrel on a post was presumably this year's bird.

Post breeding flocks of Lapwing and Starlings.

Gull numbers rising on the River.

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RUNCORN'S RELIABLE LEUCISTIC MAGPIE ...


Sun.11th Aug 2013

This very unusual youngster is still about. First seen about 23rd July, its been regularly seen in the same area ever since. I saw it Friday at 5.30pm and again this morning about 8am. A photo Ive taken of it was in the Runcorn World newspaper this week.

This brown, tan and pink magpie is un-missable when it appears with its normal black and white associates. The location is in (and under) the cherry trees opposite the few shops in Ascot Ave (Off Clifton Rd) Runcorn.

-- Edited by DAVID KENNEDY on Sunday 11th of August 2013 11:27:54 PM

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LEUCISTIC MAGPIE IN RUNCORN



This morning on and off between 6 and 7am the LEUCISTIC MAGPIE (seen since 23rd July) was showing well at close quarters.

It was one of 11 magpies enjoying the cherries in the trees opposite the shops in Ascot Ave Runcorn as 6 house martins circled overhead.

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LEUCISTIC MAGPIE

After 2 or 3 reported recent sightings, this morning I caught up with a leucistic magpie in Ascot Ave Higher Runcorn. It was again seen foraging under the trees opposite the Ascot Ave shops.

The bird isnt an albino (its eyes are black not pink). Its beak and legs are pink, and the black feathers are light brown except the tail which is white. How strange it looks!



-- Edited by DAVID KENNEDY on Friday 2nd of August 2013 10:42:51 AM

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Quiet. Few Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat still singing in the afternoon heat.

Good nos of Butterflies flying inc several Small Tortoiseshell and at least 1 Large Skipper. Burnett Moth numbers down but still plenty about.

Less welcome the many bloodthirsty Horse Flies present.

Checked out the Pyramidal Orchids again...more than I thought here, now all fully flowering; prob about 50 plants.Marsh Orchids finished.

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8.30-9.30pm
Grasshopper Warbler reeling. First heard for almost 2 months.
Intermitently singing at first later got going properly and continuously reeled loudly. Seen fairly well as it flitted between bushes. Old Tip area.
Kestrel still hunting up to about 9.00.
Reed Warblers and Whitethroat singing.

Lots of flowers out, Yellow Flag, Ox-Eye Disies etc. Tufted Vetch out all over, virtually every flower covered with 5-Spot Burnett Moths, must have been 1000s of them, easliy.

Best of all, a new Orchid species for the site : in with the various Marsh Orchid forms (Northern/Southern and hybrids I think) two Pyramidal Orchids seen. One rather weedy one fully out and a larger specimen just starting to spike.

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8.30 pm
Single Grey Partridge flushed
Whitethroat, Sedgw Warbler and Willow Warbler singing

Good no's of toad tadpoles by the wooden bridge, water black with them.
Southern Marsh Orchids (some a bit dark- poss hybrids) well out.

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Wigg Island - walk this afternoon gave Garden Warbler - heard only, Blackcaps, Whitethroat and possible Lesser Whitethroat [went into cover before I could be sure] - of interest were a pair of coot with well grown young which were building a nest next to the one still being used by the first brood - presumably ready for a second. Mute swans with eight cygnets also. Not a lot on the estuary bar cormorants. Plenty of dragonflies and damselflies on the old canal section - mainly Azure Damselfly with some Blue Tailed and Large Red Damselfly plus a few of the larger species I couldn't identify.

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no grasshopper warblers heard for 2 weeks now.

Curlew on River.

Toad tadpoles hatched in pond at entrance.

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Excellent close views this morning of 2 Arctic Terns - initially roosting at low tide on the mudflats just south of Fiddlers Ferry, and then feeding in the river as the tide came in.
Also a single Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpiper in the same area on the 6th.

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Cetti's Warbler Singing across from tower hide then showing very well directly below hide today at Wigg Island Runcorn this afternoon also Lesser Whitethroat singing near by but not seen
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1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling 8.30pm ish

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2 grasshopper warblers reeling tonight.

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One Grasshopper warbler reeling briefly last night c.9.00pm

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8.00pm ish No Grasshopper warblers reeling, several Reed Warblers singing.

V close views of a Short Eared Owl hunting over the old tip area (right by entrance to reserve/small wooden bridge.) Kept low, perched up on the fence too. Right over my head, giving great chance to watch it. Picked it up again about an hour later on far bank of River perched up on post.

Pair Grey Partridge.

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8.00/9.00 pm

Warblers back in force: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler (prob 3) all heard and/or seen.

Also, a Hedgehog wandering around.

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1st Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling this year. From reedbeds / thick cover in field sloping down to the Ferry pub.

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3 Whimbrel on the sandbank west of Norton Marsh late morning also:- 7 curlew, 4 oystercatcher and 1 common sandpiper.

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1st swallow of the year, single over old tip near canal

Masses of gulls on River, a juv Glaucous Gull was present.

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M Stonechat still present
At least 4 Chiffchaff seen and/or heard including one in reedbed doing an impression of reed warbler.
1 Buzzard low over

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Three jack snipe amongst common snipe on the south end of Norton Marsh yesterday.


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Male Stonechat still on west-facing field this morning and a Redshank on the river mud.
No sign of any migrants though.


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Two Black-tailed Godwit yesterday on the Mersey west of Norton Marsh, also 5 Redshank and 78 Shelduck.

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2(1m 1f) Stonechats on the old tip area.
At least 3 buzzards.
Massive no.s of gulls on River.

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A male Stonechat was present this afternoon and two Oystercatchers were on the river mud opposite the Pumping Station.



-- Edited by Brian Baird on Thursday 7th of March 2013 08:08:16 PM

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Am : lots of gulls on the River...couldn't locate anything unusual, the bright sunlight made viewing majority of birds difficult.
Pm : tide higher, far less gulls. Buzzard been mobbed by crows. Single Teal on River.

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Fiddlers Ferry
9 Redshank and 2 Oystercatchers on the River in front of FF pub.

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Brent goose (dark bellied) still present yesterday- it has been seen on Norton Marsh and the mudflats to the west, best viewed from Owens Wood.

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Spent an hour or so at HWH this morning - mainly looking for a Brent Goose that had been found late sunday afternoon. Just about to head home when a Brent goose suddenly appeared, initially flying around the S/E corner of Norton Marsh it then joined a small flock of Canada Geese on the S/E corner of Fiddlers Ferry. A patch first for me (cheers Den and Mal!!).

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Single Woodcock low over

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Cheshire has had it's first confirmed record of genuinely wild Barnacle Goose, on the Mersey Estuary in 2011

2 adult (colour ringed) and 3 juvenile Barnacle Geese were present on Hale Marsh on 28th November 2011, the birds were ringed as part of a programme in Svalbard archipelago (Norway)

Info courtesy of Bill Morton & Tony Broome

http://frodshammarshbirdblog.wordpress.com/

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HWH / West of Norton Marsh

Spent an hour or so here this morning :-

Lapwing 350
Golden Plover 11
Curlew 1
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 3
Shelduck 5
Canada Goose 50
Mallard 10
Pheasant 1
Plus Corvids and Woodpigeons
Over 1000 mixed gulls on the mud but I did not pick out anything unusual.

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Sodden and muddy this morning. Not much moving.

Fields on the other side of the railway, around Penketh Old Hall/ Riding Stables flooded. Ducks swimming around here inc a pair of Shoveler. Single female Grey Wagtail here.

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Anybody regularly birding the cheshire mersey estuary , have you considered submitting counts as a weBs counter ?
The currents weBs team is seriously undermanned in our attempt to map the estuary , some more info on the mersey estuary weBs facebook page or contact the area co-ordinator of the team on dermot.smith@fsmail.net

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Early light frost made GW look almost picturesque this morning.
Single Fieldfare with finches (green and gold mainly) in bushes. 2 more over.
A Fox cantered by, along River, near-side. Semed to have prey in mouth,poss mouse. As it ran it put up Redshank and a single Snipe from reedy edge of River.

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A single Fieldfare on the hawthorn bushes this afternoon.

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Thanks Ian, from about three miles distant I momentarily thought the gulls were the starling flocks there were so many! Pete

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High tide around there was just after midday today Pete and it was a big one! More likely these gulls are headed off to roost after spending the day around Arpley Tip and Richmond Bank, maybe from even further afield too as I see late flying gulls heading that way over here in Astley

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