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Gaitwarth :Singing warblers falling away , Whitethroats, Sedge W and Willow W s still vocal.

Marsh Orchids nicely out in restricted access area, looked like Southern Marsh from distance.

-- Edited by John O'Neill on Monday 14th of June 2010 11:35:30 PM

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Early evening stroll round Gaitwarth didn't find any Grasshopper Warblers...Sedge, Reed Willow Warblers and Blackcap and Whitethroat heard/seen.

Juv male Kestrel hunting low over hedges and ditches along River.

Nice male Bullfinch in trees near Wind Pump.



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Gatewarth : Four buzzards seen. One low. Three soaring high over river attracting impressive numbers of gulls and corvids in clouds around them.

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Fiddler's Ferry : Single Sand Martin over canal near Ferry pub.

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Gatewarth: Grasshopper Warblers reeling in good numbers tonight (8.30pm ish) I estimate 7 but when more than 1 singing at once they make a bit of a wall of sound and personally I find it difficult to pick out the exact number. All over reserve including brambles on River bank.
Sedge & Reed warblers also singing. Whitethroats and Willow Warblers completed the choir.

Pair of Grey Partridge.

-- Edited by John O'Neill on Friday 30th of April 2010 11:05:10 PM

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Grasshopper Warbler reeling earlier today, one was in full sing 6.45pm, in field between reserve and Ferry pub.

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Gatewarth : At least 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling again tonight, from 8.00pmish.Much longer periods of song than last couple of nights....also one actually showed itself !

2 Whitethroats also singing.

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At least 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling tonight.

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Gatewarth : 1 m Stonechat on trees between wooden bridge entrance and River.

At least 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, started 8.00pmish in thick brambles in the fenced area 200 yards or so before Wind Pump. Couldn't see the GW, only reeled in short bursts.

Lots of gulls on bank in river, mainly Lesser Black Backed.

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Gatewarth 5.00pmish..Glaucous Gull with gulls on river. Short Eared Owl hunting on both banks, swooping low over an interested looking Fox at one point! Chiff Chaff and Willow Warblers singing. Plenty of Peacock butterflies about.

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Gatewarth : Water Shrew showing well in smallish pond just inside reserve over level crossing. Didn't know they occurred here, so a pleasant surprise for me.

Buzzard low over just before started to snow.

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Frodsham Marsh : Adult Female Cuckoo giving prolonged views as it caught a succession of what appeared to large black caterpillars. No. 6 bed, on wooden perimeter fence near to where some kind of clearance or pipe laying work being done. Repeatedly flew down to catch prey then returned to perch on fence to gorge itself.

30 plus Black Tailed Godwits here also, a few in summer plumage.

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A Grasshopper Warbler still reeling today at Gateworth, altho' only in brief bursts. Early in the day, 5.00pm ish. Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats singing too. Distant Buzzard on other side of River.

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Gatewarth

At least 7 Grasshopper Warblers reeling tonight (9.00pm) from most areas of reserve, including one right by railway , where level crossing leads to wooden bridge.

Also Cuckoo calling, but distant, on other side of river...probably in Daresbury or Moore.

-- Edited by John O'Neill on Friday 1st of May 2009 10:27:03 PM

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Grasshopper Warbler reeling 6.00 pm and showing v well also, in scrub in field between Gatewarth and the Ferry Pub (almost in reserve, just over barbed wire fence.)

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Pair of Stonechats yesterday(07.03.09) at Gaitworth/Gatewarth, showing well in scrub and opener area just into reserve, over wooden bridge past Level Crossing.

Jack Snipe feeding on island in the wader scrape at Pickerings Pasture today (08.03.09) 5.00pm-ish. Peregrine over here, landed on sandbank in the River.

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