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RE: Sandbach Flashes


Thousands of Starlings passed right over the tops of the trees and buildings at Sandbach Train Station at 07.50-07.55am this morning, at least 6 - 7 flocks (I probably missed a few whilst buying my ticket). All coming from the NE'ish and heading in the same SW'ish direction, toward the flashes. Anyone have any idea where they roost?

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Has anyone else noticed the thousands of birds (presumed all Starlings) heading SW over Sandbach train station toward (probably passed) the flashes (from a NE direction) each morning around 07.55-08.00am for the past week? Last week there appeared to be two huge flocks (few hundred in each) each morning. However this morning (again without my bins) a third flock contained thousands of birds 'murmering'. I think I was the only one at Sandbach train station who saw them!

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Elton Hall Flash: 2 Green Sandpiper 2 juvenile Ruff Hancock's Flood: Common Sandpiper Pumphouse Flash: Barnacle Goose in the Canada flock. 2 juvenile Willow Warbler

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On Hancock's Flood (more of a puddle now tbh) 2 juvenile Yellow Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper. Over on Pumphouse Flash, 2 more Green Sandpiper with another over on Elton Hall Flash along with around 50 Curlew. In berry bushes on Pumphouse side of the road were at least 5 Chiffchaff, one of which was in full song!

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Drake Lesser Scaup still at Elton Hall Flash at 8am this morning, and when I left at 8.15am. The bird is on the back pool from the farm track off Clay Lane.

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Having seen the bird and photographed it after work this evening, looking at the pics the back looks in less advanced moult than the Frodsham bird. Since getting home the Frodsham drake Lesser Scaup has now been reported on the pager, so two Lesser Scaups in Cheshire?

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Had news that Frodsham's drake Lesser Scaup has relocated to Elton Hall Flash, Sandbach today. The state of moult of the Sandbach bird and the lack of sightings today at Frodsham makes it a pretty safe bet that it's the same bird smile

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Drake Garganey still present Hancock's Flood 12:45 showing well.
Two broods of Shelduck on Elton Hall, and drake Gadwall.

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09.30-11.30

Drake Garganey still on Hancocks Flash, together with a pair of Little Ringed Plover.

Also there, a pair of Shoveler, the drake looking very shabby, moult time is here again.

Pumphouse Flash

A flock of 30 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 broods of Shelducks (11+5) and 2 Cormorants.

Elton Hall Flash

4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 drake Pochard plus a few Tufted Duck, Canada Geese etc.

Really quiet birdwise, with a high water level seemingly deterring waders.

On a positive note garden birds in profusion carrying food, including a pair of Tree Sparrows.


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Drake Garganey still present on Hancock's Flood. Single Black-tailed Godwit on Pumphouse Flash

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Hi Patrick, spot on with the name for the now permanent flooded fields opposite Pumphouse, a nice addition to the site!! I have started to send out Sandbach news on the email feed, so I hope that you got the Common Scoter sighting yesterday on it smile

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My regular weekly drop in produced drake Garganey on Hancocks Flood (on other side of road, opposite Pumphouse Flash - think that's what it's called?) along with a Little Ringed Plover. Over on Elton Hall Flash there was a Common Tern, constantly calling and displaying, with a small fish in it's beak. There was no sign of another bird nearby, but, it definitely appeared to be courtship type behaviour. They have bred at nearby Watch Lane Flash in previous years. No sign of yesterday's Scoter sadly.

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Drake Common Scoter all day on the Elton Hall Flash/Pumphouse Flash complex. Originaly found by Ian Barber. Also the 2 drake Garganey still present along with the drake Mandarin smile

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Deffo Paul, assuming they are happy to do so!

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I agree, there is a small group that text each other but that tends to be the regular, core, patch-watchers. If I get any good stuff from them I could always put it out on the Marbury email group, as the 2 sites are pretty close & news from Sandbach would probably be of interest to many folk who get the Marbury news. I will ask folk from the Sandbach text group if they would be kind enough to do this.

What do you think, Patrick, worth doing?

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Ah, typical! I toyed with going over to the tip but the weather was pretty poor so gave it a miss. I visit Sandbach pretty much weekly, every Thursday, as my mum lives there. Have had some good birds up at the tip in previous years (including Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler but, never Tree Pipit!). Shame there isn't a Patch email group like the one you do for Marbury etc Paul!

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An amazing day down at Sandbach Flashes yesterday with several scarce patch birds turning up. The list included Whinchat and 2 Tree Pipits at Maw Green Tip. the Tree Pipits being particularly elusive but the Whinchat was succesfully twitched by patchers. Back at Elton Hall Flash & Pumphouse Flash in the afternoon and things were looking better with 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 drake Gadwall and a drake Mandarin. Swift is on the Sandbach list this year but as Patrick says it is by no mean as common as just up the road at the Marbury CP/Neumann's/Ashton's area (sightings per D.Robinson & the Focalpoint Bird Leagues).

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Visit yesterday evening produced 8 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin on the flood to the left of Pumphouse Flash. Also of note, a very vocal Willow Warbler and, over Elton Hall Flash well over a hundred hirundines, mainly Sand Martin, but including Swallow and House Martin. No sign of any Swift yet

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Visit to Elton Hall Flash yesterday evening produced:

Common Sandpiper
26 Black-tailed Godwit
2 Redshank
Goosander m & f
Tree Sparrow (at least 4)
Buzzard
Stock Dove (at least 8)
Wigeon (still at least 10)
Teal (at least 5)
Shoveler
Tufted Duck
Great Crested Grebe (4)
Great Spotted Woodpecker m
Lapwing (lots)


no hirundines, surprisingly

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09.30-12.00

Elton Hall Flash

1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 imm. Iceland Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Sparrowhawks (simultaniously involved in aerial display) & 1 Peregrine.

Also, 20 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Redshanks & 1 Buzzard.

Masses of Swallows & Sand Martins moving through.

Pumphouse Flash just contained a few Shelduck, Canada Geese etc,.

The adjacent flooded pasture only held a pair of Pied Wagtails & 4 Teal.

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Quick visit in torrential rain this evening gave the following of note:

2 Little ringed Plover
12 Black-tailed Godwit, some coming into breeding plumage.


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Elton Hall Flash

3 Black tailed Godits, including a resplendent adult male in breeding plumage. This male attracted the attention of 30+ Black Headed Gulls that chased & harassed it relentlessly.

After a minutes of being chased around the flash, the godwit found shelter behind a bank at the northern end, and a long way from his comrades.

Masses of Black Headed Gulls on the flash, most of these arriving in two huge flocks from the West. A large group of Lesser Black Backed Gulls were resting on the adjoining field,

together with lesser numbers of Herring & Common, but no sign of any Great Black Backs.

2 Buzzards were in display flight over the flash, these raptors did'nt seem to bother the Black Headed Gull throng, but every time a Carrion Crow approached the flock there was mass panic.

Also, 3 Great Crested Grebes & 2 Redshanks. Still lots of Wigeon around, with lesser numbers of Teal & Shoveler, however very few Lapwing still remain.

Pumphouse Flash

3 Pied Wagtails, plus a few Coot, Moorhen etc,. THe usual big gull roost appears to have moved over to EHF.

3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming at various spots around the flashes.

Some of the big trees on the south side of EHF have been downed by recent storms, and 3 Wrens were flitting amongst the tangled mess.

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Elton hall Flash

2 Redshanks,1 Buzzard, 6 Shoveler, 1 Goldcrest & 350+ Wigeon.

Masses of Lapwing (1000+ often moving between EHF & Pumphouse), on EHF they were often harassed by a Carrion Crow

which flushed them, then flew through the flock as if it was looking for a weakling.

House Sparrows seem to outnumber their Tree Sparrow cousins on the feeders now. Lots of Chaffinches, quite a few with badly distorted feet, but no Bramblings.

A male Blackbird with a large white patch across his nape.

An adult Common Gull was harassing flocks of Starlings, it would seperate one bird from the mass then chase it relentlessly, when it seemed to have the Starling within it's grasp,

it would break off the attack. The gull would then perform spectacular aerobatics, it just seemed to be having fun and showing off.

Pumphouse Flash

1 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gull mixed in with the Lesser Black Backs, 6 Great Black Backs & 3 " Argentatus" Herring Gulls.

1 Ruff, 2 Sparrowhawks.

53 Curlew on the flooded pasture across the road from Pumphouse.

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Elton Flash

1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Redshanks, 3 Goosanders, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 50+ Shelduck, 2 Buzzards plus masses of Lapwing etc.

Even though there were lots of Wigeon, numbers appear to be a fraction of what they were a decade ago, and there were only 30 Teal around the flash too.

There were no Shovelers. Tree and House Sparrows amongst the usual birds around the feeders, plus a single Collared Dove.

A couple of Ruff were reported just before I arrived.

Pumphouse Flash

17 Great Black Backed Gulls and with them 2 huge "Argentatus" Herring Gulls.

Masses of Black Headed, lesser numbers of Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gulls. but only 6 Common Gulls.

4 Fieldfares with 17 Cormorants on the dead trees.



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In lieu of a North Lancashire jaunt with Jon Bowen (canx due weather - though on reflection, forecast not as bad as predicted

, decided to catch the last hour of daylight at the Flashes as my first birding trip of 2014. Much of the area was flooded but huge numbers of birds about.

Full list for completeness, selected counts only:

Blackbird

Black-headed Gull

Blue Tit

Carrion Crow

Chaffinch

Coot

Cormorant (6)

Curlew (30+)

Great Black-backed Gull (20+)

Great Tit

Grey Heron

Herring Gull (30+ including at least 2 larger birds)

Lapwing (estimate over 400)

Lesser Black-backed Gull (50+)

Magpie

Mallard

Moorhen

Pied Wagtail

Redshank (1)

Shelduck

Shoveler

Starling

Teal

Tufted Duck

Wigeon (huge numbers)

Woodpigeon

I'm sure a more detailed scan of the gull flocks in better light would have revealed something more interesting. I'll be back!

 

 



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Elton Hall Flash

2 Redshanks, 1 Ruff, 320+ Lapwing plus the usual Wigeon etc.

The lane leading to railway side of the flash is flooded (Wellies needed), the pool there held 11 Goosanders.

Pumphouse Flash

The waterlevel is as high as I've ever seen it, flooding half of the adjoining meadow.

It contained a mass of gulls though, mainly Lesser Black Backs and Black Headed, lesser numbers of Common and Herring plus 16 Great Black Backs.

Amongst the Lesser Black Backs was a single adult winter Yellow Legged Gull. 2 huge "Argentatus" were in the throng too.

Also 1 Ruff, 180 Lapwing, 9 Tufted Duck and a couple of Pied Wagtails.

No raptors seen, but intimidation from crows kept flushing the lapwings. 1 bold Carrion Crow chased an adult Lesser Black Back off it's dinner (something dead), which the crow then ate instead.

8 Cormorants were on the dead trees.



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Elton Hall Flash 15.30-17.30

The Stilt Sandpiper was showing well for most of the time.

It appeared to have a bad limp for a while, but just before I left it recovered and was feeding vigorously just off the furthest spit from the viewing area.

Also 1 Hobby, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff and 22 Curlew. 3 Chiffchaffs were in a large group of Long Tailed Tits.

The Hobby attacked a large group of hirundines, including Sand Martins, that were feeding low above the flash, noticeably from the West with afternoon sun behind it.

It may have caught something as it landed in a grassy area and spent several minutes there before off to the North.



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A quick visit to get a second site tick for the Stilt Sandpiper. It seems to be hanging around with the numerous Snipe here (at least 30 that I could see) and is commuting between the back of the flash and the spit to the left of the flash. Also of note a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Stock Dove, large numbers of Lapwing, Starling and Wigeon/Teal numbers building up as well as the usual Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed gulls


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Monday 2nd September.

After being unable to get to Neuman's Flash over the weekend due to being away, finally managed to get down to Sandbach Flashes on Monday evening where good but fairly distant views were had of the Stilt Sandpiper feeding amongst the Lapwing flock and 3 Dunlin.

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Tuesday, September 3rd.

Distant but good views of the Stilt Sandpiper this afternoon on Elton Flash, followed by a quick trip to Pennington to see the Lesser Scaup.
2 in 1 day...not bad!

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To keep this thread live here are a few sightings from the flashes today, not mine but some cracking birds here & well worth passing on:

A Hobby, 2 Ruff, 5 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe and 30 Curlew, all on Elton Hall Flash. Three Yellow-legged Gulls over the road by Pumphouse Flash. Also in the area a Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Reed Warbler.

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14.00-16.00

Very quiet birdwise

The water level was very high on EHF, and the lane that leads to rear of the flash is flooded, wellie only access.

Elton Hall Flash

2 male Shovelers, 1 drake Wigeon, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, and two families of Mallard 1@8 small ducklings and 1@4 but with no sign of mum.

A group 60+ big gulls, mainly Lesser Black Backs.

Pumphouse Flash

3 Buzzards, 4 Cormorants, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Wigeon plus Coots and chilled out male Mallards (Moult Time Again)

A dozen Lesser Black Backs flew in to wash, and with them an immature bird with a small dull white head, black eye and a beak that looked like someone had tried to pull it out with pliers.

After returning home and checking the "Mersey Birds" gallery of gulls, the bird seemed a clone of a 2ndw Caspian, and as one was recorded in the site log in the last day or so, I'll log it as that.

On the flooded meadow across the road a single Oystercatcher fed happily right alongside a large mean looking bull that would scare Godzilla.

With young calves and their mums in the field too, it's not a wise time to use the footpath that across it.

Crabmill Flash

1 drake Scaup (Premumably the one listed today on Birdguides)with 10 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Great Crested Grebes.













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Yes, I got a text about it just after the sighting. It was a flyover bird but 100% IDed by very reputable birders & regulars at the flashes. Lots of flash patchers got out & searched the whole area extensively but the bird was not relocated.

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Interesting report of a Hoopoe here yesterday.


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14.00-16.00

Really quiet birdwise.

Elton Hall Flash

1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Grey Herons, 18 Lapwings, 2 Teal plus Mallard, Shelduck etc.

A pair of Collared Doves by the farm.

Pumphouse Flash

3 Wigoen, 2 Shovelers, 2 Cormorants, 3 Lapwing, 1 Black Tailed Godwit plus the usual waterfowl.

The flooded pasture opposite Pumphouse as now largely dried up, however the remaining bit held 1 White Wagtail ( mobbed and chased off by the resident Pieds) and 1 Little Ringed Plover.

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On birdguides, White Stork reported at Sandbach Flashes at 12:10pm today

Apparently from a local collection

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Hancocks Flood, opposite Pumphouse flash at 12:30:

2 Little ringed Plover
1 Dunlin
1 Ruff
3 Black-tailed Godwit

Elton Hall Flash

2 Common Sandpiper
1 Little Ringed Plover
40+ Stock Dove
Lots of House Martin and a few Swallow
Still a few Wigeon and Teal about but not many

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Elton Hall Flash

3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Redshank, 57 Black Tailed Godwits, 1 Snipe, 4 Common Gulls, 2 Buzzards, 12 Linnets, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallows, 1 male Pintail and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Still 40+ Wigeon and 100+ Teal around, but only a few Shoveler.

Pumphouse Flash

2 Curlew, 1 Redshank plus Wigeon and Tufted Duck etc.

Flooded pasture opposite Pumphouse

4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank and a male Ruff.

1 Wheatear reported by Elton Hall Flash.

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Yesterday an Iceland Gull & a Med Gull on Elton Hall Flash with 28 Black-tailed Godwits. Upt to 12 Little Ringed Plovers were on the adjacent flooded fields. Today 6-7 Little Ringed Plovers were evident as well as 2+Ruff on the floods. Swallow & House Martins were seen today as well as a Jack Snipe in the Maw Gren Tip area.

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1 adult Kittiwake reported this morning, and a Med gull seen yesterday.
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A Kittiwake was also there yesterday and info was that todays bird only stayed for a short while, but I know one patch watcher who responed to a text & got there in time to connect with todays bird!!! The speeding ticket is in the post

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Elton Hall Flash

2 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Goosanders and 30 Shelduck.

Still masses of Wigeon and Teal around, although the Shovelers seem to have thinned out.

1 adult Kittiwake reported this morning, and a Med gull seen yesterday.

Pumphouse Flash

1 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gull and 14 Great Black Backs in the gull roost.

1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders and masses of Chaffinches around, but no sign of Brambling.

Plenty of Tree and House Sparrows around the feeders too, and the odd hybrid "Treehouse".

This site used to be a mecca for Tree Sparrows, and still is to a lesser extant, although House Sparrows appear to be showing more frequently lately.

Crabmill Flash

2 Great Crested Grebes and a pair of mating Oystercatchers.

2 friendly anglers unlocked the gate and offered me access to what is usually a private site (Can be viewed from road), although they had a whinge about Cormorants too.

Apparently this water holds some huge Catfish.

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Masses of birds, and a nice sunny day too, but alas nothing rare about.

Elton Hall Flash

2 Snipe, 2 female Goosanders, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron and 72 Shelduck.

Still lots of Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal and Lapwing around.

2 of the Great Tits on the feeders looked in very poor condition, with black downy flanks and large bare patches on the breast, is there a disease affecting this species at the moment?.

Pumphouse Flash

3 Ruff, 2 male Pochard, 1 adult Yellow Legged Gull, 4 Great Black Backed plus masses of Lesser Black Back, Black Headed Gulls.

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The late afternoon pre-roost gathering of big gulls on Pumphouse Flash just did'nt happen.

On my last visit the regular birders here told me that big gulls are simply not massing the same as they used to on Pumphouse, and todays visit reflected that.

There are still plenty of big gulls to be seen above the nearby Maw Green tip though, they've just obviously found a better place to chill out.

Masses of Black Headed Gulls were resting here though, and on Elton Hall Flash too, with lesser numbers of Common Gulls mixed in with them.

Just as I was leaving an aerial conveyor belt of Black Heads were streaming in to roost on EHF, but very few if any big gulls were with them.

In total Pumphouse held 6 Great Black Back Gulls (recently 50+ have been logged here), 7 Lesser Blacks and a single adult Herring.

A 2nd winter GBB gull stood amongst 3 Cormorants on the bank at Pumphouse, and in size it dwarfed them.

Also on Pumphouse, 7 Black Tailed Godwits and a single Redshank, but surprisingly no Curlews, I can usually find upto 50 around here.

On a more positive note Lapwing were everywhere, massed on Pumphouse, several part flooded pastures and on EHF.

A couple of Ruff had been reported just before I arrived, but I scanned everywhere and could'nt find them.

Mixed in with Lapwing on the stubble by EHF were a surprisingly large flock of Stock Doves. Amongst from the usual waterfowl on EHF was a single Little Grebe.

As is often the case lately the railway embankment side of EMF is not accessable without waders, as the lane is flooded, maybe that's where the Ruff were hiding.







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Elton Hall Flash

7 Goosanders, 2 female Goldeneyes, 4 Black Tailed Godwits, 1 Buzzard, a flock of 8 Linnets, 1 Brambling in the mass of Chaffinches, 215 Lapwing plus masses of Wigeon, Shelduck etc,.

Pumphouse Flash

2 drake Pochard, 1 Buzzard, 1 Redshank, 500+ Lapwings plus a noticeably reduced gull roost.

A huge flock of Starlings, more like a cloud than a flock, similar to the ones seen gathering at evening roosts, initially flying over EHF mixed with Lapwings, but then they all settled

on Pumphouse to feed. They were very nervous, and impossible to count.

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Elton Hall Flash

13 Snipe, 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 7 Mute Swans, 3 Shovelers (None to be found last Wednesday) and just 6 Lapwings.

Stock Doves with Woodpigeon and a flock of Chaffinches on the stubble. 2 Buzzards.

Masses of Wigeon, Teal, Coot etc.

2 Redwings and a male Bullfinch at the feeders.

Pumphouse Flash

3 "Argentatus" Herring Gulls amongst the gull roost. Several "Argenteus" Herring Gulls now in breeding plumage displaying and pair bonding.

A pair of Mute Swans appear to be ready to settle in, the cob was showing off and chasing Coots and gulls away.

Nothing rare about but masses of common species, especially gulls, and in the sunshine with cracking visibility and the thaw on, a very pleasant couple of hours.

Unless you've got waders though there's no access down the lane to view the railway side of Elton Hall Flash, the big thaw as caused a flood.

There is an escaped exotic duck moving around with Mallard, usually around the old feeding area near the iron gate, I've checked the field guides and can't ID it.

The local birders I spoke to can't classify it either, it seems quite tame and a bit of a character, I'd love to know exactly what it is though?.

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Did get back there today to watch Pumphouse with several Sandbach regulars but the number of large gulls had plummetted and there was no sign of the Glaucous Gull by 4pm. In the distance over Maw Green Tip we could see hundreds & hundreds of guls up in the air but they never showed any inclination to drift our way

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First winter Glaucous Gull seen by local patchers on Pumphouse Flash late afternoon, may have to pay a return visit myself tomorrow as missed it a few days ago!!

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Elton Hall Flash

1 Peregrine, 3 Buzzards, 4 Black Tailed Godwits, 23 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 13 Goosanders (5 males), 30 Shelduck, 10 Mute Swans, 2 Redwings,

1 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail (m+f), just 4 Lapwings, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Herons plus lots of Wigeon, Teal et.

Pumphouse Flash

1 Dunlin, 1 Buzzard plus the usual gulls, Coot etc.

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I only had the larger of the 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls but did arrive as gulls were drifting out of the Pumphouse Flash pre-roost gathering, also had a couple of argentautus Herring Gulls. The very mobile Chaffinch flock viewed from the Elton Hall Flash viewpoint was difficult to search but eventually I did find the lone Brambling, so it is still there, a real long-stayer. A pair of Pintail were on Elton Hall Flash also.

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Elton Hall Flash

1 female Goosander, 9 Mute Swans plus lots of Shelduck, Wigeon etc.

A big flock of Chaffinches on the adjacent stubble but I could'nt pick out any Brambling.

Pumphouse House Flash

2 adult Yellow Legged Herring Gulls amongst the mass gull roost.

2 Pochard, 1 Buzzard and 1 Snipe.




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