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An amazing find at Astbury Mere in the last few days by one of my birding mates - a SWALLOW!!!

It has been present for a few days late November and now is present on 1st December. The bird is hawking for insects over the surface of the mere in freezing conditions, so how it is finding anything to eat is amazing. Several folk have twitched it and I'm not surprised as it may be the only December Swallow we see in Cheshire in our lifetimes...... although with climate change, who knows? 



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1 Cuckoo this morning in Swettenham. (On the grounds of Clonter Opera Theatre) So on private land.
Not quite Congleton i know... but as near as I could find for this.

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Had a text update today:

Female Common Scoter on Astbury Mere. Also female Long-tailed Duck still. (per John Spottiswood, thanks)



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Just had texted to me that there is a Long-tailed Duck on Astbury Mere this morning (per John Spottiswood, thanks).



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Texted to me today:

Astbury Mere - 1st winter Scaup at 3.40pm (per John Spottiswood, thanks)



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1st visit to Astbury Mere no sign of the Slavonian Grebe but that's birding for you

15 Pochard
18 Mute swan
32 Tufted ducks
7 Great crested grebes
2 Buzzard
Coots
Mallards
Cormorants
Blue tits
Great tits
Wrens

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Sorry for late post, slavonian grebe showed really well yesterday, nice trip out with Joe Wynn (hope you enjoyed it too)

also numerous pochard, cormorant etc. and a Great Spotted Woodpecker

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A family walk round Astbury Mere this afternoon gave us excellent views of the long staying Slavonian Grebe. Haven't been there for a while and nice to be able to go for a walk in dry sunny conditions

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Hi Ben,
Thanks for the info - much appreciated. Went to Astbury Mere today amid snow flurries and the Slavonian Grebe is still present, stunning bird. Plenty of Black Headed Gulls also but nothing unusual amongst them.

Regards, KevB

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Hi Kev
Saturday was my first trip to Astbury Mere. It's very easy to find, and well signposted off the A34 close to Congleton Town Centre.
if travelling from the north, its a left turn on to Sandy Lane which takes you to a free car park at the mere (donations requested).
You can walk all round the mere, although the actual shoreline on the northen side seems to be owned by Stoke Anglers (or similar).
The Grebe seems to be keeping to a patch at the western aspect of the mere, and doesn't seem fazed at all by human attention.
There's a link to a map here (although to be honest you're better off with google maps)
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Slavonian Grebe still present, fabulous views down to 5 metres but sadly left my camera at home.

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Hi Everyone,
Does anyone have directions and advice please for parking/ access etc for the Congleton 'Patch'? Haven't been before and want to add it to my growing list of spots to go to at the weekends.

Cheers, KevB

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Hi guys I finally have a day off and I have decided to make a trip to Astbury Mere to try my luck for the Slav Grebe, I hear there has been a Scoter and a Scaup there recently too! Can someone tell me how far behind the time I am or are these birds still there?


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Same sightings as Nev. Fantastic views of the Slavonian Grebe close to the shore. The Common Scoter preferred the water in the centre of the Mere, every so often taking off to fly around the Mere before landing in a similar spot.
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First visit to Astbury Mere
Lovely morning stroll...
Slavonian Grebe west side, close in giving very good views
again no Scaup, but a flighty Common Scoter present moving about the mere.

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Slavonian Grebe still at Astbury Mere today, viewed from west side of mere, but no sign of the Scaup

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Both Scaup and Slavonian Grebe giving stunning views first thing this morning. Didn't need the scope and got both in same photo. Even the poor light didn't spoil the views of two such great birds

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The scaup and slavonian grebe still present at Astbury Mere today, the grebe showing incredibly well.

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The long-staying drake Scaup and Slavonian Grebe were both showing incredibly well this morning.

Cheers, John

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The first winter drake Scaup was still present on Astbury Mere this afternoon, showing well pretty close in after walking right from the car park on the mereside path. The bird never raised its head whilst I was there but is showing a nice amount of grey vermicualtion on its back, more than when it was first found so I am told by local birders

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You'd be surprised!

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richard howells 2 Had to wade through the coots on the far side, but it stood out when found.

Wading through Coots?? The lengths you'll go to see a bird eh!

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Drake Common Scoter on Astbury Mere. Reported on BirdNews at 1645, still there when I got there at 1905. Had to wade through the coots on the far side, but it stood out when found.

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In between visits to Brereton CP called in at Astbury Mere, Congleton to see the Great Northern Diver. Excellent views of the bird in front of the sailing club but that mere is an exremely cold place to be in mid November with the strong wind no.gifno.gif

PS - it was doing its submarine impressions again as reported by Nick yesterday. I have seen GNDs previously but never noted this behaviour before.

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Managed a couple of hours in between jobs this afternoon so I dropped in on the Woodlark that had been showing near to Brereton Country Park. With the help of the other birders present I soon managed to get my lens on the bird but it was really difficult to focus on as it was 150 yards away in a stubble field and keeping its head down. Anyway, I managed a few ropey looking shots for record purposes of what was a cracking little bird.

After that I popped over to Astbury Mere to see the Great Northern Diver. This bird too was quite camera shy keeping itself right out in the middle of the mere. I was actually amazed by how they dive. I'd expected the usual sort of Cormorant type dive but the GND just sank itself lower and lower in the water and submerged just like a submarine. A brilliant sight to see!!biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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