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RE: Lapwing Lane - Chelford


Mere Farm Quarry Pools (NE of A537 roundabout):

1f Stonchat, 12 Shelducks, 14 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Ducks, 2 Cormorants and a flock of 60+ Linnets.

Acre Nook Quarry Pool : 6 Shelducks.

Lapwing Hall Pool : 210 Wigeon and 2 Buzzards.

The dell from Mill Lane towards Astle : Several large flocks of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls feeding on Alder seeds.

On a very muddy field alongside Mill Lane were 8 Fieldfares, 7 Redwings and a couple of Mistle Thrushes.



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Black-necked Grebe 1
Little Grebe 4
Wigeon 279
Tufted Duck 22
Pochard 4
Goldeneye 6
Coot 64
Mute Swan 3

The Chelford end of Congleton Lane is coned off as it is closed for resurfacing work. I was allowed access providing I drove with hazard warning lights and parked without causing obstruction to the many road work vehicles. The circular walk round the pool seemed to be open as usual and was still being used by many dog walkers.

Cheers John


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Black necked grebe showing well again today. Also of note in the general area were goosander, goldeneye, tree sparrow and sizeable flocks of meadow pipits and redwings.

Whilst walking round I bumped into the estate owner who told me that the circular path round Lapwing Hall Pool will be closed at the end of this week for about a year whilst they carry out some major works. So I think that means that viewing of LHP will be difficult.

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Had a text today:

Black-necked Grebe Lapwing Hall Pool, Chelford plus a Bewick's Swan with 35 Whooper Swans. (per John Spottiswood, thanks)



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It's not been posted on here, but there is a wintering Black-necked Grebe at Lapwing Hall Pool. I nipped over late afternoon and the bird was favouring the north side and associating loosely with a small flock of Tufted Ducks. It dives frequently so give to pool a good search if you are going, and take wellies, it is like a mud bath! If you go in the evening, like I did, the pool is packed with Black-headed Gulls so I think scanning for the grebe would be much easier in the day when the pool has fewer birds on it.



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Many thanks. Went Friday evening. Cracker.

 

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Sunday 12th June.
Morning visit with Simon Gough.

- Long-tailed Duck 1
A first for me to see a drake with the long tail, a very smart looking bird indeed. Was distant at first but eventually it came over a lot closer to the bank where we were stood. It was worth getting soaked in return for some quality views.

Other birds around...
- Wigeon 1 male
- Tufted Duck
- Little Grebe 3
- Great Crested Grebe 2
- Oystercatcher 3
- Lapwing 1
- Sand Martin 40-50
- House Martin <10
- Swallow 1
- Reed Bunting 2

...and a few miles down the road as we headed into Macclesfield, a cracking Hobby came drifting over the car. In the slow moving traffic we watched it do a couple of circles then put the burners on and disappeared in no time into the distance!



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great views of the bird just after you left john. Arrived around 1:45 but it was always distant either in the middle of the pool or as john said in the nature reserve area. Just after john left i decided to leave as well and walked round to the find he was around 50 meter of one of the shores.
other highlights:
1 oystercatcher which flew in, couldn't find any where to land so flew off.
3+ little grebes
3+ great crested grebes
several pochard
2 buzzards
several reed buntings
good numbers of hirundie
Water rail, reed warbler, sedge warbler and whitethroats heard
And a hobby from the car on the way over

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Drake Long tailed Duck still present at 4pm when I left



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Drake Long-tailed Duck still present when I left at 12.30, Good views though distant so scope needed.

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Still there at 10:45 according to Birdguides John



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Any long tailef duck news today possitive or negative?

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I picked a poor time to visit and got caught in torrential downpours this afternoon. However, the Long-tailed Duck did come a little nearer the pool margin and allowed some phone-scoping. I survived the drenching, unfortunately my iPhone didn't hmm

Cheers John

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here from 11.45am, first time here, watching the long-tailed duck for around an hour & trying to get photos despite in staying almost in the middle of lapwing hall pool most of the time & a wonder around for a couple of hours.
other birds seen in the area...

1 wigeon, male
male & female mandarin
6 little grebe
16 tufted duck
2 grey heron
2 oystercatcher
lots of lapwings
4-6 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
2 garden warblers
several blackcaps around
2 reed warbler
swifts, swallows, sand martins & house martins.

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I popped back again early this morning, and the Long-tailed duck was still on Lapwing Hall Pool. Quite mobile, generally showing well.

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Drake Long-tailed Duck present this morning. Took some finding but eventually located after half an hour. Well done Patrick.

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The drake Long-tailed Duck was still present when I left at 8.30pm.
A superb looking bird.

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Excellent find Patrick. being off today and having been on Newchurch this morning I was at a loose end so nipped down this afternoon. The drake Long-tailed Duck, complete with long tail 'streamers', was actively feeding at the north end of Lapwing Hall Pool whilst I was there. The Sand Martins were posing very photogenically in submerged trees at the south end, great for pictures if anyone is heading down with a camera smile



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Nice find Patrick. Long-tailed Duck still present at 5.00 pm.

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I found a male, near adult Long-tailed Duck here at around 13:00 today. Most unusual to see inland at this time of year and possibly my best 'self-found' bird so far (assuming I was first to see it. Certainly first to report it anywhere as far as I know?)



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Sandwich Tern still today along with 16 Shelduck and Reed Warbler singing at Acre Nook Sand Quarry.

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Had a text this morning to say that the Sandwich Tern was still at Acre Nook Sand Quarry, Chelford, has stuck around which makes it a really unusual record for inland Cheshire (thanks to John Spottiswood).



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Made my first ever visit to this site this afternoon for the Black Necked Grebe.
It was showing quite well at the opposite side of the water from where I entered ,which was off the muddy track which runs through what I believe is called the Mosses.It was a nice view in the scope ,although it kept diving quite a lot.
Also a Little Grebe and at least 70 Tufted ducks and at least the same number of Wigeon and Coots. A female Kestrel flew right over my head calling,,as well as a Common Buzzard overhead,and Long-Tail tits in the trees . Did not see any other birders, just a few dog walkers.
A nice place to visit, I would think it is a place I will visit more in the future.
All the best and Good Birding Mark

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Black-necked Grebe still present this morning at 8.00am
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little Grebe 2
Wigeon c50

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Given that Lapwing Hall Pool is only 15miles from home and having not seen it yet I decided to pop over this morning to see if the Black-necked Grebe was still present. It was! Favouring the west end of the pool, feeding here and only moving away when dogs were on the west shore or swimming there. Plenty of Wigeon too and Tufted Ducks, Canada Geese and two Little Grebes.



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Black-necked Grebe still present on Lapwing Hall Pool around 11.45 this morning.

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Black-necked Grebe (1)
Dropped in at dusk on the way back from Sandbach Flashes and managed to pick up the reported black-necked grebe in the fading light. First time I have been to the site and definitely worthy of another visit in daylight. Good variety of winter ducks and a large gull roost building all the time I was there (vast majority black headed).
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No sign of the Caspian Tern this evening. I was kind of hoping maybe it could've found another feeding location and would've still roosted here tonight but not to be. Still, it was a nice drive out and met some nice people out there.

Birds of note:

130+ Curlew
1 Common Snipe
1 Dunlin
1 Common Gull
1 Buzzard
Approx 10-15 Oystercatcher
Lapwing and Starling in large numbers, uncountable...very flighty
Black-Headed, Great Black-Backed and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls in abundance

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The tern was watched flying off strongly just after 8.45pm and hadn't returned by dusk, leaving Cheshire birders present to theorise that maybe that was the bird finally leaving. As Sid comments it had changed it's behaviour from previous evenings, this departure being the major change. It seems like those suggestions that it had moved on have proved to be right so far, with still a no show at either location by c.5pm this afternoon. Mates on site at both locations have phond me with updates and birders will check Acre Nook SQ this evening to se if it returns to the roost, which it could still do if it has found a new feeding site during the day.

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Must have just missed you as I left around 19:15

Seemed quite settled then and was preening.

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I watched the Tern from 19.30 yesterday evening along with the finders and it was still there when I left at 20.45 although in my post I did mention that all of the birds took to the air a couple of times in that period - also the Tern did appear to be quite skittish when it was on the ground. This seems to have been different behaviour to previous evenings in the roost.

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Flew off early yesterday evening and then not seen at all this morning so far at Rudyard. Could be that it has departed the area.... but still worth a look at Acre Nook tonight smile

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Had another look at the Caspian Tern in the sunshine this evening at Chelford. Great views of it on the ground (mud/water) and also excellent flight views through the scope when it was heard calling. All of the birds went up a couple of times, once when a Buzzard flew over. Had more time to appreciate the plumage and its little jig in the mud - quite amusing. As has been said by others a "cracking" bird biggrin

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I felt sorry for one poor guy who turned up at dusk when the only people present were Chris Dorney and myself. We'd watched the tern fly into the shallows for a bath but had then turned our attention to the large numbers of Curlew flighting in. By the time he arrived it was almost dark and the vast majority of gulls were facing away from us into the wind with their heads under their wings. We searched for the tern for ten minutes before a heavy shower arrived and we headed back to the cars - he never did see it!

Other birds present were a Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, and four Goosander (flew off shortly after we arrived), along with Pochard, Tufties, a few Gadwall and Teal, etc.

I see (from Facebook) someone's lost a pair of binocs at Chelford, if folk could keep their eyes open for them.

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Like you Nick, I attended tonight not really expecting too much, but was pleasantly surprised as the bird came in
Certainly a brute of a tern, dwarfing the Black-Headed Gulls, and the bill with a black tip quite distinctive.
A lifer for me, and another new site to visit!smile

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After four days of following the reports of this bird I finally had chance this evening to get down there and see it myself. Despite the bird being present at Rudyard Lake for most of the day I decided to take a chance and head down to Chelford to preempt it coming into roost. My timing turned out to be good as it flew in to roost at 7.30, just ten minutes after my arrival. Coming in low over the trees it circled just once before dropping in to roost with the assortment of gulls already present. A cracking bird and not one I ever thought I'd get the chance to see anytime soon.

Interestingly, I got talking to the finders of the Tern and after congratulating them on their find I asked them if this was the best bird they'd had on this patch. I was slightly surprised when they said no. The winner of that one was a White Tailed Eagle sometime back in the nineties.

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Just found a Common Sandpiper when I heard "Here it comes!". Arrived back at Acre Nook at 1940, settled down on the edge of a group of Black-headed Gulls and after around 10 mins it turned in!

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Spoke on the phone to a birding mate who told me the tern had flown off high north from Rudyard so headed down to Chelford this evening for my second Caspian Tern of 2013 wink (jammed in on one at Spurn when twitching the Rock Thrush!!). Managed a full minute before the bird flew off low with a few Black-headed Gulls. Confident that it was still in the area we waited & about an hour later it flew back in from the direction in which it had departed! It then settled down on the spit allowing a few pics that showed the beak before tucking its head in & settling to roost. This bird has settled down into such a regular routine that anyone who wants to see it can have the choice of two destinations, a most obliging bird indeed smile

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Caspian Tern reported as back at 5.47pm this evening again in Gull roost at Acre Nook, Chelford, Cheshire

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And again for the best part of the afternoon on the mud, north shore, Rudyard Lake, Staffs. - it left to fly and resettled on the East shore with some Blackheaded Gulls - great bird, lifer.

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Showing well again at Rudyard Lake this morning

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Evening visit again yesterday to Chelford with Stephen Fuentes for the Caspian Tern where we had good views (couldn't resist seconds of this bird!)

Apparently it was seen this morning at 5am at Acre Nook, Chelford but once again has made it's way to Rudyard Lake, Staffs to feed where it is currently showing.

It has roosted for the last 3 nights now at Chelford so might be worth waiting for news this evening for anyone planning on going there to see if it returns to roost once more.





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The Tern was back at Chelford this evening. If it was indeed it was the same bird that has been getting reported a Rudyard lake earlier it appears that from the time of departure from Staffs to arrival time in Cheshire it would have been travelling at 25 - 30 mphsmile

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John the Tern is being reported on Rudyard Lake in Staffs at the moment but may well return to Chelford to roost.

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Anyone anyone anyone have info on the bird and its whereabouts? I'm not in the 'twitching loop' regards RBA pagers etc etc I'm thinking of going for it.

Cheers in advance.

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Must have just missed you Sid, good views of the Caspian Tern this evening at 9pm. Cracking bird so close to home!

Also managed to pick out a Yellow-legged Gull amongst the gull roost.



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At the third attempt including a 04.00 start this morning, finally caught up with the Caspian Tern on Acre Nook Sand Quarry, Lapwing Lane, Chelford as the sun was setting this evening. That bill red bill was like a beacon enabling the bird to be picked up relatively easily in the Gull roost biggrin

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Sunday 15th July

1 Little Ringed Plover
12 Oystercatchers
250 Lapwings
3 Grey Herons
1 Common Buzzard
1 Goldcrest
1 Nuthatch
20 juvenile Swallows on the telephone lines

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Wednesday 14th September 6.00-7.00pm

Another try this evening for the Grey Phalarope. Alas, no sign, but at least there was some sunshine this evening, which allowed me to get some great views of the Curlews and Gulls still present.
Others I managed to see were:
19 Cormorants
1 Grey Heron
2 Swallows
10 Lapwings
2 Great Crested Grebes

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Tuesday 13th September 7.00-7.45pm

Having missed the Grey Phalarope at Pennington recently I followed up the reports on Birdnet of one south of Chelford, at Acre Nook Sand Quary on Lapwing Lane.
Sadly I couldn't locate it due to fast fading light, although a birder I walked past did inform me that it was still there on the second pool. I may try again tomorrow.
What I did manage to see though was quite a surprise.
135 Curlew. I've never seen so many together. Quite amazing
Large mixed group of gulls. Mainly Black Headed, but also Lesser and Greater Black Backed.
1 Hobby
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Grey Heron
A very large flock of geese in flight that I was not able to identify due to them flying behind a wood never to be seen again, but didn't sound like Canada Geese.


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