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Just back from a couple of hours, after work, at Lunt Meadows.  Monday 09th April 2018, 17.30 - 19.30, drizzle, breezy, 10 degrees centigrade.  Little Egret; Grey Heron; a handful of Lapwing on the nesting site adjacent to the Car Park, plenty of Swallows.



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Back at Lunt Meadows again today, Sunday 08th April 2018 between 16.00 and 19.30.  Dry, bright and relatively calm with temperature around 11 degrees centigrade.  Highlights: 2 x Barn Owls hunting adjacent to the pumping station; 2 x Marsh Harriers; 3 x Wrens; 1 x Reed Bunting; 1 x Blackbird; numerous Greylag Geese, Coots, Oystercatchers, Pink Footed Geese.



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07.00 - 09.30 Sunday 01st April 2018 - Cold but bright and sunny.  Grey Partridge, Dunnock, Snipe, Grey Heron, Barn Owls x 2, Reed Bunting, Linnet x 2, Little Egret, Kestrel, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Wren.



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First time at Lunt Meadows, went specifically hoping to see a Short-eared Owl but did not think we would be lucky enough. Between 2:30+4pm saw Wigeon, Little Egret, Stonechat, Teal, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Goldfinch, Canada Geese and... Short-Eared Owl. I think it was 3 Short-Eared Owls but they were not up at the exact same time so hard to tell, one was good enough for me :) :) We had really really good views, the Owl didn't seem fazed at all by people walking dogs, playing with a ball or walking around, even flying very low between people walking on the footpath at one point. Lunt Meadows has parking and is free so I really recommend it, thanks all who mentioned about the Owls here. Although we saw between 1 and 3, on the notice board it said that 9 had been spotted on 11th February! The board also said there were 4 Barn Owl and several other raptors, seems an interesting place!

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1 Red Kite quite distant soaring high then came lower.
5 or 6 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels also present.

3 Pintail



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First visit to Lunt Meadows today in the hope of seeing the Short eared owls. Didn't do a complete count but here's a list of what else I saw

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag's, Wren, Robin, Blue tit, Stonechat, Mallards, Grey heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Shoveler, Teal, Kestrel, Tufted duck, Song Thrush, Coot, Water Rail, Common Buzzard, Pheasant and Short eared owl



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18.12.2017 pm Due to it being foggy at penny moved over to Lunt for the Afternoon

Bittern - 1 flew into the centre of the half mile of marshland at the front of the Kingfisher hide at 2.30
Cetti's Warbler-1
Short Eared Owl - 5 all up at once between 2.30 and 3.30 ,then they all disappeared again.
Black Tailed Godwit-2
Pintail-1 Pair
Stonechat - 6
plus the usual's

 

 



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Flying visit on way home from mum's this afternoon,highlight being 3 Wood Sandpipers showing ridiculously well from the first screen.Supporting cast of Common Sandpipers,Ruff,plus all the expected warblers.30+ Swifts plus Sand Martins were putting on   the air show.After about 10 minutes of me going on about how spectacular the sandpipers were, the missus must have got a bit bored,so she started scanning the distant trees behind the screen with her binocs......seconds later she shouted "there's a macaw!".....sure enough, about 100 yards away, up a tree there it was.......picture below!.....good to see the Scouse sense of humour is still alive and well wink

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Late post for yesterday Wed. 15th

Called in at dawn on my way up to the Fylde to get goose ticks.

Barn owl hunting up and down the riverbank giving very close views.

All the usual waterfowl including 2 coots having a very bloody encounter.

Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Grey Partridge and Reed Bunting were also seen.

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16.20 hrs. Thurs 5th Jan.

With Ian Lyth and Paul Greenall.

Quick visit on way home.

Distant views of a hunting Barn Owl.

Was told that 4 Short-eared Owls had been about earlier.

Roger.

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Marsh Harrier over Reed bed No 2 at around 3-30 pm



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Little Stint still present at 3.45pm giving good close views on the main pool from the second viewing screen anti clockwise from the car park

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M Smew still present 17:30 diving constantly on main mere
Also here - 2 Little Egrets
1 Little Grebe
Several Swallows

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Male smew seen today in a narrow channel in between the reeds bordering the main pool, after diving around for a while where it couldn't fully be seen, it decided to become more obliging and came onto a bank with a couple of mallard and sat down for a while. My first ever male smew, despite seeing two redheads



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Male smew flew to the very north end of reserve after being chased by a goose not been seen for an hour

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Magnificent drake Smew currently showing well on first pool,from the screen.Also 50 + Sand Martins and a dozen or so Swallows. Cheers Chris



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1 Short Eared Owl giving v close views hunting right next to the carpark 5.10pm
1 Barn Owl distant
1 Kestrel
1 Buzzard

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Visited this afternoon between 15.30 and 17.00 hrs, weather cold and very blustery, walked left from car park following the path to the pump house and the River Alt, followed the river down to the bridge, then back to the car park in a full circle of the reserve. Amongst others :-

Cormorant
Little Egret (c.6)
Grey Heron
Mute Swan (2)
Pink footed Goose (c.20)
Greylag Goose (3)
Canada Goose
Shelduck
Wigeon (2)
Gadwall (7)
Teal
Tufted Duck
Buzzard (3)
Kestrel (2)
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Black tailed Godwit (13)
Redshank (1)
Barn Owl (1)




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What great site this is, v accessible too. Car park closes at 6 tho
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2(prob 3) Barn Owls showing v well
2 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
1Sparrowhawk
4 Little Egret
3Greylag

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Got my first ever (blockkkkerrr) Barn Owl today at Lunt. Amazing weather and the owls didn't disappoint with two Short Eared Owls around. Also Kestrel, Little Egrets, Shelducks 



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16.00 - 18.00 Highlights

Barn Owl 2
Short eared Owl 4
Peregrine
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Little Egret 4
Golden Plover 5
Stonechat 5

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1 pale short eared owl 1 marsh harrier 2 kestrel Pink footed geese Field at other side of river: Big numbers of golden plover Lapwing Buzzard No sign of the scaup

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Female Scaup showing well on Pump Pool, plus two Short Eared Owls , during a brief visit this morning, prior to collecting mum for her Christmas visit. Cheers Chris

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Rob Creek wrote:

without going into it fully and starting a conversation on this thread, it's near impossible to ID Bats safely without a Bat detector to measure the specific frequency of the echolocation clicks of that particular species.
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I agree that this isn't the appropriate thread, and that bats are difficult to ID with confidence without a detector. However, Noctules have a very distinctive flight pattern, in that they fly fast in a straight line about 15 to 20 feet above the ground, with dramatic stoops to the ground when hunting prey. The South Lancs Bat Group will accept non-bat detector records for all species, then interpret them themselves. Contact them and they will e-mail you an Excel recording form, identical to the one you use for sending records to the GMBRG (unless you are on MapMate, of course)

Make your bat watching count biggrin

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...A non bird highlight and a real surprise was a bat, which someone else identified as a no rule bat flying around in full daylight near the car park. Apparently, it also flew around in the daylight yesterday...

Hi Marc,
Presumably you meant a Noctule Bat, but without going into it fully and starting a conversation on this thread, it's near impossible to ID Bats safely without a Bat detector to measure the specific frequency of the echolocation clicks of that particular species.
Cheers

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10:30-1:00 today

After seeing the great northern diver on Monday and the smew at new church yesterday, I went to Lunt today for the female scaup that has been present since Monday, as it would be another lifer for me. I was not disappointed, as the bird showed really well from the first screen you reach of you take the right path from the car park. The bird spent all its time with two male tufted ducks. Great to finally see this duck for definite after having some possible sightings before but never being able to tell for sure

It was raining when I first arrived around 10:30 this morning, but it cleared up around lunchtime, and this encouraged a fantastic short eared owl to start flying around, along with a sparrowhawk, 3 kestrels and 2 buzzards. Not many other birds on the reserve, but hundreds of pink footed geese were seen flying in the distance

A non bird highlight and a real surprise was a bat, which someone else identified as a no rule bat flying around in full daylight near the car park. Apparently, it also flew around in the daylight yesterday

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One Short Eared Owl currently hunting over field next to the car park,just a quick visit , en route to taking my mum to the chiropodist! Cheers Chris

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There is a car park off Lunt Road. It's all on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Lunt-Meadows-wetlands-Nature-Reserve-1508795192738663/info/?tab=overview

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Where is best place to park if visiting Lunt Meadows please.
Cheers Barry.
ps. coming from Manchester.

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Chris Chandler and myself had a brilliant day over here today. It started nicely as we walked across the fields from Maghull with a smart male Yellowhammer and a flock of around 20 Skylark. We picked up our first Short-eared Owl before we got to the river bank. When we crossed the bridge the reserve looked absolutely superb; the assorted colours of the different woodland areas and rough grass combined with the feeling that it was just full of wildlife.

We saw a minimum of 5 Short-eared Owls, possibly 7 in total. Wow! Also singles of Barn Owl and Marsh Harrier. The Marsh Harrier flushed up a Short-eared Owl and they tussled; the owls are so spiky, I saw at least 3 instances of pairs sparring with each other, including once where they called in their growly way.

The pools were slightly light on birds, but there were plenty of Common Gulls, and a few Wigeon. We heard Grey Partridge and Water Rail without clapping eyes on. There were stacks of birds on the fields across the river too. At least 500 Lapwing and more Pink-footed Geese. These seemed to take it in turns to fly up and swirl around before dropping again. Also at least 8 Buzzards, perched on the ground. I saw one scoot across the ground which was amusing, but they didn't seem to be doing much in the main.

We were both buzzing coming home. Is there a more charismatic bird than a Short-eared Owl?








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In just fifteen minutes before it went dark this evening, I managed to see:

1 ring tailed hen harrier (other bird watchers managed to spit really far off, but over the next five minutes it slowly circled closer and was last seen by the bridge.
3 short eared owl
1 barn owl (had a brief dog fight with one of the Short eared owls)
3 grey partridge
15 pink footed geese (small skein over)
4 kestrrl

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3PM until dark 

greenshank 4 

sparrowhawk 

buzzard 

kestrel 

big flocks of pink-footed geese in the distance 

barn owl just as it was going dark 

 

 



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I visited this site for the first time last evening, nice place, wondered if anybody could shed any light on the following:

2 large waders which I am pretty sure were white storks flying over. They came down somewhere either near the reserve or in it but I could not relocate them. I bumped into another birder who had seen them also. Other birders we met and the volunteer, who came to lock the gate, did not know anything about them. Wondered if they could be escapees or a cracking find.

other birds seen:

short eared owl
marsh harrier
kestrels ( loads )
grey heron
little egret

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Today's visit - a wait in freezing wind produced very brief views of a single Short Eared Owl (lifer)

Also about:

3 Stonechat
2 Little Egret
min. 1 Common Snipe
2 Buzzard
2 Kestrel



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Friday 20/2

Between 1500-1630 approx

2 Short Eared Owls.

No sign of any Barn Owls until dusk.

Also seen:

Fieldfare
Kingfisher
Linnet
Little Egret
Kestrel
Stonechat

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The late Waxwing show cut my time short so came straight here and missed out the Shard Bridge Geese stop!

Nice to meet Paul Lee and Ian Igglesden who were also at Orrell. Met some other nice people today at both sites.

2 Barn Owl - 1 hunting not far from the path where I'd just walked 5 minutes ago. Had I stayed put, I would've got brilliant views. It went to ground a few times then didn't show again.
Another Barn Owl showed very well fairly close up over the channel at the mere edge where it meets the pump house some minutes later so I'd like to think it wasn't the same bird.

3 Short-eared Owl - 1 flying low over the marsh far out to the right towards the caravans. The bird went to ground and within seconds...2 more came up together roughly a couple 100yds over so I think there were 3 individuals. These 2 flushed up a Grey Heron then 1 went down leaving just the 1 hunting low over the channels. It made its way over but it went to ground also and that was it.

Other birds of note...
2 Kestrel
1 Common Buzzard
Approx 10 Little Egrets dotted around
Lapwing in good numbers
Lots of Curlew
Canada Geese
Mallard
Teal
Gadwall
2 Shoveler (1m 1f)
Plenty of Corvids...Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow and Magpie
Small group of a Redwing over
Plenty of Blackbird and Robin
Quite a few Reed Buntings about
Goldfinch about
Gulls - quite a lot of Black-headed and a couple of larger ones that looked like Lesser Black-backed.
Plenty of pheasant


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Mid afternoon visit 3.30 - 5.00pm

Short Eared Owl 1
Barn Owl 3
Little Egret 5
Grey Partridge 2
Stonechat
Kestrel 2

At one point a Short Eared Owl and a Barn Owl were in the air together 30 metres apart.


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Had a quick visit, mainly reccy, here this afternoon from 4 until 5pm on the way back from New Brighton. Great reserve, worthy of a longer mooch. Amongst others :-

Barn Owl (1)
Short eared Owl (3)
Snipe (2)
Little Egret (1)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Linnet (20)

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Late afternoon until dusk visit with pal Stephen Ellison
(Sorry I missed you Steve B and Simon G)

Driven past here many a time over the years whilst delivering but never been on the site, it has just been put on my list for sites to return to soon.

Barn Owl 3 in total - within minutes one flying low over the marsh, but went to ground a couple of times. We followed the track round and the bird (presumably same one) was up again. This time giving good views of it hovering and then gliding on a few feet almost Harrier-like quartering. Brilliant to watch.

Jack Snipe - I followed the barbed fence line along one of the gulleys and I inadvertently flushed it within a couple of feet. Made me jump! As it took off I grabbed the binos and was happy enough with its short bill and very bold back markings. Yellow and wide black stripes were enough to clinch it I think. It landed not too far away near the edge of the pool but I lost it.

Barn Owl - low over the reeds again and was flying towards where we'd just walked from then suddenly went to ground with a quick rotation and stoop. Waited for it to reappear but 2 birders waved us over from the bridge to the main track and it was perched on one of the wooden posts along one of the trench fence lines.
It made a few stops on various posts before heading off towards the pump house and out of sight, but no sooner had that one gone when another appeared closer to us and gave brief flight views before heading off in the same direction.

Starling - estimate of 1000 possibly more. Flying over the field beyond the bridge.
Grey Partridge - 2 very vocal individuals strolling through the marsh
Curlew - vocal group of 16 came flying over and landed at pool edge
Lapwing - a few groups of around 5-10 over
Jackdaw and Rook - large group in same field beyond the bridge (couldn't put numbers to them)
Carrion Crow - quite a few around
Kestrel -1
Sparrowhawk - 1 female flying low fairly close to us right over the reed tops
Common Buzzard - 1 flying fairly low in a compact shape, thought Marsh Harrier at first but was in diminishing light, as it got closer it just had that classic Buzzard feel to it and that's what it was.
Teal - a small group in one of the channels
Canada Goose - 2 on the pool
Few Mallard
Fieldfare - about 20 on telephone line off Lunt Lane
Blackbird, Wren and Robin - lots heard with 2 or 3 of each seen
Unfortunately no Short Eared Owls for us but they were definitely in full view minutes before we arrived.

What a cracking site this is!
Cheers
Rob

Little Egret - 1 on the edge of the pool, and 1 over a bit later so possibly same birds. (Cheers Mark your post has just reminded me)


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Visited here for the first time today at around 3-4:30pm. The hope was to see the owls and they did not disappoint. 2 barn owls showed really close, with the 2nd bird catching a vole right in front of me! Then, a short eared owl finished things off, flying around before landing on a perch for a few minutes before flying off.

Also seen:
2 grey partridge
2 stonechat
2 kestrel
1 buzzard
20 field fare
1000 pink footed geese in the distant fields.

A brilliant site, will definitely be back soon!


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First visit here. What a gem! A very quick stop saw me strike lucky with great views of one of the Short-eared Owls along with a Barn Owl, in the same field. Also present, a Little Egret, Kestrel hunting and a male Stonechat

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A really enjoyable couple of hours here today from 2.30pm.

Two Short Eared Owls showing, with one very well, giving good flight and perched views. Then, as the light faded, superb views of a Barn Owl hunting either side of the path down from the pumphouse - nearly flew over my head at one point. Other birders on the riverbank had 3 Barn Owls around the same time.

Also seen/heard - a couple of Kestrels, a female Stonechat, 5 or 6 Little Egrets, Grey and Red Legged Partridge and some common wildfowl species.

Overall a terrific little reserve which is well worth a visit. Thanks again to Jon Bowen for his advice.

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Cheers Jon - will give it a go!


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Andrew Mitchell wrote:

Hi Jon, where is best to park/view from to see the owls - and what time have they been showing?

Cheers

Andrew





Hi Andrew, I normally park on Lunt lane and take the track onto the meadows, it's in the corner as the lane bends 90 degrees. The short eared Owls have shown between 2-4 over the nature reserve and the River Alt on the left. Barn Owls any tome after 3.30 around the woods to the right. You could to worse than stand on the bridge over the river should also pick up a Grey Partridge from there

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Hi Jon, where is best to park/view from to see the owls - and what time have they been showing?

Cheers

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Back to Lunt today with the Birding and Beyond crew
2 Short eared Owls
2 Barn Owls
2 Stonechat
6 Buzzards
12 Grey Partridge
Two flocks of Golden a Plover (one of 30 birds)
70 plus Jackdaws feeding in the stubble


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Last stop of the bird race as the light faded
Short eared Owl
Barn Owls (3)
Grey Partridge

103 species in the day (exc Ross's Goose) with the boundaries between the Alt and the Douglas

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Being a Scouser, I used to pass it every day on my way to/from school in Crosby, but Common Buzzard and owl species were rather less commonly seen around there in the late 1960's.hmm. Did manage to add quite a few 1sts to my list on those journeys, thoughbiggrin Didn't manage Short-eared Owl there until the eary 1990's.

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Originally posted his evening my Marc Gannon:


Don't know if anyone will have heard of this place, as it is by the little known village of Lunt

But, I went this evening and found:

Barn Owl (first for me!)
Kestrel
Grey partridge-2
Grey heron
Common pheasant-4 (With several more heard)





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Quick visit Friday 4.30 - 5.30

Tufted duck
Coot
Teal
Mallard
Shoveler
Buzzard
Short eared owl
Barn owl
Curlew
Common buzzard
Kestrel
Lapwing
Carrion crow
Wood pigeon

First visit here....will be back

Karl

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