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Gowy Landfill Site


Jeff Clarke wrote:
....1st winter Herring Gull with 1st winter Glaucous Gull head and bill pattern; this is probably what would be described as a Nelsons Gull.

I like the idea of a Nelsons Gull


-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Tuesday 6th of February 2018 09:39:44 PM

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An opportunity arose for just under 2 hours viewing from off Picton Lane today. Many of the eight to ten thousand gulls up on the tip, but among flocks in the fields was a second-winter Caspian Gull

c220 Lapwing over the Meadows across the motorway

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2 hours+ this morning with Pete. Car parked on Picton Lane at layby Grid ref SJ430724, walked down path to footbridge SJ433723. A couple of thousand of gulls in fields only 200 metres away. One possible adult Yellow-legged Gull and one 3rd winter presumed Caspian Gull (record picture below). Also 1st winter Herring Gull with 1st winter Glaucous Gull head and bill pattern; this is probably what would be described as a Nelsons Gull.



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Phil Woollen wrote:

Where do you watch from Pete? I used to survey a farm alongside the tip for Cheshire Wildlife Trust and get fairly close as the farm boundary was the Gowy river. I've now moved further away so won't get there often. The gulls used to roost in fields adjacent to Picton Lane and were 'scopable' from the car - as soon as you got out the car though they'd move further away. With Arpley tip now closed I'd expect a lot more good gulls turning up  at Gowy this winter! 





Only just noticed your post,last winter we watched from the fields below Picton Lane,but as they are now tipping further round, last visit I watched from the banks of the River Gowy where you can get reasonably good views of the birds resting on the side of the tip,in the last two visits no birds have come down on the fields as they did last winter,perhaps because there is no standing water on the fields yet which the gulls were using to wash and drink.Hopefully as the fields get more flooded the gulls will start settling in the fields which gives closer views from the many footpaths crossing the fields.

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Where do you watch from Pete? I used to survey a farm alongside the tip for Cheshire Wildlife Trust and get fairly close as the farm boundary was the Gowy river. I've now moved further away so won't get there often. The gulls used to roost in fields adjacent to Picton Lane and were 'scopable' from the car - as soon as you got out the car though they'd move further away. With Arpley tip now closed I'd expect a lot more good gulls turning up  at Gowy this winter! 



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Popped down ;ate morning for a couple hours and was rewarded with a cracking 1st winter Caspian Gull sat on the edge of the landfill giving prolonged views,unfortunately nothing else of note amongst the several thousand large gulls present.

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A couple of hours with Jeff this am to check out site for this winter produced:-

3 adult Yellow Legged Gulls,with at least 5,000 large gulls in the area things looking promising for this wintersmile

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A quick look this am whilst in area turned up a Juvenile Iceland Gull on landfill and in fields below.Several thousand gulls still about but nothing else of note amongst them.

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A bit of a frustrating visit this morning as the gulls refused to land and spent the morning just circling the tip.They are tipping in a very confined area and presumably the birds are not keen on landing in it.There were several thousand birds circling and we managed to see at least one(possibly more) juv. Glaucous Gull several times.We gave up at 12.15 and as I passed on the motorway I noticed all the gulls were down and feeding !!Possibly as it was lunchtime the operatives had gone for lunch and the birds felt safe to come down and feed.confuse

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11:30 - 12:00 - viewed on flooded towards to landfill from road around the area of Mickleton Kennels and Cattery.
Glaucous Gull (1) - Juv - a big un.
Thought I might have had a 2nd winter Caspian Gull but couldn't get a clear view.
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-- Edited by Chris Sutton on Saturday 4th of March 2017 05:23:00 PM

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Today at the Gowy has Pete said in the previous post

 Glaucous Gull -  3 record shots below ,one a particularly massive specimen

Iceland Gull - 1 x 2nd Winter (Record shot below) and 1 Juvenile



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A couple of hours this morning with Jeff(and later joined by John T.) was very productive:-

3 juv Glaucous Gulls
a 2nd winter Iceland Gull(plus a least 1 juvenile reported before we arrived)
and a single adult Yellow Legged Gull

at one time I had 2 of the Glaucous Gulls and the Iceland Gull in same field of view in scopebiggrin

-- Edited by pete berry on Saturday 25th of February 2017 03:37:40 PM

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Another visit today with Jeff was not as productive as last week,but I aint complaining:

An adult Caspian Gull
One of the regular juvenile Glaucous Gulls
and a single adult Yellow Legged Gull

all seen in a couple of hours this morning before the rain stopped play.

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A couple of hours with Jeff was well rewarded today

A cracking 1st winter Caspian Gull
2 juv. Glaucous Gulls
an adult Iceland Gull
and an single adult Yellow Legged Gull
still good nos. of large gulls in the areasmile

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Another visit today with Jeff produce the following

A juvenile Glaucous Gull
3 adult Yellow Legged Gulls

Not as many gulls there today,but still about 7,000 in the area

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A couple of hours with Jeff today produced a
Juv. Glaucous Gull
and a poss. 1st w. Caspian(a bit too distance to be certain,but looked good)
at least 10,000 big gulls in area again today

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With Arpley Tip shutting down and suffering severe withdrawal symptoms Jeff and I decided to check out Gowy Landfill,a bit of time was wasted till we found the best areas to view the gulls,well worth it with about 10,000 gulls in the area we managed to see the following in a shortish space of time:-

A cracking adult Caspian Gull which was obliging enough to do a couple of prolonged wing stretches to show off its underwing
A juvenile Iceland Gull
and a single Yellow Legged Gull

There are public footpaths running round the western side of the site accesible from Picton Lane,good views can be had of birds loafing in the fields and a bit more distant views of birds on the landfill itself.

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