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RE: PENNINGTON FLASH.


Third winter Yellow-legged Gull present on the spit early afternoon today.

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A few shots of the Yellow-legged Gull from today. Many thanks to John for his company and for putting us on the bird. The bird is very aggressive and displaces other gulls from buoys and chases coot mercilessly. it also appears fond of mussels either stolen from coot or extracted itself from beneath the water. I hope the comparison shot with the Lesser black-backed gull is useful for any further debate about the bird.

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Yellow legged gull 3rd w still present this morning,also of note 7 Goosander and 9 Snipe .

 

Picture Yellow Legged Gull



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Attached are a few of my photos of the yellow-legged gull from yesterday (thanks for the tip off John). It does look very much like the bird from last winter. Hopefully it will stay throughout this winter.



-- Edited by colin davies on Sunday 15th of October 2017 08:32:09 AM

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The yellow legged gull is a 3 rd winter so possibly our long staying 2nd winter from earlier in the year



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Saturday 14th of October 2017 07:30:19 PM

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3rd Winter yellow legged gull centre of flash at the moment



-- Edited by JOHN TYMON on Saturday 14th of October 2017 04:42:53 PM

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Visible migration watch this morning, 7:30-9:30, with any passage all done by 9am as the rain set in:

1016 Woodpigeon S/SE

6 Goosander west (one flock)

7 redpoll south

18 Redwing south

1 Yellowhammer south

5 Bullfinch (high) south

6 Chaffinch south

2 Pink-footed Geese flew in from due west, circled low over the flash and departed SE

French blue nasal saddled female Tufted Duck still preset around Rammies 

 



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Visible migration watch from 7:15-10:00 (passage all but dried up by 9am) this morning produced:

1507 Woodpigeon S/SE in 38 flocks

1096 Pink-footed Geese E/SE in 8 skeins from 08:18 to 09:25 and a single bird west at 08:39

2 single immature Whooper Swans low west, only a minute apart from each other at 08:30

82 Redwing south in several small flocks

22 redpoll south

52 Chaffinch south

26 Greenfinch south

31 Goldfinch south

many other finches over south unidentified due to their height/distance 

9 Goosander in groups of 3, 4 and 2

Other sightings around the flash included:

A Cetti's Warbler extremely active and showing very well out in the open, calling nervously continuously around the reedbed and shoreline bushes by the point on Ramsdales Ruck; probably one of the resident birds having a little wander 

13 Little Grebe

2 Kingfishers along the north side of the flash

 



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Brief early afternoon visit as a break from the office!

Sightings -

1 x willow tit, 2 x nuthatch, multiples of great tit, blue tit, greenfinch, chaffinch and bullfinch at the Bunting Hide, briefly scared off when a male sparrowhawk dropped like a stone onto the hollow log but departed almost immediately having just missed out.

Cetti's warbler singing loudly from the screen across from Tom Edmondson Hide, didn't manage a spot as it was deep in the undergrowth but very close at hand.



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A few photos of the common tern which has been present for the past few days. Interesting to me because it's my latest ever common tern, anywhere, in fact it's the first I have ever seen in October, so an opportunity to get a good look at it's plumage at this time of year. What makes the date even more remarkable to me is that this is an adult not a juvenile. I would have expected adults to be long gone by now, and any stragglers to be juveniles.

It was very approachable, and I wondered if it was unwell, but an angler told me that it had been feeding on casters which he had been throwing into the water, and later I saw it fishing in the western bay so perhaps it's just a tame bird (extreme northern breeder??). It's also more or less still in breeding plumage, with a full black cap and quite a lot of red in the bill (I love the yellow tip!). Just a hint of a carpel bar perhaps and the dark patch behind the eye is there, despite the fact that the forehead is still black.

It seems quite short legged and pale to me, but a I'm not trying to claim anything other than common tern!



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Further sightings from this morning:

 

5 Swallow

5 Snipe

8 Redwing over

c700 Pink-footed Geese over in total so far this morning

 

Info thanks to Bill Harrison

 

 



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Also this morning, common tern still present.



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So far this morning:

Female Common Scoter

9 Wigeon

2 Pintail west

c530 Pink-footed Geese over

Info thanks to Bill Harrison

 



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Adult Mediterranean Gull posted again this evening.

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Main flash and Ramsdales Ruck highlights this morning:

Adult Common Tern still present

27 Pink-footed Geese low over east

Influx of Song Thrushes and Goldcrest saw 15 of the former and 16 of the latter around the ruck but a notable exodus of Chiffchaff



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Single adult Mediterranean Gull present in the evening's gull roost today.

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Friday, 6th October 2017

At 09:30 hrs - Bittern seen flying into reeds to right of Ramsdale's Flash (looking from standing posts towards Pennington Flash)

Cetti's Warbler heard (but not seen) to left of Ramsdale's Flash

Common Tern x 1 (above canal)

Other birds seen included:
Kingfisher x 2
Grey Heron x 3
Sparrowhawk x 1
Grey Wagtail x 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1
Willow Tit x 1
Gadwall x 8
Teal x 1
Lapwing x 20
Bullfinch x 2
Coal Tit x 2
Dunnock x 1
Blue Tit x 5
Great Tit x 3
Chaffinch x 3
Robin x 1
Canada Geese x 20
Great Crested Grebe x 5
Tufted Ducks x lots
Black-Headed Gulls x lots
Cormorant x 10
Mute Swan x 4
Jay x 1
Mallard x 40
Blackbird x 5
Wren x 1
Moorhen x 10
Coot x lots
Magpie x 4
Carrion Crow x 8

In addition - following were seen yesterday:
Goosander x 3 different sightings
Shoveler x 10
Little Grebe x 2
Greenfinch x 4





-- Edited by Steve Judge on Friday 6th of October 2017 02:28:36 PM

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This morning:

 

4 Ruff flew around the spit early am, landed briefly then at least 3 of them flew off east

Common Tern still present

16 Pink-footed Geese over NW

 

Info thanks to Bill Harrison

 

 

 



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This morning:

adult Common Tern

Cetti's warbler giving prolonged and unobstructed views whilst singing by Ramsdales Reedbed

9 Chiffchaff and 14 Goldcrest around the area of Ramdsdales Ruck and the canal



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Early this morning:

c370 Pink-footed Geese over SE

8 Snipe

Info thanks to Bill Harrison

 



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So far this morning:

Green Sandpiper

Black-tailed Godwit

7 Snipe

2 Wigeon

Info thanks to Bill Harrison

 

 GREEN SAND 1 BLACK T GODWIT 7 SNIPE 2 WIGEON



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The Sandbach U3A Birdwatching Group visited today, and were a bit surprised to find the  hides locked. Opened around 1030. 42 species recorded, best being 6 Snipe in front of the Horrocks' hide, female Blackcap at Pengy's, and up to 5 Willow Tit seen between Pengys and Bunting hides. Good day.



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John Watson wrote:

Of interest at Martin Mere y'day 25th Sept, presumably the same individual:


 Yesterday's skua at Pennington was a dark-phase bird John, so couldn't have been the same individual.



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Of interest at Martin Mere y'day 25th Sept, presumably the same individual:

"...at midday a pale adult/sub adult Arctic Skua flew over the In Focus shop coming from inland ..."

Photographed by Tony Disley (In Focus)

http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2017/09/wwt-martin-mere-sightings/skua

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No further sightings of this morning’s skua but a Curlew flew east and a Redshank was on the spit.

Info thanks to Bill Harrison



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Dark-phase Arctic Skua present at 09:30; flew off towards the western end.

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Two female/immature Red-breasted Mergansers off Ramsdales Ruck this morning, though site still slightly misty.

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Three Common scoter present this morning (two drakes and a female).

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only things of note different than yesterday was 2 Ravens,2 Sparrowhawk,3 Kingfisher and 3 Grey Wagtail .

 

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Another Mooch on my Patch Pennington Flash today with Charlie Owen what did we see...
Teal - 171 (Good Number)
Shoveler-36
Common Snipe- 6
Kingfisher- 3+
Cormorant- 37
Wigeon- 12 (11 on main flash and one on Ramsdales scrape area)
Chiffchaff-2
Jay- 10
Buzzard-5 >S
Kestrel-2
Sparrowhawk- 1 Female
Tufted Duck -200+
Lesser Black Backed Gull-47
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Dipper back at the place where it was recently seen which is on the south side of the former railway bridge that goes over the brook heading toward St Helens' Road- noticed it at around 15.10 on a walk to the Flash and then again at 16.00 when I returned. Don't know whether there is more than one. Now that the water level has gone down, a number of suitable stones are available. 



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David Shallcross wrote:

thank you, Ian, for the explanation. A step too far for my liking. regards David 


 Can't say I necessarily disagree David, although I really don't know enough about them either.



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thank you, Ian, for the explanation. A step too far for my liking. regards David 



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A single wigeon from Ramsdales, little egret and several chiffchaffs were the best I could manage from a circuit in the rain this morning.



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A small piece of coloured plastic is attached to the upper mandible and secured through the nostrils. It carries a code which permits easy in-field reading of such ‘ringed‘ birds (they also carry the usually metal ring on one of the legs too) and apparently cause no ill effects or discomfor/disablement to the bird itself.

An image of such a bird (not the Pennington one I might add) is attached to give you a better idea.



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Ian would you please explain what is meant by nasal saddled.



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Ian McKerchar wrote:

A nasal saddled female Tufted Duck amongst the couple of hundred present which, subject to confirmation, looks to have come from a French project


 This female was initially 'ringed' on 14th June 2017 at Sainte Suzanne, Mayenne in north-west France and was still present there on 18th July.



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Highlights this afternoon included:

24 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap around the site

2 Reed Warblers in Ramsdales Reedbed, one of which was persisting with a bit of feeble sub-song!



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This morning:

Wigeon 3

Pink-footed goose 4 over north

Great spotted woodpecker 6

Swallow 10

Lapwing 500



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AM/PM

Whinchat - 1 Juv on the Rucks ,seen twice ,but distant for pics

Great Crested Grebe-81 (good number)

Black Tailed Godwit - 1

Kingfisher-2

Kestrel-2

Buzzard-5

Swallow -50+>s

House Martin-10+>s

Sand Martin- 2

Cormorant-40

Tufted Duck-260

Chiffchaff-1

Cetti's Warbler-2

Grey Heron-10

Lapwing-550

 



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Kingfisher-2

Black Tailed Godwit-1

Swallow- 100 >s

Sand Martin-10>s

House Martin-20>s

Cormorant-26

Pink Footed Geese- 96>E(3 groups)

Common Snipe-1

Cetti's Warbler - 1 Male singing

Chiffchaff-2

Long Tailed Tit- 14

Tufted Duck - 262

Great Crested Grebe-72

small numbers of Shoveler and Teal

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84 Pink-footed Geese, single Wigeon and a single Black-tailed Godwit from Horrocks Hide the highlights this morning.

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Singles of Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret and Swift present so far today.

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2 Raven west this afternoon 



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Single Black Tern and Black-tailed Godwit present this morning.

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A Mooch today on my local patch at Pennington Flash ,started off well with plenty birds about ,but unfortunately finished badly when 2 canoeists decided to launch from the car park and go past Horrocks along the main spit and into the top of Ramsdales and at one point over 1200 birds were in the air,even coots were flying high,in the end it was left to me to confront these people again and put them right ,its such a shame that the place does not warrent a full time warden any more as these sort of things would be stopped,and people like me wouldn't have to sort it themselves ,and as me and Charlie discussed it after,it was thought that a few signs ,possibly a post out in the water at the end of the fence near Horrocks with no Boats etc on this side of the flash etc would help in these situations. Anyway the good stuff this is what we counted on our way round the flash today .
Black Tailed Godwit - 15
Swift-10
Swallow-1000+
Sand Martin-400+
House Martin - 50+
Mallard-245
Tufted Duck -220
Shoveler - 23
Gadwall-77
Teal-44
Great Crested Grebe -55
Little Grebe-6
Goosander-1 Female
Nuthatch-2
Willow Tit-4
Chiffchaff-5
Goldcrest-2
Sparrowhawk-1
Kestrel-2
Lapwing-550


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Hobby over Ramsdales Ruck this morning.

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Highlights this morning were:

Drake Common Scoter

2 Swift

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Single Dipper present this morning, under the first bridge from the flash car park (bypass bridge).

Info thanks to Jim Caulfield



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Had a quick look for the Dippers, without success (but Grey Wagtail)

Access easy from behind College - Sports Centre CPs; head under former railway bridge, turn right towards river bridge

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