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Post Info TOPIC: PENNINGTON FLASH.


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RE: PENNINGTON FLASH.


06/09/07 3.45 - 5.30pm

Hobby at 5pm high over northern end of flash/ golf course, continued heading north. seemed to be chasing insects (lots of big dragonflies around today). was among loads of fly-catching BH gulls. Female sparrowhawk also in same area.

Black-necked grebe still in ramsdale flash at 5pm at least. i might be wrong, but it looked like a juvenile to me. 22 Pochard there too,plus tufties, gc grebes,etc.

Green Sandpiper still giving great views from New hide, where also 9 eclipse wigeon,12 teal, 3 shoveler, 2 jay, pair bullfinch and 5 heron (2 ads and 3 juvs).

Willow Tit, 30+ LT tits, 2 fem blackcaps, 2 singing chiffchaffs, 1 whitethroat and g s woodpecker also seen / heard near to the screen/ canal bridge.

9 cormorants and hundreds of lapwing on the spit but no other waders about.


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06.09.07- 1-smile.gifB.N.GREBE-STILL IN RAMMYS 3.30 PM,AND A CRACKING GREEN SANDPIPER AT THE FRONT OF NEW HIDE 3.45PMsmile.gif

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON at 17:56, 2007-09-06

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON at 19:58, 2007-09-06

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5th September, 12:45-14:30, Nature reserve section only:

Black-necked Grebe- 1, juvenile in Rammies
Chiffchaff- 12, including 1 bird still singing
Snipe- 7, Horrock's scrape

Nice to see the 'pygmy' grass on the spit has been cut back, just need some decent waders now...

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29/8/07

Garganey & Green Sandpiper present @ midday.

(Barry Hulme)

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21/8/07 early morning

Garganey
Green Sand
Spotted Flycatcher (nr. the picnic area)

(Barry Hulme)

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john,nice to put a face to all those photos,i,ve put a bid in on e bay for one of those 1.7 adaptors you have ,maybe i.ll get lucky,
cheers geoffbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Rob Smallwood wrote:

Hi John - I guess it was you I met last night - you'll be glad to know the Black Tern never came any closer up until 8:00 at least!





hi rob -yes it was mesmile.gifwent back today black tern seems to have gone-anyway never saw it all afternoon,kittiwake was there at 1pm but didn't see it after that-it was good meeting you,nice to put faces to names.also met geoff hargrieves today,great meeting you as well geoffsmile.gifsmile.gifdidn't manage to get any black tern photos for youbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

-- Edited by JOHN TYMON at 16:44, 2007-08-18

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Juv Kittiwake still present, couldn't find the juv Black Tern though.

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Hi John - I guess it was you I met last night - you'll be glad to know the Black Tern never came any closer up until 8:00 at least!

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kittiwake juv & black tern still at 6pmsmile.gif

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Friday 17th.

Immature Kittiwake present late afternoon atleast.

Info thanks to Rob Smallwood

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17/8/07

juv Black Tern still present. (12.45)

(B.Hulme)

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Juv Black Tern still present this pm (thurs) showing very well on the spit.

Dean.

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16/8/07 early morning

juv Black Tern still present, spending most of its time on the posts next to the compass post.

B.Hulme had Green & Common Sands earlier.

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Juvenile Black tern still present this pm around 4pm. Feeding busily over the flash and regularly sat on a post right in front of the Horrocks hide.

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Wenesday 15th August.

Juvenile Black Tern present this am.

Info thanks to Barry Hulme

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13/8/07

2 Ruff present on the spit @ 11ish

(Barry Hulme)

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06-45-08-00hrs. 8thAugust 07
Ramies canal end. 2 Kingfisher. GC Grebe Adult with 3 Young. 4 Reed Buntings .
New Scrape. 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe.
Horrocks Hide. 4 Common Tern. and 5 Goldfinch feeding on the thistle's by the main carpark...and a Black Swan!! on the main flash...:

-- Edited by kjs at 09:07, 2007-08-08

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07/08/07.
07.00hrs At Pennington Flash. GS Woodpecker (f) and 4 Common Terns 2 Kingfishers at
Rammies ...

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1/8/07

Greenshank on the spit @ 05.30

(info per B.Hulme, AKA `the early birder`)

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Kingfisher - New Hide
Willow Tits & juv - Bunting Hide
also juv Blackcap and Whitethroat so some birds have managed to breed despite the grim weather.

Very high water levels so no room for any waders :(

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Juvenile Willow Tits, Bullfinches and GS Woodpeckers at the Bunting hide earlier this morning.

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Wednesday 25th July.

5 Greylag Geese was the best I could muster from an hour's visit this afternoon, although I didn't venture across to the hides and stayed firmly on the rucks!

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Tuesday 24th July

Common Scoter still present early am at least
2 Black-tailed Godwits
1 Green Sand
1 Dunlin

All info thanks to Barry Hulme

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1 Black swan, 2 pairs of greatcrested grebes with young and an adult and juvenile willow tit at the bunting hide.

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Monday 23rd July, early am.

1 Little Gull
1 Black-tailed Godwit
1 Common Sandpiper
6 Oystercatcher
10 Stock Doves

all info thanks to Barry Hulme

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22nd of july- 1st summer common scoter by the yacht club this evening until 9:25pm atleast (info thanks to phil rhodes)

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RE: News from Pennington Flash.


11.07.07-same as yesterday but add 1 hobby-flew over new hide 4pm,1 black tailed godwit-by point,1 tufted with 4 young,1 gadwall with 5 young.smile.gif

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also on the 10.07.07-common tern-10,oystercatcher-2,willow tit-1 (photographed),kingfisher-1,kestrel-1,reed warbler-10,sedge warbler-1,canada geese-410,mute swan-58,great crested grebe-38,whitethroat,blackcap-2,teal-2,cormorant-3,reed bunting,bullfinch,grey heron-3,plenty of dragonflies(although due to being the 1st warmer day they were all on the wing so hard to photograph),plenty of comma,gatekeeper,butterflies.smile.gifsmile.gif

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10/7/07

HOBBY - flew over New Hide towards main flash @ 08.00. (info per B.Hulme)

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16/4/07

4 Little Gull
8 Commom Tern
2 Common Sand.
Dunlin

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The Wigan council are going to decide on 28th February at the main council meeting†whether to allow the Ruddy Ducks to be shot (as landowners they could refuse to let DEFRA shooters onto the land). The Community Action Party are opposing it, quite rightly, for the reasons elsewhere on this website. But I suspect†the vote†will go along party lines, as usual.
The RSPB needs to be persuaded to change their mind- let's face it, they have never taken the membership along on this one, and now the figures (just 7 reaching Spain in 2005, and 2500-5000 White-headed Duck there now they've stopped shooting them) are self evident. Our Ruddies prefer it here in the winters these days - why fly hundreds of miles to Spain? If†any do go,†the Spanish have £2m to spend to wipe them out.

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Gary wrote:

went to penny today green sandpiper and two redshank ,5 snipe on the split.Plenty teal ,shoveller,gadwal,lapwings and gooseanders.also went to turners flash to see if the smew was about but no sign of it but had pleasure watching the ruddy ducks drumming.

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Jimmy Meadows emailed me yesterday to say a fisherman's car window was smashed at Pennington Flash car park at Slag Lane. Probably best to leave cars at the bridge man's hut at the canal - plenty of parking there - if you are appraoching the Flash from that end.



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Wed 21st. Feb a.m

3 Curlew, circled round a bit but eventually flew off West.
Ringed Plover
2 Peregrine through
2 Redshank

(per B.Hulme)


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went to penny today green sandpiper and two redshank ,5 snipe on the split.Plenty teal ,shoveller,gadwal,lapwings and gooseanders.also went to turners flash to see if the smew was about but no sign of it but had pleasure watching the ruddy ducks drumming.

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The Red Breasted Goose (If itís the same bird) was back at Martin Mere yesterday (18th) and also seen today 19th.

Cheers Kane

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This morning, Water Rails squealing from Ramsdale Flash reedbed. Also 3 Skylarks singing up by canal. 20+ Goosander, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, no Willow Tits (again) - I'm not having much luck with them this year.

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RE: Barnacle Geese status


Given that these Barnacles appear to be definitely ex-Martin Mere (though I've not received any reply to my email from there, surprise ,surprise), I looked in the Lancashire Breeding Atlas (2001) to ascertain their status. They are considered feral, emanating from 3 sites: Blackpool Zoo (roosting Marton Mere, nr Blackpool), Knowsley Park (visit Eccleston Mere and Prescot Resrs) and Martin Mere (winters there). Each population contains around 50 birds and nubers are fairly statis. At the 3 sites, birds breed in artificial "zoo" environments. Elsewhere (eg Belmont, where 1-2 pairs breed/bred) numbers of breeding birds are constrained by Canada Goose competition. The Lancashire population is around 200 birds of which c.15 pairs breed and this breeding population relies on input from wildfowl collections for its maintenance.
So, IMHO, they can't be counted.

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Hi Tom,

there is no hard and fast rule to county listing and as I said to Rob last year, much of what you count will be down to your own concience. On the face of it the Barnacles should indeed be countable on Cat C but all I can tell you is that for county year listing purposes non of the current listers (myself, Rob, Sonia†and Brian) have counted them, unless they were considered wild (so none of us have Barnacle Goose on the list!). That we count Gyppo Goose, Mandarin Duck, R N Parakeet for me, is down to the fact that they don't occur 'naturally' anywhere in the UK, whereas Barnacle Goose does and could or indeed has occurred in a wild state in the county. That of course brings us to Greylag, Feral Pigeon etc etc........... For the sake of continuity it's easier not to count Barnacle Goose, atleast on your official list (for the website for instance) otherwise we'll all have to add it on and that'll bring me frustratingly close to the mythical 180, but if you could find another one I could add..............

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Just out of interest, can us ticking scum have these Barnacles as a category C tick?

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Geese still there at 15.00 but flying about.

Also 5 Oystercatchers on spit.

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Thur. 15th

Barnacles and Red-breast still present when I left site at 08.00.

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I was up at Martin Mere earlier today. During the past few months†the RB and Barnacles have been relatively easy to see from the United Utilities hide. Definitely no sign of them between 10 and 4.30. The encouraging news is the long staying female Marsh Harrier appears to be "nest" building.



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There were 44 Barnacles, 1 hybrid Canada x ?, and 1 Red-breasted Goose. I got some reasonable shots which I have emailed to Ian to put on the forum (when he's finished his shift!) I have also emailed Martin Mere to see if they were missing their Rb goose and some Barnacles today! These birds were very flighty, spending time on the water then gingerly approaching the field adjoining Byrom Lane and the yacht club.
Thanks to John Lyon and Andy Makin for letting me know about these.


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Wed 14 Feb. a.m

( indirect report through B.Hulme from J.Lyon )

Present all morning, a Red-breasted Goose and c40 Barnacle Geese, on the field next to the Sailing Club and then in Rammy`s inlet.

This is almost certainly the feral flock that frequents Martin Mere and Marshside, which carries the ( presumed feral ) Red-breast with it.

More news to follow I would expect !

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9th Feb

Woodcock flushed nr. `dipping pond` @ 08.30
Peregrine through, over main flash.
Redshank
13 Shelduck

(per B.Hulme)

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6th Feb

08.20

single Dunlin on `spit`
13 Shelduck
3 Oystercatcher
23 Goosander

( per B.Hulme )

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2nd Feb
12.05

Chiffchaff ( race not specified )
Buzzard
13 Shelduck
4 Oystercatcher

( per B. Hulme )

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PENNINGTON FLASH.


15 Jan.
11.30
3 Pintails ( drake & 2 ducks ) around `Mini Spit`

( B. Hulme )

-- Edited by Ian Woosey at 11:44, 2007-01-15

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 14:46, 2007-07-17

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar at 21:49, 2007-07-17

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