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This afternoon

Goosander -16

Cormorant - 47

Iceland Gull - 1 x 2nd Winter

Mediterranean Gull - 1 Adult

Yellow Legged Gull - The regular 3rd Winter

Jackdaw- 500+ went to roost

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Second winter Iceland Gull roosted late afternoon today

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2nd w and 3rd w yellow legged gull at the flash this afternoon

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The usual second winter Iceland Gull and third winter Yellow-legged Gull in the roost tonight.

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Adult Mediterranean Gull present around midday.

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Three Little Egrets flying towards Teal Hide at 9am this morning.

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Late news for late yesterday afternoon between myself, Pete Berry and Phil Rhodes:

The usual 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull and 2nd winter Iceland Gulls in the roost

33 Whooper Swans flew south at 4:30pm

 



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I just had a quick look for the Caspian gull this morning, but no sign. There was an adult yellow-legged gull hanging around the spit.

Attached are a few photos of the Caspian gull from yesterday. I'm not sure that they add anything to John's photos, apart from the general feel of a snow storm at the flash!



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Gull fest today in the heavy snow at Pennington Flash

Yellow Legged Gull - 1 x 2nd W and the usual 3rd W

Caspian Gull - 1 x 2nd Winter was on the spit from 2 pm then went to roost ,not the Audy bird as this one has a long yellow ring on the left leg.

Iceland Gull - 1 x 2nd W

also present

Kingfisher - 2

Goosander-25

Teal-30

Pictured distant digiscoped record shots in heavy snow





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am/pm in pretty horrendous condition at times

Iceland Gull - 1 2nd Winter (in Roost)

Yellow Legged Gull - 3 = 2 x 3rd winter ,1 the regular ,the other the advanced bird from 2 weeks ago. 1 Adult which looked like the bird that was at the flash regularly until 2 weeks ago returning.

Kingfisher-2

Water Rail- 3

Goosander - 22

Goldeneye- 21

Cormorant-57

Pictures - 2nd w Iceland Gull

 

 



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Of note this afternoon

adult Mediterranean Gull

3rd Winter Yellow Legged Gull



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This morning's sightings included the second winter Iceland Gull sat on the spit, 3 Pintail in the middle of the flash (2 drakes), 7 Wigeon, an adult Mediterranean Gull and most intriguing of all a probable Black-throated Diver flying around briefly early am which never appeared to land and could not be refound despite extensive searching.

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Only other thing of note Pm in the rain

Little Egret-1

Goosander-21

Kingfisher-1



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So far this morning:

Drake Common Scoter

The usual third winter Yellow-legged Gull

6 Wigeon

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Only things of note today in the roost was

Yellow Legged Gull - 1 3rd Winter ,the usual resident

Iceland Gull - 1x 2nd Winter distant shot half an hour after dusk attached

 



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In the roost tonight:

Iceland gull 2nd winter, the first time it's put in an appearance here for 10 days to my knowledge.

Yellow-legged gull 1 3rd winter, not the regular bird and at least the third 3rd winter I have seen this winter so far (if you see what I mean!).

Photo of the Iceland gull taken at 16:20, I'm amazed that I got anything.



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Not a lot to report from a circuit of the flash this morning, highlights being:

Redwing 102 western end

Goosander 22

Goldeneye 10

Pochard 1 male western end

Wigeon 1 (info Bill Harrison)



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A very quiet gull roost tonight, probably less than half the number of gulls that were present last week and a repeat of Sunday evening. The only bird of note which I saw was the regular 3rd winter yellow-legged gull. Also today, 5 wigeon.



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The regular 3rd winter yellow-legged gull showed well from Horrock's hide today. A very poor roost followed, the only highlight being the advanced 3rd winter yellow-legged gull which we found on Friday. Thanks to John Tymon for giving me the tip off that the gull was outside Horrock's.



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Thanks Mike, was a little worried something was not right with it

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Looks like you caught the eyes mid-nictate.

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Here's a shot of a first winter Goldeneye male taken yesterday. It wasn't looking that good and it wasn't until I got home and noticed its eyes. Can anyone tell me what this could be? Many thanks

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A 30 minute look at the gull roost from Green Lane this evening in bitter, wet, dull and windy conditions revealed 2 yellow-legged gulls, the long staying adult and a 3rd winter which was new in yesterday evening. Photo is of the new 3rd winter yellow-legged gull (taken yesterday). 



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Single adult Mediterranean Gull off the spit from Horrocks Hide this morning

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Adult Mediterranean Gull off the car park taken today at around 11.00am. Took some shots and someone was asking if it was ringed. In one of the shots it is ringed but not sure what info you can get from this. Please take a look. Many thanks.



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Adult Mediterranean gull off car park this morning also 4 wigeon.



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Late news for yesterday morning when a single Redshank was present.

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Adult and third winter yellow-legged gulls in the roost this evening. Also 11 wigeon in the centre of the flash for most of the day.

I see a few oddities amongst the gulls when doing the roost, and here's another. Presumably a lesser black-back, but much smaller than usual with a  deformity above the bill giving it the look of a fulmar!



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The regular 3rd winter yellow-legged gull was in the roost this evening, but I had to abandon half an hour before sunset due to the weather and many birds probably hadn't even come in at that point.

 



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Two yellow-legged gulls in the roost this evening, the usual adult and 3rd winter. No sign of the Iceland gull or any Mediterranean gulls. However the weather was pretty awful and we viewed the roost from Horrock's hide rather than Green Lane so anything at the western end was pretty much out of view.

 



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Thanks, Colin!

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Fascinating! Thanks Dave, I have a copy of your book. There were a lot of dunlin around at the time, I think there were about 70 at Audenshaw on the same day.

Not a lot happening at the flash today so far today, about 10 goldeneye, 10 goosander, 60 redwing (mainly western end) and a Cetti's warbler singing still in Ramsdales. If the rain keeps off I'll be back for the roost later.



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Colin - Regarding your 9th November details about small packs of Dunlin at the flash, there seems to be a clear link between what you witnessed and earlier events. In 'Birds and Birdwatching at Pennington Flash', I described an early November (1984) spectacle as follows:- "Ringing studies have shown that birds of the Northern Scandinavian and North-West Russian race - C.a.alpina - arrive on The Wash in late summer, and after moulting many move to the estuaries of the North-West. Many birds must cross our area in October and November, but this late migration is largely unseen and perhaps of a nocturnal character. Westbound individuals, and rarely small flocks, are seen at Pennington almost annually in November, but the concentrated movement of 1984 has no precedent. During a week-end of continuous rain and a moderate north-westerly wind, several hundreds crossed the flash. In less than four hours on the 4th, the rate was 88 per hour: 303 were counted in 33 flocks, with seven single birds. Next day the rate was seven per hour." I had heard Dunlin calls at night on the 3rd and consider that this event might well have involved more than several hundred birds - all silent, all skimming the water and following an identical course, and rising when thy reached the western end. As far as I'm aware, I was the only saturated witness to this magical happening at Pennington, though others recorded the westerly movement at Audenshaw (some staying there for a while) and the Wigan flashes!

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This evening in the gull roost:

Iceland gull 1 2nd win. Presumably the same bird which was at Atherton today and at the flash two weeks ago.

Yellow-legged gull 2 (adult & 3rd winter)

Mediterranean gull 1 adult

Black-headed gull many 1000s including a leucistic bird (or is it albino, it seems to have a much redder bill than the nearby normal black-heads)

Once again apologies for the quality of the photos, they were taken on my phone in near dark at sunset. I took almost 700 photos of the roost today and these are the best!

 



-- Edited by colin davies on Monday 20th of November 2017 10:45:38 PM

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Third winter Yellow-legged Gull present this morning, also the Little Egret still present and 10 Snipe.

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Shannon Llewellyn wrote:


1 yellow-legged gull (3rd winter, and many thanks, John, for allowing me to view this beautiful bird through your scope)

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 19th of November 2017 08:47:55 PM


 Not a problem ,always happy to share ,some pictures of the bird in my posts below .



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Day spent around here today, from about 11 to just gone 4:

Goldcrest, bullfinch, song thrush, jay, etc.
1 Cetti's warbler heard
2 willow tit
2 or 3 kingfisher
3 or 4 water rail heard
22 teal
23 gadwall
28 shoveler
80+ tufted duck
18 goldeneye
29 goosander
6 - 8 little grebe
30+ great crested grebe
30+ lapwing
11 grey heron
40+ cormorant
Hundreds of black-headed gull
1 common gull
40+ lesser black-backed gull
70+ herring gull
1 yellow-legged gull (3rd winter, and many thanks, John, for allowing me to view this beautiful bird through your scope)

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Yellow Legged Gull - 1 x 3rd Winter and 1 adult pictures below
Goosander-28 including one group of 8 Males on thier own without females which was unusual.
Kingfisher-2
Sparrowhawk-2
Little Grebe - 1 that shocked me by flying past just after dark .
Black Headed Gull - c 6000 in roost
Herring Gull- c300 in roost including quite a good number of very dark backed Argentatus ,so if you check the gull roost ,don't just go off the Mantle ,wing colour for YLG ,make sure all other features are correct and get a shot to confirm if you can.
Common Gull- c200 in roost
Great Black Backed Gull - 6
Willow Tit-4
Great Crested Grebe-28
Goldeneye - 26

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Yellow Legged Gull - 2 x 3rd Winter (one our regular the other with a full yellow bill and slightly smaller bird in the roost ) + 1 Adult which arrived about 3.3o to roost. I think its the first time ive seen 3 different yellow legged Gulls in one day at Pennington.
Mediterranean Gull - 2 adult in the pre roost
Kingfisher-3
Pochard -2 (Male in picture be...low)
Little Egret-1
Goosander-26
Goldeneye -24
Grey Wagtail-1
Pink footed Geese - 26 > N
plus the usuals

Pictures - Pochard,Adult Yellow Legged Gull ,2nd 3 rd w YLG (distant grab shot) regular yellow legged 3rd w



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pm - after dark

Little Egret - 1
Yellow Legged Gull - 1 3rd winter & 1 Adult in Roost
Mediterranean gull - 1 adult
Redwing -40 (south bank)...
Goldeneye-26
Great Crested Grebe-34
Tufted Duck-120
Black Headed Gull- c4000 in roost
Jacdaw-c 800 in roost
Kingfisher-2
Cormorant-56

pictures - Little Egret, Mediterranean Gull and Adult Yellow Legged Gull



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This early afternoon:

Third winter Yellow-legged Gull still sat on its bouy

Little Egret feeding and showing very well from Horrocks Hide and later roosting in trees in Teal Scrape

1 Chiffchaff mobile around Ramsdales

43 Pink-footed Geese west at 13:21

2 noisy Water Rails from Tom Edmonson Hide

A flock of 20 or so Goldfinch by the screen at the back of Teal Scrape contain at least 6 Siskin and 4 Lesser Redpoll, all feeding in Alders; with another 2 Siskin by Bunting Hide



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So far today:

Yellow-legged gull 1 3rd winter again on bouys from Horrocks

Little egret 1 western end

Redshank 1 info Bill Harrison

Goldeneye 14

Cettis warbler 1 singing Ramsdales 



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Just for a change, no sign of the adult yellow-legged gull in the roost this evening, but the 3rd winter bird was present (not often seen in the roost). Other than that not much to report except for a leucistic black-headed gull (see photos).



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Adult yellow-legged gull again in the roost this evening, but once again no sign of the 3rd winter bird in the roost.



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So far this morning:

Yellow-legged gull 1 3rd winter

Goosander 27 inc 7 males

Goldeneye 13 inc 5 males

Pink-footed goose 15 over west

Siskin 5

Cetti's warbler 1 singing in Ramsdales

Redwing 30 western end

Water rail 1 western end



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Adult yellow-legged gull and adult Mediterranean gull in the roost this evening, but no sign of the 3rd winter yellow-legged gulll between 2:30 and dusk.



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Back in July this year a colour ringed adult Mediterranean Gull was observed by Bill Harrison. Having been also sighted at Woolston Eyes in May this year its visit to the flash on 17th July was followed by its reappearance in Newport, Wales only a week after it had been seen at the flash!

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The usual third winter Yellow-legged Gull present once again today, along with 10 Goosander and 2 Wigeon.

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This morning, 7:30-10am:

1279 Pink-footed Geese over either well north or just south of the flash, with 1173 east in 7 skeins and 106 west in 3 skeins

393 Redwing north in 14 flocks

66 Fieldfare north in 2 flocks

270 Canada geese flew in from the west in one large flock at 08:40 and dropped onto the flash

1 Redshank flying about

1 Little Egret still present



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Yellow legged gull - 1 3rd winter

Whooper swan - 7 circled east bay and flew off ne 16.15

Goosander-1

Snipe-1

Kestrel-2

plus the usuals

 



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