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RE: LIGHTSHAW MEADOWS LWT/ABRAM FLASHES


Yesterday morning birds of note Inc 8 x Shelduck (Inc 6 X fledglings), 1 x Yellowhammer, 2 x Snipe, 4 x Oystercatcher, 1 x Little Egret, 1 x Sedge Warbler



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Very brief visit to the Eastern screen today to find... a very horizontal screen!

Not a great view over the Flash (the foliage seems to have grown about 6 feet since my last visit) but I did manage to see lapwing, a couple of shelduck, some coot and mallards, as well as house martin, chiffchaff, willow warbler and reed bunting. On my walk to/from the Rothwells Farm development, there was a buzzard overhead, a few lapwings about the second/third field, around 30 wood pigeon on the fourth field, 2 lesser black-backed gulls overhead and a kestrel sitting on the roof of Lightshaw Hall.



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Yesterday, 2+ Redshank, adult Mediterranean Gull flew west, drake Teal, 3 Shoveler.

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Hepatic female Cuckoo at Dover Lock yesterday, also a brood on Dover Basin and of Shelduck in Lightshaw Hall Flash.

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Visit to eastern screen from Rothwells Farm housing development yesterday afternoon, approx 3.45-5pm.

Fields to the Flash:

1 yellowhammer, 1 kestrel, 4 skylark, many lapwings incl. juvs on fields

Lightshaw Flash:

2 coot, 13 mallard, 5 shoveler (2m 3f), 2 shelduck, 3 Canada goose, 1 feral domestic goose, 3 black-headed gulls, 1 redshank. 1 oystercatcher, 3 lapwing, 2 sedge warbler, 1 willow warbler, 1 chiffchaff.



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Late news for yesterday mid-morning:

Greenshank

2+ Redshank

7 Shoveler

4 Sedge Warbler

6 Reed Warbler

7 Whitethroat

Male Yellowhammer

2 Blackcap

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3.45pm - 6.30pm, beautiful sunny late afternoon/early evening.

 

Abram Flash:

A few pairs and individuals each of mallard, shoveler, tufted duck; approx. 10 Canada geese, 2 mute swan, great crested grebe pair, 6 lapwing, 2 coot, 1 moorhen, 1 male reed bunting, 1 grey heron. 

 

2 Sedge warbler, 1 blackcap and 2+ chiffchaff heard on path to Lightshaw Flash; in the field to the south of the side-path, approx 100+ wood pigeon, approx 20+ lapwings, a few collared dove, mallards, Canada geese and pheasant, 2 oystercatcher, 1 carrion crow

 

Lightshaw Flash: a few reed bunting, 1 magpie, approx 5 greylag geese with a feral domestic goose, a few shoveler, lapwings (flying to and from the field), 2+ mallard, 1 stock dove, 1 cormorant, 2 black headed gull, 2 commic terns, 2 greenshank, 1 redshank, 1 moorhen, 1 buzzard over, 1 little egret, 1 kestrel on grassland by the east screen.

 

Lightshaw Lane had 1 yellowhammer, and fields to the south of Lightshaw Lane were being ploughed, with a few lapwings flying about.



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55 species seen today inc

2 x Shelduck

1 x Shoveler

1 x Pochard

1 x Goldeneye (f)

54 x Lapwing

1 x Redshank

1 x Little Egret

1 x Raven

46 x Redwing

31 x Fieldfare

1 x Yellowhammer 



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At Lightshaw Hall Flash this late morning, first summer Hobby present again, singing Yellowhammer and 9 juvenile Grey Partridges.

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Today a 1st summer Hobby was hunting around midday then perched up. Red Kite drifting slowly west at 12:35, Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark and a Shelduck.

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Late news for yesterday afternoon:

Yellow Wagtail

Hobby flew in from the west

Yellowhammer

Pair of Shelduck with a brood of five

Redshank

16 Lapwing 

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Lesser whitethroat singing just east of the track to hide along canal at Lightship, also a single Willow Tit and Gadwall with 11 chicks on the canal.

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A single Dunlin present and a Little Egret flew north this evening. Also 4 adult Redshank and one chick, 4 Teal and two Shoveler broods.

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This morning, 1 wheatear off Lightshaw Lane, 2 shelduck on Lightshaw flash, 3 singing Cetti's warblers and 1 black-tailed godwit.

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13:45 to 16:00 - From Plank Lane Lift Bridge to both Lightshaw Flash viewing points & back along canal to Lift Bridge.

Apart from a few Canada Geese & Mallards Lightshaw Flash was devoid of anything significant, but the surrounding fields & farmland made up for it with :-

Jay x 6;  Kestrel;  Buzzard;  Grey Heron & 2 Cormorant over,  Bullfinch x 3 ~ 2F & 1M,  Goldfinch;  Linnet;  Greenfinch x 2,  Fieldfare x 2;

             Pied Wagtail;  Pheasant x 10 ~ 7F & 3M.

Also a field at the side of Lightshaw Flash had a nice covey of 12 Red-Legged Partridge but they were very distant so pics very poor.

No sign of the Mandarin Duck at Pennington Wharf Marina. 

 

 



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13:30 to 15:45 - Dover basin to Lightshaw Flashes & back.

4 Pochard, 10 Teal over, 2 Cormorant over, Grey Heron, 4 Jay, 5 Pheasant, Long-Tailed Tits, Female Reed Bunting, Female Bullfinch,

20 Redwing with a single Fieldfare in tow, Cetti's Warbler seen & heard, Sparrowhawk chasing a Robin, Buzzard, Kestrel, 40 Pink-Footed Geese

over & a white Goose with a grey & white Goose which I was informed by a local birder was a Farmyard Goose/Canada Goose hybrid.



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This morning:

Dover Basin: 34 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 2 singing male Cetti’s Warblers (one a young male), 2 Willow Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and a single Restart along the western end.

Lightshaw Flash: 18 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, one singing male Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap



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Drake garganey on Lightshaw Flash this morning.

 



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Willow warbler 1 singing in birch along canal above the flash

Pintail 2 (pair)

Shoveler 9

 



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This morning, 2 drake wigeon, male and female pintail and one little ringed plover.

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Two pintail and nine black-tailed godwits this morning.



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2 pintail, 3 black-tailed godwits the best from this morning.

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No sign of garganey this morning, but 5 black-tailed godwits still, 3 redshank, 2 pintail, 30 teal, 8 shoveler & singing blackcap.

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This morning: garganey 1 drake 5 black-tailed godwits 2 redshank 2 pintail (male & female)

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4 Pintail this morning, 2 drakes & 2 females. Also 8 shoveler, 2 shelduck, 21 tufted ducks and 8 goosander. 



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14.30 walk from Plank Lane swing bridge to Dover Lock, then back to Pennington Flash via Lightshaw Lane and Byrom Hall Wood arriving back at canal bridge 17.30 ,was very quiet only things of note were
2 Drake Pintail, 5 Goosander - Dover Lock
4 Shelduck - Lightshaw Flash
1 Buzzard over Lightshaw Flash
2 Willow Tit on path heading towards road, near fenced shooting warnings and 30+ Redwing as you approach the house.



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West of the Dover Lock Inn early afternoon

Cetti's Warbler 1 singing from the ponds
Water Rail 2 squealing from the reedmace

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No sign of Wryneck between 18:30-19:00 this evening, but a class find by Rob and shows the rewards of working a patch. c75 Goldfinch in the hedge and 2 Lapwing over.

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No sign now for approx 2 hours since it dropped in to a large dense Hawthorn and Blackthorn hedgerow opposite the wooden footbridge (before I got here)

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Re Wryneck, - any sighting updates for today/ Sunday morning would be greatly appreciated please.

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Wryneck showing in fields and hedgerows just west of the Dover Lock pub this morning.

Use the small wooden bridge to cross the brook by the pub to view the area.

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Walk from swing bridge along canal to Dover Lock and back to Pennington Flash via Lightshaw Lane and Byrom Hall Wood.
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2 Hobby flew South over Dover Lock
1 Blackcap along path between Dover and Lightshaw
1 Swift
1 Lesser Whitethroat by the east sightscreen
Not really a highlight but the carcass of a Pheasant on path near West sightscreen.


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Walk from swing bridge along canal to Dover Lock and back to Pennington Flash via Lightshaw Lane and Byrom Hall Wood.
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2 Hobby flew South over Dover Lock
1 Blackcap along path between Dover and Lightshaw
1 Swift
1 Lesser Whitethroat by the east sightscreen
Not really a highlight but the carcass of a Pheasant on path near West sightscreen.


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Great White Egret at Lightshaw flew low west at 08:15, possibly towards Dover Basin.

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Great White Egret on Lightshaw Hall Flash this morning.

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This morning, 2 wheatears in the ploughed field off Lightshaw Lane.



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This morning,

Grasshopper warbler 1 reeling from the footpath that drops down from the canal

Wheatear 3, two in the ploughed field off Lightshaw lane and a third in the horse paddock nearest to the eastern viewing screen.

Redshank 1 

 



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Walk along canal from Dover Bridge to the next bridge and the viewing screen

Greylag 4
Shelduck 2
Shoveler 2 drakes
Gadwall 7
Swift 3
Oystercatcher 2
Lapwing 5
Common Tern 2
Sedge Warbler 7
Reed Warbler 5
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Cetti's Warbler 2 (pair in suitable habitat)
Willow Warbler 10
Chiffchaff 5
Common Whitethroat 8
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This morning, 4 black-tailed godwits and three redshanks on Lightshaw Hall flash, and a whitethroat in subsong next to the eastern viewing screen.



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2 Avocets still present on Lightshaw Hall Flash this evening, also 3 Black-tailed Godwits.

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Two avocets on Lightshaw this morning.

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And oystercatcher

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Gadwall,snipe,black tailed godwit, wigeon ,shelduck,shoveller,mallard, grey heron ,swallow, sand Martin, buzzard, woodpigeon, greylag goose canada goose, cormorant, mute swan, teal ,pheasant, lapwing,chiffchaff singing, willow warbler singing 1 seen,pied wagtail coot ,moorhen, redshank, and a pair of plovers little ringed/ ringed too far away to see eye ring.



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Circuit around both viewing screens: 0700-10.30

Highlights:

Male redstart (from eastern viewing screen), black-tailed godwit x 3, redshank x 3, goosander, shelduck x 2, oystercatcher,  sand Martin, sparrowhawk,  yellowhammer,  linnet flock, blackcap,  teal, Greenwich

 

 



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9.30-12.00. Both screens visited. Highlights included.... 4 Black Tailed Godwits 2 Oystercatchers At least 12 Shoveler 4 Gadwall 2 Shellduck 2 Teal 6 Buzzards.. overhead 2 Kestrels.. male and female 1 Sparrowhawk.. male 3 Cock Pheasants Lots of Lapwings Plenty of calling Chiffchaff A few Willow Warblers

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12 till 2pm,6 /4/21, pochard, gadwall, shoveler,redshank, kestrel, buzzard ,lapwing, starling, pheasant, snipe,black tailed godwit,greylag goose,Canada goose,black headed gull,lesser black backed gull ,sand martin,  wren ,robin,swallow ,garganey pair,coot ,moorhen, mallard,blackbird, woodpigeon.magpie.tufted duck ,pied wagtail.

 



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Two garganey (male and female), 4 black-tailed godwits (thanks to another regular) and a redshank this morning.



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1 Black-tailed godwit this morning. 



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This morning:

Garganey 2 male and female

Redshank 1

Goosander 5

Willow warbler 1 singing

 



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Sunday afternoon wander around Lightshaw, sightings included:-

1 x Woodcock
4 x Greylag (one white)
4 x Redshank
1 x Oystercatcher
1 x Great Spotted Woodpecker
40 x Lapwing
4 x Shelduck
3 x Wigeon
2 x Gadwall
2 x Shoveler
40 x Teal
1 x Snipe
4 x Linnet
1 x Kestrel


-- Edited by Keith Williams on Monday 22nd of March 2021 08:59:47 AM

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